36000 extras, 200000 costumes, over 500 70-storey miniature skyscrapers – Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Filming took place in 1925 at a cost of approximately 5 million Reichsmarks, making it the most expensive film ever made up to that point. However it opened in 1927 to mixed reactions and barely made 75000 Reichsmarks. Because of its […]Read more "Metropolis (1927)"
Mesmerising and hypnotic, Phantom Thread is easily Paul Thomas Anderson’s most accessible film in years. But mind you, Anderson still loves his mad man and his latest explores a lone man’s madness in stately details. The film resembles the tapestry of a grand evening gown made from the most exquisite fabric and of a striking […]Read more "Phantom Thread (2018)"
IMHO excessive CGI in horror movies robs it of its stake – to scare the living daylights of you. I start to tune off when I see the umpteenth computer graphics monster chasing the protagonist. For me, horror films grounded in the world of physics and reality are the scariest. Horror movies like Ringu (1998), […]Read more "Satan’s Slaves (2018)"
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a masterful piece of cinema because of the specificity in the way the characters are drawn. It feels like all through In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012) writer-director Martin McDonagh was just sharpening his craft and with his latest he has reached virtuoso level. This is a hugely […]Read more "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018)"
I like putting movies into Venn diagrams and I have special categories always swimming in my head like “movies with a great final shot” and “movies that showcase traits I would like in my future partner”. Then there is that one category that doesn’t have many movies – “movies that can make you reflect upon […]Read more "Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2018)"
Imagine Dragons wasn’t on my radar for “concerts I have to see no matter what”, but I have to say Thunder off their third album Evolve was one of my favourite tracks last year and the prospect of listening to it live was enticing. As luck would have it, a friend scored free tickets and […]Read more "Concert (7 Jan 2018) – Imagine Dragons"
Time for my annual movie round-up. In my humble opinion, 2017 was not a good year for great films. In fact, I can only come up with a top 10 that totally blew my mind. Before launching into the list I just want to remind one and all that it is just that, a list. […]Read more "Best Films of 2017"