Remembering Welles

BY ANDREW MOODY “He was some kind of a man,” an ageing Marlene Dietrich quietly states as the corrupt, overweight cop played by Orson Welles is shot to death at the end of the director’s expressionist inspired film noir Touch of Evil (1958). According the preface of Simon Callow’s epic three volume biography of Welles, in 1962 (and already an overweight, depressive chain-smoker) the director … Continue reading Remembering Welles

The Last Rock Band

BY ANDREW MOODY Recently added to Netflix was Nirvana biopic Montage of Heck, a film that redefines the misery, addiction and depression usually associated with lead singer Kurt Cobain. Written and directed by Brett Morgan, the extraordinary celebration of Cobain’s life is comprised of animated shorts, surreal, grunge era stock footage, talking head narration and glorious footage of both early, formerly unseen and also classic … Continue reading The Last Rock Band

On Wolf of Wall Street

BY ANDREW MOODY When I first saw Scorsese’s drugged up, delirious masterpiece in Bromley cinema, the reaction was interesting to say the least. City boys (who seemed to comprise the majority of the audience) felt like they’d finally found a film that represented their lives. But a man in a McDonald’s uniform looked like he had inadvertently walked into the seventh circle of hell, and … Continue reading On Wolf of Wall Street

Kubrick’s Most Enduring Masterpiece

BY ANDREW MOODY Kubrick made some extraordinary pictures, but none appear to endure like his ambiguous Vietnam epic Full Metal Jacket. Former Gulf War veteran and author Anthony Swofford wrote a piece for the New York Times accusing the film of seducing his generation to war. At the end of the dubious article he talks about laughing at the Gunnery sergeant (Lee J Ermy) and … Continue reading Kubrick’s Most Enduring Masterpiece

Moody’s Thoughts: Star Wars

BY ANDREW MOODY In our current bipolar political climate, I believe there are two types of people. Firstly, those who loved Rian Johnson’s 8th instalment of the Star Wars franchise The Last Jedi (soon to be released on Netflix), and those sane people who believe that the Star Wars franchise must, for its own sake, end now. Taxi Driver screenwriter Paul Schrader once lamented, “Star … Continue reading Moody’s Thoughts: Star Wars

The Public Enemy

BY JACK WIGHTMAN In 1931, Al Capone, America’a most notorious gangster, was sentenced to eleven years in the inescapable island jail of Alcatraz. The newly introduced inmate swaggered through his new abode and bypassed a long and hungry lunch line. A waiting convict grabbed the Chicago mob boss by the lapels, Capone sneered ‘Don’t you know who I am?’, to which the convict replied ‘if … Continue reading The Public Enemy

Freedom for Us

BY JACK WIGHTMAN Film is a format of possibility able to represent reality starkly as the Lumiere brothers originally intended, or distort the world into Méliès magic. I remember first setting my eyes on the fabulous destiny of Amelie unfolding in a Paris of impossibility on an Earth that doesn’t exist. Jean-Pierre Jeunet recreated life on his terms. Terry Gilliam, Jacque Tati’s adventures of Monsier Hulot and … Continue reading Freedom for Us

Nosferatu

BY JACK WIGHTMAN Since first lurking from the shadows, Vampires have endured drastic and frequent transformations. Some depictions include rebellious teens, sexy playboys, addicts, apathetic rockstars, twinkling teen heartthrobs, neighbours from hell, fodder for Lincoln, strippers, interviewees and so many more. These renditions are, for the most part, painful and draining. Nosferatu is simply the beginning. The origin of of one of movies favourite and most enduring monsters. In … Continue reading Nosferatu

Napoleon

BY JACK WIGHTMAN Abel Gance was a visionary director with huge ambitions, excessive running times and lavish production values to faithfully create an expansive vision. Like Stroheim before him and Michael Cimino after, Gance was to be condemned with aspirations and demands greater than what many would dare risk. In 1927, Gance’s latest picture Napoleon premiered, but soon the complete form was seemingly lost. ‘It was 1953 and … Continue reading Napoleon