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  • The Tattered Dress

    Tattered Dress

    Ever wondered how films end up neglected? I was almost going to say "lost" but that's an entirely different category; I mean movies which are viewable,... Read more

    Posted on 10 September 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Halliday Brand

    Halliday Brand

    When I started this blog a good many years ago my motivation was to talk about movies, in particular westerns. At the time I felt the genre was somewhat... Read more

    Posted on 02 September 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Odessa File

    Odessa File

    Events that can change history sometimes hang on tiny chances. If I hadn't pulled to the curb, I wouldn't have caught the traffic light, nor seen the... Read more

    Posted on 23 August 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Fanatic

    Fanatic

    Pressing ahead with more Hammer, let's step forward a few years to look at the next stage in the development of the studio's thriller output. The influence of... Read more

    Posted on 20 August 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Maniac

    Maniac

    Hammer and horror, it's hard to think of one and not the other. I guess this is fair enough as the studio made its name, and maintains its own corner within... Read more

    Posted on 17 August 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Home to Danger

    Home Danger

    Somehow, without consciously having planned to do so, I've seen myself on a British thriller kick this summer and therefore embarked on this series of short... Read more

    Posted on 14 August 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Last Man to Hang

    Last Hang

    The whole notion of justice is a marvelously complex area. The entire history of civilization could be seen as an attempt to define exactly what that word means... Read more

    Posted on 10 August 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Paid to Kill

    Paid Kill

    Previously I made the assertion that instances of bad luck and, let's say, poor choices when it comes to decision-making were major ingredients of film noir. I... Read more

    Posted on 05 August 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • You Can’t Escape

    Can’t Escape

    Aside from the visual motifs, film noir leans heavily on the presence of certain thematic elements. Betrayal and suspicion figure strongly, and crime of some... Read more

    Posted on 01 August 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Dark Man

    Dark

    After spending a bit of time with 60s crime pictures I'm taking a step back into the 50s again to look at another unheralded movie. I mentioned before that... Read more

    Posted on 28 July 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Informers

    Informers

    I'm going to stick with 60s crime for a bit longer, following on from the last entry. It seems safe to say that a harder edge had crept into mysteries and... Read more

    Posted on 23 July 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Tomorrow at Ten

    Tomorrow

    Finding myself writing about a lot of crime movies of late, I consequently find myself ruminating over what goes into making these genre pieces successful.... Read more

    Posted on 18 July 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Upturned Glass

    Upturned Glass

    The last few entries here have focused firmly on smaller scale, low budget British movies, those with a certain modesty in terms of both production values and... Read more

    Posted on 14 July 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Night Won’t Talk

    Night Won’t Talk

    Continuing with my trawl through British movies that have been largely neglected, I now come to The Night Won't Talk (1952), an atmospheric little whodunit... Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Wrong Number

    Wrong Number

    More British cinema, and more low budget British filmmaking to be exact. The fact is I've been watching a lot of this material lately and enjoying it... Read more

    Posted on 06 July 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Catacombs

    Catacombs

    I'm in the mood for small-scale British thrillers just at the moment and am currently enjoying some new watches alongside some revisits. Last time I looked at... Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Hostiles

    Hostiles

    Rumors of its demise, and so on. Every so often one hears of the passing of the western, the obituary of the genre being wheeled out and presented newly... Read more

    Posted on 25 February 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Specialty of the House

    Specialty House

    No, I haven't decided to transform this place into a restaurant review site. The "house" I'm referring to here is the Hollywood studio, and the question is whic... Read more

    Posted on 18 February 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Kiss the Blood Off My Hands

    Kiss Blood Hands

    Some titles are just irresistible, catching the eye and positively insisting that you watch them. And if ever a movie title seemed to encapsulate the absolute... Read more

    Posted on 10 February 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Scorsese, Republic & MoMA

    Scorsese, Republic MoMA

    Just been made aware of this event in February (with a follow-up scheduled for the summer) which highlights the restoration of the Republic Pictures library.... Read more

    Posted on 26 January 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES