• The Naked Jungle

    Naked Jungle

    Some films can be difficult to classify satisfactorily, not there's really any need for us to do so or for the film to accommodate our often arbitrary categorie... Read more

    Posted on 11 November 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • The Gunfight at Dodge City

    Gunfight Dodge City

    If any decade can be said to offer the finest representation of the strengths of the western, then the 1950s has to be it. And if any one year is to be... Read more

    Posted on 04 November 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Face of a Fugitive

    Face Fugitive

    A race against the clock is usually a solid and bankable hook upon which to hang a story; there's that built-in element of suspense that grows naturally from... Read more

    Posted on 21 October 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • #446: Spoiler Warning 8 – Halfway House (1936) by Ellery Queen — The Invisible...

    #446: Spoiler Warning Halfway House (1936) Ellery Queen Invisible Event

    Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay our respects to the detective fiction novel Halfway House (1936) written by Manfred Lee and Frederic Dannay... Read more

    Posted on 13 October 2018 ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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