Review “Mulholland Drive” (2001)

Many years ago I watched “Mulholland Drive” on video. (Yes, it was that long ago.) And I hated it. As far as I was concerned, it made absolutely no sense, and was a waste of time to watch. Over the years since, I kept on hearing about how good this film was from various sources,…

Review “Knives Out” (2019)

“Knives Out” is a comedy/whodunnit directed by Rian Johnson. It boasts an impressive cast, led by Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc, and also included Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer. It is an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery, based around the death of a family patriarch under suspicious…

Review “Joker” (2019)

Joaquin Phoenix stars in “Joker”, an origin story film about the Batman villain’s beginnings in the city of Gotham. Directed by Todd Phillips, the film focuses on Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill man who works as a clown, but dreams of being a stand-up comedian. A film combining excellent direction, a magnificent performance from the…

Your next stop – The Twilight Zone (Part 5)

For the fifth and final season of ‘The Twilight Zone’ the format reverted to the original half hour. The series showed no signs of deterioration, continuing to put out excellent stories each week. Unlike many television shows these days, that tend to carry on well past their use-by date, ‘The Twilight Zone’ ended still on…

Review “A Cure for Wellness” (2016)

This film, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Dane Dehaan and Jason Isaacs, has been labelled a horror movie. I didn’t really see it as such, and I would call it a fantasy/mystery. It’s also weird and quite atmospheric. Dehaan plays a young business executive called Lockhart, who is ordered by his company to go…

Your Next Stop – The Twilight Zone (Part 4)

"You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of sound. A dimension of sight. A dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone." So, continuing my journey through the Twilight…

Your next stop – The Twilight Zone (Part 3)

You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop...the Twilight Zone. — Rod Serling Continuing my appreciation of this wonderful old series, the following are my favourites from Season 3, first aired 1961-1962. “The…

Review “Frankenstein Unbound” (1990)

I like a good old-fashioned monster movie. “Frankenstein Unbound”, based on a novel of the same name by Brian Aldiss, promised to mix classic Frankenstein with science fiction. Sounds like fun, I thought. The plot centres around a future scientist from 2030 who invents a weapon which can eliminate your enemies without causing any damage…

Review “Embers” 2015

What are you if you lose your memory? What parts of you are shaped by experience and what parts are in-built? If you don’t remember who you are, are you still you? These questions are posed by the 2015 film “Embers”. It’s a post-apocalyptic scenario, filled with deserted, ruined cities and scattered survivors. The apocalyptic…

Your next stop – The Twilight Zone (part 2)

I thought I might continue to praise this ground-breaking series by talking about some favourite episodes from the second season. As before, I am not necessarily saying these are the best episodes, only favourites of mine. “The Howling Man” starts with a man remembering the past, which is very gothic – night, a storm, a…