Star Trek Beyond (2016)

“Captain’s Log, Stardate 2263.2. Today is our 966th day in deep space – A little under three years into our five year mission. The more time we spend out here, the harder it is to tell where one day ends and the next one begins. It can be a challenge to feel grounded, when even…

‘Le Sang des Bêtes’ (1948) and ‘Judex’ (1963)

‘Le Sang des Bêtes’ and ‘Judex’, are two French movies directed by Georges Franju in 1948 and 1963 respectively. The former is a short documentary depicting the men working in abattoirs in post-war France, whilst the latter is an adventure movie based on a silent film from 1916. ‘Le Sang des Bêtes’ is a brutal,…

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

“I don’t believe I’ve ever seen you. Course there’s lots of cars on the road like yours. They all get to look the same. They perform about the same.” ‘Two-Lane Blacktop’, directed by Monte Hellman in 1971, is an American road movie in which two cars race from Arizona to East Tennessee. It’s a raw,…

The Battle of Algiers (1966)

“It’s hard to start a revolution. Even harder to continue it. And hardest of all to win it. But, it’s only afterwards, when we have won, that the true difficulties begin. In short, Ali, there’s still much to do.” ‘The Battle of Algiers’, directed by Gillo Pontecorvo in 1966, is a neorealist war movie set…

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

“My mother outlived the GDR by three days. I believe it was a good thing she never learned the truth. She died happy. She wanted us to scatter her ashes to the winds. That’s prohibited in Germany, both East and West. But we didn’t care.” ‘Good Bye, Lenin!’, directed by Wolfgang Becker in 2003, is…

Testament of Orpheus (1960)

“It is the unique power of cinema to allow a great many people to dream the same dream together and to present illusion to us as if it were strict reality. It is, in short, an admirable vehicle for poetry. My film is nothing other than a striptease act, gradually peeling away my body to…

Black Orpheus (1959)

“Play a song for me, please. Come on.” ‘Black Orpheus’, directed by Marcel Camus in 1959, is a retelling of the Greek myth set during the Rio de Janeiro favela. Orfeu, played by Breno Mello, falls in love with a visitor to the city, Eurydice, played by Marpessa Dawn. She is threatened by both Orfeu’s…

All That Jazz (1979)

“No, nothing I ever do is good enough. Not beautiful enough, it’s not funny enough, it’s not deep enough, it’s not anything enough. Now, when I see a rose, that’s perfect. I mean, that’s perfect. I want to look up to God and say, ‘How the hell did you do that? And why the hell…

The BFG (2016)

“Because I hears your lonely heart, in all the secret whisperings of the world.” ‘The BFG’, directed by Steven Spielberg in 2016 and based on a novel by Roald Dahl, is a fantasy adventure story for children. It starts in London, part-modern, part-Victorian and part-1980s. Sophie, an orphan played by Ruby Barnhill is snatched in…

Network (1976)

“Good evening. Today is Wednesday, September the 24th, and this is my last broadcast. Yesterday I announced on this program that I was going to commit public suicide, admittedly an act of madness. Well, I’ll tell you what happened: I just ran out of bullshit. Am I still on the air? I really don’t know…

Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

“I don’t know the world, so what can I say about it?” ‘Mother Joan of the Angels’, directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz in 1961, is a Polish psychological drama set in the seventeenth century. A priest visits a convent of nuns who are suffering from a generalised case of demonic possession. Once there he investigates, is…

Ghostbusters (2016)

“Proton guns are all well and good, but sometimes you need the Swiss Army.” ‘Ghostbusters’, directed by Paul Feig in 2016, is a comedy fantasy remake of a highly regarded 1980s movie of the same name. It features a trio of scientists and an MTA worker who is an expert in New York folklore as…