Halloween Triple Bill

“Do you have to open graves to find ghosts to fall in love with?” In dark and eldritch celebration of Halloween I’ve made the sign of the Devil, summoned up the spirits of the dead, called on the services of Mephistopheles, raised the dread demon Pazuzu, supped with the Great God Pan and abandoned my…

Queen Christina (1933)

“I have grown up in a great man’s shadow. All my life I’ve been a symbol. A symbol as eternal, changeless. An abstraction. A human being is mortal and changeable – with desires and impulses, hopes and despairs. I’m tired of being a symbol, Chancellor. I long to be a human being. This longing I…

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

“Smile. Not too much.” ‘Eyes Without a Face’, directed by Georges Franju in 1960, is a French-Italian horror movie that tells the macabre story of a plastic surgeon who takes ever more extreme steps to repair the face of his daughter. Pierre Brasseur plays Doctor Génessier, the doctor who begins to kidnap women with the…

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

“Pompey, go find Doc Willoughby. If he’s sober, bring him back.” ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’, directed by John Ford in 1962, is an American Western starring Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne. Stewart plays Ransom “Ranse” Stoddard, a Senator who returns to the town of his youth to attend a funeral. In flashback, Stoddard…

Roma (1972)

 “Alea iacta est.” ‘Roma’, directed by Federico Fellini in 1972, is the perfect example of a movie in which a city forms the central character. As with most of his films, ‘Roma’ doesn’t have a straightforward plot but is rather a sequence of vignettes ties loosely around the director’s own encounters with the city in…

The Martian (2015)

“I’ve been thinking about laws on Mars. There’s an international treaty saying that no country can lay claim to anything that’s not on Earth. By another treaty if you’re not in any country’s territory, maritime law applies. So Mars is international waters. Now, NASA is an American non-military organization, it owns the Hab. But the…

City of God (2002)

“Why return to the City of God, where God forgets about you?” ‘City of God’, directed by Fernando Meirelles in 2002, is a Brazillian crime drama set in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro. The story is told through the eyes of Rocket (played by Luis Otávio as a child, then Alexandre…

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)

“If you analyse it too much, life becomes almost meaningless.” ‘Fast, Cheap & Out of Control’, directed by Errol Morris in 1997, is an American documentary that contrasts the occupations of four men: a lion tamer, a creator of topiaries, an expert in the hairless mole-rat and a scientist working in the field of robotics….

Dracula (1931)

“The spider spinning his web for the unwary fly… The blood is the life, Mr. Renfield.” ‘Dracula’, directed by Tod Browning in 1931, is an American horror movie based on the stage-play version of the novel by Bram Stoker. Renfield, played by Dwight Frye, is a solicitor who travels to rural Transylvania to complete the…

Run Lola Run (1998)

“Man… probably the most mysterious species on our planet. A mystery of unanswered questions. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? How do we know what we think we know? Why do we believe anything at all? Countless questions in search of an answer… an answer that will give rise…

Nebraska (2013)

 “Well, it looks like somebody got bored doing it. Washington’s the only one with any clothes, and they’re just kind of roughed in. Lincoln doesn’t even have an ear.” ‘Nebraska’, directed by Alexander Payne in 2013, is an American comedy road movie that follows the journey of an elderly man and his son as the…

The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)

“And like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself— Yea, all which it inherit—shall dissolve, And like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a…