What’s Eating Leslie H? – A Critical Look at Halliwell’s Film Guide

In his day, Leslie Halliwell was one of the world’s best-known film critics – but like Philip Larkin as jazz critic, he was not without his flaws. The comparison is not an idle one – anyone familiar with both Halliwell’s Film Guide and Larkin’s jazz criticisms will know why. While Larkin was a die-hard fan … More What’s Eating Leslie H? – A Critical Look at Halliwell’s Film Guide

Welcome to the Jungle – Some Thoughts on Jumanji

Unlike most of the rest of the world I’d never watched Jumanji until the other day when I picked it up cheap on DVD and saw it as a kind of semi-tribute to the late, great Robin Williams. Don’t worry, I’ll keep this review nice and short – no pseudo-psychological media studies nonsense here. I won’t … More Welcome to the Jungle – Some Thoughts on Jumanji

I, Tiamat

* Tiamat, for those not in the know (or geeky enough to know), was a terrifying five-headed dragon who appeared in the Dungeons and Dragons Cartoons I devoured as a child. The following is my affectionate tribute to her and a wonderful cartoon which helped make me the loveable nerd I am. I, Tiamat, Queen … More I, Tiamat

My Favourite Films

This list largely speaks for itself. As with the music lists I’ve gone for a combination of things I really enjoyed watching and things I consider artistically great. The best items here are of course both. In the case of films which have been remade, all listed are the original versions unless otherwise stated. 8 ½ … More My Favourite Films