Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Saturday, 16 August 2014

The American Dreamer

Documentary on Dennis Hopper (made as the film-maker was editing The Last Movie) in which Hopper reveals himself, at best, to be the Iggy Pop of American cinema and, at worst, a phoney with the demeanour and glare of Charles Manson.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

The Last Movie

Dennis Hopper’s interesting and sincere post-Western set in Peru. (Try to download a torrented version rather than watch on youtube. There’s a significant difference in quality that affects appreciation of the film).

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Major Dundee

Sam Peckinpah is the most Homeric of American filmmakers, as the clip above from Major Dundee shows. There’s a great line in the film when Dundee (Charlton Heston) says of ‘confederate renegade’ Captain Tyreen (Richard Harris): ‘He is corrupt; but I will save him.’

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Taxi Driver

Scorsese’s film is nearly 40 years old and I must have seen it a dozen times but it hasn’t dated or lost its power and ability to startle.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Flags of Our Fathers

Clint Eastwood’s war movie manages to be patriotic and provide social and political criticism at the same time. A fine achievement from America’s greatest living filmmaker.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

The Taking of Power by Louis XIV

Rossellini’s film on the Sun King is extraordinary and a lot of fun.


Billy Wilder on similar terrain to Sunset Boulevard in his penultimate film, which is wonderful, and largely set in Kerkyra.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014


Rossellini’s film is great, but as in Rome, Open City, one can't help thinking if his tender portraits of the Italian war experience don’t conceal the fact that Italians were responsible with their several wars of aggression for their own suffering and downfall.

The Consequences of Love

Good existential Italian crime drama.