BFI THRILLS WITH ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S NORTH BY NORTHWEST

*Review may contain spoilers. Hitchcock returns to UK cinemas with arguably his most entertaining film, North by Northwest. BFI re-release the classic romantic thriller UK-wide on the 20th October. Combining an exhilarating femme fatale, Eva Marie Saint, a “big girl in all the right places”, according to a heroic and lovable advertising executive who takes […]

WHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR – DOOM IS MARTIN SCORSESE’S VISION OF A MODERN ROMANCE

Martin Scorsese comes knocking with a BFI re-release of what is perhaps his most personal and autobiographical film. Shot for pennies over the duration of four years (1964-68), the film stars Harvey Keitel as a Marty alter-ego college dropout who falls terribly in love with a middle-class blonde girl, played by Zina Bethune. Keitel’s character […]

A BLAST OF CRAFT AND CHAOS – CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S DUNKIRK

Christopher Nolan’s cinema is emotional and spectacular. He is one of the finest craftsmen of visual storytelling we have ever seen. Dunkirk is no exception. It plays by these rules. It punctures the surface of the screen and soaks the audience in action. We drown amongst soldiers whose ship has just been torpedoed. We crouch […]

A THEORY OF FILM – SLAVOJ ZIZEK AND HIS IDEOLOGICAL BASIN

Hollywood cinema is well known for marking ideological content. After all it is only an extension of the American dream. However, let’s dig deeper and use some of the contemporary theories of radical thinkers like Slavoj Zizek to help us get there. We are concerned with Hollywood and the cinema it promotes, and we are […]