Yesterday was Googie Withers’ 100th birthday. Blake Backlash celebrated by rewatching two of her films
Another look at one of Mostly Film’s most popular posts, where contributors picked the best of the-ones-after-the-famous-one
As Ken Loach’s Cannes-garlanded I, Daniel Blake continues to draw audiences and make headlines, Masters of Cinema bring us a timely Blu-ray revival (in the shops today) of Loach’s beloved second film. Indy Datta runs the rule.
Jesse Bernard casts a modern eye back at early 90s Compton
In 2012 a young rapper from Compton released his inimitable debut studio album good kid, m.A.A.d city, a coming-of-age story centred on the lives of a group of young black men navigating teenagehood. The eternal evasion of gang culture, peer pressure, poor social conditions appear to be a common rite of passage for African-Americans from low-income areas. In 1991, it would’ve been difficult to imagine that Kendrick Lamar would address the same issues John Singleton critically addressed in cult classic film, Boyz n the Hood. Particularly in a country that posits itself as one of the most socially advanced nations in the world. On it’s 25th anniversary, the themes explored in Boyz n the Hood are particularly pertinent in today’s sociopolitical climate. In addition, Boyz n the Hood’s understated success sparked a wave of black coming-of-age films.
Sarah Slade considers if Stormy Weather has weathered the storm.
There is a school of thought that maintains that musicals of the Hollywood Golden Age were at the forefront of social commentary. Look at Carousel, with its depiction of domestic violence, single parenthood and walking on through the wind and the rain. Or Oklahoma in the light of Judd’s mental illness. Let’s skip over the message behind Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and look at Showboat, which has actual people of colour singing songs about rivers and takes a sideways look the trials of being mixed-race in the Deep South.
Susan Patterson watches Victor Erice’s Spanish classic
“Can it be that an unfinished film is one of the best in Spanish cinema history? Yes it can… 95 minutes of emotions so intense that you’re left breathless. I cry every time I watch it.” Pedro Almodóvar
Estrella (Icíar Bollaín), is close to her doctor father, Agustin (Omero Antonutti) but mystified by his past, and how it has made him the slightly distant man he has become.
Tim Minchin’s musical version of Groundhog Day opened at the Old Vic this week. Viv Wilby gets stuck in Punxsutawney
Directed by Brian De Palma, with a score by Bernard Herrmann, Obsession came out 40 years ago today. Blake Backlash watches it again and experiences déjà vu.
As the US gears up for another presidential election, Fiona Pleasance watches a film about a blond outsider taking on the political establishment with unexpected success.
Gareth Negus learns to stop worrying and love the bomb, with the new Criterion Collection blu-ray.