From parody to sincere tribute, the myth of King Arthur is as closely woven into the fabric of cinematic storytelling as it is the folkloric collective memory of the British Isles. With another take – Guy Ritchie’s would-be franchise spawner Legend of the Sword – arriving on disc this week we take a look at Arthur on film.
Continue reading Swords, Stones and Broken Thrones
Today, we’re looking at texts within texts; shows within shows; films within films. We’ve got everything from Shakespeare to balls.
Continue reading The Show Must Go In
Fritz Lang’s 1921 film Der müde Tod comes to cinemas and Blu-Ray this week. Fiona Pleasance makes a date with Death.
Continue reading You Are My Destiny
Twin Peaks has returned, but does it meet expectations? theTramp investigates
When Twin Peaks first aired, back in 1990, its impact was monumental. I’m not talking about the impact that it had on television; the realisation that narrative structures could move about a bit, that magic realism could step off the page, that strong characters could lend themselves to unpredictable narrative formats and still be watchable. No I am talking about the impact that it had on me personally.
Continue reading It Is Happening Again
The newest Criterion Collection Blu-Ray, Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men, hits the shelves in the UK on 15th May. Fiona Pleasance joins the jury.
The premise of 12 Angry Men could hardly be simpler. Almost all of the film takes place in a single room in a New York City courthouse in the mid-1950s, where the members of a jury deliberate on the trial of a young man accused of murdering his father.
Continue reading Courtroom Drama
Jackie Chan’s first monster hit comes to Blu-ray today courtesy of Eureka’s Masters of Cinema. Indy Datta will take a look, just after he’s necked three catties of rice wine and vanquished his nemesis.
Continue reading Drunken Master
Another look at one of Mostly Film’s most popular posts, where contributors picked the best of the-ones-after-the-famous-one
Sit down, Sofia. You won’t be needed here.
Continue reading First Among Sequels – Twelve Underrated Follow-Ups
Ron Swanson looks at forthcoming gems from current and emerging talents
Continue reading The Film Gems of 2017
As the 15th anniversary re-release of Donnie Darko approaches, Spank The Monkey is starting to doubt his commitment to Sparkle Motion.
Continue reading Kind Of Funny, Kind Of Sad
D A Pennebaker’s classic access-all-areas take on Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of England is restored and repackaged in this Criterion release. John Wilby looks back at Dont Look Back
Continue reading Dont Look Back revisited