Category Archives: Genre

Bebop à La La

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land has already made a splash at cinemas and on the awards circuit. Mostly Film’s resident grumpy jazzers, Martin and Sarah Slade, review the music, while self-confessed musical and Ryan Gosling aficionado Fiona Pleasance offers some thoughts on the film. Readers, be warned: mild SPOILERS follow.

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Spirits, monsters, madness, graves, creeps and the dead.

On Halloween, six strangers gather to share stories of terrifying things they saw, things that they can never forget!

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At their Halloween Party, Mostly Film contributors discuss today’s piece.

Hello brave souls! This Halloween on Ghostly Film, we are looking at portmanteau horror. You know the kind of thing? A handful of scary stories gathered together into one film. For those awful moments when you can’t decide whether you want to see a film about zombies, werewolves, witches, curses or killer plants. Why not watch a film that contains a story about each?

Since many anthology films had different directors make each sequence, we have used the talents of six different writers. Each in turn will tell you about a segment from a horror anthology, a tale that what was, for them, so strange it has seared itself into their memory forever…

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Cat People DVD release

Here, Puss Puss Puss…

Matthew Carter squares up to ailurophobia

When RKO Radio Pictures were feeling the pinch from the excesses of Citizen Kane, a directive for a meat and potatoes B-movie landed on Val Lewton’s lap. Jacques Tourneur stepped up as director and DeWitt Bodeen produced the screenplay. Using sets from Orson Welles’s The Magnificent Ambersons, Tourneur and Lewton created an entirely new genre: noir-horror-sex-thriller. Continue reading Here, Puss Puss Puss…

Stormy Weather

Sarah Slade considers if Stormy Weather has weathered the storm.

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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.

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Psychomania

Britain’s finest ever zombie biker movie has come back from the dead, courtesy of the BFI and Scalarama. Spank The Monkey takes a ride with the Death Wheelers.

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If you had to identify the best-loved post on MostlyFilm – and I mean properly loved, rather than merely popular because it comes high on a Google search for ‘young boy handjob’ – then I suspect that Ricky Young’s four-part series If My Calculations Are Correct would be a prime candidate. It acknowledges that we don’t watch films in a vacuum: the circumstances of their viewing are as important as the films themselves. IMCAC isn’t just about a collection of science fiction classics – it’s about young Ricky encountering them every Tuesday teatime on BBC2, and having his mind opened to a whole genre of cinema. Continue reading Psychomania

All Singing! All Dancing!

Here at Mostly Film we were very excited to hear that La La Land, the new Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling movie directed by Damian Chazelle which opens the Venice Film Festival this week, is being sold as a “reinvention of the musical”. In celebration, Fiona Pleasance introduces a look at some of our favourites of the genre.

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