Review – GRABBERS (Jon Wright, 2012, Ireland / UK)

Strange tentacled monsters threaten the inhabitants of a quiet and peaceful fictional fishing village in County Donegal (Ireland) named Erin Island. Ciaran (Richard Coyle), a local alcoholic guard, and Lisa, a pretty and brave cop from Dublin who has arrived to the island as the holiday replacement for his seargeant, are called to save the…

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (Sofia Coppola, 1999, USA)

There are some things in life that may only be understood as formative events in one’s life through aging and retrospection. This is particularly true of the tragicomic period of one’s adolescence. In this sense, Sofia Coppola’s feature debut The Virgin Suicide is less about suicide as such; it is more about understanding the resonance…

Review – HELL’S ANGELS (Howard Hughes, 1930, USA)

Young millionaire Howard Hughes was only 23-years-old when he started shooting his most famous film, Hell’s Angels,┬áin 1927. This World War I epic would become one of the most expensive films ever made and one of the lengthiest productions ever – it took three years and cost $4 million. Its story revolves around two British…

Review – THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (Paul Leni, 1928, USA)

Paul Leni was part of a nouvelle vague of German and Austro-Hungarian directors who were lured to America in the 1920s and ’30s by the promise of artistic freedom, economic opportunities and the use of advanced technologies. In return, they led to the foundation and establishment of an international style of American cinema that would…

Review – THE KING OF COMEDY (Martin Scorsese, 1982, USA)

Surely, the reason why The King of Comedy was such a colossal failure upon its release may have had more to do with its misleading title and, among other things, the casting of perennial funnyman Jerry Lewis in one of its leading roles. Indeed, David Denby’s 1983 criticism of the movie from the New York…

Review – BANANAS (Woody Allen, 1971, United States)

Woody Allen’s Bananas draws on the 1970s political climate, with references to student radical movements, Latin American revolutions and the political instability of the banana republics. It also follows in the tradition of the anarchic films of W.C. Fields and, most notably, those of the Marx Brothers (such as Duck Soup). Furthermore, one may link…