Early Superhero Movies: 1920 to 1948

I’m no expert on superhero films and even less on the comic books that spawned them, but the recent release of The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray started me thinking about the historical development of the cinematic superhero. As a result, I’ve come across what appear to be some of the earliest incarnations of cinematic…

By James Curnow

Casino Royale(s): The Forgotten Bonds

Thought Sean Connery was the first James Bond? In honour of the recent release of Skyfall, here are a couple of Bond films that you may not know about. Casino Royal (1954) The first screen adaptation of a James Bond novel goes all the way back to 1954, when CBS decided to create a television…

By James Curnow

A look back at the moving image: From Silence to CGI

There is no doubt that this is the era of the moving image. Since the 1860s, with the invention of the zoetrope, an unstoppable wave of innovation has taken this infant technology and built it into the definitive mode of communication for the twenty-first century. Now we are increasingly unlikely to go a single day…

By James Curnow

Oliver Reed: A moment to remember

“Richard Burton was hitting the bottle with Jimmy Hurt the night before his death. He knew it was going to kill him, but he did not stop. I don’t have a drink problem. But if that was the case and doctors told me I would have to stop, I’d like to think I would be…

By James Curnow

I believe in cinema

I believe in cinema. I believe in the almost infinite potential for cinema to detail, comment upon and engage with the human condition. I believe that cinema at its highest and lowest is perhaps the most revealing cultural artefact of all. I love the fact that, through a nation’s cinematic output at any given period,…

By James Curnow

Carrie (2013): New Trailer

A Carrie remake – so why care? Mainly because this one is being helmed by Kimberly Peirce, the director of Boys Don’t Cry. So what does this mean? We can expect a more interesting approach to the representation of women in this version. Probably one that doesn’t rest entirely on a concept of female hysteria.…

By James Curnow