Fellini's Satyricon

Off the Halloween Path: 13 Non-Traditional Movies to Watch on All Hallows’ Eve

Come October 31, I’ll be watching a film that’s not in the horror genre. That’s right—despite the long-standing tradition of viewing scary movies on Halloween, I’ll be devoting myself to another pastime: seeing a flick that incites emotions other than fear. Granted, it’ll be hard to find one of those on the telly come month’s…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Dystopian District 9

20 Great Dystopian Movies: The Shadow of Perfection

You can’t write an article on dystopian movies without mentioning utopian ideals. Many volumes have been written on the human impulse to construct and/or invest in utopian visions – visions that can be either celestial or corporeal in nature. And there’s a good reason for this – life is a combination of pain and joy, and…

By James Curnow
A Clockwork Orange screen

A bit of background: Why the screen should be the star

Whenever I see a screen used properly in a movie, I want to jump up and down while doing the Macarena. OK, maybe that verges on the impossible. But it speaks to my love of this lowly, oft-used tool – which usually takes the form of a flat surface on which images are projected behind…

By Simon Hardy Butler

A bizarre and mediocre ode to Stanley Kubrick

What could I possibly write about Kubrick that hasn’t been written before? Today at least… absolutely nothing. And so, in the interests of filling a blank page with some kind of Kubrick-esque blog, here is a series of hurriedly composed haikus, chronologically ordered, on the films of Stanley Kubrick.   Flying Padre: An RKO-Pathe Screenliner…

By James Curnow