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2018 Round-up Part II: Favourite Documentaries

Somewhat belatedly, here is a list of my 20 favourite documentaries of 2018, which is the second post of my three-part round-up of last year (click here for the first bit; the third will follow in the next week or so). The simple criteria is that the films were officially released in the UK during […]

The Paul Kelly-Saint Etienne London Trilogy

As a (slight but long-term) fan of London’s Saint Etienne I’d been meaning to watch the trilogy of short films they made with director Paul Kelly for some time. Examining three different aspects of London, the body of work is made up of Finisterre (2003), What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? (2005) and This […]

My Favourite Films of 2016

Happy New Year and all the best for 2017; I hope it’s a better one than 2016 in terms of blockbusters, at least, but as I cast my over a list of films that finished just outside my top 50 (below) I think overall it’s been pretty good, once again. Before I list that top […]

Blind Spots 2016

This year I’m going to take part in the ‘Blind Spot’ craze that’s sweeping all of our nations popular with several bloggers that I follow. That means I’m committing to watching the following twelve films at some point during 2016 as I’ve never actually seen them, and would like to, and probably ought to if […]

My Favourite Films Of 2015

Happy New Year and here’s to 2016; let’s hope it’s another good one for film fans. Before I list my favourite films of 2015 I just want to write a general ‘thank you’ to anyone who has regularly (or irregularly) stopped by this blog during the past twelve months. Thanks very much for taking the […]

Top Ten Star Wars Spin-off Films We’re Likely To See Next

Those canny cats at Disney have spent a whopping £10.99 on the Star Wars franchise – I haven’t checked the exact numbers but that looks about right to me – and rumour has it they’re going to be trotting out TEN Star Wars-related films a year between now and 2025. That’s good news for fans, but bad news […]

The Popcorn Nights Guide To Oscar Nominations

Yes indeed, folks, it’s that time of year again. The Golden Globes have been announced, the cinemas are packed with all this worthy ‘great acting’, ‘great screenplay’ and ‘great cinematography’ crap that gets in the way of the superhero movies, and your kids have stopped playing with all the expensive toys you gave them a few weeks ago […]

My Favourite Films Of 2014

Well, certainly the best films that I’ve actually seen in 2014, anyway. As with any list like this there are some parameters and disclaimers that need to be mentioned. First of all due to international release dates I saw American Hustle, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Her, 12 Years A Slave and The Wolf Of Wall […]

Top Ten Blog Lists Of 2014

Yes sirree! We are well and truly into the month of December, a time when most of us like to take a step back from violent consumerism in order to reflect on things like sprouts, how much Chanukkah gelt has been trousered and what the best films of the past year are. Oh yeah … the end […]

10 Great Australian Films

Australia. Land of chooks, Acca Dacca, swagmen, bogans and much more besides, including some very fine films indeed. Here, apropos of nothing and in no particular order, are ten of my favourites. (Anyone who believes this post does nothing but add to the ridiculous amount of clickbait currently swirling around the web should just be thankful I didn’t […]

Pulp Fiction And Tarantino, 20 Years On

Twenty years ago yesterday Pulp Fiction was released in cinemas, an anniversary that prompted me to post some shots detailing the movie’s superb cinematography. I spent a few moments on the train home last night thinking about Quentin Tarantino’s film – which remains his best work to date – and the way that the director’s career has […]