Top 25 Films of the Year

Recently, I took part in a couple of end of year polls for The Skinny. First up, was the best films of the year. Seven of my picks made the cut - Mother!, Raw, Logan, Dunkirk, Get Out, Moonlight, and Certain Women. Click on the... Continue Reading →


Adaptations: Eisenheim the Illusionist: Symbolic threats and literal perils

Neil Burger’s 2006 adaptation of ‘Eisenheim The Illusionist’, a short story by Steven Millhauser, is exemplary of the pitfalls of literalising the symbolic. Burger’s The Illusionist is by no means a bad film, but its rote plot and diluted imagery is interesting... Continue Reading →

What Justice League Tells us About Toxic Fan Culture

It's no secret that Warner Bros' answer to Marvel's Cinematic Universe – the DC Extended Universe – has gotten off to a few false starts. The first entry, Man of Steel, received mixed reviews, and its follow-ups, Batman v Superman: Dawn of... Continue Reading →

A Matter of Life and Death

★★★★★   Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s films defined British cinema in the 1940s and 1950s, which were both artistically and commercially successful. In 1946 and at the height of their powers, Powell and Pressburger wrote and directed A Matter of... Continue Reading →

Adaptations: The Fractured City in The Third Man

A fortuitous mixture of beautiful cinematography, flawless screenplay, and, in Orson Wells, one of the screen’s greatest actors at the top of his game, The Third Man defines the term ‘lightning in a bottle’. Topped off by Anton Karas’ iconic zither music, Carol Reed‘s... Continue Reading →


★★★☆☆ Mitsuko (Reina Triendl) is on a school bus with her friends when an invisible force rips off the top of the bus, severing all but Mitsuko in half. Running away in terror, she suddenly finds herself dressed in a... Continue Reading →

Justice League

★★☆☆☆ Superman (Henry Cavill) is dead. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is stopping bank robberies and Batman (Ben Affleck) is chasing down weird bugmen from space. But with a new threat on the horizon, the dark knight and the Amazon princess... Continue Reading →

Murder On the Orient Express

★★★☆☆ The world’s most famous detective, Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh), is about to embark on a long overdue holiday in this lavish re-telling of Murder on the Orient Express. His friend, Bouc (Tom Bateman), secures him a place on the eponymous... Continue Reading →

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) was one of the biggest stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, winning an Oscar for her turn in The Bad and the Beautiful. But as colour films became the norm, Grahame's noirish star waned into obscurity. Film Stars Don't Die... Continue Reading →

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