78/52 – Trailer

In 78 setups and 52 cuts, the deliriously choreographed two-minute shower sequence in Psycho ripped apart cinema’s definition of horror. With a shocking combination of exploitation and high art...

Public Enemies – Fans v Critics

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saw two heavyweight opponents pitted against each other in a bloody battle and not only between the titular characters. The real fight was between critics and fans ...

The Red Drum Getaway

From Vimeo channel Gump Studio comes the eeriest mash-up of the day. They expertly mix James Stewart from the Hitchcock classics Rear Window and Vertigo with some of the highlights from the filmograp...

Grand Piano

To base a thriller around a classical concert is a bold move. Let’s face it, there is only so much to see within an auditorium as the orchestra play and the story unfolds. It needs to be someth...

New Releases for August

August is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of releases. The majority of the summer hopefuls are now behind us and its only the stragglers left. What this means is that some smaller films and a few selec...

The Alternative Guide to James Stewart

As today would have marked the 106th birthday of much-loved onscreen hero, James Stewart, I decided to investigate him a bit further. A personal hero of mine, I realised I knew barely anything about ...

Michael Bay is remaking The Birds

Falling under the well-worn movie category of Dear Lord, why oh why!! comes the news that Michael Bay and his production company Platinum Dunes,  have decided to remake another classic of the silver ...

The Girl

As an accompaniment to our recent review of Hitchcock it is worthwhile looking at the other Hitchcock biography of very recent times. Broadcast on the BBC on Boxing Day 2012, the girl is in a way a f...

Hitchcock

The master of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock was one of the giants of movie making in the twentieth century.  One look at his canon of work is impressive enough. What marked him out from others at the ti...