Trainspotting review

Director: Danny Boyle

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Johnny Lee Miller

Released: 1996



Following the huge success of his debut picture Shallow Grave, Danny Boyle announced himself on the international stage in the most unlikely of fashions; British film has a hard enough time getting a foothold in the American market alone without dealing with grim social realisms, hard drug use, and some exceptionally thick Scottish accents. Read the rest of this entry »

The Great Gatsby review

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan

Released: 2013


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As far as decades go, few are more evocative than the third of the 20th century. The 1920s are still revered today as a time of high society hedonism, week long parties, enormous affluence, and the embodiment of the American dream for the US. It is therefore one of literature’s most enduring ironies that the greatest and most prevalent piece of ‘20s popular culture is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a book which ferociously attacks the high living lifestyle so indelibly tied with the era. Read the rest of this entry »

Labyrinth review

Director: Jim Henson

Starring: Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie

Released: 1986



Take some good old fashioned rubbery prosthetics, some fairly suspect stop-motion special effects, and David Bowie dressed as Tina Turner circa the 1980s and what do you get? One of the most underrated and overlooked fantasy films of all time. Jim Henson’s Labyrinth has struggled to fight its way out of the quagmire of one of the most saturated genres there is, but it is more deserving of credit than is forthcoming. Read the rest of this entry »

The Little Shop of Horrors review

Director: Frank Oz

Starring: Levi Stubbs, Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene

Released: 1986


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“The rejuvenating powers of the musical” is something I never thought I’d have to say. My usual stance on all singing, all dancing films is somewhere in the indifferent territory between disdain and apathy. However, the 1986 remake of The Little Shop of Horrors is a living testament that, in some cases, a bit of razmataz doesn’t go amiss.

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