FILM REVIEW: All That Jazz (1979)

Dir. Bob Fosse Run Time: 123 mins. M15+ (U.S Release Poster) Bob Fosse’s semi-autobiographical surreal musical comedy might be one of the most artistically intelligent musical movies I’ve seen in a while. Its meta-tale of the slow deconstruction of a man and his ego takes the quick cut aesthetic of Fosse’s earlier expressionist masterpiece Cabaret…

Polish Movie Posters

aA recent discovery of mine while going about my daily activities was the existence of posters of movies I know for audiences abroad. Perhaps the most interesting of the cultural shifts exhibited in these advertising materials is that between the United States release posters and those of Poland. Here are just some fabulous examples of…

Booze Review: Heather Mist (Whisky)

As part of an inept experiment in finding the cheapest booze available, my wife and I picked up a bottle of Heather Mist the other night. Sufficed to say, after throwing our meagre pennies down upon the counter, imbibing, and becoming riotously drunk, I discovered that this brown liquid is not one of the most…

Film Review: Dumbo (1941)

Dir. Ben Sharpsteen (Supervising) Run Time: 64 mins G As a Disney classic made on the cheap to recoup the losses after Fantasia (1940) you can’t fault this film for its charm. It tells the story of the mute baby elephant Dumbo as he goes through a series of trials and humiliations before learning to…

Time Wasting: The Fifty United States of America

Can you name all fifty states in ten minutes or less? I certainly can’t (I got thirty-nine, if you’re interested). But if you have nothing better to do, or you do have better things to do, but can’t bring yourself to actually do them (read ‘me’ in this scenario), then I highly suggest you throw yourself whole-heartedly…

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

There is a brilliant little (and I use the word ‘little’ very loosely) film reference book that was published back in 2003 and has become one of the treasured titles in my library since that time. Edited by Steven Jay Schneider and published by ABC Books (Cassel Illustrated published it in the UK) 1001 Movies You…