Cinema

david copperfield

The similarity between Charles Dickens and Armando Iannucci

May 15, 2020 1:46 pm

The director's new work, The Personal History of David Copperfield, is certainly brave

vertigo

Why does anyone still praise Vertigo and its creepy, wonky plot?

May 14, 2020 5:31 pm

Hitchcock’s thriller is hailed as the greatest film of all time, but its plot is full of holes and it’s creepy, and not in a good way

george formby british

Did George Formby and Gracie Fields really help Britain out of the Depression?

May 14, 2020 3:13 pm

Cheer Up! British Musical Films, 1929-1945 by Adrian Wright reviewed

marjane satrapi

Difficult women

May 11, 2020 5:15 pm

Marjane Satrapi, the author-director of Persepolis, tells Sarah Ditum about her Marie Curie biopic, exile from Iran and fears for the future of democracy

scriptnotes

The importance of sadism in writing a great screenplay

April 30, 2020 7:39 pm

Incitement to child murder aside, Scriptnotes is pleasantly technical

peckinpah classic cinema

What can we learn about coronavirus from classic cinema?

April 29, 2020 4:06 pm

My Sam Peckinpah lockdown bender

graham greene

How Graham Greene earned The Spectator a place in cinematic history

April 24, 2020 3:21 pm

The 400 film reviews he wrote for the magazine are full of sparkling observation

hud

Newman’s own

April 24, 2020 2:18 pm

A pink Cadillac in the Texas Panhandle

future hollywood

The future will not follow any of the already imagined Hollywood movie scripts

April 18, 2020 5:55 pm

We desperately need new scripts, new stories that will provide a realistic, non-catastrophic sense of where we should be going

susan rosenberg

The bloody decade: think America’s divided now? Try the 1970s

April 12, 2020 11:12 am

In 1974 alone, there were 2,044 bombings in America, with 24 people killed

belleville rendez-vous

The perfect film for family viewing: Belleville Rendez-Vous revisited

April 9, 2020 4:04 pm

Featuring the most endearing grandmother in film history, Sylvain Chomet’s pungently original and powerfully charming animation should have won an Oscar

coronavirus screenplay

How to write the Great Coronavirus Screenplay

March 27, 2020 2:21 pm

‘JESSICA is sitting on her Peloton bike. It’s April 2020. Rain slides down the windowpane. She hasn’t left her apartment — not even to go to Whole Foods — for almost a month’

portrait

Deeply romantic and wildly sexy

February 27, 2020 9:36 am

Portrait of a Lady on Fire reviewed

wells

Wells farrago: gaslighting the Invisible Man

February 21, 2020 11:38 am

Priapic shower-stalking and domestic haunting were never Wells’s style – not on the page, anyway

parasite

Joan Collins: Parasite didn’t deserve to win Best Picture

February 20, 2020 11:16 am

It now seems that it is absolutely prohibited to say anything about anything that doesn’t conform with the proscribed mores of the politically correct majority

greed

In this instance, Greed isn’t good

February 20, 2020 9:11 am

Greed reviewed

emma
austen

Some of the best Austen adaptations are the most unfaithful

February 17, 2020 11:23 am

Undoubtedly the freshest version of Emma was the one that looks least like it: Clueless

oscars

Even the Oscars after-parties have lost their shine

February 17, 2020 10:58 am

Hollywood celebrities talk a big game in public, but in private they enjoy letting their hair down

joaquin phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscars speech was beyond a joke

February 11, 2020 1:02 pm

What compels celebrities to make political interventions as if they were visiting foreign dignitaries?

oscars

The age of celebrity is dead

February 10, 2020 10:09 am

The internet has killed the Hollywood star

chinatown

Chinatown — that late masterpiece of film noir — could never be made now

February 6, 2020 12:08 am

The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood by Sam Wasson reviewed

taylor swift

The sad conformity of Taylor Swift

January 31, 2020 2:21 pm

Where is the bravery in saying exactly what your industry wants you to say?

polanski

J’accuse…!

January 29, 2020 3:12 pm

The banning of Roman Polanski’s film about the Dreyfus affair is history repeating itself

jerry bruckheimer

Style on steroids: the power of Jerry Bruckheimer

January 22, 2020 3:20 pm

Bruckheimer may think that the Oedipus Complex is a Greek shopping mall, but the set-ups of Bad Boys and Top Gun are classical