Art imitating life: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in ‘Almost Famous’

When Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away in 2014 from combined drug intoxication, film fans remember his subtle genius in his performances.  Even though he has been celebrated for his later roles, the performance that resonates with me the most is his turn as the late rock journalist, Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous.  … More Art imitating life: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in ‘Almost Famous’

Looking Back: ‘Beauty of the Beast’ (1991)

We all have our favorite Disney film, but for those who belong to a certain generation, the films released during the Disney Renaissance era (1989-1999) hold a special place. This era saw the company produce some of their most commercially and critically successful films in Disney’s history, by injecting its own unique brand of magic … More Looking Back: ‘Beauty of the Beast’ (1991)

Looking Back – pre-Halloween Special: ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (1992)

There was a time where horror films were not all about torture porn, found-footage or demonic possessions – this was a time when the genre was less indulgent in killing people. Francis Ford Coppola is known for his epic productions, such as The Godfather (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979), but after the intense criticism from The Godfather III (1990), his next … More Looking Back – pre-Halloween Special: ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (1992)

Looking Back: ‘Kill Bill Vol.1’ – girl power, samurai-style

“Revenge is a dish best served cold.” A proverb whose origins date from a French-English translation from the the early 19th Century, which has appeared in all forms of popular culture, such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.  However, it is its brief appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s fifth feature … More Looking Back: ‘Kill Bill Vol.1’ – girl power, samurai-style

Looking Back: ‘Scanners’ – more than exploding heads

In the early stages of Cronenberg’s career, he established himself as a prolific director of horror films by splicing his features with science fiction elements.  His efforts in creating a new sub-genre went unnoticed until his seventh film, Scanners. At the time of its release, Scanners did not receive a lot of critical acclaim, but became successful enough … More Looking Back: ‘Scanners’ – more than exploding heads

Looking Back: ‘Manhattan’ – an ode to NYC

A while ago, I wrote for a site that allowed me to explore old classics, as well as old favourites with a new perspective.  However, I have since stopped writing for them considering it was a North American site (being a UK writer, logistics and timings became problematic), essentially burying my articles. With that in mind, I … More Looking Back: ‘Manhattan’ – an ode to NYC