Category Archives: Filmmaking

Mood Indigo (2013)

If anything, Michel Gondry knows how to create memorable movie images. Who can forget Gael Garcia Bernal’s oversized hands in The Science of Sleep (2006); Jack Black’s sweded Robocop in Be Kind Rewind (2008); or Kate Winslett and Jim Carey’s

Mood Indigo (2013)

If anything, Michel Gondry knows how to create memorable movie images. Who can forget Gael Garcia Bernal’s oversized hands in The Science of Sleep (2006); Jack Black’s sweded Robocop in Be Kind Rewind (2008); or Kate Winslett and Jim Carey’s

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Longevity is a rare thing in the motion picture business, but what makes the Coen Brothers 30 year career truly remarkable is the consistent quality of their work. Co-writing, editing, directing and producing nearly all of their films, the Coens

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Longevity is a rare thing in the motion picture business, but what makes the Coen Brothers 30 year career truly remarkable is the consistent quality of their work. Co-writing, editing, directing and producing nearly all of their films, the Coens

Tokyo-Ga (1985)

Wim Wenders fiction hasn’t always hit home with me and some (like MIllion Dollar Hotel) I found rather dull. So I wasn’t quite sure what to expect about his film essay on Yasujiro Ozu and Tokyo city, the setting for

Tokyo-Ga (1985)

Wim Wenders fiction hasn’t always hit home with me and some (like MIllion Dollar Hotel) I found rather dull. So I wasn’t quite sure what to expect about his film essay on Yasujiro Ozu and Tokyo city, the setting for

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) & America’s involvement in the Second World War

If you’re looking for a good definition of swashbuckling, look no further than Errol Flynn’s performance in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). A heroic, swaggering gentleman, slightly rough around the edges, flamboyant in his swordsmanship and unmatched in his

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) & America’s involvement in the Second World War

If you’re looking for a good definition of swashbuckling, look no further than Errol Flynn’s performance in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). A heroic, swaggering gentleman, slightly rough around the edges, flamboyant in his swordsmanship and unmatched in his

My Oscars: Best and Worst of 2012

Best Debut: Ben Rivers for Two Years at Sea (also my film of the year).   Best Screenplay: Lisa Aschan & Josefine Adolfsson for the intelligent way they handle the angst-ridden introduction of young girls into womanhood in She Monkeys.

My Oscars: Best and Worst of 2012

Best Debut: Ben Rivers for Two Years at Sea (also my film of the year).   Best Screenplay: Lisa Aschan & Josefine Adolfsson for the intelligent way they handle the angst-ridden introduction of young girls into womanhood in She Monkeys.

The 2012 Cinema Year in Review + Top 10 Films of 2012

The Big Picture 2012 was in many ways a landmark year for the film industry. Worldwide, more films were screened with digital film projectors than analogue ones; Fujifilm stopped producing film stock due to low demand; the year also saw a shift

The 2012 Cinema Year in Review + Top 10 Films of 2012

The Big Picture 2012 was in many ways a landmark year for the film industry. Worldwide, more films were screened with digital film projectors than analogue ones; Fujifilm stopped producing film stock due to low demand; the year also saw a shift

5 things I learnt about writing shorts by watching Paris Je’Taime (2006)

1. The longer a story’s time span the more the writer has to rely on devices to compress time. For instance, Tom Tywker’s five minute story about the beginning, middle and end of a two year relationship relies heavily on voice over and montage.

5 things I learnt about writing shorts by watching Paris Je’Taime (2006)

1. The longer a story’s time span the more the writer has to rely on devices to compress time. For instance, Tom Tywker’s five minute story about the beginning, middle and end of a two year relationship relies heavily on voice over and montage.