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Film review - Wings (William A. Wellman, 1927)

For all its technological achievements and successes as a great tale, William A. Wellman’s 1927 cinematic epic is remembered for one thing – it’s the first film to win the Best Picture Academy Award. 1,003 more words


Ivan Booze

When I first watched Yuen Woo-Ping’s 1978 kung fu slapsticker Drunken Master in 2000 (back then referred to as “the year 2000” to avoid confusion with the B-boy dance move) 340 more words


Film review - Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, 1957)

If you’re a casual fan of the history of cinema, you may be forgiven for thinking that Stanley Kubrick has only released eight films.

The reason for this misunderstanding? 737 more words


Der Letzte Mann / The Last Laugh (F. W. Murnau, 1924)

Alfred Hitchcock once described Murnau’s The Last Laugh as an “almost perfect film”. Watching it now it’s hard to disagree with him.

The film stars Emil Jannings as a nameless aging doorman at a well-respected hotel in Germany. 359 more words

Film Review

Movies Watched in February 2017 Part II

The movies are really piling up in February, hence some shorter reviews for films that really deserve more coverage. Some of these I plan to return to later, but for now, I hope the following mini-reviews will suffice. 1,507 more words