Revisiting . . . Withnail and I (1987)

Withnail and I is not only one of the finest British comedies ever put to celluloid, it is one of the most hilarious and poignant of the entire genre…

It is the story of a scathing drunkard and his unfortunate sidekick; two out of work actors living in a squalid Georgian flat in Camden Town, London. The movie is set at the tail end of ‘the greatest decade in the history of mankind’ and as spaced-out drug dealer and uninvited frequenter Danny so aptly points out, ‘there’s gonna be a lot of refugees’. . .

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5 Love Hacks Learned from Watching Movies

Navigating the world of modern romance can be quite confusing and frightening.

There is a plethora of advice out there from dating gurus, Oprah, Tinder, and your mother. What if I told you that everything you needed to know about love was just a streaming service away?  Hard to believe, right? If you have several hours to kill and a bottle of your favorite beverage (I highly recommend Moscato or Scotch on the rocks) then watch Psycho, Disclosure, The Evil Dead or It Follows. Hell, Fatal Attraction is like a bible for avoiding Mr. or Mrs. Wrong…

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Stalking in Seattle – the twisted reality of Hollywood’s most famous crush.

The other night I found myself channel surfing like I sometimes do in the wee small hours.

On this occasion, Sleepless in Seattle happened to be on, so I began watching, happy to revisit what is admittedly an old favorite of mine. I know it’s hard to believe, but I do love me some schmaltzy love stories, particularly those that have a hint of nostalgia to them. However, it wasn’t long before I began to realise something…

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VHS Revival’s Bizarre Movie Posters – Part One

Promotional posters are an essential part of any successful movie. Not only do they offer the public its first visual insight into an upcoming picture, they help to promote its genre and theme, as well as the marquee attractions whose job it is to convince eager fans to part with their hard-earned cash.

Posters can make or break a movie. From the crudely drawn, minimalist posters of the late 19th century, the art form would grow in both scope and impact, employing illustrators and artists as visual connotations and conceptualization came to the forefront, altering the process from mere advertising to storytelling and subliminal appeal…

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Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)

I have to be honest; this is not what I was expecting at all.

On the surface it is everything you would imagine it to be. It is a movie about chainsaw wielding nutjobs masquerading as barfly hookers. It is grainy filters and sordid, neon-lit streets, a visual scattergun that would leave the likes of Tarantino creaming themselves as buckets of blood and viscera splash against sopping pairs of heaving bosoms. It is B-movie acting, porn star extras, and enough sleaze to leave you slick with delight…

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Revisiting . . . The Naked Gun Trilogy

Airplane will always be the original Zucker/Abrahams absurdity, and there were a few other notable efforts in-between, but for me The Naked Gun is the pinnacle of their deadpan genius, and there is nothing you can suggest that will ever change my mind.

There are perhaps a number of reasons for my particular bias, but the most telling is the fact that I saw The Naked Gun long before I did its puerile predecessor, and by the time I got around to finally seeing Airplane – of which I had acquired lofty expectations – the comedy seemed just a little watered down by comparison…

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