The Stars Are Going Out?

The night sky is supposedly looking ever darker for Hollywood, for the stars are apparently disappearing. A recent Hollywood Reporter suggests that Leonardo DiCaprio is the last actor whose very presence elevates the film’s status and suggests its high quality. His films rarely flop, and he does not depend on social media, or doing multiple […]

Retrospective Reviews: Jackie Brown (1997)

Watch this as soon as you can… Coming second in a tournament will always appear disappointing if you have already won the same competition; likewise, creating an impressive piece of cinema will always be considered a disappoint if you are making a follow-up to what is widely, and rightfully, considered to be one of the […]

Privilege in the Film Industry

A recent article in The Guardian, “Nepotism in the movies: it’s time to call out the acting school of mum and dad”, written by Caspar Salmon, rightly addresses a usually unnoticed issue in the acting industry: acting is becoming an increasingly upper-middle class profession. However, Salmon’s choice to describe this as “nepotism” does not go […]

Tarantino and His Tropes

Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is sadly not out in the UK yet. I’ve still got a little while to wait before I can see what is shaping up to be one of the strongest films of the year. The reviews are looking good, and the hype is growing. Whilst […]