Akira at 25


This year sees landmark science-fiction anime Akira celebrate its 25th anniversary. What is the key to its longevity? Tokyo, 1988. The city, seemingly deserted except for a few stray cars, is wiped out...

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane – Previewed


It regularly tops all-time best film lists; what is it about Citizen Kane, asks Adam Scovell… For a film so much about the power of media and substantiality within public and personal life,...

Joss Whedon

In Profile: Joss Whedon


Previously best known for creating TV cult favourites such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon is a director at the top of Hollywood’s speed-dial list…  They say the geeks shall inherit the...

Midnight Cowboy

Matinee Idols


This week saw MGM launch its Matinee series in Picturehouse Cinemas. We run through our pick of a divine dozen… If this week’s screening at FACT of the much loved Billy Wilder-directed dramedy,...

My Neighbour Totoro

Studio Ghibli Double Bill


Screening at FACT this Sunday, Rachael Jones looks at a pair of very different Studio Ghibli films celebrating their 25th anniversaries… The earliest known anime dates back to 1917; however, the characteristic anime...

Dr Who and the Daleks

Pulp Pleasures: Dr Who


Ahead of FACT’s screening of a pair of Peter Cushing-starring Dr Who films, Adam Scovell investigates their enduring appeal… There’s something distinctly pleasurable about the two 1960s Doctor Who films.  They’re completely farfetched,...

Gimme the Loot

In Bloom


DW Mault on a pair of films dealing with the vitality and cruelty of youth… The romance of narrative is perpetually at odds with reality; which is a problem that longs for an...

Mud poster

Mud – Previewed


DW Mault finds danger and beauty in Mud, the latest flick forcing us to reassess Matthew McConaughey… Modern American literature is a bastard form of originality that sings from the descent of manifest...

I'm So Excited!

New Almodóvar film? I’m So Excited!


Ahead of the release of Pedro Almodóvar’s new film I’m So Excited!, Nathan Richardson ponders whether the Spanish director has his head in the clouds, or rooted in reality…  When it comes to...