Subversive: George A. Romero


It is a pleasing truth that there is more at play in the films of George A. Romero than mere blood and guts…  Though hardly the first director to tackle Zombies (it is...

On the set of Shame: Michael Fassbender (l) and Steve Mcqueen (r)

In Profile: Steve McQueen


How many Turner Prize-winning artists does it take to make a Hollywood feature? By our count, just the one… When Steve McQueen won the Turner Prize in 1999, the jury noted the “poetry...

Mark Kermode

The Big Interview: Mark Kermode


Ahead of the release of his forthcoming book, we caught up with the Observer’s new film critic, Mark Kermode… Kermode on: his new book, Hatchet Jobs: Love Movies, Hate Critics When I started...

F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) - new restoration

Nosferatu and the Early Achievements of Horror Cinema


Adam Scovell salutes a classic of the horror genre and the films that laid the groundwork for its success… In his excellent 2010 series, A History of Horror, Mark Gatiss stated that the...

Woody Allen

There’s Something about Woody


Woody Allen fan waiting with trepidation for the release of Blue Jasmine? You’re not alone… “New York was his town, and it always would be…” Whenever I think, read or hear about Woody...


Elysium and the story of Cinematic Dystopia


Thought sci-fi cinema was all about the CGI? Andrew Kirkland explores silver-screen dystopia and finds it’s the perfect way to package political and social issues… “Everybody wants to ask me lately about my predictions...

Don't Look Now, dir. Nic Roeg.

In Profile: Nic Roeg


The Man Who Fell to Earth illustrates perfectly the rich if incongruent career of director Nic Roeg… In every sense of the word, Nicholas Roeg has had a remarkable career. Before making his...

Princess Mononoke

Studio Ghibli Season – Previewed


Internationally admired event movies and the perfect cure for a hangover? Studio Ghibli’s wonders never cease… Nursing a hangover on Saturday, it was with some relief to find My Neighbour Totoro, a product...


Wadjda – Reviewed


The first full length feature produced in Saudi Arabia, James Hampson considers Wadjda, a film about a girl and her bike, and so much more…  Wadjda is a film of firsts: it is...