2015, the Year in Film

This was the year that the Oscars themselves, rather than the jockeying between films, rocketed to the heart of the cultural conversation. A second straight year of all-white acting nominees sparked the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, raising a clamour that could not be ignored even in the glitzy surrounds of the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. … More 2015, the Year in Film

Review: Spectre

The secret of the Bond franchise’s longevity is not just in the fundamentals – the slick spy, beautiful women, grotesque villains and outrageous stunts. It’s how damn reactionary the series is. Adapting Ian Fleming’s novels went out of vogue in Sean Connery’s day, despite the occasional revival (the second half of Casino Royale) or borrowed title (thanks … More Review: Spectre

Rebirthing a Monster

“The world was to me a secret which I desired to divine…” Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a curious novel: as half-formed, ill-shaped and yet peppered with brilliance as the Creature itself. It is a rare case where the iconography of its multitude of adaptations and progeny – piling on the electrodes and burning windmills – … More Rebirthing a Monster

A Farewell to Studio Ghibli

Yesterday, statements from Studio Ghibli’s general manager Toshio Suzuki on Japanese television set off a firestorm online lamenting the end of the legendary animation house. What Suzuki actually meant remains unclear – although initial reports in English claimed that the studio was being dissolved outright, subsequent translations (and the absence of a similar pandemonium in … More A Farewell to Studio Ghibli