Random Chaos

… the consequences of not concentrating …

The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog (1927)****

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock The first real Hitchcock film, The Lodger uses the idea of a Jack the Ripper type serial killer on the prowl in Twenties London. There’s a trademark opening murder of a blonde girl which then leads to a marvellous montage of social media in 1926, including radio listeners using headphones from…

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Tenet **

Directed by Christopher Nolan Sooner or later, Christopher Nolan was bound to produce a dud. It’s just a bit unfortunate that it’s with Tenet, a film pushed to encourage people to return to the Cinema. All the elements are here, with a complicated story about time travel, a convoluted structure, and constant exposition. There are…

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The Pleasure Garden (1925)

Alfred Hitchcock’s first film as solo director (and the first film he was involved in to survive) is The Pleasure Garden, a typical melodrama where two hoofers discover and lose love. A major obstacle in watching this film is finding the BFI restored version which is full length, properly scored, and with the correct titles….

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#AugustProject

The post Lockdown period has proved the most stressful, like living outside the world. With the likelihood of a return to the total lockdown possible, it seems a good time to try and accept this is the reality for maybe another year. So, I’ve set up a number of projects to give a bit of…

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Eurovision****

Director: David Dobkin …although for those who hate Eurovision, I’d suggest it’s 5* purgatory. As camp and as ridiculous as the real thing, ¬†Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a great romp through all the cliches that devotees love, dreadful songs, outrageous costumes, over the top staging, and hammy performances. Will Ferell,…

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The Fallen Series***

Lockdown has presented a problem. Whilst challenging films can work a treat in a cinema, at home you are faced with access to mobiles, drink and nibbles, an undercurrent of unease and a desire to escape. Enter the Fallen series. Normally I’d give Gerard Butler a wide berth after 300 – I’ll admit to preferring…

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The Invisible Man****

Directed by Leigh Whannell Universal swerved a bullet when the original plan for a CGI tentpole Invisible Man starring Johnny Depp, went west after the failure of Tom Cruises’ The Mummy. Instead, we have a film smaller in budget and scope but far larger in the imagination. In many way’s it is closer in spirit…

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Aeronauts***

Directed by Tom Harper This lightweight adventure movie has unsurprisingly become the most successful Amazon film to date as its the perfect escape from the worries of the world around us. Based on a true balloon flight undertaken by James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne), it gives him a composite female companion (Felicity Jones) who has suffered…

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