LES DIABOLIQUES

Glasgow Film Theatre, 31.03.11 My first encounter of a film adaption of the novel Celle Qui N'Etait Plus by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac was the Hollywood version from 1996, Diabolique (Jeremiah Chechik), which was credited as 'based on' both the novel and this original French film from 1955, written and directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.  The American version was … Continue reading LES DIABOLIQUES

SUBMARINE

Cineworld Glasgow, 25.03.11 On the walls of teenager Oliver Tate's (Craig Roberts) bedroom in his family home in 1980's Swansea are numerous film posters and drawings.  Alongside a portrait of Woody Allen are posters for the French nouvelle vague film Ma Nuit Chez Maud (Eric Rohmer, 1969) and Jean-Peirre Melville's Le Samourai (1967).  The iconic image … Continue reading SUBMARINE

TINTIN AT THE MOVIES

TINTIN AND THE MYSTERY OF THE GOLDEN FLEECE (1961) TINTIN AND THE BLUE ORANGES (1964) BFI DVD As a young boy growing up in the West of Scotland, I used to read the Hergé comic books about the boy reporter Tintin and his globe-trotting adventures with his faithful dog Snowy and friends Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus.  There was … Continue reading TINTIN AT THE MOVIES

OSS 117: CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES & LOST IN RIO

ICA FILMS DVD Spoof movies are a difficult thing to get right, and even more so when a successful first movie gives rise to a sequel or two.  For every Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Naked Gun and Hot Shots! there is an Austin Powers: Goldmember, Naked Gun 33 1/3 and a Hot Shots: … Continue reading OSS 117: CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES & LOST IN RIO

THE LINCOLN LAWYER

Cineworld Glasgow, 19.03.11 It's sometimes difficult to remember that Matthew McConaughey can be taken seriously as an actor.  It's been a while since the earnest lawyers portrayed in Amistad (1997, Spielberg) and A Time To Kill (1996, Schumacher), and even the easy-going charm of EdTV (1999, Howard)  and Sahara (2005, Eisner) has worn thin with a serious … Continue reading THE LINCOLN LAWYER