Recent Viewing part 1

The completist impulse is a key element of the collector’s mentality. For instance, I have forty-nine of Hitchcock’s features on DVD, plus his two Second World War propaganda shorts and season one of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. It’s not that I like all his films – in fact, I know I won’t ever watch some of […]

Recent Viewing

I went to see the new Studio Ghibli release a couple of weeks ago. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) is based on the Borrowers books by Mary Norton, mostly written in the ’50s. These stories of little people who live in the walls and under the floorboards of houses, “borrowing” unwanted scraps from the […]

Blasts from the past

Benjamin Christensen’s Häxan (1922): Criterion Blu-ray review

Restoration and Revisionism

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Stanley Kramer’s struggle to be funny

The Director as Sociopath …

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