“I only came about my cough...” 
[Sunday, Bloody Sunday; 1971]

Favorite films

  • A Warning to the Curious
  • Winter Light
  • A Canterbury Tale
  • Ordet

Recent activity

  • My Way Home


  • The House of the Laughing Windows


  • School for Secrets


  • Pedestrian Subway


Recent reviews

  • My Way Home

    My Way Home


    A suitably optimistic coda to Douglas’s autobiographical triptych. 

    The straightforwardness of prose and occasionally too-studied visual placings slightly neuter the charge established in the first two films, but that tends to conform to the notion that artists must suffer (or suffer for us). The welcome blasts of sunlight provide some hope, however rationed.

  • The House of the Laughing Windows

    The House of the Laughing Windows


    An atmospheric marshalling of expected elements. 

    As with any genre piece - especially this genre - it’s on a relative scale of worth, but church frescos, organ music and a sparsely populated countryside go in its favour until an attempted rape blots its copy book with gratuitous detail hitherto largely missing. A shame as the careful pacing and tangy photography suggests something superior (but then the technical prowess of these penny dreadfuls is rarely in doubt).

Popular reviews

  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry


    Pragmatism in excelsis; JFDI in practise. A film to reach out to for a periodic tonic, not just for the exhilarating thriller that it undoubtedly is, but for a fantasy manifestation of someone just getting things done in the face of everything. Harry Callaghan: everyday avenging Angel? Almost, but not quite.

    In a world where regulation piles upon regulation, a little reactionary kickback like this can calm material frustration, if not tame the bureaucratic beast from whence the rules spewed.…

  • Dracula



    Having seen more new BBC television drama over Christmas than I would normally wish to encounter, these programmes tend to coalesce, not just for their seasonal clustering, but for the depressingly similar attitudes and techniques on display. Dracula is perhaps the most egregious example of this gaggle.

    What do you want from a television Dracula, possibly the most adapted piece of fiction in history? Well, given the time and resource lavished here, something that follows the spirit if not the…