They Shall Not Grow Old – A Human Depiction of War

By Dan McGowan For me, the worry is that a film like They Shall Not Grow Old will descend into nostalgic ‘our boys’ propaganda, without decrying the horrors of warfare. Released on the centenary of the First World War – and screened by BBC2 on Armistice Day itself – I must admit that I approached the film with expectant vigilance. Instead, Peter Jackson’s restoration of … Continue reading They Shall Not Grow Old – A Human Depiction of War

Lady Bird: A Tale of Working Class Guilt

By Graeme McKay Vladimir Nabokov told us that good readers shouldn’t look to emotionally identify with the protagonist of a story, and for the most part I managed to avoid falling into that trap while watching Lady Bird. Most of the film didn’t engage me very much, but the working class guilt was like a gut punch: a sometimes overplayed, but always interesting thread that … Continue reading Lady Bird: A Tale of Working Class Guilt

Halloween (2018) – A Film About Trauma

By Chris Gallagher As Michael Myers walks past a crying baby, kitchen knife in hand, briefly looking into its cradle, a wry smile crosses my face. The Halloween reboot has made Michael Myers a genuine force of nature once again. As he saunters through Haddonfield, randomly and brutally murdering, it’s clear that this is the Michael Myers of the original film and not the subsequent … Continue reading Halloween (2018) – A Film About Trauma

Slime City – OST Review

The release of Slime City see’s yet another forgotten film score resurrected from the lost vaults of obscurity and launched into the ever-expanding world of vinyl soundtrack reissues.  The average soundtrack collector would be forgiven for having never heard of this obscure retro 80’s oddity, whilst others may think about giving it a miss due to the overwhelming onslaught of film scores flooding the market….but … Continue reading Slime City – OST Review

Nekromantik – OST Review

The score to the infamous German nasty Nekromantik was released earlier this year through the fantastic One Way Static records, another top reissue from the Belgian based soundtrack label. The film itself was infamously banned in numerous countries throughout the world due to it’s realistic gore, animal cruelty and an extremely odd threesome with a severely decomposed corpse. Jorge Buttgereit’s cult art-horror film was only … Continue reading Nekromantik – OST Review