The Third Man (1949) Directed By: Carol Reed Produced by: Reed, Hugh Perceval, David O. Selznick, and Alexander Korda. Written by: Graham Greene, Carol Reed, Orson Welles, and Alexander Korda. Starring Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Alida Valli, and Trevor Howard. Oscar Count: 1 (Best Cinematography, nominated for Best Director and Best Film Editing).
The true reality of the world immediately following World War II has been largely forgotten. Most historians, if they discuss this time period at all, focus on the Cold War and the two superpowers, ignoring the ravaged Europe altogether. That is one reason The Third Man is important. It almost seems like a documentary of that time period, showing a Europe that was still coming to terms with the violence and destruction it had witnessed. It seemed as though the world was already moving on, forgetting about the people who were still living in dilapidated cities across the continent, and beyond. Continue reading →
Below I have posted some of my favourite movie posters from a range of different genres. Its rare for a poster to try and tell a story these days what with all the five star review from (insert random report no-one has ever heard of here) and other marketing gibberish but sometimes it is possible to blend art with commercialism and these posters skillfully show how its done. Continue reading →
It was the phenomenon that temporarily revitalised the English comedy scene. The genius of Alan Partridge may have planted the seeds for the change but The Office put down the big, fat exclamation mark that made everyone sit up and notice. This was not a “whose line is it next” run of the mill sitcom but rather a carefully layered, daring and experimental piece of art which spawned comedy gold from the everyday mundanity of a 9-5 job and the awkward nature of a deluded boss who thought that he was some sort of rock and roll celebrity.
It had heart, character and pathos but most of all it treated people to some of the funniest, most endlessly rewatachable moments of comic television in recent years. After some deliberation these are my choices for the The Office’s five funniest moments. Continue reading →
(This is the first part of a Larry David themed countdown tribute series with this article reeling off your humble narrator’s picks for the ten finest Seinfeld episodes.)
Seinfeld. It was the show about nothing that meant a heck of a lot to the millions of adoring followers who were taken in by an outrageously funny sitcom that was so refreshing in its vision of portraying people for who they really are. American values were thrown out of the window as friends needlessly back-stabbed one another, characters cared only for themselves and the sense of right and wrong became increasingly blurred.
Through nine seasons Seinfeld was consistently entertaining and inventive and this owed a lot to the fact that the show refused to let its characters grow stale by ironically never letting them undergo much change. The older they got and continued to act the same, the funnier it got to watch them and Seinfeld still stands up as one of the few shows to truly go out on top as opposed to crawling to the finish line as a shadow of its former self.
Choosing ten episodes for the following list was an extremely hard but also fun task as I was pleasantly reminded of why I fell in love with this show in the first place. Continue reading →