Interview with veteran Hollywood animator Gene Hamm

"Working on Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings was my Woodstock," explains Gene Hamm, an animator now living in San Francisco who cut his teeth on the ambitious 1978 animation of JRR Tolkien's classic novel. "Everybody working on the production was just totally nuts. I'm amazed we got anything done because we'd have entire conversations just... Continue Reading →

Seven faces of Gary Oldman

Today – 21st March – is the 63rd birthday of the extremely versatile and supremely talented British actor Gary Oldman. Currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Mank (2020), Oldman has delighted fans throughout his near 40-year career, bringing to life a diverse set of... Continue Reading →

Thursday Movie Picks: Fake Identity

This week in Thursday Movie Picks – run by Wandering through the Shelves – we’ve been asked to list three to five films that feature fake identity. I found this a tricky theme, as there are many more films that focus on mistaken identity instead, so may have strayed from the brief slightly. If you haven’t... Continue Reading →

Musical Monday: Daft Punk bid adieu

French electronic duo Daft Punk announced their retirement in February, bringing to an end an illustrious, award-winning career that had spanned nearly 30 years. Famous for never revealing their faces and for wearing robotic helmets and gloves, the enigmatic duo (confirmed as Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) composed the soundtrack to 2010's Tron: Legacy.... Continue Reading →

Thursday Movie Picks: Forbidden Love

This week in Thursday Movie Picks - run by Wandering through the Shelves - we've been asked to list three to five films that feature forbidden love. If you haven't seen some of these films, expect spoilers! Romeo + Juliet (1996) The archetypal story of forbidden love is, of course, William Shakespeare’s 'Romeo and Juliet',... Continue Reading →

Thursday Movie Picks: Friends to Lovers

This week in Thursday Movie Picks - run by Wandering through the Shelves - we've been asked to list three to five films that feature friends falling in love. After giving it some thought I've gone for a feel-good selection of enjoyable films. Suffice to say, if you haven't seen these films, expect spoilers! Zack... Continue Reading →

Blogathon: Five Films Forever

I recently set some of my film blogging friends the challenge of taking part in a new blogathon I had launched: 'Five Films Forever'. The challenge: “You wake up to eerie silence. You call out ‘Hello?’ but no-one answers. You’re alone except for a film projector and speakers with infinite battery life and five of... Continue Reading →

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