Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Origins of an auteur - Wes Craven

John Hitchcock (Hitchcock's World) came with an idea a blogothon that analysed and compared the first film of a director's career to discuss whether the director in question is an Auteur. In a nut shell an Auteur is theory that the director is a the author of their film. I can't fully recommended John Hitchcock's blog enough, a lot of his work is very focused on female representation in cinema, plus there loads of interesting other essays that are certainly worth reading and he hates the films of Jean Luc Godard


  1. Pick one director and identify his or her first feature film. It must be the first feature film (i.e. over one hour runtime) listed in her/his filmography.
  2. While you will be primarily discussing that one film, you should have an understanding at least some of the director's later films, enough to be able to recognize his or her style.
  3. Analyze your chosen film in relation to the director's later projects. What elements of his or her style do you see here?
  4. Keep in mind that this blogathon is based on critical thinking and analysis, not simply on whether you liked the film. Your post should not be so much on the film itself as what it says about the director.
  5. Repeats (i.e. two people writing about the same director and film) are acceptable, but discouraged. If you do choose a topic someone else is writing about, try to find something different to say on the subject.
  6. Include a banner and a link back to this post. There are several banners to choose from below, and you are permitted to create your own provided they fit the blogathon's themes.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

2015 Horror Double Bill

A young, newlywed couple (played by Andy Ostroff and Heather Adair) find their lives thrown into chaos when their eight year old daughter, Imogen (Alyssa Koerner), begins to shows signs of distinctly odd behaviour.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Seventh Son

Many decades ago Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) imprisons the evil Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) for eternity, however Malkin escapes and when Master Gregory and his apprentice (Kit Harington) attempt to recapture her, Gregory's apprentice is killed in action. Master Gregory needs a new apprentice and quickly finds Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), a seventh son of a seventh son. The two embark on an adventure to stop Mother Malkin destroying the world. 

Inside Out

It is without doubt that on any given day you have looked at someone and thought 'what's going on inside their head'? I too have thought such a thing, and I even thought that about my own head and have gotten no closer to finding an answer. Inside Out looks into the mind of young child, Riley (Kaityln Dias), who quite recently has moved from Minnesota to San Francisco leaving her friends, hockey team and life behind whilst inside her mind both Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) are sucked out of the main central complex leaving Riley grumpy and depressed.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has just finished serving his prison term, he wants to see his daughter but his estranged ex-wife demands that he first finds a stable job and an apartment, however finding a job is difficult because of his criminal record. So he agrees to do one last job to raise the cash, and on this job Scott finds a suit that allows the wearer to become a tiny version of himself. The suit is owned by a Dr Pym (Michael Douglas) who recruits, trains and prepares Scott to fight against his protégé, Darren Cross (Corey Stroll), who also has created a suit with similar powers, and Pym fears that no good will come of this.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

2015 Catch Up Part 1

Sonny Kapoo (Dev Petal) has dreams of expanding his business and opening up the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but first he must impress a mystery reviewer whose recommendation will decide whether Sonny's expansion plans are to go ahead. 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Thursday Movie Picks #53: Science Fiction Movies (No Space/Aliens)

I missed last week's Thursday Movie Picks because I went on a road trip of my own. Due to a train driver strike I was forced to catch the bus to get to a small town in Gloucestershire instead of using the train. I left the house at 8.30 am and didn't get back to 10pm so I had no time to write or publish my three favourite Road Movies. Anywho I am back this week. The instigator of Thursday Movie Picks can be found here - http://wanderingthroughtheshelves.blogspot.co.uk/