King Kong 1976

King Kong (1976)

King Kong (1976) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 166 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Unleashed in 1933, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s King Kong was one of the first purely cinematic myths. Although it made glancing reference to Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’ 1740 fairytale Beauty and the Beast, the film…

Grit

True Grit (2010)

True Grit first published by EyeforFilm There is a strange sequence in the middle of Ethan and Joel Coen’s latest film, True Grit. Headstrong 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) and her hired lawman Deputy Marshall Reuben ‘Rooster’ Cogburn’ (Jeff Bridges) are riding through the Choctaw Nation in search of Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man…

Water

Hell Or High Water (2016)

Hell Or High Water first published by Real Crime Magazine “You act as though we’re going to get away with this,” says Toby (Chris Pine). “I’ve never met nobody got away with anything ever,” replies his older brother Tanner (Ben Foster). ‘This’ is a spate of bank robberies that they have been carrying out together across…

Cutter's

Cutter’s Way (1981)

First published by Little White Lies Much as womanising slacker Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) finds himself late one evening in a rainy Santa Barbara alleyway at the same time as a silhouetted figure dumps a young woman’s body there, Cutter’s Way suffered the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Adapted…

R.I.P.D.

R.I.P.D. 3D (2013)

R.I.P.D. first published by Grolsch FilmWorks German-born director Robert Schwentke, whose career began with the genuinely unnerving psychothriller Tattoo (2002), has since answered America’s call, helming Flightplan (2005), The Time Traveller’s Wife (2009) and RED (2010). Yet with his latest, R.I.P.D., he has become fully naturalised in Hollywood’s land of the dead – and sadly,…