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Who would imagine that a film almost entirely about the political process (the passing, in 1865, of the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery in the United States) could be quite so gripping and dramatic? It is both of these things and more, though in fairness, it does take a while to get going. We owe this largely to the incomparable performance of Daniel Day-Lewis in the eponymous title role, but Read more [...]

The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson’s, 'The Master’ was the second film Aliens & Others watched and discussed on Saturday. The association of the subject matter with Scientology attracted a lot of media attention to the film, but we thought the themes of the movie were less about that organization and more about dysfunctional relationships in general. The story follows Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), an isolated, Read more [...]

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) is truly an ensemble piece, starring as it does no less than seven of Britain’s best-loved veteran thespians. Directed by John Madden, Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy et al. Their aged characters all decide to spend their twilight years in the hotel of the title, an emporium that when they arrive is clearly a mere shadow Read more [...]

Skyfall Review

Skyfall was viewed and reviewed by our film club. Everybody has had their say about Skyfall so I will not attempt a review. I will merely record some thoughts that came out of some fairly heated discussions when the Aliens & Others met recently at the BFI Riverside Café. Bond himself has undergone rather a dramatic transformation over the years of changing norms and socio-historical circumstances. Read more [...]

‘Hitchcock’, Master of Suspense

He is the Master of Suspense... 'In Hitchcock's world we are all tainted by original sin and therefore fair game for attack,' says the narrator of the recent UK TV documentary 'Interview with the Master'. From 'The Birds' (1963), highlighting the apocalyptic sentiment of the 1960's, to the psychological discourse of 'Vertigo' (1958) and 'Psycho' (1960) or the high octane chase of 'North By Read more [...]


Looper is a piece of quality science fiction. Looper 2012 (dir. Ryan Johnson). Starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. It looks fantastic and in every detail (except the somewhat convoluted plot) is highly believable - a result, no doubt, of its unashamedly high production values. Whilst it is derivative of other well-known Sci-Fi films (The Terminator, Children of Men etc.), Read more [...]

Pondering Prometheus

Prometheus was certainly long awaited by the 'Aliens and Others'. Ridley Scott's latest film is an analytical feast. It is certainly a big film. Big vision. Big set-scapes. Big questions. Big holes. Big confusion. Perhaps with so much hype and expectation one is bound for disappointment? If I wasn't such a huge fan of the first two Alien films would I still have left the cinema with a sense Read more [...]

The Big Sleep

The Aliens and Others enjoyed another great evening of film conversation this month and by far the favourite of our chosen films was a Bogard and Bacall re-watcher, 'The Big Sleep' (1946). The Big Sleep still delivers on star chemistry and smouldering looks. The dialogue is filled with witty wisecracks and clever comebacks and I am reminded of the marketing line for this film at the time in reference Read more [...]

Fishing for a couple of Stars

It was a lovely warm summer's evening for Film Club on Friday and over a drink or two and a steak and 'salad', we came to some interesting conclusions about the May film choice, Brit Rom-com, 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'. I must admit that the warm fuzzy feeling one might initially have walked out of the cinema with, quickly began to fade after paying closer attention to the film. Yes, it ticks Read more [...]