• The Queen of the Big Screen 28 Dec 18

    Despite assumptions, it isn’t always easy being the beautiful girl in Hollywood… particularly when you’re Margot Robbie kind of beautiful. Having made her breakthrough as the tough but... Read More

  • The Sequel Effect 19 Aug 16

    It was ‘Sex and the City 2’ that did it. Watching four of television’s greatest characters prance around as if they were foolish, bad-mannered and even prejudiced, in not even the first but... Read More

  • Into The Noir 20 Jun 14

    Anyone who has relished watching old movies for pleasure will instinctively recognise these as familiar settings of film noir, a type of movie which has been described as not so much a genre, in the... Read More

  • Let The Belle Ring 6 Jun 14

    You couldn’t make it up. A girl in the 18th century, the daughter of an Englishman and a woman thought to be his slave, is brought from the Caribbean to live a life of privilege at plush Kenwood... Read More

  • No Country For Old Men 6 Sep 13

    It all started with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – or rather, it all started when the big players in the cinema game realised that the section of society they catered best for – young people... Read More

  • The Man Behind The Make-Up 2 Aug 13

    Johnny Depp may be the world's highest-paid movie star but as a teenager in Florida, working part-time in construction or as a gas station attendant, all he wanted to do was play his guitar. Money... Read More

  • DIng, Dong… 15 Mar 13

    In the late 1990s, for fans of American television drama, a battle raged between two incarnations of very powerful women. In the blue corner was Buffy, vampire slayer extraordinaire; in the red... Read More

  • Get Carter 4 Jan 13

    Being with Helena bonham carter, I thought, would be like meeting royalty. She laughs at the very idea. “People imagine I'm so cultured, intelligent and demure,” she begins. “I hate... Read More

  • The Return Of St George 20 Jan 12

    They say that the Golden Age of Hollywood has been dead and buried for decades – but that only with the recent passing of Elizabeth Taylor has the death knell officially been sounded. Tinseltown... Read More

  • An Actress To Remember 27 Aug 10

    Recently I watched Black Narcissus, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1946 Technicolour classic, in which a group of nuns set up a school and hospital in a disused palace-cum-bordello in the... Read More

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