Category WIWLN

What I Watched Last Night: Great Expectations (2012)

Director: Mike Newell Cast: Jason Flemyng, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine, Ralph Fiennes, Holiday Grainger Everyone knows the story, but here it is anyway; a young orphan named Pip leads a hard life under disciplinarian Mrs Gargery and her fumbling bumpkin husband Joe. One day, he steals away to his parents’ grave and comes across […]

What I Watched Last Night: No One Lives (2012)

Director:  Ryûchei Kitamura Cast: Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Lee Tergeson   ‘Don’t shit where I eat!’ What about slamming handcuffs through where you eat? Movie Quibble (me) went into No One Lives completely blind, which is something of a first; no trailers had been watched, and aside from the ‘unequivocally magnificent’ endorsement from Pete Cashmore (of […]

What i Watched Last Night: Double Indemnity (1944)

Director: Billy Wilder Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson  Despite being only the third out of Billy Wilder’s twenty six features, Double Indemnity  is perhaps his most highly regarded work, even beating out future mainstream hits like Sunset Boulevard  and Some Like it Hot (it came out six years prior to the former, […]

What I Watched Last Night: RoboCop – Director’s Cut (1987)

Director:  Paul Verhoeven  Cast:  Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith Having never seen sci-fi staple RoboCop, and with a shiny new remake out next week, what better time than now? Set in Detroit during the (probably) 23rd century, the city has become a maze like metropolis, while the social sector is all but […]

What I Watched Last Night: The Wolfman (2010)

Director: Joe Johnston Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving   When The Wolfman came out in 2010, it was to the widespread dismay of horror buffs and critics everywhere. Unfortunately, this homage/remake to the Universal  Wolfman  monster movies is less lycanthrope, more lycanth-nope. Set in 1891 in the village of Blackmoor […]

What I Watched Last Night: The Thing (2011)

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen    Don’t ask her for a light. Not only does The Thing take place in the harsh wastelands of the Antarctic, the opening title transcript stipulates that it’s winter to boot. Point being, it’s cold, and you would do […]

What I Watched Last Night: Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

 Director: James Whale Cast: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Eernest Thesiger Yet another classic horror film released as part of BFI’s ‘Gothic Season’, Bride of Frankenstein was screened (for free!) by Grimmfest inside the grandiose – and slightly off-putting- Reading Room of the John Rylands library, the gothic hive of Greater Manchester. Released in […]

What I Watched Last Night: Tron (1982) and Tron: Legacy (2010)

Whether the cheese fest that is 1982’s Tron needed a sequel is debatable, but it nevertheless got one (albeit 28 years after the event), and since I watched them both back to back, I’d thought I’d write about/compare the two. If human versions of all the world’s computer programs really did exist in some kind […]

What I Watched Last Night: Nosferatu and Bram Stoker’s Dracula Double Bill

As part of the BFI ‘Gothic’ season, a double screening Vampire night was hosted by Grimmfest  at the Dancehouse theatre in Manchester. A couple of speakers introduced the films – Nosferatu (1922) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – and they were keen to emphasise the Irish heritage of the Vampire legend. Bram Stoker, the author […]

What I Watched Last Night: Throne Of Blood (1957)

Dir: Akira Kurosawa Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Akira Kubo As it turned out, making a throne out of blood wasn’t really feasible  so he had to make do with a stool. Throne of Blood is a black and white Japanese film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, brought to life by critic’s favourite Akira Kurosawa (he also […]