Gawd Bless the British Film Institute. In an era of Brexit, white supremacism and Nigel Farage, where marauding bands of neo-nazis are (probably) roaming the streets and murdering members of minority groups on the spot, the good old BFI is a bastion of British middle class values. If it wasn’t for the BFI my film […]Read more "The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands (1927)"
My house has two lounges, it was one of the main reasons we bought the place. We tend to use the upstairs lounge for entertaining and for family stuff during the day and then we repair to the downstairs lounge after dinner to get the kids tired and settle into a good evenings TV/film viewing. […]Read more "The Lost Battalion (2001)"
My film today is actually a radio play which I happened upon by mistake while trying to dig out the 1930 film version of ‘Journey’s End’. I thought I’d give it a go, why not? Push my boundaries a bit and see what the world of radio had to offer me. So I downloaded the […]Read more "Journey’s End (BBC Radio Play 1970)"
It’s quite rare for me to get to review films around the date of their initial release. I think the last time it happened was for Russell Crowe’s ’The Water Diviner’ a couple of years back. It’s also quite rare for a Great War Film to be based in Los Angeles. And finally it’s VERY […]Read more "Alistair1918 (2015)"
My original plan was to do this one first. All Quiet on the Western Front was originally going to be review number one on this here blog but I demurred, some might say panicked. Much like the ‘Fake Sheikh’ (an undercover newspaper reporter for any non UK readers) when offered a thick strip of cocaine […]Read more "All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)"
I’ve been to Serbia once before on my journey through the world of Great War Films having reviewed ‘March on the Drina’ (1964). I liked that film, its’ foreign-ness from the usual British, French and American fayre I’ve become accustomed to. ‘March on the Drina’ had a fair bit to offer. It gave me some […]Read more "St George Shoots the Dragon (2009)"
I hope you don’t all think I spend my life only watching films about the Great War. I do have a full and rewarding life away from movies and these Great War Films are just a small part of me. In film terms I also have a current addiction to pre-ish/post-ish WW2 era Japanese films. […]Read more "The Spy in Black (1939)"