The Big Bounce

How the filmmakers came up with this flashy trash claiming it to be an interpretation of Elmore Leonard’s great novel about aberrance is unfathomable. Wretched, despicable, unwatchable.

The Scalphunters

Very dark subjects – slavery and the hunting of Indians – in a very dark period of American expansion are given comic treatment in this flawed Western, starring Burt Lancaster and Telly Savalas.


Josef von Sternberg’s gangster movie – reckoned to be the first gangster movie ever made – stands up very well; a bit like watching the original Boardwalk Empire.

The 300 Spartans

Pretty silly but not as bad as I remember. Good spectacle and David Farrar’s portrayal of the inept and bewildered King Xerxes is fun. Above is the trailer for the film, which you can watch in its entirety here.

No Country for Old Men

Faithful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel. Simpering, whimpering Kelly Macdonald annoys.

Dr M.

Claude Chabrol has a go at the story of Dr Mabuse, the arch criminal who peddles chaos, terror and death. It’s pretty awful, almost unwatchable. Jennifer Beals looks remarkably like Joey Ramone.

The Thousand Eyes of Dr Mabuse

Fritz Lang returned to Germany from Hollywood in 1960 to make this film, his final say on the master criminal Dr Mabuse.

Get Shorty

Pretty good version of the Elmore Leonard novel. Maybe a little conservative.


The story is not credible and the plot full of holes, but the film is entertaining enough.

Dr Mabuse the Gambler, Part Two: Inferno

The second part of Fritz Lang’s silent classic is relentlessly grim. It's got suicide, murder, kidnap and loads of insanity. See the film here.