Following the sad news of Roy Scheider’s death, I was perusing his body of work on IMDb when I stumbled across a forum thread for Jaws 2.
It’s a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra’s bittersweet comedy starring James Stewart, has been voted the greatest Christmas film of all time.
For a while, Nicolas Cage was one of the most bankable stars on the planet. With his long, hangdog face and twitchy performances, he found his way into the hearts of many a cinema-goer.
“I’ll be back”, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infamous threat from the 1984 sci-fi classic The Terminator, has been voted the movie line we are most likely to quote.
Rachel Weisz has dressed up as Snow White in a series of photographs for acclaimed celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.
George W Bush has announced that Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a civilian.
As Halloween approaches like a masked man with a bloodied cleaver, the Telegraph’s critics have come up with an excellent list of the 31 scariest movie scenes.
The ‘Saw’ horror films have been voted scarier than the horror classic The Exorcist.
Hollywood star Tom Cruise delighted his army of fans with a two-and-a-half-hour walkabout in Leicester Square last night.
Rock band Oasis have joined the digital revolution in the music industry by releasing their first download-only single.
Troubled pop singer Britney Spears has had her visitation rights with her children suspended until she complies with a court order.
Chris Pine, a little-known American actor, has been chosen to play the coveted role of Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek prequel.
Not content with having Greedo shoot first, and the imminent release of the 675th box set of the series (this one’s made of tin!), George Lucas has announced a new development in the Star Wars behemoth a TV series.
Ben Affleck has announced that he will postpone the release of his directorial debut in the UK.
When ambition overrides common sense in the world of film, it can only lead to disaster, atrocity and humiliation, and the need for some directors to film their ‘defining’ novel more often than not results in an incomprehensibly expensive mess in the tread of the filmic trainer.
Have you ever heard about the Wilhelm Scream? Probably not, but the chances are that you have heard the scream itself.
Perhaps it was the thought of home, this performance being the final act in an epic meteorological tragedy, that caused the almost delirious level of expectation at the Pyramid Stage on Sunday night. The suffering was about to end - please, let it all have been worth it.
“September 21, 1945… that was the night I died.”
If you only know the perfectly lovely Reese Witherspoon from Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama or last year’s Oscars ceremony, then prepare yourself for a severe shock if you ever watch Matthew Bright’s ferocious, white-trash fairy tale.
When one thinks of Sam Peckinpah’s films, there are two themes that generally stand out - men past their prime and gloriously bloody violence.
There is a natural redoubt of embarrassment in the mind of the young, protection against that most heinous of onslaughts the sight of one’s parents dancing at a wedding.
After last week’s foray into the romantic-comedy genre, I felt the need to return to my Neanderthal roots with a sick, twisted, no-holds-barred horror movie.
Looking at my previous choices for this blog, I realised that I am quite obviously a big, hairy, uncouth, insensitive male.
The tragedy in Virginia is a senseless crime, carried out by an individual so disturbed and unhappy that we cannot come close to comprehending his state of mind.
It’s not often that a building is the main character in a film (Die Hard, maybe?), but Mike Figgis’s extraordinary 1991 thriller can claim that distinction.
Danny Boyle’s Sunshine is akin to the premiership of Tony Blair: initially intriguing, even hopeful, but ultimately a huge disappointment filled with hollow promise.
With Easter weekend just gone, Reel Life looks at one of the most powerful and controversial religious films of recent times.
A close call for a Hollywood A-lister over the weekend who “escaped” from a “deadly jellyfish”.
After three decidedly grown-up films (Hardware, Memories of Murder and Runaway Train), it was about time for Reel Life to find another hidden gem for the little ones to enjoy.
I seem to have arrived back in the office and fallen straight into the middle of a brutal and uncompromising debate regarding the relative positive and negative points of New York and London.
Who’d have thought it? A film containing the words “starring” and “Eric Roberts” that doesn’t suck like a… well, like an Eric Roberts movie.
With Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s masterful monster movie/family drama/political satire The Host rampaging onto DVD today, it seemed time to look back at one of his earlier films.
What a week in film, and it’s still only Tuesday! It’s been busier than Jennifer Hudson’s waiter.
Following Robert Colvile’s study of Oscar-winner prediction theories, I figured Reel Life should put forward a list of our own “will-wins” and “should-wins”.
Even though I am a committed fan of the “slasher” movie, a horror sub-genre where a group of [relative] innocents are hunted down and killed one-by-one by a monstrous, remorseless entity, I honestly believe that these violent tendencies do not follow me from screen to real life.
Are your children sick of Spongebob, tired of the Teletubbies, bored with Bodger and Badger?
Science fiction has created some of the most thought-provoking moments in cinema - the travel through the star gates in 2001, a replicant questioning its existence in the face of imminent death in Blade Runner, the entire labyrinthine plot of Total Recall.
In the second in our series excavating some undiscovered cinematic gems from the tar pits of obscurity we look at David Mamet’s 2004 spy thriller.
Filed under TV
When its final episode was aired in May 2006, the mighty West Wing left a huge vacuum in the schedules.
I’ve decided that every Monday Reel Life will write a paean to a great piece of cinema that has been tragically overlooked by the film-going public. So, to start with, here is a tribute to one of the most thrilling unknown movies of the ‘80s.
Ah, ‘tis that time of year again in old Hollywoodland, when careers hang in the balance like a long-forgotten ham. Yes, the most important film awards of the year are finally here.