ALAAP (Dir. Hrishikesh Mukherjee, 1977, India)

Alaap was released in 1977 when Amitabh Bachchan’s stardom was at its peak. It has often been said that the films he made with Hrishikesh Mukherjee saw a more restrained side to Amitabh. In the film Alok (Amitabh Bachchan) wants to become a classically trained singer but Prasad (Om Prakash) his orthodox father regards the… Continue reading ALAAP (Dir. Hrishikesh Mukherjee, 1977, India)

TAXI DRIVER (Dir. Martin Scorsese, 1976, US) – Omniscience

The Scorsese-Schrader-De Niro Taxi Driver has resurfaced yet again on the blu ray format with a plethora of additional material. The blu ray transfer makes for an astonishing improvement on the existing DVD of the film and what really jumped out at me which didn’t before was the clarity of the neon signs that act… Continue reading TAXI DRIVER (Dir. Martin Scorsese, 1976, US) – Omniscience

WINSTANLEY (Dir. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, 1975, UK) – ‘There shall be no buying and selling…’

It was pretty dispiriting to read a couple of reviews from mainstream publications that rubbished such an extraordinary and unique British film. I approached Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo’s Winstanley from an entirely neutral perspective and whilst I had heard good things about it I knew absolutely nothing about the real life figure of Gerrard… Continue reading WINSTANLEY (Dir. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, 1975, UK) – ‘There shall be no buying and selling…’