The Prison Movie

Is there some sort of catharsis when watching a prison movie?  Safe in the knowledge that one has not broken any laws that would cause them to lose their liberty. Of all of the genres out there for film, I am always happy to be the voyeur when it comes to the prison or liberty lost genre. Let’s take a look at some of the prison movies out there that has captured the Ronin spirit… Papillon (1973) A man with a butterfly tattoo on his back has been wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in a French penal … Continue reading The Prison Movie

The Heist Movie

It is a film about a team, comprised because each of them has a certain set of skills.  There is something that is priceless and is in an impenetrable safe or otherwise secure place. There is usually strategic planning in this film, the upmost detail must be examined and contingencies in place in case of any skirmishes. In most films, the viewer is rewarded with watching the heist take place as planned, however,  in the case Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 classic Reservoir Dogs, the viewer deals with the fallout of the heist, rather than being a voyeur to it. What makes … Continue reading The Heist Movie

The Underdog Story

Who doesn’t love watching a tale that captures the never say die spirit?  The tale where the unsuspected comes out on top. The underdog story is usually heart-warming, and if told well it will have the viewer rooting for the protagonist every time. There it seems are different categories in respect of the underdog story.  The obvious one is the sports tale; the individual or team regarded as a no hope, and through hard work and a training montage, they come out on top.  Here’s a few examples… The Longest Yard (1974) Also known as “The Mean Machine”. A former … Continue reading The Underdog Story

Tasha-Li Talks Movies with…

Garry Campbell Garry is the Communications manager for Groundwork: A federation of charities working locally and nationally to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities. He is also my little brother! I asked him a few simple questions about his relationship with film. Here is how it went…  What is the first film that you remember watching? I can remember two but can’t quite remember which came first:  The Love Bug (1968) by Robert Stevenson and Flash Gordon (1980) by Alex Raymond.  I’m going to go with The Love Bug as being my first.   Did it happen to have … Continue reading Tasha-Li Talks Movies with…

Taxi Driver: Saint or Sinner?

Film: Taxi Driver (1976)  Director: Martin Scorsese  Genre: Crime/Drama/Character Study Starring: Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle Cybill Shepard as Betsy Jodie Foster as Iris Harvey Kietel as Sport “On every street in every city, there’s a nobody who dreams of being a somebody”. The Plot Ominous music plays as a car emerges out of steam into a dark and threatening urban landscape. The camera flashes on Travis Bickle’s eyes, which appear menacing. The first scene after the credits introduces us to Travis as he interviews for a job as a taxi driver. He tells the interviewer that he is … Continue reading Taxi Driver: Saint or Sinner?