So much has been written about W.G. Sebald and the use of photographs in his novels that it seems almost fruitless to write further around the subject. With it being one of the defining features of his work, and with a rapidly increasing library of volumes and handbooks exploring the writer's legacy, I struggled to … Continue reading Chasing The Ghost – Excavating Sebald’s Portraits
Every ten years, the most respected and articulate of film magazines, Sight and Sound, runs a poll voted for by the directors and critics of our time for their ten favourite films. This coalesces into a poll of fifty films and yesterday these were announced a long with a live tweet countdown of the apparent top ten … Continue reading Sight & Sound Film Poll 2012 In Detail.
Reviewing a film that almost solely relies on its twists and turns can be a tricky task. In the case of most Alfred Hitchcock films, the enjoyment comes from the suspense and the relief that flows over the viewer when the narrative twists and the shocks have been revealed. Hitchcock’s magnum opus, Vertigo is one … Continue reading Vertigo – Alfred Hitchcock (1958)