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Boogie Nights (1997)

October 10th, 1997 | by Padraic Coffey

“Everyone’s blessed with one special thing”, Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) pensively declares in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. The empty-headed


Hard Eight (1996)

January 20th, 1996 | by Padraic Coffey

Film criticism can be a sometimes hazardous endeavour, susceptible to derision when viewed in retrospect. This risk is heightened when


Chinatown (1974)

June 20th, 1974 | by Padraic Coffey

Though released in 1974, Chinatown begins with the Paramount logo of old, that instantly recognisable pyramidal mountain, bathed in a


The Battle of Algiers (1966)

September 8th, 1966 | by Padraic Coffey

Few political films have been as influential as Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers. Produced in 1966, remarkably, only four


Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

December 10th, 1962 | by Padraic Coffey

To see David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen is to be dwarfed by the sheer scale of


Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

October 5th, 1961 | by Padraic Coffey

Of the many clichés regularly peddled out by pseudo-intellectuals attempting to assert their cultural superiority, perhaps the most obliviously small-minded


The Apartment (1960)

June 15th, 1960 | by Padraic Coffey

On the surface, it would seem ludicrous to compare John McTiernan’s 1988 trailblazing action thriller Die Hard with Billy Wilder’s 1960


Vertigo (1958)

May 9th, 1958 | by Padraic Coffey

In 2012, Alfred Hitchock’s Vertigo managed a feat that no other film had accomplished in fifty years; usurping Orson Welles’


Wild Strawberries (1957)

December 26th, 1957 | by Padraic Coffey

Though it would be crudely reductionist to assess the discrepancies between European and American cinema by a simple comparative study


12 Angry Men (1957)

April 12th, 1957 | by Padraic Coffey

Many courtroom thrillers fall into the category of ‘whodunit’, stories in which a crime has been committed, the perpetrator of



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