Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

For sheer balls-out entertainment, Ghost Protocol is up there with the franchise's best.

Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

After Benjamin Button and The Social Network, this feels like Fincher back in Se7en territory. Grizzled, haunting and beautiful.

Margaret - A Maze That Doesn't Always Amaze

A few thoughts on Kenneth Lonergan's post-9/11 coming-of-age drama starring Anna Paquin.

Woody at the BFI

As the BFI's season of Woody Allen films continues, we look back at some of the director's best (and worst) films.

And the Oscar for Best Eyebrows Goes to...

Jean Dujardin, whose tufts of facial hair can convey almost any human emotion. Don't believe me? Here's proof.


Bill Conti's Oscar-nominated theme for For Your Eyes Only teaches us how to write a Bond song...

BIFA Shortlist Puts BAFTA Longlist to Shame

Because what the internet clearly needs is another rant about how BAFTA has overlooked 2011's best British films.


A heart-warming blend of blood, ice and hockey, Goon is thugging brilliant.

Would Thomas Newman Be a Good Bond Composer?

Is Newman the right choice by Sam Mendes for Skyfall? Forget American Beauty and things start to look promising...

The Artist

A feel-good treat, pure and simple. You’ll swoon, you’ll sigh, you’ll want to tap dance.

Top 11 Films of 2011

What were 2011's best films? And how wrong am I about my pick for number one?

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Star Ratings

Well good


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Woody at the BFI: Bananas, Broadway Danny Rose and Bullets Over Broadway Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Sunday, 08 January 2012 16:48

As the Woody Allen BFI season continues this month, it seems apt to start this second look back at the director’s back catalogue with the letter B: Bananas, Broadway Danny Rose and Bullets Over Broadway.

Bananas (1971)

Bananas, Sly Stallone, Woody Allen - BFI Woody season 

Regarded as “one of his early, funny ones”, Bananas begins with a crowd stampeding a government office after El Presidente is assassinated. Amid the hordes of protestors, an American news reporter fights his way through the crowd with a wired microphone in hand.

It’s a chaotic opening scene and that confusion never lets up over a haphazard 80 minutes, but Bananas establishes a plot structure that Allen has returned to over the years: an unwitting, neurotic male chases after a female, only to get involved with a bunch of shady individuals – in this case, a group of rebels in the fictional dictatorship of San Marcos.

Woody Allen at the BFI: Hannah and Her Sisters and Zelig Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 07:35
Woody Allen at the BFI - Hannah and Her Sisters and Zelig

If you spotted Midnight in Paris in my Top 11 Films of 2011 or spoken to me at any length about film, you'll be aware that I'm a massive Woody Allen fan. I get that a lot of people aren't, especially after Match Point, but if you're only familiar with his Scarlett Johansson years, then I can't recommend the BFI's current season enough.

Tying in with the official re-release of Hannah and Her Sisters and Zelig by the wonderful Park Circus, the good old BFI are doing a retrospective of his work called "Wise Cracks: The Comedies of Woody Allen". Between now and Wednesday 8th February, they're showing 22 of the director's films - a sizeable 46.8 per cent of his 45-year output. 

The good news? They're starting off with two of his best. The bad news? I'm going to attempt to keep up with them. I'm not going to call it BlogalongaWoody. Yet. But if you're a fellow Woody fan and you do a wee blog about the BFI series, let me know and I'll link to it.