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Blindspot 2017: Knife in the Water (1962)

On their way to an afternoon sailing on the lake, husband and wife Andrzej (Leon Niemczyk) and Krystyna (Jolanta Umecka) nearly run over a young hitchhiker (Zygmunt Malanowicz). Inviting the young man onto the boat with them, Andrzej begins to subtly torment him; the hitchhiker responds by making overtures toward Krystyna. When the hitchhiker is […]

Eyes On Film

Sometimes there are certain visual motifs in film that really stick out and become significant to the viewer. I was rewatching Spectre (2015) the other day, and whilst watching the opening title sequence with its brilliant theme by Sam Smith, I noted a film trope that caught my eye. No pun intended. What I noticed […]

2016 In Review…

Happy 2017 everybody! Like I mentioned in my recent December favourites post, 2016 has been pretty crappy for lots of reasons. I’m not going to make a list (because I kind of already did in my December post), but I think everyone could identify at least five terrible things that happened. As a result, I […]

Blindspot 2016: The Pianist (2002)

Roman Polanski’s The Pianist (2002) is a true story of survival, and is often included in lists of the best films about the Holocaust. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the film was also nominated for seven Academy Awards, eventually winning three: Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Its synopsis is as […]

Repulsion (1965): “I must get this crack mended.”

The first of Roman Polanski’s ‘apartment trilogy’, Repulsion (1965) is a film where one woman’s past history of trauma and resulting damaged psyche have a measured impact on her ability to function in daily life. Carole Ledoux, played to perfection by Catherine Deneuve, is a beautiful and young manicurist living in London, who seems to […]

Blindspot 2015: Chinatown (1974)

Here’s another of my Blindspot films – films which I have identified as a blind spot in my watch list, films that I probably should have seen already but have finally committed to actually watching in 2015. I recently watched Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974), a neo-noir mystery film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Its […]

On Location: The Time & Life building

This was one of those film locations that I stumbled upon accidentally – whilst walking past, I noticed the strange pattern in the concrete footpath and that it looked a lot like a certain scene in Rosemary’s Baby (1968). Then I looked at the mural inside the building next to the footpath, and the name […]

On Location: The Bramford

On the corner of 72nd St and Central Park West sits a very imposing looking building called The Dakota, or as it’s called in Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Bramford. The Bramford is home to Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse, and their strange neighbours Roman and Minnie Castevet. I was pretty psyched to get to […]

IMDb Top 250 Challenge Blogathon: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Hi everyone, here’s the follow-up to my cinematography post focusing on an amazing film that you might have heard of, called Rosemary’s Baby (1968). I wrote this review for the amazing Cinema Parrot Disco‘s IMDb Top 250 Challenge Blogathon series. The series is shaping up to be very successful, with lots of great films being […]

Rosemary’s Baby (1968): “Awful things happen in every apartment house.”

Firmly located within my top 10 films of all time, Rosemary’s Baby (1968) is a film that makes a permanent impression upon the viewer. Rosemary Woodhouse and her husband Guy have just moved in to a beautiful yet creepy apartment building that is rumoured to have been the location for a number of grisly murders […]