This is news to me, but the Oscars was established by Louis B. Mayer in 1929. The man who would go on to on to become the second ‘M’ in MGM studios. His…
This week I had the pleasure of seeing Darren Aronofsky be interviewed at the BFI and go to a special screening of a William Friedkin film, and in…
The sign of a great storyteller is their ability to use every thing they have at their disposal to tell the story. And not necessarily in a purely plot…
The first week of the New Year is almost over and with it comes 1 year of Video Shop. I’m really happy that so many people continue to read my…

December 2022

Filmmakers deploy the fabled single shot take for a variety of different reasons. But high among them is to increase tension. The best uses of it don’t…
The time of year where time and space seem to lack all meaning is almost upon us. There is a pressure in our collective imagination, a feeling that it’s…
This is part 2 of the newsletter than takes a look at 99’s obsession with breaking free of the system. This time it’s looking at what Spielberg called a…
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This issue of the newsletter is a special two parter - a bit longer, maybe a bit more essay-y than usual and in a slightly different format. The shared…
I apologise for the lateness of the newsletter this week. Please enjoy :) There are some scenes [sequences] in films that dominate the film. They stand…

November 2022

When you decide to watch a film there are two choices. See something new or revisit an old favourite. If you opt for the later you’re usually pulled in…
This is more of a filmmaker focused newsletter but this week the spot light falls on a performer. Someone who constantly delivers no matter what the…
I have vivid memories of me asking my brother to say when a scene was over so I could look back at the screen. And 90 percent of the time, that reaction…