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  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

    ★★★½

    What saves this from being an utterly depressing study of an abusive, untenable relationship are the textures of Wong Kar-Wai’s images and Christopher Doyle’s fecund cinematography, which makes being down and out in Buenos Aires seem the place to be. Even though there’s the the usual Kar-Wai whimsicality in the second half with a character who is better at listening than seeing, this is a more focused work than his earlier films. Heavy going at times, but very worthwhile in…

  • Scars of Dracula

    Scars of Dracula

    ★★½

    Moderately amusing retread of previous Hammer Draculas fortified, regrettably, with added gore and nastiness, signalling the downward turn in the series. It breaks continuity with the previous instalment, Taste the Blood of Dracula, where the Count met his demise in England. Revived back at home in Transylvania, the Count terrorises the landscape and village surrounding his castle, this time with the aide of a colony of vicious, dodgy looking puppet vampire bats, and his heavily eyebrowed, unwashed manservant Klove (a…

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  • Foreign Correspondent

    Foreign Correspondent

    ★★★★

    With David O Selznick off his back, Hitchcock revels in the Hollywood playground and produces his first blockbuster. It's also, arguably, his most typical adventure thriller until North by Northwest (which is, in some ways, a rehash of this film). It lacks the psychological complexities of Hitchcock's best films (including Rebecca), and even though WWII is on the doorstep, it's less pressing a propaganda piece than The Lady Vanishes, for example, apart from the earnest (and pretty terrific) tacked on…

  • Man's Favorite Sport?

    Man's Favorite Sport?

    ★★★★½

    Paula Prentiss's Abigail is so consumed by Rock Hudson's Roger Willoughby — a fraud but also a sweet, gentle soul — she goes a little nuts. She can't leave him alone, which causes Roger no amount of grief, but it also leads him to become the best version of himself. In other words, she makes an honest man out of him. This is Howard Hawks's most extreme statement concerning the battle of the sexes. At one point, Easy (Maria Perschy),…