Hellzapoppin’ (1941)
Fantasy / Film

Hellzapoppin’ (1941)

“Anything can happen and it probably will” the opening number of H.C. Potter’s wild and endlessly inventive musical informs us, And they’re not wrong. Based on a long-running Broadway musical revue starring comedians Olsen and Johnson (John “Ole” Olsen and Harold “Chic” Johnson) who transfer over to this film version, it’s a free-wheeling series of … Continue reading

Help! (1965)
Fantasy / Film

Help! (1965)

In 1964, with Beatlemania gripping the world’s young, the Fab Four made their first film, Richard Lester’s excellent A Hard Day’s Night. Though it had none of the weird, surreal fantasy elements that would creep into the band’s subsequent films, Lester brought an energetic and inventive style to the film that helped spark a boom … Continue reading

The Laughing Prisoner (1987)
Science Fiction / Television

The Laughing Prisoner (1987)

This short, affectionate spoof of the much-love British television science fiction series The Prisoner (1967) was a standalone spin-off from the hugely successful early-evening live music show The Tube (1982-1987), broadcast on Friday’s on Channel 4 and formerly hosted by one time Squeeze pianist Jules Holland who also stars in the film. At the time, … Continue reading

Anima (2019)
Fantasy / Music Videos

Anima (2019)

There was a time when the long-form music video threatened to become a “thing.” Mini-epics like Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983) and Bad (1987), and David Bowie’s Jazzin’ for Blue Jean (1984) attracted mainstream directors (John Landis, Martin Scorsese and Julien Temple respectively) and showed that artists with big enough egos and bank balances could take … Continue reading

Alice (1988)
Fantasy / Film

Alice (1988)

Original title: Neco z Alenky After a series of distinguished short films mixing animation and live action stretching back to 1964’s Posledn√≠ trik pana Schwarcewalldea a pana Edgara/The Last Trick of Mr Schwarcewallde and Mr Edgar, Czech animator Jan Svankmajer made the transition to feature films with Alice, a film that retained all the surreal … Continue reading