12 Angry Men (1957)

12 Angry Men is not a great film. It’s very well acted and the dialogue is well-written… but it lets itself down with lazy writing elsewhere, facile plotting and a potentially dangerous message. This could easily have been rectified with a little balancing or a companion piece on the importance of justice being done in a situation where there is no doubt as to the defendant’s guilt. Continue reading

The Red Shoes (1948)

Obsession. Passion. The push for perfection. Ballet seems a perfect backdrop for that which keeps a film interesting. For most of its length, however, The Red Shoes is a straightforward story about some people putting on a ballet – with things going quite well, thank you very much. This cannot last, however – you know how film ballet is! Continue reading