Grant McLanaghan

Tearing through movies like there's no tomorrow.

Favorite films

  • Memento Mori
  • L'Avventura
  • The Land of Hope
  • The Curse of the Cat People

Recent activity

  • The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

  • My Brother the Devil

  • Funky Forest: The First Contact

  • The Swindle

Recent reviews

  • The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

    The Legend of the Stardust Brothers

    A couple of feckless musicians join forces with an ambrosial fan, and armed with a slew of bouncy ditties and some corporate assistance, they take the charts by storm. Fame is fleeting however and soon they’re sliding from the neon-light-dappled peaks of 80s plasticity into the dark wells of obsolescence. You see, there’s always a new kid on the block, ready to assume the mantle of pop icon de jour. (In this case, it’s an evil Bowie/David Sylvian/Pete Murphy figure.)…

  • My Brother the Devil

    My Brother the Devil

    A beautifully shot, well-acted and authentic-seeming coming-of-age crime drama that risks imminent implosion due to some of its pot-boiling narrative choices. It’s a shame that the few female characters aren’t given more to do (especially in a film written by a woman – although, Amira Ghazalla gives a lovely, understated performance as the mother of the two main characters). Thankfully, the closing scene goes some way towards mitigating such transgressions; it’s subtly – and for the most part, wordlessly – acted, perfectly showcasing the film’s two leads.

Popular reviews

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers


    Its pulpy elements notwithstanding, this is an exemplar of 50s sci-fi. Arguably, it’s not *quite* as good as its immediate remake, partly because of the unnecessary voiceovers, some time-saving assumptions made by certain characters and the breakneck narrative pace. But if it weren’t for this film, the 1978 version would never have existed exist. And in any case, its creators had time to refine the formula. (It’s been many years since I first/last saw this and I was amazed how…

  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity


    This is the one Billy Wilder film I’ve seen (so far) that’s struck me as being Hitchcockian; even Miklós Rózsa seems to be channelling Bernard Herrmann. Regardless, there’s a reason why it’s held in such high regard. Hell, there are *plenty* of reasons but the layered script is a key factor, as are the more-rounded-than-one-might-expect characters, including Edward G Robinson’s detail-oriented but humanistic Keyes, the film’s moral centre. I’ll bet Fred MacMurray (in particular) and Barbara Stanwyck couldn’t believe their…