You’re Sorry? Bullshit! Love Story (1970)

“I forgot my key.” “Jenny, I’m sorry.” “Don’t. Love … means never having to say you’re sorry.” And there you have it. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” The catchphrase that defined a generation. Or captured the spirit of a generation. Well, it wasn’t a generation I was a member of. I was … More You’re Sorry? Bullshit! Love Story (1970)

What you had and what you lost: Rooms on Fire (1989)

1989 I’m nine years old. Each Sunday morning, with religious precision, I videotape the music videos on Rage. In this pre-YouTube era, it’s how you get your daily fix of the promotional clips for Ian Moss, Madonna, Martika, Billy Joel, Jive Bunny. The one video I never record for Stevie Nicks’ Rooms on Fire. Stevie’s … More What you had and what you lost: Rooms on Fire (1989)

Tea and Sadism: Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

A few years ago, I was planning a book on British horror cinema. I wanted to look (in part) at how certain British horror films juxtaposed shots of twee English domesticity with scenes of cruelty and kink. All set against a backdrop of the perpetually overcast British countryside. The book was going to be called … More Tea and Sadism: Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

Our Playground Love: The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Remember soundtrack albums? These were everywhere during the 80s and 90s. A perfect piece of cross-promotion, if you ask me, promoting the artists on the CD (or cassette, depending on your vintage), and promoting the film at hand. Hands down my favourite soundtrack albums were for Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (1999). Yep, this film … More Our Playground Love: The Virgin Suicides (1999)

What the Duck?: Howard the Duck (1986)

The following is a guest post from Erin Reardon.  After many years accidentally ruining other people’s film experiences while working as an absent-minded, inept projectionist, Erin Reardon decided it was time to get practical and gain a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide with an English major, followed by Honours in History – … More What the Duck?: Howard the Duck (1986)

“The Trouble with Happiness”: Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997)

Nostalgia’s a funny thing. You find yourself dreaming of a past (and your heart will be beating fast) that was hardly perfect, but is nevertheless a dreamy diversion from the more complex, complicated present. Nostalgia is the key emotion fuelling Video Shop Daze. Nostalgia is also at the heart of Thank God He Met Lizzie, … More “The Trouble with Happiness”: Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997)