Staff Picks: The Masterful Martin Scorsese

Today marks the birth of one of the most influential American filmmakers in the history of Cinema, Martin Scorsese. To commemorate this occasion, we at A Fistful of Film have chosen to examine some of our favourites from his filmography; from his early breakout work, to his later modern masterpieces. Mean Streets (1973) By JacobContinue reading “Staff Picks: The Masterful Martin Scorsese”

Staff Picks: The Electrifying Ennio Morricone

Today marks the 92nd Birthday of one of the most accomplished and prolific composers in the history of film, Ennio Morricone. It was in July of this year the Italian maestro unfortunately passed, so out of respect for his life and his work, we at A Fistful of Film would like to look back atContinue reading “Staff Picks: The Electrifying Ennio Morricone”

Studio Ghibli #15: Tales From Earthsea (2006)

We’ve all seen the clip….. We all know what I’m going to have to talk about….. Okay, here goes; Today I’m writing about Gorō Miyazaki’s debut feature film, Tales From Earthsea, a film that is generally regarded as one of the weaker Ghibli films, and there’s even (and here is where the clip comes in)Continue reading “Studio Ghibli #15: Tales From Earthsea (2006)”

Staff Picks: Deep Cuts for a Killer Holiday

This year to celebrate Halloween the team here at A Fistful of Film tasked ourselves with writing not about the go-to spooky season movies but to write about our favourite hidden gem or cult classic that we’ve been watching this year. Our range of deep cuts covers a wide range of horror films from Romero,Continue reading “Staff Picks: Deep Cuts for a Killer Holiday”

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000), Traditional Gothic meets Cyberpunk Anime

Continuing my Halloween content for this column, this week I’m tackling one of the most famous animated horror films; Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Based off of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s long-running novel series Vampire Hunter D, first published in 1983, the series now has 31 novels comprising 44 volumes. The series has seen multiple adaptations over theContinue reading “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000), Traditional Gothic meets Cyberpunk Anime”

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2015), a Tremendously Overlooked Masterpiece

It should be obvious by now that I am a big fan of animation, but what may not come across as clearly is my love of horror as well. So in the run-up to Halloween, the spookiest time of the year, I knew I was going to have to put the Studio Ghibli series onContinue reading “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2015), a Tremendously Overlooked Masterpiece”

Saint Maud (2020), Isolation, Religion and Sexuality at the Sea-Side

Name a better combination than Britain and Horror….that’s right you can’t. Now I’m willing to admit that this statement carries a fair amount of bias, being a British Horror fan myself, but while many tote Japan, Italy, or America as the paragons of the genre, there’s an undeniable charm and legacy that Britain has whenContinue reading “Saint Maud (2020), Isolation, Religion and Sexuality at the Sea-Side”

Studio Ghibli #14: Howl’s Moving Castle

Following the success of his previous film, Miyazaki eyed up Diana Wynne Jones’s novel; Howl’s Moving Castle, as his next directorial effort after Mamoru Hosada, the director of Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, left the project after creative differences with the Studio Ghibli executives. Howl’s Moving Castle has become one ofContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #14: Howl’s Moving Castle”

Studio Ghibli #13: The Cat Returns (2002)

I really didn’t know what to expect when I watched The Cat Returns; all I knew about it was that it was a fantasy-focused spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, which already seemed weird due to how grounded Whisper of the Heart, mostly, is. Also I knew that the film was the sole Ghibli filmContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #13: The Cat Returns (2002)”

Mulan (2020), The Worst Movie that’s About to Break the Box Office

Author’s Note: This review does contain spoilers, specifically spoilers regarding elements present in this remake that are not in the original animated film. So even if you’ve seen the original but still care about this remake I would advise reading with caution. 2020 is an exhausting year for film fans. Not only have many high-profileContinue reading “Mulan (2020), The Worst Movie that’s About to Break the Box Office”