Film critic, novelist and photographer. Likes frites, beer and chocolate. Lives in Brussels.

Horror: the film genre where men don't have all the fun — It's that time of the year again, when articles like Top Ten Ghosts, The Spookiest Movies Ever Made and Why Do We Enjoy Being Scared? start crawling out of the woodwork.

What makes a Water Cooler Movie? — 1) Genre Thrillers (Gone Girl, Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Jagged Edge) are more likely to attain Water Cooler Movie status than, say, superhero movies or action films. It helps to have at least one strong female character - unless you want the ensuing media debate to be all-male, which, let's face it, isn't nearly as much fun, and cuts out half your potential audience at a stroke.

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Hugh Grant: the most undervalued actor of his generation? — Meanwhile, his Hollywood career got off to a dismal start with Chris Columbus's cackhanded Nine Months, in which unplanned pregnancy throws him and Julianne Moore into an unfunny tizzy. Two weeks before its premiere in 1995, Grant was arrested near Sunset Boulevard while being pleasured in his car by a prostitute called Divine Brown.

Taking the lead: why every film is better with a dog — What do you get when you pair Tom Hardy with a dog called Rocco? Screen magic! Only cynophobics and Hardy haters will be able to resist the combination of Brando-esque shambling and puppy-nuzzling that takes centre-stage in The Drop - adapted by Dennis Lehane from his own story, Animal Rescue, and a creditable English language debut for Belgian director Michaël Roskam.

Lindsay Lohan: can the bad girl come good? — Disney signed her to a three picture deal, starting with another remake, the amusing body-swap comedy Freaky Friday, in which she proved to be a precocious comedienne and clever mimic (she has to impersonate her own mother, played by Jamie Lee Curtis).

Toilet roles: great lavatorial moments in film — In Julianne Moore's astonishing performance as an ageing Hollywood actress in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars - out now - as an ageing Hollywood actress, amid the astonishing display of naked egotism, neurotic insecurity and brutal close-ups, one scene stands out as even more fearless than the others.

CAT OF THE DAY 009: SLEEPWALKERS — CAT OF THE DAY 009: SLEEPWALKERS (1992) "Sleep'walk'er n. Nomadic shapeshifting creatures with human and feline origins. Vulnerable to the deadly scratch of the cat, the sleepwalker feeds upon the lifeforce of virginal human females. Probable source of the vampire legend." - Chillicoathe Encyclopedia of Arcane Knowledge, 1st edition, 1884.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Grand Place, Brussels, review: 'match made in heaven' — Katharine Hepburn once said of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, "he gives her class, and she gives him sex appeal." The same could be said of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. He's a living legend, one of the classic American voices and master of the sort of deceptively laid-back delivery that takes a lifetime to pull off.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @NitrateDiva: Now THIS is a monster mash! Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Peter Lorre, and Vincent Price:

Oct 31, 2014

@Editmonster @2timesF It reminds me a bit of this (great scene, but only versions on YouTube are filmed off the TV):…

Oct 31, 2014

Switched channels after Inception to this BBC Gothic trailer - isn't that Zimmer's Inception music again?

Oct 31, 2014

@cybersphynx But oh boy, I would LOVE to sit in on one of Michael Caine's lectures on Dream Architecture at the Sorbonne!

Oct 31, 2014

@MonochromeThief I quite fancy that; unfortunately, only versions at my local cinemas are all dubbed into French or Dutch (because kids)

Oct 31, 2014

@thisbrokenwheel Fantastically ambitious & packed with ideas, but for me doesn't quite deliver. Actors do their best but characters sketchy.

Oct 31, 2014

@cybersphynx It's a lovely theme. The film is fantastically ambitious & packed with wonderful ideas, but for me it doesn't quite deliver.

Oct 31, 2014

@MonochromeThief My Lord, she looks... dead! I guess that was the idea. Gawd that film made me cry and cry.

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