Film critic, novelist, photographer, style icon, wicked spinster, evil feminist. Likes frites, beer and chocolate. Lives in Brussels.

Woody Allen: from leading ladies to dumb broads

theguardian.com — Another year, another Woody Allen film. Whatever Works is his 39th full-length feature. The 40th (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger) was screened at Cannes, and he's already preparing his 41st. In France, where the Woodster is still worshipped as a god, you can practically set your watch by the annual Allen release.
Jul 22, 2015

@AmeliaMangan @cybersphynx Dates from Farrow break-up (sorry for link but easier than trying to stuff it into tweet) theguardian.com/film/2010/jun/…

The Thing set on survival

theguardian.com — Antarctica, 1982. The first week of winter. Two Norwegians in a helicopter are chasing a sled dog, which flees through the snow to a United States science station, where the 12 occupants emerge to see what's happening. One of the Norwegians accidentally blows himself up, the other is shooting wildly, and is himself shot dead.
Jun 16, 2015

@MentorsCamper Almost certainly. But what's the betting they didn't like the original either, when that came out? theguardian.com/film/2009/aug/…

Why restyle Great Women of History as cockamamie feminist role models?

theguardian.com — I have no intention of going to see The Iron Lady. This is not for political reasons (though there is that) but because it's by the same director as Mamma Mia!, which was like a drunken Club Med hoedown shot through a sock.

An education that is very British

theguardian.com — Blame it on too much early exposure to comics like Bunty, but I'm excited about seeing An Education, because parts of it are set in a girls' school that sounds an awful lot like the one I went to, except we played hockey instead of lacrosse.
Apr 23, 2015

I wrote about the shortage of movies set in girls' schools for The Guardian. Was this six years ago already? Blimey. theguardian.com/film/2009/oct/…

Helen Mirren tribute

telegraph.co.uk — You don't get to be a National Treasure without putting in a lot of legwork. Helen Mirren might be a junior member in today's triumvirate of Great British Dames - she was born a decade after Maggie Smith and Judi Dench - but like them her current fame is only the tip of a very large iceberg.

film's annus mirabilis

telegraph.co.uk — In 1982, the mood in the United Kingdom was one of brash optimism. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were the best of friends. Before the year was out, Britain would boot Argentina out of the Falklands, Princess Diana would give birth to an heir to the throne, and Henry VIII's flagship, The Mary Rose, would be dredged up from the Solent.
Mar 28, 2015

RT @Telegraph: 'Forget reboots and sequels: 1982 was a banner year for brilliantly original movies' telegraph.co.uk/film/blade-run… pic.twitter.com/6AkuyAuJGK

Mar 26, 2015

I wrote about the films of 1982 - genre cinema's annus mirabilis? telegraph.co.uk/film/blade-run…

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Why We Have All Fallen For Eva Green

evagreenweb.com — March 11th, 2015   G 300: Rise of an Empire, Article, Camelot, Casino Royale, Cracks, Review, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Perfect Sense, The Salvation, White Bird in a Blizzard, Womb   No Comments By Anne Billson There are few experiences in modern cinema quite as intoxicating as watching Eva Green behaving badly.
Mar 11, 2015

RT @EvaGreenWeb: A writer who gets IT! Read @AnneBillson's piece on Ms. Green: "Why We Have All Fallen For Eva Green" evagreenweb.com/?p=4499

Dark side of Eva Green

telegraph.co.uk — There are few experiences in modern cinema quite as intoxicating as watching Eva Green behaving badly. Whether she's an American housewife on the verge of a nervous breakdown in White Bird in a Blizzard, or fixing those deep turquoise eyes on her oppressors in the revenge western The Salvation, or wrestling demons in the TV series Penny Dreadful, it's impossible to tear your gaze away.

Kristen Stewart best movies

telegraph.co.uk — Last month, Kristen Stewart made history by being the first American actress to win a César, the French equivalent of an Oscar. This will have no doubt come as a surprise to her many detractors, who regularly flock to Facebook, YouTube and Goodreads threads to endorse proclamations such as: "I can't believe why anyone keeps hiring her", and: "Kristen Stewart can't act".
Mar 06, 2015

Great celebration of Kristen Stewart here by @AnneBillson (smashing in STILL ALICE, even better in SILS MARIA) telegraph.co.uk/film/still-ali…

Mar 06, 2015

This, by @AnneBillson, explains why Kristen Stewart is actually a hero to us all. telegraph.co.uk/film/still-ali…

Mar 06, 2015

Love this @AnneBillson piece on what Kristen Stewart is doing right. Superb point about Snow White and the Huntsman telegraph.co.uk/film/still-ali…

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The frightful rise of low-budget horror films

telegraph.co.uk — Filmgoers have been falling over themselves to complain about Fifty Shades of Grey, but I wonder how many of them will put their money where their mouths are by going to see another, more intriguing film about sexual domination that has just opened.
Jul 26, 2015

@MattBowdler All the most innovative horror films are low budget (not saying there aren't crap low budget films too) telegraph.co.uk/film/it-follow…

Feb 28, 2015

I wrote about It Follows, Predestination, Coherence etc & the current surge in great low-budget genre @TelegraphFilm telegraph.co.uk/film/it-follow…

Feb 28, 2015

RT @AnneBillson: I wrote about It Follows, Predestination, Coherence etc & the current surge in great low-budget genre @TelegraphFilm http:…

Feb 28, 2015

RT @AnneBillson: I wrote about It Follows, Predestination, Coherence etc & the current surge in great low-budget genre @TelegraphFilm http:…

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Aug 01, 2015

@moley75 Oh yes, definitely like the sound of that, but don’t have a DVD of it. Yet.

Aug 01, 2015

@catvincent Oh well that’s just great. What’s the point of them then?

Aug 01, 2015

RT @catvincent: Police may no longer attend burglaries - BBC News is.gd/HvqRYx

Aug 01, 2015

RT @SpielbergoAVC: Hugh Dancy for True Detective S3. He and partner Lawrence Fishburne investigate a serial killer who's also a cannibal. @BryanFuller will exe

Aug 01, 2015

@moley75 Yes, she’s terrific. I shall now seek her out in some other films. Think she’s in another Lubitsch on my to-watch-pile.

Aug 01, 2015

@hwinker Yes, I liked that too. If I'd been Hopkins I too wouldn't have been able to choose between Cooper and March.

Aug 01, 2015

@TheVideoTutor I haven't seen it, no. But I've heard it's good.

Aug 01, 2015

@tobytram I'll have to look out for that. I do remember The Walls of Jericho, of course.

Aug 01, 2015

@CraigatPorlock I wonder how deliberate it was. Doesn't seem very Lubitsch, though there's F-word in Scarface (1932) also written by Hecht.

Aug 01, 2015

@tobytram Oh I haven't seen that one for many years. Time to revisit these classics, I think.

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