April 17, 2019

(Background to Bloody Liberties #1)

In Bloody Liberties our aim, at least in part, was to play with the idea of ‘hybrid war’, or ‘hybrid threats’ as the American military has it.  What would happen to Britain if some mysterious enemy engaged in some kind of hard-to-unde...

April 5, 2019

In this last post on the background to Way Past Evil we’re going to get into some good news – the apparent decline in the number of active serial murderers since the 1990s – and some bad: the rise of the mass murderer, an equally disturbing creature.

To begin with, the...

March 24, 2019

While we’re still on the subject of serial killers, here’s a question: why are so many people fascinated by them? After all these are depraved, sickening creatures who have renounced their humanity and caused untold suffering. But among all the countless theories put f...

March 9, 2019

 Dennis Nilson

In Way Past Evil Harry Hawkins is thrown, for the second time in his career, into the nauseating world of a merciless, savage killer of the serial variety. For the big man, who has always been much happier hunting down villains, and murderers in general,...

March 2, 2019

THE HILL (1965)

We’re stretching it a bit here, as this one takes place in a military prison in the Libyan Desert, but as this is one of the best British films of its kind – of any kind – ever made, we figure why not. Directed by the great Sidney Lumet (an American, of...

February 22, 2019

EVERYDAY (2012)

We move now from rollicking entertainment to grim and slow-moving but fascinating social realism. Everyday gives us Jon Simm as a father-of-three who’s been banged up for five years. Filmed over a real time period of the same length, the film achieves an...

February 16, 2019

THE ESCAPIST (2008)

This one got a bagful awards, and it may have deserved them. The Escapist earns its place in our little list by providing an original and unpredictable (and, if truth be told, difficult to follow) twist to the usually routine escape-plan pic. The fil...

February 2, 2019

 Welcome to the first in a short series on British prison films. There may not be a mountain of great films in this genre, but the best ones are crackers!

THE CRIMINAL (1960)

Known as The Concrete Jungle in the States, Joseph Losey’s film is a hard-edged examination...

January 6, 2019

They don't make 'em like this anymore. 

Whether you think Get Carter (see last post) is the best post-war British film of its kind, or this is, or that this has to contend with some other movie to take the title, this is one hell of a picture and sits at the very pinnac...

December 7, 2018

'Jack Regan', it says on the IMDb website, 'is a hard edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police (called 'the Sweeney' from the Cockney rhyming slang 'Sweeney Todd' = 'Flying Squad'). He pursues villains by methods which are underhanded and oft...

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