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THE DAVID PARKINSON FILM BLOG

From Méliès to Marvel

David Parkinson has been a film critic and historian for 35 years. In addition to such books as A History of Film (Thames & Hudson) and 100 Ideas That Changed Film (Laurence King), he has also written for Radio Times, The Guardian, Sight and Sound, the Oxford Times, Heat, Metro and Empire, where he is a contributing editor. As well as the BFI website, he has also contributed to such online outlets as MovieMail, Cinema Paradiso, Reader's Digest, BBC Bitesize, Films in Focus, Network on Air and the Official Kenneth More website. He is also a film and media adviser to the Dictionary of National Biography and has been a member of the London Critics' Circle since 1996.

Parky At the Pictures (1/4/2022)

(A review of Exhibition on Screen's Easter in Art) The events of Holy Week are central to the mystery of the Christian faith. Visual...

Parky At the Pictures (25/3/2022)

(An overview of the features showing at BFI Flare, the 36th London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival) The BFI Flare London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival...

Parky At the Pictures (18/3/2022)

(Reviews of Three Floors; Hive; The Chaperone; Followers; The Metamorphosis of Birds; and Rebellion) Lord alone knows what it's like out...

Parky At the Pictures (11/3/2022)

(Reviews of Sideshow; A Banquet; The Grief of Others; Young Plato; The Sanctity of Space; and River) Lord alone knows what it's like out...

Parky At the Pictures (4/3/2022)

(Reviews of the films showing in the Cinema Made in Italy weekend) Cinema Made in Italy returns to the Ciné Lumière in South Kensington...

Parky At the Pictures (25/2/2022)

(Reviews of La Mif; Echoes of the Past; and F@ck This Job) Cinema-going may not be the most straightforward pastime at the moment. But...

Parky At the Pictures (18/2/2022)

(Reviews of The Real Charlie Chaplin; Flee; L'Arminuta; and In the Family) Cinema-going may not be the most straightforward pastime at...

Parky At the Pictures (15/2/2022)

(Review of Noel Cronin's Reel to Reel: A Life in Film) One of the treats of the working week for many film critics is the quick perusal...

Parky At the Pictures (11/2/2022)

(Reviews of Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy; Petrov's Flu; The Justice of Bunny King; The Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand; and The Dance)...

Parky At the Pictures (4/2/2022)

(Reviews of The Souvenir: Part Two; Never Too Late; The Waning Mare; A Violent Man; and Belle) Cinema-going may not be the most...

Parky At the Pictures (28/1/2022)

(Reviews of Parallel Mothers; Flag Day; Amulet; and Fanny's Journey) Cinema-going may not be the most straightforward pastime at the...

Parky At the Pictures (21/1/2022)

(Reviews of Natural Light; Never Gonna Snow Again; Memory Box; Boiling Point; and Torn) Cinema-going may not be the most straightforward...

Parky At the Pictures (14/1/2022)

(Reviews of The Hand of God; Swan Song; The Alpinist; and Escape From Extinction) Cinema-going may not be the most straightforward...

Parky At the Pictures (7/1/2022)

(Reviews of The Tragedy of Macbeth; Munich: The Edge of War; Titane; Shane; and The Story of Film: A New Generation) How did it get to be...

Parky At the Pictures (31/12/2021)

(The second part of the Parky At the Pictures Top 20 of 2020) Few will mistake 2021 for a vintage year for cinema. Many of the reasons...

Parky At the Pictures (24/12/2021)

(A Christmas Eve Nordic Special) There's nothing more vulgar than tooting one's own trumpet. But Christmas only comes once a year and...

Parky At the Pictures (17/12/2021)

(Part One of the Parky At the Pictures Films of the Year) The years keep rolling by and the time has come for another end-of-year...

Parky At the Pictures (10/12/2021)

(Reviews of Drive My Car; Uncle Vanya; Lamb; and Margaux Hartmann) So, here we are again! Normality is in jeopardy once more and...

Parky At the Pictures (3/12/2021)

(Reviews of Encounter; Lapwing; Dying to Divorce; and two titles from the 29th French Film Festival - Promises and France) So, here we...

Parky At the Pictures (30/11/2021)

(Review of The Danish Collector: Delacroix to Gauguin from Exhibition on Screen) Gallery shows might have been among the casualties of...