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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 (7/3/2023)

(Review of Mary Cassatt: Painting the Modern Woman) Having previously entrusted Ali Ray with Frida Kahlo (2020), Exhibition on Screen...

Parky At the Pictures (3/3/2023)

(Reviews of Subject; I'm Fine (Thanks For Asking); Une Femmina; Primadonna; Electric Malady; and Fashion Reimagined) SUBJECT. In last...

Parky At the Pictures (24/2/2023)

(Reviews of Joyland; Settembre; Charm Circle; and Creature) JOYLAND. Having won the Orrizonti award at the Venice Film Festival with his...

Parky At the Pictures (17/2/2023)

(Reviews of Nostalgia; Next Exit; and Make Me Famous) NOSTALGIA/ Too few of Mario Martone's films have done the rounds in Britain. Both...

Parky At the Pictures (10/2/2023)

(Reviews of Blue Jean; Town of Strangers; Nothing Lasts Forever; and Myanmar Diaries) BLUE JEAN. It's surprising how few aspiring...

Parky At the Pictures (3/2/2023)

(Reviews of EO; Husband; I Get Knocked Down; and Heading West: A Story About a Band Called Shooglenifty) EO. Currently awaiting its fate...

Parky At the Pictures (27/1/2023)

(Reviews of January; and Acqua e anice) JANUARY. Andrey M. Paounov is best known for the documentary trilogy that is comprised of Georgi...

Parky At the Pictures (25/1/2023)

(A review of I Need Another Take, Darling by Alvin Rakoff) Canadian director Alvin Rakoff will turn 96 on 6 February. Judging by his...

Parky At the Pictures (24/1/2023)

(Review of What You Leave Behind by Nick Pourgourides) Family clearly means a lot to Nick Pourgourides. Memories of watching old films...

Parky At the Pictures (20/1/2023)

(Reviews of The Substitute; Nascondino; and Dreaming Walls) THE SUBSTITUTE. Argentinian director made a fine impression with his debut...

Parky At the Pictures (13/1/2023)

(Reviews of The Old Way; Nocebo; and The Enforcer) THE OLD WAY. Brett Donowho's The Old Way is being billed as Nicolas Cage's `first...

Parky At the Pictures (6/1/2023)

(Reviews of Piggy; and Alcarràs) PIGGY. If Julia Ducournau set out to make a mash-up of Catherine Breillat's À ma Sœur! (2001) and Brian...

Parky At the Pictures (31/12/2022)

(An overdue overview of some of the films that screened at the 66th BFI London Film Festival) Another London Film Festival has been and...

Parky At the Pictures (30/12/2022)

(Top 10 Films of 2022) And so, we come to the end of another cinematic year. It's not been the best. Too many moderate titles have been...

Parky At the Pictures (23/12/2022)

(Review of Corsage) The Empress Elisabeth of Austria was assassinated in Geneva three years after motion pictures first went on public...

Parky At the Pictures (16/12/2022)

(Reviews of Lionesses: How Football Came Home; A Bunch of Amateurs; and The Felling) LIONESSES: HOW FOOTBALL CAME HOME. Regular listeners...

Parky At the Pictures (9/12/2022)

(Reviews of Rimini; L'Ombra del Giorno; Mr Bachman and His Class; and Anonymous Club) RIMINI. Controversy has shrouded Ulrich Seidl's...

Parky At the Pictures (2/12/2022)

(Reviews of Three Minutes: A Lengthening; Hidden Letters; Lynch/Oz; and India Sweets and Spices) THREE MINUTES: A LENGTHENING. David...

Parky At the Pictures (30/11/2022)

(An overview of 30th French Film Festival) Always one of the highlights of the autumnal film calendar, the French Film Festival has...

Parky At the Pictures (25/11/2022)

(Reviews of Utama; What Do We See When We Look At the Sky?; Amaryllis; Three Day Millionaire; and Hong Kong: City on Fire) UTAMA. What a...

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