Samuel L Jackson cover story

At 69, Samuel L Jackson is looking good. He’s softly spoken for the most part, with a voice that’s instantly recognizable. He’s also, of course, one of the biggest movie stars on earth. But it’s been a long journey to get to this place – his success was hard-fought, coming later in his career than…

Watches On Screen: Seiko Giugiaro 7A28-7000

In 1983, Seiko debuted the 7A28 as the world’s first analog quartz chronograph watch. But it became best known as the watch that was worn by Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley in the film Aliens. Featuring a chunky panel sticking out on one side with two big chronograph buttons, it has that quasi-military futuristic look that director…

Watches On Screen: The Alsta Nautoscaph II

More commonly referred to as the Jaws watch. Over the years this one has built up a bit of a following and been the cause of a lot of “what’s that watch?” conversations, after being worn by Richard Dreyfuss’ character Matt Hooper in the classic 1975 film. Unavailable for decades, the Alsta watch company was resurrected in…

Is the Anger Over Forthcoming Film Beirut Justified?

A recent a trailer was released for an American film called Beirut – and lots of people online were angered. “It’s not even filmed in Beirut!”, “It shows Beirut in a bad light”, “The actors were not Lebanese” and so on. It’s a familiar complaint. The plot of the film follows a U.S. diplomat (Jon…

The 10 Must-See Films at DIFF 2017

The 14th edition of Dubai International Film Festival has announced the full list of films screening throughout the festival. It opens at the Madinat Jumeirah on 6 December with Hostiles and the closing film will be the hugely anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi – screening on 13 December, a day before it goes on general release. DIFF 2017…