Selected Film Reviews by Anne Billson

Part 2: 1995 - 2001

copyright 2012 Anne Billson

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This is the second part of Spoilers, a selection of my film writing; most (but not all) of it was first published in the Sunday Telegraph, for which I was the film critic from 1992 to 2001.

Author's Note: I'm afraid I've had to remove all the accents from the following texts, as I'm told unusual key combinations can play havoc with e-publishing. So apologies to Gerard, Francoise and Andre, and apologies to readers befuddled by accent-free words such as passe, cliche and fiance.

Chapter 1: Interview with the Vampire

The film year has barely got into its stride, and yet there is already evidence of a recurring motif. In Shallow Grave, La Reine Margot and a host of other recent offerings, the predominant colour has been that of blood. And we're not talking tasteful crimson driblets here, but gore by the gallon, splurging all over the screen in ever-spreading pools. Blame it on these fang-de-siecle times, because there's plenty more blood on tap in Interview with the Vampire. I do not use the term 'on tap' lightly; more than once the stuff is decanted like alcohol. In one memorable instance, Tom Cruise rips a rat's throat out with his teeth and squeezes a glassful of what one might call Chateauneuf-du-Rat. This, I believe, is the point at which Oprah Winfrey walked out.

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