Peter Hoskin

Peter Hoskin is formerly editor of Coffee House, the Spectator blog.

Bruce Lee in a scene from Enter the Dragon

Bruce Lee: weird, gruesome and oh-so-cool

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Every cinema-loving person has a favourite Bruce Lee moment. My own comes towards the end of Enter the Dragon, the…

Don’t believe the sales figures – DVDs are thriving

4 November 2017 9:00 am

According to the accountants’ ledgers, DVDs are dying. Sales of those shiny discs, along with their shinier sibling the Blu-ray,…

With the release of Oculus Rift, cinema will never be the same again

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Oculus Rift. It sounds like something from a science fiction novel, and in many ways it is. Its release this…

Judy Garland as Esther Smith in Meet Me in St Louis (1944)

How Technicolor conquered cinema

14 November 2015 9:00 am

They’ve already found a cure for the common cold. It’s called Technicolor. My first dose of it came during the…

By, with, of and for Kim Kardashian — keeping up with Kulture

30 May 2015 9:00 am

The almond eyes that rise towards their outer edges. The cheekbones that curve down to the corners of those upholstered…

How gaming grew up

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Sometimes a guy feels abstracted from the world. He visits Europe’s finest galleries, but the paintings seem to hang like…

Turning Japanese: ‘Spirited Away’ by Hayao Miyazaki, who has influenced Pixar’s latest offering, Big Hero 6

How Japan became a pop culture superpower

31 January 2015 9:00 am

There is an island nation, just off the main body of a continent. It gained an empire from the force…

Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan and Sam J. Jones as Flash in ‘Flash Gordon’, part of the BFI ‘Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder’ season

Without sci-fi, there would be no cinema

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Do you know what’s hateful? The snobbery that film fans have to contend with. There’s the ‘it’s only a movie’…

20,000 Days On Earth: is Nick Cave the missing link? Or the next stage in evolution?

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Inspired by Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never (2011), Katy Perry’s Part of Me (2012) and One Direction’s This Is Us…

Whoop! The 1985 Gay Pride march through central London

Ignore the simplistic politics, Pride will make you laugh and cry

13 September 2014 9:00 am

1984 and all that. Which side were you on? The side of Margaret Thatcher, her hairdo and person standing rigid…

Inhuman being: Scarlett Johansson as Lucy

Lucy: the shoot-outs, car chases and mysteries of the universe

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Here’s an idea for an article: The Tree of Life (2011) is the most influential film of the past decade.…

Diceman no. 5 by Pat Mills and Hunt Emerson

A comic drawn by Bob Monkhouse in which a superhero battles giant penises? Yes, it’s all here

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Fwoooosh! That, were someone to write a strip about it, would be the sound of a thousand comic books going…

Engaging: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

I suspected Maleficent would be terrible from the very first shot

31 May 2014 9:00 am

If a gang of knife-wielding toddlers ever presses you for the name of the best Disney film, Sleeping Beauty (1959)…

Batman: from midnight monster to pop-tacular star. Kapow!

26 April 2014 9:00 am

‘Well, Commissioner, anything exciting happening these days?’ Those were the first words — all seven of ’em — spoken by…

Ready to swoosh: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, aka Peter Parker

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Too much bang-bang, not enough kiss-kiss

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Have you seen that pizza with a cheeseburger crust? If not, just imagine a normal pizza, except where the pizza…

Crack team: Matt Damon and George Clooney in ‘The Monuments Men’

Bury every copy of Monuments Men in mines across Europe, so George Clooney can try again

15 February 2014 9:00 am

You know that old quip ‘I’m not just a pretty face’? I always thought it was meant to be said…

Is Hollywood finally waking up to the talents of women? Nah

25 January 2014 9:00 am

There is, we all know, only one anniversary that matters this year: 20 March 2014, 50 years since The Twilight…

Jennifer Lawrence is plain brilliant in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

23 November 2013 9:00 am

In the future, everyone will have silly names. Some people will be called Haymitch Abernathy. Others will be Effie Trinket…

Scary monsters: the demon from Jacques Tourneur’s 1957 film

How I learned to start screaming and love the horror movie

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Buddy, you can keep your Christmases and your Easters, your Hanukkahs and your Eids. For someone like me, the annual…

No rest for Diana - the biopic of the late princess is so inept it's not even hagiography

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Someone who knows their Dianaology will have to fill me in – did this actually happen? The late Princess Di…

Trigger happy: Channing Tatum as John Cale

White House Down is Roland Emmerich’s Hedda Gabler

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Just do it, quoth the Nike advert — and these men just did it. Grass, asphalt, fear, pain, doubt and…

Another Self-Portrait isn't just for the Bobsessives

14 September 2013 9:00 am

So, there’s this guy called Bob Dylan and, across just seven years in the 1960s, he’d released nine albums that…

Climb aboard the runaway train

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Brother, can you spare me a train? Or maybe just a Pullman carriage or two? There are so many brilliant…