All posts by Grant Watson

Grant Watson is an Australian film critic and writer. He lives in Melbourne.

“This is true love” | The Princess Bride (1987)

‘As a writer,’ said William Goldman, ‘the only book I really like is The Princess Bride.’[i] Goldman’s original take on the classical fairy tale was first published in 1973. It was his eighth novel, although despite beginning his career as an author he had already made significant head-roads into writing for American cinema. Goldman’s first ...

“A fuzzy blue Charles Dickens” | The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

In 1843 Christmas in England was undergoing a process of change and re-evaluation. Its core purpose as a Christian festival remained central, however it was rapidly developing a broader significance as a commercial and family-oriented holiday. The tradition of placing a Christmas tree had only just gained popularity in Great Britain, following its well-reported use ...

“Kill da wabbit” | What’s Opera, Doc? (1957)

‘What’s Opera, Doc is one many Europeans adore,’ said animated film director Chuck Jones. ‘They call that my “masterpiece,” which it may or may not be; I didn’t think about it at the time.’[1] It’s not a surprise that Jones didn’t dwell excessively on What’s Opera, Doc (its title includes a question mark at the ...