Welcome to I Heart The Talkies!

The site: In February 2010 I decided that I was going to review every film I see at the cinema. Since then, I Heart The Talkies has expanded to increase its scope. Below are the different categories you will find on the site.

Reviews – the latest releases, re-releases, DVD releases, plus special screenings, and the occasional low-budget or short film.

Reports – short accounts of film events, press conferences and the like.

Articles – usually highly subjective features about film-related subjects.

Trailers – trailers, film clips, posters, and other offerings to appease the PR gods.

Festivals – coverage of the London Film Festivals and others.

Me: I was awarded my PhD in 2012. I have great affection for 1980s popular culture, milkshakes, and animals who talk and/or wear clothes. Unsurprisingly, I love watching films; my predilection is for mainstream Hollywood over art house and world cinema, but I do try to widen my scope now and again. You can read my other online articles here:

‘Clip Joint: Five of the best creatures in 80s fantasy cinema’, The Guardian, July 2013: http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2013/jul/24/clip-joint-five-creatures-80s-fantasy

‘Tara Ghai on the masterpiece that is Bonnie and Clyde (1967)’, Jameson Cult Film Club, November 2010: http://jamesoncultfilmclub.com/2010/11/05/guest-blog-tara-ghai-on-the-masterpiece-that-is-bonnie-and-clyde-1967/

‘Two Film Adaptations of Lord of the Flies: A Comparative Review’ – William Golding Official Website, November 2010: http://www.william-golding.co.uk/influences/flies-film-essay.aspx

If you want to send press releases, merchandise or abuse, email me at: iheartthetalkies at gmail dot com. I can’t promise I will respond to the abuse.


  • Minky Edgeworth-Tonnes

    Jolly good chaps!

    Pip pip.

  • I linked from the Guardian to your blog. Nice work. Keep it up. It would be useful to know a bit more about who you are, just because its nice to have a frame of reference about a writer. Where you are, what you do for a living, where you see the films etc. Have you heard of aintitcoolnews, they guy who does that used to often give details of where he saw the film and what the audience was like. Its trivial but its different. Hes a big star in the US now.

    • Hi Kenny, thanks for your comments. By day, I am a mild-mannered PhD student – this site is really just a bit of fun, and to keep me writing, even if it’s non-academic! I live in London, and tend to see most films at my local multiplex, but occasionally visit other cinemas like the BFI and the Imax. Am a bit sporadic with my cinema-going, quite often I won’t see anything for a week, and then see three films in two days! If there’s anything else you want to know, just ask! 🙂

  • I too Heart the movies I really like your work here you should be a professional critic. I see at least one film a week sometimes two and usually post a paragraph about it on Empireonline.com I wish I lived in London because it is more culturally alive and has screenings of most films that arent often shown at my multiplex. There is however a small theatre devoted the arts that gets some films later which I go and see sometimes Im looking forward to “A Prophet”.

  • Thanks! I’ve read good things about A Prophet, am yet to see it though!

  • Hey!

    How often do you watch movies?? I’m jealous! hihi

    I like to watch movie but not really to talk about them, I’m not as inspired as you are.

    Incredible Blog!

  • Thanks! 🙂 Generally, I go and see films at least twice a week, but my record is four screenings in one day!

  • Hi! I really liked the Burlesque review – having finished a PhD myself I’m trying something similar with a website but expanding to include TV and literature. Spending so much time writing something relatively constrained can be painful – I found I was dying to write about anything other than the PhD topic. My research was Hollywood Cinema and the American Presidency – from your comments I’d assume you were also focused on Hollywood? Let me know if there might be any crossovers and I’d be happy to share any information/experience.

  • Hello Tara,

    Just wondering if you have completed your PhD. I read your review on Golding’s Lord of the Flies. In 2000, I completed my doctorate at the UEA on the Structural Analysis of Golding’s novel and the 2 cinematic adaptations.



    • Hi Uwe,

      I have indeed finished my PhD; Viva passed and minor corrections to complete. You’re doctorate sounds quite heavy-going – I can’t imagine writing a whole thesis on just two films!

  • Hello Tara,

    Congratulations for having finished it all. My viva was rather unplesant as I was made to include an extra chapter on post-modernism (in my view, totally unsuitable for the comparative analysis of cinematic adaptations so I left it out completely).

    It was heavy-going on the side of combining suitable tools for a structural analyses of all three texts. I wanted to get away from mostly subjective evaluations of “cinematic adaptations” and replace it with a verifible method. I wanted to show WHY both films had to fail in reproducing Golding’s fable for the screen.

    Most of my thesis dealt with selecting these analytical tools from Structuralism and testing their suitability. Tricky business.

    What are you doing now? Lecturing on film studies?? Whatever it is – I wish you good luck with your next career move.

    As for me and after more than 10 years, I decided to re-write and publish my thesis on Lord of the Flies and those 2 films. I noticed your abstract when I searched the internet for possible publications on the subject. To my great surprise, there is nothing discussing Golding’s masterpiece in relation to its filmic versions.

    I might get back to you for your view of things, if you don’t mind.



    • Hi Uwe,

      That sounds interesting, good luck with getting the thesis published. Feel free to contact me via the email address above if I can be of any help.

      I am not lecturing; even if the vacancies were there, I don’t think I am cut out for it! As I am still doing my corrections, I am in this limbo of still having this responsibility while concentrating on the site and other writing projects.

      Best wishes,


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