Film Reviews

A Woman’s Life (2016) on We Make Movies On Weekends

Starring: Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yolande Moreau Director: Stephane Brize Beautiful, quiet and sad, A Woman’s Life is an award winning, French film based on the novel of the same name (En Vie in French) by Guy de Maupassant. The life referred to is the one lived by the upper class woman of the early 1800’s,… Continue reading A Woman’s Life (2016) on We Make Movies On Weekends

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Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: Trip To The Moon (La Voyage Dans La Lune) (1902)

Starring: Georges Melies, Victor Andre, Bleuette Bernon Director: Georges Melies Going back quite a way into film history this time, back into a time when cinema was in it’s infancy. You’ve probably seen that image of the moon as a man’s cream cheesey looking face with a spaceship stuck in one eye, and this is… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Trip To The Moon (La Voyage Dans La Lune) (1902)

Film Reviews

Home Again (2017)

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer Alice (Witherspoon) is an almost divorced single mother, and the daughter of a famous film maker. When she winds up allowing three young men to move in (Alexander, Wolff and Rudnitsky) she finds her life turned upside down, and… Continue reading Home Again (2017)

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Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Whisper of the Heart on ScreenMayhem.com

Let's Get Stuck Into... is a podcast from ScreenMayhem.com which focuses on sets of five films from different influential film personalities and masters of cinema. It's a really fascinating and fun podcast, and I had a really great time recording this one, about Studio Ghibli and the often overlooked teen drama Whisper Of The Heart.… Continue reading Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Whisper of the Heart on ScreenMayhem.com

Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: Les Vampires (1915)

Starring: Musidora, Edouard Mathe, Marcel Levesque, Jean Ayme Director: Louis Feuillade I have a confession to make, before we go any further. This film is a seven hour long serial, of varying lengths, and I didn't watch it all. Yes, I know, that's very naughty, and I call myself a film buff... Les Vampires is… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Les Vampires (1915)

Film Reviews

The Disaster Artist (2017)

Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Allison Brie Director: James Franco Back in the early 2000's, a man called Tommy Wiseau made a film called The Room. It's one of the weirdest, worst films ever. And yet... it's so bad that it's incredibly entertaining. It's reached cult status over the years, and has regularly… Continue reading The Disaster Artist (2017)

Persons Of Interest

Biography Of The Month- Lana: The Lives and Loves Of Lana Turner by Jane Ellen Wayne

Jane Ellen Wayne's book, Lana: The Lives and Loves of Lana Turner is a slim volume. It's amazing that a woman whose life was lived so large and so passionately, and whose life was also so fascinating, should be given only a small book. There is a biography written by her daughter Cheryl, but I… Continue reading Biography Of The Month- Lana: The Lives and Loves Of Lana Turner by Jane Ellen Wayne

Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)

Starring: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark Director: Nicolas Roeg When David Bowie died recently, the huge outpouring of grief was quite a beautiful thing. Imagine touching people’s lives like that, and inspiring so many people? My first experience with Bowie was in his film work, as Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth, which has… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)

Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: High Sierra (1941)

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Alan Curtis Director: Raoul Walsh Roy Earle (Bogart) is a well known criminal recently released from prison, and whose old boss tasks him with aiding a group of inexperienced criminals to rob a resort.  But of course, things aren't going to go as planned. Before this film, Bogart was still… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: High Sierra (1941)

Film Reviews

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Review

In a small town in Missouri, Mildred (McDormand) takes out advertising on three billboards that ask the local police chief why there have been no arrests in the case of the rape and murder of her daughter. It’s a small act of defiance, and yet it has some big repercussions.

From the writer/director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh, it’s a fine return to form for a man whose films tend to have serious tones, violence and yet also humour and some heart felt moments. Taking on the subject of small town America, of incompetent police, dysfunctional family relationships and of course, the deep sadness of losing a child to violence, this film could have been a very different story in the hands of someone else. Because whilst it explores the grief of Mildred, it focuses on her strength and her ability to act, her toughness and…

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