Starring: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wong, Wu Ma, Wang Zuxian Director: Siu-Tung Ching When a hapless young tax collector wanders into town, no one will give him shelter and he's forced to take refuge in a haunted temple. There he meets a misanthropic Taoist warrior and a beautiful girl, who harbours a deadly secret: she is… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
Starring: John Wayne, Clair Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Louise Platt, Director: John Ford A group of very different strangers are travelling in a stage coach, when they find out that they're about to pass through dangerous territory. They decide to go on together, and in the process of facing danger learn that those who… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Stage Coach (1939)
Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell Director: Wim Wenders Set against the untamed, dry landscape of Texas, and scored by the strains of the slide guitar, Paris, Texas is a quintessential film about America, made by a foreigner. A man wanders out of the desert, dusty and silent, and walks back into… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Paris, Texas (1984)
I love doing podcast appearances and working with Damien Riley is always really fun. This time we thought we would watch and talk about Grey Gardens, the 1975 documentary about a mother and daughter who were the black sheeps of Jackie Kennedy's family, and who lived in poverty in their crumbling East Hamptons mansion called… Continue reading Podcast: Grey Gardens on The DR Podcast
Starring: Alec Guiness, Cecil Parker, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom Director: Alexander Mackendrick Pretending to be a musical group, a band of robbers rent out a room from a sweet old lady, who they think will be no trouble at all. But when she finds out about their crime, she urges them to come forward and… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Ladykillers (1955)
At the start of October, I change my black cats purple collar to an orange one with jack-o-lanterns on it, switch to pumpkin spice flavoured coffee, and start watching Halloween films. And Hocus Pocus is always on the watchlist.
A kind-of horror film for kids from the wonderful people at Disney, Hocus Pocus was a bit of a flop in cinemas, and yet somehow became a perennial favourite on video and TV. Now, it’s a Halloween cult classic, and it’s also 25 years old this year.
In case you haven’t seen it, Hocus Pocus is the story of two teenagers and one little girl who accidentally bring back three witch sisters from the dead on Halloween Night in Salem. With the help of an immortal talking cat, they must race against time to stop the Sanderson sisters before they devour the children of the town. But that’s just the bones…
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Originally written for and posted on We Make Movies During the WW2, parts of Britain were shelled by enemy bombs and were in ruins, especially places like London’s East End, where factories were targeted. Urban planners wanted to create places that people could live that would evoke a sense of community and civic pride for… Continue reading New Town Utopia (2017)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett Director: Christopher McQuarrie Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt in this sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise. He's joined by his IMF team in a race against time to stop a anarchic cell from creating a… Continue reading Preview: Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
Starring: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry Director: Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney Of all the adaptations of Gaston Leroux's famous Gothic romance of 1910, this silent era film of the 1920's sticks the closest to the original plot. It's the story of Christine (Philbin), a young singer in the Paris Opera, who is catapulted to… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Phantom Of The Opera (1925)
Damien Riley of Talking Stars fame has started his own spin-off podcast. When he asked me to make a guest appearance, I suggested we talk about the Eddie Murphy classic franchise of films, Beverly Hills Cop. It's a fun and relaxed look at the three films that make up this trilogy of classic 80's action… Continue reading Podcast: Damien Riley and Beverly Hills Cop