Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Wolf Man (1941)

Starring: Claude Rains, Lon Chaney Jr, Bela Lugosi, Warren Williams, Evelyn Ankers Director: George Waggner Part of the Universal monsters cycle, The Wolf Man is an enduring horror classic. While there had been werewolf movies before this, this was the one that grabbed audiences by the throat and made them sit up and take notice.… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Wolf Man (1941)

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Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Ghost & Mrs Muir (1947)

Starring: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Natalie Wood Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz In 1900, Lucy Muir (Tierney) is a young widow with a daughter (a very young Natalie Wood), who decides to move out of the home she shares with her miserable in-laws. She ends up choosing a house that is reputably haunted, but… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Ghost & Mrs Muir (1947)

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: 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)

Persons Of Interest

Biography Of The Month: Howard Hughes (1905 – 1976)

A multi-millionaire with a strange childhood, known for his famous lovers, his ambitions and his odd behaviour in later life, Howard Hughes was a man who inherited a lot of money, but who made major innovations to the aviation industry and also became a movie mogul. Challenging convention, pushing boundaries, and living an incredibly lonely… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Howard Hughes (1905 – 1976)

Persons Of Interest, The Reading List

Biography of The Month: Nobody’s Perfect: Billy Wilder, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler

Born in Vienna, Billy Wilder started out as a newspaperman, and fled to America to escape the Nazi occupation. He had already started his forays into screenwriting that would lead him to working as a writer and later director of some of the Hollywood's most famous and successful films. In this book, he talks about… Continue reading Biography of The Month: Nobody’s Perfect: Billy Wilder, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler

Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Starring: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotton, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter, Agnes Moorehead Director: Orson Welles, Fred Fleck Adapted from the well known book by Booth Tarkington, a man Orson Welles claimed to know during his childhood, the film is often noted to have a certain parallel to the directors life. It's the story of the Amberson… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Persons Of Interest

Biography Of The Month: Louis B Mayer

The story of Louise B Mayer is the story of Old Hollywood and it’s Golden Age. He and the other players of his era shaped the industry from it’s inception and used the studio system to control and create stars. It was a very different time both socially and culturally. Under Mayer’s days as head… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Louis B Mayer

Film Reviews

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

  Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Bruhl Director: Niki Caro Based on a true story, adapted from the book by Diane Ackerman, The Zookeeper's Wife is the story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who were the zookeepers of the Warsaw Zoo in 1939 when war broke out. As the Germans invade, they can do… Continue reading The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Lady Eve (1941)

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn Director: Preston Sturges A family of grifters on a cruise ship meet their mark in the person of “Hopsie” Pike (Fonda), a wealthy heir to an ale fortune and a snake enthusiast. Whilst the daughter, Jean (Stanwyck) starts to seduce him, all appears to go well, until he… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Lady Eve (1941)