Starring: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn Director: John Boorman Walker (Marvin) has brought of a heist to help a friend who owes money, but when the take is less than expected, his best friend shoots him, taking off with his wife and the money, leaving him for dead. But Walker is not dead. He… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Point Blank (1967)
Starring: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn Director: Robert Wise After the slick horror films of recent years, this film feels like a creeping, insidious thriller, a throwback to another time, and relies on story and character for chills as much as unsettling visuals. This film is based on the classic book The… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Haunting (1963)
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning Director: Ewan McGregor I was really looking forward to this film, because it's Ewan McGregor's debut as a director. It's an adaptation of a novel by Phillip Roth, and follows the story of a man who was a college star (McGregor) and whose wife (Connelly) was a beauty… Continue reading American Pastoral (2016)
Starring: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher Director: Roger Corman Roger Corman did a few of these Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, which starred the inimitable Vincent Price. By the time this one came out, and was filmed in the UK, there was a certain camp comedy to them, but this one breaks the mold a… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Masque Of The Red Death (1964)
A review of The Love Witch, that I wrote for We Make Movies On Weekends
If you’ve ever wanted to get revenge on an ex, this is the film for you.
OK, so I say that with tongue in cheek, a little bit. This is the story of a woman who just wants to find love, but her magic spells all go awry. Sound a little bit like Bewitched or Bell, Book and Candle? Well, it’s kind of like those, but when Elaine (Robinson) casts a love spell, people tend to die.
The best part about this film is that I can’t decide whether it’s incredible or awful, just that I really got a kick out of watching it. The attention to detail, the sets, costumes, the way it’s shot, this film could be from the 60’s or 70’s. It’s veins bleed retro. It often feels stylised, like the scenes in a women’s tea room, where everyone wears pink, or the opening sequences where…
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Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedland, Adam Driver Director: Joel & Ethan Coen A week in the life of Llewyn Davis (Isaac), a failing folk singer in 60's Greenwich Village, who goes from couch to couch, hoping to make it and mourning for the singing partner that he lost. Llewyn… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt, Richard E Grant. Director: Pablo Larrain Jackie Kennedy (Portman) struggles to deal with the grief and trauma of her husband's assassination while fighting to have a funeral that will establish his legacy. Jackie O is a figure of elegance and class, and to me… Continue reading Jackie (2016)
Starring: Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirstin Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge. Director: Theodore Melfi I love movies, but rarely do they truly move me. I'm not easily impressed, in that sense, even though I enjoy a wide variety of them. But this film really got to me. I… Continue reading Preview: Hidden Figures (2016)
Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar Director: Rick Morales In this 2016 cartoon movie, the original cast of the 60's Batman TV show reunite to voice the characters they played in the popular and very camp TV series. Batman and Robin, with the help of the ever faithful Alfred, fight to save the city… Continue reading Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders (2016)
Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis Director: Mike Nichols An aging couple engage in emotional games with a younger couple who are knew to the university where they work. Taylor and Burton, whose real life relationship was famously well known at the time, play the central couple, George and Martha, whose true… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)