Film Reviews

Classic Movie Of The Week: Lolita (1962)

Starring: James Mason, Sue Lyon, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters Director: Stanley Kubrick Vladimir Nabokov's book was banned in many countries and was hugely controversial, and with good reason. No one thought that it could be made into a film, until Stanley Kubrick entered the scene, that lover of the sensational, controversial plot line. Using a… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Lolita (1962)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: The Hustler (1961)

Starring: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie Director: Robert Rossen One of Paul Newman’s most loved films, The Hustler is about Fast Eddie, a pool shark who trawls the bars and pool halls to make a buck hustling games. When he falls in with a mentor who tries to teach him how to be a… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Hustler (1961)

Film Reviews

The Shape Of Water (2017)

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones Director: Guillermo del Toro A dark fairytale with homages to Hollywood's Golden Age, The Shape of Water is a gothic romance from Guillermo del Toro, the mind that brought us Crimson Peak and Pan's Labyrinth. It's the story of Eliza (Hawkins), a… Continue reading The Shape Of Water (2017)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Week End (1967)

Starring: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon Director: Jean-Luc Godard A crazy, colourful anarchic film, Week End breaks the boundaries and has a great deal of fun doing it. It's the story of a couple who are heading out into the countryside to get away from it all, but their progress is halted by a… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Week End (1967)

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

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Splendor In The Grass (1961)

Starring: Warren Beatty, Natalie Wood, Pat Hingle, Barbara Loden Director: Elia Kazan Kansas, 1928. Deanie (Wood) and Bud (Beatty) are two teens madly in love. He's a football champ and she's a darling good girl, and they plan on marrying each other some day. But outside pressures start to break in. First of all, social… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Splendor In The Grass (1961)

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

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Point Blank (1967)

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)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: The Haunting (1963)

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)

Film Reviews

American Pastoral (2016)

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)