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
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)
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
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)