Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

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)

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Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: Paris, Texas (1984)

  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)

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Podcast: Damien Riley and Beverly Hills Cop

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

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The Black Cauldron (1985)

  Starring: Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, Nigel Hawthorne, John Hurt, John Huston Director: Ted Berman, Richard Rich The forgotten film that nearly sank Disney studios, The Black Cauldron is an adaptation of Lloyd Alexander's stories The Book of Three and The Black Cauldron, which were part of a successful series in the late 70's for… Continue reading The Black Cauldron (1985)

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Preview: Ready Player One (2018)

Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance Director: Steven Spielberg It's 2045, and the world is an awful place to live. The poor live in the stacks, unsafe high rise trailer parks, while an evil corporation, IOI, keeps them there by encouraging them to stack up debts that are… Continue reading Preview: Ready Player One (2018)

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: Mommie Dearest (1981)

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid Director: Frank Perry Joan Crawford was a huge star, starting in the 1930's and managing to have a respected career for decades, garnering Oscars and huge salaries. She was the queen of Hollywood. But in 1978, her adopted daughter Christina published a book called Mommie Dearest, which exposed the horror… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Mommie Dearest (1981)

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Vestron Horror Classics: The Gate, Lair of the White Worm and Wishmaster now on Blu Ray

There's a soft spot in my heart for 80's and 90's horror films. There's something classy about 70's horror and films of the noughties were so realistic and gore heavy. But in the 80's and 90's, horror films could be scary and also have giant worm puppets or demons made out of plasticine. I have… Continue reading Vestron Horror Classics: The Gate, Lair of the White Worm and Wishmaster now on Blu Ray

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American Made (2017)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson, Caleb Landry Jones Director: Doug Liman Barry Seal (Cruise) was a TWA pilot in the 1980's, who flew missions for the CIA into South America, and became involved in drug smuggling for the Medellin Cartel. He played a dangerous game of playing to two sides off each other… Continue reading American Made (2017)

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Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (1988 – 1999)

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 aired from 1988 - 1999 and became a cult phenomenon. In 2015, a record breaking crowd funding Kickstarter campaign raised funds for a new season, which aired this year. I don't normally talk about TV, but I'm bending this rules here, because if you're a film buff or if you love… Continue reading Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (1988 – 1999)

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Preview: It (2017)

Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Leiberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton Director: Andy Muschietti Stephen King's books are a perennial source of movie adaptations, but for every wonderful adaptation there are several lackluster or downright laughable ones. It was hard to know which way the… Continue reading Preview: It (2017)