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
Starring: Liev Schreiber, Noami Watts, Elizabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Michael Rapaport Director: Philippe Falardeau Back in 1975 in New Jersey, a liquor salesman with a modest fighting career was pitted against the great Muhammed Ali. But he was a man with his own inner demons to fight... Sound familiar? It's the story of Chuck Wepner,… Continue reading Preview: The Bleeder (AKA Chuck) (2016)
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)
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland Director: James Gray Based on a true story, Lost City Of Z is the story of an explorer convinced that he knows how to find the city he calls Z, located deep in the Amazon, which is an El Dorado, a city of gold and riches.… Continue reading Lost City Of Z (2016)
Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Duncan Duff Director: Terence Davies Emily Dickinson was such a fascinating figure. A woman poet from the mid-1800's, she was published in her own life, but gained more renowned after death. She's one of America's greatest poets, but also known for her eccentricities. This film is the story… Continue reading A Quiet Passion (2016)
The resident film critic on Anglian Radio Station, and an experienced writer for various outlets, Mark Searby is a man who loves cinema. This is his first book, and he asked me to read this work and share an honest review of it with you. Al Pacino is a man whose filmography takes in various… Continue reading Book Review: Al Pacino- The Movies Behind The Man by Mark Searby
Lauren Bacall is one of my favourite actresses from Hollywood's so called Golden Age. A beautiful actress, she starred as a knowing femme fatale in films like The Big Sleep and Key Largo, and went on to do more comedic roles in films like How To Marry A Millionaire. Her relationship with husband Humphrey Bogart… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Lauren Bacall
Anita Loos was a well known name in film and literary circles in the Golden Age of Hollywood, but most people know her best as the author of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a comedic novel published to huge acclaim in 1925, about a sparkling blonde gold digger in the 1920's, a type that Loos knew well.… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Anita Loos
As you guys know, I sometimes write for We Make Movies On Weekends, which is a wonderful site for film lovers. This is my latest review for them.
“…the biggest lie I was ever told: It is not that simple. And it is a lie they tell you over and over again…All of it. It is how they get you to give up, they say “It’s not that simple”.”
It’s a line that Miles Teller as Vinny Pazienza, says towards the end of this film. It’s a beautiful sentiment, and he should know. Pazienza is a real person, a man whose boxing career was ostensibly ended when his neck was broken during a car accident. Whilst he was told that he would never walk again, Vinny refused to admit this possibility, and not only walked but went on to become a World Champion Boxer.
Boxing movies seem to me to fall into two camps, either the lovable underdogs like Rocky, who have to prove themselves, or the cautionary biographic like Raging Bull, where the real man is shown…
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Starring: Michael Keaton, John Carroll Lynch, Nick Offerman, Linda Cardellini, Laura Dern Director: John Lee Hancock Who would have thought that a film about the founding of McDonald's could be so engaging? Perhaps it's due to Michael Keaton's particular quality of being likable and a bit crazy, a bit off at the same time. There… Continue reading The Founder (2016)