Starring: Dennis Price, Alec Guiness, Valerie Hobson Director: Robert Hamer Louis Mazzini (Price) is the son of a disinherited woman and an Italian opera singer. Raised knowing that he's the 8th in line for a Dukedom, he plots to kill everyone in the way of his succession after his mother is denied the rights to… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
I don't normally review short films on my blog, mostly because you as the reader may not be able to find these films to watch yourselves, but when April Kelley of MiniProductions (miniproductions.co.uk) got in touch and asked me, I thought, well why not? Read on for more about Bafta Longlisted drama Edith and Annie… Continue reading Short Film: April Kelley of MiniProductions with ‘Edith’ and ‘Annie Waits’.
Starring: Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes Director: Chris McKay There's a part of me that doesn't entirely get Lego movies. The characters are based on those from other stories, and retain some of their characteristics but not others. I guess that they kind of emulate the kinds of stories that kids create… Continue reading The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Created by Sam Raimi in the early 80's, this franchise stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, a young man who gets mixed up with a cabin in the woods and an ancient book which unleashes unspeakable evil. Campbells camp turn made him a B movie star, and the franchise has been a cult favourite for… Continue reading Horror Franchise: Evil Dead (80’s to 00’s)
Starring: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk Director: Ron Clements, Don Hall Moana (Cravalho) lives on a beautiful island in Ancient Polynesia where she is the daughter of the chief. But the demigod Maui has set a curse in motion that's slowly killing the islands way of… Continue reading Moana (2016)
Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty Director: Mira Nair Vibrant and large, Monsoon Wedding is the story of the events leading up to and surrounding an arranged marriage in a middle class family in India. It has a little bit of everything: romance, drama, family secrets, tears and laughter. There's quite a large cast… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Monsoon Wedding (2001)
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: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Danny Glover Director: Wes Anderson When he finds out that his estranged wife is planning on remarrying, Royal Tenenbaum (Hackman) tells his family that he's terminally ill in order to reconnect with them. His reentry into their lives sets off… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner Director: Kelly Fremon Craig Nadine (Steinfeld) is a teen with one friend, navigating the wilds of high school and growing up. But when her best friend starts dating her brother, she starts to come unravelled. It's a drama with very witty, clever dialogue… Continue reading Edge Of Seventeen (2016)
Starring: Jean DuJardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, Director: Michel Hazanavicius When the star of silent movies meets cute with a delightful chorus girl, love is in the air. But with the advent of "talkies", that is, movies with sound, her career takes off and his stumbles, sending them in different directions in life. Will they… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: The Artist (2011)