Film Reviews

The Favourite (2018)

Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Director: Yorgos Lanthimos 18th Century England, and Queen Anne sits on the throne. Insecure and neurotic, Queen Anne (Colman) is bossed around by her oldest friend Lady Sarah (Weisz), who is her favourite. But a girl named Abigail (Stone) arrives and upsets everything by getting close to the… Continue reading The Favourite (2018)

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Green Book (2018)

Starring: Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensen, Linda Cardellini Director: Peter Farrelly In the 1960's, a racist Italian bouncer Tony (Mortensen) takes on a job driving Dr Don Shirley, a black classical musician, on tour through the American South. While initially complete opposites, the two find their time together eye opening, and a friendship slowly develops between… Continue reading Green Book (2018)

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Dolly Month: Steel Magnolias (1989)

Starring: Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, Tom Skerritt, Dylan McDermott Director: Herbert Ross A beautiful ensemble film, with an absolutely incredible cast, Steel Magnolias opens with an awkward and lost looking Annelle (Hannah) shuffling into a small Louisiana town and getting a job at Truvy's (Parton) beauty shop.… Continue reading Dolly Month: Steel Magnolias (1989)

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Dolly Month: Straight Talk (1992)

Starring: Dolly Parton, James Woods, Griffin Dunne, Michael Madsen, Teri Hatcher. Director: Barnet Kellman Shirlee (Parton) loses her job and breaks up with her boyfriend all in one day. She decides to start over in Chicago, but when she sets out to answer phones in a radio station, she's mistaken for the new advice guru,… Continue reading Dolly Month: Straight Talk (1992)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: I Walked With A Zombie (1943)

Starring: Frances Dee, James Ellison, Tom Conway Director: Jacques Tourneur When a Canadian nurse is sent to the Carribean to work for a wealthy plantation owner, she finds that she is tasked with caring for the man's beautiful wife, who exists in a creepy, sleepwalking state. As she slowly falls for her employer, his brother… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: I Walked With A Zombie (1943)

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Dolly Month: Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors (2015)

Starring: Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Dolly Parton Director: Stephen Herek Based on Dolly's life, this TV movie shows what it was like growing up in the Smokey Mountains as a family of 12 children. Based on Parton's song Coat Of Many Colors, in which her mother makes her a coat from rags… Continue reading Dolly Month: Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors (2015)

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Dolly Month: Blue Valley Songbird (1999)

Starring: Dolly Parton, John Terry, Billy Dean Director: Richard A Colla A Nashville country singer (Parton) has been held back from stardom by a crappy manager and controlling boyfriend, but longs to break free and make it big. When she turns to her guitarist Bobby (Dean), she finally finds an ally who helps her face… Continue reading Dolly Month: Blue Valley Songbird (1999)

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Podcast: Robin Williams and the World According to Garp on The Film Connection

Steven Saunders has moved his podcast from Screenmayhem to The Film Connection, but you can still here his great podcast about screen greats and their films, from Billy Wilder to Bill Murray. I was lucky enough to join the podcast for this episode, part of a series on Robin Williams. It was a moving experience… Continue reading Podcast: Robin Williams and the World According to Garp on The Film Connection

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)

Starring: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Preston Foster, Helen Vinson Director: Mervyn LeRoy Adapted from the autobiography of Robert E Burns, this film is the story of James Allen (Muni), a man wrongly convicted  of a crime, who is sent to work in the chain gangs in the American South. The conditions and the cruel prison… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: St Elmo’s Fire (1985)

Starring: Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Mare Winningham, Andrew McCarthy, Andie MacDowell Director: Joel Schumacher Just out of college, a group of close friends struggle to deal with adult life, from relationships and love, to career and money, as well as staying together.  The Brat Pack were huge in the… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: St Elmo’s Fire (1985)