Starring: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark Director: Nicolas Roeg When David Bowie died recently, the huge outpouring of grief was quite a beautiful thing. Imagine touching people’s lives like that, and inspiring so many people? My first experience with Bowie was in his film work, as Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth, which has… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
In a small town in Missouri, Mildred (McDormand) takes out advertising on three billboards that ask the local police chief why there have been no arrests in the case of the rape and murder of her daughter. It’s a small act of defiance, and yet it has some big repercussions.
From the writer/director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh, it’s a fine return to form for a man whose films tend to have serious tones, violence and yet also humour and some heart felt moments. Taking on the subject of small town America, of incompetent police, dysfunctional family relationships and of course, the deep sadness of losing a child to violence, this film could have been a very different story in the hands of someone else. Because whilst it explores the grief of Mildred, it focuses on her strength and her ability to act, her toughness and…
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Excerpt from my article for ScreenMayhem.com. Charles Dickens was a writer who cared deeply about the world and his fellow man. His books were hugely popular, particularly as they were released initially as chapters in magazine serials, so that you had to wait til the next issue to discover what happened to your favourite characters,… Continue reading The Muppet Christmas Carol is 25 years old!
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Bill Murray, Brian Cox Director: Wes Anderson Wes Anderson films always have a vintagey, nostalgic feel, and this is present here, though it becomes more developed in his later films. This was his second film, the first being Bottle Rocket, both of which are co-written with Owen Wilson, who often… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Rushmore (1998)
Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood Director: John Ford Ford made many fine westerns, but this one has become the definitive western film. It's about Ethan (Wayne), who loves his family and his secretly in love with his brothers wife. When he is drawn away by pursuing some Indian cattle thieves, he… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Searchers (1956)
Starring: Julianne Moore, Xander Berkeley, Dean Norris Director: Todd Haynes Julianne Moore is a normal suburban house wife in 80's California. She lives with her rather domineering husband in their perfect house, with his son from a previous marriage. She has no real problems, and from the outside her life looks perfect, but her friendships… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Safe (1995)
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Jennifer Carpenter, Udo Kier Director: S Craig Zahler A man loses his job and discovers that his wife has been cheating on him. He decides to try again with her, and have a baby, and return to running drugs. But when the job goes bad, he finds himself… Continue reading Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2017)
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)
Starring: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, Kiefer Sutherland Director: Niels Arden Oplev Five medical students obsessed with the afterlife stop their own hearts to experience near death experiences. But when they're brought back, they do not come back alone... For the uninitiated, this is a remake of a 90's film, that also starred Kiefer… Continue reading Flatliners (2017)
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Isabella Amara Director: Craig Johnson A misanthropic man called Wilson is finds himself longing for connection but unable to get out of his own way, til his wife mentions that they have a kid he didn’t know about and he sets out to meet his teenage daughter who… Continue reading Wilson (2017)