Starring: Brenda Blethyn, Timothy Spall Director: Mike Leigh A movie about class and race relations in Britain, this film is from acclaimed director Mike Leigh. It follows the story of two women, a successful black woman who is in search of her biological mother, and the woman who gave birth to her, a lower class… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Secrets & Lies (1996)
Starring: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford Director: Robert Aldrich Baby Jane (Davis) had been a huge child star, but when her sister Blanche's (Crawford) rising career eclipses hers as they grow up she is wracked with jealousy and anger. One night Jane drunkenly hits her sister with a car, crippling her and ending her career. Caring… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Starring: Timothy Hutton, Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch Director:Robert Redford Directorial debut for Robert Redford, this film cleaned up at the Oscars that year, and with good reason. A subtle drama involving a family struggling to cope with the loss of their eldest boy through an accident. The mother is trying to maintain… Continue reading 105 Must See Movies: Ordinary People (1980)
Starring: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Pena, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey Director: John Sayles If you look this film up online, you'll find that most people describe it as "multi-faceted" and that it will stay with you for days after watching. A body is uncovered in the desert. The sheriff, Sam (Cooper), suspects that it's his predecessor,… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Lone Star (1996)
You're logged into a database. You're given access to some short clips of police interviews with a woman. You start to piece together that someone has gone missing. But who is she and why is she being questioned? The game is called Her Story, a creation of Sam Barlow, a game designer who worked on… Continue reading Her Story: Do Games and Movies Still Have Clear-cut Definitions?
Coming up to Christmas, and with long dark days drawing in, there's even more of a good excuse to curl up with a good book... The Witch of Little Italy, by Suzanne Palmieri Genre: Fantasy/Drama Logline: When artist Eleanor finds out she's pregnant to her abusive college boyfriend, her distant mother refuses to help her,… Continue reading Review Of Books: November