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: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Adrian Grenier, Johnathan Schaech Director: Steven C Miller This is a random film. Personally, I'll watch anything that Nicolas Cage stars in. He's either absolutely brilliant or bat shit crazy (he's the second one in this film). That's why we're talking about this film. Here he's in fine form as… Continue reading Southern Fury (aka Arsenal) (2017)
Director: Claude Barras Rated PG-13, this is an unusual animation. A little boy lives with his alcoholic mother, til one day she dies in an accident that he blames himself for. He's sent to a foster home, where all the kids are suffering from losing their parents and from growing up in highly dysfunctional homes.… Continue reading My Life As A Zucchini (2016)
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Grace Director: Elliot Lester Aftermath is a heartbreaking story of terrible grief and the nature of revenge, as two lives collide. A loving father who loses his pregnant daughter and wife in a plane crash, and the air traffic controller blamed for the deaths of the 271 people… Continue reading Aftermath (2017)
Starring: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley Director: Peter Yates Four teens have graduated from high school in Indiana, and are mooching around their university town, where everyone is either a student or associated with the university, or a cutter, that is, the working class offspring of quarry workers. Whilst none of… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Breaking Away (1979)
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad, Peggy Lipton, KJ Apa Director: Lasse Halstrom A lot of controversy surrounds this film, because of a video. That video was taken on the set, and caused a reaction from the public and from PETA which caused the film to be pulled from release, and various other things. But the… Continue reading A Dog’s Purpose (2017)
If you're into movie podcasts or independent films, you may have already heard of Fable Forest Films (thefableforest.com). They're a group of indie film makers from Waterloo in ON, Canada, and they also host a really interesting podcast about film making called First Frames First. I wanted to share some of their work with you,… Continue reading Fable Forest Films: I Was A Greenhouse and Bickerman’s Grove
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Angelica Huston, Robert Loggia Director: John Huston In this dark comedy about doomed romance, Jack Nicholson stars as a hitman for the Prizzi family, big wigs in the organised crime game. But when he meets a beautiful blonde at a family wedding, things start to go wrong. She's a hitman… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
Have you heard that expression about the best way to approach life being this: take your work seriously, but never yourself? I think that sums up Shia Labeouf. He does weird things, says weird things, I’ve heard rumours that he’s a cannibal (ha ha). He’s a funny guy who seems to think the whole fame thing is a bit silly and should be poked fun at, and then he turns in a natural, confident and heart felt performance.
And that’s what’s really important in this film.
He plays US Marine Drummer, a man who has grown up with his best friend Devin (Jai Courteney), who also followed him into the army. And who has a beloved wife (Kate Mara) and son. That core set of relationships is the beating, bleeding heart of this film.
The story is split into three strands, the past, where we learn how close his family…
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Starring: Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott Director: Michael Curtiz As the film opens, we witness a murder. Mildred (Crawford) wanders around partly in a daze, and muddies the waters of the investigation, before being picked up by the police. Her first husband is accused of the murder, and she starts to explain… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Mildred Pierce (1945)