Starring: Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Louis Jourdan, Alida Valli, Charles Laughton Director: Alfred Hitchcock This week's classic movie is Hitchcock's last under Selznick and his studio contract. It was an uneasy partnership and is an uneven watch. A tale of a solicitor who becomes obsessed with the Paradine case and the woman accused of murder.… Continue reading Classic Movie: The Paradine Case (1947)
Starring: Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, James Donald, Julian Glover Director: Roy Ward Baker When a new underground station is being dug in 60's London, something that was long buried is excavated and only Quatermass, the space engineer, can stop the chaos from consuming the world. Andrew Keir is Quatermass in this film, and he's joined… Continue reading Classic Movie: Quartermass and The Pit (1967)
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D'Angelo Director: Michael Apted The adaptation of Loretta Lynn's bestselling memoir, Coal Miner's Daughter is brimming with music and drama. From rags to riches, Loretta was a reluctant star, pushed into the limelight by her husband, who she married at 13. It's a remarkable story, watch my review… Continue reading Classic Movie: Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo A startling, strange and beautiful Japanese animation film, Akira was the most expensive animation in it's country's history at the time. In a cyber punk dystopian future, an uneasy peace is disrupted by some motorcycling teens when one of them is tested on by the government in an experiment that unleashed a… Continue reading Classic Movie: Akira (1988)
Just to keep things interesting, this week I'm talking about Film Noir. It's a really misunderstood movement in film, so in this video I talk about the history, whether it's a genre or a movement, what you can expect to see in a classic film noir and more. I also end with some recommendations of… Continue reading Cinema History: What is Film Noir?
Created to cash in on the highly successful slasher flick Halloween which came out in 1978, Friday The 13th revolves around Jason Voorhees, a child who drowned at a school camp. Initially, he's the motive for the killings, and later the killer himself, as anyone who tries to stay on Crystal Lake falls under the… Continue reading Horror Franchise: Friday The 13th (1980 – 2009)
Starring: Jean Marais, Josette Day Director: Jean Cocteau, Rene Clement https://youtu.be/Z-7oesSsZ_w Jean Cocteau's magical classic fairytale is beautiful and strange, and definitely ahead of it's time. Lavish and surreal, it's an art film that's also accessible to the everyman, and one that has influenced many film makers since. Watch the video above for my thoughts.
Starring: Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill Director: Bill Forsyth Ruth and Lucille are two sisters who are sent to live with relatives after their mother commits suicide. Initially left with their grandmother, after she dies their eccentric Aunt Sylvie takes them in, raising them in their ancestral home. But Aunt Sylvie's unusual nature and… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Housekeeping (1987)
Starring: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie Director: Randa Haines When the new speech teacher James (Hurt) starts at a school for the deaf he's struck by the anger and passion of the janitor. Sarah (Matlin) is a young woman who was the brightest student at the school but has remained speechless by choice and… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Children Of A Lesser God (1986)
Starring: Allakariallak, Alice Nevalinga, Cunayou Director: Robert J Flaherty At the start of this film, a title card lets us know that Flaherty worked for a fur company in the Artic which brought him into contact with the people of the Artic Circle. He started to take video footage of them, but when the film… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Nanook Of The North (1922)