I love doing podcast appearances and working with Damien Riley is always really fun. This time we thought we would watch and talk about Grey Gardens, the 1975 documentary about a mother and daughter who were the black sheeps of Jackie Kennedy's family, and who lived in poverty in their crumbling East Hamptons mansion called… Continue reading Podcast: Grey Gardens on The DR Podcast
At the start of October, I change my black cats purple collar to an orange one with jack-o-lanterns on it, switch to pumpkin spice flavoured coffee, and start watching Halloween films. And Hocus Pocus is always on the watchlist.
A kind-of horror film for kids from the wonderful people at Disney, Hocus Pocus was a bit of a flop in cinemas, and yet somehow became a perennial favourite on video and TV. Now, it’s a Halloween cult classic, and it’s also 25 years old this year.
In case you haven’t seen it, Hocus Pocus is the story of two teenagers and one little girl who accidentally bring back three witch sisters from the dead on Halloween Night in Salem. With the help of an immortal talking cat, they must race against time to stop the Sanderson sisters before they devour the children of the town. But that’s just the bones…
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Damien Riley of Talking Stars fame has started his own spin-off podcast. When he asked me to make a guest appearance, I suggested we talk about the Eddie Murphy classic franchise of films, Beverly Hills Cop. It's a fun and relaxed look at the three films that make up this trilogy of classic 80's action… Continue reading Podcast: Damien Riley and Beverly Hills Cop
Starring: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Juno Temple, Jay Pharoah Director: Steven Soderbergh Sawyer (Foy) has moved to a new city and started a new job to try and take her life back after a stalker (Leonard) has left her feeling fearful. But when her fears get the better of her and she tries to talk… Continue reading Unsane (2018)
Starring: Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks Director: Mark Robson Mary Gibson (Hunter) is at school when she is told that her sister and only remaining family member, Jacqueline (Brooks), has gone missing. She heads to Manhattan to find out what's happened to her, and discovers a trail of black magic and betrayal that leads… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Seventh Victim (1943)
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ted Levine, Jeff Goldblum Director: J A Bayona When the once dormant volcano erupts on Islar Nublar, the island where Jurassic World was situated, Claire (Howard) is desperate to save the dinosaurs who live there. She manages to get help from an old friend of Hammond's, but when she… Continue reading Preview: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop Director: Edgar G Ulmer If you've read Edgar Allen Poe's story The Black Cat, you'll soon notice that it has nothing in common with this film but the title. But don't let that put you off. This is the film that first put the great Bela… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Black Cat (1934)
Starring: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Natalie Wood Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz In 1900, Lucy Muir (Tierney) is a young widow with a daughter (a very young Natalie Wood), who decides to move out of the home she shares with her miserable in-laws. She ends up choosing a house that is reputably haunted, but… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Ghost & Mrs Muir (1947)
Last night was the 90th Academy Awards, a ceremony that usually inspires some controversy, joys, disappointments and emotional tears, for the attendees at least. Whether you love or hate the films that won or were nominated, it's always an interesting night. In case you missed it, here is the full list of nominees and winners.… Continue reading And The Winner Is…. Oscars 2018
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George Director: Arthur Penn Dustin Hoffman stars as Jack Crabb, in this darkly comedic film that skewers American Western narratives. He’s Little Big Man, a man claiming to be 111 years old, telling his tall tale to a judgemental journalist. In it, he tells the story of being… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Little Big Man (1970)