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)
Starring: Jet Li, Biao Yuen, Rosamund Kwan Director: Hark Tsui This is the film that catapulted Jet Li to international fame, and also managed to spawn itself several popular sequels. I riot of colour, action and convoluted plot points, Once Upon A Time in China is a martial arts classic. Set in the late 1800's in… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Once Upon A Time In China (1991)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson Director: Steven Spielberg The concept of freedom of the press and a sense of political accountability is such a hot button topic lately. So is the role of women moving into positions of power. This film looks at both of these things, in a film that puts Meryl… Continue reading The Post (2017)
Starring: Georges Melies, Victor Andre, Bleuette Bernon Director: Georges Melies Going back quite a way into film history this time, back into a time when cinema was in it’s infancy. You’ve probably seen that image of the moon as a man’s cream cheesey looking face with a spaceship stuck in one eye, and this is… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Trip To The Moon (La Voyage Dans La Lune) (1902)
Starring: Elizabeth Christensen, Astrid Holm, Karen Winther Director: Benjamin Christensen A film in 7 chapter or parts, this is an early documentary film, though it's not a true documentary as we now know them. It's about witchcraft through the ages, the first chapter being a slideshow style history lesson about how the world was understood… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Haxan (1922)
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: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe Director: Yimou Zhang If you've ever wondered why the Chinese built their Great Wall, and then Googled it, thought the real history was boring, and wanted more dragons, then this film is for you. Which is crazy, because the real history of the Great Wall is a fascinating… Continue reading The Great Wall (2016)
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland Director: James Gray Based on a true story, Lost City Of Z is the story of an explorer convinced that he knows how to find the city he calls Z, located deep in the Amazon, which is an El Dorado, a city of gold and riches.… Continue reading Lost City Of Z (2016)
Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Duncan Duff Director: Terence Davies Emily Dickinson was such a fascinating figure. A woman poet from the mid-1800's, she was published in her own life, but gained more renowned after death. She's one of America's greatest poets, but also known for her eccentricities. This film is the story… Continue reading A Quiet Passion (2016)
There are quite a few films coming out about race in America right now. Although quite a few of them are really good, and very moving, I think this is perhaps the most powerful, intense and confronting of them all. I walked out of the cinema feeling a bit emotional and shaken. And that’s exactly as it should be.
I Am Not Your Negro was one of the nominees this year for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category. Narrated by the warm tones of Samuel L Jackson, it is based on an unpublished and unfinished book written by James Baldwin, about race in America, the civil rights movement, and most importantly his memories of three men who were leaders of the movement: Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Three men who were assassinated for their belief in rights for black citizens.
Stylistically, the film feels…
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