Persons Of Interest

Biography Of The Month: Howard Hughes (1905 – 1976)

A multi-millionaire with a strange childhood, known for his famous lovers, his ambitions and his odd behaviour in later life, Howard Hughes was a man who inherited a lot of money, but who made major innovations to the aviation industry and also became a movie mogul. Challenging convention, pushing boundaries, and living an incredibly lonely… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Howard Hughes (1905 – 1976)

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Biography Of The Month: Louis B Mayer

The story of Louise B Mayer is the story of Old Hollywood and it’s Golden Age. He and the other players of his era shaped the industry from it’s inception and used the studio system to control and create stars. It was a very different time both socially and culturally. Under Mayer’s days as head… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Louis B Mayer

Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: In A Lonely Place (1950)

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy Director: Nicholas Ray Any Bogart film deserves a place on a must watch or classic movies list. He's one of my all-time favourite actors. He often played characters who had more than a hint of the amoral, but were also good guys, think Rick Blaine in Casablanca, a… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: In A Lonely Place (1950)

Film Reviews

Sci-Fi London Film Festival: Unspeakable Horrors – The Plan 9 Conspiracy – Review

One of my friends is an actor, and as someone who has to face rejection in auditions on a daily basis, he has moments when he has to deal with thoughts about not being good enough and what success really means, and self esteem crushing things of that nature. His big trick for getting through those dark feelings of not being good enough, he always says, is to watch Ed Wood.

Ed Wood was an American writer/director who was most active in the 50’s and 60’s, and his film Plan 9 from Outer Space, a film about aliens coming to Earth and reanimating the dead in order to take over the planet, is credited as being the worst film ever made. But his sheer enthusiasm for films and film making, his ability to keep on creating and motivating other people to pay for his films, or agree to star…

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Persons Of Interest, The Reading List

Biography Of The Month: Alfred Hitchcock

The name and face of Hitchcock in some ways have taken over the man, a deliberate choice on his part, it would seem. Director of famous thriller and crime films like The Birds, North By Northwest, Rear Window, and of course, Psycho, he's a man that in many ways needs no introduction, but who, because… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Alfred Hitchcock

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Biography Of The Month: Orson Welles

As you may know, this year I set the goal of reading one biography per month, and this month goes to Orson Welles, actor, director, writer and wunderkind, 1915 - 1985. The biography is Rosebud by David Thomson.  Where does one even begin to talk about Orson Welles? He's a huge figure on the landscape… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Orson Welles

105 Must See Films

105 Must See Films: The Artist (2011)

Starring: Jean DuJardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, Director: Michel Hazanavicius When the star of silent movies meets cute with a delightful chorus girl, love is in the air. But with the advent of "talkies", that is, movies with sound, her career takes off and his stumbles, sending them in different directions in life. Will they… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: The Artist (2011)

105 Must See Films

105 Must See Films: Argo (2012)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman Director: Ben Affleck In 1980, the American embassy in Tehran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries, with six people escaping to a safe house. In order to get them out and back to the US, the CIA came up with the crazy plan of sending in a Hollywood producer… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Argo (2012)

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Biography Of The Month: Elizabeth Taylor

This year I set myself a goal of reading one biography a month about a movie star or director, or other Hollywood type, who I've always wanted to know more about. At the top of the list fell Elizabeth Taylor. Why Elizabeth Taylor? I love old school Hollywood and vintage glamour, and Elizabeth Taylor is… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Elizabeth Taylor

105 Must See Films

105 Must See Films: The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

Starring: Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz Ava Gardner sparkles in this film that starts at the funeral of the main character, and shows scenes from her life in the memories of those who knew and loved her, trying to piece together the mystery of her. She is Maria Vargas, a beautiful woman… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: The Barefoot Contessa (1954)