Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: A Star Is Born (1954)

Starring: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson Director: George Cukor There have been several versions of A Star Is Born, and there's set to be another one out this year. There's something about the story of the meteoric rise of the starlet while her famous love and mentor takes a massive fall that's so dark… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: A Star Is Born (1954)

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And The Winner Is…. Oscars 2018

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

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: Mommie Dearest (1981)

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid Director: Frank Perry Joan Crawford was a huge star, starting in the 1930's and managing to have a respected career for decades, garnering Oscars and huge salaries. She was the queen of Hollywood. But in 1978, her adopted daughter Christina published a book called Mommie Dearest, which exposed the horror… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Mommie Dearest (1981)

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Allison Brie Director: James Franco Back in the early 2000's, a man called Tommy Wiseau made a film called The Room. It's one of the weirdest, worst films ever. And yet... it's so bad that it's incredibly entertaining. It's reached cult status over the years, and has regularly… Continue reading The Disaster Artist (2017)

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Biography Of The Month- Lana: The Lives and Loves Of Lana Turner by Jane Ellen Wayne

Jane Ellen Wayne's book, Lana: The Lives and Loves of Lana Turner is a slim volume. It's amazing that a woman whose life was lived so large and so passionately, and whose life was also so fascinating, should be given only a small book. There is a biography written by her daughter Cheryl, but I… Continue reading Biography Of The Month- Lana: The Lives and Loves Of Lana Turner by Jane Ellen Wayne

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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)

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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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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