Lauren Bacall is one of my favourite actresses from Hollywood's so called Golden Age. A beautiful actress, she starred as a knowing femme fatale in films like The Big Sleep and Key Largo, and went on to do more comedic roles in films like How To Marry A Millionaire. Her relationship with husband Humphrey Bogart… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Lauren Bacall
If you're into movie podcasts or independent films, you may have already heard of Fable Forest Films (thefableforest.com). They're a group of indie film makers from Waterloo in ON, Canada, and they also host a really interesting podcast about film making called First Frames First. I wanted to share some of their work with you,… Continue reading Fable Forest Films: I Was A Greenhouse and Bickerman’s Grove
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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Starring: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osmet, Genesis Rodriguez, Johnny Depp Director: Kevin Smith Podcaster Wallace (Long), who makes fun of people and is generally obnoxious, heads into Canada to find a story, leaving his long suffering girlfriend Ally (Rodriguez) and best friend and co-host Teddy (Osmet) behind. But when he interviews an old… Continue reading Tusk (2014)
Starring: Ian Ogilvy, Billy Murray, Christopher Ellison, Tony Denham, Julian Glover, Lysette Anthony, Patrick Bergin, Director: Sacha Bennett British Gangster films are really becoming their own b-list genre, a kind of self indulgent offshoot of more mature films. Snatch and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels made the London underbelly feel fresh, the local con… Continue reading Preview: We Still Steal The Old Way (2017)
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E Grant, Director: James Mangold Logan, the man who is also known as Wolverine (Jackman), has grown old. He no longer heals so good, and he's spending his days sleeping in his car, drinking heavily, and chauffeuring obnoxious people around near the Texas… Continue reading Logan (2017)
I don't normally review short films on my blog, mostly because you as the reader may not be able to find these films to watch yourselves, but when April Kelley of MiniProductions (miniproductions.co.uk) got in touch and asked me, I thought, well why not? Read on for more about Bafta Longlisted drama Edith and Annie… Continue reading Short Film: April Kelley of MiniProductions with ‘Edith’ and ‘Annie Waits’.
Starring: Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes Director: Chris McKay There's a part of me that doesn't entirely get Lego movies. The characters are based on those from other stories, and retain some of their characteristics but not others. I guess that they kind of emulate the kinds of stories that kids create… Continue reading The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Created by Sam Raimi in the early 80's, this franchise stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, a young man who gets mixed up with a cabin in the woods and an ancient book which unleashes unspeakable evil. Campbells camp turn made him a B movie star, and the franchise has been a cult favourite for… Continue reading Horror Franchise: Evil Dead (80’s to 00’s)
Starring: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk Director: Ron Clements, Don Hall Moana (Cravalho) lives on a beautiful island in Ancient Polynesia where she is the daughter of the chief. But the demigod Maui has set a curse in motion that's slowly killing the islands way of… Continue reading Moana (2016)