Films with big budgets, big stars, action sequences and wise-cracking dialogue felt like a staple of the 80's and 90's. One of the most seminal of these was the 48 Hours films. Not only is 48 Hours the first film that Eddie Murphy starred in, but it also largely credited with being the first film… Continue reading 48 Hours (1982) and Another 48 Hours (1990)
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson Director: Wes Anderson When a dogs are infected with a virus in Japan, they are exiled to an island and must survive in their own. But Atari, the ward of the mayor of Japan, wants his… Continue reading Isle Of Dogs (2018)
Starring: Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Diane Wiest, Maureen O'Sullivan, Max Von Sydow, Woody Allen, Daniel Stern Director: Woody Allen From Thanksgiving to Thanksgiving, over two years, a woman's current husband falls in love with one of her sisters, while her ex husband falls for her other sister. Of course, as in… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Hannah And Her Sisters (1986)
Starring: Buster Keaton, Natalie Talmadge, Joe Keaton Director: Buster Keaton, Jack Blystone The MacKay family decide to send their young child away to safety after another local family swear to kill every last member of their family. The feud is nursed for years in the Appalachian town, but little Willy Mackay grows into a young… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Our Hospitality (1923)
A very happy birthday today to Blade, which was released 20 years ago today. There was a time when I thought this film was really cool, so as a present, I thought it was only right to take you on a trip down memory lane. Blade is based on a Marvel comic book character, and… Continue reading Blade (1998) 20th Anniversary Special
Starring: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wong, Wu Ma, Wang Zuxian Director: Siu-Tung Ching When a hapless young tax collector wanders into town, no one will give him shelter and he's forced to take refuge in a haunted temple. There he meets a misanthropic Taoist warrior and a beautiful girl, who harbours a deadly secret: she is… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
Starring: Alec Guiness, Cecil Parker, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom Director: Alexander Mackendrick Pretending to be a musical group, a band of robbers rent out a room from a sweet old lady, who they think will be no trouble at all. But when she finds out about their crime, she urges them to come forward and… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Ladykillers (1955)
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: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan Director: Brad Peyton Back in 1986, there was an arcade game where you played as a giant animal with the goal of destroying whole cities before the military could kill you. Rampage is perhaps the last game you would expect to get a film adaptation, and is… Continue reading Rampage (2018)