Starring: Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey Director: Otto Preminger A musical based on the opera by Bizet, with different words, and updated to be set in an all-black army camp, this film stars the incredible Dorothy Dandridge, one of the first black bombshells in Hollywood. This is Dandridge's film. A beautiful woman and excellent… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Carmen Jones (1954)
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedland, Adam Driver Director: Joel & Ethan Coen A week in the life of Llewyn Davis (Isaac), a failing folk singer in 60's Greenwich Village, who goes from couch to couch, hoping to make it and mourning for the singing partner that he lost. Llewyn… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, JK Simmons Director: Damien Chazelle Perhaps with all the things going on in the world right now, a musical is just what we need. So often, amusingly, musicals are about dark subjects, but told lightly. And I kind of like that about musicals (watch Meet Me In St. Louis again… Continue reading La La Land (2016)
Starring: Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger My first exposure to this film was when i was 5. There was a little girl at my primary school who was obsessed with this film, and I think we thought it was just about ballet and the costumes, and that was cool with… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: The Red Shoes (1948)
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Juliet Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Sizemore, Robert Downy Jr Director: Oliver Stone This slick and stylish film was based on a story by Tarantino and was quite controversial on it's release, though the MTV generation related to it. It's the story of a couple who go on a murder spree across… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Natural Born Killers (1994)
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce Director: Stephan Elliot Priscilla is the name of the lavender bus with a giant shoe in the top which the characters travel around in, in this film, and I love how the title is both dramatic and funny. In Australia, two drag queens and a transgender woman decide… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994)
Starring: O'Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins, Neil Brown Jr, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge Director: F Gary Gray Energetic and powerful, this film tells the story of the hip hop group NWA, from their inception to huge fame, and on into their subsequent solo success. It's a passionate film, with excellent performances from all the leads, who… Continue reading Straight Outta Compton (2015)
We rattle through the desert, not saying much, heading way out into the middle of nowhere, which in this fledgling country, is most places. We pass camels on the dusty landscape, and Bedouin eking out their existence in what have become permanent homes, made of corrugated iron and copious amounts of children and washing. Soon,… Continue reading The Man with the Music Boxes.