Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: Wanda (1971)

Starring: Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes Director: Barbara Loden In a coal mining town in Pennysylvania, Wanda (Loden) wanders through life, numbing her despair with alcohol and one night stands. She sleeps on her sisters couch and drifts through temporary employment. When she meets a man in a bar, she willingly heads home with… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Wanda (1971)

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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 Post (2017)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson Director: Steven Spielberg The concept of freedom of the press and a sense of political accountability is such a hot button topic lately. So is the role of women moving into positions of power. This film looks at both of these things, in a film that puts Meryl… Continue reading The Post (2017)

Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: Blackmail (1929)

Starring: Anny Ondra, John Longden, Sara Allgood Director: Alfred Hitchcock Hitchcock was such a prolific film maker, and since many of his later films are the ones that he’s known for, it’s easy to forget that he started out making films in the silent era. This film, Blackmail, was his first “talkie” and one of… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Blackmail (1929)

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Review

In a small town in Missouri, Mildred (McDormand) takes out advertising on three billboards that ask the local police chief why there have been no arrests in the case of the rape and murder of her daughter. It’s a small act of defiance, and yet it has some big repercussions.

From the writer/director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh, it’s a fine return to form for a man whose films tend to have serious tones, violence and yet also humour and some heart felt moments. Taking on the subject of small town America, of incompetent police, dysfunctional family relationships and of course, the deep sadness of losing a child to violence, this film could have been a very different story in the hands of someone else. Because whilst it explores the grief of Mildred, it focuses on her strength and her ability to act, her toughness and…

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Safe (1995)

Starring: Julianne Moore, Xander Berkeley, Dean Norris Director: Todd Haynes Julianne Moore is a normal suburban house wife in 80's California. She lives with her rather domineering husband in their perfect house, with his son from a previous marriage. She has no real problems, and from the outside her life looks perfect, but her friendships… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Safe (1995)

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The Beguiled (2017)

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning Director: Sofia Coppola In Virginia during the American Civil War, a young girl finds a wounded Union soldier and takes him back to the school where she is living with two teachers and a few remaining students. His presence effects the school in different ways, and… Continue reading The Beguiled (2017)

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Lady Macbeth (2016)

Starring: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackie, Paul Hilton, Christopher Fairbank Director: William Oldroyd Based on a Russian novel, this film is set in rural Britain during the Victorian Era, where Katherine (Pugh) is sent to be married to a much older man (Hilton). Her life is repressive even for this time, and her husband… Continue reading Lady Macbeth (2016)

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Certain Women (2016)

Starring: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern Director: Kelly Reichardt I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy this film, because reports all had it as being a very slow drama. I'm OK with slow, but not so much with very slow. But I was pleasantly surprised. It's the story of three women in small town America,… Continue reading Certain Women (2016)

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The Neon Demon (2016)

Starring: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman Director: Nicolas Winding Refn When 16 year old Jessie (Fanning) moves to LA and takes up a modelling career, she finds that her fresh faced natural beauty draws the jealous eyes of the models that both hate her and want… Continue reading The Neon Demon (2016)