A Star is Born (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

The Oscar nominated A Star is Born comes home today on blu-ray from Warner Brothers, and it makes a great addition to the collection, and a fantastic new iteration of the classic story. Starring Bradley Cooper (who also served as the film’s director) and a bravura performance by Lady Gaga (both of them were nominated…

Sabrina (1954) – Billy Wilder

The next, oh-so-enjoyable classic from DK Canada’s The Movie Book following the recommendation of Some Like It Hot as I delve deeper into the What Else to Watch list. Audrey Hepburn plays the titular Sabrina, the daughter of the chauffeur, Thomas Fairchild (John Williams) who works for the wealthy Larabie family.  All of her life,…

Seven Samurai (1954) – Akira Kurosawa

The next film recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is yet another iconic film from Kurosawa’s oeuvre. In a catalogue of films that are all exceptional, it’s tough to pick a favourite, but this may very will be mine. I love the American remake from 1960, The Magnificent Seven,  it’s…

The Shape of Water (2017) – Guillermo del Toro

del Toro’s latest film, The Shape of Water is very much a fairy tale for adults, as well as sharing a kinship with the horror films of the 1950s, specifically, 1954’s The Creature From the Black Lagoon (as well as to Abe Sapien as seen in del Toro’s own Hellboy series). But in this film,…

Rear Window (1954) – Alfred Hitchcock

James Stewart and the stunning Grace Kelly star in the next recommended title from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book as I continue my time with Hitchcock’s thrillers. Voyeurism leads to problems as laid up photographer (is there a more voyeuristic career) L.B. Jefferies (Stewart) believes one of his neighbours, he can…

Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) – Jack Arnold

  I got to revisit one of the classic Universal monsters for the next entry in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, director Jack Arnold, and the monster… the Creature from the Black Lagoon, or as he’s also known… The Gill Man, and I have to say, some 60 years on, this is still one solid piece…

White Christmas (1954) – Michael Curtiz

Sure, we’re only part way through November, but this was the next title on the recommendation list from Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of the Jazz Singer. Despite being set at Christmas, this isn’t an overly sappy holiday season movie, sure the signature song pretty much opens and closes…