Above Us the Waves (1955) -Ralph Thomas

The next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s exemplary The Movie Book following its recommendation of the submarine classic Das Boot takes us below the surface again as we join British sailors during World War II as they attempt to destroy a German battleship, Tirpitz, in a Norwegian fjord. Commander…

Kiss Me Deadly (1955) – Robert Aldrich

Boy, can Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) pick ’em in this, the next film in DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Based on Mickey Spillane’s novel of the same name, the film sees the private investigator caught up in a corker of a mystery. I’ve always been interested in the character, I grew up with Stacy Keach…

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – Nicholas Ray

The next film that I dove into for DK Canada’s The Movie Book is the James Dean classic, Rebel Without a Cause, from 1955. Dean is brilliantly vulnerable as the teen Jim Stark, who is growing up in a troubled home, clashing with his parents, Frank (Jim Backus) and Carol (Ann Doran), and also dealing…

Disney’s The Lady & The Tramp: The Signature Collection

The Signature Collection from Walt Disney adds another classic title to its pantheon as today, the 1955 animated tale, The Lady and The Tramp is released, and the iconic meatball scene has never looked better. I last watched this film back in 2015 when I was reviewing it for the blog, and watching it then…

Back to the Future: Part III (1990) – Robert Zemeckis

My last stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is the final trip with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) in Back to the Future: Part III. From the film’s opening credits you know this will be a different adventure, the triumphant theme by Alan Silvestri gives way to a stirring romantic…

Back to the Future: Part II (1989) – Robert Zemeckis

My time with the Sci-Fi Chronicles is coming to a close, and I made sure it ended with a couple of my fave films, from one of my favourite trilogies… Back to the Future: Part II. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd bring the beloved time travelling pair of Marty McFly and Doc Brown to…

Guys and Dolls (1955) – Joseph L. Mankiewicz

It’s time for another musical recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Oklahoma! and I have to tell you, this one I liked. With a caveat. I’ve never been a fan of Marlon Brando. I didn’t care for his performances, and I get the impression I would…

The Dam Busters (1955) – Michael Anderson

As I return to the war genre I plunge into the events of World War II and the creation of a ‘bouncing bomb’ that would help the Allies against the Nazis. The film is based on two books, one by Paul Brickhill about the creation of the weapon, and the other by Guy Gibson about…

The Night of the Hunter (1955) – Charles Laughton

  The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book brings me back to the Thriller genre, with this classic starring Robert Mitchum as twisted evangelist Harry Powell, a man not afraid to commit evil in the name of the lord. He has just served time for a car theft, and had met a prisoner,…

Revenge of the Creature (1955) – Jack Arnold

  I get to spend a little more time with Jack Arnold, the director, thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and I also get to see the next installment in the Creature films… I’ll be completely honest with you, I’m with the Gill-man in this film. The guy is treated incredibly badly, and he’s made…

Tarantula (1955) – Jack Arnold

  My time with director Jack Arnold continues, thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles. This time around, we find ourselves int he middle of the desert menaced by a giant spider. But don’t worry, things work out in the end, and we’re all saved by Clint Eastwood. Really. Near a small desert town, Professor Gerald Deemer…

This Island Earth (1955) – Joseph Newman

  A flawed but enjoyable space opera is my next port of call in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and is notable also because it was one of the first color science fiction films to be made, and This Island Earth does like to show off its Technicolor look, and boasts some pretty solid effects considering…