Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) – James Wan

Director/writer James Wan and writer/actor Leigh Whannell return for the second Insidious film which picks up shortly after the first film ended continuing off the troubling reveal that Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) is no longer Josh but some malignant spirit that has come back from The Further with him, and killed Elise (Lin Shaye). While…

Insidious (2010) – James Wan

Director James Wan, and writer Leigh Whannell’s Insidious is a fairly solid ghost story, though it took me forever to come around to it. My first experience seeing it was in the theatre, where I couldn’t get over how a couple in front of me was scared by everything that was happening on the screen….

The X-Files (2018) – My Struggle III, and This

After an almost two year wait, The X-Files returned on 3 January, 2018 with a season opener that was written and directed by series creator, Chris Carter. Viewers may have felt they got stiffed a little by the reveal that the season finale, My Struggle II, was actually just a vision had by Scully (Gillian…

Boxcar Bertha (1972) – Martin Scorsese

A recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Bonnie and Clyde is this 1972 Scorsese picture that he made while he was learning at Roger Corman’s studio. A fictionalised account of the Bertha Thompson (Barbara Hershey) the film follows the transient and who became a labour organiser…

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Martin Scorsese

  Paul Schrader adapts Nikos Kazantakis’ powerful novel about the life of Christ (portrayed powerfully by Willem Dafoe) comes to life under the sure hand of Martin Scorsese, bringing the Christian character to life in a way unseen on the screen before this. Raising questions not only about the concept of Christ, as well as…

Black Swan (2010) – Darren Aronofsky

  The next recommendation from my viewing of Gold Diggers of 1933 in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, is less musical, but more behind the scenes of a production, and the lead’s gradual descent into madness, in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. The beauty and sensuality of the ballet, Swan Lake, is…

Trailer Tracks: The Right Stuff (1983) – Philip Kaufman

Kaufman shot this adaption of Tom Wolfe’s book about the beginning of the┬áMercury space┬áprogram, interweaving it with the exploits of Chuck Yeager, into an epic three hour adventure about flilght, exploration and humanity. With a fantastic cast including Sam Shepard, Lance Henriksen, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff…

The Right Stuff (1983) – Philip Kaufman

“There was a demon that lived in the air…” I love a good epic film, and this film, The Right Stuff, is wonderfully so, based on Tom Wolfe’s book chronicling the launch of the space program, the training, the disasters, and the 7 brave men chosen to become Mercury astronauts. Boasting an all-star cast, the…