Raise the Red Lantern (1991) – Yimou Zhang

The next film in DK Canada’s informative and entertaining The Movie Book is this beautifully shot Chinese film starring Li Gong. Set in the 1920s, Songlian (Li) elects to become the fourth mistress of a wealthy lord, Chen Zuoqian (Jingwu Ma). She soon finds herself enmeshed in the rules of the household, and the scheming…

The Birch Wood (1970) – Andrzej Wajda

As I return to DK Canada’s The Movie Book, I dive into the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Ashes and Diamonds. Directed by the same film maker, Andrzej Wajda, The Birch Wood is a gentle character piece set in prewar Poland. The story follows Stanislaw (Olgierd Lukaszewicz), a young man suffering…

Paris, Texas (1984) – Wim Wenders

Harry Dean Stanton and Dean Stockwell headline as brothers in the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Thelma & Louise. Featuring a fantastic score by Ry Cooder the film is a look at a shattered American dream as Travis Henderson (Stanton) having been missing for…

Stagecoach (1939) – John Ford

The first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is the 1939 John Ford/John Wayne classic, Stagecoach. Wayne plays the Ringo Kid, and he and a number of fellow travellers including Dallas (Claire Trevor) and Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt), a drunk doctor Josiah Boone (Thomas Mitchell), and a dangerous gambler, Hatfield (John…

One More Time (2015) – Robert Edwards

  Available now from Anchor Bay is this little gem written and directed by Robert Edwards that gives a look inside the hearts of two musical performers. Jude (Amber Heard) is a self-destructive would-be singer-songwriter who sabotages her own life consistently, and clashes with her family on a minute by minute basis. She can’t seem…

Honeymoon (2014) – Leigh Janiak

Also available on Blu-Ray and DVD today from Magnolia Pictures is this creepy thriller starring Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie and Penny Dreadful’s Harry Treadaway. Bea (Leslie) and Paul (Treadaway) are newlyweds, who have decided to have a quiet honeymoon at her family’s cabin in the Canadian wilderness. After the first night there, which sees…