Billy Elliot (2000) – Stephen Daldry

The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of West Side Story isn’t necessarily a musical, but it definitely shares the same love of dance. Billy Elliot, which has since inspired a stage musical perfectly captures joy in dance and simultaneously juxtaposes the ordinary events of day…

Chaplin (1992) Richard Attenborough

As I return to DK Canada’s The Movie Book, the next film they highlight is the Chaplin classic, City Lights. That is a title I’d previously reviewed, and so I dove write into What Else to Watch, as I had already reviewed his key movies, and the first one on the list I hadn’t previously…

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) – Roger Spottiswoode

Pierce Brosnan’s second outing as Ian Fleming’s James Bond, 007, is the final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following a screening of Goldfinger, and I quite happily make the argument that this may be Brosnan’s best outing in his four Bond films. From the opening White Knight sequence, to…

Doctor Who (David Tennant) – Fear Her and Army of Ghosts

The Doctor (Tennant) and Rose (Billie Piper) find themselves in a rather unusual adventure during the 2012 Olympics. Fear Her was written by Matthew Graham and first aired on 24 June, 2006. Arriving in an English neighbourhood, the Doctor realises something strange is going on, when children seem to be disappearing up and down the…

First Men in the Moon (1964) – Nathan Juran

My time with DK Books’ The Movie Book pays off big time with the What Else to Watch list associated with Melies’ A Trip to the Moon – it brought me this 1964 oddity, which is based on H.G. Wells’ story. A multi-national crew is making the first manned landing on the moon. Imagine the…

The Secret Garden (1993) -Agnieszka Holland

Francis Ford Coppola serves as executive producer of this adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel, and the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Young Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly), born and raised in India is orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent to live…

633 Squadron (1964) -Walter Grauman

Cliff Robertson leads the lucky 633 Squadron in this World War II melodrama that is the next recommendation from my screening of The Dam Busters for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. The actual aerial photography of the film is stunning, above and around England, while the rotoscope work behind the cast…

Doctor Who (Colin Baker) – The Mark of the Rani

  The Master (Anthony Ainley) returns to menace the Doctor (Baker) this week in The Mark of the Rani. This one was written by Pip and Jane Baker, and aired in two parts from 2 to 9 February, 1985. The Doctor and Peri (Nicola Bryant) arrive in 19th century England in the small village of…

Doctor Who (Colin Baker) – Attack of the Cybermen

  Season 22 gets underway this week with the Doctor (Baker) confronting one of his age-old nemesis, the Cybermen. It also features a bit of a revamp in the way it was broadcast, eschewing the 25 minute episode, and instead going with a 45 minute episode, this story was composed of two parts, running from…