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…

Sunset Boulevard (1950) – Billy Wilder

As I return to the films of yesteryear, thanks to DK Canada’s The Movie Book, I settled in for a film that I’ve never been sure I wanted to watch, Sunset Boulevard. I just never imagined it would be my thing, but it does have a great pedigree including a cast that includes Gloria Swanson…

Fame (1980) – Alan Parker

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Grease is the iconic 1980 film Fame. The movie proved so popular that it inspired a television series, as well as a remake, but there is nothing like the classic. The film follows a group of students at…

Mother! (2017) – Darren Aronofsky

The cult of celebrity, the ‘ownership’ of fans, the price of love, and the need for peace, privacy, and solace from the madness that is the modern world. Aronofsky’s divisive film, Mother!, comes home on DVD and blu-ray today.  Vaguely Lynchian there is the semblance of a ghost story at the heart of the film…

Doctor Who (Matt Smith) – Cold Blood, and Vincent and the Doctor

Rory (Arthur Darvill), Amy (Karen Gillan) and the Doctor (Smith) have their hands full this week as we dive into the second part of the Silurian story that started last week with The Hungry Earth. Cold Blood was written by Chris Chibnall and first aired on 29 May, 2010. The Time Lord is going underground…

Liv Stein

Combining near cinematic imagery that verges on the iconic and powerhouse performances from its actors, Liv Stein, presented by Canadian Stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto is sure to wow and elicit discussion. Director Matthew Jocelyn’s sure hand brings Nino Haratischwili’s original German play to the Canadian stage via a translation by Birgit…

All About Eve (1950) – Joseph L. Mankiewicz

The next drama title that was recommended following my screening of Les Enfants du Paradis from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, All About Eve is a tale of ambition and betrayal, with a stellar script and direction by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Bette Davis stars as an aging theater actress, Margo Channing,…

Alan Partridge (2013) – Declan Lowney

Hitting DVD, Blu-ray and VOD today is this British import starring Steve Coogan,. He brings his Alan Partridge character in a hostage story that has some great dialogue wrapped up in a paint-by-numbers story. Reprising his television character, Coogan stars as Alan Partridge, radio DJ and deluded by his perception of his own fame, including driving around in a…

Bonnie & Clyde (2013) – Mini-series

Starting this evening, and being simulcast on Lifetime and The History Channel, running for 2 evenings is a retelling of the infamous story of Bonnie & Clyde. Most film buffs know the 1967 version with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the titular roles under Arthur Penn’s direction. This time out, we get a lush,…

Show People (1928) – King Vidor

The Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book brings me the last tie in recommendation for The General with this fun and joyous, a occasionally satirical look at Hollywood silent film. Peggy Pepper (Marion Davies) has arrived in Hollywood from Georgia, escorted by her father Colonel Pepper (Dell Henderson) with dreams of being a…

Knightriders (1981) – George A. Romero

I love when the 101 Action Movies brings me something I had never seen. I remember seeing the posters for this when I was a kid, but it never meant anything to me.  Now though, I think I have found my fave Romero film after the original Night of the Living Dead. And this one…