Heaven Can Wait (1978) – Warren Beatty & Buck Henry

The next big title in the highly informative and entertaining The Movie Book from DK Canada is the superior film, A Matter of Life and Death from 1946. Having previously reviewed it, I moved right onto the What Else to Watch list and dove into the one film on there I hadn’t previously covered, the…

Lord Jim (1965) – Richard Brooks

Peter O’Toole finds himself in yet another epic film, as I continue my exploration of the recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Lawrence of Arabia. Based on the novel by Joseph Conrad the film doesn’t have the same sweep and expanse that Arabia does, but it…

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) – Anthony Mann

An incredible cast fills out this recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Spartacus. Alec Guinness is Marcus Aurelius, whose death begins the downfall of the great empire, as his son, Commodus (Christopher Plummer) assumes leadership, and is unwilling to let anything stand in his way. They…

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) – Eric Brevig

  Jules Verne, his writing, and the films inspired by his creations is next up in the Sci-Fi Chronicles (I’m loving this book so far, and I’ve barely started it). I’ve previously covered the definitive cinematic version of Journey to the Center of the Earth, the 1959 version starring James Mason and Pat Boone. The only other…

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) – Albert Lewin

The recommendations following Pandora’s Box in Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is this romantic fantasy drama starring Ava Gardner and James Mason in the titular roles and both of them are seeking a form of redemption and salvation. Gardner as Pandora, for me, is extremely unlikable character, cold, manipulative, and quite willing to…

North By Northwest (1959) – Alfred Hitchcock

North By Northwest is my favorite of all of Hitch’s films. I was quite delighted to come across it on the 101 Action Movies list. It’s fun, charming, and races along full tilt right to its climax. It has an iconic score by Bernard Herrmann, and a top-notch cast featuring Cary Grant (I love his…

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

  So Disney shows up on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list with this classic from 1954. Based on the classic tale by Jules Verne, Disney pulled out all the stops and brought a lavish, extravagant production to the big screen, with an all-star cast including James Mason, Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre. The film, set…

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

I’m not quite sure how this film was missed in my upbringing, but I never saw it, though I do love Jules Verne. The man had a brilliant imagination and even today, his stories can fire us up, instill in us that sense of wonder and exploration that for me is the height of adventure….