55 Days at Peking (1963) – Nicholas Grey and Guy Green

Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and David Niven headline this recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Lawrence of Arabia. The Boxer Rebellion of 1900 is at the heart of the story, as a cast of characters are swept up into the drama, and terror of the siege…

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…

Quantum Leap (1992) – The Curse of Ptah-Hotep and Stand Up

Sam (Scott Bakula) finds himself dealing with a sandstorm and a 3,000 year old curse when he leaps into Dale Conway an archaeologist in Egypt on 2 March, 1957. Bizarre accidents begin to claim the lives of a number of the dig’s party, and Sam and his partner, Ginny (Lisa Darr) must figure out what…

The King and I (1956) – Walter Lang

Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr light up the screen in the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Oklahoma! The Rogers and Hammerstein musical soars to life in a stunning adaptation that doesn’t sacrifice story for musical numbers. Instead, the story is just as important, if…

Arrival (2016) – Denis Villeneuve Blu-Ray Review

Anyone who follows this blog knows I am passionate about my science fiction cinema, but that doesn’t mean it’s always good. Therefore when a smart piece of sci-fi film making comes along, I feel I have to champion it, to cheer it on, revel in it, and share it with all who will listen. Villeneuve’s…

So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish (1984) – Douglas Adams

So I felt it was time to check in with the gang from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy again, and dove into book four of the trilogy. This one seems a bit shorter than the previous tale, and to my chagrin, Ford Prefect is barely in it, Marvin makes only an appearance, and Zaphod…

La La Land (2016) – Damien Chazelle

From its opening, marrying classical screen musical tropes and modern times, Chazelle’s film proves that not only is the big screen musical still alive, it is in fact a vibrant event. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as two Hollywood dreamers, Mia and Sebastian. She’s an aspiring actress, he’s a jazz pianist who dreams of…

Spartacus (1960) – Stanley Kubrick

Kubrick takes us back to 1st Century B.C.E. for the next stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film. The classic story of a slave that leads a revolt against the Roman Empire, that has become decadent, and indulgent. Leading the cast, and serving as executive producer is Kirk Douglas, who is joined…