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…

Vertigo (1958) – Alfred Hitchcock

Perhaps one of Hitchcock’s best films, Vertigo, is next on the list of recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. With the combined star power of James Stewart and Kim Novak, this romantic thriller defines obsession as well as fear. Stewart is John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson a San Francisco police detective on…

From Here to Eternity (1953) – Fred Zinnemann

  An all star cast brings James Jones sprawling book to the big screen, and is my next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my revisit with Casablanca for the Romance and Melodrama genre. Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine, Claude Akins and Jack Warden bring…