Whale Rider (2002) – Niki Caro

The beautifully crafted film, Whale Rider, adapted for the screen and directed by Niki Caro from the book by Witi Ihimaera is the next title up in Ten Bad Dates With De Niro, as I work through a list of titles that will make you cry. Set amongst the Maori people in Whangara, New Zealand,…

Whistle Down the Wind (1961) – Bryan Forbes

As I return to the Family Genre in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, I come across a number of recommendations from a screening for E.T. which I’ve previously covered Whistle Down the Wind is a British film that focuses on a group of young children, including Charles (Alan Barnes), Nan (Diane…

Life’s A Breeze (2014) – Lance Daly

  Released towards the end of last month, this little gem, Life’s a Breeze, isĀ available now from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Fionnula Flanagan is Nan, an elderly woman who lives in a cluttered home and puts up with her layabout son, Colm (Pat Shortt), who collects his weekly welfare, andĀ dreams of winning the lotto. She also…