Coming to America – 30th Anniversary Edition: Blu-Ray Review

Coming to America, another classic pairing between Eddie Murphy and John Landis hits its 30th Anniversary with a blu-ray release from Paramount Pictures. Murphy created the story which Landis seems to delight in bringing to the screen. Basically a Cinderella story, the story follows Prince Akeem (Murphy) who objects to the idea of marrying someone…

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (1993) – Winds of Change

The Great War is over, and the life of Indiana Jones (Sean Patrick Flanery) is about to change again in this movie edited together from two episodes, one of them unaired. Paris, May 1919 Written by Jonathan Hales, this episode was first broadcast on 24 July, 1993, and sees Indy reunited with his old friend,…

Pillow Talk (1959) – Michael Gordon

Pillow Talk, the flirty, fun comedy starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The key element to the film is something a lot of people won’t understand these days, the shared party line. Long before…

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – Blake Edwards

Based on the novel by Truman Capote, and featuring music by Henry Mancini, this romantic classic stars Audrey Hepburn, and George Peppard. It is also the next stop on the Romantic and Melodrama chapter of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film. The film, as solid as it is, features Mickey Rooney’s racist and…

Once Upon a Time in America (1983) – Sergio Leone

Clocking in at almost four hours long, Leone’s cinematic adaptation of  Harry Grey’s original novel is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of The Godfather. Robert De Niro stars as David ‘Noodles’ Aaronson, a gangster, who after fleeing New York returns over thirty years later…

West Side Story (1961) – Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins

Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins direct the film that brings me back to the musical genre in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Stephen Sondheim pens the lyrics for this Academy Award winning musical (including Best Picture) that is an updated retelling of Shakespeare’s beautiful tragedy Romeo & Juliet with Richard Beymer…

Our Hospitality (1923) – John G. Blystone and Buster Keaton

Today I dig into the What Else to Watch part of DK Canada’s The Movie Book for my screening of Steamboat Bill, Jr. And I am delighted that the next few titles in the list are all Buster Keaton films I’ve never seen. Today it’s Our Hospitality, and once again, Keaton pulls out all the…

Doctor Who (David Tennant) – Gridlock and Daleks in Manhattan

The Doctor (Tennant) and Martha (Freema Agyeman) return to New Earth (though it has changed) and get caught in traffic in Gridlock. Written by Russell T. Davies aired on 14 April, 2007. Martha is a little put out that the Time Lord brings her to one of the same places he took Rose, but before…

Live and Let Die (1973) – Guy Hamilton

007 is back, and he’s the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book. Roger Moore debuts as secret agent James Bond in this 1973 update of Ian Fleming’s character. It also delves a little into blaxploitation, and features one of my favourite Bond Girls, Jane Seymour as Solitaire. Marrying drugs…