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…

Lost Girls (1999) – Andrew Pyper

  Every one has been suggesting that if I liked all the other Andrew Pyper books I’ve read to date (and I have) that I desperately need to read his first novel, Lost Girls. Well I finally did! And like his other novels, I enjoyed this one as well. I love how he balances the…

The Prestige (2006) – Chrisopher Nolan

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has been a welcome addition to my library, and I was delighted to see that the next subject for me to cover is director Christopher Nolan. I’ve written about most of his other films, and all the ones the book recommends previously, but for The Prestige, and one other film….

Black Swan (2010) – Darren Aronofsky

  The next recommendation from my viewing of Gold Diggers of 1933 in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, is less musical, but more behind the scenes of a production, and the lead’s gradual descent into madness, in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. The beauty and sensuality of the ballet, Swan Lake, is…

Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus (1818) – Mary Shelley

  So having spent some time with the cinematic incarnations of Frankenstein and his creature, I thought, as it was mentioned in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, that I would revisit the original tale, on which all of them found their inspiration. I hadn’t read the original tale since 1984, when it was on a list…

Books of Blood: Volume 1 – 3 (1984 – 1986) – Clive Barker

  There are few authors that can get under my skin with their stories and nightmare imagery. In fact there is only one, Clive Barker. With the imminent arrival of The Scarlet Gospels in May, I thought I would throw some of his books back into my reading cycle, and what better place to start…

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) – Monte Hellman

  The next road movie I take on for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book’s recommendation following Easy Rider is this flick that stars James Taylor (yes that James Taylor) as The Driver. The Driver, and his pal, The Mechanic (Dennis Wilson), work together, with as little dialogue as possible, as they…

Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2014: The Best Offer – Giuseppe Tornatore

  The Italian Contemporary Film Festival got underway on Thursday with the latest effort from Italian maestro, Giuseppe Tornatore, known for the beautiful works Malena, Cinema Paradiso, Legend of 1900.¬†Each film enchants, and enthralls, taking you into their world, and wrapping you up in not only in the beauty the of the world, but in…

Possession (1981) – Andrzej Zulawski

  A bizarre, and troubling tale was recommended to me by this odd list I came across listing horror movies, the majority of which I’d seen, but this one I’d never heard of… After his turn as Damien Thorn in the Omen III, Sam Neill took on the role of Mark in this haunting and…