Rome, Open City (1945) – Roberto Rossellini

Rome, Open City, Roberto Rossellini’s first film is on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Bicycle Thieves as I continue my exploration of DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Decidedly melodramatic the story is set in World War II Rome, and the story weaves a group of characters together, as they work…

Roman Holiday (1953) – William Wyler

Following my screening of His Girl Friday for the DK Books fantastic, The Movie Book. I have moved on to the What Else to Watch section of the title, and dove into the one film amongst it that I had not yet covered, Roman Holiday. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert, let me…

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) – Norman Jewison

It’s time to dig into some of the previously un-reviewed (for me) recommendations in the Musical section of the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, and I was rather surprised with how much I enjoyed Norman Jewison’s anachronistic adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic rock opera. Christian theology has never really been my…

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) – Chad Stahelski

When Keanu Reeves stepped onto the screen in the 2014 film, John Wick, cinema lovers and critics met the film with joy and accolades, as it boldly, bloodily and brilliantly updated the revenge films of the 1970s for the 21st century The screen was filled with top drawer stars, and the simplest of revenge stories…

Triplanetary (1948) – E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith

  I’ve been loving my time with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. And as I believe I’ve mentioned before, the book doesn’t only cover film and television, it deals with stage, music, comics and novels. Being in the midst of the pulp era of science fiction, I thought I would take a look at one of…

Roma (1972) – Federico Fellini

  I think I may have discovered my favorite Fellini film. As I continue my exploration of recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book and my screening of Last Tango In Paris, I was delighted by this film, and enjoyed every moment I spent in its company. That being said, attempting…

Cleopatra (1934) -Cecil B. DeMille

Claudette Colbert, who looks stunning in rather revealing and slinky costumes, headlines in this last recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book after my screening of Intolerance. The beautiful queen Cleopatra (Colbert) is fearing revolt in her home of Egypt. In fact in the film’s opening, she is driven from her…

Cabiria (1914) – Giovanni Pastrone

The first recommended title following my screening of Intolerance for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film is this epic tale set during the Punic Wars. Apparently the director of Intolerance, D.W. Griffith, was highly influenced by this film when he saw it, and created Intolerance to tell his own epic. The film follows…

La Dolce Vita (1960) – Federico Fellini

The strong recommendations from my viewing of Rules of the Game for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book continue with this beautifully made film. Marcello (Marcello Mastroianni) is a journalist who runs all over Rome from evening to dawn collecting tabloid stories alongside his sometimes photographer Paparazzo (Walter Santesso). He’s a bit…

Gladiator (2000) – Ridley Scott

The 101 Action Movies brings me Ridley Scott’s Best Picture winner Gladiator for me to re-watch and enjoy. Starring Russell Crowe as Maximus, a Roman general in service to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris). When the emperor is murdered by his devious and power-hungry son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), Maximus is ordered to be executed…

Da Vinci’s Demons Season 1 – Blu-Ray

  Anchor Bay Canada was kind enough to send me a copy of the first season of Da Vinci’s Demons, which was released on September 3. I was a little behind, even with our peripheral coverage of TIFF. But no sooner did I start this series when I was completely hooked. From David S. Goyer,…

Profondo Rosso (1975)

Translated as Deep Red, Profondo Rosso sees famed Italian director Dario Argento join the list of required viewing for the 101 Horror Movies. Before getting into the film itself, let me just say, I loved the score by Giorgio Gaslini and the group Goblin. It’s been a long time since I watched an Argento movie,…