2007 9/10 This is a brilliantly composed Biopic, charting the early life of Johnny Cash. While obviously falling foul of many of the Biopic genre's cliché's, it does so with grace and confidence, focusing the narrative of a sort of redemption arc. This is in many ways a dark film, but it doesn't feel like … Continue reading WALK THE LINE (EXTENDED CUT)
1990 8/10 Good old Kevin C. returned the epic to our screens a decade before Gladiator made them cool again. This is a great movie which I feel has now been forgotten by many...
1962 7/10 Certainly an epic movie but if ever a film was saved from just being another western, it was this one. Its presentation in Cinerama has kept it up there as a grand epic, showcasing both western American as well as the all but failed technology of which it was filmed. Great score, stellar … Continue reading HOW THE WEST WAS WON (SMILEBOX VERSION)
1962 7/10 Epic isn't the word for this 178 minute movie. Marlon Brando is brilliant as Fletcher Christian, as Trevor Howard is as Bligh. Colourful and ambitiously shot, this is a beautiful Roadshow epic, but it suffers from this in parts. The music has a bombastic and yet low tone to it, leaving the audience … Continue reading MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY
1965 7/10 Enjoyable and at times, so cool, that I can't feel my feet! At other times though, this is one of the most badly made films that I have ever seen, but this seems be a genre of polar extremes. Clint and Van Cleef are brilliant and the story and direction leave you with a fun and … Continue reading FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE
2008 7/10 Much better than the appalling first film, but still only fluff none the less. Generally entertaining and enjoyable though, unlike its characters, will not leave any significant mark on history.
1956 10/10 A sumptuous musical with stellar performances all round, but defiantly the show stealing Yul Brynner. A timeless movie and a template as how to make a proper, epic musical. (Which I must point out yet again, is not my genre!!!)
1953 10/10 Not being a fan of musicals, this is one of the exceptions. This is a great look at the birth of sound in the cinema, told, obviously through a number of audacious song and dance routines, but at least for the most part, they stick to the sets, rather than end up in some … Continue reading SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
1994 7/10 Funny and well performed western comedy. It doesn't really add anything of note to the annal of film history but it's still a light hearted way to spend two hours.
1976 7/10 Enjoyable horror flick. Simple and dark with its paedophobic overtones and overall sense of impending doom. Hammy at times, but a product of its time. Still well worth a watch and the soundtrack is outstanding. hats off to Goldsmith. When he's good, he's GOOD!