FILM OF THE MONTH ~ JULY 2013


July has been a quiet month, with me contracting Chicken Pox (at 34!) and other family commitments, but the best of the bunch and the most surprising movie was The Three Musketeers (3D) (2011). Other interesting films but ultimately disappointing included the Orsen Welles' classic, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Wild Bunch (1969) and Teeth … Continue reading FILM OF THE MONTH ~ JULY 2013

POINT BREAK


1991 DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow NOT A PART OF OUR COLLECTION May Contain Spoilers! Will we be adding this to our collection?  NO As a band of bank robbers, wearing president's masks, rampage across L.A., undercover cop Keanu Reeves is assigned to infiltrate the gang which is led by the late Patrick Swayze. The gang are all … Continue reading POINT BREAK

VERTIGO


1958 DIRECTOR: Alfred Hitchcock May Contain Spoilers! Hitchcock's relationship with James Stewart was certainly a prosperous one. The Man Who New Too Much (1956), Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958) stand the test of time, with the latter two more so. Jimmy Stewart was an edgy actor, often mistaken for a family star due to … Continue reading VERTIGO

TWISTER


1996 DIRECTOR: Jan de Bont May Contain Spoilers! 1996 was a year in which tornadoes seemed to be as popular as little green men. Three years after Jurassic Park (1993) had demonstrated the true power of computer generated imagery, the director of Speed, Jan de Bont was back, this time showing us what an on-screen … Continue reading TWISTER

TOY STORY 2


1999 DIRECTORS: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon & Lee Unkrich May Contain Spoilers! The weakest of the trilogy in my opinion, this is considered by many to be the best. But there's little in it when all's said and done. But the weakest Toy Story is still leagues above the competition. Toy Story 2 not only advances the story of the toy's well, it also … Continue reading TOY STORY 2

CHARLIE ST. CLOUD (aka THE DEATH AND LIFE OF CHARLIE ST. CLOUD)


2010 DIRECTOR: Burr Steers NOT A PART OF OUR COLLECTION May Contain Spoilers! Will we be adding this to our collection?  NO Zac Efron is well on his way to shake off the High School Musical rap, as he takes on the role of an brother who was driving his car when they were involved … Continue reading CHARLIE ST. CLOUD (aka THE DEATH AND LIFE OF CHARLIE ST. CLOUD)

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK


2012 DIRECTOR: David O. Russell May Contain Spoilers! David O. Russell was probably best know for his previous Oscar wining work, The Fighter (2010) and there's no doubt that he earned those accolades. The same can also be said here. But the consistent thread running through his work is that the stories are relatively simple, … Continue reading SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

FIELD OF DREAMS


1989 DIRECTOR: Phil Alden Robinson May Contain Spoilers! "Build it and he will come" To be honest and without sounding shallow, I don't think that I really get this one. This was one of Costner's big breaks before Dance With Wolves (1990) and it follows the mid-western farmer and baseball fan who is desperate for a … Continue reading FIELD OF DREAMS

THE WILD BUNCH


1969 DIRECTOR: Sam Peckinpah May Contain Spoilers! Heretic! Burn me as a Heretic! I know but I just didn't like it. Now, this may be a groundbreaking western, with slow motion, anti-heroes and brutal violence but it was still a 1960's western when all's said and done and westerns are not my thing, at all. … Continue reading THE WILD BUNCH

DIE HARD @ 25


It's been 25 year to the day that Die Hard was released in the United States, 15th July 1988 (3rd February 1989 here in the U.K.) Here's a brief run down of what I think of the Die Hard Franchise so far. DIE HARD 1988 10/10 The best, genre defining movie of the franchise. Appeals to a broader band of … Continue reading DIE HARD @ 25