Marty

Marty US (1955) Dir. Delbert Mann What is it with Italian mothers and their sons? They want them to get married and have a family of their own but don’t want them to have a life of their own. I suppose this isn’t exclusive to Italian families but for the sake of the titular singleton … Continue reading Marty

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Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk US (1959) Dir. Michael Gordon The legendary Doris Day passed away last month which prompted many TV channels to show some of her classic films in tribute, one of them being this Oscar winning “sex comedy”, though this was 1959 and sex in cinema at that time is FAR different from how it … Continue reading Pillow Talk

The Fantastic Four

The Fantastic Four US (1994) Dir. Oley Sassone The subject of this review is one of the more unique titles to be featured on this site, a film both notorious and celebrated for a number of reasons that have seen it earn its place in movie folklore despite it never actually being released! How is … Continue reading The Fantastic Four

Time Masters (Les maîtres du temps)

Time Masters (Les maîtres du temps) France (1982) Dir. René Laloux Having made the classic animation Fantastic Planet from a novel by French sci-fi author Stefan Wul, unhurried French director René Laloux’s follow up (nine years later) was another Wul adaptation, this time turning his 1958 work L'Orphelin de Perdide into Time Masters. A six-wheeled … Continue reading Time Masters (Les maîtres du temps)

Nightfall

Nightfall (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 79 minutes approx. Release Date – June 3rd Assumptions. We all make them from time to time but often the embarrassment of them leaving us with egg on our faces could be avoided by simply asking that ill-important question, rather than demanding an answer … Continue reading Nightfall

My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková)

My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková) Czechoslovakia (1985) Dir. Jirí Menzel It’s fair to say that the humour of central European countries is rather esoteric and very much an acquired taste to the point of being mostly arcane for the rest of us. Topping that list must be Czechoslovakia aka Czech Republic, noted for … Continue reading My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková)

Kes

Kes UK (1969) Dir. Ken Loach Neo Realism is usually associated with Italian cinema and the works of Vittori De Sica et al, but that doesn’t mean other countries haven’t made a significant contribution to this simple but affecting milieu. There is something about working class Britain that lends itself to this subgenre of cinema … Continue reading Kes