Movie Review – The Graduate

The Graduate US (1967) Dir. Mike Nichols “Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?” I recall first watching this film many years ago and was left wondering what all the fuss was about. Since it was screened on BBC 1 the other night, I decided maybe I should give it another go, now … Continue reading Movie Review – The Graduate

Movie Review – The Titfield Thunderbolt

The Titfield Thunderbolt UK (1953) Dir. Charles Crichton Governments are supposed to work for the people and ensure the country runs smoothly and that everybody has a good, healthy life. So why is it they end up serving themselves instead and screwing it up for the rest of us? At least there is one thing … Continue reading Movie Review – The Titfield Thunderbolt

Movie Review – The Pure Hell Of St Trinian’s

The Pure Hell Of St Trinian's UK (1960) Dir. Frank Launder In Blue Murder At St. Trinian's, the second film in the series based on the cartoon strip by Ronald Searle, the ghastly girls of the titular school ran riot across Europe. With world domination assuredly not far behind, this time they set their sights … Continue reading Movie Review – The Pure Hell Of St Trinian’s

Movie Review – Blue Murder At St. Trinian’s

Blue Murder At St. Trinian's UK (1957) Dir. Frank Launder One the key things about comedy films is how they are the easiest genre to suspend disbelief for, otherwise we’d never enjoy them. Take the St. Trinian's series for example - with its reputation as the worst run, least performing, and most troublesome school in … Continue reading Movie Review – Blue Murder At St. Trinian’s

Movie Review – The Belles Of St. Trinian’s

The Belles Of St. Trinian's UK (1954) Dir. Frank Launder You know that 19th century nursery rhyme which postulates “Sugar and spice and all things nice/That's what little girls are made of”? I bet the writer of this ditty would have been eating his words if he ever heard of the girls attending a certain … Continue reading Movie Review – The Belles Of St. Trinian’s

Movie Review – The Producers

The Producers US (1967) Dir. Mel Brooks "I was so careful... I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast... where did I go right?" We can only hope that nobody tried to emulate the scam as perpetrated in this classic comedy from Mel Brooks, although there have been many cases of con … Continue reading Movie Review – The Producers

Movie Review – Irma la Douce

Irma la Douce US (1963) Dir. Billy Wilder Okay, so you meet a nice girl and think she is the one, except she has a job that isn’t so nice and you’d rather she gave it up, but she doesn’t want to because it is her way of life. So, how do you go about … Continue reading Movie Review – Irma la Douce

Movie Review – The Raven

The Raven US (1935) Dir. Lew Landers Quoth the Raven: ”What have they done to my story?” The third in the trio of films “based” on the works of Edgar Allan Poe from Universal as part of their famed horror universe of the 1930s and 40s. Like the previous two entries, Murders In the Rue … Continue reading Movie Review – The Raven

Movie Review – Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles US (1974) Dir. Mel Brooks Mel Brooks turned 95 the other day and to celebrate the BBC showed two of his classic films which I first saw many moons ago. This gave me the chance to watch them again and re-evaluate them through a more mature and critical eye as opposed to just … Continue reading Movie Review – Blazing Saddles

Movie Review – The Black Cat

The Black Cat US (1934) Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer We all know black cats bring bad luck to those whose paths they cross which is why I am dog lover. Okay, that is an old superstition but black cats have a bad rap in fiction from being synonymous with witches and graveyards etc. In the … Continue reading Movie Review – The Black Cat