Harvey

Harvey US (1950) Dir. Henry Koster Time for ol’ MIB to strike another classic film of his never-ending “To Watch” list, in the form of this quirky comedy from 1950, originally a Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway play written by Mary Chase, who also adapted her work into the screenplay for this cinematic outing. Elwood P. … Continue reading Harvey

Magic Town

Magic Town US (1947) Dir. William A. Wellman Opinion polls - does anyone really take them seriously? It’s not as if they are truly accurate as the results are extrapolated from a smaller source in the first place, basically reducing them to a vague estimate at best. But what if one town could theoretically reflect … Continue reading Magic Town

The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story US (1940) Dir. George Cukor And so another much heralded classic gets scratched off the list of films that have somehow evaded old MIB over the years. This time it is a stylish romantic comedy with  three legends, a cracking script and the most verbose yet polite love triangle committed to celluloid. … Continue reading The Philadelphia Story

Vertigo

Vertigo US (1958) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock San Francisco detective John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart), a sufferer of acrophobia and vertigo is forced to quit the force after his condition leads to the death of a policeman during a rooftop chase. An old friend of Scottie’s Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore) asks him to follow his wife … Continue reading Vertigo

Rear Window

Rear Window US (1954) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock I’m sure the plot for this film is well known to most of you already but personal protocol demands so… In the midst of a heat wave photographer L.B. Jefferies (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair after breaking his leg, fated to spend the summer watching his … Continue reading Rear Window

Rope

Rope US (1948) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock In an act of intellectual arrogance two smart ex-graduates, Brandon Shaw (John Dall) and Phillip Morgan (Farley Granger), strangle former classmate, David Kentley (Dick Hogan) to death in order to prove it is possible to commit the perfect murder. To complete the exercise they throw a party in the … Continue reading Rope

It’s A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life US (1946) Dir. Frank Capra Confession time: despite this being an all time classic that regularly appears near the top of every “Greatest Ever Films” poll and is as much a pre-requisite at Christmas as turkey and presents, this is my first time viewing this film. I know, that is regarded … Continue reading It’s A Wonderful Life