★★★☆☆ USA. 1h43m. Action. Directed by Eric Karson. Written by Leigh Chapman (screenplay) and Leigh Chapman, Paul Aaron (story). Cinematography by Michel Hugo. Edited by Dann Cahn. Music by Dick Halligan. Starring Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef, Tadashi Yamashita, Carol Bagdasarian, Richard Norton.
Involves a martial artist who must stop a group of terrorists trained in the ninja style by his half-brother
★★★★☆ UK. 2h24m. War / Comedy / Musical. Directed by Richard Attenborough. Written by Len Deighton (screenplay) and Gerry Raffles, Joan Littlewood (“The Long Long Trail”) and Charles Chilton (“The Long Long Trail”). Cinematography by Gerry Turpin. Edited by Kevin Connor. Starring Maggie Smith, Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud, Wendy Allnutt, Colin Farrell, Malcolm McFee, John Rae, Corin Redgrave, Maurice Roëves, Paul Shelley, Kim Smith, Angela Thorne, Mary Wimbush, Vincent Ball, Pia Colombo, Paul Daneman, Isabel Dean, Christian Doermer.
Oh! What a Lovely War summarises and comments on the events of World War I using popular songs of the time, many of which were parodies of older popular songs, and using allegorical settings such as Brighton’s West Pier to criticise the manner in which the eventual victory was won.
★★★★☆ USA / UK / China. 2h41m. Thriller / Comedy. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Written by Quentin Tarantino. Cinematography by Robert Richardson. Edited by Fred Raskin. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler.
Follows a fading character actor and his stunt double as they navigate the rapidly changing film industry, with the looming threat of the Tate-LaBianca Murders hanging overhead. Chosen by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of the year. It received 10 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won Best Supporting Actor (Pitt) and Best Production Design. It also won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h1m. Adventures / Drama / Romance. Directed by Howard Hawks. Written by Jules Furthman (screenplay) and Howard Hawks (story). Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Edited by Viola Lawrence. Music by Dmitri Tiomkin. Starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Allyn Joslyn, Sig Ruman, Victor Killian, John Carroll, Don Barry.
Geoff Carter is the head pilot and manager of Barranca Airways, a small, barely solvent company owned by “Dutchy” Van Ruyter, carrying airmail from the fictional South American port town of Barranca through a high pass in the Andes Mountains. The situation is complicated by the arrival of pilot Bat MacPherson and his wife (and Geoff’s old flame) Judy.
★★★★★ USA. 1h48m. Crime / Drama. Directed by Elia Kazan. Written by Budd Schulberg. Cinematography by Boris Kaufman. Edited by Gene Milford. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, Eva Marie Saint.
Focuses on union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen, while detailing widespread corruption, extortion, and racketeering on the waterfronts of Hoboken, New Jersey. On the Waterfront was a critical and commercial success. It received twelve Academy Award nominations and won eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Saint, and Best Director for Kazan. In 1997, it was ranked by the American Film Institute as the eighth-greatest American movie of all time; in AFI’s 2007 list, it was ranked 19th.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h32m. Horror / Adventure. Directed by Michael Anderson. Written by Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Donati. Cinematography by J. Barry Herron, Ted Moore. Edited by John Bloom, Marion Rothman, Ralph E. Winters. Music by Ennio Morricone. Starring Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek, Keenan Wynn, Robert Carradine.
Follows a male orca whale tracking down and getting revenge on a boat captain for killing the whale’s pregnant mate and their unborn calf. Upon release, the film was a minor box office success, but received mostly unfavorable reception from critics and audiences alike due to its similarities to the film Jaws, released two years prior.
★★★★☆ UK. 2h45m. Drama. Directed by Stuart Burge. Written by William Shakespeare (“Othello”). Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth. Edited by Richard Marden. Music by Richard Hampton. Starring Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Joyce Redman, Frank Finlay, Derek Jacobi, Robert Lang, Kenneth Mackintosh, Anthony Nicholls, Sheila Reid, Edward Hardwicke, Michael Gambon.
Starred Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Joyce Redman, and Frank Finlay, who all received Oscar nominations, and provided film debuts for both Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon. The film retains most of Shakespeare’s original play, and does not change the order of scenes, as do Olivier’s Hamlet and Richard III. The only major omission is the Fool’s scene, although other minor lines are cut here and there (the stage version contained more of the play than the film did).
★★★★☆ USA. 2h15m. Western. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Philip Kaufman, Sonia Chernus (screenplay) and Forrest Carter (“Gone To Texas”). Cinematography by Bruce Surtees. Edited by Ferris Webster. Music by Jerry Fielding. Starring Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney, John Vernon.
Tells the story of Josey Wales, a Missouri farmer whose family is murdered by Union militants during the Civil War. Driven to revenge, Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla band and makes a name for himself as a feared gunfighter. After the war, all the fighters in Wales’ group except for him surrender to Union officers, but they end up being massacred. Wales becomes an outlaw and is pursued by bounty hunters and Union soldiers as he tries to make a new life for himself.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h56m. Western / Drama. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack. Cinematography by Bruce Surtees. Edited by Joel Cox. Music by Lennie Niehaus. Starring Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Richard Dysart, Chris Penn, Sydney Penny, John Russell, Richard Kiel.
Outside the snowy mountain town of Lahood, California, thugs working for big-time miner Coy LaHood destroy the camp of a group of prospectors and their families. They shoot a dog belonging to 14-year-old Megan Wheeler, who prays for a miracle as she buries its body in the woods. Thunder rolls and a stranger rides down the slopes.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h54m. Drama / Romance. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alma Reville, James Bridie, David O. Selznick, Ben Hecht (screenplay) and Robert Hichens (“The Paradine Case”). Cinematography by Lee Garmes. Edited by Hal C. Kern. Music by Franz Waxman, Edward Rebner, Paul Dessau. Starring Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Alida Valli, Charles Laughton, Charles Coburn, Joan Tetzel, Ethel Barrymore.
Film noir courtroom drama that tells of an English barrister who falls in love with a woman who is accused of murder, and how it affects his relationship with his wife.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h42m. Thriller. Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Written by David Giler, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Robert Towne (screenplay) and Loren Singer (“The Parallax View”). Cinematography by Gordon Willis. Edited by John W. Wheeler. Music by Michael Small. Starring Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels, Kenneth Mars, Walter McGinn, Kelly Thordsen, Jim Davis, Bill McKinney, William Jordan, Edward Winter.
Concerns a reporter’s investigation into a secretive organization, the Parallax Corporation, whose primary focus is political assassination. The Parallax View is the second installment of Pakula’s Political Paranoia trilogy, along with Klute (1971) and All the President’s Men (1976).
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h26m. Horror. Directed by Oren Peli. Written by Oren Peli. Cinematography by Oren Peli. Edited by Oren Peli. Starring Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, Ashley Palmer, Spencer Marks.
Centers on a young couple who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. They then set up a camera to document what is haunting them. The film utilizes found-footage conventions that were mirrored in the later films of the series.
★★★★★ South Korea. 2h12m. Black Comedy / Thriller / Drama. Directed by Bong Joon-ho. Written by Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-Won (screenplay) and Bong Joon-ho (story). Cinematography by Hong Kyung-pyo. Edited by Yang Jin-mo. Music by Jung Jae-il. Starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Jang Hye-jin.
Follows the members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals. The highest-grossing South Korean film of all time, and the first film since 1955’s Marty (and third overall) to win both the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Picture.
★★★★☆ USA. 2h. Drama / Romance. Directed by George Stevens. Written by Morrie Ryskind (screenplay) and Martha Cheavens (“Penny Serenade”). Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Edited by Otto Meyer. Music by W. Franke Harling. Starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Beulah Bondi, Edgar Buchanan, Ann Doran, Eva Lee Kuney.
Starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant as a loving couple who must overcome adversity to keep their marriage and raise a child. Grant was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h20m. Comedy / Romance. Directed by Cyril Gardner. Written by Miles Malleson, Michael Powell. Cinematography by Curt Courant. Edited by Thorold Dickinson. Music by Henry Sullivan. Starring Gloria Swanson, Laurence Olivier, John Halliday, Nigel Playfair, Michael Farmer, Genevieve Tobin, Charles Cullum, Nora Swinburne, Peter Gawthorne.
Judy (Swanson) and Nicholas Randall (Olivier) are a newly married couple who agree to a marriage based on “perfect understanding.” This agreement is meant to rule out any form of jealousy. An independent production made at Ealing Studios, conceived as an attempt to revive Swanson’s career, which had suffered following the conversion to sound films.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h52m. Comedy / Romance. Directed by George Cukor. Written by Donald Ogden Stewart, Waldo Salt (screenplay) and Philip Barry (“The Philadelphia Story”). Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. Edited by Frank Sullivan. Music by Franz Waxman. Starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Roland Young, John Halliday, Mary Nash, Virginia Weidler.
About a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine journalist. Hepburn’s first big hit following several flops, which had placed her on a 1938 list of actors considered to be “box office poison”.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h35m. Horror / Comedy. Directed by Joe Dante. Written by John Sayles (Screenplay) and Richard Robinson, John Sayles (story). Cinematography by Jamie Anderson. Edited by Joe Dante, Mark Goldblatt. Music by Pino Danaggio. Starring Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Steele, Dick Miller, Belinda Balaski.
The story of a river being infested by lethal, genetically altered piranha, threatening the lives of the local inhabitants and the visitors to a nearby summer resort.
★★☆☆☆ USA / Netherlands / Italy. 1h34m. Horror / Comedy. Directed by James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis. Written by James Cameron, Ovidio G. Assonitis. Cinematography by Roberto D’Ettorre Piazzoli. Edited by Roberto Silvi. Music by Steve Powder. Starring Tricia O’Neil, Steve Marachuk, Lance Henriksen, Ted Richert, Ricky G. Pauli, Leslie Graves.
A Caribbean coastal resort, Hotel Elysium, is menaced by a series of vicious marine animal attacks originating from a nearby sunken shipwreck. Diving instructor Anne Kimbrough’s student is one of the victims, but her estranged police officer husband Steve refuses to let her see the corpse. The death is abnormal for the area and wildlife, which she knows as a former marine biologist. For her not to know what killed a diver is a dangerous sign. Soon after, two women and a man are killed by piranha which have developed the ability to fly.
★★★★☆ UK. 1h19m. Romance / Drama. Directed by Maurice Elvey. Written by Victor Kendall (screenplay) and Maurice Elvey (story) and Edgar Middleton (“Potiphar’s Wife”). Cinematography by James Wilson. Edited by Leslie Norman. Starring Nora Swinburne, Laurence Olivier, Norman McKinnel, Guy Newall, Donald Calthrop, Ronald Frankau, Elsa Lanchester.
A lady of royalty tries unsuccessfully to interest her chauffeur in a clandestine romance.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h57m. Romance / Drama. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Written by Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin (screenplay) and Helen Jerome (story) and Jane Austen (“Pride And Prejudice”). Cinematography by Karl Freund. Edited by Robert Kern. Music by Herbert Stothart. Starring Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver, Maureen O’Sullivan, Ann Rutherford, Frieda Inescort, Edmund Gwenn, Karen Morley, Melville Cooper, Edward Ashley Cooper, Bruce Lester, E.E. Clive.
About five sisters from an English family of landed gentry who must deal with issues of marriage, morality, and misconceptions. The film was released by MGM on July 26, 1940, in the United States and was critically well received. The New York Times film critic praised the film as “the most deliciously pert comedy of old manners, the most crisp and crackling satire in costume that we in this corner can remember ever having seen on the screen.”