★★★★☆ UK. 2h. Drama. Directed by Franc Roddam. Written by Dave Humphires, Franc Roddam, Martin Stellman, Pete Townshend. Cinematography by Brian Tufano. Edited by Sean Barton, Mike Taylor. Music by The Who. Starring Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, Ray Winstone, Gary Shail, Garry Cooper, Toyah Wilcox, Trevor Laird, Andy Sayce, Kate Williams, Michael Elphick, Kim Neve, Benjamin Whitrow.
Stars Phil Daniels as Jimmy, a young 1960s London-based Mod who escapes from his dead-end job as a mailroom boy by dancing, partying, taking amphetamines, riding his scooter and brawling with the motorcycle-riding Rockers. After he and his friends participate in a huge brawl with the Rockers at the seaside town of Brighton, he is arrested and his life starts to spiral out of control; he loses his love interest (Leslie Ash), gets kicked out of his house by his parents, and discovers that his idol, the popular mod nicknamed “Ace Face” (Sting), is actually a bell boy at a hotel. Unlike the adaptation of Tommy, Quadrophenia is not a musical film, and the band does not appear live in the film.
★★★☆☆ UK / USA. 1h46m. Adventure. Directed by Marc Forster. Written by Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade (screenplay) and Ian Fleming (story). Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer. Edited by Matt Chesse, Richard Pearson. Music by David Arnold. Starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright, Anatole Taubman, David Harbour, Joaquin Cosio, Fernando Guillén Cuervo.
Bond seeks revenge for the death of his lover, and is assisted by Camille Montes, who is plotting revenge for the murder of her own family. The trail eventually leads them to wealthy businessman Dominic Greene, a member of the Quantum organisation, which intends to stage a coup d’état in Bolivia to seize control of their water supply.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h25m. Sci-Fi / Horror. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Nigel Kneale, Val Guest (screenplay) ad Nigel Kneale (story). Cinematography by Gerald Gibbs. Edited by James Needs. Music by James Bernard. Starring Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sid James, Bryan Forbes, William Franklyn, Vera Day.
The film’s storyline concerns Quatermass’s investigation of reports of hundreds of meteorites landing only in the Winnerden Flats area of the UK. His inquiries lead him to a huge industrial complex, strikingly similar to his own plans for a Moon colony. This top-secret facility is in fact the centre of a conspiracy involving the alien infiltration of the highest echelons of the British Government. Quatermass and his allies must now do whatever is necessary to defeat the alien threat before it is too late.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h37m. Sci-Fi / Horror. Directed by Roy Ward Baker. Written by Nigel Kneale. Cinematography by Arthur Grant. Edited by Spencer Reeve. Music by Tristram Cary. Starring James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover, Bryan Marshall, Peter Copley, Edwin Richfield, Grant Taylor, Robert Morris.
Centres on the discovery of a mysterious object buried at the site of an extension to the London Underground. Also uncovered nearby are the remains of early human ancestors more than five million years old. Realising that the object is in fact an ancient Martian spacecraft, Quatermass deduces that the aliens have influenced human evolution and the development of human intelligence. The spacecraft has an intelligence of its own, and once uncovered begins to exert a malign influence, resurrecting Martian memories and instincts buried deep within the human psyche.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h22m. Sci-Fi / Horror. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Richard Landau, Val Guest (screenplay) and Nigel Kneale (“The Quatermass Experiment”). Cinematography by Walter J. Harvey. Edited by James Needs. Music by James Bernard. Starring Brian Donlevy, Richard Wordsworth, Jack Warner, David King-Wood, Margia Dean, Maurice Kaufmann, Harold Lang, Lionel Jeffries, John Wynn, Jane Asher, Toke Townley, Bartlett Mullins.
Three astronauts have been launched into space aboard a single stage to orbit rocket. The returning spacecraft, designed by Professor Quatermass, crash lands with only one of its original crew aboard, Victor Carroon (Richard Wordsworth). Something has infected him during the spaceflight, and he begins mutating into an alien organism which, if it spawns, will engulf the Earth and destroy humanity. When the mutating Carroon escapes from custody, Quatermass and Scotland Yard’s Inspector Lomax (Jack Warner), have just hours to track it down and prevent a catastrophe. Like its source TV serial, the film was a major success in the UK and brought public attention to Hammer Film Productions’ name around the world.
★★☆☆☆ USA. 1h20m. Sci-Fi. Directed by Edward Bernds. Written by Charles Beaumont (screenplay) and Ben Hecht (“Queen Of The Universe”). Cinematography by William P. Whitley. Edited by William Austin. Music by Marlin Skiles. Starring Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Fleming, Dave Willock, Laurie Mitchell, Lisa Davis, Paul Birch, Patrick Waltz.
In 1985, Captain Patterson and his space crew take a rocket to a space station near Earth. En route, however, the space station is destroyed by an interstellar energy beam which also affects their rocketship. The space crew crash land on Venus and are captured.
★★★☆☆ Spain. 2h8m. Comedy / Drama. Directed by Fernando Trueba. Written by Fernando Trueba. Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine. Edited by Marta Velasco. Music by Zbigniew Preisner. Starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Neus Asensi, Ana Belén, Javier Cámara, Chino Darín, Cary Elwes.
Nearly twenty years after the events of The Girl of Your Dreams, in the 1950s, Macarena Granada, who has become a Hollywood star, returns to Spain to film a blockbuster about Queen Isabella I of Castile.
★★★★☆ Canada / France. 1h40m. Adventure / Historical. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Written by Gérard Brach (screenplay) and J.-H. Rosny (“The Quest For Fire”). Cinematography by Claude Agostini. Edited by Yves Langlois. Music by Philippe Sarde. Starring Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nameer El-Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong, Gary Schwartz, Naseer El-Kadi, Franck-Olivier Bonnet, Jean-Michel Kindt, Kurt Schiegl, Brian Gill.
Set in Paleolithic Europe (80,000 years ago), with its plot surrounding the struggle for control of fire by early humans. Quest For Fire was critically acclaimed. It won the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Makeup.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h40m. Documentary. Directed by Lauren Greenfield. Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz. Edited by Victor Livingston. Music by Jeff Beal.
The film depicts Jackie Siegel and David Siegel, owners of Westgate Resorts, and their family as they build their private residence — Versailles, one of the largest and most expensive single-family houses in the United States — and the crisis they face as the US economy declines.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h25m. Comedy / Drama. Directed by Woody Allen. Written by Woody Allen. Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma. Edited by Susan E. Morse. Music by Dick Hyman. Starring Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Mia Farrow, Seth Green, Robert Joy, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Julie Kurnitz, Renée Lippin, Kenneth Mars, Josh Mostel, Tony Roberts, Wallace Shawn, Michael Tucker, David Warrilow, Dianne Wiest.
Looks back on an American family’s life during the Golden Age of Radio using both music and memories to tell the story. Stars an ensemble cast. Considered one of Allen’s greatest films. A favorite of Stanley Kubrick.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h39m. Comedy / Drama / Romance. Directed by Ben Stiller. Written by Helen Childress. Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. Edited by Lisa Churgin. Music by Karl Wallinger. Starring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn, Swoosie Kurtz, Harry O’Reilly, Barry Sherman, Anne Meara, Andy Dick, Joe Don Baker, John Mahoney, Keith David, David Pirner, Evan Dando, Karen Duffy.
Follows Lelaina (Ryder), an aspiring videographer working on a documentary called Reality Bites about the disenfranchised lives of her friends and roommates. Their challenges exemplify some of the career and lifestyle choices faced by Generation X.
★★★★☆ USA. 1h26m. Horror. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Dennis Paoli, William J. Norris, Stuart Gordon (screenplay) and H.P. Lovecraft (“Herbert West – Reanimator”). Cinematograpy by Mac Ahlberg. Edited by Lee Percy. Music by Richard Band. Starring Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson, Al Berry, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Ian Patrick Williams, Gerry Black, Peter Kent, Craig Reed.
Stars Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West, a medical student who has invented a reagent which can re-animate deceased bodies. He and his classmate Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) begin to test the serum on dead human bodies, and conflict with Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale), who is infatuated with Cain’s fiancée (Barbara Crampton) and wants to claim the invention as his own.
★★★★★ USA. 1h52m. Mystery / Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by John Michael Hayes (screenplay) and Cornell Woolrich (“It Had To Be Murder”). Cinematography by Robert Burks. Edited by George Tomasini. Music by Franz Waxman. Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Wendell Corey, Raymond Burr.
A photographer is confined to a wheelchair while he mends a broken leg, and while housebound he begins to spy on his neighbors. This leads him to suspect one of his neighbors has committed murder. Considered by many filmgoers, critics, and scholars to be one of Hitchcock’s best and one of the greatest films ever made.
★★★★★ USA. 2h10m. Romance / Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Robert E. Sherwood, Joan Harrison (screenplay) and Philip MacDonald, Michael Hogan (story) and Daphne du Maurier (“Rebecca”). Cinematography by George Barnes. Edited by W. Donn Hayes. Music by Franz Waxman. Starring Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Judith Anderson, George Sanders, Reginald Denny, Gladys Cooper, C. Aubrey Smith, Nigel Bruce.
A gothic tale shot in black-and-white. Maxim de Winter’s first wife Rebecca, who died before the events of the film, is never seen. Her reputation and recollections of her, however, are a constant presence in the lives of Maxim, his new wife and the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers.
Rebecca was theatrically released on April 12, 1940. A critical and commercial success, it received eleven nominations at the 13th Academy Awards, more than any other film that year. It won two awards; Best Picture, and Best Cinematography, becoming the only film directed by Hitchcock to win the former award.
★★★★☆ UK. 1h45m. Horror. Directed by Roman Polanski. Written by Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach, David Stone (screenplay) and Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach (story). Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor. Edited by Alastair McIntyre. Music by Chico Hamilton. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, Yvonne Furneaux, John Fraser, Patrick Wymark.
Carol (Catherine Deneuve) is a beautiful yet withdrawn woman who finds men and sexual advances repulsive. She is left alone in her apartment, becoming ever more isolated and lost in her psychological detachment from reality. The film focuses on the point of view of Carol and her vivid hallucinations and nightmares as she comes into contact with men and their desires for her. Considered one of Polanski’s masterpieces. His first English-language film.
★★☆☆☆ USA. 1h30m. Western. Directed by Michael Parks. Written by Forrest Carter, R.O. Taylot (screenplay) and Forrest Carter (“The Vengeance Trail Of Josey Wales”). Cinematography by Brant A. Hughes. Edited by Ivan L. Bigley. Music by Rusty Thornhill. Starring Michael Parks, Rafael Campos, Everett Sifuentes, Suzie Humphreys, John William Galt, Charles McCoy, Mary Ann Averett.
A sequel to Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales, which was in turn based on author Forrest Carter’s 1973 novel The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales. The Return of Josey Wales adapted Carter’s second novel featuring Wales, The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales. Eastwood had planned to adapt it himself as a sequel to his original film, but the project was eventually cancelled.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h23m. Comedy / Romance. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville, Val Valentine (screenplay) and Dale Collins (“Rich And Strange”). Cinematography by John “Jack” Cox, Charles Martin. Edited by Winifred Cooper, Rene Marrison. Music by Adolph Hallis. Starring Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont, Betty Amann, Elsie Randolph.
A couple, Fred and Emily Hill, living a mundane middle-class life in London, receive a letter informing them that an uncle will give them, as an advance against their future inheritance, as much money as they need to enjoy themselves in the present. Immediately Fred quits his job as a clerk and they leave on a cruise for “the Orient”.
★★★★☆ UK. 2h41m. Drama. Directed by Laurence Olivier. Written by Laurence Olivier (screenplay) and Colley Cibber, David Garrick (story) and Willilam Shakespeare (“Richard III”). Cinematography by Otto Heller. Edited by Helga Cranston. Music by William Walton. Starring Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Claire Bloom, Cedric Hardwicke, John Gielgud, Laurence Naismith, Norman Wooland.
Depicts Richard plotting and conspiring to grasp the throne from his brother King Edward IV. In the process, many are killed and betrayed, with Richard’s evil leading to his own downfall. The prologue of the film states that history without its legends would be “a dry matter indeed”, implicitly admitting to the artistic licence that Shakespeare applied to the events of the time.
★★★☆☆ USA. 1h8m. Comedy. Directed by John Ford. Written by Fred Stanley, James Gruen. Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke. Edited by Alex Troffey. Music by Ernö Rapée, S.L. Rothafel. Starring J. Farrell MacDonald, Nancy Drexel, David Rollins, Louise Fazenda, Billy Bevan, Mildred Boyd, Mike Donlin, Otto Fries, Dell Henderson, Isabelle Keith, Russ Powell.
An elderly beat cop pursues a wanted embezzler to Europe, meanwhile falling in love.
★★★☆☆ UK. 1h48m. Drama / Romance. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alfred Hitchcock, Eliot Stannard. Cinematography by Jack E. Cox. Starring Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter, Forrester Harvey, Harry Terry, Gordon Harker.
One of Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films, The Ring concerns the struggles a fairground boxer has with a mysterious heavyweight contender, especially when the rivalry threatens to end his relationship with his girlfriend.