Allen's love affair with the myriad stories that are New York continues in this reminiscence piece on growing up listening to the radio and all the stars therein. It features some great wartime music and plenty of Allen's irreverent humour.
(1986) Starring:Dianne Wiest, Diane Keaton, Josh Mostel Director:Woody Allen Certificate:
Woody Allen's gentle and nostalgic tribute to the glory days of radio and coming-of-age during World War II plays like Fellini's Amarcord filtered through Neil Simon. The nominal star is Seth Green as Joe, a teenage Jewish boy, growing up with a house full of relatives in Brooklyn. Allen cuts ..read more »
This is my favourite horror movie ever, except it's not a horror movie in the modern sense. No monsters or gore, just lighting, skewed camera angles and close-ups of a truly haunted woman. The re-make was pants-central in comparison (and as a stand-alone movie too!). If you enjoyed The Others, watch this.
(1963) Starring:Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Claire Bloom Director:Robert Wise Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
One of the most highly regarded haunted house films ever produced, Robert Wise's The Haunting (based on Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House) weaves the dark tale of a questionably sane young woman and a sinister house which holds a terrifying past. Invited to join anthropologist Dr. ..read more »
Jacques Tati's take on the modern consumerism emerging in 1960s France. It is shot in a documentary style similar to those info-mercials about time-saving appliances for housewives. Visually rich, amazing colours, French pop - blink and you'll miss something.
(1967) Starring:Barbara Dennek, Sharon Maiden, Jacques Tati Director:Jacques Tati Certificate:
Arriving nearly a decade after Mon Oncle, Playtime continues the adventures of M. Hulot. More than a decade seems to have passed since its predecessor, however. The colorful Paris of Mon Oncle, last seen being slowly chipped away by progress, has now vanished almost entirely. Playtime takes as its ..read more »
The story of young lovers growing up and apart in 1960s Cherbourg...but through the medium of song - yay! It's a modern opera, not a musical, because there is absolutely no talking in it! Features the famous song 'Je n'equiter pas', stylish costumes and glorious colour!
The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
(1964) Starring:Ellen Farner, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon Director:Jacques Demy Certificate:
A story of lost love, with all the dialogue sung rather than spoken. In the French seaside town of Cherbourg, Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve, in her first screen role) discovers that she is pregnant by her boyfriend, Guy (Nino Castelnuovo). When Guy is drafted into the army, Genevieve marries diamond ..read more »
This is a beautiful film...where to begin! Jean Reno is amazing as the assassin Leon and Natalie Portman shows early talent (that isn't utilised in Star Wars!) as Mathilda. There are devices a-plenty, but most outstanding is the way Besson begins and ends their relationship with a flood of light and silence.
(1994) Starring:Natalie Portman, Peter Appel, Jean Reno Director:Luc Besson Certificate:
English language thriller from Luc Besson, the director of 'Nikita'. Gary Oldman plays Norman Stansfield, a psychotic government official whose actions provide the catalyst for murder on the New York streets. When a young girl named Mathilda (Natalie Portman) witnesses her family being gunned down ..read more »
Before you shake your head, this is one of the best teen comedies ever! It is full of hilarious one-liners and even the ugly kids aren't that ugly! I know it's mainstream Hollywood and has a bit of a schmaltzy 'girls, get along' message, but it's entertaining and really funny - give it a chance.
(2004) Starring:Lacey Chabert, Lindsay Lohan, Neil Flynn Director:Mark S. Waters, Mark Waters Certificate:
Cady Heron is a cultural blank slate when she first sets foot on the grounds of North Shore High School in a small town outside of Chicago, Illinois. After living in Africa, Cady, now a junior, has no idea how "wild" things can be in civilization until she crosses paths with one of the meanest ..read more »
This is a joy to watch. There is no soundtrack, befitting the simple lives of the puritans' village, except the hymns sung by the sisters. The art in this lies in making the watching of habitual tasks compelling.
Two bizarre stories about ordinary life in fast paced Tokyo, stories of missed opportunities, yearning and life-changing decisions.
(1994) Starring:Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takeshi Kaneshiro Director:Wong Kar-Wai Certificate:
'Chungking Express' is the ultra-stylish film by internationally acclaimed Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai. Using gorgeous Hong Kong stars and perfect pop music, 'Chungking Express' tells two stories of lovelorn cops, dangerous drug smugglers and California dreamers.
The first story takes place in ..read more »
Amazing mise en scene - this is a beautiful film that reminds us that we can still delight in childish pleasures. I watch this film over and over - guaranteed to cheer you up if you're despairing with society.
(2001) Starring:Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Yolande Moreau Director:Jean-Pierre Jeunet Certificate:
When Montmartre-dwelling Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) discovers a hidden collection of childhood toys in her apartment and conspires to return them to their now-elderly owner, the happiness on the old man's face is enough to start her on a campaign of further good works. Thus she sends her father'..read more »
Classic comedy, and what's funnier than men in dresses?! Tony Curtis is perhaps more beautiful than Marilyn Monroe! It is a little like the Family Guy spoof 'High trousers, fast talking', but it is of it's time.
Some Like It Hot
(1959) Starring:Edward G. Robinson, Mike Mazurki, Billy Gray Director:Billy Wilder Certificate:
Billy Wilder's classic Oscar nominated comedy. In February 1929, unemployed musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) go on the run after witnessing the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Pursued by gangsters, the duo are forced to disguise themselves as women and join Sweet Sue's all-girl band ..read more »