Last Cab to Darwin (2015) – an Aussie gem.

May 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Although I am Australian through and through, born and bred in Fremantle, Western Australia where I have lived almost my entire life, I have never been a fan of Australian-made movies. In my opinion, most of the early screen efforts painted Australian men as stereotypes; loud, foul-mouthed, country bumpkins, forever running about with a beer in their hands and calling each other ‘cobber’. And [...]

‘ENCHANTED’ (2007) – a whole lotta magic.

May 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

                                     I wonder if Disney realized back in 1988 that their hybrid feature Who Framed Roger Rabbit, released that year, would be their last live action/animated picture for almost twenty years. It would not be until Enchanted hit the screens in 2007 that hybrid success would be tasted again. Made on a production budget of $85 million it grossed $340 [...]

‘CHINATOWN’ (1974) – Polanski’s masterpiece.

May 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

                                                    It pains me to say anything positive about a low-life like Roman Polanski, but he probably should have won his nomination for Best Director for this picture. This was the final movie he made in the United States and it is brilliant. In February 1978 he high-tailed it to France just before he was about to be sentenced [...]

How ‘Cleopatra’ (1963) almost sunk 20th Century Fox

May 3, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Cleopatra is not a bad movie per se. It is just a bad movie for the amount of money spent making it. We hear differing amounts relating to the production and distribution outlay, but it appears to have cost in the vicinity of 44 million 1963 dollars, the equivalent of around $344 million in today’s money. That is an awful lot of lucre spent on something that is flawed in so many ways. [...]

‘FUNNY PEOPLE’ (2009) – typical Sandler garbage.

May 1, 2017 // 1 Comment

  I cannot stomach Adam Sandler’s brand of so-called humor. In my opinion he is utterly talentless, crude, and incapable of getting any kind of laugh without the use of smut at every turn. Just like a plethora of other non-talents, he got his big break by being selected for that breeding ground of over-rated comedians, Saturday Night Live in 1990. Presumably, the producers saw unique [...]


April 29, 2017 // 3 Comments

  BEST ‘CAPER’ FILM: The Sting (1973)      This selection was a ‘no-brainer’. If Lawrence of Arabia was near-perfect, The Sting is probably a touch better. Quite simply, it is a seamless, brilliant piece of movie-making. Great writing, an ideal cast on the top of their game, and a plot that could easily have had holes galore, yet I cannot find a single one. And all of this capped [...]


April 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

  I was recently asked to name ONE movie in each of a number of genres and categories as my favourite, and ONE in each that I considered to be grossly over-rated. Almost an impossible task, but I promised to take a crack at it. Here are my choices, randomly listed: BEST MUSICAL: Kiss Me Kate (1953)      Cole Porter’s songs are out of this world, witty, melodious and forever memorable. [...]

‘THE LONG SHIPS’ (1964) – what a stupid, stupid movie!

April 25, 2017 // 21 Comments

                            The Long Ships was a somewhat lame British-Yugoslavian joint venture, shot around Belgrade over six months in 1963-4. Initially, Robert Taylor was lined up to play Rolfe, the Norse leader of a gaggle of seafarers bent on finding a huge golden bell known as ‘The Mother of Voices’, but when that idea fell through the producers fixed upon George Peppard [...]

‘THE VIKINGS’ (1958)

April 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

                                    The Vikings was shot in the summer of 1957 when its star, Kirk Douglas, was already 40 years old. Einar, the character he was playing, was supposed to be in his twenties. Well, it’s Hollywood, so close enough is good enough, I guess. Kirk’s age may or may not have had something to do with his generous offer to reward the extra who grew [...]

‘THE LAST VALLEY’ (1971) – a hidden gem.

April 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

  The Last Valley (1971) was panned almost universally, probably because it echoed writer/director James Clavell’s well-known atheism. Churches hate that kind of thing and they had enough clout back then to strongly influence many critics in their reviews. Personally, I thought the script was brilliant, the acting excellent, and John Barry’s incredible score worth the price of [...]
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