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Friday, October 28, 2005

West Side Story

This is one of the greatest musicals I have ever come across. I've known the tremdous Bernstein sound track for years but I never actually got around to seeing the movie. A few weeks ago I came across the DVD in the discount bin so picked it up and brought it home and loved it. This is a funny,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Singing in the Rain (Classic)

I bought a copy of this old musical on the cheap. Actually I probably would have preferred High Society with Bing and a young Old Blue Eyes. When I watch old musicals I can't help but wonder, why can't life be more like that? Why can't life's dilemmas be resolved by giving the final word over to a... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Serenity (New Release)

This movie is derived from a tv show which only survived one season. It's written by the guy who created Buffy and a couple of other shows which tend to feature strange outcastes with vulnerable but heroically gifted female central characters who have a particular knack at karate chopping their way... Sign in to see full entry.

The Magician (New Release)

This is an Australian movie that was produced for $3000. The movie presents itself in the form of a rough and ready documentary about a suburban hit-man. The film maker follows the hit-man as he goes about his daily business of knocking people off and kidnapping them off the streets of Melbourne.... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Cinderella Man (New Release)

It's possible that this may be a greater boxing movie than Rocky. The goons on the Movie Show said it was too squeeky clean, too Ron Howard but what the hell do they know with their over the top pretentions! One of the great functions of cinema is to provide an audience with a narrative that takes... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 26, 2005

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (oldie but goodie)

A large part of my childhood was spent laying around watching old black and white movies. During that time I developed a particular love for old Capra movies. One of my favourites was Mr. Smith Goes To Washington starring a young Jimmy Stewart as an innocent and idealistic senator pitted against a... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Kung Fu Hussle (Recent Release)

I watched this film yesterday. It was a fantastic martial arts / slapstick comedy movie (ie. if you want to have a sense of what this movie has to offer think about everything from ancient Keystone cop movies through to the Road Runner cartoons). In some ways it probably serves as a spoof on... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 6, 2005

The Miracle of Bern (Recent Release - well recent release in Australia!)

I went to this movie yesterday. I was intrigued at the thought of a movie depicting Germany in the mid 1950s. It was a German production, with sub-titles, and told the story of a German soldier finally coming home to his family after having been a prisoner of war in Siberia for ten years. He... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Sin City (Recent Release)

This is probably the clever comic book adaptation I've seen on the big screen. The use of black and white with the occasional brush stroke of colour for graphic effect is brilliant. The stories are gory, the characters are stereotypical and brutal, the men reap unremitting revenge, the women have... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 1, 2005

war of the worlds (recent release)

I've always been a fan of this story. I can still remember the musical version brought out, if memory serves me correctly, back in the late 70s. And naturally the book has pride of place on the bookshelf. At the moment I have a certain reticence about watching anything involving Tom Cruise. There's... Sign in to see full entry.

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