In the late 1950s, Britain was a country in transition. The destruction caused by two world wars remained evident but the economy was booming and unemployment was at an all-time low. Popular music was bringing diverse groups of individuals together and creating a sense of unity among the youth. Despite the overall prosperity, the stark differences separating the ‘haves’ from the ‘have-nots’ were more apparent … Continue reading ANGRY CINEMA: THE BRITISH NEW WAVE
The term ‘auteur’ is rarely associated with Jack Clayton. When critics and film scholars refer to the British director by name they usually describe him as being a “talented craftsman” or “skilled technician.” Credit for the extraordinary look and feel of Clayton’s best films is typically attributed to the skilled cinematographers (Freddie Francis, Oswald Morris, Douglas Slocombe, etc.) or accomplished screenwriters (Truman Capote, Harold Pinter, … Continue reading The Children Are Watching: Ruminations on The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
I really enjoyed TCM’s British New Wave Mondays in March and I made time to revisit some of my favorite films included in the series such as Jack Clayton’s THE PUMPKIN EATER. I hadn’t seen the film in years but I found it even more powerful and chilling than I had remembered it… Continue reading The Children Are Watching: Ruminations on Jack Clayton
All month long I’ve been writing about horror films but this week I decided to share some of the scariest moments from a few of my favorite fright filled movies. Continue reading Do You Want to See Something Really Scary?
All summer long Turner Classic Movies is celebrating various actors with their ongoing “Summer Under the Stars” series. But August 10th is truly something to celebrate. Today TCM will be running films that feature one of my all-time favorite actors, the extraordinarily talented and incredibly handsome Dirk Bogarde. This would be worthy of mention no matter what films they were showing, but TCM has gone … Continue reading Spend Your Day With Dirk Bogarde
Deborah Kerr in The Innocents (1961) One of my all-time favorite actresses has passed away due to complications from Parkinson’s disease, the lovely and talented Deborah Kerr. She was an extraordinarily talented woman with an abundance of grace and beauty, and she appeared in some of my favorite films from the sixties including The Innocents (1961) The Night of the Iguana (1964) and Casino Royale … Continue reading Deborah Kerr 1921-2007
Top: House with Laughing Windows (1976), Deep Red (1975) Middle: The Seventh Victim (1942) Bottom: Black Sabbath (1963), Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) I wasn’t going to participate in Ed Hardy’s 31 Flicks That Give You the Willies List due to suffering massive list-making burnout following the recent Favorite Foreign Language Film poll (which I still want to write about in more detail), but at … Continue reading 31 Films That Give Me the Willies
I had planned on finishing up the Lucio Fulci tribute I started last week but I was deeply saddened to learn that the great British filmmaker & cinematographer Freddie Francis had passed away on March 17th due to complications following a stroke. In light of this, I decided to spend some time writing about Francis instead since he’s long been one of my favorite filmmakers. … Continue reading R.I.P. Freddie Francis 1917-2007