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
Today should have been Oliver Reed’s 80th birthday but he left this world in 1999 at age 61. To celebrate the occasion I decided to compile a collection of links to various things I’ve written about the man and his work. Some are just bits and bobs while others are more thoughtful considerations of films he appeared in. Reed has been a constant figure of praise … Continue reading Remembering Oliver Reed
Director Richard Lester was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but he made some of the best British films of the 1960s. Inspired by Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati, he developed an acute funny bone and an appreciation of the absurd that allowed him to work side-by-side with bastions of British comedy such as Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. Lester’s sense of humor also appealed to … Continue reading ONE FOR ALL, AND ALL FOR ONE!
Top: Tom Courtenay & Julie Christie in BILLY LIAR (1963) Middle: Richard Lester, John Schlesinger & Tony Richardson Bottom: Richard Harris & Rachel Roberts in THIS SPORTING LIFE (1963) I recently took a quick look through my blog archives and discovered that I’ve written about British Cinema more than any other topic. I shouldn’t have been surprised because the truth is that I adore British … Continue reading British New Wave Mondays In March On TCM
If you didn’t get enough Hammer Glamour during my month long tribute to the female stars of Hammer films drop what you’re doing and pay a visit to Cinema Retro right now! The latest issue of Cinema Retro magazine contains a lengthy look at Hammer’s erotic vampire film Lust for a Vampire (Jimmy Sangster; 1971) featuring the lovely Yutte Stensgaard and it’s loaded with gorgeous … Continue reading Cinema Retro Gets Hammer Glamorous!
At the Britannica blog Raymond Benson has finished listing off his Top 10 Favorite Films of 1968 so if you’re interested in the final results stop by and give them a look. I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions how much I dislike making lists of favorite films myself since they’re limited by what I’ve seen and are subject to change at anytime. Roger Ebert recently asked … Continue reading My Top 20 Favorite Films of 1968
The DVD Year in Review – An Introduction Apologies to anyone awaiting my DVD Pick of the Week, but I’m afraid I’ve been too busy compiling my list of Favorite DVDs of 2007 to keep up with current releases. Next week I’ll try to get back on track, but in the meantime I wanted to share some of my thoughts on last year’s DVD releases, … Continue reading Favorite DVD Releases of 2007: Part I.
This is the second part of my 30 Favorite DVD Releases of 2006 list that I’ve been slowly working on putting together. You can find Part I. here. Please keep in mind that these are all official NTSC Region 1 DVDs originally released between 1960 and 1979 and the numerical order means absolutely nothing except that I got the reviews written in the order that … Continue reading Favorite DVD Releases of 2006 – Part II.