FILM TALK Episode #8: Goodfellas (1990), Robert de Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco – Championed by Morris Bright

Martin Scorsese’s 1990 Goodfellas stars Robert de Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, telling the story of the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill, his friends and his family over a twenty-five year period between 1955 and 1980. Continue reading “FILM TALK Episode #8: Goodfellas (1990), Robert de Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco – Championed by Morris Bright”

FILM TALK Episode #7: Gladiator (2000) Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, directed by Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott’s epic 2000 historical drama, Gladiator is set in AD 180 and tells the story of Hispano-Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius. Emperor Marcus Aurelius tells Maximus that his own son, Commodus, is unfit to rule, and that he wishes Maximus to succeed him. Commodus, murders his father, seizes the throne and attempts kills Maximus’ family. Reduced to slavery, Maximus rises through the gladiatorial ranks to avenge his family and the emperor. Gladiator stars Russell Crowe, Connie Nielsen, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed. Championed by Mark Priest. Continue reading “FILM TALK Episode #7: Gladiator (2000) Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, directed by Ridley Scott”

FILM TALK Episode #6: The Apartment (1960) Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, dir. Billy Wilder – Championed by Phil Campbell

Billy Wilder’s classic 1960 romantic comedy, The Apartment stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, ably supported by Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, David Lewis, Willard Waterman, David White, Hope Holiday, and Edie Adams. Championed by Phil Campbell. Continue reading “FILM TALK Episode #6: The Apartment (1960) Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, dir. Billy Wilder – Championed by Phil Campbell”

FILM TALK Episode #5: Rear Window (1954) James Stewart, Grace Kelly, directed by Alfred Hitchcock – Championed by Morris Bright

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1954 thriller stars James Stewart as a freelance photographer, more used to war zones and high-octane sporting events, laid up in his apartment with a broken leg. With only his observations of his neighbours to help pass the time he begins to suspect that one of them may have committed a murder, and along with his girlfriend, played by the exquisite Grace Kelly, they set about investigating. Championed by Morris Bright. Continue reading “FILM TALK Episode #5: Rear Window (1954) James Stewart, Grace Kelly, directed by Alfred Hitchcock – Championed by Morris Bright”

FILM TALK Episode #4: The Wild Geese (1978) Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris – Championed by Mark Priest

Euan Lloyd’s explosive production sees mercenaries Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris and Hardy Kruger stranded in Africa having been double-crossed by their paymaster, Matheson, played by Stewart Granger. They’re faced with a stark choice, they can either stay and be killed or fight their way out and risk starting a war. Championed by Mark Priest. Continue reading “FILM TALK Episode #4: The Wild Geese (1978) Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris – Championed by Mark Priest”

FILM TALK Episode #3: Modern Times (1936) Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard – Championed by Phil Campbell

This week’s FILM TALK features one of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest films, Modern Times, his iconic 1936 statement on the effects of the mass production on the world. The film sees his familiar tramp character struggling to survive in a modern industrial society and stars Paulette Goddard, alongside Charlie, who wrote, directed and produced the film. Continue reading “FILM TALK Episode #3: Modern Times (1936) Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard – Championed by Phil Campbell”