Astonishing documentary – Apollo 11 (2019), directed by Todd Douglas Miller – Film Review

Apollo 11 is an important historical record of one of our most incredible achievements. It’s masterful storytelling and brilliant documentary filmmaking, put together with skill and artistry, entirely from archive material and original interviews from the time, and as such it has a purity that makes it original, compelling and completely moving.

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman – #FILMTALK Review

Raiders of the Lost Ark, directed by Steven Spielberg, is the first instalment in the Indiana Jones franchise and stars Harrison Ford as archaeologist Indiana Jones, who battles a group of Nazis searching for the Ark of the Covenant; a welcome addition to our list of the 100 greatest films ever made. Continue reading “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman – #FILMTALK Review”

THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH (1957), Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford – #FILMTALK Review

Virginia and Bill play a young couple who inherit a cinema from a great uncle. When they look over their new property, they discover that it’s the old decrepit Bijou Kinema sandwiched between two railway bridges, nicknamed by its patrons as “flea pit”. Continue reading “THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH (1957), Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford – #FILMTALK Review”

Review – RED JOAN (2019), Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, directed by Trevor Nunn

I had high hopes for Red Joan. I’d expected gritty spy thriller. But I came away from our local multiplex disappointed, let down by so many missed opportunities. However, no matter how I looked at it, Red Joan didn’t quite rise to the challenge. Continue reading “Review – RED JOAN (2019), Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, directed by Trevor Nunn”

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”