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Cloak and Dagger
(1946) Fritz Lang spy thriller starring Gary Cooper as a mild-mannered American physicist who is sent on a mission into Europe to rescue a nuclear scientist.Next to Douglas Sirk, of all the refugees from Europe Lang adapted best to America and like Sirk found work in the studios initially attractive. This espionage story remains one of his most engrossing movies, despite Cooper who seems somewhat miscast and probably found Lang unsympathetic. He plays an atomic scientist drafted into spying in Switzerland then Italy towards the end of WW II to see how far Germany has advanced in atomic research. The great sequence is a tough fight conducted in silence, but there are other good things along the way, not least the enchanting Palmer and Polito's atmospheric photography.
(1954) Railroad worker Carl Buckley asks his wife Vicki to beg her lover to use his influence to save his job.Ford and Grahame had worked so well under Lang's direction in the previous year's The Big Heat that Columbia's bosses rushed to capitalize, hiring the trio to work together again in this remake of Jean Renoir's 1938 classic, La Bęte Humaine. Ford plays a railroad engineer, back from the Korean War, who gets mixed up with Crawford's wife Grahame. It's a torrid affair that results in murder, but Lang has skimped on exploring the depths of their emotional turmoil. Instead he makes do with the suggestion inherent in his footage of steam trains. You can't help thinking that they're propelled by so much hot air.
(1992) Hayao Miyazaki's sixth feature film tells of the adventures of the titular 'crimson pig', a heroic flying ace in the Adriatic.Hayao Miyazaki's sixth feature film tells of the adventures of the titular "crimson pig", a heroic flying ace in the Adriatic in the years after the First World War
A film that evolved slowly in Hayao Miyazaki's imagination (at various stages it appeared in manga, then was mooted as a short in-flight film), Porco Rosso sees the filmmaker indulging his love of old planes, notably flying boats, and Italy and the Mediterranean of a bygone era. Despite its unique contrivance of having a bipedal pig (snout, floppy ears, dashing 'tash) in a world of ordinary humans, this is no whimsy. And despite it being more readily humorous and playful than his later films like Spirited Away, it's far from trite, with its themes of remorse and dismay at the rise of fascism.
Daniel Day-Lewis Interview
Daniel Day-Lewis talks about his latest film There Will Be Blood.
Crocodile Dundee II
(198 Paul Hogan returns as Mick 'Crocodile' Dundee in John Cornell's sequel to the hit comedy original.Further adventures of Paul Hogan's Mick 'Crocodile' Dundee, this time pursued from New York back to the Australian Outback by vengeful drug dealers
Crocodile Dundee II One of the common mistakes when making a sequel to a smash-hit film is the assumption that because people came out in droves the first time, they're all gagging to go back again. This sorry sequel to a one-joke one-off is a classic example of such optimistic (ie greedy) thinking.
(2003) An ancient blood feud between vampires and werewolves is the backdrop to Len Wiseman's stylish, Gothic horror - starring Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen.An ancient blood feud between vampires and werewolves is the backdrop to this horror action movie
For centuries, the ancient races of vampires and werewolves have been fighting fang-to-fang in a desperate battle for dominance. Beautiful vampire warrior Selene (Beckinsale) is one of the aristocratic vampire clan's most fearsome **** soldiers. But, after falling in love with a human doctor (Speedman) who's been bitten by a rampaging "Lycan", she questions her commitment to the war and her faith in vampire elder Viktor (Nighy).
Ride with the Devil
(1999) A fiercely compassionate coming of age story set against the tumultuous backdrop of the American Civil War.A fiercely compassionate coming of age story set against the tumultuous backdrop of the American Civil War. Superbly crafted by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director Ang Lee
Ride With The Devil Although not quite as magnificent as the other American masterpiece of the 90s, The Thin Red Line, Ang Lee's movie shares the blend of poetry and realism, rooted in a concern for history and humanity that characterizes Malick's work.
(2001) An outstanding teen drama about inseparable friends whose relationship is threatened by the onset of adulthood.An outstanding teen drama about inseparable friends whose relationship is threatened by the onset of adulthood. Expertly written, acted and directed - and mercifully cliché free
Disco Pigs The premise for 24-year-old Kirsten Sheridan's debut film sounds like it was lifted from the Nirvana song 'Drain You'. Two babies, born seconds apart, meet in a hospital and forge an inseparable connection. They grow up to be Pig (Murphy) and Runt (Cassidy): teenagers in perfect sync with each other. They live next door to each other, they have the same kooky rituals and they go to sleep holding hands through a secret hole in their bedroom wall.
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