We return to normal service on the blog today.
Selected by the BFI as the greatest British film of the 20th Century, this Carol Reed film really deserves the title. Set in Vienna in the ruined post-war period when the black market thrived, an American called Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton) arrives to meet his friend Harry Lime who had offered him a job, only to discover that he had been killed in a car accident the day before. As Martins tries to find out what happened he realises that some of the details do not match up and with the help, and sometimes hinderance of Major Calloway (fantastic performance by Trevor Howard), the local Royal Military Police commander, he investigates.
Also worth mentioning is the amazing and unique soundtrack played entirely by Anton Karas on the Zither.
Once again, this film is out of copyright so available in it’s entirety on youtube for free: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un26BBFQ5_M
But if you don’t have time for the whole film, here’s The Opening Theme and First Scene which introduces the setting:
Happy Star Wars Day everyone! May the fourth be with you!
Wes Craven’s masterpiece is my favourite Horror film. It’s great fun and a brilliant spoof on the horror genre while still being genuinely terrifying.
I’ve been away in the Lake District for the long weekend, staying half way up a mountain with no mains electricity or mobile phone signal so I hope you’ll forgive my lack of blogging the last few days.
Indiana Jones is my favourite fantasy film series and Last Crusade is the best of them as far as I’m concerned. It’s got Sir Sean Connery as Henry Jones Senior and John Rhys Davis’s character Sallah is one of the best things about the series. Other than that you have evil Nazis, tank chase, a zeppelin and the greatest quest ever.
Ok. This is stretching it a bit, but the only proper romantic film I really like, I already chose for Day 14. They did say this film was a RomComZom (Romantic Comedy…. with Zombies).
Fantastic action film. Ed Harris brilliantly plays a rogue US Marine General who takes hostages on Alcatraz island in San Fransisco Bay while pointing poison gas missiles at the city. The FBI director (the late great John Spencer) brings in their top chemical weapons expert Stanley Goodspeed (Nic Cage) and the only man to ever have escaped from Alcatraz, John Mason (Sir Sean Connery) to go along with a Navy SEAL team to release the hostages and secure the missiles. Action brilliance ensues. This is probably my favourite Cage performance and Sir Sean excels as an aged James Bond well. With three such strong leads, this film could scarcely put a foot wrong and it doesn’t.
This movie is a perfect example of how to do a spoof well. Pay homage to the original, show respect for the original. It is possible to do this and spoof it at the same time as this film shows. If you are a Star Trek fan, or have any knowledge of the show at all, this movie is well worth a watch or 20. It’s got Tim Allen in his best performance ever. But even better, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman! All in one film!
This is the most fantastic movie and a true definition of Drama. 12 men, 1 room, an hour and a half of tense thrilling drama as Henry Fonda plays the only dissenting jurer in a seemingly open and shut murder case as he tries to bring round the others to the idea of reasonable doubt. Not a special effect in sight but seriously one of the best films ever made.