Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Grantchester is a detective drama set in a 1950s Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester near Cambridge, where local Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) develops a sideline in sleuthing—with the initially reluctant help of grumpy Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green). The series is based on The Grantchester Mysteries books written by James Runcie. The first television series is based on stories from the first of the books, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death.

Based onThe Grantchester Mysteries by James Runcie
Written byDaisy Coulam
Directed byHarry Bradbeer
  • James Norton
  • Robson Green
  • Morven Christie
  • Tessa Peake-Jones
  • Al Weaver
  • Pheline Roggan
Composer(s)John Lunn
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes
Executive producer(s)Diederick Santer
Rebecca Eaton
Producer(s)Emma Kingsman-Lloyd
CinematographyJulian Court
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Lovely Day/Masterpiece co-production
Original channelITV
Original release6 October 2014 (2014-10-06) – present

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Tales of Terror (1962)

The three short sequences are based on the following Poe tales: "Morella", "The Black Cat" which is combined with another Poe tale, "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar". Each sequence is introduced by Vincent Price who also appears in all three narratives. The story Morella was remade in the 1990s as The Haunting of Morella.


When Lenora Locke (Maggie Pierce) travels from Boston to be reunited with her father (Vincent Price) in his decrepit and cobwebbed mansion, she finds him drunk, disordered, and depressed. He refuses her company, insisting that she killed her mother Morella (Leona Gage) in childbirth. Lenora then discovers her mother's body decomposing on a bed in the house. Lenora cannot return to Boston and remains in the house to care for her father. His feelings soften towards her when he learns she has a terminal illness. One night Morella's spirit rises, and kills Lenora in revenge for her childbed death. Morella's body is then resurrected, becoming as whole and as beautiful as she was in life. This is in exchange for Lenora's, which is now decomposing where Morella lay. Morella strangles her horrified husband as a fire breaks out in the house. Then Morella and Lenora return to their original bodies, Lenora smiling as she lies on her dead father, rotten Morella cackling as the flames consume the house. The cast includes Edmund Cobb as a coach driver.

"The Black Cat"

Montresor Herringbone (Peter Lorre) hates his wife Annabelle (Joyce Jameson) and her black cat. One night on a ramble about town, he happens upon a wine tasting event and challenges the world's foremost wine taster, Fortunato Luchresi (Vincent Price), to a contest. Herringbone becomes drunk. Luchresi escorts him home and meets his wife. Time passes, and Annabelle and Luchresi become intimate. The cuckolded Herringbone then entombs them alive in an alcove in the basement. The authorities become suspicious and two policemen (John Hackett and Lennie Weinrib) visit the house to investigate. Hearing screeching behind a basement wall, they knock the wall down to discover the dead lovers — and Annabelle's black cat, which Herringbone had accidentally walled up with the lovers. Cast includes Wally Campo as bartender Wilkins and Alan DeWitt as the Wine-Tasting Chairman.

"The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar"

Dying from a painful disease, M. Valdemar (Vincent Price) employs a hypnotist, Mr. Carmichael (Basil Rathbone), to alleviate his suffering by putting him under various trances. He then remains between the world of the living and the dead. In a trance, Valdemar begs Carmichael to release his soul so he can die but Carmichael cruelly refuses. Months pass and Valdemar's putrefying body remains in his bed under the complete control of Carmichael. The hypnotist tries to force Valdemar's wife Helene (Debra Paget) to marry him. When she refuses, he attacks her. Valdemar's putrid body rises from the bed and kills Carmichael. Helene is rescued by Valdemar's physician (David Frankham) and carried from the scene of horror.

Directed byRoger Corman
Produced bySamuel Z. Arkoff
Roger Corman
James H. Nicholson
Written byRichard Matheson
Based onMorella
The Black Cat
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allen Poe
StarringVincent Price
Peter Lorre
Basil Rathbone
Music byLes Baxter
CinematographyFloyd Crosby
Edited byAnthony Carras
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release dates
  • July 4, 1962 (1962-07-04)
Running time
89 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.5 million
64,396 admissions (France)

From Wikipedia

Two Minute Warning

An unknown sniper (Warren Miller) positions himself at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum prior to a professional football championship (dubbed as "Championship X") similar to The Super Bowl. He is spotted by a Goodyear Blimp camera. Police and SWAT team are immediately called in by the stadium manager Sam McKeever (Martin Balsam).
Police Captain Peter Holly (Charlton Heston), working with SWAT team Sergeant Chris Button (John Cassavetes), devises a plan to capture the sniper before the conclusion of the game.
Multiple fans attending the game are introduced. They include Steve and Janet (David Janssen and Gena Rowlands), an argumentative middle-aged couple; Stu Sandman (Jack Klugman), a gambling addict; a Catholic priest (Mitchell Ryan), who is a friend of quarterback Charlie Tyler; young married couple Mike and Peggy Ramsay (Beau Bridges and Pamela Bellwood); an elderly pickpocket (Walter Pidgeon) and his young accomplice (Juli Bridges, the then-wife of Beau Bridges); and football fan Al (David Groh), who begins flirting with Lucy (Marilyn Hassett) when he notices her date (Jon Korkes) is more interested in the game than in her.

Directed byLarry Peerce
Produced byEdward S. Feldman
Screenplay byEdward Hume
Story byGeorge La Fountaine Sr.
StarringCharlton Heston
John Cassavetes
Martin Balsam
Beau Bridges
Music byCharles Fox
CinematographyGerald Hirschfeld
Edited byWalter Hannemann
Eve Newman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
November 12, 1976 (USA)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales)

Wild Tales (Spanish: Relatos salvajes) is a 2014 Argentine-Spanish black comedy film written and directed by Damián Szifron and starring an ensemble cast consisting of Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, and Darío Grandinetti. It was co-produced by Agustín Almodóvar and Pedro Almodóvar. The film's musical score was composed by Gustavo Santaolalla. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.
An anthology film, it is composed of six standalone shorts united by a common theme of violence and vengeance.
From Wikipedia

From beginning to end this is an amazing film. ~Mike

Directed byDamián Szifron
Produced by
  • Hugo Sigman
  • Agustín Almodóvar
  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • Matías Mosteirín
  • Esther García
  • Felipe Photiades
  • Gerardo Rozín
Written byDamián Szifron
  • Ricardo Darín
  • Oscar Martínez
  • Leonardo Sbaraglia
  • Érica Rivas
  • Rita Cortese
  • Julieta Zylberberg
  • Darío Grandinetti
Music byGustavo Santaolalla
CinematographyJavier Juliá
Edited by
  • Damián Szifron
  • Pablo Barbieri Carrera
  • Corner
  • El Deseo
  • Kramer & Sigman Films
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates
  • 17 May 2014 (2014-05-17) (Cannes)
  • 21 August 2014 (2014-08-21) (Argentina)
Running time
122 minutes
  • Argentina
  • Spain
Budget$3.3 million
Box office$30 million

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Master Builder

Halvard Solness (Shawn) is an aging architect of a small town in Norway who has managed to attain some distinction and local reputation, and long married to Aline (Hagerty). One day while having a visit from his friend Doctor Herdal (Pine), Solness is visited by Hilde Wangel (Joyce), a young woman of twenty-four from another town whom the doctor promptly recognizes from a recent trip.
Soon after the Doctor leaves and Solness is alone with Hilde, she reminds him that they are not strangers and that they had previously met in her home town ten years ago when she was fourteen years of age. When Solness does not respond to her quickly enough she reminds him that at one point he had made advances upon her, offered a romantic interlude, and promised her "castles in the sky" during their encounter, which she believed. He denies this and she gradually convinces him, however, that she can assist him with his household duties and he takes her into his home.

Directed byJonathan Demme
Written byWallace Shawn
Based onThe Master Builder
by Henrik Ibsen
StarringWallace Shawn
Julie Hagerty
Andre Gregory
CinematographyDeclan Quinn
Edited byTim Squyres
Release dates
  • November 11, 2013 (2013-11-11) (Rome Film Festival)
Running time
130 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$46,874

From Wikipedia

Paco and The Magical Book

The movie is set in a hospital where "strange" people are sent.
One of the older, gruffer patients, is Onuki, a business owner who is sent to the hospital after a heart attack, thinks little of the other hospital patients, and hopes to die without being remembered by such "worthless" people. Another patient, a young girl named Paco, is in the hospital due to a memory disorder- she can only remember the events of one day at a time. Each day she reads a pop-up children's book, and often asks Onuki to read to her. Each day it is a new story for her.
Eventually, the two of them develop a friendship, and Onuki decides to enlist the help of the other people in the hospital to perform a play of the book, hoping it will help Paco.

Directed byTetsuya Nakashima
Produced byYutaka Suzuki
Written byHirohito Goto original play, Nobuhiro Monma, Tetsuya Nakashima screenplay
StarringKoji Yakusho, Ayaka Wilson, Satoshi Tsumabuki
Music byGabriele Roberto
CinematographyShoichi Ato, Atsushi Ozawa
Edited byYoshiyuki Koike
Distributed byToho
Release dates
September 13, 2008
Running time
105 minutes
Box office$22,679,633

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Man Hunt

On July 29, 1939, renowned British big game hunter Captain Alan Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) slips through the forest undetected near the Berghof, Adolf Hitler's residence near Berchtesgaden. Getting the dictator in his telescopic sight, he pulls the trigger on his unloaded rifle and gives a wave. He ponders a moment, then loads a live round, but is discovered at the last second by a guard, and the shot goes wild.

Directed byFritz Lang
Produced byKenneth Macgowan
Written by
Dudley Nichols
Lamar Trotti
Based on
Rogue Male
1939 novel 
by Geoffrey Household
Walter Pidgeon
Joan Bennett
Music byAlfred Newman
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Edited byAllen McNeil
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Release dates
  • June 13, 1941 (1941-06-13)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States

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Friday, August 14, 2015

My Winnipeg

Although ostensibly a documentary, My Winnipeg contains a series of fictional episodes and an overall story trajectory concerning the author-narrator-character "Guy Maddin" and his desire to produce the film as a way to finally leave/escape the city of Winnipeg. "Guy Maddin" is played by Darcy Fehr but voiced by Maddin himself (in narration): Fehr appears groggily trying to rouse himself from sleep aboard a jostling train as Maddin wonders aloud "What if?" What if he were able to actually rouse from the sleepy life he lives in Winnipeg and escape? Maddin decides that the only possible escape would be to "film my way out," thus motivating the creation of the "docu-fantasia" already underway.

Directed byGuy Maddin
Produced byMichael Burns
Phyllis Laing
Guy Maddin
Jody Shapiro
Written byGuy Maddin
George Toles (dialogue)
StarringDarcy Fehr
Ann Savage
Louis Negin
Amy Stewart
Brendan Cade
Wesley Cade
Narrated byGuy Maddin
Music byJason Staczek
CinematographyJody Shapiro
Edited byJohn Gurdebeke
Buffalo Gal Pictures
Documentary Channel
Everyday Pictures
Running time
80 minutes

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Jupiter Ascending

At the beginning of the story, Earth's residents are unaware that the human species on Earth and countless other planets were established by families of transhuman and alien royalty for the purpose of later "harvesting" the resulting organisms to produce a type of youth serum for the elites on still other planets. After the death of the matriarch of the House of Abrasax, the most powerful of the alien dynasties, her children, Balem (Eddie Redmayne), Kalique (Tuppence Middleton), and Titus (Douglas Booth), quarrel over the inheritance, with Balem inheriting an enormous refinery on Jupiter and Titus declaring his intention to dismantle the youth serum trade, of which Earth is the next intended source. Protagonist Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) narrates that her father, Maximilian Jones (James D'Arcy), met her mother, Aleksa (Maria Doyle Kennedy), in Saint Petersburg. After Maximilian is killed in a robbery, Aleksa names their daughter Jupiter, after his favorite planet, and they move to Chicago to live with Aleksa's family.

Directed byThe Wachowskis
Produced by
  • Grant Hill
  • The Wachowskis
Written byThe Wachowskis
  • Channing Tatum
  • Mila Kunis
  • Sean Bean
  • Eddie Redmayne
  • Douglas Booth
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  • Terry Gilliam
Music byMichael Giacchino
CinematographyJohn Toll
Edited byAlexander Berner
  • Village Roadshow Pictures
  • RatPac-Dune Entertainment
  • Anarchos Productions
Distributed by
  • Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Roadshow Entertainment
    (Australia & New Zealand)
Release dates
  • January 27, 2015 (2015-01-27) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • February 6, 2015 (2015-02-06) (North America)
  • February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19) (Australia)
Running time
127 minutes
  • United States
  • Australia
Budget$176 million
Box office$181.9 million

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

My Dinner with Andre

My Dinner with Andre is a 1981 film starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, written by Gregory and Shawn, and directed by Louis Malle.
The film depicts a conversation between Gregory and Shawn (not necessarily playing themselves) at Café des Artistes. Based mostly on conversation, the film's dialogue covers such things as experimental theatre, the nature of theatre, and the nature of life, contrasting Shawn's modest, down-to-earth humanism with Gregory's extravagant spiritual experiences.

Directed by      Louis Malle
Produced by
  • George W. George
  • Beverly Karp
Written by
  • Andre Gregory
  • Wallace Shawn
  • Andre Gregory
  • Wallace Shawn
Music by      Allen Shawn
Cinematography     Jeri Sopanen
Edited by     Suzanne Baron
Distributed by    New Yorker Films
Release dates
  • October 11, 1981 (1981-10-11)   (United States)
Running time
   111 minutes
Country   United States
Language   English

The Giver

Following a calamity referred to as The Ruin, society is reorganized into a series of communities, and all memories of the past are held by one person, the Receiver of Memory. Since the Receiver of Memory is the only individual in the community who has the memories from before, he must advise the Chief Elder, and the other Elders, on the decisions for the community.

Directed byPhillip Noyce
Produced by
  • Neil Koenigsberg
  • Nikki Silver
Screenplay byMichael Mitnick
Robert B. Weide
Based onThe Giver
by Lois Lowry
  • Brenton Thwaites
  • Odeya Rush
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Meryl Streep
  • Alexander Skarsgård
  • Katie Holmes
  • Cameron Monaghan
  • Taylor Swift
Music byMarco Beltrami
CinematographyRoss Emery
Edited byBarry Alexander Brown
Walden Media
Distributed byThe Weinstein Company
Release dates
  • August 11, 2014 (2014-08-11) (Premiere)
  • August 15, 2014 (2014-08-15) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million
Box office$67 million

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Lloyd the Conqueror

Lloyd the Conqueror is Lloyd, a lazy college student with big dreams for the future. Lloyd and his two best friends Patrick and Oswald desperately need to pass their Medieval Literature class in order to keep their financial aid. Our heroes are so desperate that they beg their teacher for extra credit work. Their professor, Derek, concedes but only on one condition: They must join his deteriorating LARPing league and battle against him in a game of Demons & Dwarves. Lloyd decides to enlist the help of Cassandra, ex-cage fighter and “Self Defense for Women” instructor in the battle against Derek, the long reigning champion who has been twisted to the dark side by his years of intense academic study. -Wikipedia

Directed by Michael Peterson
Written by Andrew Herman and Michael Peterson

Evan Williams as Lloyd
Mike Smith as Derek
Brian Posehn as Andy
Jesse Reid as Patrick
Scott Patey as Oswald
Tegan Moss as Cassandra
Harland Williams as Vulcan
Aaron Pearl as Leopold
David Lawrence as Jorgen
Brendan Hunter as Klaus
Andrew Sparacino as Dagmar
Darcy Dunlop as Rosie
Matthew Robert Kelly as Agent Danger (as Matt Kelly)
Darcy Michael as Unicorn
Gavin Williams as Oliver

Kara Feller as Cassandra's friend

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mr. Turner

A look at the last quarter century of the great British painter J. M. W. Turner. Profoundly affected by the death of his esteemed father, loved by his housekeeper, Hannah Danby, whom he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close and loving relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.
Throughout all this, Turner travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits a brothel, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

Directed byMike Leigh
Produced byGeorgina Lowe
Written byMike Leigh
  • Timothy Spall
  • Dorothy tkinson
  • Marion Bailey
  • Paul Jesson
  • Lesley Manville
  • Martin Savage
Music byGary Yershon
CinematographyDick Pope
Edited byJon Gregory
  • Film4
  • Focus Features International
  • Lipsync Productions
  • Thin Man Films
  • Xofa Productions
Distributed byEntertainment One
Release dates
  • 15 May 2014 (2014-05-15) 
  • 31 October 2014 (2014-10-31) (United Kingdom)
Running time
150 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
Budget£8.4 million
Box office$17.8 million

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

We're No Angels

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Three convicts – Joseph, Albert and Jules – escape from prison on Devil's Island just before Christmas and arrive at a nearby French colonial town. They go to a store managed by the Ducotel family, the only one to give supplies on credit. While there, they notice its roof is leaking, and offer to fix it. They do not actually intend to, but decide to remain there until nightfall, when they will steal clothes and supplies and escape on a ship waiting in the harbor. As they wait, they find that the small family of Felix, Amelie, and daughter Isabelle, is in financial distress and offer their services to hide the trio's all-too-sinister ruse. Joseph even gets to work conning people and falsifying records to make the store prosperous. However, the three felons begin to have a change of heart after they fix a delicious Christmas dinner for the Ducotels made mostly of stolen items. -Wikipedia  
(Nice copy from Wikipedia)

Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Pat Duggan
Written by My Three Angels
1953 play
Samuel and Bella Spewack
Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall
Based on La Cuisine Des Anges
1952 play
by Albert Husson
Starring Humphrey Bogart Aldo Ray Peter Ustinov
Music by Frederick Hollander
Cinematography Loyal Griggs
Edited by Arthur P. Schmidt
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • July 7, 1955
Running time
106 min.
Country United States
Language English French
Box office $3 million US

Return of Mike's Watching

Hi I'll be blogging again soon. I've just been too distracted with summer. Here's a little Carol Burnett to view while you wait. I loved this show when I was growing up.