Little Dorrit (1987) is very long. The production design is mostly indoors, and the costumes are from the 1800’s, and it only has the occasional flare for cinema. The dialogue and interactions may be sophisticated and require one’s full concentration, but impressive is the scale of the storytelling, based on Charles Dickens apparently satirical novelContinue reading “Little Dorrit (1987)”
Rocky IV (1985) is a sports film that inspires.
A pleasingly leisurely and ultimately worthwhile slice of life drama set in the 1930’s—if one can manage sitting through the slow troughs.
Warren Beatty’s movie is a stylish film version of the Dick Tracy comic strip from the 1930’s, where emboldened detective Tracy is onto organized crime like a bolt.
Brazil (1985; Warnings: occasional profanity, some violence and sexuality) has a powerful ending but is an uninvolving, clinical satire.
A Saturday High School detention brings students together with different reasons for being there, in the infectious comedy The Breakfast Club (1985). The students are played by Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, who were all recognizable Hollywood names in the 1980’s, with this film landing many of themContinue reading “The Breakfast Club (1985)”
The Color Purple (1985; Warnings–profanity, domesticated violence) is based on Alice Walker’s diary-formatted novel—which I used to own as a kind of sentimental attachment to the movie, although I read less of it than I would have liked—about life for African Americans during the early 1900s in the American South.
It’s thirty years since this Academy Award winner for Best Picture was released and now there is even a driving service for seniors seemingly inspired by this film.
The events around the murder of Sergeant Waters (Adolph Caesar), in a Louisiana military training unit, circa 1944–in the film drama A Soldier’s Story (1984)–unfolds in interviews and conversations and dramatized in flashback. The murder victim becomes a clear-as-crystal character, a boozy, spit and polish, good hearted sergeant, and his demeaning attitude towards his ‘brothers’Continue reading “A Soldier’s Story (1984)”
For me, the most resonant parts of Superman (1978) come in the profound prologue and a stunning dual performance from Christopher Reeve as Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent and his alter-ego Superman. Can’t forget John Williams’ music, either.
President of the United States John F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, in Dallas, Texas. The traumatic event and the aftermath are recreated through the eyes of Kennedy’s wife, Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Jackie (2016) is buoyed by Natalie Portman’s portrayal complimented by strong male support.
Crime drama with a meaty role for Indiana Jones’ Harrison Ford.
Not a nice prospect, but a fascinating one, if you’re the viewer of The Fly (1986), a remake of the 1958 film. It’s all a bit of tremendous fiction.
The 1989 sequel to Ghostbusters thirty years ago was perhaps darker than its 1984 predecessor—with some mild occultic imagery—but there’s a thematic focus on “being nice”, and say “I love you” to each other, which seemingly runs against the nature of New Yorkers in this film.
Han Solo’s buddies are there to rescue him.
A sequel which adds more to the vivid, imaginative world of Star Wars.
Oppression reigns in a “galaxy far, far away”, and the Rebellion are fighting for freedom. The Rebels steal the technical readouts of the Death Star, an armoured space station belonging to the Empire, who have kept the galaxy under a firm leash and stranglehold with this weapon. The Rebels intend on finding a weakness inContinue reading “Star Wars (1977)”
Profound, moving, powerful and humanely Christian: The Elephant Man weaves a tapestry of skilled storytelling, and beautiful filmmaking, to show us how life was for John Merrick, the man who was called ‘The Elephant Man’, in the time of Victorian England.
Chariots of Fire (1981) won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 1982 and it still resonates almost forty years since it was released.
Alien (1979; Warnings—contains profanity, horror violence, and scenes of peril) is a tense, suspenseful science fiction-horror-thriller.
A compelling science fiction thriller that may give food for thought.
Contrived, disillusioning, and an emotional experience.
An engaging contemporary Christian album from 1993 that makes it lighter on the surface.