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Catch Us If You Can (1965)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Dec 9, 2018

Catch Us If You Can (AKA “Having a Wild Weekend”) Directed by John Boorman Written by Peter Nichols 1965/UK Bruton Film Productions First viewing/Netflix rental Mostly fails both as an A Hard Day’s Night rip-off and as a romantic drama.  Still, the boys are cute and some of the son read more

Darling (1965)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Dec 7, 2018

Darling Directed by John Schlesinger Written by Frederic Raphael UK/1965 Joseph Janni Productions/Vic Film Productions/Appia Films Ltd. First viewing/YouTube rental Robert Gold: Because your friends are so pretty. Diana Scott: And your’s so intelligent. Now why in the hell is this fantastic fi read more

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Dec 5, 2018

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes Directed by Ken Annakin Written by Jack Davies and Ken Annakin 1965/UK Twentieth Century-Fox Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental   Another of the epic comedy adventures spawned by Arou read more

Repulsion (1965)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Dec 3, 2018

Repulsion Directed by Roman Polanski Written by Roman Polanski, Gerard Brach and David Stone 1965/UK Compton Films/Tekli British Productions First viewing/Netflix Rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Paranoia and sexual obsession build to deadly consequences. Carol (Catherine Deneuv read more

FilmStruck Wrap-Up

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Dec 1, 2018

Have spent the past couple of days loading up on FilmStruck documentaries in the run-up to its November 29 end date.  Here are some capsule reviews and photos.  I will miss this service like hell.  Fortunately the Criterion Channel has promised it will reopen as a stand-alone site in Spring.  In read more

Film History Documentaries on FilmStruck

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 27, 2018

Time for another non-traditional entry.  I’ve been gobbling up documentaries about film on FilmStruck before it goes out of business November 29.  I’ve seen too many to write in my usual format about all of them but they have been mainly fantastic so I wanted to share. Lon Chaney: Behind read more

The Slender Thread (1965)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 26, 2018

The Slender Thread Directed by Sidney Pollock Written by Stirling Silliphant from an article by Shana Alexander 1965/USA Stephen Alexander Productions First viewing/YouTube   Could have been better but enjoyable for the performances. Alan Newell (Sidney Poitier) is a college student who volunte read more

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 24, 2018

The Sons of Katie Elder Directed by Henry Hathaway Written by William H. Wright, Allan Weiss, and Harry Essex; original story by Talbot Jennings 1965/USA Wallis – Hazan First viewing/Netflix rental   Many of the Western tropes were getting mighty tired by 1965 as were some of the stars. J read more

My Winnipeg (2007)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 22, 2018

My Winnipeg Directed by Guy Maddin Written by Guy Maddin and George Toles 2007/Canada Buffalo Gal Pictures/Documentary Channel/Everyday Pictures First viewing/FilmStruck   I wasn’t quite expecting this witty surreal homage to Manitoba’s capital.  Wild! Director Guy Madden’s co read more

Rapture (1965)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 21, 2018

Rapture Directed by John Guillerman Written by Stanley Mann from a novel by Phyllis Hastings 1965/USA/France Panoramic Productions First viewing/YouTube   Weird incesty plot is only partially redeemed by the phenomenal cinematography, gorgeous score and excellent cast. Agnes (Patricia Gozzi) is read more

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 19, 2018

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Directed by Martin Ritt Written by Paul Dehn and Guy Trosper from the novel by John Le Carre 1965/UK Salem Films Limited Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Possibly the saddest spy movie ever made.  Also one of the best. Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) has been head of Brit read more

Major Dundee (1965)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 18, 2018

Major Dundee Directed by Sam Peckinpah Written by Harry Julian Fink, Oscar Saul and Sam Peckinpah 1965/USA Jerry Bresler Productions First viewing/Netflix rental   Sam Peckinpah’s first major directing credit didn’t grab me. The film is set in the last months of the Civil War near t read more

Summer (1986)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 17, 2018

Summer (Le rayon vert AKA The Green Ray) Directed by Erich Rohmer Written by Marie Riviere and Erich Rohmer 1986/France Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication/PTT/Les Films du Losange/etc Repeat viewing/FilmStruck I love Erich Rohmer’s romantic comedies, including this one. Delphine (M read more

Documentary Films of Les Blank

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 16, 2018

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure Directed by Les Blank et al various/USA The Criterion Collection Spine #737 First viewing/FilmStruck     This won’t be a regular review.  I enjoyed Burden of Dreams so much that I decided to give Les Blank’s other documentary films a try.  Most read more

Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 13, 2018

Buena Vista Social Club Directed by Wim Wenders Written by Wim Wenders and Nick Gold 1999 Germany/USA/UK/France/Cuba First viewing/FilmStruck   Loved this joyous documentary of good music rediscovered. American musician Ry Cooder traveled to Cuba to hire musicians for a planned CD.  In his sear read more

Trog (1970)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 12, 2018

Trog Directed by Freddie Francis Written by Aben Kandel; original story by Peter Bryan and John Gilling 1970/UK Herman Cohen Productions First viewing/FilmStruck Joan Crawford’s swan song doesn’t leave us wanting more of the same, that’s for sure. A group of three hunks goes explor read more

Across the Universe (2007)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 11, 2018

Across the Universe Directed by Julie Taymor Written by Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais and Julie Taymor 2007/USA Revolution Studios/Gross Entertainment/Team Todd/Sound Film First viewing/FilmStruck The sixties were never this psychedelic nor crammed with CGI. The period covered is 1963-1968.  Jude (Ji read more

A Short Film About Love (1988)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 10, 2018

A Short Film About Love (Krotki film o milosci) Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski Written by Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz 1988/Poland Zespol Filmowy “Tor” First viewing/FilmStruck   What is love?  It takes a Bergman or a Kieslowski to really explore its depths. A tee read more

A Mighty Wind (2003)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 8, 2018

A Mighty Wind Directed by Christopher Guest Written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy 2003/USA Castle Rock Entertainment First viewing/FilmStruck   Christopher Guest’s mocumentaries crack me up! A music promoter to sparked the folk revival in the 60’s has died and his son decides read more

War and Peace (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Nov 7, 2018

War and Peace (Voyna i mir) Directed by Sergei Bandarchuk Written by Sergei Bandarchuk and Vasiliy Solovyov 1966/USA Mosflim Repeat viewing/FilmStruck   This eight-hour, four-film epic is perhaps the most comprehensive version of Tolstoy’s great sprawling novel.  What it lacks in sophisti read more
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