FilmFour & Film Four +1 25.02.08
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The Sun Shines Bright
(1953) John Ford's favourite film features the same character, Judge Priest, that appeared in his eponymous 1934 film.An old judge standing for re-election finds it hard to cope with the new way of doing American politics. Ford's masterfully observed comedy of social manners rings true as the old are confronted with the new, neither side having much time for the other. His idealized view of American values may at times seem naive, but this, one of Ford's own favourite films, is beautifully crafted, and Winninger, as the judge, turns in the performance of a lifetime.
The One That Got Away
(1957) The exploits of German flier Franz Von Werra who was the only prisoner-of-war captured in World War II Britain to escape and get back to Germany.British-made POW escape caper with a difference. Hardy Kruger stars as a real-life German flying ace making his break for freedom from a succession of Allied camps
It's a credit to the might of the propaganda machine operating throughout and beyond the Second World War that many of us are still only vaguely aware that the Allies had their own POW camps. Perhaps the authorities missed a trick, because while our boys were burrowing to freedom like rabbits from the Nazi jails, Jerry was having no such luck. In fact only one German prisoner ever escaped from an Allied camp to return to the Fatherland. His name was Oberleutnant Franz Von Werra, and The One That Got Away is his story.
A Town Like Alice
(1956) Taut Second World War drama reflecting the experience of the generation of Australians that fought the war against the Japanese.After being captured by the Japanese, a group of women and children are forced to trek across Malaya in this classic World War II story based on the novel by Nevil Shute
For a good film, A Town Like Alice has a terrible opening. Lead character Jean Paget (McKenna), sitting stock still, face to camera, explains to her solicitor (a wooden Geoffrey Keen) that she wants to go back to Malaya "even after what happened there". She makes a clunky reference to the money she's inherited and informs him she's going to dig a well. The next cut sees her in the village (or at least a Pinewood studio recreation of a village) by a well, again standing stock still and having another stilted conversation about her plans for the future. Eventually she drifts unconvincingly into an overdubbed memory of "all that's happened since the day that changed my life, that day in Kuala Lumpur in 1942."
(1999) Director Albert Brooks also stars as a successful Hollywood scriptwriter who hits writer's block.Hollywood satire in which Sharon Stone provides divine inspiration to struggling screenwriter Albert Brooks. Suitably riddled with high profile cameos
Though never a prolific director, Albert Brooks (Modern Romance, Lost In America) is well deserving of his reputation as one of America's most incisive comic talents. Here he presents a showbiz satire that's somewhat slow, but reliable entertaining.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
(2002) A Greek-American girl finds happiness with a non-Greek man, overcoming the objections of her traditional - but highly amusing - family.A Greek-American girl finds happiness with a non-Greek man, overcoming the objections of her traditional - but highly amusing - family in this romantic-comedy. A surprise hit in the US
My Big Fat Greek Wedding Where have all the decent romantic comedies gone? Even the biggest UK hit of 2002 was about Hugh Grant's friendship with a schoolboy. Evidently audiences in the States were wondering the same thing, so when a low-budget film about an inter-ethnic relationship with no major stars (Corbett is better known from his roles in 'Northern Exposure' and 'Sex And The City') came along, word of mouth made it into the surprise hit of the summer.
A Man Apart
(2003) After a drug cartel murders his wife, cop Vin Diesel gets mad and resolves to get even. Hollywood hybrid of gritty drama and buddy action movie.After a drug cartel murders his wife, cop Vin Diesel gets mad and resolves to get even. Hollywood hybrid of gritty drama and buddy action movie
Sean Vetter (Diesel) and Demetrius Hicks (Tate) are buddies since way back. LA street kids, they became cops because, as the latter says, "I was sick of complainin' " that the po-lice did nothing for their community. As DEA agents, they're tough, they're maverick ("We don't look like cops, we don't dress like cops, we don't talk like cops") but they get the job done.
(2003) An undercover Budapest Metro Kontroll officer and his eccentric raggle-taggle comrades play pranks and face off rival ticket inspectors.An undercover Budapest Metro Kontroll officer and his eccentric raggle-taggle comrades play pranks and face off rival ticket inspectors, and the odd serial killer, in this cultish comedy from Hungary
"It's been a shit of a day and it hasn't even started yet." Here's a surreal black comedy from Hungary so dingy you'll be checking for dirt under your nails on leaving the cinema.