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The Man in Grey
(1943) Classic Gainsborough costume melodrama set in the 18th century, following the fortunes of two old school friends.Mason attributed his success as the sadistic 18th-century aristocrat Lord Rohan in this melodrama to 'sheer bad temper' at the aggravation during shooting. The film made him a superstar and embarked Gainsborough Studios on a successful run of costume dramas. The story is told in flashback and recalls the loveless marriage of Rohan and Clarissa (Calvert). She takes a friend (Lockwood) into their home as a governess, only to be betrayed and eventually driven to her death. This was heady stuff and director Arliss, a writer and B-picture director went on to even bigger success with The Wicked Lady.
War of the Wildcats
(1943) John Wayne heads the cast as oilman Dan Somers, whose feud with Hunk Gardner isn't helped by their love for the same woman, Catherine Allen.A cowhand and an oil magnate duke it out in this western drama starring John Wayne
"I don't hate John Wayne because he's a fascist," Orson Welles once remarked. "I hate him because he talks like a baby." The Duke is on fine rusk-munching form in War Of The Wildcats, a western so bland, not even Wayne's hefty presence can elevate it above mere adequacy.
(1957) Offbeat melodrama starring Richard Burton, Joan Collins, Basil Sydney and Cy Grant drifting on a life raft in the Indian Ocean.
(2002) Washed-up Hollywood director Al Pacino fools the world with a computer-generated starlet.Fitfully entertaining but over-extended satire of the cult of celebrity, in which washed-up Hollywood director Al Pacino fools the world with a computer-generated starlet
Simone 'Synthespianism' sounds like some exotic kink, but the notion of screen performances generated entirely by computer has been kicking round for a while now, taking on increasing relevance in the age of Lara Croft and the Final Fantasy movie. Andrew Niccol, who scripted The Truman Show and wrote and directed Gattaca, clearly saw an opportunity to deliver another parable rich in ideas about media manipulation and social control, and came up with an intriguing premise that riffs on the idea of the synthespian (ie the synthetic, or computer-generated, thespian).
One Night at McCool's
(2001) Michael Douglas produces and appears in this steamy screwball comedy. Liv Tyler drives men wild, three men to be exact.Michael Douglas produces and appears in this steamy screwball comedy. Liv Tyler drives men wild, three men to be exact: Paul Reiser, John Goodman and Matt Dillon
During the 70s, actor Michael Douglas turned producer to bring us such worthy and topical melodramas as The China Syndrome and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. So it comes as a surprise to see him return to producing with a madcap farce that has no hidden agenda beyond giving punters a rollicking good time.
(2001) Get ready for a sci-fi slasher as hockey-masked nutter Jason Voorhees returns in the ninth, and best, Friday The 13th sequel.Get ready for a sci-fi slasher as hockey-masked nutter Jason Voorhees returns in the ninth, and best, Friday The 13th sequel
Jason X The tenth instalment in the long-running Friday The 13th series throws its serial killer star into deep space. Placed in cryogenic suspension in the early 21st century (after attempts to hang, electrocute or otherwise execute him have failed), Jason (stuntman-actor Hodder, who has played the killer in the three movies) is accidentally defrosted in the year 2455, after a gang of scavengers visit "Old Earth" and take him aboard their spaceship. As soon as he has thawed, Jason stalks the crew, killing off a whole platoon of marines and generally making a nuisance of himself.
Ride with the Devil
(1999) A fiercely compassionate coming of age story set against the tumultuous backdrop of the American Civil War.A fiercely compassionate coming of age story set against the tumultuous backdrop of the American Civil War. Superbly crafted by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director Ang Lee
Ride With The Devil Although not quite as magnificent as the other American masterpiece of the 90s, The Thin Red Line, Ang Lee's movie shares the blend of poetry and realism, rooted in a concern for history and humanity that characterizes Malick's work.