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(1955) Starring William Holden and Kim Novak, this is a sweltering tale of deception, betrayal and illicit love in smalltown Kansas.William Holden and Kim Novak star in this atmospheric drama, directed by the writer of South Pacific. A charismatic drifter arrives in a small Kansas town and hones in on the local beauty queen
A massive hit on its first release in 1955, this adaptation of William Inge's Broadway play, directed by South Pacific writer Joshua Logan, smoulders rather than explodes, and that's a large part of its enduring appeal. It's a love story, it paints a poignant picture of small-town life, and in Holden and Novak it has two charismatic stars at the peak of their powers.
The Wicked Lady
(1945) Margaret Lockwood co-stars with James Mason as 17th century beauty Barbara Worth, who is an aristocrat by day and highwaywoman by night.Heaving bosoms, cross dressing and outdoor loving make this an unusually racy costume melodrama from the 1940s. A woman steals her best friend's betrothed and takes to the highway for kicks
Although The Wicked Lady was the top-grossing British movie in 1946, it was hated by the critics. For the first 15 minutes it's hard not to side with them as we're subjected to the desperately dull 17th century courtship of goody-two-shoes Caroline (Roc) and her staid nobleman admirer Sir Ralph Skelton (Jones). The dialogue is hardly sizzling: "I'm not the demonstrative sort, but I'm very, very fond of you," says Ralph.
The Jungle Book
(1942) Classic version of Kipling's Mowgli stories starring Sabu as the young Indian boy brought up by wolves in the jungle.A feral child raised by wolves returns to his human family and sparks off a battle between nature and mankind. Action adventure starring Sabu, Joseph Calleia and John Qualen, and directed by Zoltan Korda
The Jungle Book Although most viewers will be aware of Walt Disney's animated version of Rudyard Kipling's classic or the politically correct live action remake released in 1994, there's a chance you might have missed the superior live action Jungle Book which was released in 1942.
Memoirs of an Invisible Man
(1992) John Carpenter's comedy thriller stars Chevy Chase who, caught up in a freak accidents, becomes invisible.John Carpenter eschews horror in favour of frothy family comedy in this dubious invisible man movie starring Chevy Chase
Memoirs Of An Invisible Man The comedic talents of Chevy Chase are a matter of personal taste, but even his fans are likely to be sniggering with embarrassment rather than mirth if they're caught watching this awkward movie. It's a long, long way from Caddyshack or Fletch.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
(2003) All-action adventure as Victorian literary heroes and monsters are banded together into a world-saving team of superheroes.Victorian literary heroes and monsters are banded together into a world-saving team of superheroes. Sean Connery stars
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen British comics genius Alan Moore has had many fantastic ideas in his career, but never before had he come up with such a Hollywood friendly conceit as this: imagine if all the great works of Victorian pulp occurred within the same universe. If Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Sherlock Holmes, The Invisible Man, Dracula, Allan Quatermain and even Rupert The Bear are citizens of one vast steampunk British Empire. Salaciously illustrated by Kevin O'Neill (who had previously envisaged an alternative British Empire in the pages of 2000AD's 'Nemesis The Warlock'), the project was a celebration of the origins of science fiction and fantasy, the joyous imaginative flipside to Moore's 'From Hell', a dark exploration of Jack the Ripper and that era's evils.
Big Trouble in Little China
(1986) John Carpenter takes a rest from the horror genre to direct this enjoyable martial arts romp that's played firmly with its tongue in cheek.Kurt Russell's all-American truck-driver teams up with an old buddy and heads down into the freaky underworld of San Francisco's Chinatown in John Carpenter's subversive take on the action-hero genre
Big Trouble In Little China At the time of its release, John Carpenter's Big Trouble In Little China shortsightedly mistaken for for an Indiana Jones knock-off. How wrong can people be? The film's script started life as a sequel for WD Richter's insane cult movie The Adventures Of Buckeroo Banzai Across The Eigth Dimension, and, while it was transformed into this Kurt Russell vehicle, it retains a madcap, ironic sensibility that is thoroughly at odds with your standard action-hero fare. Indeed, the film explicitly subverts the notion of the all-American action hero, with its ostensible lead Jack Burton (Russell) actually being a naive, self-deluded blockhead of startlingly low intellect and heroic ability that falls a long way short of his big talk.
One Night in Mongkok
(1999) A gritty crime story set on the teeming streets of Hong Kong. Daniel Wu plays a would-be assassin hunted by a weary team of cops.A gritty crime story set on the teeming streets of Hong Kong. Daniel Wu plays a would-be assassin hunted by a weary team of cops, while veteran Tung-Shing Yee directs
One Nite In Mongkok Telling fresh crime stories is no mean feat in these cynical, media saturated times, especially ones set in the photogenic neon chaos of Hong Kong. Nevertheless, writer-director Tung-Shing Yee (aka Derek Yee, Full Throttle, Lost In Time) has managed to do something novel in One Nite In Mongkok, an intense, slow-burning crime thriller about jaded cops and conflicted killers.