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The History Of Mr Polly
(1949) HG Wells' story of humble clerk John Mills, who deserts his wife and goes off to find happiness as the handyman at a country inn.A mild mannered man decides to rid himself of his nagging wife and mundane job by taking to the road and relocating to a country inn. Comic drama starring John Mills, Sally Ann Howes and Megs Jenkins, and directed by Anthony Pelissier
History Of Mr Polly Although many of HG Wells fantasy-based novels (War Of The Worlds, The Time Machine, The Island Of Dr Moreau), have been adapted for the silver screen, not much attention has been paid to the celebrated author's realism. British director Anthony Pelissier successfully adapts the low key Wells story The History Of Mr Polly in this charming black and white film released in 1949 (an earlier cinematic version of the novel starring Charles Laughton was aborted due to the onset of World War II).
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.
(1963) John Wayne plays Michael Donovan, who with Thomas Gilhooley and William Dedham, has ended up on a South Pacific island after the war.This easy-going but tedious comedy adventure is one of Ford's off-movies. Made towards the end of his career, it is a romp set on a South Sea island. Unfortunately the crude humour (lots of boisterous interplay between Wayne and Marvin) is the kind that smacks of the director and actors having a good time fuelled by liquid, and is less entertaining for the paying customers. Donovan (Marvin) has taken refuge on his Pacific retreat, where his old naval pal, Gilhooley (Wayne) visits for an annual fight. Lots of characters and children fail to salvage this misogynistic misfire.
Life Is Beautiful
(1997) A Jewish father makes a joke out of a concentration camp, to his shield his young son from the terrible truth and allow him to survive.This Oscar-winning comedy plays the Holocaust for laughs, with a father making a joke out of a concentration camp, to his shield his young son from the terrible truth
Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful was loved by audiences and awards juries alike when it was first released, and had a wide-ranging appeal. All this belied its controversial treatment of a subject matter verging on the taboo: this film dared to treat the Holocaust as a subject for comedy.
(1996) John Woo brought all his Hong Kong martial arts movie knowledge to this film and it positively jumps off the screen.John Travolta and Christian Slater are on fine form in this rattling airforce romp. Ludicrous but rockin'
Broken Arrow A good solid piece of action-adventure entertainment, with John Travolta as a rogue Stealth aircraft pilot who has stolen a couple of nuclear warheads with the intention of blackmailing America to the tune of $250 million. His ex-partner Christian Slater is out to stop him and he's accompanied by countryside ranger Mathis.
(2003) Charlotte Rampling takes refuge in the her publisher's French retreat, only to be confronted by his obnoxious, wayward daughter, Ludivine Sagnier.Ambiguous and deliciously perverted psychodrama from François Ozon. British mystery writer Charlotte Rampling takes refuge in the French retreat of her publisher, Charles Dance, only to be confronted by his obnoxious, wayward daughter, Ludivine Sagnier
Swimming Pool After using water so distinctly in Under The Sand (when a husband doesn't return from a dip in the sea), his last collaboration with Charlotte Rampling in 2001, François Ozon returns to the substance once again - albeit a more chlorinated version. "I absolutely loathe swimming pools," comments Rampling's bitter mystery writer Sarah Morton, when she arrives at the holiday home in Provence belonging to her creepy London publisher John Bosload (Dance). Ozon never lets us forget it - utilising Philippe Rombi's sparse but shiver-inducing score every time the camera encounters the building's outside pool. The pool is an ambivalent symbol that means different things to different characters; it's typical of the film as a whole - which concludes on an unexpected note that forces you to re-evaluate the entire picture.
(1995) Wild hip hop comedy. Two LA homies hang out one Friday afternoon and watch the world go by while they smoke and drink the day away.Wild hip hop comedy. Two LA homies hang out one Friday afternoon and watch the world go by while they smoke and drink the day away
Co-written by, produced by and starring gangsta rapper Ice Cube, Friday is a much underrated 1990s comedy. It's Friday afternoon and Craig Jones (Ice Cube) has just lost his job and has nowhere to go. He runs across his weed-toking friend Smokey (Tucker) and together the pair spend the rest of the day watching the neighbourhood go by from their vantage point, the front steps of their apartment building.