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Seance on A Wet Afternoon
(1964) Myra Savage is a fake clairvoyant who, with her weak-willed husband, kidnaps the child of a rich financier.British 1960s drama about a psychic who concocts a plan to kidnap a child with the intention of achieving fame. Kim Stanley stars with Richard Attenborough as her meek husband
Seance On A Wet Afternoon Attenborough is always at his best when playing a pop-eyed sleazebag; his acting has a lightness and enthusiasm that belies the flatulent overproduction of his directorial work. This is one of his best.
Two Thousand Women
(1944) Frank Launder's film is set in 1944 in a Nazi-run French internment camp for British women caught up in the invasion of Europe.British WWII prisoner of war film, only here the Nazi internment camp in France is for women who end up helping downed RAF men. Phyllis Calvert and Flora Robson star
From The Wooden Horse and Stalag 17 to The Bridge On The River Kwai and The Great Escape, the Second World War POW camp is highly familiar cinematic territory. It's rare for these dramas to feature women however (unless of course you drift into the exploitation territory of stuff like Ilsa, She-Wolf Of The SS). Long before contemporary cinema gave us women's prison camp drama Paradise Road, British studio Gainsborough Pictures produced this surprisingly proto-feminist piece of resolve-encouraging wartime entertainment. Although male critics were sniffy about the film on its release, it was a hit in cinemas which at the time had larger female audiences.
Three Coins In The Fountain
(1954) Jean Negulesco directs this romantic drama with a delightful light touch, with the central location Rome as much a star as the three leads.The settings in Rome, captured here in CinemaScope are as much a star of this film as the trio of women (McGuire, Peters and McNamara) who take a trip to the Italian capital and are convinced that tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain will provide the solution to their unfulfilled romantic dreams. Given that this is the stuff of movies, you can pretty much guess the outcome, but the journey to true love is undeniably sweet.
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
(1995) Two English cartographers arrive in a Welsh village to determine the status of the local vantage point.The residents of a small Welsh town are proud of their neighbouring mountain. Then a couple of English surveyors arrive and find it doesn't quite measure up. Hugh Grant and Tara Fitzgerald star
After the massive success of Four Weddings And A Funeral, Hugh Grant appeared in this comedy which pitched cartography against a Welsh town's indomitable civic pride. Nicely written and appropriately cast, it's an enjoyably gentle farce reminiscent of post-war feelgood fare, and populated by a vivid bunch of likeably loopy eccentrics.
(2004) A picaresque, episodic film with a cast of disparate characters whose lives coincide for one reason or another.Thirty-six hours in the life of a disparate group of Los Angelinos linked together by a car crash. The debut film from Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis
If America is a melting pot then somebody forgot to tell the inhabitants of Los Angeles. In Crash, the multi-ethnic residents of the sprawling west coast hub are so paranoid about being the victims of crime or racial oppression they've lost the ability to interact with each other rationally.
John Carpenter's Vampires
(1998) Master of horror John Carpenter turns his attention to the vampire myth, with James Woods as the leader of a gang of mercenary vampire killers.Macho but moderately inventive contemporary take on vampire mythology. James Woods play a tough-as-nails vampire hunter who goes up against "the first vampire"
John Carpenter's Vampires With proprietary credit firmly in place, Carpenter delivers a rowdy, bloody B-movie starring a typically sardonic Woods as leader of a nomadic band of vampire hunters.
(2001) Chuck Parello's dramatisation of the life of Ed Gein, the 1950s Wisconsin killer, cannibal and necrophiliac.Madness-by-numbers dramatisation of the life of Ed Gein, the 1950s Wisconsin killer and necrophiliac who inspired characters in movies such as Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Ed Gein When you consider that Ed Gein, the smalltown bachelor who sculpted with corpses and killed at least two women in the 50s, inspired significant bogeyman in Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence Of The Lambs, he comes across as a dull oddball in this biopic.