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(1947) Classic noir thriller. Dana Andrews is a New England State Attorney who determines to prove vagrant Arthur Kennedy innocent of murder.When a Bridgeport priest is found murdered, suspicion quickly falls on down-and-out Kennedy. As he is the only suspect, it seems likely that he will have to pay for the crime, guilty or not, as the locals need a culprit to lay their fears to rest. Step in Andrews, the State Attorney, who is determined that justice will be done no matter what public opinion dictates. Based on an actual case and shot in impressive semi-documentary style by Kazan, Boomerang raises a complex issue without falling for the temptation to offer easy solutions. The performances, especially by Andrews, are spot on.
(1958) Dick Powell's adventure drama is set during the Korean conflict. Commendably brisk, with the tough action mellowed by romance.Robert Wagner plays Maverick to Robert Mitchum's Iceman in this 1950s air-force action drama set in the swelter of the Korean War
If you're a plane spotter with military leanings, you're in for a treat. The fighter aircraft on show in The Hunter's brilliantly choreographed action sequences are liable to get you sweatier than a winter anorak on a spring day. For those who don't know their F-84Fs from their F-86s, the picture also sports a spicy little drama running beneath the dogfights to keep you hooked.Robert Mitchum plays Major Cleve Saville, a veteran top gun as cold and sharp as his Christian name suggests. On his first posting to the Korean War, Saville has to spend time holding the hand of troubled new wingman Carl Abbott (Philips). This leads him in close to Abbott's foxy wife Kris (Britt) and, much to the surprise of the shuttered Major, he falls in love. More surprising still, Kris seems to reciprocate his feelings.
Struggling in vain to remain within the correct boundaries of the dangerous situation, Saville is distracted by the arrival at the camp of Lieutenant Ed Pell (Wagner), a reckless buck itching to butt heads with the alpha stag. Saville's a hard man, as handy with his fists as the killing machines he flies, but trash-talking Pell rattles the old-timer's cage.
The Riddle of the Sands
(1979) While out sailing in the North Sea, Arthur Davies has a run-in with a local German captain, Dollmann.Two British yachtsman uncover a secret German plot to invade the English east coast. First World War drama starring Michael York, Simon MacCorkindale and Jenny Agutter
Nothing suggests 1970s and 1980s cheese quite like the triumvirate of Michael York, Simon MacCorkindale and Jenny Agutter. Okay, so the Logan's Run co-stars did make the occasional decent film in amongst all the shlock - although Logan's Run itself isn't one of them. But the very mention of Mr Susan George conjures up images of disasters like Jaws 3D and The Quatermass Conclusion, not to mention shonky TV shows such as 'Falcon Crest' and the rightly maligned 'Manimal'. A veritable movie cheeseboard, The Riddle Of The Sands pits our plucky trio against the might of 1910s Germany. York and MacCorkindale play two yachtsman who discover that the Hun is planning to invade England using a fleet of special barges. All that stands behind Kaiser Wilhelm and ultimate victory are Harry Harper from 'Casualty', the guy who played D'Artagnan in Richard Lester's Musketeer movie and the woman who got her stuff out in Walkabout.
Overseen by Tony Maylam - whose eccentric CV includes a Genesis concert movie and Hero: The Official FIFA Film Of The 1986 World Cup - The Riddle Of The Sands is entertaining even when it doesn't mean to be. Key sources of fun include the overwrought script and a typically rich turn from Michael Sheard. A dab hand at playing Hitler, the man who was Mr Bronson in 'Grange Hill' was probably a bit miffed to miss out on the role of the Kaiser - that role went to a man lucky enough to be called Wolf Kahler. Still, watching Sheard at work, it's clear someone was willing to give more to the picture than it really deserved.
A Walk in the Clouds
(1995) Paul Sutton returns home after World War II to a wife he married the day before he left.Reeves does a fine job as the married soldier returning home from war to be with the wife he hardly knows. He meets unmarried but pregnant Sanchez-Gijon and agrees to pretend to be her husband for a day so her traditionally minded father (Giannini) won't abandon her. But the two actually fall in love and have to find some way of reconciling their marital difficulties. Reeves uses his shy charm to great effect, allowing the passion to come from Sanchez-Gijon and Giannini. Some spell binding images keep the romance alive, but the film loses its magic in the last 15 minutes.
(2005) Michael Keaton is approached by a man who tells him that his dead wife is attempting to contact him through the static of radio and TV.Supernatural thriller starring Michael Keaton as a man whose dead wife contacts him via electronic static
White Noise It doesn't bode well that White Noise director Geoffrey Sax was the man behind the disastrous 1996 US 'Dr Who' TV movie. Sure enough this feature debut from the veteran TV director is little more than a serviceable supernatural thriller. The film's biggest problem is that it relies on static - the white noise of the title, either in the form of radio crackle or snowstorm TV screens - as a main motif. The fact that static both sounds awful and looks uninteresting hampers the whole endeavour. Static just isn't cinematic. Still, a wrinkly-looking Michael Keaton tries his best to give the film a more human focus.
Keaton stars as Jonathan Rivers, an architect whose shiny SUV-driving, swanky riverside home-dwelling life is shattered when his wife, "bestselling international author" Anna (West), doesn't come home one night. Eventually her body is found, but was her death an accident or murder? When Jonathan is approached by Raymond Price (an out-of-breath McNeice), he's sceptical of this apparent crank who says, "It's about Anna. I've been receiving messages from her from the other side." Jonathan's attitude is changed when, six months after her body was found, he receives a call on his mobile that's from "Anna's cell". He even seems to get a weird message on his answering machine.
The Principles of Lust
(2003) A struggling writer meets an attractive single mother and a charismatic stranger with a fascination for low life, all on the same day. British drama starring Alec Newman and Sienna Guillory.A struggling writer meets an attractive single mother and a charismatic stranger with a fascination for low life, all on the same day. British drama starring Alec Newman and Sienna Guillory
Principles Of Lust It's never a good thing to be compared with an iconic movie such as Fight Club -for many, one of the best pictures of the last 30 years. Few films could survive comparison with David Fincher's ground-breaking, Zeitgeist-surfing slice of cinema - and certainly not one as wretched as The Principles Of Lust. Not that it's hard to see why people have labeled Penny Woolcock's picture the British equivalent of Fincher's savage satire. While Fight Club saw Edward Norton's mild-mannered, alienated narrator meeting Brad Pitt's devilish Tyler Durden, The Principles Of Lust has unemployed writer Paul (Newman, Bright Young Things) literally bumping into Billy (Warren, 'Band Of Brothers'), a charismatic photographer with a penchant for drugs, gambling, and - would you believe it? - bare-knuckle boxing. And, surprise, surprise, there's also a woman involved, attractive single mother Juliette (Guillory, Love Actually).
(2001) Slacker director Richard Linklater's intellectually intriguing and oddly entertaining film features revolutionary animation-over-live footage.Slacker director Richard Linklater's intellectually intriguing and oddly entertaining film features revolutionary animation-over-live footage
Back at the start of the 1990s, young Texan director Richard Linklater made his reputation with Slacker, a film that lent its name to a generation and inspired dozens of other ultra-low budget movies - Clerks, for one. While the films he has made in between have been more conventionally structured, Waking Life is a return to the freewheeling format of that debut. But that's just the start, because Linklater - using brand new software - was able to have animators paint over his live action film, creating an unsettling effect that is unlike anything you've seen before (and yes, that statement includes A-Ha's 'Take On Me' video).