Movie Review – Parasite

Principal Cast : Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-schik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Chang Hyas-jin, Park Myung-hoon, Jung Ziso, Jung Hyeon-jun, Park Geun-Rok. Synopsis: All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident. ******** This review contains minor plot synopsis spoilers from the film. We suggest you watch this film without knowing anything about it.  Parasite isn’t a difficult film to critique. Directed by acclaimed South Korean helmer…

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Movie Review – Green Book

Principal Cast : Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardinelli, Dimitar Marinov, Mike Hatton, Iqbai Theba, Sebastian Maniscalo, Von Lewis, PJ Byrne, Montrel Miller, Tom Virtue, Dennis W Hall.Synopsis:  A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. ******** The sarcasm drips from the screen in Peter Farrelly’s Green Book, a racial-flavoured period film set in America’s deep south that provides us with the blessing of watching Viggo Mortensen act the pants of everyone around him, including the equally…

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Movie Review – An American In Paris

Principal Cast : Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, Nina Fochs, Eugene Borden, Madge Blake, Noel Neill, John Eldredge, Anna Q Nilsson. Synopsis:  Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman. ******** The streets and bars of the City of Love become the plaything of a struggling artist and hopeless romantic in An American In Paris, a Gene Kelly-starring vehicle which would go on to win the Best Picture Oscar for 1951, at a time…

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Movie Review – Sting, The

Principal Cast : Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw, Robert Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould, John Heffernan, Dana Eclar, Jack Kehoe, Dimitra Arliss, James J Soylan, Charles Deirkop, Lee Paul, Sally Kirkland, Avon Long, Paulene Myers, Tom Spratley, Ta-Tanisha, William “Billy” Benedict. Synopsis:  In Chicago in 1936, two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con. ***** The dynamite caper film to end all caper films, 1973’s Best Picture-winning The Sting is a true American classic and a resoundingly intelligent storytelling affair. Boasting a stellar…

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Movie Review – Best Years Of Our Lives, The

Principal Cast : Myrna Loy, Frederic March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O’Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Russell, Roman Bohnen, Gladys George, Ray Collins, Victor Cutler, Minna Gombell, Walter Baldwin, Steve Cochran, Dorothy Adams, Don Beddoe, Marlene Aames. Synopsis: Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. ***** Superlative cinematic storytelling from legendary director William Wyler in The Best Years Of Our Lives, the first film to win Best Picture following the end of World War II,…

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Movie Review – Lost Weekend, The

Principal Cast : Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling, Frank Faylen, Mary Young, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Lillian Fontaine, Frank Orth, Lewis L Russell. Synopsis: The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout. ***** The scourge of alcohol addiction is the prime motivator for 1945’s The Lost Weekend, directed by Hollywood legend Billy Wilder and featuring Ray Milland in a superb Oscar-winning Best Actor performance. Atmospheric, riveting, searing in its approach to the subject matter, and as honest an account of an enormous…

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Movie Review – Going My Way

Principal Cast : Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart, Rise Stevens, Jean Heather, Porter Hall, Fortunio Bonanova, Eily Malyon, Stanley Clements, William Frawley, Carl “Alfalfa” Gibson. Synopsis: Father Charles O’Malley, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighbourhood, gains support and inspires his superior. ***** Few films have left me as ambivalent to Oscar’s Midas touch than this low-key Bing Crosby vehicle, a leisurely paced character piece that doesn’t hit the notes it so obviously wants to. The story of Going My Way is…

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Movie Review – Mrs Miniver

Principal Cast : Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Henry Travers, Richard Ney, Henry Wilcoxon, Christopher Severn, Brenda Forbes, Clare Sanders, Marie De Becker, Helmut Dantine. Synopsis: A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II. **** Omnipresent fear and implacable resolve is the order of the day for Mrs Miniver, William Wyler’s evocative World War II drama film where innocence lost caves in even the hardiest of British families. With Britain heading to war against Nazi Germany, the impact of the conflict…

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Movie Review – How Green Was My Valley

Director :  John Ford Year Of Release :   1941 Principal Cast : Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O’Hara, Donald Crisp, Roddy McDowall, Sara Allgood, Anna Lee, Patric Knowles, John Loger, Barry Fitzgerald, Rhys Williams, Morton Lowry, Arthur Shields, Richard Fraser, Irving Pichel. Approx Running Time :   118 Minutes Synopsis: At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. ******** Sentimental to a fault, 1941’s How Green Was My Valley is perhaps most famous for winning Best Picture over…

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Movie Review – Rebecca (1940)

Director :  Alfred Hitchcock Year Of Release :   1940 Principal Cast :  Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Judith Anderson, George Sanders, Reginald Denny, Gladys Cooper, C Aubrey Smith, Nigel Bruce, Florence Bates, Edward Fielding, Melville Cooper, Leo G Carroll, Leonard Carey, Lumsden Hare. Approx Running Time :   125 Minutes Synopsis:  A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband’s dead first wife. ******** Rebecca is notable in almost innumerable ways, not the least it being Alfred Hitchcock’s first film following his move to America, and the first of his two Oscar-nominated…

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