Review “The Muppet Christmas Carol”

I love the ‘Christmas Carol’ story, and I have seen many adaptations over the years. This version can stand with any of them. It is great! The awesome and amazing Michael Caine stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. He is absolutely fantastic in the role, despite the fact that he is mostly acting with muppets. There is…

Review “Meet me in St Louis”

For a so-called Christmas film this has precious little to do with Christmas. However, its climax occurs on Christmas eve, so it kind of fits. The story concerns a family in St Louis in 1904. The World Fair is going to be held there the following spring, and everyone is excited by the news. The…

Review “Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind”

In 1984, before the birth of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki directed an anime film called “Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind”. Here we find all the ingredients that would go on to be the bedrock of his work – the theme of being in balance with the earth, the motif of flight, and the…

Review “A Ghost Story”

“A Ghost Story” was released in 2017 and directed by David Lowery. It starred Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. This is not a horror movie. A man and a woman live in a house. They have some disagreement about living there – the woman wants to move, while her husband is not all that keen.…

Review “Ink”

“Ink” is a fantasy film made in 2009. It’s an independent production made on a low budget, and it contains no familiar actors. It is surprisingly good. It involves supernatural figures who give people good dreams or nightmares. The givers of good dreams are called Storytellers, while the givers of nightmares are Incubi. A mysterious…

Review “Lost Highway”

This 1997 neo-noir film is directed by David Lynch, somewhat notorious for films whose meaning is not readily apparent. I can think of three possible interpretations for this bizarre narrative. Or it might be something else entirely. There will be spoilers. The story starts with a character who has a strained relationship with his wife.…

Review “Upstream Colour”

Made in 2013, This film is directed by Shane Carruth, the director of the time travel story “Primer”. I liked “Primer”, but I’m not so sure about this. Briefly, the story is about a woman who is drugged by a man using some sort of worm. This makes her extremely suggestible, as if hypnotised. He…

Review “My Neighbour Totoro”

Made by Studio Ghibli in 1988, this gorgeous animated film is directed by the awesome Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of the studio, and director of its best works. Totoro has become the studio mascot and is one of the most recognized characters of Japanese animation. The plot surrounds two young girls who move to the country…

Review “Laputa – Castle in the sky”.

There is something about the work that comes out of Studio Ghibli that just makes me smile. There’s also a lot to be said for good old-fashioned feel good movies. In the animated films from Studio Ghibli, you can expect beautiful art, beautiful music, and classical fairy-tale type stories. “Laputa – Castle in the sky”…

Review “Frenzy”

Made in 1972 and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this was a very controversial film at the time, earning itself an R rating. This was due to graphic violence and nudity, depicting a rape and strangulation scene. The story revolves around a series of murders, and a man who is unjustly accused of the crime. It’s…