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World Cinema Wednesday: I Am Cuba (1964)
Film Review

World Cinema Wednesday: I Am Cuba (1964)

AKA Soy Cuba. One of the toughest films that I have had to review, so far, for World Cinema Wednesday, this is also one that I knew I HAD to review, as soon as the end credits started to roll. It’s a sublime, beautiful, experience. Part socio-political exanimation of Cuba, […]

12 Gifts for Christmas – Christmas Day
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12 Gifts for Christmas – Christmas Day

    Movie Magic It’s Christmas morning and all the presents have been opened.  There’s one gift however which can’t be wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree.  Which is personal to every individual, yet can be appreciated repeatedly throughout the year.  That’s the gift of cinema.  So here’s to […]

12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 2
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12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 2

  A Ghost Story As much part of Christmas as the roast turkey, or a long walk in the late afternoon dusk, ghost stories are just the thing to add a delicious and chilly edge to the festive season.  Dickens may have provided us with the most famous seasonal ghost […]

Christmas Cracker: Christmas Eve (2015)
Film Review

Christmas Cracker: Christmas Eve (2015)

Although not genetically related to Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, this is yet another ensemble movie that takes one particular day to show viewers what happens to a bunch of seemingly separated, but actually sometimes interlinked, people. The two main differences here are that a) most of the movie […]

Classic Cracker: The Dark Crystal (1982)
Film Review

Classic Cracker: The Dark Crystal (1982)

The Dark Crystal is a beautiful, magical, fantasy film. Full of fantastic design work and puppetry, it’s yet another fine work of family entertainment from Jim Henson (who co-directed with Frank Oz, and co-wrote the script with David Odell). The biggest problem it has is the fact that it is […]

Christmas Cracker: The Family Man (2000)
Film Review

Christmas Cracker: The Family Man (2000)

A skewed riff on It’s A Wonderful Life, this is a decent drama that many will pre-judge based purely on the presence of Nicolas Cage in the lead role. Just like so many other Nicolas Cage movies. Cage stars as Jack Campbell, a successful and rich investor who seems to have everything that […]

12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 3
Book Review, News

12 Gifts for Christmas – Day 3

  The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, by Richard M. Isackes & Karen L. Maness Actors and actresses transport cinema goers to another world with their performances on screen.  No matter how good the stars are in front of the camera though, it all amounts to nothing without an authentic […]