Hope and Glory

Where Were You in ’42? If you were little Johnnie Boorman in 1940, you might have been squatting in a dank bomb shelter with your Mum and sisters, waiting out an air raid alert. Writer-director ...

The Speed of Passion: Close-Up on David Lean’s "Breaking the Sound Barrier"

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. David Lean's Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952) is playing October 14 - November 13, 2017 on Mubi in the United States.John (J.R.) ...

Ethel & Ernest review – moving adaptation of Raymond Briggs's graphic novel

The second feature animation from the When the Wind Blows author tells the charming story of his parents’ marriage Raymond Briggs’s graphic-novel tribute to his parents Ethel and Ernest, and their ...

Cummings Pt.3: Gender-Bending from Joan of Arc to Comic Farce, Liberal Supporter of Political Refugees

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine. Constance Cummings on stage: From sex-change farce and Emma Bovary to Juliet and 'Saint Joan' (See previous post: “Constance ...

British Film Noir Collection | DVD Review

In a novel effort to stress that film noir wasn’t a film movement specifically an output solely produced for American audiences, Kino Lorber releases a five disc set of obscure noir examples released ...

Mitchum Stars in TCM Movie Premiere Set Among Japanese Gangsters Directed by Future Oscar Winner

Robert Mitchum ca. late 1940s. Robert Mitchum movies 'The Yakuza,' 'Ryan's Daughter' on TCM Today, Aug. 12, '15, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series is highlighting the career of ...

Which is the greatest British film in history? No one seems to be in agreement

Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected ...

Guinness' Pre-Star Wars Years: Versatile - and Highly Controversial - Characterizations

Alec Guinness movies: Pre-’Star Wars’ Guinness runs the gamut from Dickens’ Fagin to Japanese businessman romancing Rosalind Russell Alec Guinness is Turner Classic Movies’ “Summer Under the Stars” ...

Jools Holland: My family values

The musician and broadcaster talks about his family We make too much of class differences in this country. I meet people from really grand backgrounds who had horrible parents who took no interest in ...

DVD Playhouse--April 2012

DVD Playhouse—April 2012 By Allen Gardner Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Warner Bros.) An eleven year-old boy (newcomer Thomas Horn, in an incredible debut) discovers a mysterious key amongst ...

What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #140

This week I don't have anything specific to feature, but I did watch David Lean's Blithe Spirit and This Happy Breed, two films in Criterion's recent David Lean Directs Noel Coward box set, but I ...

Blu-ray Review: Glorious Criterion Box Set For ‘David Lean Directs Noel Coward’

Chicago – For fans less familiar with the four films in the new Criterion box set — “David Lean Directs Noel Coward” — one might be easily forgiven for assuming that the four films are very similar. ...

'The Bodyguard,' 'A Dangerous Method' and 'Extremely Loud' Hit DVD and Blu-ray Today

David Lean Directs Noel Coward (Criterion Collection) In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter In this bunch I have only seen Brief Encounter and I loved it. It's a film I ...

DVD Blu-Ray, March 27: 'Casablanca' 70th Anniversary, 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

The week's biggest release is not a new flick straight from the theater desperate to recoup some profits, but a collector's edition of one of the greatest movies of all time. Whether you're DVD or ...

Review: Criterion Presents "David Lean Directs NOËL Coward" On Blu-ray And DVD

On Blu-ray and DVD 4-Disk Box Set By Raymond Benson Any fan of British cinema must celebrate Criterion’s deluxe packaging of David Lean’s first four films as a director. These collaborations with ...

Blu-ray, DVD Release: David Lean Directs Noël Coward

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012 Price: DVD $79.95, Blu-ray $99.95 Studio: Criterion Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson embark on a Brief Encounter. In the 1940s, playwright Noël Coward ...

The Criterion Collection Announce March 2012 Blu-ray Slate Including The Last Temptation of Christ

Today The Criterion Collection announced their upcoming slate for the month of March 2012, and it's as eclectic and necessary as always. A total of five releases will find their way to the Blu-ray ...

Best cultural events for summer and autumn 2011

A bike fest on the Belfast Waterfront, the Turner Prize exhibition at the Baltic, a film festival on Jersey and hip-hop at Sadler's Wells – here's our pick of cultural events in the coming months ...

Lawrence Of Arabia, Young Winston, The Four Feathers on TCM

Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia Turner Classic Movies' "Race and Hollywood: Arab Images on Film" continues this evening with four movies about European powers and their difficult ...

Brief Encounter: the best romantic film of all time

David Lean, 1945 In how many other countries would a poll pick Brief Encounter as the best movie romance of all time? Even in Britain, I wonder how many people born since, say, 1975 would rate it so ...

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