Posts Tagged ‘marlon brando’

James Dean (Cal), Julie Harris (Abra), Burl Ives (Sam). Screenplay by Paul Osborn. Directed by Elia Kazan. Rating: 15. Running time: 115 minutes. Steinbeck, Kazan and James Dean. A pretty frightening combination if reputations are anything to go by, and it turns out justifiably so. I was already aware of the power of Steinbeck, having […]


Vivien Leigh (Blance DuBois), Marlon Brando (Stanley Kowalski), Kim Hunter (Stella), Karl Malden (Harold Mitchell). Screenplay by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Elia Kazan. Rating: 12. Running time: 122 minutes. Putting my relatively robust knowledge of American cinema history to use, I’ve been scouring my mind for examples of female characters in the movies that have […]


Daniel Day Lewis (Daniel Plainview). Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Rating: 12A. Running time: 158 minutes. If there’s one thing There Will Be Blood puts beyond any doubt, it’s that Daniel Day Lewis is today’s Marlon Brando. He may sit comfortably amongst a handful of actors any of which could fairly claim […]


Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Rating: 12A. Running time: 87 minutes. Catfish is more horrifying as a chance documentary than most films which try to scare us. By the end I felt sick to the stomach and did not want to sleep. I couldn’t stop playing its conclusions around in my mind, trying […]


Robert De Niro (Vito Corleone), Al Pacino (Michael Corleone), Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen), Diane Keaton (Kay Adams), Talia Shire (Connie Corleone), John Cazale (Fredo Corleone), Lee Strasberg (Hyman Roth). Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Rating: 18. Running time: 200 minutes. There is a scene in The Godfather […]


Marlon Brando (Vito Corleone), Al Pacino (Michael Corleone), Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen), Diane Keaton (Kay Adams), James Caan (Sonny Corleone), Talia Shire (Connie Corleone), John Cazale (Fredo Corleone). Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Rating: 18. Running time: 175 minutes. The Godfather is a film so famous, a […]


Johnny Depp (John Dillinger), Marion Cotillard (Billie Frechette), Christian Bale (Melvin Purvis). Screenplay by Ann Biderman, Ronan Bennett and Michael Mann. Directed by Michael Mann. Rating: 15. Running time: 140 minutes. ‘John Dillinger is making a mockery of this country’s system of justice.’ So said Franklin Roosevelt at the height of the Great Depression. He […]