Category Archives: Classic

Sleeper (1973)

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By 1973 Woody Allen was a firm favourite with Cinema going audiences. Although not yet feted as a master by the critical community his films were highly successful at the box office. That’s not to say that he was simply pandering to the masses for financial gain. In retrospect you can see him developing his film making style over the course of these early comedies. Each new film showed that Allen was spending a great deal of time honing his craft. His Direction, writing skills and acting all improved over a hand full of very well received movies giving him the confidence to try new things and more importantly produce an interesting end product. When Sleeper was released it was seen as a new high in Allen’s career. Continue reading

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My Essential Christmas Films

Seeing as how it’s Christmas and all, I thought I’d share with you my favourite Christmas films.

Santa Clause: The Movie santaclausbdcap3_original

A film that didn’t do too well at the box office, it went on to become a cult film of sorts. Investigating the origin story of Santa Clause, the movie (albeit thinly) answers all the questions as to why the great man came to be. The special effects are terrible and the script forgettable so why’s it on the list?  Well it’s fun and very warm. Plus John Lithgow’s pantomime portrayal of Santa’s corporate rival is so over the top you can’t help but love to hate him.

kinopoisk.ruHome Alone 

Rumour has it that a top studio exec was fired for passing on the chance to produce Home Alone. Considering it made $17 million in its opening weekend it doesn’t fall into the realms of improbable. When the McCallisters go on holidays for Christmas they leave behind their 8 year old son Kevin (Macauley Culkin). At first it’s all fun and games however he starts to miss his family and finds himself the unlikely Continue reading

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The Red Balloon (1956)

red balloon 1Once in a while it is good to dip into the classics especially if that film in consideration is one that is new to you. Of course the word classic is bandied about so much these days that it is difficult to really know if the
plaudit is deserving. Universal praise is somewhat uncommon now. It is usually reserved for older films that have had time to mature and work their magic on their audience through repeat viewings. The short film The Red Balloon is unique in its praise. As well as popularity amongst viewers (8.1 on IMDB ) it was also the recipient of three major film prizes in the form of an Oscar, A BAFTA and the Palme d’Or in 1956. Continue reading

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Bananas (1971)

In the first film of Moviescramble’s box set articles on the Woody Allen collection we take a look at the 1971 Comedy Bananas. At this point in his career Woody had already been a star for some years. Starting as a writer for the likes of Sid Caesar and Ed Sullivan. In the 1960’s he moved into a successful stand up career and developed his writing talents as a successful playwright. The move into films occurred during the mid sixties and by the time he was in the directors chair for Bananas Woody had complete artistic control over his projects. Bananas marks only the second time that Woody directed his own script. For many this film marked the start of the directors golden period in the 1970’s. Over the coming weeks we will cover ,in chronological order, all of the 1970’s and 1980’s films in his directing career. Continue reading

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My Personal Hall of Shame: Unseen Classics

Back off Costner! and take your Wigwam with you!

There are a number of films out there that are considered classic films for one reason or another.  They tend to crop up on best of lists from the AFI, BFI and the IMDB top 250.  Seen, loved and quoted endlessly they are some of the most recognisable scenes and films around. So why mention this at all? The answer is that there is a small group of films from these lists that I have not seen for one reason or another.  I know that not everyone shares the same taste in films but for the sake of completeness I am baring my soul and providing my list of unseen classics. Why? Basically writing this will force me to actually get around to watching them. Continue reading

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The Real Villain of the Story…

Most films aren’t complete without a bad guy.  Someone for our hero to overcome and remind us that although life is harsh and cruel, justice will always prevail in the film world.

Well, almost always

Unless introduced as a third act twist, the villain of the piece is usually pretty clear. Batman had the Joker, Sarah Connor had the Terminator and Tina had Ike; however there are occasions in films where the real villain of the story is not who you think.

Jurassic Park

Who we think the villain is?

The Velociraptors

There’s more than one dangerous dinosaur on the island but the velociraptors are the most feared, even going so far as to kill someone in the opening scene. Even the park’s game warden doesn’t want them on the island and the script often refers to how dangerous they are. Also the only dinosaurs to kill any likeable characters.

Who it really is?

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Loch Ness Film Festival 2012

“We were sick of our films getting rejected by festivals, so we thought, fuck it we’ll start our own.” William Doig and his son Andrew launched the Loch Ness Film Festival on September 2010, promoting filmmakers from all over the world with the focus on Scottish talent. It’s reputation has grown over the last three years as it strives to cement itself as the film festival for independent film-makers. The focus is on Scottish filmmakers, however everyone is welcome. The Doigs have put up as few barriers as possible to ensure everyone gets a fair crack at getting their film shown and Moviescramble was there to witness the action.

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The Conversation (1974)

Moviescramble takes a look at the 1974 Francis Ford Coppola surveillance drama  The Conversation.

Sandwiched in between two classics of modern cinema is not a place that any movie would want to be. Alas that is the place that The Conversation finds itself. Released two years after The Godfather and in the same year as The Godfather part 2, the conversation was understandably not afforded the same attention as its illustrious brothers. This a real pity as The Conversation has stood the test of time and in some circles it has become as regarded as Mr Coppola’s other works.    In some circles this film is more highly regarded. It has certainly stood the test of time critically with an 8.0 rating on IMDB.  Continue reading

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Serve the public trust: Robocop and your childhood. (Contains mature content, discretion advised)

Serve the public trust. Protect the innocent. Uphold the law” Three directives that Robocop lived by. There was a fourth one that was “Classified” which we learn prevents him from turning on any member of his masters OCP. I was very young when I first saw Robocop and didn’t know what classified meant causing me some confusion. It’s not until Robocop 3 that directive four is no longer classified, though by adding ninja androids and rocket packs, it’s safe to say that since the screenwriters weren’t paying attention to the plot why would the viewer?

Classified was indeed a big word for someone whose age hadn’t even reached double figures yet. Thankfully the plot of Robocop was pretty straightforward, good guy cop gets brutally murdered only to come back from the dead as a machine and exact his bloody revenge on the most horrendous bunch of baddies the eighties could produce. Children’s cartoons had their fair share of villains, however as much a bastard as Mumm-ra was he drew the line at blasting Liono’s hand off with a shotgun while Slithe and Jackalmen stood about pointing and laughing as our hero was slowly butchered.

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The Truman Show (1998)

Moviescramble reviews the 1998 classic comedy drama The Truman Show.

In these days of wall to wall reality TV shows it is difficult to remember a time when we were not subjected to the endless mindless programming that passes for entertainment. The Truman Show was made in 1998 pre-dating the phenomenon that was, and is, Big Brother. Following on from that success many other reality shows were commissioned until we reached a point where reality dramas like The Only Way is Essex receives a BAFTA in 2011. In 1998 The Truman Show seemed like some alternate earth and could not possibly come true.

This is the story of Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey). Living in the idyllic seaside town of Seahaven, Truman is an ordinary man. He holds down a job as an insurance salesman and spends his time living in domestic bliss with his beautiful wife, Meryl (Laura Linney), and spending time hanging out with his best friend of many years, Marlon (Noah Emmerich). Everybody in the town knows him but he somehow seems disconnected from everyone. Strange things start happening around him; lights falling out of the sky, his car radio issuing instructions and the strange way his wife describes products in detail as if in a commercial. Truman lost his father in a boating accident when he was young and now has a deep fear of being on and crossing over water. Continue reading

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