Great Expectations (2012)

  Mike Newell directed this adaptation based on the novel by Charles Dickens. I have already summarised the plot of the book in an earlier  blog post about David Lean’s 1946 classic. At the beginning of the film young Pip (Toby Irving) is brought up by his sister and her husband Joe Gargery (Sally Hawkins… Continue reading Great Expectations (2012)

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

It’s the Bellringer from Notre Dame! Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise directed this Disney animated film based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 book of the same name (which, coincidentally I have decided to reread as an adult.) The film tells the story of the hunchback Quasimodo (Tom Hulse) who lives in Notre Dame Cathedral in the… Continue reading Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Schindlers List (1993)

‘Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire’ Steven Spielberg directs this American historical period drama based on the true story of the unlikely figure who saved 1,100 Jews from being gassed at Autzwitz. Liam Neeson plays Oscar Schindler who arrives in Kraków hoping to make his fortune from World War 2. After joining the… Continue reading Schindlers List (1993)

Beaches (1988)

‘Be sure to keep in touch CC ok? ‘Sure, we’re friends aren’t we?’ Garry Marshall  directed this American comedy drama film about the friendship of two friends spanning over 35 years; CC Bloom (Bette Midler) and Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hersley). They first meet as children in 1958 (The Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik played… Continue reading Beaches (1988)

The Fox and the Hound (1981)

‘Copper, you’re my very best friend’ ‘And you’re mine too Tod’ We’ll always be best friends forever, won’t we? ‘Yeah, forever’ Ted Berman directed this Disney film about  orphaned fox Tod (Mickey Rooney) and a hound dog named Copper (Kurt Russell) who become unlikely friends but are separated by the social pressures around them. I… Continue reading The Fox and the Hound (1981)

Breakfast at Tiffanys (1961)

‘I want to be me when I wake up and have breakfast at Tiffanys’ Blake Edwards directs this romantic comedy based on the book of the same name by Truman Capote.  Holly Golightly (played by the fabulous Audrey Hepburn), is the party girl (and often interpreted as ‘a call girl’ ) who moves into the… Continue reading Breakfast at Tiffanys (1961)

Great Expectations (1946)

I have come back Miss Havisham, i have come back, to let in the sunlight! The legendary  David Lean directs this British adaptation  of Charles Dickens’ novel of the same name. Having recently written a dissertation about the relationship between the two female characters Miss Havisham and Estella, I write this particular  blog post in… Continue reading Great Expectations (1946)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

‘Toto, i have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore’ Victor Fleming’s iconic musical produced by AGM tells the story of Kansas girl Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) who finds herself transported to the land of OZ by a twister. Her farm house lands in munchkin land where she is greeted by the inhabitants (munchkins) and… Continue reading The Wizard of Oz (1939)