R. J. Lister

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Some Like It Hot [DVD] [1959] <b>DVD</b> ~ Tony Curtis
Some Like It Hot [DVD] [1959] DVD ~ Tony Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars As hot as ever, 19 July 2014
Seven decades on and funnier than ever. While the appeal of The Apartment - Billy Wilder's more challenging, bittersweet collaboration with Jack Lemmon - seems to wax and wane with audiences over the years, Some Like It Hot is always hot. It's simply a masterpiece of the medium; a triumph of screenwriting, direction, editing, and performance. It's an easy sell to anyone with even a modicum of interest in film as an artform.

The plot is preposterous. Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) are struggling big band musicians who happen to witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. So, naturally, they flee Chicago for Florida as part of the all-woman outfit "Sweet Sue and her… Read more
Gimme Shelter [DVD] [2014] <b>DVD</b> ~ Vanessa Hudgens
Gimme Shelter [DVD] [2014] DVD ~ Vanessa Hudgens
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
On one hand a well-meaning poem to sisterhood, motherhood, abandonment, and forgiveness, on the other a facile and sentimental slice of Bible `n' Babies propaganda, this sort-of-socio-realist construction, crafted carefully from a true story, is destined to be a simultaneous critical punchbag and a defiant people's favourite. From the first gruesomely colour-drained close-up to the inevitable real-life photos over the end credits it's straining to be accepted as a Serious Movie.

"I want out of the system!" cries Apple (Vanessa Hudgens), providing the film's agenda and what to expect from the screenwriting from practically the first scene. She's just run away from home, from her… Read more
Belle [DVD]
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Forget The Fault in Our Stars - here's a romance for all ages, complete with a strong moral core, a blazing humanism, a muscular feminism, and a tidy history lesson to boot. It's more than simply a little sister to 12 Years a Slave. Both are based on remarkable true stories; but while Steve McQueen's film depicted the Atlantic slave experience on the ground, Amma Asante's puts slavery, and the start of the end of slavery, in the long shot context of British legal history.

In terms of setting this is as far removed as possible from Solomon Northup's Deep Southern hell, set in the stately rooms of a London society home whose servants are free and paid. The patriarch, William Murray… Read more