Classic Film Review: The Sting (1973)

And the Oscar Goes to: The Sting, 1973 Directed by: George Roy Hill Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw   This was, surprisingly, a lot of fun. Set during the 1930’s, The Sting was about a complicated plot by two professional grafters who try to con a mob boss out of half a millionContinue reading “Classic Film Review: The Sting (1973)”

Classic Film Review: Platoon (1986)

And the Oscar Goes to: Platoon, 1986 Directed by: Oliver Stone Starring: Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen   Being a millennial, it’s quite easy to forget everything about Charlie Sheen except for two things: Two and a Half Men and his meltdown in 2011, but believe it or not he can (or could) act.Continue reading “Classic Film Review: Platoon (1986)”

Classic Film Review: The Last Emperor (1987)

And the Oscar Goes to: The Last Emperor, 1987 Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci Starring: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Toole, Ying Ruocheng, Victor Wong, Dennis Dun, Ryuichi Sakamoto   The Last Emperor is a biographical film about the life of Puyi (John Lone, adult; Richard Vuu (aged 3); Tiger Tsou (aged 8); Wu Tao (agedContinue reading “Classic Film Review: The Last Emperor (1987)”

Classic Film Review: Dances with Wolves (1990)

And the Oscar Goes to: Dances with Wolves, 1990 Directed by: Kevin Costner Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney Grant   With its late 1990 release, Dances with Wolves was the first Oscar-winning film to be released after my birth (September 1990), so, from now on in this countdown, all the Oscar winnersContinue reading “Classic Film Review: Dances with Wolves (1990)”

Classic Film Review: The English Patient (1996)

And the Oscar Goes to: The English Patient, 1996 Directed by: Anthony Minghella Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth, Julian Wadham, Jurgen Prochnow   Step forward Colin Firth: the first actor/actress to appear in three Best Picture-winning films at the Oscars (The King’s Speech, Shakespeare in LoveContinue reading “Classic Film Review: The English Patient (1996)”

Classic Film Review: Shakespeare in Love (1998)

And the Oscar Goes to: Shakespeare in Love, 1998 Directed by: John Madden Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench, Simon Callow, Jim Carter, Martin Clunes, Antony Sher, Imelda Staunton, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Williams   American Beauty: the film that beat Saving Private Ryan to the Best Picture award.Continue reading “Classic Film Review: Shakespeare in Love (1998)”

Classic Film Review: Million Dollar Baby (2004)

And the Oscar Goes to: Million Dollar Baby, 2004 Directed by: Clint Eastwood Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman   Million Dollar baby is an American sports-drama film, centring around Margaret Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank, Logan Lucky), a waitress who aspires to become a professional boxer. After Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven) initially rejects herContinue reading “Classic Film Review: Million Dollar Baby (2004)”

Classic Film Review: Crash (2005)

And the Oscar Goes to: Crash, 2005 Directed by: Paul Haggis Starring: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate   Crash, an American drama film with a stellar cast, focuses on the racism, social tensions and bigotry in Los Angeles. CrashContinue reading “Classic Film Review: Crash (2005)”