Britain

David Lean

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David Lean Usually when people talk about David Lean, they only talk about The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, and I guess to some extent Doctor Zhivago (I don’t know why, since it’s not particularly good). But Dave did have a career before those big epics, and I certainly haven’t seen them all yet. […]

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Ken Russell

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Ken Russell Ken is a nutjob, and when he was “on,” he was very good. When he’s bad, he’s pretty damn awful. The Devils – Based on the Aldous Huxley novel. This one’s pretty famously controversial (from Ken Russell? Weird). Be warned, there is no re-mastered DVD of this one yet. The current version looks […]

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Ridley Scott

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Ridley Scott What can I say about Ridley? He has more misses than hits. His movies tend to be style over substance. But that’s his thing. He began as an art director and early on didn’t know how to deal with actors (does he now?) The Duelists – This is a nice debut. It’s hard […]

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John Boorman

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John Boorman Point Blank – Lee Marvin just wants his money. Why won’t people just give it to him? Archie Bunker thinks Marvin is a very bad man. Hell in the Pacific – Yojimbo and A No. 1 duke it out on an island during Double-U Double-U Eye Eye. Deliverance – I hope people still […]

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Mike Leigh

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Mike Leigh I don’t think anyone makes films like Mike Leigh. He gets an idea for a story and characters he’d like to shoot a movie around. Then picks his actors and has them work out the characters for months. Through improvisations they develop how the story will play out. So he doesn’t really write […]

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Kevin MacDonald

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Kevin MacDonald He’s got an interesting pedigree. He’s the grandson of Emeric Pressburger. I didn’t know until after I saw his films. I guess creativity is in the genes. One Day in September – Oscar winning documentary about the hostage crisis at the Munich games in 1972. Better than Munich. Touching the Void – I […]

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Powell & Pressburger

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Powell & Pressburger Marty loves them, and Thelma married one of them. Check ‘em out and see what all the hubbub is about. These guys produced some interesting stuff that doesn’t look like anyone else. You must also pay attention to theirI still haven’t seen all their stuff yet. The Thief of Baghdad – Sabu […]

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Stephen Frears

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Stephen Frears The Hit – See young Tim Roth learn to be a killer from The Elephant Man. Prick Up Your Ears – It’s really a dirty anagram. See Sid Vicious and Doctor Octopus co-habitate. Dangerous Liaisons – Wow! Neo, Catwoman, the chick from Kill Bill, that guy from the movie where John Cusack was […]

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