For me the rules of a great Festive Movie are quite simple : try and make the person who’s watching feel good, put a big Cheshire Cat smile on their face and spread that heartfelt message of love, hope and well wishes far & wide : each year around early December our home is full of Christmas Cheer and we love nothing more than to revisit some of our favorite movies : alternate festive treats such as Die Hard and Gremlins, classics of yesteryear such as The Goonies and Raiders but without question each and every year the Absolute Top Four always get a looking : Richard Donner’s magnificent Scrooged, Frank Capra’s emotionally acclaimed It’s a Wonderful Life, The Griswalds send me into hysterics in Christmas Vacation and Ron Howard magical family movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas : for me these movies embody everything that makes this time of year so special……. what’s you favorite festive movies?
A New York City detective lands a new case that involves multiple murders and a woman who may or may not be the culprit : Filmed with a budget of $19 million and making $110 million at the box office SEA OF LOVE is one of my all time favorite cop thrillers, a character driven piece that’s nerve jangling, oozes suspense, sexy as hell and still remains my best loved picture by the terrific New Yorker Harold Becker : I love the way Pacino struts his stuff, controlling the screen with his uncanny ability to sink into a character and make it his own, with Frank Keller one of New York’s finest Pacino gives us a tour de force of acting, showing us the emotions of a broken marriage, the loss of a mum and the romance & possibly love of Helen played by the incredible actress Ellen Barkin, their scenes together are quite simply electrifying, it’s a remarkable performance by two fine actors who play off each others energy, with their chemistry the beating heart of Becker’s magnificent thriller : there’s also great support by John Goodman’s bubbly & wayward detective, Richard Jenkins is quietly effective as Gruber, Keller’s partner and now dates his ex-wife and Christine Estabrook gives a charming turn as Lonelyheart : check out the film’s photography by the acclaimed Ronnie Taylor, those dimly lit streets and darkened hallways are atmospheric which only add to the nail biting narrative of this terrific, tense thriller and the score by Excalibur’s Trevor Jones is brilliantly typical of it’s era : Harold Becker’s Sea of Love is an excellent thriller, with a unexpected twist and sees one of the screens greatest actors in full flow ★★★★★
Originally released in 1989 Robert Zemeckis classic Back to the Future 2 is due for a one day only re-release and Great Scott this guy right here is very excited – Back to the Future 2 happens to my favorite of the trilogy, it’s so well written, insanely fun and contains some of the most memorably shot scenes in movie history – here’s a new poster for the upcoming event !!