|1984 1984 R, 123 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Drama / Romance / Thriller
aka: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Director: Michael Radford
Cast: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher, James Walker, Peter Frye, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Andrew Wilde, Phyllis Logan, David Trevena, David Cann, Anthony Benson, Corinna Seddon, Rupert Baderman
"Big Brother is watching you." That is the theme of George Orwell's story of life in a totalitarian society. The lack of incentive for improving the quality of life is vividly depicted in this thought-provoking story in which Winston Smith (John Hurt) is a Party official in the Ministry of Propaganda. He meets and falls in love with Party member Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), and they engage in a sexual affair. Sex is forbidden in this society, and when they are caught, Winston is beaten and starved under the orders of his former friend O'Brien (Richard Burton). Later, Winston is exposed to rats that gnaw at his face, and Winston admits to his affair with Julia. Meanwhile, Julia, has also confessed and turns against Winston. Previously made in 1956.
|Clothes in the Wardrobe 1992 TV, 82 min.|
aka: The Summer House
Director: Waris Hussein
Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Joan Plowright, Lena Headey, Julie Walters, David Threlfall, John Wood, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Catherine Schell, Maggie Steed, Gwyneth Strong
This British comedy/drama features Margaret (Lena Headey) as a young woman about to marry a mama's boy–40-year-old Syl (David Threlfall). Lili (Jeanne Moreau), a family friend, works to prevent the marriage.
|The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover 1989 R, 126 min.|
Director: Peter Greenaway
Cast: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard, Tim Roth, Ciaran Hinds, Gary Olsen, Liz Smith, Roger Lloyd-Pack
Georgina (Helen Mirren) has an affair, and with the help of the cook (Richard Bohringer) plots to outdo her sadistic, restaurant-owner husband (Michael Gambon). Lots of sex and violence. There is also an NC-17 rated version.
|Fright 1971 N/R, 87 min.|
Genre: Drama / Horror / Thriller
aka: Night Legs
I'm Alone and I'm Scared
Director: Peter Collinson
Cast: Susan George, Honor Blackman, Ian Bannen, John Gregson, George Cole, Dennis Waterman, Tara Collinson, Maurice Kaufmann, Michael Brennan, Roger Lloyd-Pack
Amanda (Susan George) is hired as a babysitter by Helen (Honor Blackman). The straightforward job turns into terror when Helen's husband (Ian Bannen), who has escaped from a mental institution, breaks in with the intent of killing his wife.
|Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles 1994 R, 122 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller / Fantasy
Director: Neil Jordan
Cast: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater, Stephen Rea, Thandie Newton, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Lyla Hay Owen, Monte Monague, Nathalie Bloch-Laine, Helen McCrory, George Kelly, Rory Edwards, Marcel Iures
Based on Anna Rice's "Vampire" stories, this movie begins with reporter Daniel Malloy (Christian Slater) interviewing the vampire, Louis (Brad Pitt), who relates how Lestat (Tom Cruise) enlisted him and Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) into the world of vampires. Louis and Lestat become the loves of each other's lives. Later, Louis and Claudia join up with the Theatre des Vampires whose leader, Armand (Antonio Banderas), participates in some weird sacrificial orgies with them.
|Oliver Twist 1999 TV, 360 min.|
Director: Renny Rye
Cast: Sam Smith, Sophia Myles, David Ross, Julie Walters, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Ger Ryan, Michael Kitchen, Annette Crosbie, Keira Knightley, Robert Lindsay, Andy Serkis, Tim Dutton, Lindsay Duncan, Marc Warren, Alex Crowley
This made-for-TV miniseries begins where others do not in relating Charles Dickens' classic story of Oliver Twist. This version begins with Oliver's mother (Sophia Myles) becoming pregnant out of wedlock, giving birth, and dying as a result of childbirth. Abused as a child, Oliver (Sam Smith) escapes to London where he comes under the watchful eye of the conniving Fagin (Robert Lindsay).
|Preaching to the Perverted 1997 R, 100 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Stuart Urban
Cast: Guinevere Turner, Christien Anholt, Tom Bell, Julie Graham, Georgina Hale, Julian Wadham, Ricky Tomlinson, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Sue Johnston, Don Henderson, Charlotte Weston, Imogen Bain, Edward Jewesbury, Angela Easterling, Ian Embleton
The London underground S&M world and the government's attempts to stop it are satirized in this funny, near-porno film. Tanya (Guinevere Turner) is the sadomasochistic queen of London, and naive Peter (Christien Anholt) is sent by moral crusader Henry (Tom Bell) to infiltrate and bring back evidence to help his cause. Not unexpectedly, Peter falls for Tanya and longs for the day when she will have "normal" sex.
|Prick Up Your Ears 1987 R, 111 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn, Lindsay Duncan, Julie Walters, Frances Barber, Janet Dale, Bert Parnaby, Margaret Tyzack, Stephen Bill, Rosalind Knight, James Grant, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Helena Michell
This film is based on the biography of British playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman) who, despite financial success, lived for years in a small London room with Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina). One night, Halliwell killed Orton and then committed suicide. This film relates the story behind the grisly crime. Interesting look at (illegal) homosexuality in England in the 1950s and 1960s.
|Princess Caraboo 1994 PG, 95 min.|
Director: Michael Austin
Cast: Phoebe Cates, Jim Broadbent, Wendy Hughes, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, Stephen Rea, Peter Eyre, Jacqueline Pearce, Roger Lloyd-Pack, John Sessions, John Wells, John Lynch, Kate Ashfield, Arkie Whiteley, Ewan Bailey
Supposedly based on a true story, this is the tale of a young woman (Phoebe Cates) who shows up in an English village during the early 1800s speaking a strange language. She is taken in by the Worralls (Jim Broadbent and Wendy Hughes) whose butler, Frexos (Kevin Kline) convinces them to have her tried for vagrancy. During the trial, she uses pantomime to convince the magistrate that her name is "Caraboo" and that she is a princess who was kidnapped by pirates but managed to escape by swimming ashore. The Worralls take her back to their home, but a reporter, Gutch (Stephen Rea), still thinks she is a fraud and investigates to find out whether or not Caraboo is telling the truth. Fun, with a good cast and story.
|Vanity Fair 2004 PG-13, 140 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Mira Nair
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, James Purefoy, Romola Garai, Rhys Ifans, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Bob Hoskins, Tony Maudsley, John Franklyn-Robbins, Deborah Findlay, Angelica Mandy, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Ruth Sheen
A London lass, Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon), overcomes her youth as a poor orphan, earns an education, and begins her climb up Britain's 19th-century social ladder when she gains a job as governess for the daughters of Sir Pitt Crawley (Bob Hoskins). Becky marries Crawley's son Rawdon (James Purefoy), but problems rise to the fore. Now, Becky uses her wiles on the powerful Steyne (Gabriel Byrne) to gain yet another step up the social ladder.
|The Young Poisoner's Handbook 1995 R, 99 min.|
Director: Benjamin Ross
Cast: Hugh O'Conor, Antony Sher, Ruth Sheen, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Charlotte Coleman, Paul Stacey, Tobias Arnold, Norman Caro, Dorothea Alexander, Samantha Edmonds, Robert Demeger, Jack Deam, Peter Pacey, Joost Siedhoff, Vilma Hollingbery
Hugh O'Conor plays the 1960s' London teenager, Graham Young, who took out his hostilities on friends and family by poisoning them. This black comedy/drama should leave you thinking.
|1. 1984 (1984)|
aka: Nineteen Eighty-Four
2. Clothes in the Wardrobe (1992)
aka: The Summer House
3. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (1989)
4. Fright (1971)
aka: Night Legs
aka: I'm Alone and I'm Scared
5. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
6. Oliver Twist (1999)
7. Preaching to the Perverted (1997)
8. Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
9. Princess Caraboo (1994)
10. Vanity Fair (2004)
11. The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)
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