The Philadelphia Story (1940) – George Cukor (Niall McArdle)

Synopsis: Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) is due to marry George Kittredge (John Howard). But then her ex-husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) shows up with a tabloid reporter, … Continue reading The Philadelphia Story (1940) – George Cukor (Niall McArdle)

His Girl Friday (1940) – Howard Hawks (Niall McArdle)

Synopsis: Ruthless newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) tries to stop his ex-wife and ace reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) from marrying nice Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy) so she can … Continue reading His Girl Friday (1940) – Howard Hawks (Niall McArdle)

Santa Fe Trail (1940) – Michael Curtiz (Niall McArdle)

Beware the Warner Brothers film that bounds and bounces over history as jauntily as Errol Flynn buckled his swash. The 1940 horse opera ‘Santa Fe Trail’, directed by Michael Curtiz, … Continue reading Santa Fe Trail (1940) – Michael Curtiz (Niall McArdle)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – Blake Edwards (Niall McArdle)

For a whole generation Audrey Hepburn helped define what it was to be a single girl in the city, until the notion got redefined, first by Diane Keaton, then by … Continue reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – Blake Edwards (Niall McArdle)

North by Northwest (1959) – Alfred Hitchcock (Guest post from Niall McArdle)

Synopsis: A Madison Avenue ad executive, Roger Thornhill, is mistaken by enemy spies as CIA agent George Kaplan, a man who doesn’t even exist. Or, as the publicity had it, … Continue reading North by Northwest (1959) – Alfred Hitchcock (Guest post from Niall McArdle)

The Big Lebowski (1998) – The Coen Brothers (Guest post from Niall McArdle)

Synoposis: Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, the unemployed, pot-smoking, White Russian-drinking ten-pin bowler, gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity, blackmail, pornography, missing toes and a peed-on rug in … Continue reading The Big Lebowski (1998) – The Coen Brothers (Guest post from Niall McArdle)

The Big Sleep (1947) – Howard Hawks (a guest post from Niall McArdle)

Synopsis:  Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by millionaire General Sternwood to investigate a case of blackmail involving pornographic photos of his  daughter, Carmen. Sternwood is really trying … Continue reading The Big Sleep (1947) – Howard Hawks (a guest post from Niall McArdle)

Blade Runner – 1982 (Guest Post from Niall McArdle)

Synopsis: In a rainy, polluted Los Angeles in 2019, genetic engineers for the Tyrell Corporation have created replicants – superhuman androids that are used as slave labour in outer space, … Continue reading Blade Runner – 1982 (Guest Post from Niall McArdle)

Casablanca (1942) – Michael Curtiz (Eric Norcross)

Casablanca, Morocco at the start of World War II: American expatriate and business owner Rick Blaine runs into a long lost love interest, on the run from the Nazis.