“I shouldn’t have come” | It’s Always Fair Weather (1955)

  Sometimes you can’t go home again. In 1952 movie-goers around the world fell in love with Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s vibrant, toe-tapping musical Singin’ in the Rain. They embraced it with such enthusiasm that it remains one of the all-time great Hollywood productions today. Three years later Kelly and Donen reunited with Singin’ ...

“It’s tough to be a god” | The Road to El Dorado (2000)

In August 1994 the Walt Disney Company was responsible for the number one feature film in America (The Lion King), the number one CD in the Billboard charts (The Lion King’s soundtrack), the number one musical on Broadway (Beauty and the Beast) and the highest-rated comedy series on television (Home Improvement). All four achievements were ...

“It’s a science experiment” | Back to the Future Part III (1990)

In Back to the Future Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travelled back in time 30 years from 1985 to 1955, using a time machine invented by the eccentric scientist Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd). In Back to the Future Part II Doc took Marty 30 years into the future, before events forced them to return ...

“There’s something very familiar about all this” | Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Sequels are common in Hollywood. Good sequels are much rarer. Back to the Future Part II, released in November 1989, is arguably one of the most inventive and jaw-dropping sequels ever made. The noted astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan once told its director that it was ‘the best movie ever made on the science ...

“Back in good old 1955” | Back to the Future (1985)

‘Bob Zemeckis and I had written three movies together,’ said Bob Gale, ‘and we had always wanted to do a time-travel story. We’d just never figured out how. What turned the light on for me was coming across my dad's old high-school yearbook and thinking, “Would we have been friends if we’d been at school ...

“What, like, it’s hard?” | Legally Blonde (2001)

The premise of Legally Blonde, a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, is honestly the sort of cringe-worthy Hollywood cliché that makes one want to run a mile. Elle Woods, a rich Los Angeles college student obsessed with beautiful clothes, pedicures and her tiny dog, is rejected by her law student boyfriend. To ...

“I’d be lost without the weight of you two on my back” | Winter’s Bone (2010)

Teenager Ree Dolly lives in a run-down house in the rural Ozarks with her mentally ill mother and her two young siblings. Her absentee father is on bail after being arrested for manufacturing meth-amphetamine. When he skips that bail and goes underground, Ree is informed that her family house was put up as his bond: ...

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