Movies – B

Back To The Future, Part II (1989)

Doc Brown's time machine works its magic once more in this merry sequel to Back To The Future. Barely back to 1985 after his original jaunt, Marty McFly (pictured below) is whisked forward to 2015, along with his girlfriend Jennifer, by Doc Brown. Marty's mission this time is to prevent a crime involving his teenage son(...)

Back To The Future: Part 3 (1990)

Director Robert Zemeckis's blockbusting trilogy went slightly off the rails with the second segment, but it got right back on track (literally) with this concluding instalment. Shot back-to-back with Part II, the film is set predominantly in the Old West and offers Michael J Fox the chance to indulge in all the sharpshooting situations that(...)

Backbeat (1994)

The early days of The Beatles in Hamburg provide a colourful backdrop for the story of Stuart Sutcliffe (Stephen Dorff), the original Beatles bassist who dies of a brain haemmorhage in 1962. Backbeat centres on artist Stu's intense affair with style-setting photographer Astrid Kirchherr (Sheryl Lee). The film's main asset though, is the charismatic performance of(...)

Backdraft (1991)

Conceived as an expensive look at the lives of firefighters, something burned up in the process between script and final cut. In the ashes, all that remain are the fires. Anything resembling plot, character development, acting, coherence, or real people was extinguished in the lab. Kurt Russell and William Baldwin are handsome sibling rivals who(...)

Bad and the Beautiful, The (1952)

Still the best Hollywood-on-Hollywood movie, The Bad and The Beautiful is loosely based on the career of David O. Selznick, detouring to take in a few insider anecdotes about Val Lewton, Orson Welles, Raymond Chandler, Diana Barrymore, Alfred Hitchcock, and Irving Thalberg.  Three people with good cause to hate producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas) are gathered to(...)

Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

As a rule Hollywood portrays the mentally disabled as quaint, likeable, quirky and entirely benign people who occasionally say the wisest things. No wait, I'm thinking of Australians . . . Anyway, if you want to watch both conventions refreshingly shattered, see the Australian indy legend Bad Boy Bubby. It may seem like a Francis Bacon painting(...)

Bad Boys (1983)

Here he comes face to face with his victim's vengeful brother and has to fight for survival. Littered with violence (a revenge rape, shootings, fights) and flashy direction from Rick Rosenthal (Halloween II), this can be hard to stomach, but does boast an early strong, neurotic performance from Penn, who has since gone on to(...)

Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)

It's 1945, just after World War II, and Spencer Tracy is a one-armed ex-army man who steps off the train in Black Rock, a remote California desert town. We don't know what he's come for, nor do the inhabitants, but they are hostile and it soon becomes clear that they are hiding something. Director John(...)

Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Sodom here is the New York City of blood-splattered car hijacks and crack dens. Drugs, alcohol, spiralling debt and religious visitations are sending an NYPD cop off the rails. Harvey Keitel - the nameless lieutenant who does as much stealing, drugging and dealing as the creeps he busts - is first seen snorting coke in(...)

Bad News Bears, The (1976)

"The coach is waiting for his next beer. The pitcher is waiting for her first bra. The team is waiting for a miracle. Consider the possibilities" Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal slug out the acting honours in this movie about an alcoholic coach trying to whip a little-league baseball team into shape. Coach Morris Buttermaker(...)

Bad Ronald (1974)

The 1974 made-for-tv movie is a psychological thriller about a teenage murderer hidden inside the walls of a Victorian home in Oakland, California. When Ronald Wilby, a slowly degenerating psychotic teen (Scott Jacoby), accidentally murders a taunting peer his neurotic mother hides him away in a sealed off downstairs bathroom. Locked away, Ronald reverts to an(...)

Bad Seed, The (1956)

Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormack) has the adults in her life completely fooled, but when her uncontrolled hellishness leads her to murder a schoolmate in order to steal a medal, her mother Christine (Nancy Kelly) becomes tragically aware. Christine learns from her father that she herself was adopted and her real mother was a  conscienceless killer,(...)

Bad Taste (1987)

An Alien Investigation and Defence team are dispatched to hunt down some extra-terrestrial aliens who have depopulated a small town, using the humans as stock for their intergalactic fast-food chain. Derek must now save the day and the world with his chainsaw before the meat eaters spread across the whole planet. Peter Jackson's hilarious tale(...)

Bad Timing (1980)

Bad Timing is seen in flashback after a traumatic incident sends young American girl Milena Flaherty (Theresa Russell) to an emergency room in Vienna with a drug overdose which advances into a coma. Milena was distraught over her stormy relationship with Alex Linden (Art Garfunkel), a doctor of psychology with a jealous streak that has(...)

Badlands (1973)

The story of a rock & roll Romeo and Juliet, Martin Sheen's Kit is a self-obsessed 25-year-old garbage man from Fort Dupree, South Dakota, with delusions of grandeur and a desire to dress like James Dean. Sissy Spacek's Holly is a dim-witted and bored 15-year-old girl who joins Kit on his killing spree across the(...)

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