Movies – B

Bagdad Cafe (1988)

Bagdad Cafe was the first American film made by German director Percy Adlon. Casting his German star, the flamboyantly overweight Marianne Sägebrecht to lead an otherwise all-American cast, notably Jack Pallance and CCH Pounder, he came up with a truly magical movie. Sägebrecht is a Bavarian tourist, dumped in the Mojave desert by her unpleasant husband.(...)

Ballad of Cable Hogue, The (1970)

Ballad of Cable Hogue, The (1970)

Rugged prospector Cable Hogue (Jason Robards) is double-crossed and abandoned in the desert without water by his two partners, but an entrepreneurial opportunity arises when he finds an underground spring in just the right spot for a much-needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line.   This elegy for the Old West is a beautifully(...)

Ballad of Josie, The (1967)

Widow Josie Minick (Doris Day) takes up sheep farming in order to support herself and her son. Her new neighbours are dismayed by her activities. Bland is too strong a word for this tepid flick, which never really catches fire despite being directed by western ace Andrew V McLaglen. Doris Day is good, even though(...)

Bananas (1971)

Not everyone can stomach Woody Allen films but, fan or not, you're sure to get a few laughs out of this one. Actor-writer-producer-director Allen is a self-confessed neurotic and laughs at himself all the time. One memorable scene involves a completely ad-libbed conversation about maturity, "maturation" and "maturiosity" between Allen and Louise Lasser as Nancy, a(...)

Band Wagon, The (1953)

Fred Astaire and Michael Kidd choreographed this gem of a Hollywood musical produced by MGM. The Band Wagon began as a revue which opened in 1931 on Broadway starring Astaire and his sister Adele. In the film version Astaire plays Tony Hunter, a has-been Hollywood song and dance man, who heads to New York to try(...)

Bandolero (1968)

Having fought on opposing sides during the American Civil War, brothers Mace (James Stewart) and Dee (Dean Martin) Bishop join forces as part of an outlaw gang that is forced to flee across the border from Sheriff Johnson (George Kennedy) with beautiful Maria (Raquel Welch) in tow. This would-be rollicking adventure - one of a slew(...)

Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)

Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty stand out in this film version of Mark Harris' novel about Bruce Pearson (De Niro), a clumsy, oafish, country boy baseball catcher stricken with leukaemia who wants to play another season before he dies. Telling the engrossing tale of how stylish New York super-pitcher Henry Wiggen (Moriarty) helps his terminally ill(...)

Barb Wire (1996)

Once upon a time, comic book films were not always expected to be sophisticated works of classy entertainment. Still, Barb Wire is totally inept and inert. Busting out with a tawdry introduction of soft-core striptease, the film takes a buxom bounty hunter from Dark Horse comics (home to Hellboy and Sin City) and lets pneumatic Pamela Anderson play her as(...)

Barbarella (1967)

Barbarella (1967)

The year is 40,000 AD. Peacefully floating around in zero-gravity - and taking her clothes off to what sounds like Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Horns - sexy 41st Century astronaut Barbarella is suddenly interrupted by a video call from the boa-clad President of Earth and Rotating Premier of the Sun System, Dianthus. A young(...)

Barefoot Contessa, The (1954)

The surface appeal of The Barefoot Contessa is obvious: Ava Gardner at her most glamorous as the rags-to-riches star Maria Vargas alongside Humphrey Bogart at his most acerbic yet tender as filmmaker Harry Dawes; the flood of quotable quotes in the dialogue ("It's never too late to develop character"); and the intriguing allusions to real-life celebrities, including(...)

Barefoot Executive, The (1971)

In Disney's The Barefoot Executive, a chimpanzee becomes head of programming at a TV station (insert your own joke here). A young Kurt Russell, already a golden boy for the studio by way of The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, starred as the monkey's human helper. Teenager Steven Post (Russell) wor ks(...)

Barefoot In The Park (1967)

Neil Simon's sometimes hilarious Broadway comedy about two newlyweds coping with life in New York City holds up nicely on the screen with plenty of one-liners intact. Redford and Fonda are the charming couple who reside in a fourth-floor walk-up apartment. Mildred Natwick plays the bride's mother. Charles Boyer and Herb Edelman are also in(...)

Barfly (1987)

An autobiographical account of Henry Chinaski - a booze-soaked poet-writer (Charles Bukowski wrote the screenplay based on his experiences) with Mickey Rourke in the title role. This film is no "Lost Weekend" saga; Rourke's messy character seems buoyant and even satisfied with his grungy life-style, but the squalid atmosphere and Rourke's whiny delivery of his(...)

Bargee, The (1964)

"The Casanova of the canals" The Bargee follows the misadventures of womanising barge worker Hemel Pike (Harry H. Corbett), making his living travelling the waterways of England, always making sure there’s a woman waiting for him at every port of call. Hemel says that the only way to get him off the canals would be to fill(...)

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Master director Stanley Kubrick turned to the 18th-century novel by William Makepeace Thackeray for this costume drama about an Irish rogue who climbs to the top of English aristocratic society. Barry Lyndon focuses around poor Irish boy Redmond Barry – describing his rise and fall from grace. Believing he has killed a man in a duel,(...)

Page 3 of 2012345...Last »