Movies – F

Fletch (1985)

Chevy Chase, one of the original Saturday Night Live team and the embodiment of laid-back Los Angeles 1980s humour, stars here in the first of two outings as the investigative reporter with a sideline in disguises and witty repartee. Fletch is uprooted from Malibu beach (where he is disguised as a beach bum) by millionaire(…)

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

On 4 July 1978, 12-year-old David Freeman (Joey Cramer) takes a tumble and wakes up in an altered world: his home and family are changed, and a voice in his head is calling for help. Meanwhile, Nasa scientists discover a mysterious alien spacecraft. David turns up eight years later completely unchanged. It soon becomes apparent(…)

Flintstones, The (1995)

This comedy based on the 1960s TV cartoon series starred John Goodman (as Fred Flintstone) and Elizabeth Perkins (as his wife Wilma) and featured Elizabeth Taylor (as the delightfully named Pearl Slaghoople). Helped by his best friend and neighbour, Barney Rubble (Rick Moranis), Fred wins a job promotion at the local quarry. But as other(…)

Flirting (1989)

Director John Duigan began the coming-of-age story of Danny Embling in the wonderful The Year My Voice Broke (1987), and continues it in this even more enjoyable and moving comedy-drama, set in 1965. Noah Taylor reprises his role as the teenage boy who moves from his small Australian outback town to an all-boys boarding school where(…)

Flowers In The Attic (1987)

A money-grubbing widow takes her beautiful children to live with their religious zealot grandmother and ailing grandfather. Hell-bent on claiming the substantial inheritance their deaths will bring, she locks her offspring away in the attic and concentrates on disposing of her parents. VC Andrews’s twisted gothic bestseller gets a rather sanitised makeover in this big-screen adaptation.(…)

Flubber (1997)

After continually missing his own wedding, Professor Philip Brainard (Robin Williams) is given one last chance by his fiancée, Sarah (Marcia Gay Harden). Yet again he blows it but, this time, he has a good excuse: he’s been busy inventing ‘Flubber’, a rubber-like substance that appears to generate its own energy. In fact, it gives inanimate(…)

Fluffy (1965)

The eponymous animal is a lion who has the misfortune to be engaged in research with Professor Daniel Potter (Tony Randall) who – by way of that research – falls in love with Janice Claridge (Shirley Jones). We keep watching, hoping that Randall will rise above the script and that Jones will burst into song, but(…)

Fly, The (1958)

A series of successful experiments convinces a scientist that he has finally perfected a machine that can transmit matter. But there are horrifying results when he decides to use the machine on himself. This is no match for the superior David Cronenberg remake (1986), but it’s still a slick slice of absurdist 1950s sci-fi in its(…)

Fly, The (1986)

This remake of the campy 1958 cult classic with Vincent Price is the story of a scientist who accidentally switches heads with a pesky housefly and is doomed to spend the rest of his days flitting from sugar bowl to toilet bowl, yelping “Help me!” – You know the rest. What you don’t know is(…)

FM (1978)

QSKY is the number one radio station in Los Angeles mainly because of the music they play, and running the station the way they want to. The radio personalities include Jeff Dugan (Michael Brandon), the rebellious head of the radio station, Mother (Eileen Brennan), who is burned out from being a DJ, Eric Swan (Martin(…)

Fog, The (1979)

In the Californian coastal town of Antonio Bay, tales are told of a century-old shipwreck (which occurred in very dense fog) and the prophesied return of vengeance-seeking sailors. As the citizens are about to celebrate the town’s centennial, Father Malone finds an old journal explaining that the town’s honoured founders were thieves and murderers, which(…)

Follow A Star (1959)

Norman Wisdom is a meek and kindly tailor with a nice voice who is hired to do the crooning for a has-been singer to lip-sync to. But Norman wants to get a shot at being on stage himself, and finds help from a resourceful music teacher and a handicapped girl. June Laverick and Jerry Desmonde(…)

Follow Me Boys! (1966)

The always-reliable Fred MacMurray starred in Disney’s Follow Me, Boys!, a comic drama about the founding of a small-town Boy Scout troop to keep the local lads on the straight and narrow. Think Boys Town with more nature hikes. 1930’s musician Lem Siddons decides to pack up his saxophone and settle down in a small Midwestern burg,(…)

Follow That Dream (1962)

This easy-going rustic drama sees Elvis Presley cast as wide-eyed country boy Toby Kwimper in a film adapted by His Girl Friday screenwriter Charles Lederer from Richard Powell’s novel Pioneer, Go Home. It’s a genuinely entertaining comedy with Elvis’s amiable hick innocently overcoming evil doers at every turn in his bid to find a settled home(…)

Footloose (1984)

Free-spirited teenager Ren MacCormack  (Kevin Bacon, pictured at right) fights the small-minded town minister (John Lithgow) who hates all that sinful new-fangled dancing. Suddenly the new kid in Bomont, an isolated rural town in middle America, Ren brings from Chicago a big-city knowledge of discos, strobe lights and the newest tapes by groups like The Police(…)

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