Sunday Morning Movie: A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

A Hard Days Night (1964)
Directed by Richard Lester

For breakfast: Orange Danish with slightly overcooked extra crispy bacon

This fun-loving ’60s romp never fails to put a smile on my face. Easily one of the greatest musical films ever made, this comes in second only to The Last Waltz as one of my favorites. It’s hard to beat 90 minutes of Beatles music, zany antics, and satire, all with tongue placed firmly in cheek while giving a big wink to the audience. It’s also hard not to just eat up Richard Lester’s energetic style that is obviously influenced by the French New Wave. If you don’t have fun watching this film, then there’s no helping you.

Grade: A

 

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

“Force more powerful than 1,000 H-Bombs unleashed to devastate earth! World in panic! Cities in flames!”

Quatermass and the Pit directed by Roy Ward Baker is the third (and widely considered the best) film in a Hammer produced trilogy that follows Quatermass Experiment (1955) and Quatermass II (1957). The films are based on the BBC serials of the same name created by Nigel Kneale. Kneale effectively used Cold War paranoia and fear to his advantage in his tales of Professer Quatermass and his encounters with alien beings threatening to destroy humanity.

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