10 Great Films Based on Plays (Part II)

I enjoyed so much compiling the Great Films Based on Plays list last year that I thought that a sequel was in order. As Part I, this list is in no particular order and excludes adaptations of Shakespearean plays. I. Doubt [2008] Play: Doubt: A Parable [2004] by John Patrick Shanley  “Did he, or didn’t…

“Youth” Review

Youth [2015] – ★★★★ One of my favourite actors – Sir Michael Caine turned 85 this week, and this is my belated opportunity to celebrate this date by reviewing one of Caine’s more recent films directed by the eminent Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty (2013)). Youth is about Fred Ballinger (Caine), a retired…

“The Quiet American” Review

The Quiet American [2002] – ★★★★1/2 Directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games (1992)), The Quiet American (2002) is a marvellous adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic novel of the same name. This book-to-film adaptation is so good, it arguably suppresses the majority of previous Graham Greene novel adaptations, and the film is certainly better than the…