100 Word Review – Some Like It Hot (1959)

Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon star in this classic 1950s Oscar-winning romantic comedy. 

When Joe (Curtis) and Jerry (Lemmon) accidentally witness the 1929 St Valentines Day Massacre, they join a women-only band to escape the mob who want them silenced.

This is a very, very silly film.

That said, it is also clever, funny and brilliantly directed by the hugely talented Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment). It is dramatic, engaging and speaks volumes about the strict gender roles of the time. It’s currently number 112 on IMDb’s Top 250 films and has the single greatest last line of any movie.

100 Word Review – The Great Gatsby (2013)

All the glitz and glam of 1920s New York with a twist of the modern day? It must be Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet).

Nick Carraway (Toby Maguire) is trying to make his fortune on Wall Street when he becomes entangled in the romantic lives of his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her husband (Joel Edgerton). And then, of course, there is Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Adapted from F Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel, it is not realistic or truthful to the time in which it is set. But it captures is a feeling, a sense that anything is possible.