Sunday, January 26, 2020

Film Spotlight: Cloak and Dagger

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this film for review. All opinions are my own

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On chilly winter weekend afternoons, I’m often to be found either curled up with a good book or watching a classic movie. There’s nothing like enjoying an atmospheric thriller in the pages of a book or onscreen. Recently, I had the opportunity to watch a classic that I hadn’t seen before, the film noir classic Cloak and Dagger.

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This 1946 WWII espionage thriller, directed by Fritz Lang, stars Gary Cooper and Lilli Palmer. It is Lang’s follow-up to the noir classic Scarlet Street. Cloak and Dagger is a spy tale with a commanding Gary Cooper performance and a wealth of masterful suspense sequences. This is an aptly-titled film, as Cloak and Dagger is a consummate wartime espionage suspense picture, and an intriguing mixture of genres for Lang: part spy thriller -- part romantic melodrama.

Above: Lilli Palmer
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Nuclear physicist Alvah Jesper (Cooper) is recruited by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services to become a reluctant undercover agent, traveling to Switzerland to meet with a fellow scientist regarding information on Germany’s plans to construct an atomic bomb. After his colleague is assassinated, Jesper must sneak into Italy via the underground resistance, to contact another scientist. While there, Jesper falls in love with resistance fighter Gina (Lilli Palmer, in her first Hollywood role), and the two must battle shootouts, double crosses, and narrow escapes to smuggle the scientist out of Italy.

Above: Lilli Palmer and Gary Cooper
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I loved the atmospheric quality of this film. It was very easy to get into the film and travel to another time and place. This was an intriguing film that I thoroughly enjoyed.

The Masters of Cinema are proud to present Cloak and Dagger on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition available from 27th January 2020.

Title - CLOAK AND DAGGER (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition


Certificate - PG

Run Time - 106 minutes

Picture - B&W

Genre - Thriller / Film-Noir

Year - 1946

Country - USA

Language - ENGLISH

Subtitles - ENGLISH (Optional)

- Presented in 1080p from a high-definition digital transfer
- Optional English subtitles
- Uncompressed LPCM mono audio
- Brand new audio commentary by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
- Spycraft – A brand new video essay by David Cairns
- Cloak and Dagger: Lux Radio Theater [57 mins]– Radio adaptation from 1946
- Cloak and Dagger: The Radio Series [approx 660 mins]
- A collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by Samm Deighan

Available to order from:

Eureka Store


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Film Spotlight: The Miracle Worker

 Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this film for review. All opinions are my own

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I love a great film and I especially enjoy those which are inspired by the lives of real people. It’s always fascinating to have a deeper look into someone else’s journey and if a film like this is done well, it can be filled with many revelations. It is also a great way to look at the universality of the human experience.  

One of the films which takes viewers deep into the experience of another person is The Miracle Worker. This superb 1962 Academy Award-winning film stars Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, and tells the story of the life of Helen Keller. Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke are remarkable in their roles – they bring such an amazing level of authenticity to their roles which makes the film into an even more compelling experience for viewers. There is such a realness to their portrayals.

Above: Patty Duke - left, Anne Bancroft - right
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Locked in a frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness since infancy, seven year old Helen Keller (played by Patty Duke) has never seen the sky, heard her mother’s voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Anne Sullivan (played by Anne Bancroft), a 20-year old teacher from Boston arrives. Having just recently regained her own sight, the no-nonsense Anne reaches out to Helen through the power of touch—the only tool they have in common—and leads her bold pupil on a miraculous journey from fear and isolation to happiness and light.

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The Miracle Worker is stunningly powerful, uplifting and inspirational. It is a story of courage, hope and perseverance. Both Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft give incredible performances. Young Patty Duke, starring as Helen Keller, gives such a raw and multi-layered performance that is truly astounding. I love this film!

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Eureka Entertainment will release The Miracle Worker, available for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK as part of the Eureka Classics range from 27th January 2020.

1962 | 106 minutes | USA | Biopic / Drama | B&W | Certificate PG |
Director ARTHUR PENN | Language ENGLISH |
Subtitles ENGLISH SDH (Optional) |
Blu-ray Cat. No. EKA70369 | Blu-ray Barcode 5060000703696 | Blu-ray


* Presented in 1080p from a high-definition digital transfer

* Optional English subtitles (SDH)

* Uncompressed LPCM mono audio

* Brand new audio essay by Amy Simmons

* Theatrical trailer

* A collector’s booklet, featuring new essays by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, and film critic and author Richard Combs

Available to order from:

Eureka Store


Thursday, January 02, 2020

First Workday of 2020

Today was back to work day for it was for many others :) A couple of days ago, I started to have the "Why-can't-the-holidays-start-all-over-again-because-I-don't-want-to-go-back-to-work" feelings. The anxiety of going back to the 9-5 world was tapping me on the shoulder. However, going back today was actually not that bad. It was a gentler return because everyone hasn't come back to work in our office yet, since most people in the office are returning on January 6th. Therefore, it was beautifully quiet and lowkey. I LOVED IT! :)  

I hope that everyone who went back to work today had a good day :)

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Happy New Year - 2020

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HELLO 2020!


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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year's Eve

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Happy New Year's Eve!

So long 2019...thank you!

There have been highs and lows, but I'm here and I'm grateful.

Many blessings to everyone!

Monday, December 30, 2019

The End of the Decade

The last full moon of the decade - December 2019

This year is drawing to a close...2019 will be a memory in a couple of days. As I mentioned in a previous post, in a lot of ways I'll be glad to see the 2010s go. I've dealt with being quite unwell for chunks of the 2010s, so a reboot is welcomed.

Despite the rough patches, I'm reminding myself that there were wins in the 2010s too, most especially, I completed my bachelor's degree in 2013 after years of wanting to go back to university to complete this. There have been other highlights thrown in amongst the low points too. In the end, I'm so glad to be alive and well. That is a blessing and definitely a win!

I am looking forward to seeing what I can do in the new decade. I'm excited and intrigued!

I know that we can decide to refocus any day of the year and I have done this before, but I'm thinking there's nothing wrong with wanting to do better and if the prospect of a new decade can be a catalyst, then I'm all for it. Sometimes it just takes what it takes and this is personal to every person. I'm sort of explaining myself here even though I think that I shouldn't have to. However, a couple of days ago I saw a meme on social media that was poking fun at people wanting to do better in the new year. The person who shared it prefaced it by saying that they weren't trying to be snarky and then proceeded to add a caption that was positively dripping with snark and meanness. My take is...why belittle what people want to do in their own lives? Anyway,  let's just live y'all 🙂 That's all I'll say about that.

I wish everyone well in what they decide to do or not do in the new decade and onward  :)

Thank you for all that you've taught me 2010s.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to visit me here at my blog. You are appreciated!

Here's to 2020 and beyond... 🥂

Love and light and good wishes to all.