1. The Whales Of August (1987) (Dir. Lindsay Anderson)
This film is about two elderly sisters, played by the first lady of screen (in her last film) Lillian Gish & veteran actress Bette Davis (in her penultimate film) living in Maine, reminiscing about times past, and exploring their relationship which is slightly frosty. Horror star and close friend of Davis, Vincent Price gives a wonderful performance as a Russian fisherman, who has drifted thought life living on the generosity of people, Trying to form a relationship with Lillian Gish’s character. A low-key character film about aging, with wonderful acting from the cast, with some beautiful locations & lovely story.
2. Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975) (Dir. Peter Weir)
This Australian film is a wonderful example of showing very little (almost nothing in this films case) and being frightening. It’s a mystery with horror overtones about 3 students and their governess disappearing at Hanging Rock, a eerie location used to perfection, in fact the producer of the film Patricia Lovell was so frightened by the place, she reused to ever go back. Beautiful and haunting music add to the dream like atmosphere of the film. The cast is made of lesser known actors & actresses, headed up by the English actress Rachel Roberts as The Headmistress.
3. Road Games (1981) (Dir. Richard Franklin)
Road Games is a road trip film about a truckerPat Quid (Stacy Keach), & his et Dingo Boswell,traveling across Australia, who likes observing things & people around him, after he stops off one night, he observes some suspicious behaviorof man, who is he suspects is responsible forseveral killings of woman, that have been reported in the area, so he begins following himacross the country. Picking up a hitchhiker,Pamela (Jamie Lee Curtis) along the way, who he shares his theory with, when the police suspect that Pat might be the killer it is up him prove otherwise. Wrongly marked as a horror film to cash in on the co-star Jamie Lee Curtis’s recentsuccess in the genre, this clever Thriller has great acting, particularly from Stacy Keach, who really gives the character of Pat real depth & a quirky sense of humor.
4. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) (Dir. Otto Preminger)
This mystery film is slimmer in style to Lady Vanishes, (but one of the key differences is that it is that revealed to the audience until in end whether Bunny is real on not) is about Ann Lake (Carol Lynley), having just arrived in England, reports her daughter missing after dropping her off at a new school, when the police are called in,they find that all evidence of her existence seems to have disappeared. Veteran actor Laurence Olivier as the police Superintendent heads the cast, with Americas Carol Lynley & Keir Dulleaas Bunny’s mother & Uncle. But my two favorite performances in the film are by the two of the supporting actors Martita Hunt, who plays the retired headmistress of school & Noel Coward as the Lakes, lecherous old neighbor, proving you don’t need the biggest part to impact.
5. Cone Of Silence (Aka Trouble In The Sky)(1960) (Dir. Charles Frend)
This little known British drama, is about pilots of passenger airplanes, when a seasoned Pilot is blamed for a crash, which appeared to caused by his error, after a similar Crash happens this more fatal, a investigator is called to find out the truth, pilot error, or a flaw with a new plane design? The film has a terrific cast, with Bernard Lee, Peter Cushing, Andre Morell, Noel Willman & a small role for George Sanders, all giving top performances.