The Sound of Music (1965)

A brilliant classic musical. Even at three hours, I never felt like it was dragging. Everything works so well. Julie Andrews is fantastic, the music is excellent, the story itself is legitimately compelling, the visuals are gorgeous, and even all the kids give good performances. It’s easy to see why the film is still so…

Mary Poppins (1964)

A fun classic. I found the kids grating, but Julie Andrews was brilliant, and Dick Van Dyke and David Tomlinson also gave very enjoyable performances. The songs are great, and their iconic status is well-deserved. The extended animated fantasy sequence was the highpoint of the film for me, and I was deeply amused by how…

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

This is an exceedingly bizarre movie. It is about two real people – Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers, and Disney founder Walt Disney – coming to an understanding and compromise about adapting a fictionalised story into a film. It presents itself as a true-to-life dramatisation of how such a thing really happened. But it…

Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day (2012)

An excellent concert film. The performances are strong, the vibe and energy of the show is great, the visual direction is interesting without calling undue attention to itself…there really isn’t anything that could have been done better. Robert Plant cannot sing as high, or as well, as he used to, but he makes a valiant…