Seven Movies To Write Home About


Fortunately most lot owners don't have villainous Raymond Burr to contend with

We’re at the end of another year at SSKB and we’d like to thank you for another successful year.

In addition to providing important information and advice for your strata community, we also like to have a little fun. We’d love to leave you with seven of our favourite films that have a connection with apartments, building, architecture and strata living. Why not see if you can find these films and arrange a community screening.

Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
A must-see for anyone who has built new or purchased off-the-plan. Cary Grant and Myrna Loy are in fine form as a Manhattan couple who let their hearts rule their head when it comes to building their dream home. Equal parts slapstick and social commentary, you’ll never look at choosing paint colours the same way again.

The Castle (1997)
‘It’s the vibe of the thing’… An Australian comedy classic that exemplifies why a man’s home is his castle. This charming film about imperfect characters united by a love of family and a sense of the good ole Aussie fair go. Starring Anne Tenney and Michael Caton, who has made a late-life career of being the Australian everyman.

The Fountainhead (1949)
If your community has an Architectural Review Committee, then you’ll appreciate Ayn Rand’s classic tale about artistic integrity and rugged individuality, brought to life by Gary Cooper. In an uncredited supporting role is modernistic architecture that features in the set design and illustrations used throughout the movie.

The Apartment (1960)
You know his films – Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, Stalag 17 – but you may not know his name: Billy Wilder, American screenwriter and director who along with writing partner IAL Diamond created some of the finest comedies in Hollywood. The Apartment is humorous to be sure, but there is an adult edge, helped by Jack Lemmon’s strong performance.

Rear Window (1954)
Apartment living is not all fun and games. Something you can find out more than ever wanted to about the neighbours – especially if you’re the nosy type like Jimmy Stewart, a bored professional photographer recuperating from a broken leg. This is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s finest films – tense, smart and intriguing.

The Money Pit (1986)
Arguably the most likeable actor since Jimmy Stewart, Tom Hanks tries to make a ramshackle house habitable with Shelley Long. Loosely following Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House, The Money Pit amps up the slapstick and pays homage to Buster Keaton, physical comedy king of the silent era.

War of the Roses (1989)
Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, the romantic-comedy power couple of the 1980s turn from love to hate in this film which brings the house down – almost literally. If some of our other films are about turning a house into a home, War of the Roses does the exact opposite with the destruction cringe-worthy and hilarious at the same time.



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