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Notebook Reviews: ROGUE TRADER

James Dearden – 1999 A surprisingly entertaining financial yarn based on the true-life story of banker Nick Leeson. At times Rogue Trader is a touch too technical, but Dearden creates some decent tension throughout. Ewan McGregor is solid and [...]

April 19, 2020

Notebook Reviews: THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK

Steven Spielberg – 1997  Steven Spielberg makes a sub-standard sequel to Jurassic Park. The Lost World: Jurassic Park features are some good set pieces, but this fails to match-up to the 1993 original. The special effects are a tad ropey when [...]

April 18, 2020

Notebook Reviews: AMERICAN GRAFFITI

George Lucas – 1973  American Graffiti might just be George Lucas’ true masterpiece. A flawless teen comedy-drama, this 1973 film has it all (great script, acting sound and direction). This realistic interpretation of youth is wonderful [...]

April 17, 2020

Notebook Reviews: MEET THE PARENTS

Jay Roach – 2000  Director Jay Roach delivers a fine comedy with Meet The Parents. Ultimately, it’s a shame that many of the film’s best bits were shown in the trailer. Ben Stiller plays on his average guy persona with a strong [...]

April 15, 2020

Notebook Reviews: TRAPPED IN PARADISE

George Gallo – 1994  Trapped In Paradise is an enjoyable enough Capra-esqe festive comedy from writer-director George Gallo. Nicolas Cage gives an oddly low-key performance as one of three criminals trapped in a small town during a snow storm [...]

April 11, 2020

Notebook Reviews: THE HURRICANE

Norman Jewison – 1999 [usr 3.5 text=”false”] The Hurricane is a noble biopic of Rueben Carter, the middleweight boxer who was falsely accused of murder in 1966 (immortalised in the wonderful Bob Dylan song). Norman Jewison offers [...]

April 8, 2020

Notebook Reviews: TEQUILA SUNRISE

Robert Towne – 1988  Tequila Sunrise is a sizzling first-rate thriller from the great writer/director Robert Towne.  This 1988 film is slick and enjoyable with a top tier cast (Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell and Michelle Pfeiffer) who all [...]

April 6, 2020

Notebook Reviews: ALMOST FAMOUS

Cameron Crowe – 2000  Almost Famous is the film which could very well be Cameron Crowe’s masterpiece (it’s also an incredible follow-up to Jerry Maguire). A fantastic script and top-notch soundtrack loaded with great music make this [...]

April 4, 2020

Notebook Reviews: REINDEER GAMES/DECEPTION

John Frankenheimer – 2000  Okay, I prefer the title Reindeer Games  – I’ll get that out of the way from the get-go (Deception is so bland and generic). Director John Frankenheimer delivers an entertaining thriller that manages to be [...]

April 2, 2020

Notebook Reviews: THE SPANISH PRISONER

David Mamet – 1997 Written and directed by wordsmith extraordinaire David Mamet, The Spanish Prisoner is a clever and enjoyable thriller. The film’s climax is a tad contrived but there’s much to enjoy here. Campbell Scott is solid [...]

March 31, 2020

Notebook Reviews: MISTER JOHNSON

Bruce Beresford – 1991 Mister Johnson is a witty and entertaining tale from Australian director Bruce Beresford. The film features great acting from first-timer Maynard Eziashi who stars alongside Pierce Brosnan and Edward Woodward. The [...]

March 28, 2020

Notebook Reviews: HALLOWEEN H20: 20 YEARS LATER

Steve Miner – 1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later is the seventh entry in the Halloween franchise. Steve Miner’s film lacks the suspense of John Carpenter‘s 1978 original, but it’s good to see Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie [...]

March 27, 2020

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