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Uncovering Curiosities: Sidney Gilliat’s ENDLESS NIGHT

Sidney Gilliat’s 1972 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1967 mystery novel, Endless Night is an intriguing film in how it unveils itself, but it’s not wholly successful in what it attempts to achieve. Almost Hitchockian in tone – in part [...]

September 7, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE 13TH WARRIOR

John Mc Tiernan – 1999. John McTiernan‘s The 13th Warrior is not as bad as its troubled production would lead you to believe. This adaptation of Michael Crichton‘s novel, Eaters of the Dead is an entertaining Viking action film [...]

September 7, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Fred Dekker’s NIGHT OF THE CREEPS

Fred Dekker’s 1986 directorial debut, Night Of The Creeps is a gloriously bonkers horror-comedy which blends 1950s B-movie/sci-fi with 1980s frat-boy comedy. You’d think the whole thing would buckle under the silliness of it all, but Dekker [...]

September 5, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2

John Woo – 2000. Mission: Impossible 2 is an enjoyable and slick action sequel. Stylistically, this John Woo directed film is very different from Brian De Palma’s 1996 original – but it manages to be great in its own way. Tom [...]

September 5, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Peter Sattler’s CAMP X-RAY

Camp X-Ray is a solid 2014 drama set within the confines of Guantanamo Bay, Kristen Stewart is the young soldier who strikes-up an unlikely relationship with one of the camp’s detainees (they can’t be called prisoner’s because they’d be [...]

September 4, 2021

Notebook Reviews: GUNG HO

Ron Howard – 1986. Director Ron Howard‘s Gung Ho is an excellent culture clash comedy which sees blue collar Pennsylvania colliding with Japanese business culture.  The always excellent Michael Keaton is great as the car factor foreman [...]

September 4, 2021

Kenneth Branagh’s BELFAST

Movies In Focus lived in Belfast for six years before moving to England. I’ve recently moved back near the city – and it’s a place which I have a strong emotional attachment to. It’s a wonderful city, a vibrant city and a [...]

September 3, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Freddie Francis’ THE SKULL

They don’t make movies like The Skull anymore. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee top-line this 1965 British horror that sees Cushing’s occult collector acquire the skull of the Marquis de Sade – but the evil relic soon takes on a life of [...]

September 3, 2021

Notebook Reviews: SEVEN

David Fincher – 1995. David Fincher’s Seven is a landmark movie in the serial killer thriller genre. It’s a film which can stand repeated viewings – even with that shock ending. A strong premise (death by the seven deadly [...]

September 3, 2021

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