Notebook Reviews

Notebook Reviews: YOU’VE GOT MAIL

Nora Ephron – 1998. You’ve Got Mail is an enjoyable romantic comedy from director (and co-writer) Nora Ephron. This hit comedy is light and breezy and there’s no denying that there’s plenty of fun to be had. The film [...]

January 20, 2022

Notebook Reviews: ONE GOOD COP

Heywood Gould – 1991. Written and directed by Heywood Gould, One Good Cop is an excellent dramatic thriller which just doesn’t get the love it deserves. As always, Michael Keaton is his usual excellent self – if you want to talk [...]

November 23, 2021

Notebook Reviews: SWEET HEARTS DANCE

Robert Greenwald – 1988.  Sweet Hearts Dance is a very good family drama with some very fine comedic moments woven throughout. The excellent cast –  Don Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Daniels and Elizabeth Perkins – all deliver [...]

November 18, 2021

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: CAPTAIN RON

Thom Eberhardht – 1992  Fun Ahoy! Captain Ron is a splendid little family comedy with some very fun moments. Martin Short and Kurt Russell (rocking his Snake Plissken eyepatch) make a wonderful pairing and it’s a great shame they haven’t [...]

April 16, 2020

Notebook Reviews: CHARLIE’S ANGELS

McG – 2000  McG’s Charlie’s Angels is so-so at best. This action-comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu is played for the laughs rather than the thrills. It feels like the director has little faith in the [...]

April 14, 2020

Notebook Reviews: THE 6TH DAY

Roger Spottiswoode – 2000  The 6th Day is an enjoyable sci-fi flick from Tomorrow Never Dies director Roger Spottiswoode. Arnold Schwarzenegger does what he does best, in this film which has echoes of Total Recall.  It has its flaws [...]

April 13, 2020

Notebook Reviews: SUNSET

Blake Edwards – 1988  Blake Edwards’ Sunset is an enjoyable comedy-thriller with a great pairing of James Garner (playing Wyatt Earp for the second time following Hour of the Gun) and Bruce Willis in the leads. Edwards’ film hits a [...]

April 12, 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: CASTAWAY

Robert Zemeckis – 2001  An amazing cinematic feat, Castaway captivates throughout its entire running time. Tom Hanks is excellent in the lead, going through a gruelling transformation and commanding the screen alone for the majority of the [...]

April 10, 2020

Notebook Reviews: ED TV

Ron Howard – 1999 The always reliable Ron Howard delivers this first-rate satire, which is dressed-up as a romantic comedy in ED TV. Matthew McConaughey is excellent as the laidback everyday guy who gets his life turned into TV show. It also [...]

April 9, 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: ENTRAPMENT

Jon Amiel – 1999 The great Sean Connery proves that he still has what it takes to headline a an action-thriller with this slick cat and mouse thriller from director Jon Amiel. Catherine Zeta-Jones is also very good as the co-lead – but [...]

April 7, 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: UNBREAKABLE

M. Night Shyamalan – 2000  Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan follows-up his masterful 1999 release The Sixth Sense with another first rate film. Unbreakable has a great cast and a great script, which make this an unmissable piece of [...]

April 3, 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: UNLAWFUL ENTRY

Jonathan Kaplan – 1992  Unlawful Entry is a slick little thriller from 1992, which has Kurt Russell doing what he does best – playing the everyman battling the odds alongside his wife (Madeleine Stowe) . Here he’s pitted against Ray [...]

April 1, 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

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