Notebook Reviews

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

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