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The Genius Of Bill Paxton

The great Bill Paxton was a pleasure to watch. Paxton was an actor who straddled the line between leading man and character actor and he was adept at comedy and drama, starring in movies and TV shows, in roles small and large. I went through a [...]

February 25, 2022

Notebook Reviews: U-571

Jonathan Mostow – 2000. Breakdown director Jonathan Mostow delivers and a tense and thrilling submarine thriller in U-571. The cast in this WWII adventure is excellent  – Matthew McConaughey, Harvey Keitel, Bill Paxton [...]

February 4, 2022

Uncovering Curiosities: Walter Hill’s TRESPASS

In 1992 Walter Hill took a dusty old script written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis and transformed it into an action-packed contemporary version of The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre. That script was called The Looters, but a post Rodney King world [...]

August 12, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Jeff Renfroe’s THE COLONY

The Colony is a highly entertaining (and good looking) B-movie from 2013 that wears its genre influences on its sleeve. Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton lead the cast, while Kevin Zegers impresses as the film’s young hero. Set in the future [...]

January 6, 2021

101 Films Unleashes Cult Horror BRAIN DEAD ON Blu-ray

The mighty 101 Films will release Adam Simon’s Brain Dead on blu-ray for the first time on 28 September 2020. The 1990 cult horror stars Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton and Bud Cort.  Based on a story from The Twilight Zone writer Charles Beaumont, [...]

August 14, 2020

Notebook Reviews: VERTICAL LIMIT

Martin Campbell – 2000 Vertical Limit is a very poor action film from Martin Campbell, the director of Goldeneye and Zorro director (two hugely entertaining movies). It has excellent potential, but sadly it fails on almost every level. The [...]

March 26, 2020

Obituary: Powers Boothe Dead At 68

Powers Boothe was a powerful screen presence. You might say that Boothe was a character actor, but he was much more than that. He had his own gravitational pull, anchoring movies and TV shows with his own brand of gravitas and strength. Boothe has [...]

May 15, 2017

Obituary: Bill Paxton 1955 – 2017

Bill Paxton died on February 25 2017 following a stroke after heart surgery. He was 61 years old. I grew up with Bill Paxton on screen. He was a pleasure to watch, an actor who straddled the line between leading man and character actor. Paxton was [...]

February 27, 2017

HATFIELDS AND McCOYS

Kevin Costner’s epic mini-series Hatfields and McCoys set another record for the highest rated show on ad-supported cable. The third and final episode in the series charting the infamous family feud was watched by a record-breaking 14.2 million [...]

June 1, 2012

HATFIELDS AND McCoys Continues With Strong Ratings

Hatfields and McCoys launched on Monday night with a massive 13.9 million viewers – 17 million when the repeat was aired. Those are very impressive viewing figures for the History show. A drop was expected for episode two-but it was only a very [...]

May 31, 2012

DVD Review: Gina Carano In Steven Soderbergh’s HAYWIRE

Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire is a thrilling action picture, the kind that they used to make, before CGI and wire-work took over, removing all excitement and leaving only empty spectacle. MMA star Gina Carano takes the lead in the film, which also [...]

May 5, 2012