brian depalma

Brian De Palma – Master Of Suspense

The great Brian De Palma was born on 11 September 1940. He has always been a director that defies convention. He’s an outsider that managed to get into the Hollywood system and subvert it. In the early days his love of the thriller led to him [...]

September 11, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Brian De Palma’s DOMINO

  Any Brian De Palma is better than no Brian De Palma. That’s the way to look at any film from one of cinema’s greatest thriller directors. However, it’s a serious shame that 2019’s Domino feels like the master has had his edges [...]

September 11, 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

Remembering The Great Sean Connery

Born Thomas Sean Connery on 25 August 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Connery was a bodybuilder before taking to a career in acting in the 1950s. He started on stage before early roles in films such as On The Fiddle and Darby O’Gill And [...]

August 25, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

Brian De Palma – 1996. Mission: Impossible sees Brian De Palma take the classic 1960s spy series and update it for the 1990s. It’s an incredibly stylish piece of big screen espionage, which has echoes of the genres ’60s origins. [...]

August 22, 2021

Notebook Reviews: SNAKE EYES

Brian De Palma – 1998 Snake Eyes is an entertaining thriller from genre master Brian De Palma. This is a slick and stylish conspiracy thriller with an impressive cast led by Nicolas Cage and Gary Sinise. The film is a bit contrived and it [...]

July 29, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES

Brian De Palma – 1990 Movies In Focus has a pretty controversial take on this one: Brian De Palma‘s The Bonfire Of The Vanities is hugely underrated adaptation of Tom Wolfe‘s epic novel – and one of De Palma’s best [...]

March 17, 2021

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 – Kittridge Strikes Back

He’s back! Eugene Kittridge returns to the Mission: Impossible franchise, 25 years after he made Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt ‘very upset’ in the Brian De Palma film which kick-started the series back in 1996.  Henry Czerny will [...]

March 5, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Eugenio Mira’s GRAND PIANO

Grand Piano plays like a homage to the work of Brian De Palma, the heir to Alfred Hitchcock’s edge of seat palm-sweaters. Eugenio Mira’s 2013 thriller sees pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) return to performing for the first time in five years [...]

December 29, 2020

Behind The Scenes: Ben Affleck Directing LIVE BY NIGHT

2016’s Live By Night is a luscious and luminous film. It features some beautiful production design and costumes, creating a vibrant world that echoes nearly a century of wonderful gangster movies. Ben Affleck’s adaptation of Dennis [...]

November 30, 2020

Obituary: Sean Connery 1930 – 2020

Sean Connery has died at the age of 90 years old at his home in the Bahamas. The Scottish acting icon won an Oscar, two Bafta awards and three Golden Globes over the course his career. Born Thomas Sean Connery on 25 August 1930 in Edinburgh, [...]

October 31, 2020

Notebook Reviews: BLOW OUT

Brian De Palma – 1981 Blow Out is a first rate thriller from the masterful Brian De Palma – it’s one of his best. John Travolta delivers a great performance as the movie sound man who thinks he has recorded a murder, while [...]

September 18, 2020

Uncovering Curiosities: Brian De Palma’s SISTERS

Brian De Palma has been compared to Alfred Hitchcock throughout his career. However, he has never been more Hitchcockian than he was with Sisters. It plays like a greatest hits package of the Master of Suspense’s finest moments as De Palma takes [...]

September 13, 2020

The Legendary Ennio Morricone Dies At The Age Of 91

The great Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The Italian film composer sadly passed away in Rome following complications from a fall. Morricone was probably best known for his work with Sergio Leone, the most famous being the 1966 Clint [...]

July 6, 2020

Tom Cruise Still Has All The Right Movies

The mighty Tom Cruise’s boyish charm helped propel him to superstardom in the 1980s. He parlayed that success into working with Hollywood’s top directors (Steven Spielberg, Tony Scott, Brian DePalma, Robert Redford, Oliver Stone) starring a [...]

July 3, 2020

Bond And Beyond: The Career Of Sean Connery

Sean Connery has always had a strength and maturity buried deep within every character he has ever played; a resonance that adds an important layer to every role. He originated the character of James Bond on the big screen and it’s hard to [...]

May 25, 2020

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