joel schumacher

Notebook Reviews: 8MM

Joel Schumacher – 1998. The always interesting Nicolas Cage is on tip-top form in Joel Schumacher‘s neo-noir, 8mm. It’s a highly thrilling and gritty detective film which delves into the dark world of the ‘snuff movie’. [...]

September 11, 2021

Remembering The Mighty Joel Schumacher

The mighty Joel Schumacher was born on the 29 August 1939 – the same year that Batman made his first appearance.  As one of the all-time great directors, he helmed a wonderful selection of films that included everything from The Incredible [...]

August 29, 2021

George Clooney – The Last Of The Movie Stars

There are movie stars and then there is George Clooney. The actor, who turned 60 years old on 6 May, 2021 is the epitome of old style charm and charisma and he has been compared to Cary Grant on so many occasions that it would be superfluous to do [...]

May 6, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE LOST BOYS

Joel Schumacher – 1987 The Lost Boys is probably the ultimate Joel Schumacher film. This has it all – teenagers, neon lighting, rock soundtrack, fast editing and a witty script. It’s dated, but that’s not a problem because [...]

February 28, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Anthony Stabley’s EVERLASTING

One of the joys of Movies In Focus is that the site is able to shine a light on many films which might otherwise get overlooked. It’s always good to find small, quirky productions and offer them up to an audience that may have missed the [...]

January 30, 2021

Zack Snyder’s BATMAN

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a movie which doesn’t deserve its derided reputation. Yes, it’s hugely flawed but there’s much to enjoy in Zack Snyder’s 2016 superhero smash-up. One of the film’s highlights is Ben Affleck‘s turn as [...]

January 18, 2021

Joel Schumacher’s BATMAN

In 1995 Joel Schumacher took over the directing reins of the Batman franchise from Tim Burton for Batman Forever. Recasting Batman and replacing Michael Keatonwith the younger and more athletic Val Kilmer – this version of Batman was more [...]

January 17, 2021

Notebook Reviews: FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

Robert Rodriguez – 1996 From Dusk Till Dawn is a witty, gory and morally ambiguous horror-thriller. It’s great fun. There’s a chance that the whole thing wouldn’t work if it wasn’t anchored by George Clooney, who brings [...]

January 5, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: John Lemont’s KONGA

Your interest in Konga will depend on your interest in old B-movies. If you think that bad acting and terrible effects mean that a movie is simply appalling then I suggest that you give it a miss. However, if you revel in camp performances, [...]

December 30, 2020

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

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