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Notebook Reviews: LETHAL WEAPON 3

Richard Donner – 1992. Lethal Weapon 3 is an exceptionally well made action movie, with some incredibly well constructed action set pieces. Energetically directed by the great Richard Donner and well acted by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, this [...]

August 24, 2021

Yippee Ki-Yay! DIE HARD Turns 33 Years Old

Die Hard is a great example of the Hollywood studio system getting moviemaking right – the film is a perfect storm of story and talent coming together. It is hard to fathom that the action-thriller was such an unknown quantity when it was first [...]

July 16, 2021

Notebook Reviews: WE WERE SOLDIERS

Randall Wallace – 2002 Braveheart pair Mel Gibson and Randall Wallace re-team for We Were Soldiers, a true life Vietnam War drama. Wallace’s film is solid if a little unspectacular and it doesn’t quite deliver the emotional heft [...]

May 27, 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

The Mighty Richard Donner

The mighty Richard Donner turned 91 years old on 24 April 2021. Donner is one of the all-time great Hollywood directors who cut his teeth in advertising and television, working on some of the most iconic shows of the 1960s and 1970s (The Twilight [...]

April 24, 2021

Notebook Review: CHICKEN RUN

Peter Lord/Nick Park – 2000 Good cluckin’ fun! Chicken Run is a hugely enjoyable old fashioned family film with some wonderful stop motion animation from Ardman Studios. This farm focused animation is well made, with a script that both [...]

April 22, 2021

Behind The Scenes: Mel Gibson Filming BIRD ON A WIRE

John Badham’s Bird On A Wire is a fun and enthusiastic action-comedy starring the winning combination of Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn.  The 1990 film features Gibson as an FBI informant who has been in witness protection for fifteen years. [...]

April 18, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME

George Miller and George Ogilvie – 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome might not be as violent as its predecessors, but it does have a lot of charm. Funny and dangerous in equal measure, this once again delivers great cartoon-style action. The [...]

April 13, 2021

Remembering Mel Gibson’s THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ is a powerful piece of cinema. It’s a breathtaking, bravura biblical epic which resonates on multiple levels.  The 2004 film is beautifully shot, well acted and the story is captivating. Mel [...]

April 2, 2021

Notebook Reviews: CONSPIRACY THEORY

Richard Donner – 1997 Conspiracy Theory is a top-notch thriller from the winning combo of Mel Gibson and Richard Donner. It improves with repeat viewings and there’s a good mix of laughs and thrills to be had. Julia Roberts is somewhat [...]

March 4, 2021

Notebook Reviews: RANSOM

Ron Howard – 1996 Ransom is a top-notch thriller from Ron Howard, and it’s a film which shows his versatility as a director. Mel Gibson is great in the lead (playing somewhat against type) and Rene Russo is good, if underused. There are [...]

February 17, 2021

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