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Notebook Reviews: ELVIS – THE MOVIE

John Carpenter – 1979 Elvis is an exceptionally well-made TV movie from John Carpenter. This is a serious change of pace for the horror director, but he shows a deft touch in delivering an impressive musical biopic. Carpenter regular, Kurt [...]

July 7, 2021

Notebook Reviews: ARMAGEDDON

  Michael Bay – 1998 Michael Bay‘s Armageddon is totally preposterous – but it’s great fun. You need to embrace the concept or you’ll never enjoy this Jerry Bruckheimer produced disaster movie. This oil-riggers on an [...]

June 28, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Neil Young’s CSNY/Déjà Vu

CSNY/Déjà Vu is a 2008 documentary directed by Neil Young (under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey). It’s an exceptional piece of filmmaking which is not only about the war in Iraq (which was raging at the time) and the then political climate, [...]

June 24, 2021

Notebook Reviews: VANILLA SKY

Cameron Crowe – 2001 Writer/director Cameron Crowe‘s Vanilla Sky is a masterpiece. Crowe’s ‘cover version’ of Alejandro Amenábar’s Open Your Eyes is a glossy and surreal romantic-drama-sci-fi-thriller. Tom [...]

April 28, 2021

Dolenz Sings Nesmith

Movies In Focus is a huge fan of The Monkees – and also the solo career of Michael Nesmith. I actually saw the full Monkees line-up – Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith – play in Belfast in 1997.  Michael [...]

April 27, 2021

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