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Notebook Reviews: CIRCUS

Rob Walker – 2000 Circus is a well made British thriller which has all the elements to be a good thriller – except the script. A better storyline was badly needed to make this work. The soundtrack is awful as well – it’s way [...]

July 31, 2021

Notebook Reviews: WITHNAIL AND I

Bruce Robinson – 1987 Writer/director Bruce Robinson’s Withnail And I is a wonderful free-wheeling, plot-free comedy with brilliantly quotable dialogue.  Richard E.Grant and Paul McGann play Withnail And I, two struggling actors who [...]

July 30, 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: HEAVEN CAN WAIT

Warren Beatty and Buck Henry – 1978 Heaven Can Wait is an impressive comedy with yet another great performance from Warren Beatty. The film marks his first directing credit – and it’s a strong debut. The film is based on the [...]

July 28, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE PARALLAX VIEW

Alan J. Pakula – 1974 The Parallax View is a wonderful paranoia thriller from the great Alan J. Pakula. This 1974 film is one of the best in the genre and star Warren Beatty is fantastic as the investigative reporter who uncovers a [...]

July 27, 2021

Notebook Reviews: SOLDIER

  Paul W. S. Anderson – 1998 Paul W. S. Anderson’s Soldier might be flawed, but it’s an under-seen gem of a science fiction action movie. Kurt Russell is exceptional in a near dialogue-free role which relies heavily on his [...]

July 26, 2021

Notebook Reviews: ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN

Alan J. Pakula – 1976 All the President’s Men is a wonderful political thriller from the great Alan J. Pakula. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman make for a brilliant pairing as Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the two Washington [...]

July 23, 2021

Notebook Reviews: TIN CUP

Ron Shelton – 1996 Director Ron Shelton delivers a great sporting comedy with Tin Cup. The film features a wonderful turn by Kevin Costner – who is at his most likeable and charismatic. Shelton’s film has an incredible supporting [...]

July 21, 2021

Notebook Reviews: FALLEN

Gregory Hoblit – 1998 Fallen is a well made supernatural thriller from director Gregory Hoblit. Admittedly, the whole thing is a little far-fetched but it’s so well done that it really doesn’t matter. The film is anchored by a [...]

July 20, 2021

Notebook Reviews: WYATT EARP

Lawrence Kasdan – 1993 Directed, produced and co-written by Lawrence Kasdan, Wyatt Earp is a great looking historical epic. However, this western just doesn’t work despite a lot of great elements. It’s not bad, it’s just [...]

July 16, 2021

Notebook Reviews: WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE

Lasse Hallström – 1993 What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is a well crafted, if rather sombre drama from director Lasse Hallström. Johnny Depp excels as the title character and the Oscar-nominated Leonardo DiCaprio is also quite good – [...]

July 14, 2021

Notebook Reviews: A PERFECT MURDER

Andrew Davis – 1998 A Perfect Murder is an enjoyable updating of Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic thriller, Dial M For Murder. Directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive), the film sees Michael Douglas in villain mode – and he’s [...]

July 13, 2021

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