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Notebook Reviews: THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

John Houston  – 1948. Written and directed by the great John Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a film which rightly regarded as a classic. This tense treasure hunt drama sees Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Walter Huston searching [...]

October 21, 2021

Notebook Reviews: STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE

George Lucas – 1999. George Lucas returned to the Star Wars galaxy (and directing) with the entertaining Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Is this prequel as good as the original films? Of course its not, but The Phantom [...]

October 18, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE CONVERSATION

Francis Ford Coppola – 1974. Written, produced, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Conversation is a wonderfully paced dramatic thriller. Gene Hackman is excellent as always the surveillance who believes that one of his subjects might [...]

October 17, 2021

Notebook Reviews: INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE

Neil Jordan – 1994.  Neil Jordan‘s Interview With The Vampire is a great looking gothic horror, which just about holds the attention. All the elements are there, but Jordan’s film lacks bite! Tom Cruise goes against type as the [...]

October 16, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MEET JOE BLACK

Martin Brest – 1998. Meet Joe Black may have flopped hard on its cinematic release, but this Martin Brest directed romantic drama is rather excellent. The film’s three-hour running time might be ponderous for some, but Brest’s film [...]

October 15, 2021

Notebook Reviews: JAWS

Steven Spielberg – 1975. I don’t care what you say, but I believe that Jaws is Steven Spielberg’s greatest cinematic achievement. Spielberg’s film works on every level – as a horror movie, a drama and as an adventure [...]

October 14, 2021

Notebook Reviews: PULP FICTION

Quentin Tarantino – 1994. Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction changed the face of cinema when it was released in 1994. A modern noir, the film packed a visceral punch with its snappy dialogue and rich characterisation. Movies had never felt [...]

October 8, 2021

Notebook Reviews: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Steven Spielberg – 1981. Movies do not get more entertaining than Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders Of The Lost Ark. It’s glorious fun from beginning to end and Harrison Ford is perfect as Indiana Jones, the archeologist caught-up [...]

October 7, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR

John McTiernan – 1999. Remakes are rarely as good the original, but John Mc Tiernan‘s remake of The Thomas Crown Affair certainly surpasses Norman Jewison‘s 1968 original.  This 1999 remake of the Steve McQueen/Faye Dunaway film hits [...]

October 3, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE PERFECT STORM

Wolfgang Peterson – 2000. Seafaring drama The Perfect Storm sees Wolfgang Petersen directing George Clooney in his first out-and-out box office hit. It’s a solid enough disaster movie, but the characters are a little underdeveloped and [...]

October 2, 2021

Notebook Reviews: DEEP RISING

Stephen Sommers – 1998.  Writer/director Stephen Sommers delivers a gloriously wonderful B-movie in the shape of Deep Rising. Part Poseidon Adventure and part Aliens, Sommers’ film is an absolute hoot from start to finish. Treat [...]

September 29, 2021

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