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Notebook Reviews: THE MUMMY RETURNS

Stephen Sommers – 2001 The Mummy Returns is another enjoyable action-adventure from director Stephen Sommers. It’s not quite as good as its predecessor, but this is a good attempt at recreating the magic of that surprise 1999 hit. The [...]

October 25, 2020

Notebook Reviews: BREAKDOWN

Jonathon Mostow – 1997  Breakdown is a nightmarish suspense thriller that builds brilliant tension throughout. Kurt Russell excels as the desperate everyman trying to find his missing wife. Director Jonathan Mostow‘s film has shades of [...]

October 22, 2020

Notebook Reviews: ONE NIGHT AT McCOOLS

Harald Zwart – 2001 One Night At McCools is a really bizarre little film with a great cast (Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, Paul Reiser, John Goodman and Michael Douglas) and some very funny moments. A wonderful feel and a good pace keeps the energy [...]

October 20, 2020

Notebook Reviews: PEARL HARBOR

Michael Bay  – 2001 Michael Bay’s epic blockbuster features some spectacular action and special effects. Pearl Harbor has the usual Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay feel with orange sunsets and slow-motion. Ben Affleck does his leading [...]

October 16, 2020

Notebook Reviews: THE TERMINATOR

James Cameron – 1984 The Terminator is tight, taut and tense. James Cameron‘s low budget actioner is near perfect. The 1984 scf-fi thriller marked the first collaboration between the director and Arnold Schwarzenegger and the duo have [...]

October 14, 2020

Notebook Reviews: ELECTION

Alexander Payne  – 1999 Election is a solid black comedy from director Alexander Payne. The film features some great directorial touches and Matthew Broderick excels as the teacher with a grudge battling Reese Witherspoon‘s student. [...]

October 12, 2020

Notebook Reviews: THE JEWEL OF THE NILE

Lewis Teague – 1985 The Jewel Of The Nile is an enjoyable follow-up to 1984’s Romancing The Stone. It might not be as good as Robert Zemeckis’ original, but it still has a lot of charm. The script features some witty lines and the [...]

October 10, 2020

Notebook Reviews: PUSHING TIN

Mike Newell – 1999 The ever-reliable John Cusack stars in this witty black comedy from director Mike Newell. Pushing Tin features some great performance and it has some truly hilarious moments. Billy Bob Thornton is good as the psycho air [...]

October 8, 2020

Notebook Reviews: BOWFINGER

Frank Oz – 1999 Bowfinger is a spot-on Hollywood satire with shades of Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. Steve Martin is great as the failing filmmaker and he’s well served by the biting script. Frank Oz‘s film borders on parody but it [...]

October 6, 2020

Notebook Reviews: HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II

Tony Randel – 1988 Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a solid enough sequel to Clive Barker‘s 1987 horror, Hellraiser. It lacks the originality of Barker’s film but it’s an entertaining enough romp. This time the plot sees an evil [...]

October 5, 2020

Notebook Reviews: WATERWORLD

Kevin Reynolds – 1995 Kevin Reynolds’ Waterworld is a good old fashioned swashbuckler with a sci-fi edge – it’s a film which definitely didn’t deserve all the bad press at the time of release. Kevin Costner enjoys [...]

October 4, 2020

Notebook Reviews: TWO LANE BLACKTOP

Monte Hellman – 1971 Monte Hellman’s Two Lane Blacktop is a well-regraded cult film and while it’s not bad, the whole endeavour is very superficial. Hellman’s film looks great and the cast is intriguing  – [...]

October 2, 2020

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