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Notebook Reviews: PACIFIC HEIGHTS

John Schlesinger – 1990 Pacific Heights is a gripping psychological thriller from director John Schlesinger. Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine are great as the young couple who buy a house and bring in tenants to help cover the bills. [...]

January 19, 2021

Notebook Reviews: SUMMER OF SAM

Spike Lee – 1999 Summer Of Sam is an unfocused and messy film from Spike Lee. While Lee wants to show how the Son Of Sam killings impacted the people of the Bronx in 1976, it never connects on a human level and most of the film’s [...]

January 18, 2021

Notebook Reviews: CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES

Simon Wincer – 2001 Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles is an enjoyable and amiable sequel, which is fun for the whole family.  The plot is a bit meandering and things don’t really come together until the last act, but this is all about [...]

January 15, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY

Anthony Minghella – 1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley is a highly entertaining and wonderfully presented thriller from director Anthony Minghella. The cast is first-rate (Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett and the always [...]

January 14, 2021

Notebook Reviews: INDECENT PROPOSAL

Adrian Lyne – 1993 Indecent Proposal is a solid romantic drama from Fatal Attraction director Adrian Lyne. The main cast is great – Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore and Robert Redford (who isn’t in it enough) all ensure that this is [...]

January 13, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT

Renny Harlin – 1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight is a hugely enjoyable and slickly made action film with a sparkling script from the great Shane Black. Geena Davis and Samuel L.Jackson are both well cast in this Renny Harlin directed film.  The [...]

January 10, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE MUSE

Albert Brooks – 1999 Writer/director/star Albert Brooks‘ The Muse isn’t a bad Hollywood satire, but it’s not quite as biting as it thinks it is. The cast is good (Brooks, Jeff Bridges, Sharon Stone, Andie McDowell) and the [...]

January 9, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE BONE COLLECTOR

Phillip Noyce – 1999 The Bone Collector is an enjoyable, if routine serial killer thriller starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.  The always reliable Philip Noyce‘s direction is slick and solid (and very 1980s)  and he [...]

January 8, 2021

Notebook Reviews: HIS GIRL FRIDAY

Howard Hawks – 1940 One of the all-time great movies, Howard Hawk’s His Girl Friday is a fast and furious screwball comedy starring (a never better) Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Based on the 1928 play The Front Page by Ben Hecht and [...]

January 6, 2021

Notebook Reviews: TRUE CRIME

Clint Eastwood – 1999 True Crime is an enjoyable, but cliched thriller from director/star Clint Eastwood (who plays a smart-ass, womanising reporter). It has a few nice touches and James Woods is very good (his role should have been much [...]

January 4, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE MATRIX

The Wachowskis – 1999 The Matrix is a slick and visually amazing sci-fi film with some stunning filmmaking techniques from The Wachowskis. The story’s on the slight side, but the action is the thing and it’s done with so much style [...]

January 1, 2021

Notebook Reviews: JACKIE BROWN

Quentin Tarantino – 1997 Although it’s not quite as good as Pulp Fiction (few films could be), Jackie Brown is brilliant piece of filmmaking from Quentin Tarantino. This Elmore Leonard adaptation is an engrossing, laid-back [...]

December 30, 2020

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