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Notebook Reviews: THE LAST CASTLE

Rod Lurie – 2001 Director Rod Lurie delivers a thoughtful, but hugely entertaining prison drama with The Last Castle. Robert Redford is great in the lead role – but Lurie’s film also has a fantastic supporting cast – James [...]

April 15, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE OMEN

Richard Donner – 1976 The Omen is a first rate horror from the great Richard Donner – which once again shows that he’s a director at ease in every genre.  Great acting from Gregory Peck and Lee Remick and a fantastic score from [...]

April 14, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME

George Miller and George Ogilvie – 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome might not be as violent as its predecessors, but it does have a lot of charm. Funny and dangerous in equal measure, this once again delivers great cartoon-style action. The [...]

April 13, 2021

Notebook Reviews: JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS

Don Chaffey – 1963 Jason And The Argonauts is one of the great Ray Harryhausen‘s finest films. This Don Chaffey directed adventure is a timeless classic with superb special effects and wonderful action set pieces. The film’s [...]

April 5, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

Cy Endfield – 1961 Mysterious Island is a wonderful old-fashioned American Cvil War era adventure romp. This 1961 film’s stop motion effects are glorious – coming from the brilliant effects master, Ray Harryhausen.  All the [...]

April 4, 2021

Notebook Reviews: TOWN & COUNTRY

Peter Chelsom – 2001 Town & Country is a criminally under-rated movie which was over shadowed by its troubled production. This Warren Beatty led screwball comedy is great fun and the cast is wonderful – Beatty is joined by Diane [...]

April 1, 2021

Notebook Reviews: BILLY BATHGATE

Robert Benton – 1991 Robert Benton’s Billy Bathgate was a huge bomb at the box office when it was released in 1991 – and it’s a massive clunker on a narrative level too. Admittedly it’s a very good looking movie – [...]

March 30, 2021

Notebook Reviews: FREQUENCY

Gregory Hoblit – 2000 It’s always great to see Dennis Quaid in a leading role – and Gregory Hoblit’s Frequency gives him a brilliant one (Jim Caviezel is also wonderful).  This is a unique film, but if you’re looking [...]

March 27, 2021

Notebook Reviews: ANNIE HALL

Woody Allen – 1977 Annie Hall is possibly Woody Allen‘s finest and most natural film (sorry Manhattan). It’s a real gem of a pictures and a true classic. The script is perfect – and Allen is at his wisecracking best and Diane [...]

March 26, 2021

Notebook Reviews: ANY GIVEN SUNDAY

Oliver Stone – 1999 Oliver Stone is at the top of his game with this sports-based drama which features a fantastic cast  – Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool, Matthew Modine, Aaron Eckhart and the [...]

March 25, 2021

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