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Notebook Reviews: LIVE AND LET DIE

Guy Hamilton – 1973 Live And Let Die is one of the best James Bond movies – and certainly the best (and first) of Roger Moore‘s run as Ian Fleming’s super spy. The story is a blast (if a little dated) and the set pieces make [...]

September 28, 2020

Notebook Reviews: THE MINUS MAN

Hampton Fancher – 1999 Based on the novel by Lew McCreary, The Minus Man was directed by Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher. It’s an odd little thriller where very little actually happens – but that’s not to say it [...]

September 27, 2020

Notebook Reviews: RUSHMORE

Wes Anderson – 1998 It has the mighty Bill Murray in it, so of course it’s going to be good – but Wes Anderson‘s Rushmore is a fantastic off-beat comedy. It’s anchored by Murray, but Jason Schwartzman is also excellent [...]

September 25, 2020

Notebook Reviews: THE TAILOR OF PANAMA

John Boorman – 2001 John Boorman’s The Tailor of Panama is a fantastic black-comedy thriller which is based on the novel John le Carré. They don’t make enough films with this type of energy. Geoffrey Rush is great at the titular [...]

September 24, 2020

Notebook Reviews: VIRUS

John Bruno – 1999 Virus is a highly derivative sci-fi/horror which hardly breaks new ground – but having said that, it’s schlocky B-movie fun. A cross between Alien, Terminator and Deep Rising, the film is directed by former [...]

September 22, 2020

Notebook Reviews: APT PUPIL

Bryan Singer – 1998 Director Bryan Singer delivers a truly weird  psychological thriller with this adaptation of the Stephen King short story, Apt Pupil.  In a way it’s a miracle Apt Pupil even got made – this Nazi-themed [...]

September 21, 2020

Notebook Reviews: MOONLIGHTING – The Pilot

Robert Butler – 1985 What can you say about this feature length pilot episode for the greatest television show of the 1980s? Bruce Willis was born to play wise-cracking Private Detective David Addison and he makes for a great foil against [...]

September 19, 2020

Notebook Reviews: BLOW OUT

Brian De Palma – 1981 Blow Out is a first rate thriller from the masterful Brian De Palma – it’s one of his best. John Travolta delivers a great performance as the movie sound man who thinks he has recorded a murder, while [...]

September 18, 2020

Notebook Reviews: THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

George Stevens – 1965 Based on the international bestselling book (The Bible!), The Greatest Story Ever Told is a glorious retelling of the life of Jesus Christ from director George Stevens. This 1965 biblical epic is loaded with a stacked [...]

September 17, 2020

Notebook Reviews: K-9

Rod Daniel – 1989 K-9 is an enjoyable and very ’80s comedy-thriller. James Belushi is good value as the wise-cracking detective who gets a dog as a new partner. Ruff justice indeed.  The Rod Daniel directed film is a bit unbalanced in [...]

September 16, 2020

Notebook Reviews: CLUB PARADISE

Harold Ramis – 1986 It’s hard to believe that the great Harold Ramis, the man behind such comedy classics such as Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Multiplicity was responsible for Club Paradise. It’s not funny, it’s badly [...]

September 14, 2020

Notebook Reviews: FATHER OF THE BRIDE

Charles Shyer – 1991 Father Of The Bride starts off well, with Steve Martin excelling in the facial expressions department during the first half hour. The film loses a bit of momentum after that, but it’s given a huge shot in the arm [...]

September 13, 2020

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