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Notebook Reviews: GROUNDHOG DAY

Harold Ramis – 1993. Director Harold Ramis‘ Groundhog Day is a true comedy classic. The great Bill Murray is on peak form as the grouchy weatherman forced to relive the same day over and over. It might just be Murray’s most [...]

September 2, 2021

Notebook Reviews: LETHAL WEAPON

Richard Donner – 1987. Lethal Weapon is the movie that kick-started an incredible movie franchise – and the buddy movie sub-genre. Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Richard Donner are on fine form in delivering this cracking thriller. The [...]

August 29, 2021

Notebook Reviews: I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER

Jim Gillespie – 1997. I Know What You Did Last Summer is an enjoyable entry into the slasher movie stable. It’s no Halloween, but this has the requisite thrills and spills to entertain for an hour and a half. An update of the type of [...]

August 28, 2021

Notebook Reviews: ZERO EFFECT

Jake Kasdan – 1998. Zero Effect is an entertaining comedy-thriller with good characters and some intriguing plot developments. It’s a strong writing and directing debut for Jake Kasdan – son of the great Lawrence Kasdan. This is an [...]

August 27, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL

Wim Wenders – 2000. The Million Dollar Hotel is a film which fails to deliver on the promise of its talent. Co-written by U2’s Bono, directed by Wim Wenders and produced by Mel Gibson‘s Icon Productions, it’s a really dull [...]

August 26, 2021

Notebook Reviews: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

John Carpenter – 1986. It’s very likely that Big Trouble In Little China is one of the most entertaining films ever made. Kurt Russell and John Carpenter are at the peak of their powers delivering this martial [...]

August 25, 2021

Notebook Reviews: LETHAL WEAPON 3

Richard Donner – 1992. Lethal Weapon 3 is an exceptionally well made action movie, with some incredibly well constructed action set pieces. Energetically directed by the great Richard Donner and well acted by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, this [...]

August 24, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

Brian De Palma – 1996. Mission: Impossible sees Brian De Palma take the classic 1960s spy series and update it for the 1990s. It’s an incredibly stylish piece of big screen espionage, which has echoes of the genres ’60s origins. [...]

August 22, 2021

Notebook Reviews: END OF DAYS

Peter Hyams – 1999 End Of Days is a gloriously old-fashioned action movie from director Peter Hyams. This end of the century thriller plays like The Omen meets Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Arnold Schwarzenegger is great as the ex-cop battling [...]

August 20, 2021

Notebook Reviews: FOR LOVE OF THE GAME

Sam Raimi – 1999 For Love Of The Game is a major change of pace for horror director Sam Raimi. This baseball drama sees Kevin Costner excel as the ageing player forced to chose between his love for his girlfriend (Kelly Preston) and his love [...]

August 19, 2021

Notebook Reviews: DR. NO

Terence Young – 1962 Dr. No is the first – and one of the finest James Bond films. Sean Connery became an instant movie-star and icon with his turn as Bond, James Bond. It’s perfect casting and Connery delivers suave masculinity [...]

August 18, 2021

Notebook Reviews: AMERICAN PSYCHO

Mary Harron – 2000 Mary Harron’s screen adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel, American Psycho starts off well enough but it soon loses its lustre and becomes rather irksome. The first 45 minutes or so of this satirical thriller [...]

August 17, 2021

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