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Notebook Reviews: BULWORTH

Warren Beatty – 1998. Warren Beatty‘s Bulworth is a highly enjoyable political satire with a ferocious bite. Beatty is at the top of his game here as star, director, producer and co-writer and he really delivers on all fronts. It’s [...]

December 12, 2021

Notebook Reviews: EARTHQUAKE

Mark Robson – 1974. Earthquake is a damn good disaster movie – one of the genre’s finest. Mark Robson’s film is a hugely entertaining action epic and there’s a fine lead role from the great Charlton Heston (doing what [...]

December 10, 2021

Notebook Reviews: X-MEN

Bryan Singer – 2000. Bryan Singer‘s X-Men is a comic book movie which really delivers the goods in a big, big way. A strong screenplay, good character development and a top-notch cast (Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle [...]

December 4, 2021

Notebook Reviews: ST. ELMO’S FIRE

Joel Schumacher – 1985. Co-written and directed by the great Joel Schumacher, St. Elmo’s Fire is a hugely enjoyable ‘Brat Pack’ drama. Schumacher is working at the top of his game here, crafting a movie where humour easily [...]

November 27, 2021

Notebook Reviews: ONE GOOD COP

Heywood Gould – 1991. Written and directed by Heywood Gould, One Good Cop is an excellent dramatic thriller which just doesn’t get the love it deserves. As always, Michael Keaton is his usual excellent self – if you want to talk [...]

November 23, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MAD MAX 2 – THE ROAD WARRIOR

George Miller – 1981.  Mad Max 2 (aka The Road Warrior) is a high energy science fiction sequel from director George Miller. Upping the action quota and the spectacle from the original, Mad Max 2 is a masterwork in action cinema – [...]

November 20, 2021

Notebook Reviews: SWEET HEARTS DANCE

Robert Greenwald – 1988.  Sweet Hearts Dance is a very good family drama with some very fine comedic moments woven throughout. The excellent cast –  Don Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Daniels and Elizabeth Perkins – all deliver [...]

November 18, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR

Sydney Pollack – 1975. Director Sydney Pollack‘s. Three Days Of The Condor is 1970s cinema at its finest. Robert Redford is at his most charismatic and the Christmas setting helps add some wintry chills to proceedings. Faye Dunaway, Max [...]

November 11, 2021

Notebook Reviews: JURASSIC PARK

Steven Spielberg – 1993. Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park is great fun. It’s an excellent adaptation of Michael Crichton‘s best-selling novel and Spielberg doesn’t get bogged down in too much of the book’s [...]

November 6, 2021

Notebook Reviews: DON JUAN DEMARCO

Jeremy Leven – 1995. Don Juan DeMarco is an enjoyable romantic comedy/drama from writer-director Jeremy Levin. The film has an intriguing premise and it features the captivating pairing of Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando. The former shows-off [...]

November 3, 2021

Notebook Reviews: PSYCHO

Gus Van Sant – 1998. It’s obviously nowhere near as good as Alfred Hitchcock‘s original, but Gus Van Sant‘s updating of Psycho isn’t too bad. This shot-for-shot remake could have been a total disaster, but it manages to [...]

October 30, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST

Lawrence Kasdan  – 1988. Director Lawrence Kasdan has crafted an enjoyable and quirky romantic comedy-drama in the shape of The Accidental Tourist. Kasdan’s film features an strong cast – William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis [...]

October 24, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

John Houston  – 1948. Written and directed by the great John Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a film which rightly regarded as a classic. This tense treasure hunt drama sees Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Walter Huston searching [...]

October 21, 2021

Notebook Reviews: STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE

George Lucas – 1999. George Lucas returned to the Star Wars galaxy (and directing) with the entertaining Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Is this prequel as good as the original films? Of course its not, but The Phantom [...]

October 18, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE CONVERSATION

Francis Ford Coppola – 1974. Written, produced, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Conversation is a wonderfully paced dramatic thriller. Gene Hackman is excellent as always the surveillance who believes that one of his subjects might [...]

October 17, 2021

Notebook Reviews: INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE

Neil Jordan – 1994.  Neil Jordan‘s Interview With The Vampire is a great looking gothic horror, which just about holds the attention. All the elements are there, but Jordan’s film lacks bite! Tom Cruise goes against type as the [...]

October 16, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MEET JOE BLACK

Martin Brest – 1998. Meet Joe Black may have flopped hard on its cinematic release, but this Martin Brest directed romantic drama is rather excellent. The film’s three-hour running time might be ponderous for some, but Brest’s film [...]

October 15, 2021

Notebook Reviews: JAWS

Steven Spielberg – 1975. I don’t care what you say, but I believe that Jaws is Steven Spielberg’s greatest cinematic achievement. Spielberg’s film works on every level – as a horror movie, a drama and as an adventure [...]

October 14, 2021

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