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Notebook Reviews: PULP FICTION

Quentin Tarantino – 1994. Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction changed the face of cinema when it was released in 1994. A modern noir, the film packed a visceral punch with its snappy dialogue and rich characterisation. Movies had never felt [...]

October 8, 2021

Notebook Reviews: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Steven Spielberg – 1981. Movies do not get more entertaining than Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders Of The Lost Ark. It’s glorious fun from beginning to end and Harrison Ford is perfect as Indiana Jones, the archeologist caught-up [...]

October 7, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR

John McTiernan – 1999. Remakes are rarely as good the original, but John Mc Tiernan‘s remake of The Thomas Crown Affair certainly surpasses Norman Jewison‘s 1968 original.  This 1999 remake of the Steve McQueen/Faye Dunaway film hits [...]

October 3, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE PERFECT STORM

Wolfgang Peterson – 2000. Seafaring drama The Perfect Storm sees Wolfgang Petersen directing George Clooney in his first out-and-out box office hit. It’s a solid enough disaster movie, but the characters are a little underdeveloped and [...]

October 2, 2021

Notebook Reviews: DEEP RISING

Stephen Sommers – 1998.  Writer/director Stephen Sommers delivers a gloriously wonderful B-movie in the shape of Deep Rising. Part Poseidon Adventure and part Aliens, Sommers’ film is an absolute hoot from start to finish. Treat [...]

September 29, 2021

Notebook Reviews: HER ALIBI

Bruce Beresford – 1989. Bruce Beresford’s Her Alibi is an enjoyable comedy with a great big screen turn from Tom Selleck. The premise of a crime novelist getting romantically involved with a murder suspect (Paulina Porizkova) is an [...]

September 27, 2021

Notebook Reviews: HIGH FIDELITY

Stephen Frears – 2000. Stephen Frears‘ adaptation of Nick Hornby‘s novel, High Fidelity hits all the right notes. The John Cusack starring rom-com features a killer soundtrack and the story works on just about every level (the [...]

September 25, 2021

Notebook Reviews: OUT OF SIGHT

Steven Soderbergh – 1998. Out Of Sight is as slick and fun crime film from director Steven Soderbergh. If you need an example of a movie in which all the elements come together in a perfect way, then this is it. The direction is superb, the [...]

September 20, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MAD DOG AND GLORY

John McNaughton – 1993. John McNaughton’s Mad Dog And Glory is an interesting comedy-drama starring Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, and Bill Murray. McNaughton’s film is so fascinating because of its casting – De Niro and Murray [...]

September 17, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THREE KINGS

David O. Russell – 1999. Director David O. Russell delivers as visceral and thought-provoking Gulf War movie in the shape of Three Kings. On the surface this is a war/heist film, but Russell’s film much more than that. The director gives [...]

September 16, 2021

Notebook Reviews: TWILIGHT

Robert Benton – 1998. Twilight is an excellent modern day film noir with a hugely impressive cast. The great Paul Newman leads the way but Robert Benton‘s film also stars the mighty James Garner, Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, Reese [...]

September 15, 2021

Notebook Reviews: ENEMY OF THE STATE

Tony Scott – 1998 Enemy Of The State sees Tony Scott directing Will Smith and Gene Hackman in this hugely entertaining paranoia thriller. Scott shoots with his usual visual fervour, giving this festive action film some incredible energy and a [...]

September 14, 2021

Notebook Reviews: AIR FORCE ONE

Wolfgang Petersen – 1997. German director Wolfgang Petersen‘s Air Force One is an entertaining action film with a good turn from the always reliable Harrison Ford. Ford plays the US President tackling terrorists on the titular aircraft, [...]

September 13, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE PATRIOT

Roland Emmerich – 2000. Master of Disaster, Roland Emmerich goes for a serious change of pace with The Patriot. Yes, this is still a huge scale Hollywood blockbuster, but its worlds away from the likes of Stargate and Independence Day.  The [...]

September 12, 2021

Notebook Reviews: 8MM

Joel Schumacher – 1998. The always interesting Nicolas Cage is on tip-top form in Joel Schumacher‘s neo-noir, 8mm. It’s a highly thrilling and gritty detective film which delves into the dark world of the ‘snuff movie’. [...]

September 11, 2021

Notebook Reviews: COMMANDO

Mark L. Lester – 1985. Somewhere, somehow, someone’s going to pay! Commando is pure entertainment. This Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner delivers everything that you would want from an ’80s action film. Explosions, stunts, [...]

September 10, 2021

Notebook Reviews: PAYBACK

Brian Helgeland -1999. Payback is a slick but gritty modern film noir from writer-turned-director Brian Helgeland. Mel Gibson plays things somewhat against type as the anti-hero out for revenge after being double-crossed and left for dead. [...]

September 9, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE 13TH WARRIOR

John Mc Tiernan – 1999. John McTiernan‘s The 13th Warrior is not as bad as its troubled production would lead you to believe. This adaptation of Michael Crichton‘s novel, Eaters of the Dead is an entertaining Viking action film [...]

September 7, 2021

Notebook Reviews: GUNG HO

Ron Howard – 1986. Director Ron Howard‘s Gung Ho is an excellent culture clash comedy which sees blue collar Pennsylvania colliding with Japanese business culture.  The always excellent Michael Keaton is great as the car factor foreman [...]

September 4, 2021

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