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The Mighty Richard Donner

The mighty Richard Donner turned 91 years old on 24 April 2021. Donner is one of the all-time great Hollywood directors who cut his teeth in advertising and television, working on some of the most iconic shows of the 1960s and 1970s (The Twilight [...]

April 24, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE LAST BOY SCOUT

Tony Scott – 1991 Tony Scott‘s The Last Boy Scout is a pure joy to watch. It’s a top-notch action-thriller featuring a firecracker of a script from Shane Black. Bruce Willis is at his wisecracking best and he makes a great pairing [...]

February 14, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT

Renny Harlin – 1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight is a hugely enjoyable and slickly made action film with a sparkling script from the great Shane Black. Geena Davis and Samuel L.Jackson are both well cast in this Renny Harlin directed film.  The [...]

January 10, 2021

Top Christmas Movies: THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT

The Long Kiss Goodnight sees Renny Harlin direct the action and Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson trade barbs and shoot bullets in this Shane Black scripted action film. Davis plays a mother who discovers that she’s actually a finely honed [...]

December 9, 2020

Top Christmas Movies: KISS KISS BANG BANG

2005’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang saw Shane Black directing Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr in this wonderful action comedy. Kilmer was post-Batman, Downey was pre-Iron Man and they share great chemistry in this witty Christmas Noir. At the time of [...]

December 8, 2020

Uncovering Curiosities: Robert Altman’s THE LONG GOODBYE

Elliott Gould plays Raymond Chandler’s iconic and laconic private detective, Philip Marlow in this screen adaptation of The Long Goodbye. Robert Altman directs this film, which oozes 70s cinematic style. Altman’s film sees Marlowe investigate [...]

September 11, 2020

Mel Gibson & Richard Donner On The Set Of LETHAL WEAPON

The mighty Richard Donner’s Lethal Weapon is one of the great action films of the 1980s. Shane Black wrote the screenplay (his first produced script) for the 1987 release, which broke the rules of action cinema. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are [...]

May 22, 2020

Remembering Shane Black’s KISS KISS BANG BANG

Shane Black’s 2005 directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a near flawless modern noir. Black’s script sizzles with wit and one-liners and Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer are perfect as the leads. Kilmer was post-Batman, Downey was [...]

April 24, 2020

Movies In Focus’ Top Christmas Movies

As curmudgeonly as Movies In Focus can be, I do appreciate Christmas (it’s probably my favourite time of the year). I thought it was about time that I put together a list of my favourite Christmas film, so I rolled-up my sleeves and dug into the [...]

December 19, 2018

THE PREDATOR: Getting The Gang Together

A motley crew is defined as an assembly of individuals of various backgrounds, appearance, and character that come together for a single cause. Utilising this as the centrepiece of a narrative has been a hallmark of cinema for many years now, [...]

September 4, 2018

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