Notebook Reviews: THE SIXTH SENSE

M. Night Shyamalan – 1999 Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Sixth Sense is a masterpiece. There might be a (superb) twist ending, but Shyamalan’s film manages to hold-up despite repeated viewings. The direction and the [...]

August 3, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE PARALLAX VIEW

Alan J. Pakula – 1974 The Parallax View is a wonderful paranoia thriller from the great Alan J. Pakula. This 1974 film is one of the best in the genre and star Warren Beatty is fantastic as the investigative reporter who uncovers a [...]

July 27, 2021

Notebook Reviews: SPARTAN

David Mamet – 2004 David Mamet‘s Spartan is an excellent political thriller which features yet another first-rate performance from Val Kilmer.  The film might be played straight, but there’s plenty of humour laced throughout [...]

June 19, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Dario Argento’s OPERA

Opera sees giallo master Dario Argento working at his most gloriously OTT and this 1987 mystery contains all the traits you would expect from the Italian director: mystery, lust, violence and impressive camera work. The film also features music from [...]

June 16, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Ben Young’s HOUNDS OF LOVE

Maybe don’t think about the Kate Bush song. Having said that, 2016’s Hounds Of Love is a dark and violent Antipodean thriller that will probably send you Running Up That Hill, Breathing heavily and maybe screaming Babooshka! This pic [...]

June 5, 2021

Competition: Win Sci-Fi Thriller BLACK BOX On DVD

Movies In Focus was hugely impressed with Angel Delgado‘s brilliant science fiction thriller Black Box, calling it ‘a tremendous feat in low budget filmmaking‘.  101 Films is releasing the film on DVD in the UK on 31 May 2021 [...]

May 29, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Francis Ford Coppola’s TWIXT

The great Francis Ford Coppola and Val Kilmer teamed for the 2012 murder mystery, Twixt. The film may be more of a digital video experiment than a movie but it does feature a great performance from Kilmer and a kooky supporting role for Bruce Dern. [...]

May 28, 2021


Mark Pellington – 2002 Mark Pellington‘s The Mothman Prophecies is an excellent and unexpected mystery with a great turn by Richard Gere (Laura Linney is also excellent). Pellington’s film has great visuals and it also has a [...]

May 20, 2021

Notebook Reviews: DON’T SAY A WORD

Gary Fleder – 2001 Although it wasn’t a hit with the critics, I really enjoyed Gary Fleder’s Don’t Say A Word. It’s an entertaining thriller, featuring some strong visuals and a directorial skill which gives a lot to [...]

May 15, 2021

1 2 3 7