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

Uncovering Curiosities: John Frankenheimer’s SECONDS

John Frankenheimer’s 1996 film, Seconds is a wonderfully oblique paranoia thriller with a career best performance from Rock Hudson. Dark and thought-provoking, this is the type of movie that led to Hollywood’s hard-edged cinematic output [...]

May 4, 2021

Notebook Reviews: SPY GAME

Tony Scott – 2001 Spy Game is a hugely enjoyable old-school espionage thriller from the great Tony Scott. This is a visually impressive and incredibly tense piece, featuring the wonderful pairing of Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. Redford is [...]

May 4, 2021

Notebook Reviews: VANILLA SKY

Cameron Crowe – 2001 Writer/director Cameron Crowe‘s Vanilla Sky is a masterpiece. Crowe’s ‘cover version’ of Alejandro Amenábar’s Open Your Eyes is a glossy and surreal romantic-drama-sci-fi-thriller. Tom [...]

April 28, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Sean Ellis’ ANTHROPOID

Anthropoid is a curious WWII dramatic thriller from 2016. It’s probably made even more curious by the fact this true story stars two Irish actors (Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy) as Czech soldiers on a mission to assassinate Nazi officer [...]

March 26, 2021

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