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Notebook Reviews: TOP GUN

Tony Scott – 1986 Feel the need for speed. It’s totally preposterous and everything is style over substance, but Tony Scott‘s Top Gun is hugely captivating popcorn fare. Tom Cruise takes to the skies in this energetic aeronautical [...]

November 5, 2023

Remembering The Great Tony Scott

Director Tony Scott was born on June 21st 1944. He followed in the footsteps of his older brother, director Ridley Scott, by attending Art College. He then made his way into the advertising industry, working for his brother’s company, Ridley [...]

August 19, 2022

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

Brian De Palma – Master Of Suspense

The great Brian De Palma was born on 11 September 1940. He has always been a director that defies convention. He’s an outsider that managed to get into the Hollywood system and subvert it. In the early days his love of the thriller led to him [...]

September 11, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2

John Woo – 2000. Mission: Impossible 2 is an enjoyable and slick action sequel. Stylistically, this John Woo directed film is very different from Brian De Palma’s 1996 original – but it manages to be great in its own way. Tom [...]

September 5, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

Brian De Palma – 1996. Mission: Impossible sees Brian De Palma take the classic 1960s spy series and update it for the 1990s. It’s an incredibly stylish piece of big screen espionage, which has echoes of the genres ’60s origins. [...]

August 22, 2021

Notebook Reviews: MAGNOLIA

Paul Thomas Anderson – 1999 Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Magnolia is a modern movie masterpiece. This is a unique and interesting piece of cinema which delivers in every way. It’s long – but the story unfolds in [...]

August 7, 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

The Mighty Kurt Russell

The mighty Kurt Russell turned 70 years old on 17 March 2021. The iconic actor has had a long and varied career, starring in a variety of beloved cult classics and out-right global blockbusters. Russell brings a laid-back, blue-collar vibe to his [...]

March 17, 2021

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 – Kittridge Strikes Back

He’s back! Eugene Kittridge returns to the Mission: Impossible franchise, 25 years after he made Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt ‘very upset’ in the Brian De Palma film which kick-started the series back in 1996.  Henry Czerny will [...]

March 5, 2021

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