John Landis' cult-classic horror motion picture which has some wicked… MoreJohn Landis' cult-classic horror motion picture which has some wicked dark humor and is as amusing as it scary. It tells the tale of two young American college students, David Kessler and Jack Goodman wonderfully played by David Naughton and Griffin Dunne, who are on a walking tour of England, they are attacked by a furious werewolf while walking on the moors, with terrifying results, David wakes up in a hospital and is told by the police that his friend is dead, and that they were both attacked by an escape maniac who was shoot and killed by the local town's people. David begins to have awful nightmares, and then he starts seeing his dead friend Jack, who tells him that he must commit suicide or he will become a murderous werewolf himself. Dynamite direction by Landis, with fine supporting performances by Jenny Agutter, John Woodvine, and Brian Glover, and truly impressive Oscar winning makeup by Rick Baker. Highly Recommended.
Russell Mulcahy's surprisingly engaging action fantasy which was… MoreRussell Mulcahy's surprisingly engaging action fantasy which was largely panned by most critics, but has since become a cult-classic. It concerns a Scottish swordsman named Connor MacLeon, well-played by Christopher Lambert, who in 1536 is pierced through the heart during mortal combat in the Scottish Highlands and becomes an immortal. In the year 1986 Connor lives in New York City as a sophisticated high-end antique dealer. It is here in this city and time that he will confront his ancient immortal nemeses, the Kurgan, chilling played by Clancy Brown with joyful malice. It is the time when the remaining immortals duel to the death until only one survives to claim "The Prize." Sir Sean Connery delivers a wonderfully flamboyant supporting performance as an immortal named Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, who becomes Connor's mentor and teaches him the art of swordplay as well as the rules to the game. Good direction by Mulcahy, who gives his film superb action sequences and flashy cinematography by Gerry Fisher. Entertaining and well worth a look. Followed by three sequels and a television series. Recommended.
Blake Edwards' taut-suspense classic about a beautiful bank clerk,… MoreBlake Edwards' taut-suspense classic about a beautiful bank clerk, played wonderfully by Lee Remick who is terrorized by a murderous asthmatic-voiced extortionist, chilling played by Ross Martin, that is planing to use her to steal a $100,000 from the bank where she works. An FBI agent, superbly played by Glenn Ford, that Remick managed to contact is now aiding her in trying to apprehended the psychotic Martin who has threaten to kill her and her young sister. Exceptional direction by Edwards, who gives his thriller some serious edge-of-your-seat moments. Solid, convincing supporting performances by Stefanie Powers, Roy Poole, Ned Glass, and Aita Loo. Glorious black & white cinematography by Phillip H. Lathrop, and a great Henry Manicini score. A realistic and compelling motion picture thriller. Highly Recommended.
Chuck Russell's highly amusing slapstick comedy concerning a wimpy… MoreChuck Russell's highly amusing slapstick comedy concerning a wimpy bank clerk who discovers a mysterious magical "Mask" that upon putting it on, transforms him into a sizzling Superdude human cartoon who acts out his alter ego's fantasies. The amazing rubber faced Jim Carrey delivers a masterful comic performance, which is aided by stunning digital computer visual effects which are inspired by manic 1940s cartoons of Tex Avery. Good direction by Russell, with superb performances from the smoking hot sexy Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, and Amy Yeabeck. A wonderfully surrealistic comedic gem. Highly Recommended.
Stephen Norrington's intriguing vastly underrated action-packed… MoreStephen Norrington's intriguing vastly underrated action-packed fantasy adventure which is based of the graphic novel by Alan Moore. It takes place in an alternate age during the 19th century where a gathering of a team of notorious and extraordinary figures culled from great adventure literature which includes the legendary adventurer Alan Quatermain, played sensationally by the great Sir Sean Connery, the vampiress Mina Harker, played compellingly by Peta Wilson, the cunning Invisible Man named Rodney Skinner, superbly played by Tony Curram, the infamous Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, impressively played by Jason Flemying, an American secret service agent named Tom Sawyer, well-played by Shane West, the seafarer inventor genius Captain Nemo, nicely played by Naseeruddin Shah, and the ageless and invincible Dorian Gray, solidly played by Stuart Townsend, they are called upon by Queen Victoria to form a secret team and combine their unique skills and special powers to stop a mysterious psychotic mastermind villain named the Phantom, from turning the nations of the world against one another and starting a massive World War. Astute direction by Norrington, with marvelous production design by Carol Spier, and striking cinematography by Dan Laustsen. Highly entertaining with exciting and inventive action sequences, terrific visual effects, and best of all Sir Sean Connery's charismatic game performance, which marked his last on-screen film appearance before his retirement. Highly Recommended.
Richard Aldrich's brilliant classic film noir is a moody, fast-pace… MoreRichard Aldrich's brilliant classic film noir is a moody, fast-pace atmospheric adaptation of the Mickey Spillane novel which was years ahead of it's time. Private detective Mike Hammer, played perfectly by the late Ralph Meeker, is driving one night on a lonely highway road and sees a frightened barefoot running woman towards his car, he stops and picks her up, her named is Christina Bailey, well-played by Cloris Leachman in her film debut, but before Christina can say anything to Hammer, his car is suddenly run of the road by unseen thugs. Christina is capture tortured in attempt to get information from her, and she is murdered. Hammer wakes up in the hospital and is told of Christina's death. He begins his investigation into it, and is told by the police to stay out of the case. What will follows is a whirlwind of intrigue, murder, double crosses, and a mysterious glowing metal box that is the reason for all of this violent mayhem. Astute direction by Aldrich, who skillful handing of this cinematic gem makes it one of the most influential American crime films of ever made. Striking black & white cinematography by Ernest Laszlo. A must-see for any serious film lover. Highly Recommended.
Martin Scorsese's dazzling masterpiece is a tantalizing crime drama… MoreMartin Scorsese's dazzling masterpiece is a tantalizing crime drama which is based on Nicholas Pieggi's best seller Wiseguy, a true-life account of the life of Henry Hill, impressively played by Ray Liotta in the finest performance of his career. Hill was a Brooklyn kid who grows up in an impoverished Irish-Italian American neighborhood who dreamed of becoming a part of the Mob, he started running errands for the local Mob boss Pauile Cicero, played superbly by Paul Sorvino; it is Cicero who will introduce Hill to his future mentor Jimmy Conway a master criminal and Paulie's lieutenant, played by Robert De Niro in a tour-de-force performance. Because of Hill's ethnicity being half-Irish, half-Sicilian he can never be a "made guy," but he does become part of Paulie's family along with his psychotic partner in crime Tommy De Vito, played by Joe Pesci in a fiery powerhouse Oscar winning performance that totally unforgettable. Hill soon becomes a threat to the Mob family because of his reckless cocaine dealings and his uncontrollable personal use of the drug, he becomes a target for both the feds and the mobsters, he is finally busted by the D.E.A which puts his life and that of his wife and kids on the line, Hill reluctantly makes a deal to turn FBI informant in order to save himself from the murderous wrath of the Mob. Phenomenal direction by Scorsese, with exceptional supporting performances by Lorraine Bracco, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Vincent, Mike Starr, Frank Sivero, Chuck Low, and in a small but wonderful scene-stealing performance the director's mother the late Catherine Scorsese brilliantly plays the mother of Joe Pesci's character. Stunning cinematography by Michael Ballhaus with astonishing editing by Thelma Schoonmaker & James Y. Kwei. A total triumphant and a must-see for any serious film lover. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture & Best Director: Martin Scorsese. Highly Recommended.
Jim O'Connolly's enjoyable fantasy adventure which takes place in… MoreJim O'Connolly's enjoyable fantasy adventure which takes place in Mexico, circa 1900, where a struggling wild west circus show makes an efforts to boost it's attendance by trying to find something special for its show, the owner T.J. Breckenridge, well-played by Gila Golan, has found a tiny horse which turns out to be a prehistoric Eohippus, which comes from the legendary Forbidden Valley which is filled with prehistoric creatures. This discovery leads to the idea of capturing some of the dinosaurs and putting them on display in a traveling circus to make big money. One of the bigger ones known as Gwangi, is an Allosaurus, a large bipedal super-lethal predator that after an extremely long chase that sidetracks to a bloody battle with a Styracosaurus is captured and put on display in the new show, only escape and go on a murderous rampage through a nearby town. The late great Ray Harryhausen's impressive special effects animation is the film's highlight, there is good direction by O' Connolly, and fine performances from James Franciscus, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith, and Freda Jackson. Erwin Hillier's cinematography, and Jerome Moross' superb score all add up to an immensely entertaining forgotten gem of a film. Recommended.
Brain Helgeland's engrossing meticulously crafted period crime drama… MoreBrain Helgeland's engrossing meticulously crafted period crime drama about the infamous Krays, identical twin brothers Reggie & Ronnie, both magnificently played by Tom Hardy in an amazing dual virtuoso performance, Hardy does an impressive turn making the two brothers completely different, Reggie is intelligent, charming, suave and openly gay, while Ronnie is short-tempted and totally psychotic. The film follows the brothers in London's East End during the 1960s, where they ruthlessly ruled the criminal underworld with an iron hand, running night clubs, protection rackets and committing murders, they were the two most feared men in the East End. Astute direction by Helgeland who also co-wrote the captivating screenplay, he gives his film a jarringly gritty brutality, with shocking graphic violence which is appropriate for the real-life exploits of the murderous Kray brothers. Superb supporting performances from Emily Browning, Colin Morgan, Christopher Eccleston, Joshua Hill, Paul Anderson, and Tara Fitzgerald, but it is Hardy's picture all the way, and his show-stopping performance as both the Kray gangsters is unforgettable. Great cinematography by Dick Pope. Highly Recommended.
Sir Ridley Scott visually stunning vastly underrated take on the… MoreSir Ridley Scott visually stunning vastly underrated take on the traditional biblical events surrounding the Exodus & the story of Moses. It is a interesting and remarkably well made epic motion picture with astonishing CGI visual effects, great costumes, marvelous set design, and exceptional acting, we have the story from the Old Testament transformed for modern viewers in the form of a secular sequence of events where the God of the Jews is portrayed as an imaginary image inside the mind of Moses, brilliantly played by Christian Bale, in commanding star performance, which motivating him to take action. The strange portrayal of God as a mysterious young child, well-played by Isaac Andrews, is compelling. The familiar story of Moses who after struggling with his destiny accepts his Hebrew roots and with the help of God leads his enslaved people out of bondage and Egypt to freedom. The sensational portrayal of the jealous and merciless Pharaoh Ramses by Joel Edgerton is a real scene-stealing, he is quite impressive in wonderfully understated turn. Astute direction by Scott, with terrific supporting performances from John Turturro, Sir Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Maria Valverde, Dar Salim, and Sigourney Weaver. The scenes depicting ancient Egypt are truly stunning to say the least, as are the spectacular battles scenes. Ravishing cinematography by Dariusz Wolski, and an evocative score by Alberto Iglesias. This is an excellent and enjoyable epic regardless if one is religious or secular, and one should not take this film too seriously, as it is, only pure entertainment and an artist's own unique vision. An engrossing film that is a rewarding watch. Highly Recommended.