Monthly Archives: June 2011

Bruiser (2000)

I expected a lot from Bruiser, a new movie from my old pal George A. Romero, which arrived on Belgian (?) DVD with very little fanfare.  It’s a nice concept, about a man who is ignored to the point where … Continue reading

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Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

As late as the ‘eighties, before the studios knocked any genuine individuality out of their ‘product’,  and before Tarantino made it hip to drop lots of cultural references for no good reason,  it wan’t unusual to sit there surrounded by … Continue reading

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The Next Three Days (2010)

I enjoyed Anything For Her (aka Pour Elle), upon which The Next Three Days is based, so I was initially unsure abut this. Added to that, the director is Paul Haggis, who used to have a solid career writing TV shows before creating preachy atrocities like Crash and Million Dollar Baby. Anyway, I decided that I’d give him the benefit of the doubt… Continue reading

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Pour Elle (2008)

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Anything For Her (2008)

I used to have  a well-earned contempt for French cinema, the only exceptions being the films of Claude Chabrol. However in the last few years, I’ve either been getting old or it seems that French film-makers have been attempting to … Continue reading

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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Another true story (said with tongue firmly in cheek) inspired The Mothman Prophecies. What we’ve got here is an X-Files-type story with a bigger budget, wrapped around the actual event of a bridge falling into a river in Ohio in … Continue reading

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Blade II (2002)

Blade II brings back Wesley Snipes as the ass-kicking leather-clad hero, and also manages to bring back Kris Kristofferson as his mentor Whistler, don’t ask me how. As in the first movie, there’s a striking start and a neat set … Continue reading

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Don’t Say A Word (2001)

Don’t Say A Word got a R1 release almost simultaneously with its UK cinema release. Michael Douglas plays a rare straightforward hero, a psychiatrist whose daughter is kidnapped by released convict Sean Bean and pals. Needless to say there’s the … Continue reading

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Sleepless (2001)

Sleepless was made by Dario Argento in 2001, long after his peak. For a pleasant change the R2 release is a better release than the overseas DVD (where it goes under the original title Nohosonno, although I’ve seen it under … Continue reading

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What’s the Worst that Could Happen? (2001)

Unlikely to get a UK release at all is What’s the Worst that Could Happen? This has a stellar cast including Danny De Vito and Martin Lawrence, and is a feeble comedy thriller (as if there were any other type) … Continue reading

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