A haunting, effective and supremely timely horror film, The Purge accomplishes a lot as both social allegory and efficient thriller. The 2013 movie is written and directed by James DeMonaco, with cinematography by Jacques Jouffret.Read more "The Purge (2013)"
A home invasion thriller with a sensory deprivation chaser, Mike Flanagan’s Hush has a lot going for it but it ultimately lacks the courage of its convictions. This 2016 motion picture features a screenplay by Flanagan and Kate Siegel, with cinematography by James Kniest.Read more "Hush (2016)"
Adam Alleca writes and directs the 2016 film Standoff, a sometimes chatty and sometimes gratifying thriller. There are those who will hold that the movie is smarter-than-thou, with its psychological wrangling. And there are those who will be engrossed by the manly head-to-head. And there are those who will find value in the both elements, […]Read more "Standoff (2016)"
Directed by George Cukor, A Woman’s Face is fundamentally a remake of the 1938 Swedish film of the same name. This 1941 picture features a screenplay by David Ogden Stewart and is based on the play Il Etait Une Fois by Francis de Croisset. It veers between controlled, emotional melodrama and flaring camp and the […]Read more "Film Noir Friday: A Woman’s Face (1941)"
The first thing to know about the 2016 actioner Countdown is that it’s a WWE Studios production. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. It’s directed by John Stockwell, who helmed the 2002 surfer movie Blue Crush. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that either. Finally, Countdown stars WWE superstar and stand-up comic Dolph Ziggler.Read more "Countdown (2016)"
In my review of Killing Salazar, the subject of “scraping the bottom of the barrel” was raised with respect to Steven Seagal’s direct-to-video crop. The futility of said venture is clear, but every so often something comes along that blows even the soundest of concepts to hell. In this instance, that something is The Perfect Weapon.Read more "Seagalmania: The Perfect Weapon (2016)"
He first appears as someone called “the Swindler,” a dappled character scrapping it out with Henry Lehrman’s “Reporter” in the 1914 silent short comedy Making a Living. The struggle is real. Finding work isn’t easy and people are forced to fight it out for whatever employment can be found. And Charlie Chaplin, clad in big-ass […]Read more "Chaplinmania: Chaplin in the Keystone Age"
Raoul Walsh directs High Sierra, a 1941 film noir with a screenplay by John Huston and W.R. Burnett. The picture is based on the novel of the same name by Burnett and is often considered as the bridge between Warner Bros. slate of gangster flicks and the escalating noir genre.Read more "Film Noir Friday: High Sierra (1941)"
Keoni Waxman directs Steve Austin in Hunt to Kill, a rough and tumble actioner from 2010. With a screenplay by Jack Hannah and uncomplicated cinematography by Tom Harting, there’s something agreeable about this direct-to-video endeavour. It doesn’t punch above its paygrade and knows how to play to Austin’s strengths, with a meat and potatoes physicality […]Read more "Hunt to Kill (2010)"
Steven Seagal once again teams with director Keoni Waxman for Killing Salazar, his fourth film of 2016. Those scoring at home know that the Waxman and Seagal tandem has been responsible for such pictures as Absolution, Maximum Conviction and Force of Execution. The filmmaker wrote the screenplay along with Seagal stalwart Richard Beattie.Read more "Seagalmania: Killing Salazar (2016)"
In this feature, I’ll be taking a look at the films of Charlie Chaplin. I’ll be including the shorts (where possible) and will hopefully delve into what makes him such an indomitable social and cultural figure to this very day. As with my Hitchmania feature, my approach will be somewhat haphazard. Things will run chronologically […]Read more "Chaplinmania: His Prehistoric Past (1914)"
Alan Taylor helms the cluttered Terminator Genisys, the fifth entry in the franchise that began in 1984 with James Cameron’s The Terminator. This 2015 installment features a screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, but the mythology is jumbled and the picture is over-plotted.Read more "Terminator Genisys (2015)"
Anatole Litvak directs Blues in the Night, an interesting if melodramatic film noir musical. The 1941 motion picture is based on Edwin Gilbert’s play Hot Nocturne, which was picked up by Elia Kazan and reworked. Kazan subsequently sold the material to Warner Brothers, where it was handed to Robert Rossen.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Blues in the Night (1941)"
Back in 1990, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles introduced Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s characters in living, moving animatronics. In 1991, a sequel furthered the gambit with lesser results. 1993’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III fudges just about everything, with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop no longer responsible for the Turtles and director Stuart Gillard trying to […]Read more "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)"
As the sequel to 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is an entertaining trifle. It’s directed by Michael Pressman and features a screenplay by Todd W. Langen, with characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. As with its predecessor, this 1991 picture features animatronic creatures […]Read more "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)"
In this feature, I’ll be taking a look at the films of Charlie Chaplin. I’ll be including the shorts (where possible) and will hopefully delve into what makes him such an indomitable social and cultural figure to this very day. As with my Hitchmania feature, my approach will be somewhat haphazard. Things will run chronologically […]Read more "Chaplinmania: Getting Acquainted (1914)"
Directed by Anatole Litvak with a screenplay by Robert Macaulay, Robert Rossen and Jerry Wald, Out of the Fog can be a little on the nose. It’s based on the Irwin Shaw play Gentle People and features the perceptive cinematography of James Wong Howe.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Out of the Fog (1941)"
Satoshi Kon paints a magnificent picture with 2001’s Millennium Actress, a stunning and dramatic animated feature. Featuring a screenplay by Kon and Sadayuki Murai, this film contends with some significant symbolism but never gets carried away. It weaves a human tale, telling a story of love and longing and consumption.Read more "Millennium Actress (2001)"
In this Monday feature, I’ll be taking a look at the films of Charlie Chaplin. I’ll be including the shorts and will delve into what makes him such an indomitable social and cultural figure to this very day. As with my Hitchmania feature, my approach will be as haphazard meticulous as possible. Things will run chronologically […]Read more "Chaplinmania: Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914)"
Directed by Norifumi Suzuki, Sex and Fury is one of the most renowned of the pinku eiga films to be produced by the Toei Company. Featuring a screenplay by Suzuki, Tarō Bonten and Masahiro Kakefuda, this 1973 motion picture melds the sensibilities of Meiji period Japan with the splaying sex and violence of exploitation cinema.Read more "Sex and Fury (1973)"