One of the earliest and most interesting of the films noir, They Drive by Night is directed by Raoul Walsh and features a screenplay by Jerry Wald and Richard Macaulay. The whole shebang is based on A.I. Bezzerides’ 1938 novel Long Haul, which describes truckers moving fruit and perishables around California.Read more "Film Noir Friday: They Drive by Night (1940)"
Jackie Chan directs, writes and stars in the 1985 Hong Kong actioner Police Story, an entertaining if underwhelming picture that mostly serves as a foundation for some amazing stunts. The screenplay, which Chan wrote with Edward Tang, is constructed around the set pieces, locations and even props.Read more "Police Story (1985)"
Yuen Woo-ping helms Drunken Master, one of Jackie Chan’s finest motion pictures. This 1978 film is directed by Yuen Woo-ping, who wrote the screenplay along with Lung Hsiao and Ng See-yuen. Chang Hui is the cinematographer and he keeps things simple, shooting scenes without many tricks. Cuts are kept to a minimum.Read more "Drunken Master (1978)"
Also known as Fong Sai Yuk, Corey Yuen’s 1993 martial arts epic The Legend is an electrifying and hilarious yarn. This Hong Kong actioner picked up a bundle of honours, including a Golden Horse Award, for its stirring choreography. Jingle Ma is tasked with lensing the elegant activity.Read more "The Legend (1993)"
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: Dough and Dynamite (1914)"
Paul Verhoeven tackles war with Starship Troopers, a blazing and goofy science fiction epic. The 1997 film is somewhat based on Robert A. Heinlein’s 1959 novel of the same name, but the Edward Neumeier screenplay takes a satirical bent and sends up the militarism of the source material.Read more "Starship Troopers (1997)"
A zany, larger-than-life piece of Las Vegas satire, Showgirls is a depraved saga. Director Paul Verhoeven is at it again in this send-up of sex and betrayal, while Joe Eszterhas is responsible for the bloated screenplay. It is apparently the only NC-17 rated picture to be granted wide release in the United States.Read more "Showgirls (1995)"
Often considered one of the very first of the films noir, Boris Ingster’s Stranger on the Third Floor is an impressionistic and surreal motion picture. The 1940 release from RKO Radio Pictures features a screenplay by Frank Partos and Nathanael West and packs in many of the hallmarks of the genre.Read more "Film Noir Friday: Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)"
Paul Verhoeven’s Basic Instinct has all the twists and turns of the most byzantine of the films noir and it runs like a wind-up toy as it tick-tick-ticks away to the inevitable explosion. The 1992 erotic thriller features a screenplay by Joe Eszterhas that is as mischievous as it needs to be, delivering hard-hitting lines […]Read more "Basic Instinct (1992)"
Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall is one of the most fascinating science fiction films of all-time and certainly one of the most enjoyable. This 1990 extravaganza is equal parts lunacy and complexity, with Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” tale serving as the foundation.Read more "Total Recall (1990)"
A noisy and feathery pile of propaganda, The Angry Birds Movie carries as unexpected a plot as one might expect from a film based on a mobile game. The 2016 movie is directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly and features a screenplay by Simpsons writer Jon Vitti.Read more "The Angry Birds Movie (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: Those Love Pangs (1914)"
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: The New Janitor (1914)"
William Wyler directs The Letter, a 1940 film noir based on the 1927 play of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham. The screenplay is by Howard E. Koch and the picture picked up a bundle of Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture.Read more "Film Noir Friday: The Letter (1940)"
A vibrant and quick animated feature, Kung Fu Panda 3 solidifies the roly-poly hero as the jewel in the crown of DreamWorks Animation. This 2016 picture is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni from a screenplay by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger.Read more "Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)"
Ace Jordan directs Silent Retreat, a 2016 horror film from a story by Heather Smith and Taryn Stenberg. A fairly standard, trope-oriented picture, this is a bit of a slow-burner with character development that doesn’t quite pay off.Read more "Silent Retreat (2016)"
John Travolta and his immovable face takes on a role designed for Nicolas Cage in the 2016 thriller I Am Wrath. Directed by Chuck Russell from a screenplay by Yvan Gauthier and Paul Sloan, this is a fairly standard actioner for the straight-to-video market.Read more "I Am Wrath (2016)"
One of three Steven Seagal pictures from 2016, The Asian Connection is the best of the bunch. It is directed by Daniel Zirilli and features a screenplay by the director and Tom Sizemore. Yes, that Tom Sizemore. Interestingly, Seagal’s part in the picture seems like it could easily be a Sizemore part. Go figure.Read more "Seagalmania: The Asian Connection (2016)"