When John D. Hancock landed in Rome in the summer of 1977, cowed and bruised by his experience in attempting to turn Jaws 2 into a film apart from the Steven Spielberg original, he could hardly have known that one late-September evening, a decade later, Sid Sheinberg would pick up the telephone and announce his intention to revive the Jaws franchise and make a “quality people picture, not a shark picture.” […]
Miracle Mile is a curious little movie, and I mean that in the most positive sense of the word. It begins like a John Hughes romantic comedy, as a couple of misfits experience a fated meeting overlooking a tar pit at a prehistoric museum. Their union is odd but comfortable […]
If the devil existed here on Earth, what exactly would he do and how would he set about doing it? That is the central theme of Taylor Hackford’s 1997 thriller The Devil’s Advocate, which has kind of fallen off the radar in the years since its release for reason’s that are understandable . . .
‘How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?’ a bewildered John McClane asks as he finds himself stuck in yet another terrorist-crammed environment. By the time we hear these words, we have already asked ourselves the same question many times over.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder is as ‘more of the same’ as its tagline suggests […]
A Simple Plan is one of those movies that is destined to be forgotten.
This is nothing out of the ordinary. There are lots of films that disappear from the public consciousness, but few of them are as enjoyable as this one […]
There is a story about Steven Seagal which may or may not shock you.
One day, an executive walked into Seagal’s trailer and found the star weeping. ‘Oh, I’m reading this script,’ Seagal explained, his head shaking in disbelief. ‘It’s the most incredible script I’ve ever read.’
‘That’s fantastic,’ the executive said, ‘Who wrote it?’
‘I did,’ the star replied […]
It’s rare to see Al Pacino upstaged in any movie, and his performance as a Puerto Rican ex-con attempting to go straight is typically inspired, a controlled blend of both the fiery and understated sides of one of Hollywood’s most consistently brilliant performers […]
Collateral is a dysfunctional take on a dysfunctional sub-genre.
It is a buddy movie in which our mismatched duo ― brought together and torn apart by fateful events ― careen towards an unwilling confrontation that melds unlikely compassion with big city detachment in a way that befits the movie’s overall theme […]