The month of May was packed full of high-grossing box office hits, but the opening week was most notable for a stylish low-key comedy with a big heart. Based on a crime novel by Chester Himes, Bill Duke’s Rage In Harlem is a touching tale about an ingenuous churchgoer named Jackson (Forest Whitaker), who wins the heart of a salacious female grifter (Robin Givens) after becoming a key component in her latest con […]
Die Hard with a Vengeance is something of a departure from the series, a sequel that would change the entire trajectory of the franchise.
In many ways, it is very much the same movie. Toying too heavily with characters we know and love is a surefire way to alienate yourself from fans of any franchise […]
It is a wholly ridiculous concept, but who hasn’t pondered a hypothetical battle between two of their favourite movie stars, particularly when they possess similar personalities and attributes. We have already had Freddy vs Jason and Alien vs Predator, and while those movies sucked beyond comprehension, it didn’t stop us from flocking to the movies in our legions.
Part of the reason why we fail to accept these crossover extravaganzas is that they answer questions that don’t need answering […]
‘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 […]
It is hard to convey just how much of an impact Pulp Fiction had on popular culture during the mid-nineties. For those who were around to witness the frenzy, you will remember a cultural phenomenon whose immediate influence […]
Recently, I have noticed that some cable television outlets have taken to showing disaster movies.
I don’t know whether to be alarmed or amused by their schedule, but it started the old gears turning in my head. Why is it that when an impending cataclysm is looming Hollywood feels the need to turn to a beefcake-o-rama? Look, I am not going on a feminist rant or anything, but just think about it […]
Whenever we speak fondly of a particular character, what is it that immediately comes to mind?
Sometimes it might be an action or an expression or some other physical detail that sets them apart, but more often than not it is the words that they use and how they use them. Dialogue is everything to a character, because for most of us words are the primary source of communication, and through them we are able to further understand a subject’s personality and motives […]
What more can be said about Die Hard which hasn’t been said already? Not much, but I’ll say it anyway.
Not only is it the greatest action movie of the ’80’s, it is perhaps the greatest ever put to celluloid. Before John McClane, action stars were larger-than-life superheroes whose hypermasculity flexed in the face of cartoon tyranny. A year earlier, director John McTiernan had cast musclebound archetype and global superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role of Predator […]