Hannibal (2001) – Ridley Scott

Anthony Hopkins returns to his iconic role of the cannibalistic doctor, Hannibal Lector in the sequel to the brilliant The Silence of the Lambs. This film shows up in Ten Bad Dates with De Niro on a list of films that it is painful to like. Jodie Foster and director Jonathan Demme elected not to…

X2: X-Men United (2003) – Bryan Singer

  From apes, I move onto mutants with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Having previously covered X-Men for the blog, I leapt ahead to X2. Picking up a few months after the ending of the first film, director Bryan Singer expands on the world he helped bring to the screen in the previous film. This time…

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) – Rupert Wyatt

  Ten years after the last film, Fox reinvigorated the Planet of the Apes series as I continue my exploration of it with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Featuring a stunning performance by mo-cap superstar, Andy Serkis, and emotional performances from both James Franco, and John Lithgow, the film gets the series back on track after…

Braveheart (1995) – Mel Gibson 

  The next war movie to take a look at thanks to the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is this epic stunner from 1995, helmed and starring Mel Gibson, illustrating that yes, the man may have his problems, but can tell an amazing story. The tale of William Wallace (Gibson) gets the…

The Anomaly (2014) – Noel Clarke 

  Releasing from Anchor Bay, available on both DVD and Blu-ray today is this sci-fi actioner written by Simon Lewis, and directed and starring Doctor Who’s Noel Clarke. It’s an interesting concept, and for the most part, fairly well executed, so kudos to Clarke for that. Clarke plays Ryan, an ex-soldier, who when he was recovering from a…

The Bourne Supremacy (2004) – Paul Greengrass

  Paul Greengrass appears on the 101 Action Movies as the director of the sequel to the successful The Bourne Identity. Matt Damon reprises his role as the amnesic assassin, this time drawn out in a cat and mouse game that leaves his girlfriend, Marie (Franka Potente) dead, and has him framed for a murder,…

An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) – Terry McDonough

  Even as I write this, the airing of the 50th Anniversary Special for Doctor Who ticks closer, and I cannot wait, knowing I get to see David Tennant, Matt Smith and John Hurt on the screen as various incarnations of the Doctor, as well as the return of Billie Piper as Rose (in some…