True Romance (1993) – Tony Scott

DK Books’ brings me a 90s classic that is on the What Else to Watch list following The Movie Book’s recommendation of Bonnie & Clyde. Directed by Tony Scott, featuring his flashy, gaudy style, and a script by Quentin Tarantino that is rife with his pop culture references and sharp dialogue, True Romance is a…

Father Figures (2017) – Blu-Ray Release

Hitting blu-ray and DVD from Warner Brothers this week is this goofy, semi-sweet, adult-humoured quest story from first time director, but experienced cinematographer, Lawrence Sher, starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms. Helms and Wilson play fraternal twin brothers, Peter and Kyle, who lead separate and different lives from one another and the rest of their…

The Deer Hunter (1978) – Micheal Cimino

Micheal Cimino’s examination of the effects of war, framed around the Vietnam conflict and a small industrial town in Pennsylvania is the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Apocalypse Now. Laying out the scars, physical, mental and unseen that affected those who fought in it,…

The Stepford Wives (2004) – Frank Oz

  Sigh. You’d think that a film boasting the likes of Frank Oz behind the camera, and Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Bette Midler, Jon Lovitz, Glenn Close and Matthew Broderick in front would constitute a better film. But you can tell just by the casting that the film is slipping away from the dark conformist…

One More Time (2015) – Robert Edwards

  Available now from Anchor Bay is this little gem written and directed by Robert Edwards that gives a look inside the hearts of two musical performers. Jude (Amber Heard) is a self-destructive would-be singer-songwriter who sabotages her own life consistently, and clashes with her family on a minute by minute basis. She can’t seem…

The Jungle Book (2016) – Jon Favreau

  Opening this weekend is Disney’s update of their classic film, which lifts moments and characters from both their original 1967 film, and the source material as penned by Rudyard Kipling. Favreau’s camera moves throughout the jungle, never ceasing for a moment, as we enter a photo-real jungle, filled with the most photo-real computer generated…

Batman Returns (1992) – Tim Burton 

  It’s time to check in on the Caped Crusader again as I continue enjoying the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Having previously reviewed Tim Burton’s 1989 interpretation of Batman, it’s time to leap forward to the early 90s to his the eccentric director’s first ever sequel. Michael Keaton returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman in this tale that…

Annie Hall (1977) – Woody Allen

The final recommendation following Manhattan in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is the Academy Award winning Annie Hall. And while even now, I don’t understand how this film beat out Star Wars for best picture, I can admit it was pretty good. Except for the fact that I don’t think Woody…

The Anderson Tapes (1971) – Sidney Lumet

Mr. Sean Connery appears on the 101 Action Movies list again, this time on the other side of the law, as the likable Duke Anderson, sans hairpiece, a safe-cracker, fresh from a ten-year stint in prison, who is about to dive back into the only world he’s known, only to find it’s changed in this film from…