The Replacement Killers (1998) – Antoine Fuqua

Antonine Fuqua’s 1998 actioner The Replacement Killers has quite the pedigree, it not only has Fuqua in the director’s chair, an executive producer credit for John Woo, but also stars Hong Kong cinema icon Chow Yun-Fat, the fantastic Mira Sorvino, Michael Rooker, Jurgen Prochnow, Danny Trejo, Til Schweiger, and Clifton Collins Jr. John Lee (Chow…

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) – 4K Review

Tony Scott came off the success of Top Gun with this follow-up to the 1984 hit Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, which is somehow thirty-five years old. To celebrate, Paramount Pictures delivers the high-octane sequel on a vibrant 4K disc. Let’s get this out of the way up front, there are no extras…

In the Mouth of Madness (1994) – John Carpenter

I got to rewatch on of my favourite John Carpenter films for the blog this week, In the Mouth of Madness, which brings Lovecraftian horror to the screen in a way that hadn’t been done before, and honestly helped introduce me to his writing, which albeit is racist, but also incredibly unnerving and frightening, happily…

The Keep (1983) – Michael Mann

(Re) Watching Michael Mann’s disjointed supernatural film, The Keep I realised I wanted one thing from it – Mann’s original cut. Apparently clocking in at 3 1/2 hours it was trimmed down to 2 by Paramount Pictures, who then cut another half hour out of it after some rough previews. It’s not like now. If…

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Tony Scott

Eddie Murphy returned to the character of Axel Foley in 1987’s follow-up to his box office smash Beverly Hills Cop. This time around Tony Scott settled into the director’s chair to guide Foley on his next adventure, and while the film was fun, and recognisably Foley, it now had Scott’s signature visual style of saturated…

The English Patient (1996) – Anthony Minghella

  Minghella brings forth a top notch cast in his adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s beautiful novel (one I remember reading, and being stunned by how closely the images in the film matched those in my mind from when I read it), which is the final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film…

Trailer Tracks: Dune (1984) – David Lynch

  I hadn’t heard of Dune before I read about the movie being in production in Starlog magazine… So I ran right out and grabbed a copy of Frank Herbert’s classic novel (I’ve since re-read all of the Dune books he wrote, but haven’t read any of the additional ones. I’m even thinking about going…

Air Force One (1997) – Wolfgang Petersen

  Wolfgang Petersen is back on the 101 Action Movies list, and this time he’s joined forces with Harrison Ford, who portrays U.S. President James Marshall. It’s a fun film, with a few plot holes but with a standout cast including Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Dean Stockwell, Xander Berkeley, William H. Macy, and Wendy Crewson….

Dune (1984) – David Lynch

David Lynch is always an interesting filmmaker, and more often than not, his films are wonderfully confusing and eccentric, Twin Peaks will always be my favorite of these, though Mulholland ┬áDrive is probably a close second. The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list brought me his adaptation of Dune to rewatch, and while I can appreciate it…

Hanging with Axel Foley

I revisited my old friend Axel Foley this weekend. In the 80s the first two were simply awesome, it’s just too bad that they made such a misstep with the 3rd film. The first film directed by Martin Brest, is Eddie Murphy at the height of his hilarity, but for all that, the film isn’t…