Miami Vice (1986) – Sons and Lovers, and When Irish Eyes Are Crying

Season two comes to conclusion this week when Angelina (Phanie Napoli), last seen in Calderone’s Return from season one, shows up in Sons and Lovers.¬†Written by Dennis Cooper this episode first aired on 9 May, 1986. Angelina shows up in Miami to warn Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) about the arrival of Calderone’s son, Orlando (John…

Schindler’s List (1993) – Steven Spielberg

The next title on the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film as I return to the historical section of the book is Spielberg’s heart-wrenching, anguish filled look at the Holocaust through an adaptation of a true story. Over the course of three hours, this black and white film, with only significant and poignant uses…

The Bounty (1984) – Roger Donaldson

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my return to the action genre and my screening of The Pirates of the Caribbean, is The Bounty. This one has everything working for it, a score by Vangelis, an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis,…

Silence (2016) – Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese’s beautifully shot passion project, Silence, is unveiled on blu-ray from Paramount Pictures today. Based on the novel by Shusako Endo the film is vibrant and gorgeous, while it plays with some tough questions about religion, faith, cultures and beliefs. Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson share top billing in this film, but…

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) – George Lucas

  Remember, right back before the Phantom Menace came out, when anticipation was reaching a fever pitch? I miss that. Sure we had the wonderful build up to The Force Awakens, but the gap between films was no where near as long as it had been for those of us who had been invested in…

Batman Begins (2005) – Christopher Nolan

  Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale take over the reigns of one of DC’s greatest characters, Batman, in the next film to be watched for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and the last one to review, as I’ve reviewed Nolan’s latter entries into the trilogy before. On reflection this morning, as much as I like this…

Wrath of the Titans (2012) – Jonathan Liebesman

Sigh. Like the pointless remake that preceded it, this sequel is more interested in spectacle than story, image over substance. And like it’s predecessor, completely lacks the fun, and wonder that inhabited the 1981 original. This time around we have cardboard-cutouts-that-are-pretending-to-be-characters on another quest. And while the casting is good, Sam Worthington, Bill Nighy, Rosamund…

Trailer Tracks: Krull (1983) – Peter Yates

This movie has terrible acting, some cheesey special effects, but a mostly cool idea, and I totally crushed on Lysette Anthony in this film! It has a score by James Horner, and features some very recognizable names and faces… Ken Marshall, Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis, Alun Armstrong, Robbie Coltrane and Liam Neeson!

Romantic Movies for Valentines Day

So it’s Valentine’s Day. You and your sweetie have had a romantic dinner, or a nice walk (pleasant and warm even with the chill in the air), arm in arm, hand in hand, you decide to go back to the apartment and have a cuddle while watching a romantic movie that isn’t overly sappy… What…

Taken (2008) – Pierre Morel

The 101 Action Movies list lets Liam Neeson take center stage in this action thriller from producer/writer Luc Besson, and directed by District 13’s Pierre Morel, so you know the action is gonna be fast, rough and violent… Neeson stars as Bryan Mills, a retired government operative with a unique set of skills, who did…

Abraham Lincoln ~ Vampire Hunter (2012)

With a title like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, you kind of know what you’re getting when you walk into the theater – tongue in cheek, revisionist history, filled with vampires. In short, the film is ludicrous fun. Did I need to see it in the theater, probably not, I could’ve patiently waited for it to…