1980 8/10 Jack Nicholson's finest hour? Quite possibly but it's too close to call. Kubrick's eye and style, down to the musical selections, symmetrical framing and at the time, innovative use of Steady Cam to create a timeless, creeping and at times frightening film. His use of a high pitch tone, clearly designed to unsettle … Continue reading THE SHINING
2007 5/10 NOT A PART MY COLLECTION Unfortunately, this film suffers from a belief that it is doing something different when in fact it is openly trying to emulate the greats, namely 2001. This isn't a bad thing in its self, though, using such films as a template is perfectly fine in my book, but when … Continue reading SUNSHINE
2008 3/10 NOT PART OF MY COLLECTION With almost intolerably slow pacing, one of the worse performances I have ever seen from Mr. Cage, let alone the rest of the cast, this would have been a disappointment, if it was not sop obviously going to be so anyway. *** SPOLILERS *** With the first 35 … Continue reading KNOWING
2006 4/10 NOT PART OF MY COLLECTION Forest Whitaker's performance was first rate, but that was certainly no surprise. Overall the film was well shot, moody, edgy and presented a real feel of the time and political climate of Amin's leadership. Graphic in parts, this was a good portrayal of Amin but I felt that … Continue reading THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
2009 4/10 NOT PART OF MY COLLEC TION Not half as bad as it first looked and did have some laugh out loud moments...
2007 6/10 Much better than "Flags Of Our Fathers". This film focused almost entirely on the campaign, and whilst containing some well measured and balanced battle sequences, it also had a much stronger emotional impact. Good though it was, it was still slower than it needed to be and whist I do think it dealt … Continue reading LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
1997 9/10 One of the seemingly forgotten greats of Sci Fi. Heavily grounded in fact and philosophical debate, this is a must see for anyone with a taste for the inteligent blockbuster.
2005 5/10 A much better take than the appalling BBC effort that traumatised me during in my childhood!!! It ruined Xmas for me that year!!!! But the wooden performances by the children still lets this film down.
2005 3/10 This is a typical example of a film where the writers started writing and the actors started acting but stopped short of a days work. Cold and unengaging, especially the none existant chemistry between to two leads. Not a bad idea but not an ounce of life in it...
1997 10/10 A seemingly forgotten Si Fi classic, heavily stylised but very prophetic. Brilliant with great performances all round, but Jude Law defiantly stole the show...