28 Days Later

2002 Fox Searchlight Pictures Directed by Danny Boyle Produced by Andrew Macdonald Written by Alex Garland The world of 28 DAYS LATER will be very familiar to those of us who have watched End of the World classics such as “The World, the Flesh and The Devil” and “The Omega Man”.  People are fascinated by […]

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2011 TriStar Pictures Directed by Olivier Megaton Produced by Luc Besson Screenplay by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen Music by Nathaniel Mechaly Cinematography by Romain Lacourbas Edited by Camille Delamarre It occurred to me about forty-five minutes into COLOMBIANA that when it came to casting, Luc Besson might conceivably have said to the casting […]

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3:10 To Yuma

2007 Lionsgate Films Directed by James Mangold Produced by Cathy Konrad Screenplay by Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas Based on the short story by Elmore Leonard Music by Marco Beltrami Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael Edited by Michael McCusker Those of you who have been reading these movie reviews for a while know that […]

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88 Minutes

2008 TriStar Pictures Written by Gary Scott Thompson Produced and Directed by Jon Avnet When movie fans get together and start discussing the most influential and greatest actors ever, there’s an excellent chance that Al Pacino will be in the top five if not right at the top.  And with good reason.  If Al Pacino […]

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Three The Hard Way

1974 Allied Artists Produced by Harry Bernson Directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. Written by Eric Bercovici and Jerrold L. Ludwig Music by The Impressions Here’s where we throw anything resembling objective film criticism out of the window, friends.  You see, we’re dealing with THREE THE HARD WAY here, which is a top shelf example of […]

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Chilly Scenes Of Winter

1979 United Artists Films Directed by Joan Micklin Silver Produced by Mark Metcalf, Amy Robinson, Griffin Dunne Screenplay by Joan Micklin Silver Based on the novel by Ann Beattie Music by Ken Lauber Cinematography by Bobby Byrne Edited by Cynthia Scheider Even though I’ve seen it for the first time ever in the past couple […]

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30 Minutes Or Less

2011 Columbia Pictures Directed by Ruben Fleischer Produced by Stuart Cornfeld and Ben Stiller Screenplay by Michael Diliberti Based on a story by Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan The R-rated comedy has been making a comeback in recent years and some of them have been quite notable such as “Tropic Thunder” “The Hangover” “Next Day […]

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The Rat Patrol

Created by Tom Gries Produced by Mirisch-Rich Television Productions Tom Gries Productions United Artists Television Original Run: September 1966-March 1968 58 Episodes A very big influence in what I watch in movies and on television and in what I write was my father’s taste in movies, television and books, God bless him.  It was my […]

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Sarah’s Key

2010 Hugo Productions Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner Produced by Stephanie Marsil Screenplay by Gilles Pauet-Brenner and Serge Joncour Based on the novel by Tatiana DeRosnay SARAH’S KEY starts off in the most charming way: two children, a boy and a girl are playing, tickling each other and just enjoying being children.  Their play is interrupted […]

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