HANNIBAL: classy yet sleazy carnival horror (2001 in Film #3)

20 years on from the year 2001, I’m looking back at some of the films across the year which stood out as among the more interesting, and year-defining, pictures… This week, released on the weekend of February 9th, Ridley Scott’s Hannibal… One of the more telling aspects about Hannibal’s occasionally troublesome production is the fact that almost nobody,Continue reading “HANNIBAL: classy yet sleazy carnival horror (2001 in Film #3)”

Nobody Did It Better: Losing SEAN CONNERY

Following the sad loss of Sean Connery at the age of 90, A. J. Black talks about what the legendary Scottish actor meant to him… We all have them. They’re all different. They all mean something unique. The childhood hero, the person in the public eye who inspires you, is a special and personal thingContinue reading “Nobody Did It Better: Losing SEAN CONNERY”

GEMINI MAN: A 90’s sci-fi action thriller that fell through a time vortex

Somebody on Twitter suggested the tagline for Gemini Man should have been “where there’s a Will, there’s a Will” which not only made me laugh but also could aptly describe Ang Lee’s rather uncanny picture. Gemini Man infamously resided in Hollywood’s so-called ‘development hell’ for two decades, with Darren Lemke’s idea snapped up by producerContinue reading “GEMINI MAN: A 90’s sci-fi action thriller that fell through a time vortex”

In the Line of Fire (1993)

In the Line of Fire feels increasingly like a cultural artefact in this day and age. Though in some ways rooted in the 1990’s, in an era divested of the Cold War but away from a future of terrorist uncertainty, there is a political timelessness about Wolfgang Petersen’s movie. It feels at though it existsContinue reading “In the Line of Fire (1993)”