Con Air

Take one of Hollywood’s most successful producers, add two Oscar winners, the director of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” music video, and a script about hardened criminals sky-jacking a plane and what you should get is a disaster, but instead you get one of the most fun and outlandish romps of all time.

The story’s driving force is Cameron Poe played by Nicolas Cage, a newly paroled con who just wants to get home to see his daughter and John Malkovich whose sole aim is to hi-jack the plane and fly to his freedom.

We are introduced to a cast of characters that are so outlandish (one claims to have worn a head as a hat across multiple states), yet somehow Simon West manages to keep his excellent cast on track to ensure the characters remain convincing, and while the story, like all good action movies is secondary, this is all about spectacle and because of that the movie is a delight from start to finish.

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Road To Perdition

He shouldn’t have been there, but in that moment when Michael Sullivan’s son witnesses a brutal slaying, the lives of this 12 year old boy and his gangster father are shattered irrevocably and their destinies forever joined.

This haunting vision is directed by Sam Mendes, and as we have come to expect from him, the movie is told with exceptional pace and care. A film of unsurpassed beauty, with one ravishing image after another becoming almost over-whelming in its intensity.

This is the type of movie that refreshes the part of the imagination that other epics rarely reach, and manages to be both intimate and spectacular at the same time. With an ending that’s a fist to the guts. The kind that makes you sit in the cinema long after the lights come up.

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Midnight Run

Back in 1987 Robert DeNiro lobbied strongly to play the lead role in a picture called Big. Losing out he still felt he had something to offer the comedy genre and Midnight Run seemed the perfect fit.

DeNiro plays Jack Walsh a tough ex-cop turned Bounty Hunter, while Charles Grodin plays Jonathon ‘The Duke’ Mardukas, a sensitive accountant who embezzled $15million from the mob.

The charm of this movie is in the sparkling wordplay between Jack and The Duke and the situations they find themselves in whilst trying to get from New York to LA .

Directed skillfully by Martin Brest, still riding-high after the success of Beverly Hills Cop, proved with this movie, his precise control over the comedy genre.

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They Live

They Live is a self-referential form of cinema that breaks down the boundaries between popular taste and sub-culture, allowing for a colorful blend of original ideas.

A drifter discovers pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the earth.

This movie has a very strong message about the power of commercialism and the way people are manipulated by advertising.

Cult or not, seldom has cinema tread so provocatively on societies fault-lines with great story-telling making for a great film, and like all great movies, it takes its audience seriously and demands that it comes to its own conclusions.

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Crimson Tide

Teaming up once again with Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, Crimson Tide is perhaps one of Tony Scott’s forgotten movies.

This tight no-nonsense thriller about an unverified message to launch their nuclear missiles confirms what great actors Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman are, and by surrounding these great stars with a supporting cast that is expertly assembled, Tony Scott proves to be apt at this kind of action.

Keeping the pace up and the sense of urgency taut he allows the film to whizz round and round in tight ever decreasing circles until it reaches its satisfying conclusion.

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Grosse Pointe Blank

Grosse Pointe Blank is a witty, dark comedy about a hit-man who finds himself back in his home town Grosse Pointe to attend his ten year high-school reunion, complete one last job and take another shot at rekindling a romance with the girl he stood-up on Prom night.

As a comedy, this movie comes across quite pleasantly.

As an action film, all technical aspects are directed skillfully by George Armitage.

The movie, thanks to its stars, is engaging and to a certain extent in a well stuffed field of hit-man flicks feels original!

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Black Rain


After creating two of cinemas most revered movies, Alien and Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s career in the ‘80’s floundered and his output became erratic at best.

Although Black Rain is made with genuine passion and respect for the genre, the joy of this movie is found in its pleasing yet familiar tale of two New York cops whose job is to escort a viscous assassin back to his native japan.

Whilst delivering the required cinematic shoot out and with a robust commitment to telling a good story well, Black Rain helped to remind Hollywood that Ridley Scott is one of its most consistent and reliable helmers!!!

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