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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Drive is one of the most beautifully shot movies of recent years. Using deep focus and razor sharp editing, Nicholas Winding Refn gives us a movie infused with a unique feeling of grief, sadness and longing, creating a mood which is difficult to shake off.

Distant sky scrapers twinkle dimly in the night, street lights refract through shattered glass. Its strange atmosphere feels like a nightmare that doesn’t fade in the morning and you may find yourself remembering little bits of the film without making any conscious effort to do so.

See it for the performances and watch out for the delayed effect.

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‘Game over, man. Game Over!’ …..Private Hudson

Aliens, is James Cameron’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s successful horror film Alien (1979).

Switching genres from horror to action allowed Cameron a bigger canvas to entertain us, gone is the claustrophobic environment of the spaceship and in its place a whole new planet, LV426 to be precise!

Along with a team of heavily armed marines on a rescue mission with dire consequences, he wets our appetites even further with the return of Ripley, one of cinemas great action heroines!

Aliens – with its sharp edits and dextrous use of light, ensures Cameron’s sequel has not only weathered the test of time, but has established itself as a masterpiece than can stand on its own.

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The Last Samurai



In 2003, audiences were once again clamouring to be entertained and anxious to be swept away by the magic of the big screen. The arrival of a new Tom Cruise movie at least ensured that the picture would open; that is to say it, it would attract an audience on its first weekend. After that, it is usually up to the poignancy of the film and the connection it makes with the movie-goer.

The Last Samurai is the tale about the birth of modern Japan and has an old Hollywood feel that was brilliantly captured by director Edward Zwick.

It also boasts standout performances from Tom Cruise and Ken Wantanabe, as well as Hans Zimmer’s 100th score no less!

This picture may also have the distinction of being one of the last big budget movies that centres on emotional story-telling rather than the emptiness of the film culture that we have today.

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If audiences craved action, comedy and adventure in the eighties, they also craved stars and Menahem Golan, head of Cannon Studios, was smart enough to be always looking out for the next big star. One day, while walking on the streets, he found one in a young, charismatic Belgian who impressed him with a split kick in the air and immediately cast him in his next low budget martial arts picture, Bloodsport.

The story revolves around Frank W. Dux’s triumph in the no-holds barred full contact fight, known as the Kumite. The movie didn’t push any creative boundaries, but it did give Jean Claude Van Damme a platform to show off his impressive karate repertoire which in turn would kick start his career as a box office favourite and begin a trend of low budget revenge movies that can still be felt today.

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Open Range


Fashioned on the western gems of yester-year, Open Range directed and starring Kevin Costner is a slow burn masterpiece.

The screenplay about four cowboys trying to escape their past while simultaneously trying to hang on to a way of life that is quickly disappearing is a master class in understatement. The film-making style is unhurried and unafraid of long silences and quiet moments.

While the western in recent years has become a neglected genre, Open Range delivers an emotional punch without exploiting spectacle at the expense of character, a refreshing change in movie making since the millennium.

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