Category Archives: Series Reviews

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit review

Directed by Kenneth BranaghWritten by Adam Cozad and David Koepp, based on characters created by Tom ClancyIt's a very rotten spy thriller that I'll pan. I just love the genre. I enjoy the twisty plots, the suspense and the international locations. But I can't say too much about Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit impressed me.This is…Read More

Alien series review (on Blu-Ray)

Alien (1979) Directed by Ridley Scott Written by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett Alien has been around so long it's kind of hard to imagine the world without those cute lil' exomorphs that kinda look like stainless steel dildos with teeth. When I was a kid I remember the excitement around the 1979 film—people saying…Read More

The Fast and the Furious series review

The sixth entry in this wildly successful action franchise came out recently, a franchise I've pretty much ignored. Why? Though I met Vin Diesel one time and he was friendly enough, I was never a huge fan of the guy onscreen. And I never much liked his pal, Paul Walker. The real appeal of these…Read More

The Films of Steven Soderbergh

One of the biggest disappointments of 2013 (so far) is what appears to be Steven Soderbergh's (seemingly) serious intent to retire from directing movies. Soderbergh is consistently one of the most interesting American filmmakers. He's not often the screenwriter of his projects, but he's certainly an auteur in every other way I can think of.…Read More

Skyfall review

Directed by Sam Mendes Written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan based on characters by Ian Fleming James Bond returns for the 23rd time (in an EON Productions film), the third time for Daniel Craig. Since he took the mantle of the most famous secret agent in the world (something of an obstacle…Read More

James Bond 007: The Daniel Craig Era

Daniel Craig arrived with a flourish typical of a new Bond, a press conference on the banks of the Thames. The actor had proclaimed his tough guy credentials in a crime drama called Layer Cake, and looked comfortable with props (like guns) in Munich, but seemed far from a shoo-in for the role of James…Read More

James Bond 007: The Pierce Brosnan Era

For years, Pierce Brosnan seemed a natural choice to carry the Walther PPK.The story is that he visited the set of For Your Eyes Only to see his wife Cassandra Harris, who was playing the Countess who is romanced by Roger Moore's James Bond. Producer "Cubby" Broccoli immediately considered the Irish-born actor for the next…Read More