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‘Black Hawk Down’ (2001): A Technical Filmmaking Demonstration by Ridley Scott

Directed by: Ridley Scott || Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer, Ridley Scott Screenplay by: Ken Nolan || Starring: Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Sam Shepard, Orlando Bloom Music by: Hans Zimmer || Cinematography: Stawomir Idziak || Editing by: Pietro Scalia || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: 144 minutes A … Continue reading

‘Three Kings’ (1999): Wacky Middle-Eastern Misunderstandings

Directed by: David O. Russell || Produced by: Michael Hertzberg, Edward McDonnell, Charles Roven, Paul Junger Witt Screenplay by: David O. Russell || Starring: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze, Cliff Curtis, Nora Dunn, Jamie Kennedy Music by: Carter Burwell || Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel || Editing by: Robert K. Lambert || Country: United … Continue reading

‘The Deer Hunter’ (1978): 3 Hours of Russian Roulette

Directed by: Michael Cimino || Produced by: Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino, John Peverall Screenplay by: Deric Washburn || Starring: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale, Meryl Streep, George Dzundza Music by: Stanley Myers || Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond || Editing by: Peter Zinner || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: … Continue reading

‘Apocalypse Now’ (1979): Francis Ford Coppola’s *Other* Masterpiece

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola || Produced by: Francis Ford Coppola Screenplay by: John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr || Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper Music by: Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola || Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro || Editing by: Richard Marks, Walter Murch, … Continue reading

‘Full Metal Jacket’ (1987): The Movie with that Drill Sergeant

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick || Produced by: Stanley Kubrick Screenplay by: Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford || Starring: Mathew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard, Ed O’Ross Music by: Vivian Kubrick || Cinematography: Doublas Milsome || Editing by: Martin Hunter || Country: United States, United Kingdom || … Continue reading

‘Platoon’ (1986): Oliver Stone at His Melancholic Best

Directed by: Oliver Stone || Produced by: Arnold Kopelson Screenplay by: Oliver Stone || Starring: Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker, Keith David, John C. McGinley Music by: Georges Delerue || Cinematography: Robert Richardson || Editing by: Claire Simpson || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: 120 minutes Vietnam War-movies tend to … Continue reading

‘Predators’ (2010): Robert Rodriguez Goes Trophy-Hunting

Directed by: Nimrod Antal || Produced by: Robert Rodriguez, John Davis, Elizabeth Avellan || Screenplay by: Alex Litvak, Michael Finch || Starring: Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Laurence Fishburne Music by: John Debney || Cinematography: Gyula Pados || Editing by: Dan Zimmerman || Country: United States || … Continue reading

‘Predator’ (1987): The Mecca of 1980s Hollywood Action

Directed by: John McTiernan || Produced by: Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver, John Davis Screenplay by: Jim Thomas, John Thomas, Shane Black || Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Elpidia Carrillo, Richard Chaves, Sonny Landham, Kevin Peter Hall Music by: Alan Silvestri || Cinematography: Donald McAlpine || Editing by: Mark Helfrich, John F. Link … Continue reading

‘The Descent’ (2005): The Best Chick-Flick Ever

Directed by: Neil Marshall || Produced by: Christian Colson Screenplay by: Neil Marshall || Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora Jane Noone Music by: David Julyan || Cinematography: Sam McCurdy || Editing by: Jon Harris || Country: United Kingdom || Language: English Running Time: 100 minutes In light of all … Continue reading

‘Avatar’ (2009): James Cameron is Unstoppable

Directed by: James Cameron || Produced by: James Cameron, Jon Landau Screenplay by: James Cameron || Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao Music by: James Horner || Cinematography: Mauro Fiore || Editing by: James Cameron, John Refoua, Stephen E. Rivkin || Country: United … Continue reading