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John Woo’s ‘Face/Off’ (1997) & ‘Manhunt’ (2017)

Directed by: John Woo || Produced by: David Permut, Barrie M. Osborne, Terence Chang, Christopher Godsick [1], Gordon Chan [2] Screenplay by: Mike Werb, Michael Colleary [1], Gordon Chan, Chan Hing Kai, James Yuen, Itaru Era, Ho Miu Ki, Maria Wong, Sophie Yeh [2] || Starring: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Alessandro … Continue reading

‘The Matrix Resurrections’ (2021): The Power of Love

Directed by: Lana Wachowski || Produced by: James McTeigue, Lana Wachowski, Grant Hill Screenplay by: Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell, Aleksandar Hemon || Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jada Pinkett Smith Music by: Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer || Cinematography: Daniele Massaccesi, John Toll … Continue reading

Telugu Reviews, Volume 4: ‘Fidaa’ (2017), ‘Majili’ (2019), & ‘Love Story’ (2021)

Directed by: Sekhar Kammula [1, 3], Shiva Nirvana [2] || Produced by: Dil Raju, Shirish [1], Sahu Garapati, Harish Peddi [2], Narayan Das K Narang, Puskar Ram Mohan Rao [3] Screenplay by: Sekhar Kammula [1, 3], Shiva Nirvana [2] || Starring: Varun Tej [1], Sai Pallavi, Naiga Chaitanya [1, 3] Samantha Akkineni, Divyansha Kaushik [2] … Continue reading

‘Andhaghaaram’ (2020): Give Yourself to the Dark Side

Directed by: V. Vignarajan || Produced by: Priya Atlee, Sudhan Sundaram Jayaram, K. Poorna Chandra Screenplay by: V. Vignarajan || Starring: Arjun Das, Vinoth Kishan, Kumar Natarajan, Pooja Ramachandran, Misha Ghoshal Music by: Pradeep Kumar || Cinematography: A. M. Edwin Sakay || Edited by: Sathyaraj Natarajan || Country: India || Language: Tamil Running Time: 171 … Continue reading

‘Midnight Mass’ (2021): Vampiric Catholic Guilt

Created by: Mike Flanagan || Written by: Mike Flanagan, Joyce Sherri, Teresa Sutherland, James Flanagan, Elan Gale, Jeff Howard, Dani Parker Directed by: Mike Flanagan || Starring: Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, Kristin Lehman, Samantha Sloyan, Igby Rigney, Rahul Kohli, Annarah Cymone, Annabeth Gish, Alex Essoe, Rahul Abburi, Matt Biedel, Michael Trucco, Crystal Balint, Louis Oliver, … Continue reading

Mike Flanagan’s Modern Gothic: ‘The Haunting of… Hill House’ (2018) & ‘… Bly Manor’ (2020)

Created by: Mike Flanagan || Written by: Mike Flanagan, Rebecca Klingel [1, 2], Meredith Averill, Jeff Howard, Charise Castro Smith, Scott Kosar, Liz Phang [1], Henry James, Diane Ademu-John, Julia Bicknell, Michael Clarkson, Paul Clarkson, James Flanagan, Leah Fong, Angela LeManna, Laurie Penny [2] Directed by: Mike Flanagan1, 2, Ciar√°n Foy, Liam Gavin, Ben Howling, … Continue reading

The ‘Bourne’ Trilogy (2002, 2004, 2007): Action in the Edit

Directed by: Doug Liman [1], Paul Greengrass [2–3] || Produced by: Doug Liman, Richard N. Gladstein [1], Patrick Crowley [1–3], Frank Marshall, Paul L. Sandberg [2–3] Screenplay by: Tony Gilroy [1–3], William Blake Herron [1], Scott Z. Burns, George Nolfi [3] || Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles [1–3], Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Gabriel Mann [1–2], … Continue reading

‘No Time to Die’ (2021): But Time Enough for Closure

Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga || Produced by: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli Screenplay by: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge || Starring: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Wishaw, Naomi Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes Music by: Hans Zimmer ||¬†Cinematography: Linus Sandgren || Edited by: Elliot … Continue reading

‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008): The Limits of Franchise Brand Recognition

Directed by: Marc Forster || Produced by: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli Screenplay by: Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade || Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench Music by: David Arnold || Cinematography: Roberto Schaefer || Edited by: Matt Cheese, Richard Pearson || Country: United Kingdom, United States … Continue reading

‘The Spy’ (2019): When Patriotism Costs Everything

Created by: Gideon Raff || Written by: Gideon Raff, Max Perry Directed by: Gideon Raff || Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Noah Emmerich, Hadar Ratzon-Rotem, Yael Eitan, Nassim Si Ahmed, Moni Moshonov, Alona Tai, Mourad Zaoui, Uri Gavriel No. of Episodes: 6 (~300 minutes total) While I imagine there is no scripted movie or television series … Continue reading