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‘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

‘Oxygen’ (2021): Alone in the Dark

Directed by: Alexandre Aja || Produced by: Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur, Vincent Maraval, Brahim Chioua, Noëmie Devide Screenplay by: Christie LeBlanc || Starring: Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi Music by: Robin Coudert || Cinematography: Maxime Alexandre || Edited by: Hervé Schneid || Country: United States, France || Language: English Running Time: 101 minutes Long … Continue reading

How the Other Half Lives… ‘Hustlers’ (2019) & ‘Promising Young Woman’ (2020)

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria [1], Emerald Fennell [2] || Produced by: Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medina [1], Margot Robbie, Josey McNamara, Tom Ackerley, Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell [2] Screenplay by: Lorene Scafaria [1], Emerald Fennell [2] || Starring: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, … Continue reading

‘Forgotten’ (2017), ‘Below Zero’ (2021), & ‘Red Dot’ (2021): The Existential Dread of Guilt

Directed by: Jang Hang-jun [1], Lluís Quílez [2], Alain Darborg [3] || Produced by: Park Joon-shik [1], Josep Amorós, Pedro Uriol [2], Niklas Larsson, Anna Odenhall [3] Screenplay by: Jang Hang-jun [1], Fernando Navarro, Lluís Quílez [2], Alain Darborg, Per Dickson [3] || Starring: Kang Ha-neul, Kim Mu-yeol, Moon Sung-keun, Na Young-hee [1], Javier Gutiérrez, … Continue reading

Brad Anderson’s ‘Session 9’ (2001), ‘The Machinist’ (2004), & ‘Fractured’ (2019): When Your Mind is Not Your Own

Directed by: Brad Anderson || Produced by: John Sloss, Dorothy Aufiero, David Collins, Michael Williams [1], Carlos Fernández [2], Neal Edelstein, Mike Macari, Paul Schiff [3] Screenplay by: Brad Anderson, Stephen Gevedon [1], Scott Kosar [2], Alan B. McElroy [3] || Starring: David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III … Continue reading

‘Sputnik’ (2020): The Beast in Me

Directed by: Egor Abramenko || Produced by: Mikhail Vrubel, Aleksandr Andryushchenko, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Ilya Stewart, Murad Osmann, Pavel Burya, Vyacheslav Murugov, Alina Tyazhlova, Michael Kitaev, Ilya Jincharadze Screenplay by: Oleg Malovichko, Andrei Zolotarev || Starring: Oksana Akinshina, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov, Anton Vasiliev Music by: Oleg Karpachev || Cinematography: Maxim Zhukov || Edited by: Aleksandr … Continue reading

‘Tenet’ (2020): The Film that Killed Theatrical Blockbusters?

Directed by: Christopher Nolan || Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan || Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh Music by: Ludwig Göransson || Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema || Edited by: Jennifer Lame || Country: United Kingdom, United States || Language: English Running Time: 150 … Continue reading

‘Polar’ (2019): A Lowbrow “John Wick”

Directed by: Jonas Akerlund || Produced by: Robert Kulzer, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Jeremy Bolt, Hartley Gorenstein Screenplay by: Jayson Rothwell || Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Matt Lucas Music by: Deadmau5 || Cinematography: Pär M. Ekberg || Edited by: Doobie White || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: 119 minutes … Continue reading