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Guy Ritchie’s ‘Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels’ (1998) & ‘Snatch’ (2000)

Directed by: Guy Ritchie || Produced by: Matthew Vaughn Screenplay by: Guy Ritchie || Starring: Jason Flemyng1-2, Dexter Fletcher1, Nick Moran1, Jason Statham1-2, Steven Mackintosh1, Vinnie Jones1-2, Sting1, Stephen Graham1, Alan Ford1-2, Brad Pitt2, Dennis Farina2, Rade Serbedzija2, Benicio del Toro2, Lennie James2, Robbie Gee2, Ade2 Music by: David A. Huges1, John Murphy1-2 || Cinematography: … Continue reading

Sergio Leone’s ‘Once Upon a Time… in the West’ (1968), ‘… the Revolution (1971), & ‘… in America’ (1984)

Directed by: Sergio Leone1-3 || Produced by: Fulvio Morsella1, 2, Arnon Milchan3 Screenplay by: Sergio Donati1, 2, Luciano Vincenzoni2, Roberto De Leonardis2, Carlo Tritto2, Leonardo Benvenuti3, Piero De Bernardi3, Enrico Medioli3, Franco Ferrini3 , Sergio Leone1-3 || Starring: Claudia Cardinale1, Henry Fonda1, Jason Robards1, Charles Bronson1, Rod Steiger2, James Coburn2, Robert De Niro3, James Woods3, … Continue reading

‘Reign of Fire’ (2002): One of the Weirder New Millennium Blockbusters

Directed by: Rob Bowman || Produced by: Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, Dean Zanuck Screenplay by: Matt Greenberg, Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka || Starring: Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler Music by: Edward Shearmur, Brad Wagner, Mad at Gravity || Cinematography: Adrian Biddle || Edited by: Declan McGrath, … Continue reading

‘Under the Skin’ (2013): “Slow-Burn” Sci-Fi Overstays Its Welcome

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer || Produced by: James Wilson, Nick Wechsler Screenplay by: Walter Campbell, Janathan Glazer || Starring: Scarlett Johansson Music by: Mica Levi || Cinematography: Daniel Landin || Edited by: Paul Watts || Country: United Kingdom || Language: English Running Time: 108 minutes With regards to horror and science-fiction filmmaking, the phrases “slow … Continue reading

A Yorgos Lanthimos Sampling: ‘The Lobster’ (2015), ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ (2017), & ‘The Favourite’ (2018)

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos || Produced by: Ceci Dempsey, Lee Magiday [Lobster, Favourite], Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos Screenplay by: Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos [Lobster, Killing], Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara [Favourite] || Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Ben Wishaw [Lobster], Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan [Killing], Emma Stone, … Continue reading

‘Errementari’ (2017): A Dark Fairy Tale at Hell’s Gate

Directed by: Paul Urkijo Alijo || Produced by: Ortzi Acosta, Alex de la Iglesia, Luis de Oza, Laruent Fumeron, Daniel Goroshko, Gorka Gomez Screenplay by: Paul Urkijo Alijo, Asier Guerricaechevarria || Starring: Kandido Uranga, Uma Bracaglia, Eneko Sagardoy, Ramon Aguirre, Jose Ramon Argoitia, Josean Bengoetxea Music by: Pascal Gaigne || Cinematography: Gorka Gomez || Editing … Continue reading

‘Widows’ (2018): A Sloppy Script Meets an Inconsistent Directorial Vision

Directed by: Steve McQueen || Produced by: Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Arnon Milchan Screenplay by: Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen || Starring: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson Music by: Hans Zimmer || Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt || … Continue reading

‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010): An Action-Musical Tour de Force

Directed by: Edgar Wright || Produced by: Eric Gitter, Nira Park, Marc Platt, Edgar Wright Screenplay by: Michael Bacall, Edgar Wright || Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Brie Larson, Ellen Wong, Aubrey Plaza Music by: Nigel Godrich || Cinematography: Bill Pope || … Continue reading

Three Flavours Cornetto (2004, 2007, 2013): Trilogy Review

Directed by: Edgar Wright || Produced by: Nira Park [Shaun],  Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner [Fuzz, World’s End] Screenplay by: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg || Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Julia Deakin, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Rafe Spall, Patricia Franklin Music by: Pete Woodhead, Daniel Mudford [Shaun], David Arnold [Fuzz], Steven Price [World’s End] || Cinematography: … Continue reading

A Horror-on-Demand Sampling: The Void’ (2016), ‘The Ritual’ (2017), ‘Apostle’ (2018)

Directed by: Gareth Evans [A], David Bruckner [R], Steven Kostanski, Jeremy Gillespie [V] || Produced by: Aram Tertzakian, Ed Talfan, Gareth Evans [A], Jonathan Cavendish, Richard Holmes, Andy Serkis [R], Jonathan Bronfman, Casey Walker [V] Screenplay by: Gareth Evans [A], Joe Barton [R],  Steven Konstanski, Jeremy Gillespie [V] || Starring: Dan Stevens, Lucy Boynton, Mark … Continue reading