A brilliant ex-hacker is coerced into a heist being orchestrated by a paramilitary group. Glossy but dumb-as-rocks tech thriller with the usual hacking visual cliches and an eye on spectacle (Bullet-time explosions! Nudity! A bus in midair!) over logic.
Visually rich sequel; sparse but strong cast. At times brilliant, often flawed with dreary dialogue and a contrived plot. Enjoyable, but at least an hour too long and loses itself too often in its own quest for fan appeasement and thematic continuance. Link to review of original film here.
Young Cruise as a ‘cocky’ barman at business school. Confusing 80s fodder. Good performance from Brown, everything else is nonsense. Kelly Lynch appears in string bikini. Watchable though for some reason. Just!
Blockbuster with an angst ridden Cruise struggling with sexuality at the ‘TopGun’ flight school. Ludicrous and yet enjoyable 80s deal. Exceptionally put together, and stylish photography. I like it, you might! Worth a (re)watch/listen!
Four linked horror stories take place on the same Christmas Eve. Reasonable anthology held together by William Shatner’s drunk radio jock. Plenty of contemporary horror tropes dealt with: changelings, zombies, Krampus, spooky dormitory found-footage.
A faithful adaptation of the Dickens novella, with the muppets cast plus Michael Caine as Scrooge. Good songs (by Paul Williams), Dickens – The Great Gonzo – acts as narrator, and an excellent Caine performance; he plays it admirably straight throughout, and delivers perhaps the finest single line-reading in cinema history.
Bond battles a private banker for terrorists. Casino Royale does a lot of things well: a series reboot, an introduction to the Daniel Craig era, and a film that connects to its source novel. It goes on too long, with perhaps one ending too many, but this one of the strongest series entries.