FilmFridays Review Archives

Safe House

Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) mans a secret safe house/interrogation chamber for the CIA. His life both professionally and personally is about as buoyant as an anchor dragging along the sea bed. One day, the notorious bad egg Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) is brought to the safe house for interrogation and water boarding. Some “terrorists” arrive, Click here to read more…

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The French Connection

Adapted from the book The French Connection by Robin Moore, this film won a whole host of awards after its release in 1971 including 5 Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin), Best Screenplay (Ernest Tidyman), Best Film Editing (Gerald B Greenberg) and Best Actor for Gene Hackman who plays Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, a Click here to read more…

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Ghost Ship

The tale of the Mary Celeste surfaces quite quickly in this story of a salvage crew who find an abandoned ship. But as the rather grizzly prologue to this film suggests, this is more than just a ghost ship. It holds secrets that are slowly unlocked as the film proceeds. It is no secret, however, Click here to read more…

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Four

Love, sex, jealousy, control and revenge are the order of the day in John Langridge’s new movie “Four”. The movie sells itself with the tagline “There is no such thing as a simple plan“. Once you’ve watched it, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there is no such thing as a simple storyline. It starts Click here to read more…

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS A SPOILER ALERT Most cold war spy films have ubiquitous elements about them. There is a drained lack of colour in establishing shots. Everyone chain-smokes and the amount of alcohol consumed makes one wonder how any spy managed to stay focused let alone alert! A good spy must have a house with Click here to read more…

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Final Destination 5

Since cinemas earliest day, the world of movie franchise has been responsible for classics from James Bond to Carry On, Star Wars to Jurassic Park, Pirates to Shrek, Potter to Rings. Thanks to my FilmFridays co-founder, I have dabbled in the slightly more commerical franchises including all 7 Saw films (in the space of a Click here to read more…

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Source Code

The thing with Sci-Fi in Hollywood is that the pitch is often amazing, but the film fails to be interesting as it falls in line with the “rules” that Hollywood insists must be followed. Good must triumph over evil, the hero must get the girl, the goodies believe that they have God on their side Click here to read more…

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To Catch A Thief

This film won an Oscar in 1955 for Robert Burks, for Best Cinematography beating Oklahoma and Guys and Dolls! One almost wishes one could see it on the big screen once more in it’s glorious Vista-Vision. However seeing on more modern screens one can’t help but notice how many back-projected scenes there are in this Click here to read more…

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The Adjustment Bureau

“Wow” I thought. Matt Damon, he of a Bourne Identity with Emily Blunt, English actress (wave flag) of Devil Wears Prada (I preferred “Sunshine Cleaning”) fame – in a SciFi adventure where men with hats and shades secretly rule our lives, a bit like the CIA and FBI do! Oooookaaay. Hang on, they don’t rule Click here to read more…

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