[The Kingdom title screen]
Misfiring action thriller with Jamie Foxx leading a team of FBI investigators trying to hunt down the perpetrators of a terrorist attack on a compound for Westerners in Saudi Arabia. Some decent enough set pieces and interplay between actors, but no heart.
[Home Alone title screen]
Fun live action cartoon violence courtesy of John Hughes and Chris Columbus.
[The First Great Train Robbery title screen]
The First Great Train Robbery
Another airing for Michael Crichton’s enjoyable Victorian crime caper with Connery, Sutherland and Down a strong central trio.
[The Two Jakes title screen]
The Two Jakes
Imperfect belated sequel to the Evans-Towne-Polanski-Nicholson classic Chinatown, here moving from its predecessor’s focus on water to an obsession over oil. By no means great, but still with plenty to enjoy.
Can you believe I’d never watched this? Surprisingly very enjoyable, with John Hughes on script duties, Chris Columbus directing, and a fresh-faced Macaulay Culkin as a kid left behind when his family go to Paris for Christmas. Cartoon violence, very likeable performances (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the burglars in particular), zesty.
Superb (relatively) low budget meta superhero business, with Tim Miller directing Ryan Reynolds as an amoral mercenary-turned-costumed vigilante. Ultra-violent, witty, with touching relationships and economical scenes.
Precinct Seven Five
Not the most innovative documentary film, but certainly an interesting story – about corrupt police officers in the Brooklyn neighbourhood East New York in the 1980s. However, focusing on Michael Dowd means wider issues are never really explored – nor is the issue of IA cop Joe Trimboli finding himself under threat from bosses for starting to investigate the 75.
The Last Of The Finest
Written (in part) by stalwart movie guy George Armitage, directed by John Mackenzie (The Long Good Friday, A Sense Of Freedom), with Brian Dennehy leading a team of LA cops (Joe Pantoliano, Bill Paxton and Jeff Fahey) on the trail of a drug dealer, but the bosses are on their back, yadda yadda yadda… I definitely remember this being a lot better than it is. Once again my brain lied to me.