Mark Fraser

Mark is a film journalist, screenwriter and former production assistant from Western Australia. In the past he has worked as a camera assistant-clapper/loader, assistant editor [16mm], best boy, grip, wedding videographer and, he says, a “self-styled bogus VHS documentary maker”. Mark adds that his greatest achievement when writing about film occurred in the 1990s. While writing for a provincial newspaper in Australia, Mark, whose principle love is American cinema, managed to quote the last line of Vincent Canby’s New York Times review for Bunuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie after watching Con Air: “Don’t miss it!”” Mark says: “…needless to say, no one got the joke (or liked the film for that matter).”

Mark’s articles:
“Barry McKenzie Holds His Own” Maintains Its Irreverent Grip
“Eaten Alive”: A Hard Act To Swallow
“The Formula” No Recipe For Spin
“Hellbound: Hellraiser II” Doesn’t Rise To The Occasion
“Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth” Gives Franchise The Hollywood Touch
“The Hound Of The Baskervilles” Proves To Be A Mixed Breed
“The Man Who Could Cheat Death” Reveals Some Eternal Truths
“The Ninth Configuration” Reveals The Pragmatic Nature Of Faith
Revisiting A classic: William Friedkin’s “Sorcerer”
“Salvador” Is More Revolt Than Revolution
“Taxi” Not Worth the Fare
“To Catch A Thief” Shows Hitchcock Dabbling In Blandness

15 Great Second Films by Directors
11 Great American Film Quotes that rarely (if ever) get mentioned in Top 10 Film Quote Lists
Top 10 Bruce Willis Films Which Contain a Numerical Reference in Their Title
10 Films involving Terrorism that were made before 9/11
10 Films that prove Charles Bronson was a legitimate Character Actor
10 Fruitful Collaborations between Hollywood Directors and their Cinematographers
10 Fruitful Collaborations between Non-US Directors and their Cinematographers
10 Modern Hollywood Films that Showed Plenty of Promise, but Ultimately Failed to Deliver
10 Movies afflicted with Space Madness
10 Movies that are literally a pain in the behind
Top 15 Film Appearances of the Bomb
Top 10 Best Supporting Actors who were Completely Snubbed by the Academy Awards
Top 10 Effective Uses of Pre-1980 Rock Music
Top 10 Film Boat Trips to Avoid
Top 10 Films featuring Historic Serial Killers
Top 10 Films featuring Tsunamis
Top 10 Films in Which Humans Are Considered Fair Game
Top 10 Films in which Nicolas Cage performs for A-List Directors
Top 10 Films in which (Sir) Anthony Hopkins plays Historical Figures
Top 10 Films of Harvey Keitel
Top 10 Films of James Woods
Top 10 Films of Joe Spinell
Top 10 Films of Robert Aldrich
Top 10 Films of Steve Buscemi
Top 10 Films that Champion Classical Music but aren’t about Composers
Top 10 Films that feature Cannibalism, but don’t Involve Restless Natives or Zombies
Top 10 Films that Reflect the Impact of Mining
Top 10 Films that Share an Apocalyptic View of Los Angeles
Top 10 Films that Share an Apocalyptic View of New York City
Top 10 Films where Medical Endeavours go Seriously Awry
Top 10 Films where Submarines get a Starring Role
Top 10 Films which should have Helped Rescue Malcolm McDowell’s Career
Top 10 Horror Films from Australia
Top 10 Hospital Crime Scenes
Top 10 Movie Airport Crime Scenes
Top 10 Movie Bus Rides to Avoid
Top 10 Movie Train Rides to Avoid
Top 10 Priests in Mainstream Film
Top 10 Third Instalments Of A Movie Franchise (With A Number In The Title) That Didn’t Help The Series
Top 10 Variations on Plane Crashes in Cinema