Review: Fright Night

Writer-director Tom Holland’s post-modern vampire film celebrates the traditional conventions of the genre with its tongue firmly pressed against its cheek. The self-referential humour brilliantly updates the vampire film while perfectly playing to the popular sensibilities of...

Review: L.A. Story

Woody Allen wrote about his beloved New York City, making the classics Annie Hall and Manhattan to name just two. With the same zeal and affection, Steve Martin did the same for his adopted home Los Angeles. The city of angels, with its quirks and idiosyncrasies seen through the...

Review: Leap of Faith

Steve Martin is conman Jonas Nightengale who travels the country with his Christian ministry selling the idea of faith and the power of god to bring good health and prosperity to those that come to his show. He uses all the tricks in the book – from cameras and recording...

Review: Roxanne

Steve Martin falls in love with Daryl Hannah’s Roxanne but there’s one very big problem – his nose. When good-looking Chris arrives on the scene, he asks Martin’s C.D. Bales to help him write love letters to Roxanne. C.D. agrees, opening his heart to the girl but posing as Chris....

Review: RV – Runaway Vacation

I’m not saying my sister has bad taste in films, I’m just saying our tastes differ, and when she recommended Robin Williams’ 2006 film RV to me, I had some reservations. I had seen the trailer and liked what I’d seen but thought surely it was a low-grade National Lampoon’s...

Review: Stalag 17

Stalag 17 arrived only a couple of years after writer-director Billy Wilder saw his social commentary Ace In The Hole receive a muted reception from critics and filmgoers alike. It was a daring project to undertake - the remnants of world war were still very evident in 1953, and...

Review: Tequila Sunrise

Like the unfortunate physics classes of my teen years, I sat in front of Robert Towne’s Tequila Sunrise and wondered if I was the only one who hadn’t a clue what was going on. Mel Gibson has a conversation about something, then Kurt Russell says something about Gibson. Then...

Review: In Bruges

In Bruges is a curious film from fledgling English director Martin McDonagh. It tells the tale of two contract killers holed up in the historic Belgium city of the film's title awaiting further orders after a botched assassination. However, interestingly rather than...