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Goodfellas (1990)

Duration 2h 26m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A book, Wiseguy, itself based on real events by Nicholas Pileggi Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese Starring Robert De Nero, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sovino, Tony Darrow, Frank Vincent, Debi Mazar, Michael Imperioli, Samuel L. Jackson, Elevator Pitch: A young … Continue reading

Queen & Slim (2020 in Spain)

Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay, although linked by critics to Bonney and Clyde and Thelma and Louise (I favour the latter) Director First time director Melina Matsoukas Writers/Script Lena Waithe (story Lena Waithe, James Frey) Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeen Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Elevator Pitch: An uptight … Continue reading

Bombshell (2020 in Spain)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Based on real events in Fox News over the duration of its existence. Director Jay Roach Writers/Script Charles Randolph Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Allison Janney, Malcolm McDowell, Kate McKinnon, Elevator Pitch: Roger Ailes, the CEO of Fox News, generally known for … Continue reading

Species (1995)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A more or less original screenplay Director Roger Donaldson Writers/Script Dennis Feldman Starring Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Henstridge, Michelle Williams, Elevator Pitch: A scientist gets a group of specialists together whose job will be to track down and kill … Continue reading

The Wisdom of Crocodiles (1998)

Duration 1h 38m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay – there is a book by Paul Hoffman, but it was published in 2000 so a follow-up to the film. Director Po-Chih Leong Writers/Script Paul Hoffman Starring Jude Law, Elina Löwensohn, Timothy Spall, Jack Davenport, Kerry Fox, Elevator Pitch: A young professional (he … Continue reading

Unknown (2011)

Duration 1h 53m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A novel translated into English as “Out of my head” by Didier Van Cauwelaert Director Jaume Collet-Serra Writers/Script Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwell Starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aiden Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella, Elavator Pitch: Dr Martin Harris (We’ll call him “Harris 1”) is … Continue reading

Annabelle (3) Comes Home

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story It is a riff on the activities of Ed and Lorraine Warren who were actual paranormal investigators (controversially) back in the 1960s and 70s America. Director Gary Dauberman Writers/Script Gary Dauberman (story by James Wan) Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, McKenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, … Continue reading

Striking Distance (1993)

Duration 1h 42m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Rowdy Herrington Writers/Script Rowdy Herrington, Marty Kaplan Starring Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore, John Mahoney Elevator Pttch: Someone in Pittsburgh is assassinating young women and dumping the bodies in the river. When detective Tom Hardy suggests that the … Continue reading

Soldier (1998)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay, said to occupy the same universe as Blade Runner. Director Paul W.S. Anderson Writers/Script David Webb Peoples (with uncredited additions by Tony Gilroy) Starring Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee, Gary Busey, Connie Nielsen Elevator Pitch: Todd 3465, a soldier … Continue reading

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Quentin Tarantino Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Randy Brooks, Kirk Baltz, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino Elevator Pitch. In the aftermath of a diamond robbery the participants gradually begin to assemble in … Continue reading

Mary Queen of Scots (2019)

Elevator Pitch. Mary returns from France after the death of her husband the young French king, and takes up the throne of Scotland. She is a Catholic and therefore disliked by the Scottish protestants. Back in England Henry Cecil, Queen Elizabeth’s advisor, forments revolt forcing Mary to take up arms against her half brother. She … Continue reading

Pawn Sacrifice (2014)

Elevator Pitch In 1972 American Boby Fischer meets Russian chess master Boris Spassky in Iceland to decide who is to be world chess champion. Fischer has proved himself to be a brilliant player, becoming American champion at the age of 14, but he suffers from paranoia, believing that his every move is being monitored by … Continue reading

30 Days of Night (2007)

Elevator Pitch Barrow, Alaska is the most northen city in the United States and for 30 days in mid winter the sun never rises above the horizon. During this period many of the townsfolk emigrate to sunnier places, but a few people remain, including the sheriff and his estranged wife. As darkness is falling a … Continue reading

The A-Team (2010)

Elevator Pitch A group of special forces soldiers undertake a black op in Bagdhad to recover some banknote printing plates and a billion dollars in notes and are successful, but their authority for the job, General Morrison is apparently killed in an explosion, and the plates stolen by a mercenary employed by “Black Forest”, or … Continue reading

BEST FILMS OF 2018

Of the 39 films I saw in 2018 these are my ten favourites. No 1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle This is the second time I have included a list of my favourite films, and surprisingly top is Jumanji. This was a genuine pleasure having gone to see it without any real expectation of enjoying … Continue reading

Predator 2 (1990)

Elevator Pitch In a future 1997 the detectives of the LAPD are engaged in firefights with the street gangs of the city, but when one gang retires to their fortress and does not come out again the detectives enter the building and find bodies and blood. What has happened? Another gang is attacked in their … Continue reading

Jason Bourne (2016)

Elevator Pitch Nicky Parsons, working for an environmental group, hacks into the CIA database and finds stuff about the origins of Treadstone, and as a result contacts Bourne who has been living off the grid as a bare nuckle fighter They meet in Athens, but the new head of cyber ops in the CIA detects … Continue reading

Predator (1987)

Elevator Pitch A bunch of ex-special forces mercenaries are hired to go into the Central American jungle, together with a CIA spook in order to rescue a couple of hostages from some bandits. As they make their way through the jungle they become aware that everything is not quite as it should be and their … Continue reading

Spy (2015)

Elevator Pitch A normally desk bound CIA agent, Susan Cooper, is let out into the field because none of the people being tracked, in order to recover a nuclear device, know her. She must infiltrate a criminal organisation led by Rayna Boyanov,  the daughter of a man killed accidentally by the agent she usually supports … Continue reading

Austin Powers 3: Goldmember (2002)

Elevator Pitch Dr Evil has kidnapped Austin’s father and smuggles him back to 1975, requiring the spy to travel back in pursuit in a time travelling car. Dr Evil and Mini-Me have also formed an alliance with the similarly evil Goldmember who has developed a tractor beam intended to cause a meteor to hit the … Continue reading

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