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I often put on Film 4 knowing that there will be a decent film showing, whether it be a romantic comedy or a thriller, a modern flick or a timeless classic. Sometimes though, the film playing doesn’t hold my attention, and I eventually fall asleep. Even great films which I know I should watch, like Ice Cold In Alex, or Beverly Hills Cop. Or Groundhog Day. Groundhog Day is great isn’t it? Okay, I’ve never fallen asleep during Groundhog Day. But recently I put on Film 4 and found that the movie which was playing was truly great. And there was no way I was going to fall asleep whilst it was on. Black Rain.
Black Rain is a 1989 American action-thriller, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Douglas as a New York City cop. The film revolves around Michael Douglas’ character, Detective Nick Conklin, as he tries to »
- Jon Lovatt
The Longest Ride lassos Craig Bolton for scripting duties Black Rain starring Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura and Kate Capshaw is one of my favorite films of 1989. A riveting action crime drama helmed by Ridley Scott, which was well written by Bolotin, alongside Warren Lewis (The 13th Warrior). That said, it's been a long time since Bolotin worked on a feature; the last feature being in 1999's Light It Up starring Usher Raymond, Forest Whitaker and Rosario Dawson, and prior to that had seven years to his last credits for That Night and Straight Talk. Whether that hiatus will pay off, remains to be seen. »
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
3 items from 2013
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