Universal Soldier was the subject of a lot of discussion at my school when it was released, but not just about the fact that it's great.
Actually, it wasn't unique in the main conversation that was had about it. See, back then, most action films that had Dolph Lundgren on board were the subject of the 'Did You Know He Had A Big Fight On Set?' discussion.
This discussion was mostly had about Showdown In Little Tokyo (the consensus was…
If I hadn't already been interested in seeing this film, I would have been sold on that amazing poster itself.
Sole Survivor reminded me of a whole lot of films, all of which were made at least 15 years after it. So either it's a hell of a lot more influential than you would believe of a relatively obscure 1980s horror thriller, or it's just a happy coincidence. There are elements of Final Destination, Unbreakable and even It Follows in…
I think that The Shining is, outside of one of its major plot points, a pretty good name for this film. It's a shining example of why no filmmaker should feel obliged to as closely mirror a book as possible when doing an adaptation.
When Stanley Kubrick released The Shining, Stephen King famously decried it, saying that it hardly resembled his novel at all. Quite often since then people have suggested that King simply does not understand cinema, an opinion…
What makes a 5 star film?
There are lots of different criteria floating around for what makes one. By their own admission, some people are a lot freer with dishing out such a grading whilst others insist a film practically has to become their all time favourite to receive full marks.
It is, of course, completely dependent on the individual. I've often wondered if I am quite strict or quite liberal with the amount of times I've handed out full…