Bryan Cogman

Writer/Producer/Once and Future Actor.

Favorite films

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Midnight Run
  • Topsy-Turvy

Recent activity

  • The Love We Make

  • The Beatles: Get Back


  • Star Trek: Insurrection


  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan


Recent reviews

  • War of the Worlds

    War of the Worlds


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Holy shit, this is an overlooked masterpiece.  Don’t know why I didn’t rate it higher the last time I saw it (in theaters, in 2005).  Another entry in the ‘we-didn’t-know-how-good-we-had-it’ list of movies from a few years back. 

    Cruise and Fanning are sensational. Spielberg pummels us over and over again for most the running time with suspense and brutal action. The ferry sequence!!! Jesus…

    And despite its abrupt-seeming/happy-ish ending (which, to be fair, more or less mirrors the ending of…

  • The Color of Money

    The Color of Money


    Has anyone ever been cooler than Paul Newman in this movie?

Popular reviews

  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    The Lost World: Jurassic Park


    This movie rocks.  Does it have much of a story? No. Any sense of wonder? Not really. Strong characters? Not so much, though the cast are all quite good.

    It DOES have sensational suspense/action/horror sequence after sensational suspense/action/horror sequence and a nasty, cynical tone that feels more Crichton-y than even the original classic.  There is some spectacular craft here.  Severely underrated, especially when you think about the films in the series that follow it…

  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II


    I dunno, sue me, I like this movie.  A glimpse into Ethan Hunt’s “007 period” between being betrayed by his mentor and temporarily retiring/getting hitched.  

    When, in the sixth movie, Luther tells Ilsa “Ethan’s only been serious about two women”, I always think “Justice for Nyah Nordhoff-Hall!”

    ALSO: I hear a complaint often that this movie's a retread of Alfred Hitchcock's NOTORIOUS. To which I reply: "WHY IS THAT A BAD THING?"