Starring: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Angelica Huston, Robert Loggia
Director: John Huston
In this dark comedy about doomed romance, Jack Nicholson stars as a hitman for the Prizzi family, big wigs in the organised crime game. But when he meets a beautiful blonde at a family wedding, things start to go wrong. She’s a hitman too, and soon, with the machinations of the exiled daughter of one of the kingpins, the assassins are hired to kill… each other!
It’s a bit of an odd film. Anjelica Huston, who was Nicholsons squeeze at the time, stars as a woman who left him at the altar and has been rejected by the family, but wants back in. She’s incredibly beautiful, and plays so well as the determined, hurt woman, who also has something very steel like about her. Kathleen Turner, as the love and rival assassin, is blonde and innocant…
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Starring: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow
Director: John Madden
A lot of films about politics can be very dry and a bit dull, but this certainly isn’t one of them. Elizabeth Sloane (Chastain) is an ice cold, intelligent figure, a lobbyist who strikes fear into the hearts of her opponents and is therefore highly sought after. But when she takes on the gun lobby, it might be a case she can’t win, with the corruption and vendettas of politics pushing the issues to the backseat, and Sloane’s desire to win, always, at all costs, pushing her to the edge.
(Just for the record, this is a film about the game of politics, and not about the morality of gun laws).
This film stayed with me for a few days after I watched it, because I loved Chastain’s performance so much. She’s absolutely beautiful, of course…
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Starring: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz
Director: Olivier Assayas
What an enigmatic little film.
Kristen Stewart stars as Maureen, a young woman who works as a personal shopper and who refuses to leave Paris since her twin brother died. She believes that he’ll get a message to her from the other side, as they both had some gifts as psychic mediums, but she’s still waiting. Her boyfriend wants her to move on, and she really dislikes her wealthy and famous boss in Paris, but she just feels that she can’t go until she has some kind of sign.
She returns to the house her brother and his girlfriend lived in and talks to her boyfriend in the US on the phone, and all the while she senses a dark presence but nothing solid. Until she starts to get mysterious text messages. What’s really going on? Is she…
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By now you must know how much we love a horror franchise, and this time around I thought we’d take a look at Alien, which started in 1979, and has had sequels, spin offs, reboots, games and even restaurants and bars made out of it. OK, so it’s a sci fi, survival horror but it fits the bill for the franchise post treatment. Let’s take a look.
What to expect:
Most Alien films feature one or more of these. Copy these down for your Aliens Franchise Bingo.
- Strong female lead, usually Sigourney as Ripley, but not always
- An evil and foolish company man who thinks they can weaponise the alien
- An android who may or may not be a bad guy, and who you may not know is an android
- Ripley protecting a weaker figure, like Jones the Cat or Newt, the little girl
- A facehugger, that is an alien…
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