I’ve always tried to pursue the things I’m most passionate about You have to follow your heart. That’s why I’ve written and directed [new TV show] Mob City [based on John Buntin’s book LA Noir: The Struggle For the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City]. I’ve always loved film noir, the potboiler aspect, the fact that everyone has an angle, a secret, and that the heat is always being turned up under the kettle.
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Monday 24 November 2008
Thursday 20 November 2008
Friday 24 October 2008
A violent and silly Korean Grand Guignol about an opera singer and his young protegée heading down a country road and into the embrace of a gang of Deliverance-style mouth-breathing psychos.
What happens next is predictable enough in outline, but springs a surprise or two along the way; the build-up of aggression is nicely paced, and the film displays a primitive but intermittently effective sense of humour. On the down side, the action proper, once it does get under way, seems to go on an unconscionably long time; and as well as some distasteful sexual violence, we get an unusually revolting screen kiss. I suspect it falls between two stools: not nearly grisly enough for the aficionado of extreme Asian cinema, rather too grisly for everyone else.
Sunday 06 July 2008
The Mist is one of the most downbeat, serious-minded dramas ever to feature gigantic tentacled aliens from another dimension. Adapted from a novella by Stephen King, it's set almost entirely in a rural New England supermarket. An unfeasibly buff artist, Thomas Jane, is stocking up with his son there one morning, when the supermarket is enveloped in a white fog, and we soon see that cheaply computer-generated beasties are lurking within it. Jane and the other shoppers lock the doors.
Friday 09 May 2008
For anyone who religiously avoids novels about bloodlines, the occult and ecclesiastical manuscripts the window for escape is closing.
Thursday 28 February 2008
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Sunday 29 December 2002
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