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RIP Sidney Lumet

Hollywood has lost one of its true filmmaking legends with the passing of director Sidney Lumet at age 86. Although he may not be a household name, Lumet was a giant of American cinema, directing – in his fifty-year film career – some of the most recognised and acclaimed movies the industry has produced…

Slap Shot (1977)

The Charlestown Chiefs are a two-bit minor league hockey team on the verge of collapse. When the team enlists three sadistic, bespectacled brothers, their violent antics on the ice (they like to play with toys in their spare time) earn the Chiefs a new legion of fans. However, the increasing infamy is no guarantee of the teams’ salvation, and is less than admired by their star player…

The Verdict (1982)

Drama doesn’t get much better than The Verdict, a film that should have seen Newman score his first Oscar. And if it’s drama you want, director Lumet is your man, having made such great films as Twelve Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, Running On Empty and the recent Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead in a career that has spanned fifty years…

The Bear (1988) • Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) • Scarface (1983)

The film is seamlessly executed, combining the most astounding animal ‘acting’ ever seen on screen with absolutely first class cinematography from Philippe Rousselot. The human characters have little dialogue, and necessarily take a backseat to the animals – they could even be considered underwritten and at times suffer from some poor dubbing…

NO SPEECH PREPARED… A Gambler’s Guide to the 81st Annual Academy Awards

It’s almost time again for the Oscars – that back-slapping, tear-fest that celebrates Hollywood’s finest. It still astounds me that the Academy Awards retain an audience each year – the ceremony is almost sickeningly self-congratulatory and overstays its welcome by a good three hours. Yet, save for last year, I still manage to watch this event each and every year due to a history that stretches back to adolescence…

The Towering Inferno (1974) • Sorcerer (1977) • Paper Moon (1973)

It’s tough to dislike a movie that features both Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, and this film is often considered the best of director Allen’s disaster epics of the 70’s. Viewed today however, in the light of CGI, Inferno is a lacklustre experience…

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