Primal Fear: Hard Evidence Edition

March 9, 2009

Primal Fear (1996) is a classic example of a talented actor transcending his role, turning a character into something special and memorable. What was originally marketed as a vehicle for Richard Gere became a breakout role for then-up-and-coming Edward... 

The Illusionist

January 9, 2007

The Illusionist and The Prestige were released in theatres in 2006 and featured 19th century magicians as their protagonists. However, the latter was backed and promoted by a major Hollywood studio while the former was a modestly budgeted independent... 

Kingdom of Heaven: Director’s Cut

May 23, 2006

Kingdom of Heaven (2005) was Ridley Scott’s costly epic about the Crusades that promptly flopped at the box office in North America. Clearly, the studio and Scott were hoping for another zeitgeist galvanizing response to this film like with Gladiator... 

25th Hour

May 1, 2006

Set in a post 9/11 New York, Spike Lee’s latest ensemble drama converges around a convicted drug dealer’s last day of freedom before being hauled off to serve seven years in jail. Based on a book and screenplay by David Benioff, the writer... 

Kingdom of Heaven

January 13, 2006

There’s a moment in Kingdom of Heaven where our hero Balian asks his enemy Saladin what the city of Jerusalem is worth to him. “Nothing,” he replies. “Everything.” This paradox is the prevailing problem with the film itself;...