The Player: Criterion Collection

May 31, 2016

The 1980s was a tough decade for Robert Altman. After enjoying so much creative freedom in the 1970s it all came crashing down with Popeye (1980), a big budget adaptation of the comic strip of the same name. It was plagued with production problems and... 

Nightmares and Dreamscapes

October 31, 2006

Stephen King adaptations are traditionally hit or miss affairs. For every superior one like Salem’s Lot (1979) there are many more lackluster ones like Maximum Overdrive (1986). And so each new King adaptation is approached with a certain amount of... 


March 4, 2006

Flightplan (2005) came out around the same time as another on-the-plane thriller, Red Eye (2005) which boasted hot, up-and-coming actors Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy and directed by Wes Craven. Flightplan’s big draw is Jodie Foster. Both films... 

Beyond the Sea

November 4, 2005

Insightful biopic or bloated vanity project? That’s what audiences and critics were asking themselves when Kevin Spacey’s labour of love, Beyond the Sea (2004), a dramatization of the life and times of legendary crooner Bobby Darin, came out. Since...