Payback Straight Up: The Director’s Cut

April 12, 2007

When Payback was originally released in 1999, it was surrounded by a bit of controversy when it was reported that the studio was not happy with writer/director Brian Helgeland’s original cut and with Mel Gibson’s approval, the actor filmed a new third... 

Thank You For Smoking

October 10, 2006

As more and more cities, states and countries ban smoking in public places (Philadelphia has been one of the latest) and the government tries to make us more conscious of our health, the more pressure is on the tobacco companies to find other, creative... 

The Dark

August 18, 2006

After starting in T.V. with Xena: Warrior Princess, John Fawcett hit his stride with the werewolf horror Ginger Snaps; a refreshing female take on the lycanthrope legend that put expensive studio fare to shame. Sadly, he only had a peripheral involvement... 

Assault on Precinct 13

November 23, 2005

Assault on Precinct 13 (2004) is a remake of John Carpenter’s no frills cult classic (which was a remake of Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo) but with a name cast and a CGI facelift. The results are a mixed bag. While competently filmed and ably acted by the... 

Secret Window

May 23, 2005

Somewhere over the last eighteen months Johnny Depp has risen from kooky character actor to a bone fide national treasure, even securing himself a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Pirates Of The Caribbean. His follow up to that film, Secret Window, reaffirms...