The Fisher King: Criterion Collection

June 30, 2015

When Terry Gilliam was offered The Fisher King (1991) he had come from the exhausting experience of making The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) that saw him clash with one of the film’s meddling producers and resulted in a limited theatrical release.... 

The Green Mile: Special Edition

December 1, 2006

Magic realism is a tricky thing to pull off in a movie. It’s a deft balancing act that if you go too far in one direction you run the risk of losing the audience. In literature, it is much easier to pull off because a lot of it is left up to the reader’s... 

The Polar Express

February 21, 2006

Based on the book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, it’s something of a mystery why The Polar Express (2004) did not connect with audiences when it was released in theatres last year. Perhaps people weren’t ready to accept that kind of animation... 

Open Range

November 1, 2004

Similarities between Clint Eastwood’s Oscar winning Unforgiven and this old fashioned Western effort from Kevin Costner are inevitable. While this doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights of Eastwood’s masterpiece – it’s still a powerful and convincing... 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

November 23, 2003

After more than twenty years of failed attempts and missed opportunities, Terry Gilliam has done what many thought impossible — he fully and faithfully realized Hunter S. Thompson’s classic novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, into a wonderfully... 

Jurassic Park III

June 15, 2003

‘There is absolutely no force on this earth that would get me onto that island’ proclaimed Alan Grant when asked if he would travel to the island of Isla Sorna to study the habits of raptors up close. We all know he will, it’s just a...