Review: The Christmas Chronicles

Director: Clay Kaytis Stars: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis Christmas movies. To some they're the best part of the season. Shamelessly sentimental, cosy and familiar. Thanks to that ever-quickening calendar year they're among the movies we end up seeing the most, whether you have children or not. And regardless of quality. There's a get-out-of-jail-free … Continue reading Review: The Christmas Chronicles

Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Director: James Gunn Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Three years on since James Gunn brought in the first Guardians Of The Galaxy film and its stock has changed considerably. When that movie rode in on the coattails of Captain America: The Winter Soldier it was a relatively unknown commodity; something of a gamble for Marvel Studios. … Continue reading Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Review: Deepwater Horizon

Director: Peter Berg Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich On 20th April 2010 the semi-submersible oil rig from which this film takes it's title suffered a catastrophic failure of systems thanks to corners cut by BP in order to get the site producing as it was 43 days behind schedule. To do this, safety inspections … Continue reading Review: Deepwater Horizon

Review: The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight appears, upfront, to be a western. Quentin Tarantino's 8th feature film (as he takes great pride in advising us right out of the gate) takes place several years after the end of the Civil War in the coldest wastes of wintry Wyoming. It begins, as Django Unchained before it, with a bounty hunter stopping … Continue reading Review: The Hateful Eight

Review: Bone Tomahawk

While we wait with varying levels of impatience for Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, another western starring Kurt Russell has crept its way onto UK shores with little fanfare. Writer / director S Craig Zahler's Bone Tomahawk is a rich find in the present cinematic landscape, though you may be hard pressed to locate it. That's a shame. Because it … Continue reading Review: Bone Tomahawk

Review: Fast & Furious 7

It may have taken prior directorial mainstay Justin Lin a few goes to truly nail down the formula, but let's approach Fast & Furious 7 as what it is; the latest entry in a franchise that bears as much resemblance to real life as Guardians Of The Galaxy. Except in Fast & Furious everyone's either Drax or Gamora. … Continue reading Review: Fast & Furious 7

Why I Love… #32: Big Trouble In Little China

Year: 1986 Director: John Carpenter Stars: Kurt Russell (Jack Burton), Kim Cattrall (Gracie Law), Dennis Dun (Wang Chi), James Hong (David Lo Pan), Victor Wong (Egg Shen), Kate Burton (Margo) Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy Some films in this series (The Red Shoes, The Apartment, The Night Of The Hunter etc) are here because … Continue reading Why I Love… #32: Big Trouble In Little China

Why I Love… #17: Death Proof

Year: 2007 Director: Quentin Tarantino Stars: Kurt Russell (Stuntman Mike), Rosario Dawson (Abernathy), Vanessa Ferlito (Butterfly), Zoe Bell (Herself), Sydney Poitier (Jungle Julia), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Lee), Rose McGowan (Pam), Tracie Thoms (Kim), Jordan Ladd (Shanna) Genre: Exploitation / Thriller Something tells me this is going to be a hard one to justify for a … Continue reading Why I Love… #17: Death Proof

Why I Love… #15: The Thing

Year: 1982 Director: John Carpenter Stars: Kurt Russell (R.J. MacReady), Wilford Brimley (Blair), Keith David (Childs), Donald Moffat (Garry), T.K. Carter (Nauls), Peter Maloney (Bennings) Genre: Science Fiction / Horror Seeing as in my convalescence I’ve developed for myself a MacReady-style level of beard growth, I thought it an appropriate time to cast an eye … Continue reading Why I Love… #15: The Thing