Christopher Symonds

Hong Kong action director stalwart John Woo transitioned to Hollywood movies in the 90s. His kinetic style, use of slow-mo, and many, many doves, quickly became an oft ‘homaged’ technique in the actio...
You ready for a fun, rollicking feel-good time at the movies? Well, this makes The Road look hopeful. You would have to be from space, or a right nit wit, to think a film based on a story from the mas...
After director Renny Harlin Died-Harder, he became an in-demand action director, and who better to star in his new flick that action flick champion of the 80s, Sylvester Stallone . With a story about...
James Cameron has acquired a well-deserved reputation as something of a Midas within the realm of films. It doesn’t seem to matter what topic he chooses to tackle, when they land on the silver screen,...
Seems the world can’t get enough of serial killer thrillers, no matter the decade. In the 90s, Morgan Freeman hit a home run in David Fincher ’s Se7en , and would be offered many of its ilk in the fol...
I’ve been waxing lyrical recently on some critically revered flicks and their rare confluences of casting, writing and execution to form classics for the ages. But it’s not just drama masterpieces tha...
Stephen Spielberg ’s Jaws is considered the first summer blockbuster. A film that everybody and their dog went to see and raked in an obscene amount of money. With a shower of green in their eyes, Hol...
In 1986, director Oliver Stone delivered a war film to counter all the John Wayne -esque, American:good/Foreign opponents:bad narratives of the past with Platoon . As a Vietnam War vet himself, he had...
The late and great Wes Craven will forever be known as the father of Freddy Krueger. But that wasn’t all he accomplished. A horror mainstay, no question, but also a commercial pioneer (not once, but t...
It was with no small degree of excitement in 2001 that we learned Anthony Hopkins would reprise his Oscar-winning turn as Hannibal Lecter for the sequel to Silence of Lambs . Almost as quickly, our he...
Well… this is a renowned cult horror flick from the sixties that has been on my to watch list for far too long. Hammer took up the classic monsters mantel after Universal milked its roster dry back in...
Universal have collated four of Hitchcock’s big hitters in one mighty boxset containing all four movies in 2160p for the first time: Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and The Birds make their 4K debuts. Al...
For those coming into the world of Hannibal cold, hang onto your hats. Cinematically, (ignoring the Michael Mann adaptation Mindhunter , where Brian Cox played him), we met Anthony Hopkin ’s Dr. Hanni...
Only a couple of years ago now, Eureka in the UK released a beautiful big box edition in 1080p, replete with gorgeous artwork and decent special features. Sadly, the transfer of that release left me w...
If ever there was an example of true worth over box office receipts (which is understandably important to the studios, but a financial one only) it is Frank Darabont ’s The Shawshank Redemption . Crue...

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