Christopher Symonds

A notoriously difficult film to make, the first to show off James Cameron ’s obsession with the depths of the ocean. Lead actor Ed Harris still refuses to talk about it to this day. It’s one of three...
Alex Proyas ’s supernatural action thriller is a masterful example of triumph over tragedy, both as a narrative, and (sadly) as a monument to its late star, Brandon Lee . Lee , in the final week of sh...
The re-rebooted Planet of the Apes series trilogy was a fantastic surprise for me. It was yet another roll your eyes ‘reimagining’ of yet another done to death franchise that had already been remade w...
Can you believe we have been waiting almost twenty-five friggen years for an upgrade on home media for this movie? Released in 1994, True Lies saw its last home media release in 1999 on DVD. Now, gene...
FINALLY! After years having only Ridley Scott ’s original masterpiece in the Alien series, we get what many (including me) consider one of the best sequels ever made. The wait is over, and there’s goo...
Keanu Reeves is hands down one of the most likeable human beings in the public eye. His gentle ways and easy-going nature have cemented him into the zeitgeist of Hollywood legend. But in the 2010s, we...
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...

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