Detective Knight Independence

Detective Knight: Independence (2022)

Detective Knight: Independence opens with an armed bank robbery, all filmed at gun level in the familiar manner of a first-person shooter; and it ends with an armed robbery of the same bank, and then a getaway involving a hijacked ambulance, police humvees and a helicopter, during which one of the robbers will exclaim: “Fuck,…

Detective Knight Rogue

Detective Knight: Rogue (2022)

In the last phase of his career, one-time blockbusting actor Bruce Willis has become a regular collaborator with indie writer/director Edward Drake (Broil, 2020). As well as co-writing John Suits’ Anti-Life (2020) and Chuck Russell’s Paradise City (2022) as vehicles for Willis, Drake himself has directed Willis in American Siege (2021), Apex (2021), Cosmic Sin…

Gasoline Alley

Gasoline Alley (2022)

Gasoline Alley opens in a Los Angeles bar, where Jimmy Jayne (an excellent, lived-in turn from Devon Sawa), drinking alone in the wee hours, is approached by a pretty woman, Star (Irina Antonenko). “I just sensed you were a man running from shadows,” she says to him, as though he were a grizzled noir antihero and…

4.0

Die Hard 4.0 (aka Live Free Or Die Hard) (2007)

Die Hard 4.0 (aka Live Free Or Die Hard) first published by musicOMH Back in 1988, a group of high-tech ‘terrorists’ held an entire skyscraper to ransom while in fact surreptitiously clearing out its vaults – and they would have got away with it, if disgruntled, wise-cracking police officer John McClane had not just happened…

Lay the Favourite (2012)

Review first published in S&S Aug 2012 Synopsis: Ambitious yet wide-eyed Tallahassee private dancer Beth sets her sights on becoming a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas – but is instead employed, despite her inexperience, by older, married professional gambler Dink. Beth takes as quickly to her new boss as to the work, until Dink, at…