Apocalypto (2006)

Apocalypto first published by Film4, here slightly altered Summary: In this epic Mayan adventure, Mel Gibson charts the End of Days, and hopes for a new beginning. Review: No matter what you think of Mel Gibson, he is certainly an audacious gambler. His previous film The Passion of the Christ (2004) featured two dead languages, and was…

The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

The Passion of the Christ first published by Movie Gazette, 26 February, 2004, here reproduced in an altered version “What is truth?” asks Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov), and later he expands with his saintlike wife Claudia (Claudia Gerini) upon the problems raised by this question, as though it were a serious philosophical conundrum with…


Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

There is a sequence near the beginning of Dragged Across Concrete where ageing NYPD detective Brett Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and his younger partner Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn) are called into the office of their chief – and Brett’s former partner – Lt Calvert (Don Johnson) to be reprimanded for their conduct on a case. We…


Blood Father (2016)

Blood Father first published by RealCrime Magazine Director Jean-François Richet has past form with true crime, as he proved in his epic two-part film Mesrine (2008) on the exploits of real-life gangster Jacques Mesrine. Yet Richet is also at home to genre, having directed the 2005 reimagining of John Carpenter’s 1976 classic Assault on Precinct 13….

Machete Kills (2013)

Review first appeared in Sight & Sound, November 2013 Synopsis: After Machete’s lover, immigration agent Santana, is murdered by weapons smugglers, he is asked by the US President to stop Mexican madman Marcos Mendez launching a missile aimed at Washington. With Agent ‘Miss San Antonio’ as his handler, Machete tracks Mendez to his base. The…