TV MADNESS #24: HUNTED

It seems like every pay movie channel out there has original series in production. AMC, HBO, Showtime, TNT and now Cinemax. The B-Movie heaven or “Skin-emax” to some has had some success with their action series “Strike Back”, now in season three. It seems to be full speed ahead for the channel as they are producing the…

Retro Review: The Bourne Identity

Spies, intrigue, amnesia and exotic European locales are the elements that make up the new spy thriller, “The Bourne Identity”. Matt Damon returns to lush locales he visited in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” to take a crack at the evolving Hollywood spy genre. Matt Damon stars as author Robert Ludlum’s super-spy Jason Bourne. Bourne ends…

Retro Review: The Tuxedo

Written: October 5, 2002 “The suit makes the Chan” was really the only thing that popped into my mind as I exited from seeing the new Jackie Chan movie, “The Tuxedo”. The film stars Chan as Jimmy Tong, a taxi driver who is hired by a reclusive billionaire, Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs of “The Patriot”).…

Retro Review: Tailor of Panama

Director John Boorman’s co-wrote and directs a tale of conspiracy, lies, and corruption. Based on the John Le Carre novel, the film follows Harry Pendel (Geoffrey Rush), a very reluctant British tailor working in Panama is approached by Andy Osnard, a suave and scheming British spy (Pierce Brosnan). Deeply in debt and harboring a dark…

Retro Review: The Recruit

Written: February 9, 2003 What happens when you blend a hot rising star in Hollywood with a grizzled veteran actor in a spies and espionage drama? Uh, Spy-Game? Well almost. This time it’s rising star Colin Farrell who is recruited by Hollywood veteran Al Pacino. Farrell plays John Clayton, a crack computer programmer who is…

Retro Review: Shooter

I have been a huge fan of Mark Wahlberg ever since he starred in 1996’s “Fear” where he starred as the unhinged boyfriend of Reese Witherspoon. I have always wanted to see him in a straight-out action picture. We have come close with films like 1999’s “The Corruptor”, 2001’s “Planet of the Apes” and 2003’s…