Going in Style

Zach Braff’s lazy remake of ‘Going in Style’

This will be the second consecutive piece I have written for Curnblog which begins by referencing an earlier piece I have written for Curnblog. That may well indicate that I have written too many things for Curnblog, or perhaps that I have just run out of ideas. But if I have run out of ideas,…

By Jonathan Eig
Michael Caine - The Ipcress File

Michael Caine: An appreciation

Ask anyone to name some great British actors, and they might say Lawrence Olivier, Alec Guinness, John Mills, Richard Attenborough, or Anthony Hopkins. Pose the same question to younger respondents, and they could well come up with Jude Law, Clive Owen, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Eddie Redmayne. It is unlikely that any of them would think…

By Pete Johnson
Sexy Beast British bad guys

The Hard Men: British Bad Guys

British actors have long been sought after by American filmmakers. They like to cast them as villains, or as upperclass, witless saps. They are often used as Nazis, and have provided the James Bond franchise with some of its more memorable arch-enemies. Maybe it’s the accent, perhaps it’s the old animosity from the 1770s, but…

By Pete Johnson
Rocky 3

Movies that motivate: The greatest sporting films of all time

Tears, cheers and jeers – the cinematic path of a sports movie can be full of wild variables and vastly different emotions. While some are good and a few are great, most, sadly, are well, just plain…crap! There’s a litany of failed products – mostly American baseball, football or basketball-based to be honest – and…

By Redmond Herring