Tag Archives: Phillip Noyce

The Saint

CUNNING. DEVIOUS. DANGEROUS. TREACHEROUS.  Professional thief Simon Templar (Val Kilmer) is hired by a Russian oligarch (Rade Serbedzija) to steal a cold fusion formula, but falls in love with the chemist (Elisabeth Shue) who discovered it. This big-screen adaptation of Leslie Charteris’s character strays from the 1962-1969 TV series starring Roger Moore, but could have … Continue reading The Saint

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

Mary and Martha

TWO MOTHERS CONNECTED BY LOSS. INSPIRED BY HOPE. Mary (Hilary Swank), an American, and Martha (Brenda Blethyn), a Brit, meet by chance in Mozambique after losing their sons to malaria on earlier trips to Africa; they join forces in the battle against the disease. Writer Richard Curtis has a well-known passion for humanitarian causes in … Continue reading Mary and Martha

The Quiet American

IN WAR, THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON IS SEDUCTION.   Saigon, 1952; British journalist Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine) befriends American visitor Alden Pyle (Brendan Fraser), but realizes that the quiet gentleman has a hidden agenda… as well as his eyes on Fowler’s mistress. Finally a remake worth making. The 1958 movie version of the Graham Greene … Continue reading The Quiet American

Clear and Present Danger

TRUTH NEEDS A SOLDIER. As Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) climbs the CIA ladder, the president declares an illegal war on Colombian drug cartels. The sequel to Patriot Games (1992) was made by the same director, but suffers a bit from its length; it takes some time to sort out the complicated, political mess that Ryan gets entangled with. The … Continue reading Clear and Present Danger

Patriot Games

NOT FOR HONOR. NOT FOR COUNTRY. FOR HIS WIFE AND CHILD.   After averting an IRA attack on members of the royal family in London, and killing one of the terrorist’s brothers, CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) becomes a marked man. The Ryan character, first introduced in The Hunt for Red October (1990), gets his own movie and a new star … Continue reading Patriot Games