Canadian Virtuoso: A chat with Nick Mancuso

Recently I had the great honour and privilege to have a chat with legendary Canadian actor, producer and writer Nick Mancuso, an accomplished man of the arts with a career spanning over forty years in film, television and theatre. He has appeared in countless films, including the Under Siege series with Steven Seagal, Rapid Fire … More Canadian Virtuoso: A chat with Nick Mancuso

The High And The Hopeless: Mark Pellington’s I Melt With You

I Melt With You is an easy film to dismiss as crass, unnecessary nihilism. It’s easy to look at the four wealthy, healthy main characters and scoff at the idea that they are in any kind of turmoil or crisis, and patronize them for going to the staggering lengths of excess portrayed in this film. … More The High And The Hopeless: Mark Pellington’s I Melt With You

Elusive obsessions: Sean Penn’s The Pledge

Sean Penn’s The Pledge is an agonizing, uncompromising, unique, emotionally wrenching slice of unconventional cop drama that will raise the hairs on your arm and have you in tears in equal measures. Penn has no interest in genre conventions, or giving us a tidy, cathartic resolution to the films central mystery. Hell we’re lucky we … More Elusive obsessions: Sean Penn’s The Pledge

Genesis of style: Michael Mann’s Thief

With Thief, Michael Mann distilled his crime film style into an archetypal haunting aura that would go on to influence not only his excellent later work, but other filmmakers as well, everything from Refn’s Drive to the police procedural we see on television today. A style that consists of kaleidoscope neon reflections in rain slicked … More Genesis of style: Michael Mann’s Thief

Elegant bayou nightmares: Alan Parker’s Angel Heart

Few horror efforts from the 80’s and 90’s have the devilish nightmare ambiance of Alan Parker’s Angel Heart. The film is pure atmospheric brilliance from beginning to end, with a twisted, dark hearted story of evil deeds, demonic secrets and a shocker of a twist ending. Mickey Rourke plays Harry Angel, a hard luck private … More Elegant bayou nightmares: Alan Parker’s Angel Heart