D-Tox (2002)

Director – Jim Gillespie

Starring – Sylvester Stallone, Robert Patrick, Charles S. Dutton, Polly Walker, Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Fulford, Jeffrey Wright, Tom Berenger, Stephen Lang, Courtney B. Vance, Robert Prosky, Sean Patrick Flanery, Dina Meyer,


What’s it all about? – Slasher type film in a rehab clinic for law enforcement officers with problems.  One of them is a bad guy, but who?

Notes & scribbles

  • Based on the 1999 novel ‘Jitter Joint’ by Howard Swindle
  • When it was finally released in the U.S. it was titled ‘Eye See You’ – what an awful title.
  • Watched this after watching ‘The People vs O.J. Simpson, in which Vance played Johnny Cochrane. Every time he spoke all I heard was Cochrane’s voice

Crank (2006)

Director – Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Starring – Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Dwight Yoakam, Carlos Sanz, Edi Gathegi



Phone Booth (2002)

Director – Joel Scumacher

Starring – Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell, Forest Whitaker, Richard T. Jones


Notes & scribbles

  • Watching this again I thought it would seem dated, but apart from some of the figures given at the start, it’s not too bad.
  • I remember, years ago, reading that the script for this was one of the best unmade films in Hollywood.
  • Creepy Kiefer voice.
  • Farrell is pretty good stuck in the booth. Emotional performance.
  • Liked the ending.

Tremors 4 – The Legend Begins (2004)

Director – S.S. Wilson

Starring – Michael Gross, Sara Botsford, Billy Drago, J.E. Freeman


Notes & scribbles

  • Back to 100 years before the original film.
  • Gross, as Himur Gummer, pretty much the opposite of Burt in the other films.
  • Drago takes over the lines that Burt would normally say.
  • A decent addition to the franchise.

Tremors 3 – Back To Perfection (2001)

Director – Brent Maddock

Starring – Michael Gross, Shawn Christian, Susan Chuang, Charlotte Stewart, Ariana Richards, Tony Genaro, Robert Jayne, Tom Everett


Notes & scribbles

  • Graboids become Shriekers become Ass-Blasters!
  • They can fly – How to train your Graboid!
  • No Bacon! No Ward!
  • Enjoyable enough.
  • Like how the same writers are responsible for all the films in the series, helps the story flow.

The Aristocrats (2005)

Directors – Paul Provenza

Starring – George Carlin, Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried, Eric Idle, Don Rickles, Sarah Silverman, Jason Alexander, John Stewart, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Drew Carey, Carrie Fisher, Richard Lewis, Richard Jeni, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Larry Miller, Martin Mull, Kevin Pollack, Paul Reiser,



Notes & scribbles

  • A hundred or so comedians talk about a joke that really only comedians perform.
  • Never, ever, get it mixed up with the Disney film The Aristocats
  • Gilbert Gottfried wins!
  • Saw this at the cinema originally, bought the DVD at a car boot sale.
  • It’s not really about the joke itself, but the performance and the storytelling.

16 Blocks (2006)

Director – Richard Donner

Starring – Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse, David Zayas


Notes & scribbles

  • No idea what Mos Def was thinking with that accent
  • Bruce, with his tache and his hair, looking like one of his disguises from The Jackal.
  • Good cops vs bad cops.
  • Saw this in the cinema.
  • Quite liked this. Certainly not great but worth watching.