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

The Princess Bride (1987)

Director – Rob Reiner

Starring – Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Andre The Giant, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Mel Smith, Peter Cook,


What’s it all about?

Notes & scribbles

  • Based on the 1973 novel by William Goldman
  • Always forget how good Andre the Giant is in this.
  • Oscar Nomination (1) Best Music, Original Song – Storybook Love

The Towering Inferno (1974)

Director – John Guillermin

Starring – Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Richard Chamberlain, Jennifer Jones, Robert Wagner, Robert Vaughn, Fred Astaire, O.J. Simpson, Norman Burton, Dabney Coleman


Based on 2 books! ‘The Tower’ by Richard Martin Stern and ‘The Glass Inferno’ by Frank M. Robinson

Oscars – Won (3) Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Original Song – We May Never Love Like This Again

Nominated (5) Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Fred Astaire, Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Best Sound, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score – John Williams

The Hunter (2011)

Director – Daniel Nettheim

Starring – Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O’Connor


Notes & scribbles

  • Based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Julia Leigh
  • Live scribbling as I watch.
  • Nice beard Willem.
  • Tasmanian tiger hunt then.
  • One of the kids is called Bike??
  • The locals don’t seem too friendly towards Willem.
  • So the kids dad is missing. Wonder if Willem is gonna be distracted from the job in hand?
  • Scenery looks amazing.
  • Gunshot! Is the hunter being hunted?
  • The locals don’t like environmentalists (greenies).
  • I’m on Fire by Springsteen.  Opening lines very apt.
  • Infrared camera in a tree?
  • Ok. Bike’s real name is Jamie. That’s a relief.
  • Looks like Bike is helping Willem by drawing pictures.
  • Those traps look terrifying!
  • Ooyah! Ran right into that branch there. Sare face!
  • So the greenies cost the loggers their jobs
  • Sam Neill is up to something!
  • Think Willem found the dad. Or whats left of him.
  • No tiger so far.
  • The weather can look quite Scottish there. Chucking it doon!
  • Uh-oh – that’s the guy from the start of the film.  What’s he up to?
  • I’m sensing some kind of showdown.
  • He’s caught in a trap. He can’t get out!
  • BANG!
  • Springsteen song doubly ironic now!
  • Was that a Tassie tiger?
  • What a strange looking creature.
  • Sad, wee ending though I did enjoy it.

The Heroes Of Telemark (1965)

Director – Anthony Mann

Starring – Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobssen, Michael Redgrave, Roy Dotrice, Eric Porter


Notes & scribbles

  • Thankfully not short for The Heroes of Telemarketing.
  • Norwegian resistance vs Nazis trying to build an atomic bomb.
  • Douglas plays a Norwegian with an American accent.
  • Harris plays a Norwegian with an Irish accent.
  • These mean they used their own accents, not that the Norwegians had them.
  • Based on two books! A memoir, ‘Skis Against The Atom’ (1954) by Knut Haukelid, and a novel, ‘But For These Men’ (1962) by John Drummond
  • Harris played Knut in the film.

The Bone Collector (1999)

Director – Phillip Noyce

Starring – Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Luis Guzmán, Michael Rooker, Mike McGlone, Leland Orser, Bobby Cannavalle, Ed O’Neill


Notes & scribbles

  • Based on the first Lincoln Rhyme novel by Jeffrey Deaver
  • Denzel is even good when he just moves his head and his finger!
  • Quite funny watching the featurette on the DVD with the producer, director and Denzel all talking about the young, almost unknown, actress (Jolie) that was cast and how she was brilliant, while Jolie herself seemed quite excited about being in the film.  Quite the difference from the superstar she is now.
  • Rooker seems to play the Michael Rooker part he plays in lots of films.
  • Thought Queen Latifah was good in her small part.
  • Saw this in the cinema originally.

The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)

Director – Tony Scott

Starring – Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzmán, John Turturro, Michael Rispoli, James Gandolfini,


What’s it all about? – Remake of the 1974 film The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (words not numbers), about a gang who steal a subway train (no prizes for guessing where it came from and what time it left)

Notes & Scribbles

  • Based on the novel ‘The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three’ (1973) by John Godey
  • Good beard Denzel.
  • Bad tache John.
  • Decent remake, preferred the original though.