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Quigley Down Under (1990)

DIRECTOR: Simon Wincer

CAST: Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman

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Westerns are a hard sell these days, and few and far between apart from 1985’s Silverado.  Director Simon Wincer and screenwriter John Hill offer a somewhat unconventional entry that’s a Western set a bit farther west than usual, namely in Australia. Continue reading

Desperate Hours (1990)

Desperate Hours Review | Movie - Empire

DIRECTOR: Michael Cimino

CAST: Anthony Hopkins, Mickey Rourke, Lindsay Crouse, Mimi Rogers, Kelly Lynch, David Morse, Elias Koteas

REVIEW:

Bad movies are a dime a dozen. We generally know what they’re trying to do, they’re just not very good at doing it. Desperate Hours is on a whole other level, a movie not merely incompetent—although it’s that too—but so relentlessly strange that by the end, one is wondering what everyone involved is smoking, and if the proceedings might have been more enjoyable—if not necessarily more coherent—if you’d had some too. A loose remake of a same-named 1955 Wiliam Wyler movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March and an earlier Broadway play, both written by Joseph Hayes, and “inspired by real events”, although it also shares plot similarities with the 1951 John Garfield film “He Ran All The Way”, director Michael Cimino and a script credited to Joseph Hayes, Lawrence Konner, and Mark Rosenthal tries to craft a slow burn suspense thriller, but seemingly have absolutely no idea how to go about it, and the result is an overwrought melodrama with ridiculous dialogue, unintentionally comical overacting, and plot holes you could drive a truck through. Unless one is imbibed enough to find the nonsensical proceedings hilarious, the only Desperate Hours might be the ones endured by the viewer.

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