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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Blu-ray Review: "Ronin" (1998)

    A freelancing former U.S. intelligence agent (Robert DeNiro) tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians.

    The script was written by David Mamet (under the pseudonym Richard Weisz) from a screenplay by first-time writer John David Zeik. Director John Frankenheimer later said, "The credits should read: 'Story by J.D. Zeik, screenplay by David Mamet'. We didn't shoot a line of Zeik's script." Although probably not intentional, ...
  2. 10 Questions with Stuntman Brahim Achabbakhe

    While the name Brahim Achabbakhe may not easily roll off the tongue, he is a talent well worth keeping your eye on. Having been involved in stunt work for the last ten years, including on such big films as “The Hangover II”, Brahim is gradually moving more and more into acting. If you are interested in martial arts or action films, there is a good chance you have seen his work or will see it soon.

    In August 2017, Brahim was kind enough to allow me to throw ten questions at him. Get ...
  3. Blu-ray Review: "The Slayer" (1982)

    Siblings Eric and Kay, her doctor husband David, her sister-in-law Brooke along with pilot Marsh become stranded on a rugged isle face off against a supernatural beast drawn to Kay who dreams of its killings.

    The story and script were co-written by J. S. Cardone and Bill Ewing; Cardone eventually directed while Ewing produced. Cardone had been, what he called, “the white token of the black film community” writing for folks like Bill Cosby but was working in a liquor store to pay his ...
  4. Book Review: "Twisted Visions" (2017)

    As a regular reader of horror reference books, there is clearly a wide range of themes, approaches and overall quality. Some books are merely lists, while others are in-depth biographies or deep film-by-film studies. Some wade in the pool of psycho-babble and find meaning where it was never intended. Other books, though well-written, rehash topics that have been tackled again and again (90 years after the fact, can we really say much more about “Dracula”, for example?).

    Probably my ...
  5. Blu-ray Review: "The Love of a Woman" (1953)

    Marie Prieur, a young doctor, decides to settle down on Ushant, a remote island in the English Channel. Little by little she manages to be accepted by the population. One day she meets André Lorenzi, a handsome engineer, and it is love at first sight. Life is wonderful for a while, but...

    This film is notable for being director Jean Grémillon's final film. Though little known outside of France, Grémillon was a devoted filmmaker from his country's golden age and beyond. He was a classical ...
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