Mike Nichols bounced right back to his brilliant directing best with this superb comedy drama which made Melanie Griffith a huge star. She arguably gives the best performance of her career as Tess, a secretary whose boss steals her ideas.
Her boss is brilliantly played by Sigourney Weaver who offers solid support to Griffith. However Griffith will take a huge chance when Weaver is taken ill, so in order to get revenge she pretends that she has her boss's job.
It's a very clever film in a way that does provide some good laughs and of course lots of good, messy hair. There is also decent support from Joan Cusack, Kevin Spacey and Harrison Ford.
Nichols' direction is solid and this is one film from the year of this release which I like a lot, particularly due to the excellent performances from Griffith and Weaver. It also proves that work that can be fun - you can have a lot of fun.
This is the second version of the classic novel to be adapted for the screen, this time by Ralph Thomas. Kenneth More is on the run in Scotland, with just 48 hours to save Britain from an international plot. But first he must evade his pursuers and prove he's no traitor.
Whilst More's performance is good, the movie suffers from the original by a lack of tension. There is tension in the movie, but not as much as the Alfred Hitchcock version, and this is where the movie is let down. One more theatrical version would be made 19 years later.
This one is still watchable though and perhaps this version or the other version in 1978 because both of those were made in technicolour whereas Alfred Hitchcock's was done in black-and-white. If you are against black-and-movies, then perhaps this version is for you.
The first version of the 1915 novel of the same is brought to the screen by the 'Master of Suspense' Alfred Hitchcock.
Hitchcock's direction here is superb, as Robert Donat plays a man who is pursued by the police for a murder he didn't commit and flees across the Scottish moors. He is solidly supported by Madeleine Carroll, as she helps him plead his innocence all the way.
Two other versions would be made in later years, but this one is the best and classic version of all the adaptations of the book and one of Hitchcock's best films of the 1930s. He makes the film work well with a good amount of tension throughout, with Donat on top form.
Danny Boyle now proved that he could direct any genre in cinema with this horror film, which I have to admit was a lot better than what I thought it was going to be like.
Cillian Murphy gives a very good performance as a survivor unaffected by a plague that has turned the country into blood-crazed zombies, and he will do everything he can in order to survive. However I would consider it to be more of a psychological thriller because there was not one moment that make me jump.
However you can still understand what is happening, because the script, despite having a lot of horrible and offensive language, is very well written, and the direction from Boyle is very solid, because the atmosphere is very tense from the start to the finish.
Also you can tell when people have been infected by the mysterious outbreak, and this is I think the main reason why the film works well, and was successful when it was first released.
There is not as much gore on screen as I thought there was going to be, so overall this is one very decent thriller from Boyle, who would now direct any genre to a good standard, but due to the amount of bad language, it is not a film that I would view again.
This is good and certainly interesting movie to have been made by director Anne Fletcher but she does a good job in charge of the production, as this romantic comedy stars Katherine Heigl as Jane, an amateur wedding planner who hopes to be the blushing bride one day, until her ditzy sister (Malin Akerman) steals her man.
Heigl suits the role of Jane well as she has worn 27 different outfits for 27 different weddings, something of which will never happen in real-life, and she is quite annoyed and angered that her sibling has stolen the man she secretly loves.
Akerman gives a good performance as her sister but Heigl is the better of the two, while there is good support to be had from Edward Burns in his role as the man who Akerman marries, while James Marsden is good as the reporter who has his eyes set on Heigl - but she doesn't know it.
The direction from Fletcher is good as the pace does not slow down, and the script is well written by Aline Brosh McKenna as there are good laughs to be had.
Overall, this is one enjoyable and respectable film with the two leads good and the narrative is definitely there.