Tag Archive | Mike Newell

The Underrated: Donnie Brasco

Back when I started this series, a little more than a year ago, Donnie Brasco was one of the titles I had in mind. It’s a hard one to describe as underrated, as almost every review of it is seriously laudatory, and yet, if you ask people to name mafia films it’s never mentioned. It feels as if the film is being forgotten, and I don’t for a second think that is a remotely just fate for a film as good as this. I can’t really think of any good reason for this omission, perhaps it was released at the wrong time, or perhaps it just doesn’t resonate, but this really is a shame as Donnie Brasco is a genuinely truly fantastic film, and one that marks a career high for several of the cast, not to mention Mike Newell. Nevertheless, Donnie Brasco is being so overlooked that a brief search of WordPress (looking for pictures) finds not one hit on the words “Donnie Brasco”.

Read More…

Video Game Adaptations Part 3- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

So far on this ill-thought out odyssey through the bowels of video game adaptations I’ve really been rather lucky. Well, luck is 80% planning and I have deliberately eased myself into this series gently with 2 actually passable films. Therefore it’s now clearly time to start the spiral down into the hell that is most video game adaptations. As a rule, if you see something is “based on a game” then you pretty much know two things: 1) It has nothing at all to do with the game outside of the title and maybe one other point (Resident Evil, Streetfighter, Streetfighter: The Legend of Chun Li, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within); and 2) that it sucks. There are exceptions that slavishly adapt the game a la Silent Hill and manage not to suck, but really for the most part no phrase should put you off watching a film more than “Based on the video game”. Prince in Persia: The Sands of Time is a case in point. Read More…