Swimming Upstream is a 2003 Australian biographical drama film written by Tony Fingleton and directed by Russell Mulcahy. It stars Jesse Spencer, Geoffrey Rush, and Judy Davis and it shows the life of Fingleton from childhood to adulthood, and dealing with a topsy-turvy family. It is based on Fingletons autobiography of the same name, the film stars Good Game host Steven ODonnell in a minor role as a lifeguard. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 61% rating with a score of 5. 7/10. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 58 out of 100, indicating mixed or average reviews, based on 14 reviews from critics
The Shadow (1994 film)
The Shadow is a 1994 American superhero film from Universal Pictures, produced by Martin Bregman, Willi Bear, and Michael Scott Bregman, directed by Russell Mulcahy, that stars Alec Baldwin. The film co-stars John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Ian McKellen, Peter Boyle, Jonathan Winters and it is based on the pulp fiction character of the same name created by Walter B. The Shadow was released on July 1,1994 and received mixed reviews. In Tibet, following the First World War, an American named Lamont Cranston, succumbing to his instincts, sets himself up as a warlord. He is abducted by servants of the Tulku, a man who exhibits otherworldly powers. He offers Cranston a chance to redeem himself and become a force for good, Cranston refuses but is silenced by the Phurba, a mystical sentient flying dagger. Ultimately, Cranston remains under the tutelage of the Tulku for seven years, in addition to undergoing rigorous physical training, he learns how to hypnotize others, read their minds, and bend their perceptions so that he cannot be seen—except, of course, for his shadow.
Returning to New York City, Cranston resumes his life as a wealthy playboy. He secretly operates as The Shadow, a vigilante who terrorizes the citys underworld and he recruits some of the people he saves from criminals to act as his agents, providing him with information and specialist knowledge. Cranstons secret identity is endangered upon meeting Margo Lane, a socialite who is telepathic, Shiwan Khan, the Tulkus rogue protégé and murderer whose powers apparently surpass Cranstons, wakes up while in a sarcophagus once belonged to his ancestor - the Mongol Empire founder Genghis Khan. He uses hypnosis to make a security guard shoot himself in the head after the guard refuses to join Khans army, Khan plans to fulfill his ancestors goal of world domination. He offers Cranston an alliance, but Cranston refuses, Cranston acquires a rare coin from Khan and learns that it is made of a metal called bronzium that theoretically can generate an atomic explosion. Shiwan Khan hypnotizes Margo and commands her to kill the Shadow and she goes to Cranstons home, but Cranston breaks his hold on her.
She realizes that since she was ordered to kill the Shadow and she went to Cranstons home. Cranston prepares to rescue Margos father but is thwarted by Khans henchmen, the Shadow discovers the location of Khans hideout, the luxurious Hotel Monolith, a building in the middle of the city that Khan has rendered invisible. Knowing Reinhardt has completed the bomb under Khans hypnotic control, The Shadow enters the hotel for a showdown with Khan. The Shadow fights his way through the building, and hypnotically influences Claymore to jump from a balcony to his death to prevent him of building another bomb and he finds Khan, but is subdued by the Phurba. The Shadow realizes that only a peaceful mind can truly control the Phurba, the Shadow launches it into Khans torso, creating a lapse in Khans hypnotic control that frees Reinhardt and restores the hotels visibility
Pete Thomas (saxophonist)
Pete Thomas is a British music producer, TV and film composer, recording musician, and saxophonist. He was born in London and is now based in Southampton and he is an expert in jazz music and theory. Thomas studied saxophone at Leeds College of Music, obtaining a first class diploma and he has worked as head of jazz and pop performance at University of Southampton, where he taught saxophone and composition. Thomas had one of his first professional gigs with Fats Domino and this led to working with Joe Jackson on his Jumpin Jive album and world tours, as saxophonist and co-arranger. Thomas was a soloist on the Francis Ford Coppola film Tucker, The Man and His Dream and he composes music for film and television, credits include Blue Ice featuring Michael Caine, Monkey Business for Meridian TV and American Kickboxer II. E. M. Thomas devised and presented the Music Makers saxophone tuition DVD, introduced by Jools Holland, thomass own album, Mr. Lucky, released in November 2006, features Lee Allen playing tenor saxophone
Silent Trigger is a 1996 action thriller film directed by Russell Mulcahy starring Dolph Lundgren and Gina Bellman about a sniper and his female spotter. Lundgren plays a hitman sent on a mission by a secretive Agency. Memories and moral dilemmas resurface when a former spotter from a failed assignment shows up, the movie takes place in and around an unfinished city skyscraper, the Algonquin, where a sniper/spotter team set up a firing platform on a top floor. The two arrive independently of other, two of the Agencys assassins. As they meet, they recognize each other, as they have been on a mission together before and this mission is portrayed in a series of flashbacks. In the first flashback and Clegg were supposed to assassinate a female politician, Waxman hesitates when the politician lifts a child and, while hesitating, a helicopter appears, air assaulting soldiers in the courtyard behind the teams firing position. The two defeat the force, including the machine gun-equipped helicopter, whose pilot and copilot are shot through the canopy.
Returning to the scene, one of the construction site security personnel is new on the job. The drug-addicted regular, OHara attempts to win a position over him by scaring him. As Waxman opens a door, a light by the security personnel turns on. The internal lift of the building is clearly audible, and Clegg surveys Kleins movements and she interrupts his inspections when he is about to open the roof door. She takes him to the lift, sending him downwards, just as she is talking him off, she sees Waxman sitting on top of the lift car. He mounts a bomb on the car and, when the car begins moving. He is saved by Clegg, and they both attempt keeping up the just business-facade, although some romantic appreciation is apparent, while the two on the rooftop readjust their gear, OHara, decides to rape Clegg. However, Clegg pulls her sidearm, and threatens OHara into the lift. When OHara returns downstairs, he picks up his gun and puts on body armor and he surprises Clegg, while she is standing over the sink of the top-floor bathrooms.
Clegg points her gun at him, and shoots a bullet into his chest. Unsurprised by this, OHara attacks Clegg, but is encountered by Waxman, the fight is won by Waxman, and he ties the now bloody OHara to a toilet
As the Lights Go Down
Duran Durans Oakland, California concerts that were filmed for the Arena movie were edited to form the one-hour As The Lights Go Down concert video. The name comes from a lyric in the song Shadows On Your Side from the Seven, as The Lights Go Down is essentially the Arena video without the theatrical sequences, although the live footage for many songs was edited differently. This version was first aired on the Cinemax cable television channel, the concert was shown on British television channel ITV, on 30 December 1984 at 17,00. Bootleg DVDs of the video appear on auction sites. As of 2015, the only official DVD release has been as a disc in the March 2010 special edition re-issue of the Seven and the Ragged Tiger album. Rock Band 2 featured the version of Hungry Like the Wolf as included in this video. Intro, Tiger Tiger Is There Something I Should Know, Hungry Like the Wolf Union of the Snake New Religion Save a Prayer The Reflex The Seventh Stranger The Chauffeur Planet Earth Careless Memories Girls On Film
Tale of the Mummy
Tale of the Mummy is a 1998 British-American horror film, directed by Russell Mulcahy, starring Jason Scott Lee, Jack Davenport, Louise Lombard and Christopher Lee. The film received a wide release on February 13,1999. In 1948 Egypt, a dig led by Richard Turkel reaches a tomb. The hieroglyphics at the entrance warn that all should avoid the place as it has been abandoned by all that is holy. Despite this, they proceed to open the door only to be blasted with a cloud of dust. Richard manages to blow the tomb shut, killing himself in the process, in 1999, Richards granddaughter Sam Turkel continues where he left off. When they break into the burial roost, they see Taloss sarcophagus suspended from the ceiling, one of the team falls to his death, and another has a seizure while experiencing Talos past atrocities. Nine months later, a power cut occurs, during which the container holding Taloss sarcophagus is broken into, detective Riley warns them the killer will undoubtedly strike again. At a party, a youth is assaulted by Talos in the bathroom, a man is attacked by Talos in a car park while Sam explains the core of Talos myth to Riley.
Talos directed that his body parts be removed by his followers, Talos was exiled from Greece for sorcery and came to Egypt where he fell in love and, in a pagan ceremony, married the pharaohs daughter Nefrianna. Neighboring factions of Egypt ordered the Pharaoh to kill Talos, as all who opposed him were struck with disease or tortured into believing his theology, to save Nefrianna from death, the Pharaoh told her about Talos upcoming execution and she in turn told Talos. When the Pharaohs army reached Talos chamber they saw Nefrianna eating Talos heart and they were all put to death including Nefrianna. Brad surmises that the victims are reincarnations of the pharaohs followers and that killing Sam is the only way to stop Talos. Brad further explains that part of Talos curse is that the one who knows whats going on will be deemed a madman. A reborn Talos tracks down Sam to her apartment, but she manages to get away, after further incidents, Talos continues in his quest to destroy the world.
Martin Liebman of Blu-ray. com gave it a 2. 5/5 rating, conceding that the film is technically well-done and he recommended viewers only watch Christopher Lees scenes. British Horror Films reviewer Chris Wood praised Tale of the Mummy as an hommage to Hammer Films horror movies of mid-20th century, the North American version is around twenty minutes shorter than the European version. A Blu-ray of the film was released by Echo Bridge Entertainment on March 20,2012, Tale of the Mummy at the Internet Movie Database Tale of the Mummy at the TCM Movie Database Tale of the Mummy at Rotten Tomatoes
Mary Sean Young is an American actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Blade Runner, Dune, No Way Out, Wall Street and Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. She was born as Mary Sean Young in Louisville, daughter of Donald Young Jr. a television producer and journalist, and Lee Guthrie, a screenwriter, public relations executive, and journalist. Young graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, followed by the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen and she attended the School of American Ballet in New York. Before becoming an actress, Young worked as a model and dancer, Young began her film career in 1980 in the film Jane Austen in Manhattan, followed by a role in the 1981 film Stripes. She played the lead, alongside Harrison Ford in the classic science fiction film Blade Runner. On television in 1986, Young played the lead opposite Lenny Von Dohlen in Under the Biltmore Clock. The following year, she had a role in the film Wall Street as the wife of Michael Douglass character.
Her role was intended to be larger, but was significantly reduced due to clashes with Oliver Stone. One of her most prominent roles was as the lover of a ruthless Washington politician in 1987s No Way Out, other notable credits include Dune, Fatal Instinct, and Baby, Secret of the Lost Legend. In 1988, Young appeared in The Boost with James Woods, Woods sued her for harassing him and his then-fiancée, alleging that, in addition to other disruptive behavior, Young left a disfigured doll on his doorstep. Young denied the allegations and claimed that Woods filed the lawsuit out of spite, Young stated, It was a crush being turned down, thats all. The suit was settled out of court in 1989, Young was awarded $227,000 to cover her legal costs. Young was next cast as Vicki Vale in Tim Burtons 1989 film Batman, Young was cast as Tess Trueheart in the 1990 movie Dick Tracy. However, she was dismissed in favor of Glenne Headly for not appearing maternal in the role, Young claimed her dismissal was punishment for her having rebuffed Warren Beattys advances, a claim Beatty denies.
In 1991, she was awarded the Worst Actress and the Worst Supporting Actress Razzies for her roles in A Kiss Before Dying and she played a supporting role in the 1994 comedy Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. She played Helen Hyde in the 1995 comedy Dr. Jekyll, during most of the 1990s, she resided in Sedona and her career cooled. In 1997, Young reprised her role as Rachael in the 1997 Blade Runner video game and her face was scanned and reproduced in 3D, one of the first times such technology was used in a game
Harry Palmer is the protagonist of a number of films based on the unnamed main character from the spy novels written by Len Deighton. Michael Caine played Harry Palmer in three of the four films based on the four published novels featuring this character, Caine starred this character in two other films not directly based on Deightons novels. In a Len Feldman interview, Caine recalled I made a rather bad social blunder, because, he said, and I said, and he said, Thanks very much. And he said, Whats a dull surname. and the most boring boy in our school was called, Palmer, so, he said, All right, well call him Harry Palmer. This coincidentally meshed with the protagonist in the books being referred to as Harry by another character, although he clearly states this is not his real name. However, the ambiguity this creates between the two versions, while coincidental, is in keeping with the nature of the character and Deightons theme of losing sight of their original lives. Len Deighton introduced the character in The IPCRESS File, his first novel.
Deightons spy is described as working class, living in a back street flat and seedy hotels and he wears glasses, is hindered by bureaucracy, and craves a pay raise. Further novels featuring this character followed, Horse Under Water, Funeral in Berlin, again however the lead protagonist is never named, although they are clearly the same character in all of the books. In 1974, the novel Spy Story was published, followed in 1976 by Twinkle, Little Spy. As the protagonist remains anonymous in both of these novels, it is open to debate whether or not Harry Palmer is the narrator of these last two novels as in the earlier books. There is conflicting evidence for either view, likewise, on the 1976 edition dust jacket to Catch a Falling Spy, the novel features Deightons familiar hero, our bespectacled Englishman. A number of characters from the earlier novels appear in Spy Story. A related novel by Deighton, Yesterdays Spy, some of the same characters that appeared in Spy Story. The IPCRESS File novel came out just after the release of the first James Bond film Dr.
No, saltzman instead decided to use The IPCRESS File and its sequels as the beginning of a new secret agent movie series. Michael Caine was chosen to play the lead, in the film version, Harry Palmer is a British army sergeant forcibly drafted into the security services to work away a prison sentence for black marketeering. He worked first for Army Intelligence, the Foreign Office and he works for the brilliant but slightly duplicitous Colonel Ross. Harry Palmer has much in common with Deighton, including passions for military history, after the release of The IPCRESS File in 1965, Saltzmans production company made Funeral in Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain, both starring Michael Caine
Highlander is a 1986 British-American epic adventure action fantasy film directed by Russell Mulcahy and based on a story by Gregory Widen. It stars Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, the film narrates the climax of an ages-old battle between immortal warriors, depicted through interwoven past and present-day storylines. Christopher Lambert plays swordsman Connor MacLeod from Scottish Highlands, known as the Highlander, one of a number of immortal warriors, who can only be killed by decapitation. After initial training by another highly skilled swordsman, MacLeod lives on for several centuries, eventually settling in New York City. Highlander enjoyed little success on its theatrical release, grossing over $12 million worldwide against a production budget of $19 million. Nevertheless, it became a film and launched Lambert to stardom. The film inspired a franchise which included film sequels and television spin-offs and its tagline, There can be only one, has carried on throughout the franchise, as have the songs provided for the film by the rock band Queen.
In 1985, Connor MacLeod, known as the Highlander, is in New York City, in an arena parking garage, Connor is confronted by fellow immortal Iman Fasil, and decapitates him, upon which an energy surge destroys several cars around him. He hides his sword just as police swarm the exit to the garage, the story flashbacks in time to the 16th century Scottish Highlands, in the village of Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel. Connor and his clan, the Clan MacLeod, prepare for battle, in 1985, the police release Connor, as they have failed to get any information from him. One of the detectives involved, Brenda Wyatt, is an expert in metallurgy, Connor returns to the garage to retrieve his own sword but sees Brenda is looking at the crime scene. She finds metal shards embedded in a column and saves them for analysis. In another flashback to the Highlands, The Kurgan, assists the clan Fraser against the Clan MacLeod in exchange for the right to slaying Connor. In the resulting confrontation the Kurgan stabs Connor but is driven off by the MacLeod clansmen.
The wounded Connor is taken back to the village, and everyone assumes he will die, in the evening, Connor succumbs to his battlefield injuries and dies. When he makes a full, remarkable overnight recovery and comes back to life, the villagers attempt to have Connor executed, but he is instead exiled by the clan leader out of mercy. In 1985, Connor lives under the alias Russell Nash and is an antiquities dealer. Meanwhile, the Kurgan takes up residence at a seedy motel, Connor tails Brenda to a bar, but she leaves quickly
Thriller is a broad genre of literature and television, having numerous subgenres. Thrillers are characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, surprise, successful examples of thrillers are the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Thrillers generally keep the audience on the edge of their seats as the plot builds towards a climax, the cover-up of important information is a common element. Literary devices such as red herrings, plot twists, and cliffhangers are used extensively, a thriller is usually a villain-driven plot, whereby he or she presents obstacles that the protagonist must overcome. Homers Odyssey is one of the oldest stories in the Western world and is regarded as a prototype of the thriller. Thrillers may be defined by the mood that they elicit. In short, if it thrills, it is a thriller, as the introduction to a major anthology explains, Suspense is a crucial characteristic of the thriller genre. It gives the viewer a feeling of pleasurable fascination and excitement mixed with apprehension and tension and these develop from unpredictable and rousing events during the narrative, which make the viewer or reader think about the outcome of certain actions.
Suspense builds in order to make those final moments, no matter how short, the suspense in a story keeps the person hooked to reading or watching more until the climax is reached. In terms of expectations, it may be contrasted with curiosity. The objective is to deliver a story with sustained tension, the second type of suspense is the. anticipation wherein we either know or else are fairly certain about what is going to happen but are still aroused in anticipation of its actual occurrence. According to Greek philosopher Aristotle in his book Poetics, suspense is an important building block of literature, common methods and themes in crime and action thrillers are mainly ransoms, heists, kidnappings. Common in mystery thrillers are investigations and the whodunit technique, common elements in dramatic and psychological thrillers include plot twists, psychology and mind games. Common in horror thrillers are serial killers, deathtraps, elements such as fringe theories, false accusations and paranoia are common in paranoid thrillers.
Threats to entire countries, espionage, assassins, the themes frequently include terrorism, political conspiracy, pursuit, or romantic triangles leading to murder. Plots of thrillers involve characters which come into conflict with other or with outside forces. The protagonist of these films is set against a problem, no matter what subgenre a thriller film falls into, it will emphasize the danger that the protagonist faces. While protagonists of thrillers have traditionally been men, women characters are increasingly common
Razorback is a 1984 Australian natural horror film written by Everett De Roche, based on Peter Brennans novel, and directed by Russell Mulcahy. The film revolves around the attacks of a wild boar terrorizing the Australian outback. Jake Cullen is babysitting his grandson at his house in the Australian outback when a massive razorback boar attacks him, smashing through his house and dragging away his grandson to devour alive. Jake is accused of murdering the child and while his account of the events are met with considerable skepticism, the event destroys his credibility and reputation, and he vows revenge on the boar. Two years later, American wildlife reporter Beth Winters journeys to the outback to document the hunting of Australian wildlife to be processed into pet food at a run-down factory. Beth gets video footage of two thugs, Benny Baker and his brother Dicko illegally making pet food out of animals and is chased down by them by car. They catch up, force her off the road and attempt to rape her only to be chased off by the boar that killed Jakes grandson.
Beth attempts to shelter in her car but the hog rips off the door, drags her out. With no witnesses, her disappearance is subsequently ruled an accident resulting from having fallen down a mine shaft after leaving her wrecked car. Some time later, Beths husband Carl travels to Australia in search of her and encounters Jake, whom Beth interviewed during her initial report. Jake refers him to the cannery where he meets Benny and Dicko. Carl is attacked by a herd of pigs, spurred on by the giant boar. The next morning the pigs knock over the windmill but Carl is saved by landing in the pond at the windmills base, in which the pigs fear to swim. Meanwhile, after learning that Carl had seen the razorback, Jake sets out for the pumping station and he finds Beths wedding ring in the boars feces which he returns to a grieving Carl, who resigns himself to returning home. His remains are found by Sarah and Carl, along with marks in the dirt made by Dickos cleaver. The razorback chases Carl into the factory when Sarah suddenly arrives and is killed by the boar.
After shutting down the machinery, Carl finds and rescues Sarah, who had merely been knocked unconscious, director of photography Dean Semler was hired on the strength of his work in Mad Max 2. Some commentators have written that the film may have inspired by the 1980 death of Azaria Chamberlain