Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt V – ‘New Digs’

As we close in on No Time to Die, and the final Daniel Craig-era James Bond movie, I’m going to take a scene by scene look back in the next couple of months at Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond mega hit, Skyfall… War remains a key part of the British psyche. ‘The War’ is becoming less of aContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt V – ‘New Digs’”

Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt IV – ‘Enjoying Death’

As we close in on No Time to Die, and the final Daniel Craig-era James Bond movie, I’m going to take a scene by scene look back in the next couple of months at Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond mega hit, Skyfall… Death stalks James Bond through life at every turn so it is no real surprise thatContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt IV – ‘Enjoying Death’”

Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt II – ‘Let the Sky Fall’

As we close in on No Time to Die, and the final Daniel Craig-era James Bond movie, I’m going to take a scene by scene look back in the next couple of months at Sam Mendes’ 2012 Bond mega hit, Skyfall… What’s your favourite James Bond credits sequence? If your answer is Skyfall, it would be nothingContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt II – ‘Let the Sky Fall’”

From the Vault #23: SKYFALL (2012)

From 2012 onwards, before developing this blog, I wrote a multitude of reviews on the website Letterboxd. In this irregular series called From the Vault, I’m going to haul these earlier reviews out of mothballs and re-purpose them here. This one, timed as Sam Mendes’ 1917 arrives in cinemas, is from March 23rd, 2014… ForContinue reading “From the Vault #23: SKYFALL (2012)”

Mission Impossible III (2006)

Mission Impossible III may not be the strongest outing in the franchise, but it may be the most human. Surprisingly, this works as both a strength and to the film’s detriment in the eyes of many. For everyone who considers Mission Impossible II the weakest episode of the saga, which you can find my thoughtsContinue reading “Mission Impossible III (2006)”

Nostalgia & Star Trek: Picard, Discovery and the Future

Nostalgia seems to be a double edged sword right now in Hollywood. What on the surface appears to be a comforting guaranteed winner in terms of audience satisfaction and cinematic box office is becoming something of a poisoned creative chalice. The lacklustre critical (if not box-office) responses to pictures such as Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomContinue reading “Nostalgia & Star Trek: Picard, Discovery and the Future”

Tomb Raider (2018)

If ever a cinematic franchise in the making deserved the reboot treatment, it was probably Tomb Raider. The adventures of British Lady, Lara Croft, she of pixelated bosom, cut glass accent and frightening wealth, who so entranced video gamers in the late 1990’s, have not to date had the most auspicious history on the bigContinue reading “Tomb Raider (2018)”

From Wars to Who: our favourite franchises are evolving – why can’t their fans evolve with them?

An unexpected comparison can be drawn this holiday season between two of the biggest science-fiction franchises – Doctor Who and Star Wars. In both Peter Capaldi’s final turn as the Doctor in ‘Twice Upon a Time’ and Rian Johnson’s sequel The Last Jedi, central characters openly advocate rejecting both their pasts, and indeed intertextually theContinue reading “From Wars to Who: our favourite franchises are evolving – why can’t their fans evolve with them?”

STAR WARS and why Fandom cannot “let the past die”

The cyclical nature of storytelling is one of my fascinations, and something I fully intend to write more about on Cultural Conversation. Star Wars is one of many major franchises which taps into deeply mythological, archetypal stories which end up telling cyclical narratives about characters and worlds which repeat history, repeat myth and cleve toContinue reading “STAR WARS and why Fandom cannot “let the past die””

Quentin Tarantino’s STAR TREK makes no sense to me – this can only be a good thing

Let’s be honest, nobody expected this, did they? Though specific confirmation hasn’t exactly taken place, it’s looking more and more likely the rumour that Quentin Tarantino met with Paramount and series producer JJ Abrams to pitch a Star Trek movie is true, and that said movie could well be his tenth picture after filming hisContinue reading “Quentin Tarantino’s STAR TREK makes no sense to me – this can only be a good thing”