Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt III – ‘Retirement Planning’

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… After the thrill ride of the pre-titles sequence and the subsequent barrage of avant garde imageryContinue reading “Scene by Scene: SKYFALL Pt III – ‘Retirement Planning’”

New BRWC Article: There is only one bad actor in Cineworld’s closure

New BRWC article! It’s my intention to start writing a little more for other websites alongside the blog here, and I penned a piece last year for Battle Royale With Cheese, who were kind enough to publish an opinion piece on the disappointing news that Cineworld are closing all of their U.K. cinemas for theContinue reading “New BRWC Article: There is only one bad actor in Cineworld’s closure”

New Affiliated Podcast: BETWEEN THE NOTES #20 – ‘Tenet / The Best of Ludwig Goransson’

Brand new podcast appearance. In the latest episode of Between the Notes, myself and my co-host Sean Wilson discuss Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet and the career of composer Ludwig Goransson. You may have read my Tenet review but if you want to hear me discussing the film in depth, definitely check this episode out.

Movie Review: TENET

Tenet is the first film in which Christopher Nolan winks to the audience that he, too, understands what a Christopher Nolan film is. How else to explain that John David Washington’s lead character is not just referenced as The Protagonist, but he describes himself as such at multiple points during the film. Washington’s mysterious, super-trained,Continue reading “Movie Review: TENET”

New Podcast: MOTION PICTURES #11 – ‘Insomnia & the Evolution of Christopher Nolan’

Brand new podcast appearance! In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney discuss the films of director Christopher Nolan, expressly looking at his 2002 lesser-known noir Insomnia, as the fever of his new film Tenet takes everyone by storm. You can listen directly to the episode and subscribe via the following linksContinue reading “New Podcast: MOTION PICTURES #11 – ‘Insomnia & the Evolution of Christopher Nolan’”

Christopher Nolan has his own Pledge, Turn and Prestige

Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts… So states Michael Caine’s Cutler in The Prestige, the fifth film by director Christopher Nolan, and to some still his best, almost fifteen years later. The Prestige remains certainly the most intentionally tricksy of Nolan’s films; thus far a cinematic lexicon built on the cinematic puzzleContinue reading “Christopher Nolan has his own Pledge, Turn and Prestige”

New Podcast: BETWEEN THE NOTES – ‘From Batman to Tenet: The Music of Christopher Nolan’

It’s been a while since I linked to any podcasts on here but I need to start getting back into the habit, as I’m recording so much these days, particularly whilst working from home. I’ve been delighted to kickstart back into gear Between the Notes, my film music podcast co-hosted with my pal Sean Wilson.Continue reading “New Podcast: BETWEEN THE NOTES – ‘From Batman to Tenet: The Music of Christopher Nolan’”

Revolution & Rebirth: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES imagined America’s fire almost a decade ago

This piece was written in 2018 for my upcoming book Myth-Building in Modern Media, but ended up not fitting the final text. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the protest riots engulfing America, my belief is that Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, before Trump, or Covid-19, or walls andContinue reading “Revolution & Rebirth: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES imagined America’s fire almost a decade ago”

DRACULA: a sinewy, self-aware deconstruction of power, control and consent

The funny thing is that this all happened because of a joke. As Mark Gatiss recalls, at a Sherlock premiere, he commented to the commissioner of BBC drama that Benedict Cumberbatch’s attire made him look a little like Dracula and was asked if it was something he and writing partner Steven Moffat wanted to do.Continue reading “DRACULA: a sinewy, self-aware deconstruction of power, control and consent”

2020: 12 Movies to Get Excited About

As we close out 2019, it’s time to put together a few Top 10 lists based on my key entertainment passions – film, TV and film scores. I’m taking a little swerve with this final list to look ahead and think about what films we have coming up in 2020, and why I’m excited aboutContinue reading “2020: 12 Movies to Get Excited About”