HANNIBAL: classy yet sleazy carnival horror (2001 in Film #3)

20 years on from the year 2001, I’m looking back at some of the films across the year which stood out as among the more interesting, and year-defining, pictures… This week, released on the weekend of February 9th, Ridley Scott’s Hannibal… One of the more telling aspects about Hannibal’s occasionally troublesome production is the fact that almost nobody,Continue reading “HANNIBAL: classy yet sleazy carnival horror (2001 in Film #3)”

ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE – ‘The Return of the Speckled Band’ (1×06 – Series Retrospective #6)

30 years old in 2020, I’m going to look at David Renwick’s unique British sitcom One Foot in the Grave to celebrate the anniversary of one of the UK’s most innovative comedy series of all time… We continue by looking at the sixth and final episode of the first series, The Return of the Speckled Band, whichContinue reading “ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE – ‘The Return of the Speckled Band’ (1×06 – Series Retrospective #6)”

“Am I Not Merciful?!” GLADIATOR, Commodus and the Rise of the Populists

With Gladiator celebrating 20 years since it was released, I had some additional thoughts about the character of Commodus, expanding on my recent piece covering the film as part of my 2000 In Film series… We live in an age of populists. I’m sure you could name a few. A mixture of entertainment capitalists inContinue reading ““Am I Not Merciful?!” GLADIATOR, Commodus and the Rise of the Populists”

GLADIATOR: an epic, bravura examination of Pax Americana (2000 in Film #18)

This year, 20 years on from the year 2000, I’m going to celebrate the first year of cinema in the 21st century by looking back at some of the films across the year at the turn of the millennium which took No #1 at the box office for their opening weekends. This week, released onContinue reading “GLADIATOR: an epic, bravura examination of Pax Americana (2000 in Film #18)”

Scene By Scene: STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN – Pt VIII – ‘By the Book’

As voted for on Twitter by followers, I will be analysing Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan scene by scene in this multi-part exploration of Nicholas Meyer’s 1982 sequel… One of the key aspects to the character arc of James T. Kirk across The Wrath of Khan is how he, as Dr. McCoy putsContinue reading “Scene By Scene: STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN – Pt VIII – ‘By the Book’”

Film Review: Memory – The Origins of Alien (2019)

Forty years since it first revolutionised both science-fiction and horror cinema, what is left to discover about Ridley Scott’s Alien? Memory: The Origins of Alien gamely attempts to celebrate the anniversary of this seminal picture by digging deep into the genesis behind the creatives responsible. Less so Scott, whose directorial vision and process in developingContinue reading “Film Review: Memory – The Origins of Alien (2019)”