SAVE THE LAST DANCE: a hip, hopeful MTV romance (2000 in Film #2)

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 January 12th, Thomas Carter’s Save the Last Dance… Anyone who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s understands the power MTV hadContinue reading “SAVE THE LAST DANCE: a hip, hopeful MTV romance (2000 in Film #2)”

SHAFT: super-empty but super-cool thrills (2000 in Film #24)

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 “SHAFT: super-empty but super-cool thrills (2000 in Film #24)”

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: A military drama scared to face its demons (2000 in Film #14)

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 “RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: A military drama scared to face its demons (2000 in Film #14)”

From the Vault #15: STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005)

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 is from May 28th, 2014, as we close in on Star Wars Episode IX:Continue reading “From the Vault #15: STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005)”

Cinematic Universes: the divisive wave of cinema’s future

With the advent of Justice League, many fans and commentators are once again discussing the concept of the ‘Cinematic Universe’, given the formative attempts by DC Comics over the last several years to emulate the rampant success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first truly successful and revolutionary cinematic model of an overarching mythological worldContinue reading “Cinematic Universes: the divisive wave of cinema’s future”