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)”

New Affiliate Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘A Tribute to Sir Sean Connery’

Brand new podcast appearance. In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney take a break from our traditional format to lament the passing of the late, great, Sir Sean Connery, who recently passed away at the age of 90. We discuss his career at large, talking through the eras he wasContinue reading “New Affiliate Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘A Tribute to Sir Sean Connery’”

Nobody Did It Better: Losing SEAN CONNERY

Following the sad loss of Sean Connery at the age of 90, A. J. Black talks about what the legendary Scottish actor meant to him… We all have them. They’re all different. They all mean something unique. The childhood hero, the person in the public eye who inspires you, is a special and personal thingContinue reading “Nobody Did It Better: Losing SEAN CONNERY”

SPECTRE suggests James Bond’s ‘team-ethic’ future

Looking back at Spectre, 2015’s unfairly maligned James Bond film, it becomes apparent just how much of 007’s future may lie around a team ethic. Historically, Bond was, of course, a lone wolf, certainly in Ian Fleming’s source novels and particularly in the film adaptations produced by Eon from 1962 onwards. Fleming describes Bond’s generalContinue reading “SPECTRE suggests James Bond’s ‘team-ethic’ future”

New Podcast Guest Appearance: The Movie Palace – ‘Goldfinger’

If you listen to my podcast The X-Cast regularly, you’ll have heard the name Carl Sweeney. Having cut his podcasting teeth on my X-Files show, Carl last year broke out to develop The Movie Palace, a podcast which looks every week at a brand new film from Classic Hollywood. This week, it was my turnContinue reading “New Podcast Guest Appearance: The Movie Palace – ‘Goldfinger’”

That Same Old Dream: Dr. No (1962 – James Bond #1)

Over the course of 2019 and into 2020, in the run up to the 25th James Bond movie, I am going to be deep diving into every Bond film in depth, revisiting one of my favourite franchises. We start at the beginning with 1962’s Dr. No… It struck me watching Dr. No just how muchContinue reading “That Same Old Dream: Dr. No (1962 – James Bond #1)”

A Slayer Reborn: Buffy and the Reboot Question

Every July weekend at San Diego Comic Con, the biggest geek showcase on the planet where all the major studios and productions roll up to drop exclusives and surprises, you always get one announcement which courts a level of controversy and/or deep analysis. This year it wasn’t even the debut of a trailer for theContinue reading “A Slayer Reborn: Buffy and the Reboot Question”

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”

What if killing off Daniel Craig’s James Bond makes sense?

Another day, another James Bond rumour. Of all the great franchises out there, 007’s—perhaps appropriately—seems to play its cards the closest to its chest. Eon Productions always rations information about where their legendary character is going right up to the point they are ready to announce his destination, and for what looks to be DanielContinue reading “What if killing off Daniel Craig’s James Bond makes sense?”

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””