Bill, Ted & the Dark Fate of the Legacyquel

With the arrival of Bill & Ted Face the Music, we find ourselves facing down the latest example of what has become known as the ‘legacyquel’. First coined in late 2015 by Matt Singer in a piece for ScreenCrush, in advance of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the legacyquel operates from different principles than aContinue reading “Bill, Ted & the Dark Fate of the Legacyquel”

2019 Top 10: Film Scores

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’ve gone back and forth on decade lists but I suspect I’m just going to keep to 2019 releases on the blog, and maybe do something more withContinue reading “2019 Top 10: Film Scores”

New Podcast: MOTION PICTURES #7 – ‘The Heroes Journey’ (Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker)

Merry Christmas! It’s the latest episode of my podcast about cinema with my friend and podcast buddy, Carl Sweeney. Motion Pictures is designed to be more of an informal, free-flowing chat about movies, geared around a topic of the week. There will also be choice episodes around an idea, whatever takes our fancy really! It’sContinue reading “New Podcast: MOTION PICTURES #7 – ‘The Heroes Journey’ (Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker)”

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING REY: Star Wars’ Exceptionalism Problem

Caution: here be spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, so I suggest only reading once you have seen the film. Upon leaving a screening of The Force Awakens in 2015, you would be forgiven for having one question on your mind: who exactly *is* Rey? Our new heroine for the revived, sequel eraContinue reading “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING REY: Star Wars’ Exceptionalism Problem”

STAR WARS EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER: the expected, soulless capstone of a four decade saga

CAUTION: contains some major spoilers so only read on if you’ve seen the film. If you were looking for the perfect film to put a capstone on the 2010’s, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker arguably would be it. Even with the blockbuster heavyweight of Avengers: Endgame concluding the first ten years ofContinue reading “STAR WARS EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER: the expected, soulless capstone of a four decade saga”

From the Vault #20: STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)

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 December 17th, 2015, as we close in on Star Wars Episode IX:Continue reading “From the Vault #20: STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)”

From the Vault #19: STAR WARS: EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)

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 4th, 2015, as we close in on Star Wars Episode IX:Continue reading “From the Vault #19: STAR WARS: EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)”

From the Vault #18: STAR WARS EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)

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 4th, 2015, as we close in on Star Wars Episode IX:Continue reading “From the Vault #18: STAR WARS EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)”

From the Vault #16: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)

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 Dec 19th, 2016, as we close in on Star Wars Episode IX:Continue reading “From the Vault #16: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)”

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)”