Posts in Film
Thoughts on Bond 25

With the welcome announcement of Bond 25, I default into worry at where we stand with our current Bond run.  Daniel Craig, should he return, deserves a great Bond send off.  But the corner EON has painted themselves into post SPECTRE means the wicket is rather sticky.

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The Classics - The First of The Few

When my Grandparents came over for a mammoth visit after we had moved to England, I had an old Canadian TV and VCR to watch the tapes we'd brought with us.  My Granma brought me a bunch of old movies, which is what she always did when we spent time together.  She introduced me to some of the greatest films I have ever seen and, also, that good movies do not also need to be made in colour.  On this trip, knowing me as she did, she brought me a copy of an RKO Picture called Spitfire.

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For The Prosecution: Skyfall

We are in the midst of Bond-fever, SPECTRE is printing it's own money and all the initial reviews have been stellar.  I've not got round to seeing it yet due to a lack time and, oddly, worry.  Skyfall related worry.  Skyfall opened in October 2013 to universal relief.  Quantum of Solace, in this writers humble opinion, is one the best Bond movies ever made.  It is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, mostly due to constraints of the writer's strike.  I have gone to some lengths on the merits of QoS in a previous blog, so, for now, I'll just get stuck into Skyfall.

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Dreading Star Wars

It is a stunning shot.  A speeder races across the horizon, a ditched X-Wing and then the Star Destroyer, slowly decaying into the sand.  As I see this for the umpteenth time, it suddenly hit me that those crashed spacecraft rather aptly sum up my feelings for this series.  Once glorious and majestic, now rotting and sinking into the sands of my youth.  This could be completely intentional on the part of the film-makers and if so, I'm very impressed by it.  You see, as with everyone my age, Star Wars defined my childhood.

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My Top 7 Films of 2014

Well, as I have a reputation for punctuality, I think writing a Best Of list only a month late is gather gratifying.  2014 was an interesting year for me personally, but from a sitting in a dark room watching flickering light perspective, it was rather good. 

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For the Defense: Quantum of Solace

This post is really based upon the following review by Mark Kermode on the Radio 5 Live show he does with Simon Mayo on a Friday afternoon.  Back in 2008 when Quantum of Solace came out, well, they both hated it and have, in the ensuing six years, repeatedly stated how much they dislike it.  Here is why I think they are wrong.

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