Cinema continues to be barren ground for the seeding of new franchises. Mortal Engines (2018) Review

Despite an impeccable cast and an intriguing premise, “Mortal Engines” looks likely to follow in the tracks of “His Dark Materials” adaptation “The Golden Compass” and fail to thrive in the cinematic environment. It’s a shame, too, but it underlines the difficulties faced when adapting epic fantasy book series to the cinema, especially in the … Continue reading Cinema continues to be barren ground for the seeding of new franchises. Mortal Engines (2018) Review

Criminal (2016) Review

Between this and last year’s “Self/Less”, you have to hope Ryan Reynolds has learned to never a borrower or a lender be, at least when it comes to his brain. When a CIA operative is killed in London, the agency brings in an experimental neuroscientist to try and recover their dead agent’s memories in the … Continue reading Criminal (2016) Review

London Has Fallen (2016) Review

I went into “London Has Fallen” looking for a big, dumb action movie. I like big, dumb action movies. What I don’t like are stupid action movies, and “London Has Fallen” right into that bargain bin. Three years after the end of “Olympus Has Fallen”, the UK Prime Minister dies suddenly and President Asher (Aaron … Continue reading London Has Fallen (2016) Review

24/007: The Complete Craggus’ Bond Voyage

Every Bond movie retrospective, in release order, for your reading convenience. Click on Craggus' Bond Voyage at the end of each review to return here. *SPOILERS*                                                                           … Continue reading 24/007: The Complete Craggus’ Bond Voyage

Die Another Day (2002) Review

Production on the 20th (Official) James Bond film was delayed for a year so that the release would line up with the 40th anniversary of “Dr. No” and give the franchise an opportunity to highlight and celebrate its enduring legacy. On something of a roll, the franchise’s confidence was at an all-time high as Neal … Continue reading Die Another Day (2002) Review

The World Is Not Enough (1999) Review

With Brosnan firmly established in the public’s mind as Bond and the franchise now one of the undisputed cinema heavyweights, things were looking good for 007 as the new millennium approached. Taking its title from Bond’s family motto – “The World Is Not Enough” – as revealed in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, new scriptwriters … Continue reading The World Is Not Enough (1999) Review

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Review

With Bond firmly re-established as a cinematic heavyweight franchise and “GoldenEye” delivering the best box office returns of the series to date, the pressure was on to build on the success with the next movie. With Martin Campbell reluctant to direct two Bond movies in a row, Roger Spottiswoode was recruited and a script was … Continue reading Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Review

Arrow (S1E11 to S1E23) Catchup Vol. 3

I bet you thought I'd forgotten about my "Arrow"-thon, hadn't you? Well, I hadn't - in fact the opposite occurred and I got so caught up in Season 1's unfolding plotlines that I decided to accelarate my own "Undertaking" and just keep watching rather than pausing to write up every few episodes. As such, this … Continue reading Arrow (S1E11 to S1E23) Catchup Vol. 3

Arrow (S1E06 to S1E10) Catchup Vol. 2

Time for the second installment of my quest to catch up with one of the best shows on TV... Season 1 Episode 6 - 'Legacies' The episode title is another attempt to parallel the story of the week with the longer arc of Oliver’s father and the promise Oliver made. It’s another switch up of … Continue reading Arrow (S1E06 to S1E10) Catchup Vol. 2

Arrow (S1E01 to S1E05) Catchup Vol. 1

I'm not watching "Arrow". Not out of any strong feeling, I've just never got round to it. Judging by the conversations I've had with friends, I might be one of the few geeks who isn't watching this 'great' show. With the third season just having kicked off on TV in the past few weeks, I've … Continue reading Arrow (S1E01 to S1E05) Catchup Vol. 1