Unjustly denigrated by fans, unfairly disowned by its creators, “Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom” has long had to fend off more than its fair share of criticism. Now, on its 35th Anniversary, it’s time this neglected middle child of the Indiana Jones saga got the praise it’s due. That rare sequel which doesn’t … Continue reading Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) deserves far more fortune and glory on its 35th Anniversary
Picture the scene: Illumination writing room, circa 2017. Plans are well underway for the TV spinoff of “The Secret Life Of Pets” and the team have broken down around a dozen shorts to fill up the schedules when suddenly the word comes down that the studio have decided they want a theatrical sequel instead. Writer … Continue reading The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (2019) is three Saturday morning cartoons mashed into one.
With the exception of perhaps “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, has there ever been a (belated) sequel which arrived under so much pressure of expectation as “Blade Runner 2049”? Picking up the baton from Ridley Scott’s lionised 1982 sci-fi noir, visionary director Denis Villeneuve leaps us further into the chillingly realistic dystopian future. Following the … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Review
Back in the early eighties, giddy on “Star Wars”, I’d picked up my visual scanning for any other movies which starred my favourite heroes. “Hanover Street” cruelly tricked me – I mean, it had “Han” in the title and starred Harrison Ford so it must be great right? Not for this 8-year-old “Star Wars” fan. … Continue reading Blade Runner (1982) #Review
Wisely choosing to open not with Disney's fairy tale castle in place of the Fox fanfare but simply the Lucasfilm logo followed by the 'A long time ago…' introduction, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” takes us back to that galaxy far, far away far more successfully than at any time since 1983. It’s hard … Continue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Review
So here we are, Mertmas and I – at the final chapter of the original Star Wars trilogy having taken only two weeks to do so, a feat perhaps more impressive than doing the Kessel Run in a mere twelve parsecs. It’s time to watch the film that we all thought was ‘it’. The end. The … Continue reading Return Of The Jedi (1983) #Rediscovered
A week after sitting down with Mertmas to watch “Star Wars”, we’re settling in to watch “The Empire Strikes Back”. No agonising, impossibly long three year wait for him. A mere seven days (five of them at school, mind) and he’s here, innocently sitting on the brink of one of the best cinematic experiences of … Continue reading The Empire Strikes Back (1980) #Rediscovered
*SPOILERS* Rediscovered? Yeah, right. An old geek like me had forgotten “Star Wars”. Of course not, I still remember the giddy, obsessive adoration “Star Wars” produced. I remember buying a copy of The Sun on the way to school in late 1982 because it had an article about what was rumoured to happen in the … Continue reading Star Wars (1977) #Rediscovered
There was a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth from die-hard action movie fans when it was announced that “The Expendables 3” was (deliberately) looking likely to get the coveted PG-13 rating (12A for us Brits) as it chased a wider, younger audience. While the film is deprived of virtually any blood and gore, … Continue reading The Expendables 3 (2014) Review
Happy Star Wars Day! No – not you, Expanded Universe. Actually, we need to talk. It’s…it’s not working out, I’m afraid. I think we should see other plotlines. For the first time in many years, this ‘Star Wars Day’ feels like it genuinely offers A New Hope. The cast has been announced bringing back many … Continue reading Happy Star Wars Day?
I’d heard of “Ender’s Game” before but never got around to reading it. When I learned they were making a movie of it, I figured I should probably check it out before I saw the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and was curious about how it would be adapted for the screen given the … Continue reading Ender’s Game (2013) Review