From the opening scenes, to the finale, this felt completely different to previous two, proving once and for all, that Abrams did not really understand Trek as much as he liked us to think, even William Shatner's failed Star Trek V (1989), the worst Trek film to date, understood Star Trek, maybe a little too well. Justin Lin on the other hand, seemed to be a ludicrous choice of director, making his name with the later Fast And Furious movies, but in retrospect, what a great choice.
2004 DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood Contain spoilers! What a pleasant surprise this film was. I have put off watching this Oscar winning Eastwood directed movie for years, not being the greatest boxing fan, but this is not really a boxing film. It is a story of family, loss and faith, one which takes a surprising turn… Continue reading MILLION DOLLAR BABY
2003 ~ 2005 Seasons 1 ~ 3 DIRECTOR: Genndy Tartakovsky May contain spoilers! Could this be Star Wars at its best? In many ways, I would say yes. Beginning with a 20 chapter, three minutes each serial on Cartoon Network in 2003/2004 and then concluding with five, 15 minute episodes leading directly to the start of… Continue reading STAR WARS: CLONE WARS (CARTOON NETWORK MICRO SERIES)
2004 DIRECTOR: Edith Becker & Kevin Burns May contain spoilers! Empire Of Dreams first appeared as a bonus disc on the 2004 Original Star Wars Trilogy Boxset and charts in detail, George Lucas' journey of bringing Star Wars to the big screen and in less detail, that of its two sequels. This is an insightful look… Continue reading EMPIRE OF DREAMS: THE STORY OF THE STAR WARS TRILOGY (TV DOCUMENTARY)
1995 - Theatrical Cut 1995/2008 - Expanded Version DIRECTOR: Oliver Stone May contain spoilers! When I first watched this film on VHS back in early 1996, I was nothing short of disappointed. Already being a huge fan of Stones work with JFK (1991), Born On The Fourth Of July (1989) and Platoon (1986), I was… Continue reading NIXON
2014 DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood May contain spoilers! Clint Eastwood is a strange one for me. His popularity as a director is strong, seemingly with older film fans, those who grew with him from his early acting roles in TV series such as Rawhide, to his legendary Spaghetti Western era, his mainstream movies such as Dirty Harry (1971),… Continue reading AMERICAN SNIPER
"Are we back?" "We're back" replied Doc Brown, but he was referring to 1985 after Marty and Doc's trip to October 2015, but this month saw US arrive on that "future" date, a date that has now slipped peacefully into the past. The buzz surrounding this fictional interpretation of the future has been as fascinating… Continue reading FILM OF THE MONTH ~ OCTOBER 2015
1985, 1989 & 1990 DIRECTOR: Robert Zemekis May contain spoilers! Whist last Wednesday, we celebrated what was dubbed Back To The Future Day on social media, the 21st of October 2015 was the day that Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travelled to when they went 30 years into the future… Continue reading BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY
1991 DIRECTOR: Jim Abrahams May contain spoilers! It is always difficult to know where to start with a good, let alone a great comedy such as this. Jim Abrahams made name along with David and Jerry Zucker Airplane! (1980), went on to do the short lived TV show Police Squad (1982), then revived Police Squad and gave it… Continue reading HOT SHOTS!
1956 DIRECTOR: David Villiers This 22 minute short subject was an information film trying to put into context the dangers and the attitudes needed to survive a nuclear attack in Great Britain, just a year after the Warsaw Pact was signed and the A-Bomb was giving way to the much more powerful Hydrogen, or H-Bomb.… Continue reading THE H-BOMB (SHORT)