After watching Avatar in 3-D for the first time since theatres in 2009, I began to think about the long delay in the production of the sequels. I remembered how long it took to bring the original to the screen, a decade to be precise, with talk of "developing something new and innovative". It was … Continue reading AVATAR 2, 3, 4 & 5 -WHY THE DELAY?
1991 (Theatrical Version) 1991/2002 (Extended Version) Extended Version Theatrical Version DIRECTOR: Kevin Reynolds May Contain Spoilers! Back in 1992, when I first saw this on Video, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves seemed to be one of the freshest takes on a medieval story that I had ever seen. I was 13 at the time and couldn't stand … Continue reading ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THEIVES
FILMS SAVED BY THEIR SCORES Some people believe that a film can be saved by its soundtrack, whilst others can take te music or leave it. whilst I would agree that a rubbish film cannot be salvaged by a great score, it can at least make it watchable, so below is a my list of the my … Continue reading TOP 5 BEST SOUNDTRACKS TO UNDERWHELMING FILMS
Earlier this month, I commented on Now Playing.com's Batman Retrospective, but now it's the turn of Star Trek. Back in 2009, the team at Now Playing recorded a retrospective series on the Star Trek movies, from the 1979's The Motion Picture, right up to J.J. Abrams 2009 reboot. Well, I've listened to 11 podcasts, covering … Continue reading NOW PLAYING STRIKES AGAIN!
2008 DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood May Contain Spoilers! Clint Eastwood is a director which I some trouble getting behind. I have not seen his entire body of work but I have seen a fair few, and none have really impressed me as much as would have liked. Like his interest in composing and performing gentle country … Continue reading CHANGELING
2011 DIRECTOR: Brad Bird 400th REVIEW! May Contain Spoilers! It's been 16 years since Brian De Palma teamed up with Tom Cruise to bring the cult 1960's TV series to the big screen. Back in 1996, Mission: Impossible was seen as overly complex and too much so for a summer blockbuster, certainly when released alongside … Continue reading MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL (400th REVIEW!)
2011 DIRECTOR: Duncan Jones May Contain Spoilers! It felt like we were back in the 1970's with this high concept sci-fi thriller. Duncan Jones had previously given us Moon, which was a hard act to follow but certainly in keeping with style of this film. On one hand it was good, a decent attempt to … Continue reading SOURCE CODE
2009 DIRECTOR(S): Ron Clements & John Musker May Contain Spoilers! Line-drawn animation is dead. Or is it? 2009 saw Disney's return to their roots as they drew by hand (though be it heavily assisted by computers), their first traditionally animated feature in over a decade. Now since Toy Story was the first Disney film that I actually … Continue reading THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
Last Sunday, 19th August 2012, Director/Producer Tony Scott, younger brother to Sir Ridley Scott and the director of such classics as Top Gun, Crimson Tide and Beverly Hills Cop II, passed away after taking his own life. I've always liked his work, finding that even though his older brother has gained so much notoriety, and certainly … Continue reading A TONY SCOTT RETROSPECTIVE
1998 DIRECTOR: Rob Bowman May Contain Spoilers! Season Five of the phenomena which was The X Files concluded with and episode entitled "The End". Season Six would open with "The Beginning" but somewhere in the middle and for some reason, money presumably, it was considered to be a good idea to make a franchise movie during … Continue reading THE X FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE (aka THE X FILES: THE MOVIE)