Solo: A Star Wars Story – Stuck-up, Half-witted and Scruffy-looking But Still A Pretty Good Movie

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a good film. It isn’t great. It won’t change your life. It won’t make you a better person. Or a deeper thinker. Or a more considerate lover. But it WILL pass a couple of hours of entertaining escapism – set in the Star Wars Universe but not relying on … Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story – Stuck-up, Half-witted and Scruffy-looking But Still A Pretty Good Movie

The Two Reviews: Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story

Avengers: Infinity War (2018, Marvel Studios & Walt Disney Studios) Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, featuring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Josh Brolin (and a heap of others). Avengers: Infinity War is a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) superhero film, and a sequel to two previous Avengers films. This is a long … Continue reading The Two Reviews: Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story

The Two Reviews: Star Wars – The Last Jedi (2017 Rian Johnson)

There was a time, around 2002/2003, that many people took a negative stance against Lucas and the Star Wars franchise. The Attack of the Clones and that horrible romance between Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Amidala (Natalie Portman) had just infiltrated and despoiled our movie screens. I think Lucas and Christensen subsequently ‘won’ awards at the … Continue reading The Two Reviews: Star Wars – The Last Jedi (2017 Rian Johnson)

Rule 21: The ‘Director’s Cut’ is Always the Best Version of the Movie, Except When it isn’t

There are certain rules known only to a select few by which it is possible to predict the quality of movies. The origin of these rules is often obscure and difficult to explain. One, which has entered common thought, is Rule 21: "The 'Director’s Cut' is always the best version of the movie, except when … Continue reading Rule 21: The ‘Director’s Cut’ is Always the Best Version of the Movie, Except When it isn’t

The Score is Not Settled: 7 More Great Cinematic Musical Compositions

Unlike a previous post, which also dealt with great cinematic scores, here disagreements are not welcomed. The following selection may not be your favourite movie scores but they sure as hell should be in your top ten. These are a selection of soundtracks which were integral to the telling of the story, which lifted the … Continue reading The Score is Not Settled: 7 More Great Cinematic Musical Compositions

Hope for the Future – Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Preview

The fear, the tension, the anticipation surrounding the proposed release of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi in December of this year is palpable. You can taste it in the air. Speculation about the plot, the quality of the production and the new direction of the canon take up more bytes on the internet … Continue reading Hope for the Future – Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Preview