Review: John Carter (2012)

John Carter is one of those films that you really, really want to like more than you actually do. For me, it should have been a slam dunk.┬áIt ticks so many of my boxes: ┬áRetro-flavoured sci-fi? Check. Classic pulp literature source? Check. Beautiful alien vistas? Check. Supporting cast made up of reliable British stalwarts? Check. …

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D (1999/2012)

Is it time to rehabilitate the vilified prequel? There are surely few films as loathed as that of George Lucas’ first prequel to his original blockbusting Star Wars trilogy. The seismic disappointment felt among casual and hardcore fans was both immediate and sustained. Even now the name Jar Jar Binks induces a visible shudder in …

The Fly (1986)

Of all the Hollywood studio logos that appear before a film begins, my favourite is Twentieth Century Fox. Not because they deliver a higher or more consistent level of quality than anyone else (certainly not), but because they have given the world some of the all time greatest science fiction films and franchises. The Day …

Revisiting the Rings

This past Monday, finding myself with a day off work and little else to do, I treated myself to a ‘movie marathon’: watching a few films in one go just so you can say you’ve done it. This is something only true geeks bother to do, and should never be boasted about amongst unfamiliar acquaintances …