Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: the difficult second album

Is the second film in a franchise the hardest or is the one that starts the whole thing off harder? And, for that matter, is a film a franchise after two outings? These days I’d say yes. At least the studios like to think so. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is no different. Indeed, it’s very much following the formula (not that that’s … Continue reading Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: the difficult second album

Can Disney save Star Wars?

Upon hearing the news that Disney have recently acquired Lucasfilm I asked myself this question. Good old George, the 68-year-old filmmaker sold Lucasfilm for $4.05bn (£2.5bn), my initial reaction was not exactly excitement, more tentative hope. Lucas is more or less a pensioner and his heart went out of making these films a long time ago. In some ways I’m amazed he managed to get … Continue reading Can Disney save Star Wars?