My top seventeen films of 2017

This year has been a bit of a bumper for good films. Putting together a list, yet again, I realise there are so many I haven’t seen. Here’s those that I have, a top seventeen and the order in which I liked them. Plus a rather large number that I am yet to see, but want to, and have heard good things. 1. Get Out … Continue reading My top seventeen films of 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – progress, this is

Staaaar Waarrrs, na na na, Staaar Waaars. So sang my partner Saturday morning as we strolled down to the rather lovely Olympic studios cinema in southwest London to catch the latest in the franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson. This film continues events from The Force Awakens, one which saw the return of old characters that many of us loved so … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi – progress, this is

Rogue One: upping the game

So how on earth do I review a Star Wars film without spoiling it? It’s tough but let’s try. To start with, it’s not called Star Wars colon something, so it already sets itself apart from the others. It’s linked, definitely. But it’s a little rebel of its own, which is kind of great. Plot wise, I’ll keep it light. Scientist Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) … Continue reading Rogue One: upping the game

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – thoughts?

Let’s be honest, J.J. Abrams would have had to monumentally and catastrophically mess up the new Star Wars teaser trailer for the fans to descend upon him, venting their wrath. That said, there’s some intriguing imagery and things to consider. Whilst the internet is ablaze with speculation as to what these visual clues could mean, they could simply just be tasty shots of the upcoming … Continue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens – thoughts?

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?

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Natalie Portman’s top 5 performances

This piece slightly follows on from my recent post on how Hayden Christensen ruined Star Wars. After writing I began to think about the other actors in those films, particularly Natalie Portman and how highly I rate her work. Other than Leon in 1994, her first major role as an adult actress was Star Wars. She was cast in 1997 – just 3 years after … Continue reading Natalie Portman’s top 5 performances

Dammit Christensen, you ruined Star Wars!

You know how these days Google predicts search terms as you type based on searches others have made? The reason I mention this is the other night Star Wars: Attack of the Clones was on TV. I found myself watching despite the fact that disappointment lurked around the corner. I am, of course, talking about Hayden Christensen. Now this film was released in 2002 and … Continue reading Dammit Christensen, you ruined Star Wars!