Category Archives: Criticism

The Once and Future James Bond

James Bond was an important character to me when I was young. My first memory of Bond is watching Thunderball at my Grandparents’ farm, I was around 7 or 8. I watched it within a few days of watching Chuck … Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi [2017]

Given the sensitivity around films of this scale, everything is behind the screen.

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Hancock [2008]

Iron Man [2008] was effectively where the modern Super Hero film kicked off, and with it came a certain kind of super-hero story design that I think has found its way into a relatively dead end, and for which I … Continue reading

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Guardians of the Galaxy, vol 2 [2017]

For the past few months I’ve been having a slightly awkward conversation which, broadly, goes something like this: “Did you see that new Guardians of the Galaxy film eh? What great fun, best thing since sliced bread.” “I did see … Continue reading

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The Fate of the Furious [2017]

The response to the film by critics was by-and-large “it’s bonkers and doesn’t care”, which is critical short-hand for “I didn’t understand what this film was doing or how, but it seemed to appeal to the (stupid) masses”. Consider for … Continue reading

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The work of the Critic ™

A long time ago Hulk posted a scathing review of The Amazing Spiderman, and I had a riposte, and I find myself now having to come back again to defend Spiderman: Homecoming from his “criticism“. His basic problem is that … Continue reading

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The Simple Art of Melancholy

The question of just what “Film Noir” is has plagued discussions of the genre since its retrospective creation by French critics in the 1950s and 1960s. As the term pertains to “Hard Boiled” detectives, whose presence was a clear signifier … Continue reading

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