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Scene Is Believing: Parallel Hit-Lives

Below is another great video by Michael McLennan, entitled Gunmen In Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Shadows – A parallel edit of a climactic scene from Michael Mann’s Collateral with the Shanghai sequence from Sam Mendes’ Skyfall. Michael draws attention to visual parallels and pacing in each scene: “Both directors and their lensers (Dion Beebe and Roger […]

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Guest Review: SPECTRE, By Catching Bullets Author Mark O’Connell

Once again, Catching Bullets author Mark O’Connell has graciously agreed to let us post his own review of the latest James Bond film. In his book Mark covers his memories of growing up as a James Bond fan from the unique perspective of being the grandson of producer Cubby Broccoli’s chauffeur, catching every Bond bullet, as […]

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Spectre – Review

There is a moment during the opening titles of Spectre that says more than it probably more than it meant to.  We see a topless Bond, sitting down and being helplessly smothered by an octopus – this is quite possibly the most fitting metaphor I can find for what is wrong with Spectre. At its […]

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2012 According to Mr. Phelps

Let’s just jump in here shall we? Best Titles – Skyfall Tim already covered this in his review, and I don’t have much more to add apart from SKYFALL is a glorious film. It’s absolutely beautiful and the titles only sell it for how amazing it will be. It’s like an exquisite, beautiful meal made for your […]

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Unsung Heroes: Roger Deakins

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride – once again, and for an incredible tenth time, Roger Deakins has been nominated by The Academy  Of Motion Picture Arts for best Cinematography (for Skyfall) and failed to take home a little gold fella. Just who does he have to f**k in Tinseltown to be recognised for his incredible body of […]

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Scene Is Believing: Skyfall

Searching for Silva-man In The City of Lost Children Director Sam Mendes’ intention with James Bond’s Straw Dogs meets Home Alone siege  at Skyfall, his gloomy ancestral home, was to “go back in time”; to both exorcise some manufactured ghosts in the two dimensional agents life, and acknowledge a “purer” period before “exploding pens.” Equally, villain Silva (Javier Bardem) is […]

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Spectre Teaser Breakdown

A teaser does what it says – teases. Don’t expect any major insights, this is a mood piece to whet the appetite of James Bond fans for Spectre, the 24th installment in the series, and Daniel Craig’s fourth “go”. By the looks of things, his entire run is going to be tied up in one […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Dark Knight Rises

  The IMAX prologue: Bane takes the plane Early positive reviews for Sam Mendes’ Skyfall are hailing it as James Bond’s renaissance, Nolan-esque in terms of scale and depth. Mendes himself has acknowledged The Dark Knight in particular as a big influence – “What Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that […]

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Top 10 Things I want to see from Skyfall

    10. The gun barrel   While many among you may say, “Ah yes, but the gun barrel was in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace” I would counter that argument by saying, “No it wasn’t – sod off”. In Casino Royale it was barely there and in QoS it appears at the very end. The end?? […]

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Guest Review: “A Thinking, Tailored, Bolder Spy” Catching Bullets Author Mark O’Connell On Skyfall

Last month we reviewed the brilliant James Bond fan memoir, Catching Bullets, by Mark O’Connell. In it he covered his memories of growing up as a James Bond fan from the unique perspective of being the grandson of producer Cubby Broccoli’s chauffeur, catching every Bond bullet. Except one. Now, Mark has seen Skyfall, and has agreed to […]

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