Tag: movie

May The Thirteenth Be With You: Ewoks: The Battle For Endor

Following on from 1984’s ‘Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure’, 1985’s ‘Ewoks, The Battle For Endor’ was another TV movie that somehow found itself in cinemas in the UK. But you wouldn’t have found me in any of those cinemas. Because unlike the first Ewok film, which is firmly established as a seminal moment in…

May The Ninth Be With You: The Rise Of Skywalker

So here we are, on the last of the Star Wars movies, collectively known as ‘The Skywalker Saga’. Episode IX of IX. The official ‘end of the story’. The culmination of a journey some 42 years in the making. And by definition the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. No,…

May The Eighth Be With You: The Last Jedi

Expectations were quite possibly at an all time high when this one hit the cinemas. Not only had 2015’s ‘The Force Awakens’ been generally well-received by fans and critics, but the first standalone Star Wars movie of the modern era (though not, of course, the first standalone Star Wars movie ever), ‘Rogue One’ had also…

May The Seventh Be With You: The Force Awakens

‘Return of the Jedi’ is the end of the story. It wraps everything up neatly. The Empire is beaten, the rebels are victorious, Luke is a Jedi, Han and Leia are in love and Darth Vader has found redemption. In 1983 Star Wars was pretty much complete. What we didn’t need were any prequels. But…

May The Sixth Be With You: Return Of The Jedi

And so, to the last of the original trilogy, a movie that is not quite as good as its predecessors but still much better than the prequels. Which is not necessarily much of a compliment, but this is a good film with some really great bits that more than make up for the ‘not great’…

May The Fourth Be With You: A New Hope

Happy Star Wars Day everyone! When did this become a thing? I think I first came across the notion that the 4th May was considered to be Star Wars Day around eighteen years ago when a colleague (in whatever mundane admin job I was doing at the time) told me their birthday was on Star…

May The Third Be With You: Revenge Of The Sith

So we get to the last of the much-lamented prequel trilogy. This one did at least have a slightly better title. And clearly no-one learned anything from the preceding two films about managing expectations because there was a massive hype surrounding this one too. To be fair, it actually did deliver in some respects. Although…

May The Second Be With You: Attack Of The Clones

Three years after everyone got upset by ‘The Phantom Menace’, we all failed to learn our lesson and flocked to the cinemas in our droves to see ‘Episode II’, the equally badly titled ‘Attack of the Clones’. I actually went to a midnight showing, so I could see it before everyone else. And I thought…

May The First Be With You: The Phantom Menace

Thus, begins my mission to write about Star Wars for days, if not weeks, on end. And where better to begin than Episode One? That would seem like the obvious place to start. Except for two important reasons: As most people know, it wasn’t even close to being the first Star Wars film to be…

The Third Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 24

And so The Third Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films comes to an end. But what film could be lurking behind door 24? Why it’s only the utterly brilliant 2019 superhero movie Shazam!. When it comes to superheroes on the silver screen, there’s no denying that Marvel/Disney have had considerably more success in recent…

The Third Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 22

2015’s Run All Night is the third (of four to date) collaborations between director Jaume Collet-Serra and senescent superman Liam Neeson. Like all their other collaborations (Unknown, Non-Stop and The Commuter)  it’s a pretty ‘by the numbers’ action flic. This is fine if you like that kind of thing. Which I do. Unfortunately, at times, Run…

The Third Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 17

If  yesterday’s entry, Love Actually found me conflicted over my feelings about Richard Curtis as a filmmaker, then his directorial follow-up The Boat That Rocked did little to help resolve those conflicts. The Boat That Rocked is a ‘sort-of’ love letter to the pirate radio stations of the 1960s. I wasn’t alive then, so have no recollection…