There is a reason that Goldfinger is so fondly remembered; it is the epitome of a Bond movie. Goldfinger is the blueprint that many other Bond movie will follow and rightly so. It has all the key ingredients that From Russia … Continue reading Month of Bond: Goldfinger (1964) Review
Since Goldfinger, the Bond song has become as important a feature of a Bond film as the director, cast, villain and overall story. Some of the songs have become more famous than the films they supported, for both positive and negative … Continue reading Month of Bond: Is Writing’s on a Wall a classic Bond song?
There is a reason that Goldfinger is so fondly remembered; it is the epitome of a Bond movie. Goldfinger is the blueprint that many other Bond movie will follow and rightly so. It has all the key ingredients that From Russia … Continue reading Goldfinger (1964) Review
I don’t care about the Academy awards. It feels like its lost its meaning and power. I’m sure within the film community it still holds a huge amount of power but outside of that, I think its beginning to lose … Continue reading A vote for The Mainstream Film Awards
To celebrate Views from the Sofa completing its first year, I am presenting the first annual Views from the Sofa awards. These awards aren’t the usual look back over the films, actors and directors of 2012 but instead a look … Continue reading Views from the Sofa Awards
In a time when people are deciding that their spies need to be gritty, realistic and brooding, its great to have a series that is still willing to have fun with idea of secret agents. As much as I loved Skyfall, there is something great about seeing a traditional spy film, with huge ridiculous action set-pieces, gadgets that push the boundaries of realism and a tongue-in-cheek sense of fun running throughout. I would never have thought that the Mission Impossible franchise would be the one that would keep the traditional spy values alive. From the very beginning though, with Tom … Continue reading Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) Review
Casino Royale wasn’t a Bond film. I’m talking about the more recent Casino Royale, the fantastic film that introduced us to Daniel Craig’s brilliant version of Bond. The film that managed to pull Bond into the 21st century after the franchise had become a joke and a cliché. That’s why Casino Royale wasn’t a “proper” Bond film. To reinvent Bond for the (I hate to say it) Bourne generation, you had to remove the raised eyebrow, the drink, the gadgets, the same tried and tested formula and even, in the most extreme cut of all, the Bond theme itself. It was a … Continue reading Skyfall (2012) Review
This is going to be the greatest summer for blockbuster movies probably ever! That is because there are three films that will hopefully set a new standard in Superhero films. The actual superhero genre of films has been so watered down and overdone that it takes something special to actually register. This summer we should have three films that will hopefully register. Two of the films are the end of a long process and another is designed to be the beginning. Whether by design or coincidence, the studios behind these three films have decided to release them in the same … Continue reading Batman versus Spiderman versus The Avengers!