Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) Review

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

Skyfall (2012) 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

Batman versus Spiderman versus The Avengers!

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!