The Best of James Bond: Top 5

Considering we’re still none the wiser about the true release date of Bond #25, No Time To Die, there’s surely no better moment to do an all time, best-of-Bond top 5. Granted, there may be 24 films in the series to date, but once you dispense of the spoofy Roger Moore years, the Daniel Craig misfires and the ones where Sean Connery had clearly given up caring, there really is only a dozen or so to choose from.

As a minor disclaimer, before creating this list, I didn’t go back and re-watch every film in the franchise – a single viewing of Moonraker is more than sufficient for one lifetime. With that being said, let’s jump into the definitive list of the top 5 films starring everyone’s favourite sociopathic secret service agent.

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Project Power review “Stale sludge from a stale, sludgy genre”

Are we ever going to see a day when superhero movies don’t dominate the release schedule? It seems as if a new one materialises every week. If it’s not the latest cookie-cutter Marvel movie or yet another DC extended universe disaster, then it’s a tedious new standalone project promising to ‘put a dark spin on the genre’ or ‘take it in a new direction’.

Now I’m not saying all superhero films are bad, in fact, I have enjoyed a great deal of them over the years. Whether it be Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy or the MCU’s Infinity saga, the genre has undoubtedly peppered the cinematic landscape with some truly great moments over the past two decades. But when will it end? How much more juice can we squeeze out of this thoroughly dehydrated lemon?

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The films that influenced me: Joe Waddington

Picking the 10 films the influenced me was by no means an easy task. Sure, it would have been easy to reel off 10 classics and talk about how great they are, but instead, I’ve decided to treat this list as a way to rediscover films that had a profound, emotional impact on me upon first viewing. I’ve seen a great deal of movies in my time however, only a select few have really resonated with me on a greater level than simple enjoyment.

To some, this list may seem a little strange, perhaps even a little obscure, but each of these films has earned its place in my top 10 with rightful cause. Whether they happened to coincide with personal circumstance in my own life, or they covered themes so harrowing they really stuck with me, here are the top 10 cinematic experiences that influenced me as a film fan, a film critic, and even as a person.

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Bad scenes in great movies: Top 5

Bad scenes in great filmsWith most areas of the world still under strict lockdown, many of us have found ourselves with a great deal more time for TV and film. Personally, it’s been the perfect opportunity to revisit some of my all-time favourites, many of which I hadn’t seen for years.

In doing so, however, I couldn’t help but consider how often we recall things through a rose-tinted lens. Perhaps this is pessimistic, solitary confinement me talking, but I was fairly disappointed to find out that some of my favourite films weren’t as perfect as I had remembered.

From dodgy CGI, to laughable cameos and out of place character moments, a fair few of the top films from the last 20 years actually have some infuriatingly bad scenes. In order to exorcise my lockdown lamentations, I’ve decided to put together the definitive list of bad scenes in great movies, here are the top 5. Continue reading

Unpopular Opinion: Avengers Age of Ultron is better than Avengers Assemble

Avengers vs Age of UltronHaving recently jumped on the bandwagon along with 50 million other people in signing up for Disney+, and with free time at home being in abundance, I decided that the moment had finally come to re-watch the entire MCU from Iron Man (2008) all the way to present day phase 3.

Having now made it through 20 or more films over the past 6 weeks, there were very few surprises. Captain America: Winter Soldier remains a thrilling Bourne-esque spy story that marked a shift in tone for the Avenger’s solo projects, and Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World both remain tedious, inconsequential bores. Continue reading