Review “Dune” (2021)

Based on the first half of the novel “Dune” by Frank Herbert, this film follows the hero Paul Atreides, from his coming to the planet Arrakis with his family, until the attack by their enemies which leaves Paul’s father dead and Paul and his mother as fugitives with the desert-dwelling Fremen. Arrakis is the only…

Favourite Time Travel Movies

I like time travel stories, but there are plenty around that make little or no sense, dealing with the concept in a way that doesn’t bear too close examination. As such, in no particular order, here are some films that I think are better examples of time travel story-telling. Primer (2004) Potentially one of the…

“John Wick 3: Parabellum” – a theory

I really enjoyed “John Wick”. It was a fun action flick and Keanu Reeves was very well cast. The fights were well choreographed and it wisely kept its plot simple and straightforward. Then there was the sequel – starting to get weird, with all this ‘high table’ stuff and introduction of some kind of international…

Review “Alien: Covenant” (2017)

When I saw the previous Alien film, “Prometheus” I did not like it, the main reason being that characters who were allegedly professionals acted in very unprofessional ways to advance the plot. It was poor writing, basically. But surely, I said to myself, they wouldn’t make that mistake twice, would they? Yeah, they would. (Warning:…

Review “Night of the Eagle” (1962)

“Night of the Eagle” is based on a story by Fritz Leiber, and the screenplay was written by Fritz Leiber, Richard Matheson and two others. It concerns a university professor who is a sceptic, dismissing all superstition and insisting everything can be explained rationally. When he discovers his wife has been practising magic for years,…

Review “Harakiri” (1962)

This is a Japanese samurai film set in the seventeenth century, where the Shogunate’s breaking up of the various clans forced thousands of samurai out of work. One of these samurai goes to a clan’s house to request their premises to commit hara-kiri, a ritual suicide considered honourable by the samurai when they felt they…

Review “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004)

Directed by the brilliant Hayao Miyazaki, “Howl’s Moving Castle” is an animated fantasy about a young woman who is cursed by a witch, and becomes embroiled with a wizard who lives in a house on legs. The story is set in an imaginary world with steampunk-style technology, and also magic, demons, and so on. Miyazaki…

Review “Christopher Robin” (2018)

When I was a kid, we read books by the author AA Milne, “Winnie the Pooh”, “The house at Pooh Corner”, “When we were very young” and “Now we are six”. Disney currently owns the rights to Winnie the Pooh and friends, so many youngsters these days might be more familiar with the characters via…