In absentia


You may or may not have noticed a conspicuous lack of blog entries since I took former film-master Ridley Scott to task for his dreadful Prometheus. There are a number of reasons (or excuses) for this. In the end, I…

Ten for ’11

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

Any honest annual top ten list would have to stipulate that they are the foremost movies the writer was actually able to see. It is improbable, if not impossible, to attend every release in a given year. There are a…

Guns, guts and gadgetry

Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner in 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

Brad Bird loves James Bond. This was evident in the Sean Connery-era 007 touches he infused into his Pixar hit The Incredibles. It is even more evident in the director’s recent Mission: Impossible episode (gone is the numerical increment, instead…