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Contact – Silver Anniversary Movie Rewatch

What links French philosopher Voltaire, The Return Of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, an ancient king of Assyria, and Captain Picard’s tea? The link is one of my favourite films. That film hits its 25th anniversary this summer; that film is Contact. One other thing before I get going, there may well be spoilers. All […]

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Classic Christmas Rewatch – Home Alone (1990)

So I’ve been thinking about my favorite Christmas movie category – the ones I call Non-Christmas Christmas Films. This fun category includes such classics as Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and Gremlins. Iron Man 3. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I have a useful list going here. But in that post, I ask if Home Alone deserves […]

No Time To Die ends with an exclamation point but is filled with question marks

Let me say up front that I really enjoyed No Time To Die. At least, I loved parts of it; the most important part: Bond. I want to make that clear because what’s going to follow will make it seem otherwise. I’d recommend to anyone who likes action movies that No Time To Die is a […]

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James Bond, Mr. White, Dr. Madeleine Swann, and No Time To Die

Dr. Madeleine Swann is a major character in the Bond franchise, set to reappear in No Time to Die.  In the trailer, Oberhauser warns Bond, “When her secret finds its way out, it will be the death of you.”  Who is this beautiful girl with a deadly secret?  What is her relationship to Bond?  And […]

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The Giant James Bond Rewatch – GoldenEye (1995)

GoldenEye is an important Bond film.  It ended the six-year hiatus since License to Kill, during which Timothy Dalton quit and Alfred R. Broccoli stepped down as producer.  It introduced Pierce Brosnan in his first outing as James Bond.  And it was the basis for an extremely popular video game, one which I have fond memories […]

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What Famous Directors Have in Common 

Hollywood directors all have their signature techniques and styles and the famous ones tend to introduce new shot framing, camera angles, lighting, transition effects, and more. They all have their own individual trademarks but what they have in common is their ability to bring their vision across to an audience. They understand how to control […]

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What is Guy Ritchie’s Genius, and why do his Films have their Own Vibe?

Guy Ritchie’s films are known for their unique style and dark tone. His film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, for example, is a perfect manifestation for his style. It has been said that his genius lies in his ability to create new worlds with every movie he directs. But what does that mean? And […]

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The best YouTube channel about movies

The Pop Culture Detective YouTube channel is hands down my favorite movie-related channel. Jonathan, the host, doesn’t do reviews of the latest movies, and he has zero content about entertainment news. What he has is analysis. I began watching Johnathan’s videos solely for the entertainment value, but in the process, I have become a more […]

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Classic Movie Rewatch – Raiders Of The Lost Ark after 40 years

What links a toilet cistern, fingering a cheese casserole, a Honda Civic rolling down a gravel path, whacking a pile of leather jackets with a baseball bat, and R2-D2? They’re all sound effects used during the production of Raiders Of The Lost Ark. The toilet cistern is the sound of the lid of the Ark of […]

Primer for Guardians of the Galaxy

There are some spoilers here, but this is intended as a primer for the first 30 minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 1, that can at times be a little confusing. First, you need to have seen the after credit scene for Thor 2: The Dark World. That’s where Sif and Volstagg – members […]

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