NOSTALGIA CAFE

'What's that?' Jessie pointed outside at the stars and stripes fluttering on the flagpole. 'That used to mean something.' 'I like the colours, it's pretty.' 'It sure was. Ready for your food?' 'I can't wait to try it. You used to eat these 'hot dogs' all the time, Gramps?' 'And burgers, chips, pizza.' 'This food … Continue reading NOSTALGIA CAFE

BAD BRUCE WILLIS: The Forgivable Sins of LOOPER

Rian Johnson's Looper is a good film, with touches of brilliance, but equally with a central dubious morality and the plot weaknesses inherent in any film that uses time travel as a central plot structure. The way that these central problems are addressed by Johnson, and how they interact with one another are essential to … Continue reading BAD BRUCE WILLIS: The Forgivable Sins of LOOPER

BRAVE

A film review with a bit of a difference: a letter, reprinted below, published in the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound magazine (November 2012 edition, edited slightly by the journal).  I wrote them in response to a largely positive review from Thirza Wakefield, of Disney Pixar's Brave. Whither Pixar? It's not so much the … Continue reading BRAVE

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine

The Riverfront, a photo by iainthekid on Flickr. This photo sums up a lot of things that I think of as 'mine' and define 'me'. The British Film Institute cinema on the Southbank in London has a restaurant attached to it - 'The Riverbank'. - Great atmosphere, people, culture, food and cinema, all in one … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine