Category Archives: Action

James Bond 007: The Pierce Brosnan Era

For years, even before he was Bond, Pierce Brosnan seemed a natural choice to have a licence to kill. The story is that he visited the set of For Your Eyes Only to see his wife Cassandra Harris, who was playing the Countess who is romanced by Roger Moore's James Bond. Producer "Cubby" Broccoli immediately…Read More

James Bond 007: The Sean Connery Era

"Bond. James Bond." And so goes the classic line. Sean Connery was the first actor to play Bond in the long-running film series, and, for many, he's never been bettered. I feel I should offer a caveat: I've been watching James Bond 007 since I was a kid. It's probably my favourite movie franchise. For…Read More

Looper review

Written and directed by Rian JohnsonRemember the question that came up in Dead Zone? The one where Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) asks his doctor friend (Herbert Lom) if he had the power to go back in time and kill Adolf Hitler, would he? And his friend says yes, absolutely, or something to that effect. There's…Read More

Lawless review

Directed by John HillcoatWritten by Nick Cave from the Matt Bondurant book The Wettest County in the WorldIf you enjoyed the gritty Australian western The Proposition, also conjured by antipodean twosome Hillcoat and Cave, you'll find a similar blood-splattered tonality here, their adaptation of Bondurant's tale of his grandfather and two great-uncles' exploits as moonshiners…Read More

The Bourne Legacy review

Directed by Tony Gilroy Written by Tony and Dan Gilroy, from a story by Tony, inspired by the Robert Ludlum novels. Tough act this one is following. The first three Bourne movies are that rare popular franchise without a weak link. Each of the films has something to recommend it, the second and third strongly…Read More

Revisiting the Bourne Trilogy

I decided to rewatch the immensely popular and influential Universal Pictures action franchise this weekend because it's relaunched August 10 with The Bourne Legacy.I say "relaunch" because it's not just another sequel—the director of the second and third film, Paul Greengrass, chose not to return, as did the star, Matt Damon—and I wouldn't call it…Read More

The Hunger Games review

Directed by Gary Ross Written by Ross, Billy Ray and Suzanne Collins, from Collins' novel Do I need to explain the plot of this movie? As I write I'm seeing the box office totals come in, and it's larger than even the generous predictions made three days ago: $155 million is a lot of samolians.…Read More