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The rearranged order of Bond films after Skyfall


Read a very interesting article about where to place Skyfall in the canon.

IMHO, those who rate it top 5 fail to see its deep flaws and dire aspects, far more than any but the worst four or five Bond films, so much so that these flaws ruin it as a piece of entertainment.  It’s certainly not lower half – too lush for that, too varied, Xavier Bardem too good, obviously better than Quantum and yet not, at the same time.


Was looking through various lists from Empire to Forbes to Eon and we can be pretty sure which are up the top.   In no particular order – FRWL, Goldfinger, Casino Royale, OHMSS [glad to see more people putting this top 5 now].

Then we get to Goldeneye, The Spy Who Loved Me, Dr. No, Thunderball, FYEO – that calibre of film and hard to know in which exact order to place them.…

Could Jenna Coleman be Doctor N13 in 2015?


Was just looking at some Doctor Who write-ups, rumours etc. and three things stood out. When taken together, they might mean something horrifying for the series:

1. Jenna-Louise Coleman was asked about a female Doctor and did not commit either way, there is an undercurrent among cast and crew that it would be good. When it didn’t happen, people forgot it.

2. Steven Moffat has indicated there’ll be a “radical change” at the end of this coming 8th series. Now whether that means that he leaves or the Doctor radically changes is the question.

3. There was speculation that Peter Capaldi has been written in for one year only, like Christopher Ecclestone, as an interim measure before the big change.

Nothing much new there. I also read an old report which speculated that this female Doctor would be none other than Jenna-Louise Coleman herself. It was certainly mooted at the start of 2012.…

The dehumanizing of sequels

Who does Bilbo have to do this with – the Dwarves?

The Verge review of The Hobbit raises some interesting issues in film.

Seems to me that the best film reviews launch into the social issues, the plot, the characters first and near the foot of the page, there’s some talk of formatting, DVD, HD etc.   Not so with the Hobbit, on two grounds:

1.  While the set-up may sound like familiar territory, there’s a surprising lack of charm here.  The Fellowship of the Ring took its time to introduce audiences to the Shire, the life of the Hobbits, and the world in general; it wooed viewers before making the leap to orcs, goblins, and the Eye of Sauron. Here Jackson jumps right into the action, and while this may be true to Tolkien’s novel it doesn’t quite work in the film. 

2.  For the new trilogy, Jackson opted to shoot at 48fps, with many theaters projecting it at the same rate under the High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) brand.