Dunkirk (2017) – Christopher Nolan

When I saw Dunkirk in IMAX this summer, I came out of the theatre with a one word review, “Wow.” Now Christopher Nolan’s brilliant retelling of the British evacuation from Dunkirk comes home on blu-ray and DVD thanks to Warner Brothers. Running at a taut hour and forty five minutes (Nolan’s shortest film since Following),…

Zulu (1964) – Cy Endfield

The next stop in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Lawrence of Arabia is the epic, Zulu starring Michael Caine and Stanley Baker. Now, while one could make arguments about themes of British Imperialism and Colonialism running through the film, I saw more fit to see the film…

Inception (2010) – Christopher Nolan

  A heist film wrapped with multiple dreams, so many in fact, that there has been much debate if the top-level, the main reality of the film itself, is a dream. To support this there is much discussion of the character’s totems, an individual item they carry around with them that is uniquely theirs, one…

The Prestige (2006) – Chrisopher Nolan

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has been a welcome addition to my library, and I was delighted to see that the next subject for me to cover is director Christopher Nolan. I’ve written about most of his other films, and all the ones the book recommends previously, but for The Prestige, and one other film….

The Italian Job (1969) – Peter Collinson

  The recommendations from my viewing of Rififi for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film keep coming, and this one was highly enjoyable. Michael Caine leads the cast in this comic caper that sees he and a group of thieves organizing a gold heist, worth four million dollars, by causing a traffic jam…

Batman Begins (2005) – Christopher Nolan

  Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale take over the reigns of one of DC’s greatest characters, Batman, in the next film to be watched for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and the last one to review, as I’ve reviewed Nolan’s latter entries into the trilogy before. On reflection this morning, as much as I like this…

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) – Brad Peyton

  I’m quite enjoying my time spent with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book so far, I’ve enjoyed watching different iterations of the same story and seeing how it’s updated, changed, or adapted. After my viewing of the 1961 version of Mysterious Island, the only other theatrical version of note to take a look at was this…

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Matthew Vaughn

    Matthew Vaughn has shown an ability to handle the fine line of directing comic book films, embracing their uniqueness while grounding them in the reality of the world they exist in. His latest effort is Kingsman, based on the comic series The Secret Service by Mark Millar and David Gibbons. The film heavily embraces its cinematic progenitors…

Interstellar (2014) – Christopher Nolan

  Sure, it took me a while to get to this one, but it’s been a big month, and for me this is worth the wait. With recognizable influences from 2001: A Space Odyssey (the return of silence to space, and walking, talking robots that resemble the iconic Monolith) and Contact (not the least of…

Children of Men (2006) – Alfonso Cuaron

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list comes to an end with Children of Men, and I honestly couldn’t think of a better film to end it on. Director Alfonso Cuaron brings an adaptation of P.D. James novel to life in a vivid way, combining all that is the best of humanity, our callousness, our greed,…

The Dark Knight (2008) – Christoper Nolan

  The 101 Action Movies brings the second installment in Nolan’s version of the famous DC character, Batman, for me to rewatch. This one is epic, sprawling, with a vast cast, and a number of villains from the Caped Crusader’s Rogues Gallery, this time around we have appearances from Dr. Crane aka The Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy),…

Noises Off… (1992) – Peter Bogdanovich

Stage comedy is wonderfully adapted in this all-star adaptation of Michael Frayn’s gut-busting play. If you’ve never seen this film, have a look at this cast… Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Denholm Elliott, Julie Hagerty, Marilu Henner, Mark Linn-Baker, Christopher Reeve, and Nicollette Sheridan, who spends most of the film in her undergarments. With a cast…