There's something interesting happening in action blockbusters.
2015 has seen two of its biggest films take much-loved and long-running franchises with reliable and indestructible male leads - and push them into the background to let the female lead shine.
Admittedly, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation doesn't push Rebecca Ferguson as far into the spotlight as Mad Max: Fury Road pushes Charlize Theron. But it does things in a slightly different way. I can't think of one occasion in Rogue Nation…
There's an LL Cool J quote that would be relevant here. Hello again.
I'm well aware this is Letterboxd, a social network site that was created for people to talk about films rather than their personal problems and woes, so much of what I'm about to say may seem irrelevant and strangely out of place to those of you who, for some reason, stick it out and decide to see it through to the end. If you decide to do…
I think that The Shining is, outside of one of its major plot points, a pretty good name for this film. It's a shining example of why no filmmaker should feel obliged to as closely mirror a book as possible when doing an adaptation.
When Stanley Kubrick released The Shining, Stephen King famously decried it, saying that it hardly resembled his novel at all. Quite often since then people have suggested that King simply does not understand cinema, an opinion…