I know you'll be worried about this so, let's get the big point out of the way first: Villeneuve has successfully translated Frank Herbert's novel to the big screen.
Well, the first half of the book, anyway. Splitting the story into two allows a more relaxed pace, and this in turn allows the storytelling to take place organically, without resorting to the deluge of footnotes, appendices, quotations from other (fictitious) texts, or even swathes of inner monologue that pepper the…
Artemis '81 1981
Artemis 81 (there's no apostrophe in the title, which refers to a star; the title of the BBC DVD release shown here was a typo and the error has been perpetuated on sites like this ever since) was very much one of those "event" TV programmes the Beeb used to do back in the day. It was first broadcast during the Christmas holidays in 1981, and watching it again forty years on, it feels as if the producers primarily focused…
Bill & Ted Face the Music 2020
I was really anxious about watching this sequel to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, but I needn't have worried. The franchise is in safe hands and the third film both lives up to its predecessors and delivers the goods in a culmination of Bill and Ted's story.
The plot relies heavily on tropes established during the first two films (perhaps made more obvious to me by watching all three films, back-to-back. Bill and Ted…
How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014
So after last week's watch of the first movie, it's time to catch up on the second. Again, very entertaining. Toothless is still basically a giant cat but it's nice to see the other characters (and dragons) become a bit more well-rounded.