Movies

I love movies, and write about them often – here’s all my writing on film.

Go Ape! With Planet of the Apes belt buckles!

God, I loved the seventies. Only in that mixed-up decade would this product idea exist in real life. Ladies and gentlemen… Planet of the Apes belt buckles, with matching belts! And matching western tie!!

Celebrating Pizzazz magazine

Anybody remember Pizzazz Magazine? It was an attempt by Marvel Comics to enter the teen magazine market in the late seventies, and I was a subscriber. I LOVED Pizzazz, because it was a lot more geeky than other magazines (it had a…

Happy 50th Anniversary Goldfinger!

Fifty years ago today, the third James Bond film – Goldfinger – was released to the world. It was a smash hit, and while recognized by many as the “best” Bond film… it actually made less money than the follow-up Thunderball made a year later. I’ve written about Goldfinger before – here’s my critical appraisal – and so I won’t add too many words on top of that, except to say that I can’t believe it’s been half a century since it came out. Wow.

Here’s the title sequence, and the amazing Shirley Bassey belting out that classic theme song:

 

And here’s a great documentary on the making of the film:

 

My contributions to the awesome #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly hashtag

Twitter exploded with lots of witty tweets using the #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly this weekend and I had to join in. Here’s my favorite: Young man seduced by religious radicals into committing act of terrorism; thousands killed. #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly pic.twitter.com/59UwVC8PTc — Star Wars Reactions…