Moore Silliness

Tom Mankiewicz and the Shifting Tone of the James Bond Films Part Two: Habit, and a House Style Last Time: The arrival of writer Tom Mankiewicz impacted the tone of the James Bond film series in unexpected – and arguably detrimental – ways. With his formal departure from the series, do things improve…? A lobby …

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Moore Silliness

Tom Mankiewicz and the Shifting Tone of the James Bond Films Part One: A Direct Presence There was a time, pre-1995, when one’s appreciation of the James Bond films was measured against a single overriding criterion. Connery or Moore. It didn’t matter that somewhere in between, George Lazenby had made his single outing as the …

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Doctor Who and the Fan Abandonment

An unprecedented thing has happened to Doctor Who in 2018. Chris Chibnall, writer of a handful of less-than-well-received episodes in past seasons and showrunner-by-proxy of frequently derided spinoff Torchwood, has decided to take a highly transformative approach to his first season as executive producer/head writer of the parent series. He has changed the gender of …

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Space is the Race: Representations of the 1960s Space Race in Apollo 13 and Hidden Figures

Ideological context plays a significant role in the representation of events in media narratives, not least in historical retellings. The space race of the 1950s and 1960s between the USA and the USSR has, in whole or in part, been the subject of many media texts, notably in American cinema. Their institutional purposes and ideological …

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Bigger on the Small Screen (Part 1)

From its earliest days, the potential to develop Doctor Who from an exclusively televisual concern into a cinematic behemoth of epic proportions has been evident to some of its canniest exploiters. Reports abound that Disney expressed an interest in adapting ‘Marco Polo’, one of the very earliest transmitted serials. More significantly, Milton Subotsky and Max …

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DC Films: Dawn of the Rushed Superhero Mashup

The transformation of Warner/DC’s inevitable and immediately mooted Man of Steel 2 into the franchise team-up Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice has led to a peculiar online shit storm. Critics have almost universally impaled the production on the most uncomfortable figurative phallic symbol they’ve collectively been able to think of. ‘Fans’, on the other …

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Iron Man: A Key Scene Analysis

Written originally as a sample essay for Media Studies, this review is a story and production element analysis of five key scenes. Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (2008) is a suspenseful, action-packed comic book adaptation with strong comedic touches. It explores arms magnate Tony Stark’s transformation into a superhero and the effect this has on his …

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