I watched Spectre for Critic’s Notebook, and also said some things about it out loud in a podcast for the Bristol Film Critic’s Circle. The Bonds haven’t felt very British since ever, but the contrast between their faltering story mechanics and the stuff recently going on in places like Mission: Impossible is starting to feel like that time 1980s British TV cop shows discovered 1980s American TV cop shows and had a nervous breakdown.

And I’m also in the December print issue of Sight & Sound magazine reviewing Between Two Worlds, a British romantic drama that takes such a spectacularly dim view of New Labour that it seems to want to splice Hollyoaks with Play For Today, something previously unattempted for good reason.


November 10, 2015