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John’s Top Ten of 2013

It was a bit of a hit and miss year for movies. Some of the most anticipated and heavily promoted films failed to live up to the hype. We had the now normal slew of Superhero movies of varying quality. As usual there were more films than time this year so the list below did not take into consideration some notable releases including Don Jon, The Hobbit and Thor.

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Star Wars VII release date set

It has been announced that the much-anticipated seventh Star Wars film will get a release date of 18th December 2015. This will be the first in the series not to get a release in the month of May. Previous speculation pointed to an early 2016 date being announced due to JJ Abrams and Laurence Kasdan taking over the scripting duties for the film causing everything else to slip. Continue reading “Star Wars VII release date set” »

Star Trek: Into Darkness

STiD-PosterIt feels like an age since I wrote the preview for Star Trek: Into Darkness and my excitement has been building steadily given just how much I enjoyed the 2009 reboot to the franchise. Once again J J Abrams takes the helm and I must applaud him for what is, once again, an incredibly good film. It is getting to the point that when I see the Bad Robot logo on the beginning of a movie I just sit back and grin. Star Trek’s writing duo of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are joined by Damon Lindelof, who worked with JJ on Lost, and between them they have created a cracker of a story that borrows from the existing Star Trek canon without seeming to be rehash of stories us Trekkers know well. Continue reading “Star Trek: Into Darkness” »

Mission: Impossible Five confirmed

mission-impossible 1Its has been confirmed by Paramount pictures and Skydance productions that Tom Cruise has signed up to reprise the role of Ethan Hunt in the fifth Mission:Impossible. Not really much of a surprise as Paramount have been talking this up since the release of Ghost Protocol which grossed over $700 million worldwide.

With Cruise on board and JJ Abrams Bad Robot company involved for a third time this already looks promising. Expect a further announcement in the near future regarding the writer and director for the project. Continue reading “Mission: Impossible Five confirmed” »

Star Trek Into Darkness – The Final Trailer

JJ Abrams sci-fi sequel gets more epic with each frame of footage released. Sit back, and enjoy.

Star Trek into Darkness – 2 months to go…

Star Trek - Into Darkness

Not long until JJ Abrams second instalment in the Star Trek reboot comes out.  I for one am just a little bit excited! Continue reading “Star Trek into Darkness – 2 months to go…” »

JJ Abrams to Helm Star Wars 7!

George Lucas speaks to JJ Abrams

I don’t know what to say! I’m stunned! If he does anywhere near as good a job as he has been doing for Star Trek we could be in for a treat! Just Fanboy Wow! I got the news from The Wrap.

Image © Joi Ito


The title ‘From Producer JJ Abrams’ seems to crop up more and more on our screens these days. His production company Bad Robot has a stake in numerous recent and current film and TV projects. They started out in television with the spy series Alias. A success over five seasons it propelled the company upwards to a more high profile project with the international phenomenon that was Lost. Recently Bad Robot productions gave us Alcatraz which didn’t exactly set the airwaves alight and ended up being cancelled after only one season. For their latest venture they have teamed up with Eric Kripke, the creator of the highly successful ongoing (in its eight season) series Supernatural. Will this pairing produce this years event television or this years The Event? Continue reading “Revolution” »


In a slight departure to our normal content, moviescramble reviews the  Television Sci-Fi drama Alcatraz from executive producer JJ Abrams.

In 1963 three hundred and two inmates and guards disappeared from the prison island of Alcatraz. The incident was covered up. A cover story was devised with all the missing persons moved and conveniently lost in the system. Fifty years later some of the worst criminal America has ever seen are returning to an unsuspecting San Francisco. Where were they and why are they coming back?

The premise for the show was initially quite interesting. It had a lot of potential. The public are looking for another lost type show which slowly unfolds while keeping the interest and intrigue. Unfortunately Alcatraz is not it. After the initial set up where we meet the main cast members the show slips into a standard formula. As part of the team we have the ‘broken’ cop Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones). She has just lost her partner in the pursuit of a perp, blames herself and is trying to regain her mojo. Her investigation into a murder leads to a meeting with a mysterious government agent, Emerson Hauser( Sam Neil) who tries to dissuade Rebecca from continuing her investigation. Obviously this only piques her curiosity. Continue reading “Alcatraz” »

Top ten movies of 2011

Keeping in step with the best of 2011 lists posted over at the musicscramble site, Moviescramble presents its first contributor top ten list.

At the start of 2011 I decided to try to watch more movies. I was looking at the shelves of unwatched movies and it spurred me into action. I set a target of two movies per week, and noted them on my MUBI account. I ended up watching a few more than my initial target. It is from this list that I created the list of my 2011 favourites. The criteria for final selection were that I had viewed them and, according to IMDB, the films were released in UK cinemas. This brought the list down to about 50 films. Incidentally my favorite film I watched last year, Pedro Almodovar’s Volver, was ineligible for the list as it was from 2006.

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