Articles published in 2013:Mar 3
Robert Weedon | Sunday 3rd March 2013
Robert compares two documentaries about Richard III based on the same footage and asks why Channel 4 found it so difficult to make a serious documentary.
Review: The American
Simon Pitt | Monday 18th March 2013
Working through his DVD backlog, Simon watches The American, George Clooney's scrawniest role to date.
Simon Pitt | Wednesday 22nd May 2013
In which Jason Statham punches a collection of things.
Classic FM and market research
Robert Weedon | Saturday 22nd June 2013
Robert looks at Classic FM, the only non-BBC national FM station, and wonders how market research has shaped their playlist and whether it's better or worse for it.
Review: Taken 2 and Video Game Films
Simon Pitt | Tuesday 25th June 2013
Simon continues his pattern of reviewing average action films months after their release with Taken 2.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Skyfall
Simon Pitt | Wednesday 3rd July 2013
Being thrown out of a plane without a parachute. Throwing an electric heater into a bath. Single-handedly taking out half the world's terrorists. The pre-title sequences to James Bond films feature some of the most memorable (and at times ridiculous) moments of the series. Simon starts watching and commenting on all of the Bond pre-title sequences
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Quantum of Solace
Simon Pitt | Friday 5th July 2013
I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is Quantum of Solace, half way between a Bourne-clone and a disappointment. It gets the balance wrong, and misses out on a better twist.
3D TV - the white elephant in the room
Robert Weedon | Saturday 6th July 2013
As the BBC end their two year trial of 3D television, Robert looks at why they never really took off.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale
Simon Pitt | Sunday 7th July 2013
I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is Casino Royale, black and white soviet-like thrills, and Russian hats.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Die Another Day
Simon Pitt | Tuesday 9th July 2013
I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is Die Another Day. North Korean face changing, space lasers and a man with diamonds in his face forever.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: The World is Not Enough
Simon Pitt | Thursday 11th July 2013
I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. Today is The World is Not Enough. Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist in hotpants, a man with a bullet in his brain and something to do with oil.
Classic FM's 10 best classical tear-jerkers
Robert Weedon | Friday 12th July 2013
Robert discusses a distasteful article on the Classic FM website.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Tomorrow Never Dies
Simon Pitt | Saturday 13th July 2013
I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. This time Tomorrow Never Dies. A remote controlled car, a newspaper mogul who definitely isn't inspired by Rupert Murdoch and fun with sat nav.
Count Arthur Strong's TV transition
Robert Weedon | Tuesday 16th July 2013
Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!, an affectionate and hilarious tribute to BBC Light Programme shows, has followed in the footsteps of Hancock in tranferring to television. But is it any good?
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldeneye
Simon Pitt | Tuesday 16th July 2013
I'm watching all of the Bond pre-credit teasers one after another. This time Goldeneye. A woman with a strange fetish, another space laser (sort of thing) and the Russians aren't villains this time.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Licence to Kill
Simon Pitt | Friday 19th July 2013
I'm continuing my viewing of all the Bond pre-title sequences teasers in reverse order. Today is Licence to Kill; probably the most violent Bond film ever made.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Living Daylights
Simon Pitt | Sunday 21st July 2013
I'm watching every Bond pre-credit teaser in reverse order. Today is The Living Daylights. War games Gibraltar and fun with the KGB.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: A View to a Kill
Simon Pitt | Tuesday 23rd July 2013
I'm still watching all of the pre-credit teasers to Bond films. Today is A View to A Kill, a Bond film probably set in the mind of a retired and senile Bond, as he sits in a retirement home. The Beach Boys playing on the radio.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Octopussy
Simon Pitt | Thursday 25th July 2013
I've been working my way through all the Bond films, watching the pre-title teaser from each. Today is the naughtily entitled Octopussy. Cuba, a tiny plane and the Roger Moore silliness continues.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: For Your Eyes Only
Simon Pitt | Saturday 27th July 2013
I'm going through and watching all of the Bond films, starting with Skyfall and working backwards. Today is For Your Eyes Only, a sensible Bond film with an awful pre-credit teaser.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Moonraker
Simon Pitt | Monday 29th July 2013
I've been working my way through the Bond films, just watching the first five to fifteen minutes of each, up to the opening titles. Today, Moonraker, the worst Bond film ever made. But how does it fare if you judge it just on the first ten minutes?
Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Spy Who Loved Me
Simon Pitt | Wednesday 31st July 2013
I'm working my way through all of the pre-credit teasers to each Bond film (I'm fun like that). Today is The Spy Who Loved Me, praised by Alan Partridge as "the greatest film ever made", and not "the one where a laser goes up his jaffas". It might not be the greatest film ever, but is it the greatest pre-title sequence?
Bond Pretitle Sequences: The Man with the Golden Gun
Simon Pitt | Sunday 4th August 2013
I'm still watching the beginning of each Bond film. Today is The Man with the Golden Gun, another film with gold in the title. A little person called Nick Nack, a man with a supernumerary nipple (they're more common than you might expect) and a waxwork of Roger Moore.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Live and Let Die
Simon Pitt | Wednesday 7th August 2013
I'm watching all of the Bond pre-title sequences. Finally, I've got through the Roger Moore years, and arrived at the start, the shocking moment, the first gun barrel sequence where Bond doesn't wear a hat.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Diamonds Are Forever
Simon Pitt | Saturday 10th August 2013
Finally, after the silly Moore years, the suave Brosnan years, the brutish Craig period, and the lumpy Dalton films, Connery, the real Bond, walks into the gun barrel. I've been watching the pre-credit teasers of each Bond film, working backwards from Skyfall. Today is the last Connery film: Diamonds are Forever
Bond Pretitle Sequences: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Simon Pitt | Tuesday 13th August 2013
I have got up to On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in my quest to watch the opening sequence to every Bond film. Today, the one with the guy who was only Bond once, as someone at work called it.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: You Only Live Twice
Simon Pitt | Friday 16th August 2013
I'm watching the beginning of every Bond film, up to the credits. Today is You Only Live Twice. Connery is in Japan. A lot. And there's a volcano that opens up.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Thunderball
Simon Pitt | Tuesday 20th August 2013
I'm watching every Bond pre-credit sequence. Today Thunderball. And he strikes... like Thunderball. Whatever that means. And whoever "he" is. Bond hits a woman, his car breaks down and he delivers some flowers. It's an action packed thrill ride.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: Goldfinger
Simon Pitt | Friday 23rd August 2013
Goldfinger contains, in many ways, the original Bond pre-title sequence. It has it all. A big explosion. A cavalier pun in response to the death of a fellow human being and a belly dancer. Oh and a seagull.
Bond Pretitle Sequences: From Russia With Love
Simon Pitt | Sunday 25th August 2013
Sean Connery is back as Bond. After the success of Dr No, Bond returned. And this time, there was a pre-title sequence. An exciting, action-packed mini-film that sees the death of Bond. Should cinema-goers demand their money back? Is the rest of the film just M wondering what to put in Bond's obituary?