Articles written by: Richard Bal

AGAINST THE GRAIN: The Avengers (2012)

AGAINST THE GRAIN: The Avengers (2012)

Richard has a long-standing beef with Joss Whedon’s superhero team-up. Here’s why. 

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CINEMA CLASSICS: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

CINEMA CLASSICS: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

We’re mere days away, folks! Richard begins a round of GOOD Star Wars movies with the very first. 

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AGAINST THE GRAIN: Last Action Hero (1993)

AGAINST THE GRAIN: Last Action Hero (1993)

Arnold Schwarzenegger goes meta in John McTiernan’s underrated action blockbuster. Richard gives it another play. 

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Space Balls Up: Revisiting Moonraker

Space Balls Up: Revisiting Moonraker

Richard blasts into the cosmos for a Bond film unlike any other. Thankfully. 

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AGAINST THE GRAIN: Batman Returns (1992)

AGAINST THE GRAIN: Batman Returns (1992)

Richard unleashes on Tim Burton’s misjudged superhero sequel. There goes Gotham!

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AGAINST THE GRAIN: Jurassic World (2015)

AGAINST THE GRAIN: Jurassic World (2015)

Nostalgia didn’t win over everyone. Richard dares to throw rocks at this summer’s monster hit. 

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AGAINST THE GRAIN: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

AGAINST THE GRAIN: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Richard has a few problems with Steven Spielberg’s kid-friendly classic featuring a homesick alien. Make that questions… lots of questions. 

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Chasing Spectres: Revisiting Skyfall

Chasing Spectres: Revisiting Skyfall

Richard prepares for Bond’s next adventure with a reprieve of the last. Does Sam Mendes’ first crack at 007 – and his villain – still cut it?

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CINEMA CLASSICS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

CINEMA CLASSICS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Richard joins Clint Eastwood and two disreputable associates for a gold rush in Sergio Leone’s ultimate Spaghetti Western. 

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4 Ways to Improve Bond Before Spectre

4 Ways to Improve Bond Before Spectre

Richard has some theories on how to make 007’s next outing the definitive one for Daniel Craig. 

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