Nostalgia and Movies: Robocop

Over the last week or so I have been re-watching Robocop (directed by Paul Verhoeven, 1987) – it took me a while as I just watch 15 to 20 minutes at a time as I have my lunch. One of the things I was thinking about as I watched the film is what constitutes a…

It’s The Journey, Not The Ending, That Counts

I have been planning on writing this post for a while now, but hadn’t found the right time to do so. A few things came together over the last week which meant that the time seems right. As noted in a number of posts – for example, most recently Being Prepared For An Accident –…

Nuclear Imagery and Looking for Movies and TV Programmes

As part of my research on Visual Packaging Culture and also for a conference paper (see Splitting Atomic Symbolism: Differing Words, Images, and Sounds of a Nuclear World), and building on my previous work on disaster movies (see, for example, Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?) I am watching a number of movies and…

My Top James Bond Movies

After my posts about top disaster movies and my top movies and TV shows, I thought, as James Bond featured twice in that latter list and I have done a number of posts related to James Bond, that I would rank all of the Bond movies. As with the previous lists, the ratings are just…

My Top Movies and TV Shows

This post provides a list of my favourite movies/TV programmes. It is based on the ratings that I have given them on IMDb. Given that IMDb hasn’t been around as long as I have, I suspect that there are many titles that I have forgotten to add – they may get added in due course….

“No Time To Die”, but Time to Kill Off the Bond Franchise

At the weekend I finally got to see the latest James Bond movie, “No Time To Die”. In many ways, like so many of my generation (at least in the UK), I have grown up alongside 007 movies. I have posted before about how I used to watch “You Only Live Twice” and “The Man…

“People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan”

In my recent presentations ‘Two Tribes, United by Music: Western Pop in Japan‘ and ‘Western Pop Acts in Japan: Putting the Cult into Culture‘, as well as in the part of my book Frankie Fans Say, I have been discussing the term ‘Big in Japan’. The term appears to be another one of those cliches…

Contents Tourism – Zulu

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I’m writing about a place that I haven’t even been to yet. I’ve already discussed about some of my favourite films from my childhood and how I have been to…

Contents Tourism – James Bond island and Phuket

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I’m staying in Thailand after my one about the Bangkok Plane Graveyard. Although I’ve discussed before about Jaws, Zulu and or You Only Live Twice, another favourite that I watched…

Contents Tourism – Jaws/Martha’s Vineyard

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), and having already done three on one of my top three favourite films (see my post on the New Otani Hotel for discussion on this) on You Only Live Twice,…