Everything tagged with “Duncan Jones”

  1. Duncan Jones’ Mute

    It’s starting to feel that Duncan Jones has an issue with timing. After the instant classic Moon and the brisk and punchy Source Code, Jones disappeared off into the wilderness to return five years later with Warcraft, a decent fantasy action piece that unfortunately arrived after the cultural phenomenon of World of Warcraft had long since peaked. Mute, described by Jones as far back as 2009 as his β€œlove letter to Blade Runner” arrives now on a platform that heavily promoted its own Blade Runner-influenced production β€” the TV series Altered Carbon β€” just weeks before, and also just a few months after an actual Blade Runner sequel has been and gone. In this context, the impact of Mute is, well, muted. β†’

  2. My 2016 film highlights

    My annual film highlights post, in which I highlight 20 films from all I saw during the previous year. Not all are without their flaws, but I'm very fond of all of them, flaws and all. β†’

  3. Duncan Jones’ Warcraft: The Beginning

    How much you'll get out of Warcraft: The Beginning may depend on how much you're willing to engage with the fantasy genre itself; the film is serious-faced high-fantasy and isn't ashamed of it. This is fine. Where the film wobbles is in being a prequel rather than simply the first in a series, a film that explains how the war between humans and orcs came about without that war ever having presented on film. Unashamedly presenting fantasy film tropes is one thing; assuming an existing audience investment in videogame source material is another. β†’

  4. Duncan Jones’ Source Code

    In Duncan Jones' Source Code, Air force pilot Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) has to work out who bombed a train but only has the same eight-minute period to live through each time, a bit like Murder on the Orient Express if Poirot was knifed in the chest at the end of every chapter. β†’

  5. Trailer for Duncan Jones’ Source Code

    I really miss Quantum Leap β†’

  6. Review of Duncan Jones’ Moon

    Let's get something out of the way right at the start: I think this film is flawless. Please continue reading after you have picked yourself up off the floor. β†’

  7. Trivia on the film Moon

    When I saw Moon there followed a Q&A session with the film's director, Duncan Jones. What follows is a bit of a brain dump of some of what I felt were the more interesting things raised. Spoilers throughout, so don't read until you've seen the film. β†’

  8. Trailer for Duncan Jones’ and Sam Rockwell’s Moon

    Sam Rockwell goes crazy on the moon. Looks excellent; reminds me of '70s SF like Silent Running. β†’