James Clayton

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Loving James Bond movies, hating 007

James Clayton Feature
Nov 6, 2015

Just because you like James Bond movies, it doesn't mean you have to like James Bond too...

For the love of Guillermo del Toro

James Clayton Feature
Oct 23, 2015

As Crimson Peak enters its second weekend, James argues that the work of Guillermo del Toro is well worth backing.

The Martian, loneliness and space movies

James Clayton Feature
Oct 2, 2015

Films offer some of the best explorations of isolation and loneliness, argues James...

The life-affirming, empowering nature of Mad Max: Fury Road

James Clayton Feature
Jun 7, 2015

Far from being a despairing, victim filled movie, Fury Road is arguably one of the most empowering films ever...

Lost in translation: when Disney lyrics turn Italian

James Clayton Feature
May 20, 2015

Frozen, Aladdin and The Lion King take on a slightly different feel when their lyrics move from English to Italian...

What films should be expanded into shared universes?

James Clayton Feature
May 16, 2015

Shared universes are big business right now, and here are seven franchises that could, and should be expanded...

Should we really fear movie sequels?

James Clayton Feature
May 9, 2015

James argues that instant dread may not be the best initial reaction to a sequel announcement...

The heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

James Clayton Feature
Apr 25, 2015

Why it's the humanisms, rather than the superheroes, that lie at the heart of Marvel's successes....

The Taken trilogy, wish-fulfilment and wish wariness

James Clayton Feature
Jan 9, 2015

The arrival of Taken 3 leaves James pondering the appeal of vigilante movies...

Home Alone: the best Christmas movie of all time?

James Clayton Feature
Dec 19, 2014

Could 1990 comedy Home Alone be the best Christmas movie of all time? James lays out his argument...

The Hobbit: Farewell and thank you to Middle-earth

James Clayton Feature
Dec 12, 2014

As The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies lands in cinemas, James looks back at what the Middle Earth movies have managed to do...

More of 2014's supporting characters that deserve a spin-off

James Clayton Feature
Dec 5, 2014

From Gone Girl's Tanner Bolt to the ladies of Pride, James lists a few more of 2014's supporting characters who deserve their own movie...

Future blockbuster hype: the lost art of living in the now

James Clayton Feature
Nov 28, 2014

We all enjoy speculating about future movies, but can this distract from the films already out now, James wonders...

Examining the side-effects of The Hunger Games

James Clayton Feature
Nov 21, 2014

As The Hunger Games nears its end with Mockingjay - Part 1, James looks at the side effects of the billion-dollar franchise...

The Imitation Game and important biopics

James Clayton Feature
Nov 14, 2014

With Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, James explores the importance of a good biopic...

Why our little world needs cinematic space odysseys

James Clayton Feature
Nov 7, 2014

As Interstellar arrives in cinemas, James salutes those films that take us, well, somewhere else...

Bringing HP Lovecraft to the big screen

James Clayton Feature
Oct 31, 2014

Just in time for Halloween, James considers the weird tales of HP Lovecraft, and the ones that could make great films...

Getting under the skin of Anaconda

James Clayton Feature
Oct 24, 2014

Nineties giant snake movie Anaconda comes under James's microscope. Could it be more than just another scaly B-movie?

Turtle acceptance and suspension of disbelief

James Clayton Feature
Oct 17, 2014

Have modern movies increased our ability to accept outlandish heroes like the Ninja Turtles? Yes, and it's a good thing, James writes...

Movie objects that deserve their own spin-off

James Clayton Feature
Oct 10, 2014

If the Annabelle doll can get a The Conjuring spin-off, what other movie objects are primed for future stardom, ponders James?

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