Shiny Shelf
By Stephen Lavington on 30 April 2010 3 COMMENTS

I’ve written before of the importance of timing to political comedies. ‘The Ghost’ goes to show that the same can hold true of political thrillers.
When published in 2007, Robert Harris’ ‘The Ghost’ still had topical punch. Tony Blair had just stood down after 6 years of Iraq, Afghanistan and post-September 11 intelligence and torture controversies.
Harris’ [...]

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 23 November 2005 Comments Off

The most notable feature of the disc is the transfer which is one of the first live-action films to be sourced directly from the digital files, with no telecine or film prints involved whatsoever. This gives a clarity and crispness that, while greatly beneficial, only drives home that these films are really meant to be [...]

By Jim Smith on 12 July 2005 Comments Off

It’s only logical that ‘Sith’ has the same strengths and weaknesses as its five stable mates. It’s the product of the same hands, working with the same tools, after all.

By Lance Parkin on 21 May 2005 Comments Off

It’s fast, it’s loud, it’s melodramatic, it’s gory, it’s a rollercoaster
ride, it’s packed with eye candy, kids will lap it up and if you don’t
realise those are all good things, you shouldn’t be going to the movies in
the first place.

By Jim Smith on 11 April 2005 Comments Off

Lucasfilm always put out good DVDs, the ‘Willow’ edition of last year was impressively lavish given the film’s utterly unloved status and here at shinyshelf we fully expect the three disc boxed edition of the Ewok TV movies to be announced any day now.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 21 May 2002 Comments Off

Attack of the Clones has a constant sense of pace, of events rushing ahead faster than the characters realise, of things getting closer and closer to the terifying conclusion we all know is coming….

By Eddie Robson on 19 May 2002 Comments Off

The new Star Wars is excellent, but it’s also long, dark and schizophrenic… If the prequel trilogy had been made and released first, would Star Wars be as popular as it is today? Did Lucas plan it this way?

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Moulin Rouge comes from the school of thought that historical periods are merely a form of set dressing – here it is story and theme that are key. Historical details are just part of a wider fiction.

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Only time and repeated viewing will tell us whether Attack of the Clones is a better film that its predecessors. The one thing which is certain is that it’s significantly stranger.