November 2015 | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Review: THE GOOD DINOSAUR (2015)

It's far from a Pixar classic, but this prehistoric adventure still packed a punch with stunning visuals and heartwarming storyline.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Review: SPECTRE (2015)

A rousing, if flawed follow-up to SKYFALL that manages to break the sequel jinx often befalls the Bond franchise.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Retrospective: LICENCE TO KILL (1989)

Following the global box-office success of THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS in 1987, it was proven that fans and audiences were responding well with Timothy Dalton's edgier and less tongue-in-cheek version of James Bond than his predecessor, Roger Moore.

Then came LICENCE TO KILL two years later. Released in the mid-summer of 1989, the US audiences didn't care much about the movie. The US$42 million-budgeted movie flopped with a measly US$33.2 million at the box office. However, the international box office was still encouraging, even though the movie made significantly less money than THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (US$154.7 million vs. US$190.1 million). So, what went wrong? Here's my analysis:

Sunday, 1 November 2015


Following the departure of Sean Connery after his fifth Bond movie in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967), the producers at EON Productions took a huge gamble on an unknown Australian model-turned-actor George Lazenby to take over the iconic 007 role. The result was ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, which saw Peter R. Hunt making his directorial debut after spending his career editing four Sean Connery era of Bond movies including DR. NO (1962), FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963), GOLDFINGER (1964) and THUNDERBALL (1965).

At the time of its release in 1969, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE did manage to make money in the box office. However, the sixth Bond movie grossed significantly lower than the previous entry, which was YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. Back then, the reviews were mostly mixed.