With the popularity of the zombie genre simply – heh – refusing to die, when What The Craggus Saw heard about “Day 66”, a new independent horror movie filming practically in our own backyard (or, more accurately, literally in the backyard of a friend of the family), we weren’t going to sleep through the end … Continue reading If you went down to the woods today, you’ll have been in for a big surprise as the dead have risen in Hampshire for “Day 66”. Surely it can’t be the apocalypse? Now?
1,214 posts 781,005 words And a lot of fun and stress along the way. There’s still plenty more to come from What The Craggus Saw as we head towards our Magnificent Seventh Anniversary next year, including: and so much more. So, whether you're reading us for the first time or for the thousandth time, … Continue reading The Joy Of Six: What The Craggus Saw’s 6th Anniversary
They say Misery loves company and right now, Annie Wilkes has a lot of it as we hear the familiar refrain of disgruntled, entitled fan[atics] flinging their shit at the walls over the fact that “Game Of Thrones” – “Game Of Thrones” mind – has had the temerity to subvert their own personal expectations and … Continue reading When you play the Game Of Moans, you either whine or you derp
Winner, Winner, Shawarma Dinner! Beating out its multi-franchise finalising descendant, the OG Avengers emerged triumphant from the bruising crucible of the Super-Movie Secret Wars, edging out Infinity War by a margin of 3 votes. It's been quite a tournament, with plenty of surprises along the way. The group stages - where we lost 64 … Continue reading And The Super Movie Secret Wars winner is…
So I know I usually stick to movie and TV reviews (and recently lengthy tournaments) but I thought I’d try something new by getting this idea which has been rattling around my head down on virtual paper and, after all, one of the perks of being editor-in-chief is that you can greenlight whatever takes your … Continue reading Introducing The Fantastic Four to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Not only is the final an all-MCU affair, but it's an all-Avengers throwdown too as OG mega-crossover blockbuster with the latest iteration that took a somewhat Game Of Thrones approach to thinning out its character roster by the end. It's been quite a journey but it's not quite over yet. The 3rd place playoff will … Continue reading The Super Movie Secret Wars Final!
The Super Hero Secret Wars have reached the Fantastic Four, with our semi-finalists confirmed. Logan saw off diminutive giant-killers Ant-Man and The Wasp while Avengers: Infinity War brushed aside the sole remaining animated movie in the competition in a not so incredible result. In the contest of the Captains America, Civil War was frozen out … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars Semi Finals
A couple of years ago, a Twitter #ThisIsYourFilm was making the rounds where you had to choose your favourite movie from every year you’ve been alive. Well, it's come back round again so here, revised and updated, are my favourite movies from every year I've been alive. At least it’s still favourite movies and not … Continue reading Favourite Films From Every Year Of My Life (Revised And Updated)
So we're down to the final eight movies now. It's nearly the endgame, although there were probably other ways. Even if you'd gone forward in time and viewed fourteen million, six hundred and five possible outcomes, you might not have predicted that we'd have a quarter-final draw featuring no DC movies, not even The Dark … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars Quarter Finals
Sending shockwaves through the super movie world, the romance of the Super Movie Secret Wars is alive and well as X-Men: First Class pulled off the upset of the tournament, knocking out perennial favourite The Dark Knight by the narrowest of margins: a single vote. Elsewhere, all three Avengers movies made it through to the … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Fourth Round
Day three of the second round delivered its share of casualties. The effortlessly charming Batman: The Movie was unable to overcome the Age Of Ultron and while Doctor Strange ultimately triumphed in a close-run race with Iron Man 2, it's safe to say The Rocketeer did nazi its crushing defeat at the hands of The … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Third Round Day 2
It was a bruising first day of the second round, as Shazam! showed it was worthy by crushing the Power Rangers and while Thor put up a valiant fight, the air was thick with his wounded screams... mainly whimpering, a great deal of complaining and tales of sprained deltoids and... gout as Ant-Man And The Wasp sealed their place … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Third Round Day 1
There was an idea, to bring together a group of remarkable movies, to see if they could become something more. See if they could come together and fight battles for our amusement. And from here on out, there's no safety net, no second chances. Two movies enter, one movie moves on. There are some really … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Second Round Day 4
I feel a great swell of pity for anyone who comes to the Super Movie Secret Wars looking to not vote and from here on out, there's no safety net, no second chances. Two movies enter, one movie moves on. There are some really tough draws thrown up by the system which sees the winner … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Second Round Day 3
With great voting power comes great voting responsibility, there's no safety net, no second chances. Two movies enter, one movie moves on. There are some really tough draws thrown up by the tournament structure which sees the winner of one group facing off against the runner-up from another group. Get your voting fingers ready for … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Second Round Day 2
As Doctor Strange might say, we're in the end game now and from here on out, there's no safety net, no second chances. Two movies enter, one movie moves on. There are some really tough draws thrown up by the system which sees the winner of one group facing off against the runner-up from another … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Second Round Day 1
As the dust settles on the Group Stages, sixty-four movies remain standing as surely as if Thanos had snapped his fingers. Some sailed through to the second round while some made it through by the skin of their teeth. There were tears and tie-breakers as some big hitters fell by the wayside. A billion dollars … Continue reading Super-Movie Secret Wars Group Stage Round-Up
It's the last day of the Group stages and with only sixteen slots left available, it's all to play for especially if movies want to avoid a tough tie in the next round. You can vote for two from each group. The two movies with the most votes in each group will go through to … Continue reading Super-Movie Secret Wars: Group Stages Last Day
It's Day Three of the Super-Movie Secret Wars and with half the next round competitors confirmed, there are plenty of ties the remaining movies will be hoping to avoid. You can vote for two from each group. The two movies with the most votes in each group will go through to the next round, where … Continue reading Super-Movie Secret Wars: Group Stages Day 3
Welcome back to the second day of the group stages of the Super-Movie Secret Wars. There are some proper clashes of the Titans in store today, although Clash Of The Titans (1981) isn't actually in the competition... You can vote for two from each group. The two movies with the most votes in each group … Continue reading Super-Movie Secret Wars: Group Stages Day 2
Welcome to the first day of the Super-Movie Secret Wars. We've got some mouthwatering match-ups for you today. You can vote for two from each group. The two movies with the most votes in each group will go through to the next round, where winners from one group will face off against runners-up from another. … Continue reading Super-Movie Secret Wars: Group Stages Day 1
BEHOLD! I am the Craggonder and I have scoured time and space to gather together 128 of the finest Super Hero Movies Earth has to offer. Here, in my Battle Blog, they will fight each other until only one emerges triumphant – but which movie that may be...will be up to you! My Super-Movie Secret … Continue reading Behold! The Super-Movie Secret Wars are about to begin!
Once in a while, there comes an idea so 'good', Hollywood does it twice. But does this presage double trouble or a two-for-one treat? Which of these famous accidental double-bills do you prefer? Deep Impact (1998) v Armageddon (1998) Volcano (1997) v Dante's Peak (1997) White House Down (2013) v Olympus Has Fallen (2013) A … Continue reading The Movies Came Out Two By Two…
With “Venom” grossing $855m worldwide and “Aquaman” taking over $1billion at the global box office, one thing is clear: the box office domination of the Superhero movie genre is coming to an end. How can this be you ask? When collectively the two most recent movies in the genre hovered up almost $2billion in ticket … Continue reading Does the success of #Venom and #Aquaman herald the beginning of the end for the Superhero movie boom?
How Thanos Stole Christmas by The Craggus & Dr Seuss Every hero in Marvel liked Christmas a lot... But Thanos who lived madly on Titan, did NOT! Thanos hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason. It could be the loss of his world’s population, Who … Continue reading The 2018 What The Craggus Saw Christmas Special: How Thanos Stole Christmas
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Hot takes roasting on an open thread, hashtags nipping at your prose. Once a year, everybody on Twitter, Facebook and beyond come together in a grand celebration of that most joyous of events: debating whether or not "Die Hard" (or occasionally another film) is really a Christmas … Continue reading Is [insert film title here] a Christmas movie? The answer is always ‘Yes!’
Okay, so ‘spectacular’ might be overselling it, but nevertheless here we are: our 1,000th post and still going strong. Well, still going at least. Over the past 1,000 posts, there have been a lot of highs: not forgetting our most-viewed post ever: And some lows: I’ve made zero, ZERO progress on this bold plan from … Continue reading 1,000th Post Spectacular!
"Under DC" A musical tribute to Aquaman (to the tune of, well...you'll figure it out) The team-ups are always greater In some other universe So the league tried teaming up here But that only made it worse Just look at the world around you Right here on the ocean floor Such wonderful things surround you What … Continue reading Superb Owl presents A Very Special Trailer Hootenanny: Aquaman!
I’m not kidding. Release the ‘Snyder Cut’ of “Justice League” already. I’ll pre-order the Blu-ray right now. I’m not about to call AT&T Customer Service to ask them to release it or anything but, sincerely, I absolutely think Warner Brothers should release the Snyder Cut. Whatever my personal antipathy towards much of the DCEU’s output, there … Continue reading #ReleaseTheSnyderCut
I take a couple of weeks off and suddenly all the new trailers break for cover, scampering around in the open and making easy pickings for an apex trailer predator like me. Here's the best of my hunting trophies from this week's prey. ALL TRAILERS HAVE BEEN CUED UP TO SKIP THAT STUPID PRE-TRAILER TRAILER … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #13
Five years ago, I posted my first ever review on What The Craggus Saw, the (in hindsight) ironic and pessimistically titled “I Give It A Year”. Five years and 627,082 words later (that’s 343 words a day, stat fans), here we are celebrating the site’s fifth anniversary. In its time, What The Craggus Saw has … Continue reading The Craggus Quinquennial
Friend of the Craggus, Fernby, has written an excellent piece excoriating the state of Star Wars fandom in the wake of the news of Kelly Marie Tran being hounded off Instagram. In turn, he inspired me to wax, if not lyrical, at least passable. Ode To Star Wars Fandom They did not come for the … Continue reading Ode To Star Wars Fandom
Hoot hoot! What a bounty I've sunk my claws into this week. I've had a successful hunt and brought back trailers aplenty to feed you, my little Hootenanny fledgelings! Let's dig in! Mission: Impossible - Fallout (UK Release Date: 26 July 2018) The moustache that defeated the Justice League. That's a little unfair, as the moustache … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Hootenanny #12
T'wit-t'who's ready for some more trailers? I know I am, so unruffle your feathers, sharpen those talons and lets see what we can hunt down! The Hollow Child (UK Release Date: TBC) I'm still a bit jittery from the "Hereditary" trailer, but creeping out of the woods is this Canadian horror flick which should be arriving in … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #11
Hoot hoot! I'm back, undusted, after "Avengers: Infinity War" and ready to celebrate my own 10th milestone. Take to the wing with me now as I cast my owlish gaze over the most recent tasty morsels to scurry through the Youtube underbrush. Ant-Man And The Wasp (UK Release Date: 3 August 2018 😡) So we'll be getting … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #10
Hoot hoot! What a week for trailers, it fairly made my head spin! I guess studios are rushing out trailers to get some buzz ahead of "Avengers: Infinity War" drowning out all other PR and publicity noise like a Hans Zimmer trailer blart turned up to 11. So, what tasty morsels did I get my … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #9
Back I swoop after taking the Easter weekend off. I just can't concentrate on movie trailer with all those delicious little bunnies hopping around! Anyway, now I've gorged myself (on chocolate eggs, relax), it's back to hootenannying and there ain't no hootenanny like a Superb Owl hootenanny 'cos a Superb Owl hootenanny don't stop [except for … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #8
Back I swoop after taking the Easter weekend off. I just can't concentrate on movie trailer with all those delicious little bunnies hopping around! Anyway, now I've gorged myself (on chocolate eggs, relax), it's back to hootenannying and there ain't no hootenanny like a Superb Owl hootenanny 'cos a Superb Owl hootenanny don't stop [except for … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #7
We've been exapnding the roster here at What The Craggus Saw and it's given us a taste for teamwork! Have you ever thought you might like to have a go at writing a blog? Or maybe there’s a movie or TV show you absolutely love (or loathe) and you’d love to write about it to … Continue reading What The Craggus Saw wants YOU!
Knock knock! Who's there? Twit. Twit who? That's racist, man. Welcome, to this week's Trailer Hootenanny! Deadpool 2 (UK Release Date: 15 May 2018) Shrugging off those rumours of poor test screenings, the Merc with a mouth returns with a foul-mouthed, balls-out trailer that suggests all is well (or as well as it ever was) … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #6
Owlvengers assemble! Superb Owl here, with the tastiest trailer of the week - bar none. As if the movie needed any more hype, Marvel have unleashed one final trailer in advance of the Avengers' biggest movie ever. It made my head spin, I can tell you! Avengers: Infinity War (UK Release Date: 26 April 2018) … Continue reading A Very Special Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny: #AvengersInfinityWar Trailer Released
Better late than never, eh trailer fans? Apologies for missing our usual Friday appointment to pick over the week's offerings, I was busy with the Owlets. Anyway, no use crying over missed mice - on with the picks and peeks which ruffled feathers this week (and a bit)! Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (UK … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #5
The 2018 Academy Awards are less than an hour away, so here’s my picks for who’s going to win what. I’ll be updating it throughout the ceremony with the actual winners. So, let’s cross live to the red carpet as the stars come out in Hollywood… Production Design Craggus’ Prediction: The Shape of Water Actual … Continue reading Craggus’ 2018 #Oscars Predictions (Including Live Updates Throughout The Ceremony)
2017 continued the previous year’s trend towards ever more polarised reactions to movies. With little room anymore for a ‘middle ground’, movies were either hailed as redefining triumphs or excoriated as blasphemy. Generally, I think I saw more great movies in 2017 than in 2016 but the average score across the 116 new releases I … Continue reading The 5th Annual Craggus Movie Awards
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but sometimes we owls don't mind the snow so much. Tasty prey leaves easy to follow tracks when we do need to pop out and, best of all, Gruffalos hibernate so we need not fear ending up as owl ice-cream. So, as I nestle snug and warm in my … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #4
So, which new trailers caught my eagle eye this week? It's time once again to wet our beak on this week's prey. Disney's Descendants 3 (UK Broadcast Date: Summer 2019) Surprise! I bet you weren't expecting this to catch my eye, but back in the nest, I have my own little owlets and they are … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #3
Friday night is trailer night and it’s me, Superb Owl, back to look over the teasers and trailers which dropped over the past week. Did you have a nice Valentine’s day? I didn’t bother with any romance myself – with all the wind and rain, it was too wet to woo. Ahem. The Incredibles 2 … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #2
Hi guys, it’s Superb Owl here again with a look back at this week’s big trailer releases. What’s worth giving a hoot about this week? Venom (UK Release Date: 5th October 2018) Well, the big news was probably Sony giving us our first glimpse of “Venom” although, well, of course, we don’t actually get a … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #1
Superb Owl here with a rundown of the Superbowl trailers you need to see. From avian-themed espionage to a return for my ancestors the dinosaurs, 2018 is certainly shaping up to be tastier than a plump and juicy vole caught out in the open. Let us prey. Red Sparrow (UK Release Date: 1 March 2018) Of … Continue reading Superb Owl runs down the Superbowl trailers worth giving a hoot about…
What The Craggus Saw is moving...on 31st January 2018, the blog is moving to a brand new domain all of its own: http://www.thecraggus.com. Everything should go smoothly and - fingers crossed - you won't notice anything at all. But just in case something does break, I wanted to let you know what was going on. … Continue reading Craggus Breaks The Internet – well, hopefully not…