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…
BRAKES is a raw, dark and unconventional comedy from new writer/director Mercedes Grower. Split into two halves it follows the tumultuous stories of nine couples, plunging straight into the brutal and absurd endings of their relationships first, before travelling back to the moments when the spark of love between them first emerged. Using London as … Continue reading Come And See Brakes (2017) For Free!
The 2018 Academy Award Nominations have been announced! "The Shape Of Water" leads the pack with 13 nominations, followed by "Dunkirk" with 8 and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" with 7. Who’s been snubbed? Who’s a dead cert? Who’s a dark horse? Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets… Production Design Beauty and the Beast Blade … Continue reading Nom, nom, nom! The 2018 Oscar nominees have been announced.
Forty years ago, at 6:00pm on Tuesday 2nd January 1978, the BBC launched a new science fiction adventure series: “Blake’s 7”. With its prime slot on the New Year Bank Holiday Monday, this certainly wasn’t a low key launch for Terry ‘Creator of the Daleks’ Nation’s latest sci-fi extravaganza and it proved to be quite … Continue reading The Great British Blake Off: The 40th Anniversary of Blake’s 7
A Justice Carol by The Craggus & Charles Dickens STAVE ONE Superman was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk (not Kent), the undertaker (not the wrestler), and the chief mourners (WB shareholders). Bruce Wayne signed it: and Wayne’s name was … Continue reading A Very Craggus Christmas Special: A Justice Carol
"You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!" That seems to sum up most people's reaction to the status-quo-shattering acquisition of the entertainment assets of Twentieth Century Fox. It's also, ironically, a quote which will become the property of the Walt Disney Corporation if the deal goes through. Both … Continue reading A Fox In The Mouse House
Hello cupfishcakes! 😃🦈 It’s the UK premiere of “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming” tonight on SyFy UK (9:00pm if you’re wondering) and we’ve had a lot of fun over the past seven days here at What The Craggus Saw with Shark Weak but amidst all the man-eating monstrous nonsense, there’s a lot of things these presumably … Continue reading That Was The #SharkWeak That Was
With all the fuss and noise over the announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor Who, it got me thinking about how it would have been if The Doctor had always been a Time Lady. So, for my 700th Blog Post I thought it would be fun to fan cast the history of Doctor … Continue reading What if The Doctor had always been a woman?
We are mere minutes away from finding out who will become the sixteenth actor to portray Doctor Who in the Time Lord's fifteenth incarnation: The 13th Doctor is nigh (not Nighy, although that would be kind of awesome). I've always held to the theory that "your" Doctor isn't the one you first start watching, it's … Continue reading My Daughter’s Doctor
So…with it being my birthday, I figured why not do a post around the Twitter hashtag #ThisIsYourFilm where you choose your favourite movie from every year you’ve been alive. Piece of piss, right? Won’t take that long. Oh boy, was I wrong. Even now, as I’m writing this opening preamble, I’m still second-guessing some of … Continue reading My Life In Movies (#ThisIsYourFilm)
For a year which will surely go down in history for its polarisation, as far as movies went there was a concerted effort to stay centred in an unremarkable consensus of mediocrity, with the average score of the 95 films I watched in the cinema a paltry 6.5/10. 2016 saw 409 movies watched (and rewatched) … Continue reading The 4th Annual Craggus Movie Awards
2017 has seen What The Craggus Saw branching out to Instagram, with the [over] ambitious #AMovieADay2017 project, posting a photo each day that is inspired by or reminds me of a particular movie. So, if you're not already following TheCraggus on Instagram, why not give it a look? And there'll never be a better time, … Continue reading Introducing #Ten Tag Reviews
Fifty years ago today, Gene Roddenberry’s unprecedented perseverance and belief paid off and, after intriguing the network enough to commission a second pilot, “Star Trek” took to the airwaves. A television and pop culture landmark, fifty years later there’s a legacy of five television series (with a sixth on the way) totalling 725 episodes and … Continue reading Star Trek 50th Anniversary: My Top Ten Favourite “Star Trek” Episodes
Matters more urgent caused my absence. Now, witness the result: blog posts abandoned, expansion of Pokémon GO meme posts everywhere. Yes, I have indeed been negligent, dear reader, but no more. I...am back. A couple of months ago, I got a new job (in the video game industry woot woot) with a longer commute than … Continue reading To Paraphrase The Romulans…
Do you remember ‘Draw Something’? It was HUUUGE. It was everywhere, and everyone was playing it. Developed by OMGPop it launched in February 2012 and was downloaded 20 million times in its first five weeks. Just over a month later, the app and its developer were bought out by ‘Farmville’ creators Zynga for $180million. The … Continue reading Pokémon Gone?
Sold out limited edition Zavvi Exclusive Deadpool BluRay Steelbook! Sold out limited edition Zavvi Exclusive Deadpool BluRay Steelbook! Sold out limited edition Zavvi Exclusive Deadpool BluRay Steelbook! Hi, I'm The Craggus, Editor-In-Chief of What The Craggus Saw. Thanks to a purchasing error I am now currently overstocked on Sold Out Limited Edition Zavvi Exclusive Deadpool … Continue reading Competition: Win The Limited Edition Steelbook Of Deadpool
What The Craggus Saw turned three years old this week. To celebrate this third anniversary, I thought I’d take a look at trilogies. Has there ever been a trilogy where the third chapter hasn’t disappointed? Bryan Singer obviously doesn’t think so and ironically made a joke about it in his “First Class” trilogy closer “X-Men: … Continue reading Third Time’s The Charm: Why Do Trilogies Always Disappoint?
In March of this year, Odeon Cinemas launched a new ticketing option, a direct competitor to the long established Cineworld Unlimited Card scheme. Is this a brave new era of subscription services or the opening of a new front in the battle for bums in seats? Odeon have recently been widely criticised for adding ‘blockbuster’ … Continue reading Unlimited v Limitless: Dawn Of Subscription Wars
“The time has come,” the blogger said, “To talk of silly things: Of critics and their film reviews, Of cabbages and kings And why fans’ rage is boiling hot, And we can’t have nice things.” *This originally started as a section of my “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” review before I realised it was kind … Continue reading “Of cabbages and kings”: a deleted scene* from my #BatmanvSuperman Review
It’s Oscars Eve here in the UK, and that means it must be time for the Annual Craggus Movie Awards. For this, the awards’ 3rd year, I’ve changed the rules a bit. Instead of being linked to the Oscar nominations with some additions like in previous years, all the nominees and winners are now chosen … Continue reading The 3rd Annual Craggus Movie Awards
So, here we are: Post 500. How time flies when you're having fun! After five hundred posts (and somewhere north of 420,000 words), it's pretty clear I'm in this movie blogging for the long haul. That being the case, it's high time then that I addressed some of the scandalous gaps in my film … Continue reading Craggus’ Quincentennial Post
Alan Rickman 1946-2016 These days, 69 is no age at all and it's certainly not the age to be in 2016 apparently as cancer claims yet another beloved performer. It feels much more shocking because, like Bowie, the illness was kept private and that discretion is something I have massive respect for the individuals, families … Continue reading Alan Rickman 1946-2016
David Bowie 1947-2016 David Bowie is dead. It sounds wrong. It should be wrong. The idea that such a transformative artist and creative genius could be taken so abruptly and so finally shouldn’t somehow be allowable but it has happened. Although I’d never thought of myself as a true fan, every time I try to make … Continue reading David Bowie 1947-2016
I’ll get to give out my personal nods when it’s time for The Craggus Awards next month but in the meantime, last night’s 2016 Golden Globes ceremony featured the usual mix of well-deserved recognition, belated acknowledgements and head-scratching omissions. Everyone has an opinion on who won and who should have won but, for what it’s … Continue reading What The Craggus Thought of The Golden Globes 2016