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
Taking a break from movies, today sees the release of “The Shepherd’s Crown”, the 41st and final book of Sir Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ series. Although it’s a sad reminder of how early we lost him, there’s a bittersweet comfort in the fact that his daughter and those that protect his legacy have been very firm … Continue reading My Top 10 Favourite Discworld Novels (plus my 31 other favourites)
Two years ago today, I posted first review to What The Craggus Saw… so I thought I’d mark the day with a countdown of 22 sequels I enjoyed as much as or more than the original film. I’ve only allowed the first sequel (sorry, “Fast & Furious 6”) and I also disqualified the second parts … Continue reading You Can’t Handle The Two’s: 22 Of My Favourite Sequels…
If you’ll excuse a brief moment of confessional self-promotion and collection tin rattling, I’d like to use this opportunity to tell you that I’ve signed up for a charity fundraising ‘3 Peaks Challenge’, meaning I’ve given myself four mountains to climb. THE FORTY YEAR OLD VERGIN’ (ON MORBID OBESITY) I am, it must be admitted, not in … Continue reading And Now A Word To Our Sponsors…
When I first started drafting this piece, it was going to be a spoiler-filled geeking out over all of my favourite bits from “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” with a bit of speculation on what certain events mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I was even going to digress a little bit into the stuff that’s … Continue reading Age Of Ultroverreaction
With “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” mere hours away (56 still counts as mere, goddammit), there’s been a flurry of activity from the other genre juggernauts to get their moment in the sun before the Mighty Marvel Eclipse occurs and casts all into shadow for a few weeks at least. Although I try not to, it’s impossible … Continue reading Trailer Trash: 2015/2016’s Best & Brightest
Today is a dark day for British cinema goers. February 25th 2015 is the last ‘Orange Wednesday’ ever as mobile phone company EE has decided to pull the plug on the scheme. The telecommunications giant argues that customers’ viewing habits have changed with the advent of Netflix and other streaming services while simultaneously claiming that … Continue reading Orange Wednesday: The End Of An Era
Last year I made a rod for my own back by putting out the “1st Annual Craggus Movie Awards” and now, on the eve of the 87th Academy Awards, here I am paying the price for saying “1st Annual”. The rules: only movies released in 2014 in the UK are eligible (including preview screenings and, … Continue reading The 2nd Annual Craggus Movie Awards
Big news today then, in the world of Super Hero Movies with the (oddly timed) announcement that Sony and Marvel had struck a deal to share custody of Spider-Man and not only that but he is scheduled to turn up in “Captain America: Civil War” before appearing in another solo movie. It’s great news, news … Continue reading Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave: Spidey Swings Back Into A Friendlier Neighbourhood
Glen A Larson (1937-2014) I've just heard that American TV Writer and Producer Glen A Larson has died at the age of 77. It's sad news because he was a huge, almost mythical and yet mysterious figure in my childhood entertainment. The name Glen A Larson was a hallmark of quality, okay maybe not actual … Continue reading Just Larson About: Glen A Larson (1937-2014)
A What The Craggus Saw Exclusive...here's a sneaky peak at the cast list for Star Wars Episode VII, confirming all the character names. Potential spoilers ahead!
Happy Star Wars Day! No – not you, Expanded Universe. Actually, we need to talk. It’s…it’s not working out, I’m afraid. I think we should see other plotlines. For the first time in many years, this ‘Star Wars Day’ feels like it genuinely offers A New Hope. The cast has been announced bringing back many … Continue reading Happy Star Wars Day?
Recognition is always exciting and gratifying, and unsolicited recognition from your peers is exponentially more so – especially when you’ve only got to know them through a shared interest (movies) and a shared hobby* (blogging). What is a Liebster Award? Well, first and foremost, it’s a prestigious award given to bloggers by bloggers as a … Continue reading What The Craggus Saw… is a double Liebster Award winner!
I resisted the temptation to do a “Best Of 2013” list at the turn of the year, but I’ve gotten swept up in awards fever so as a (barely adequate) prelude to the 86th Academy Awards, here are The CRAGGUS MOVIE AWARDS (featuring The Merties®). The rules: only movies released in 2013 are eligible. Only … Continue reading The 1st Annual Craggus Movie Awards
I'm going multi-platform and have set up a Facebook page for "What The Craggus Saw...". I appreciate the Hell out of everyone who takes the time to swing by and read my reviews and I'd love for you to click the "Like" button on my Facebook page and, if the mood takes you, stay a … Continue reading A Brief Moment Of Self-Promotion
There’s been a lot – and I mean a lot – of comment about Ben Affleck being the new Batman. I don’t understand the fuss. After all, I’ve always believed the actor “playing” Batman is incidental. You don’t need to be a great actor to be Batman – you need a great costume and a … Continue reading The Shadow Of The Bat