Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 19: A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas (2011)

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 19: A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas (2011)

If stoner comedies are your kind of thing, crammed with inappropriate humour, festive dick jokes and gratuitously over the top antics, then Craggus’ Christmas Countdown has got you covered. Picking up six years after “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay”, this instalment finds the pair estranged and Harold established as a successful banking executive ..

They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could (they couldn’t), they didn’t stop to think if they should (they shouldn’t have). Jurassic Shark (2011) #SharkWeak🦈 Review
Puncture (2011) Review

Puncture (2011) Review

I suspect the worldwide success of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has something to do with this film finally getting a UK DVD/ BluRay release on 21st July, albeit under the alternative title of “Injustice” and with almost zero publicity. Released Stateside in 2011, “Puncture” tells the true story of Mike Weiss (Chris Evans), a ..

Across The View Askewniverse: Red State (2011) Review

Across The View Askewniverse: Red State (2011) Review

A year after “Cop Out”, Smith returned to the big screen with a deliberately pared-down, low budget production, something very new for him and potentially very jarring for his fans – a deliberately nasty and bleak horror movie as Smith turns his thoughts to those whose faith takes their beliefs to dangerous extremes. Amusingly, it ..

Final Destination 5 (2011) Review

Final Destination 5 (2011) Review

Always at the more tongue-in-cheek end of the horror scale, the previous four instalments of the “Final Destination” franchise have been gruesomely lightweight shock fests, full of invention and sly dark comedy although they haven’t been immune to the law of diminishing returns. But this fifth instalment…? Meh. This time around, the precognitive vision which ..

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) Review

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) Review

Emboldened and empowered by the success of the first two films, there’s nobody involved in this production now who’s willing or able to restrain Michael Bay so “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” is an exercise in lavish, indulgent excess. Aside from the grammatically irritating title, this is properly the film where the franchise jumped the ..

I, for one, welcome our new elf overlords. An Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf (2011) Review

I, for one, welcome our new elf overlords. An Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf (2011) Review

For a 23 minute thinly veiled cash grab advertising an expensive auxiliary Christmas disciplinary deterrent ruthlessly marketed as an adorable Christmas tradition that also subtly indoctrinates the youth of today to be comfortable living within an overt surveillance state, “An Elf’s Story” actually isn’t all that bad. The cheap and cheerful computer animation is decent enough and the ..

Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011) Review

Quarantine 2: Terminal (2011) Review

I really enjoyed “Quarantine”; it was fast paced and energetic. It was chaotic and this brought with it the scary thrill factor you want and expect from a film like this. The gist being there’s a crazy virus causing rage/ violence/ zombification. Anyone in the vicinity is at risk and the only form of control ..

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Rejected multiple times for military service during World War II, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top-secret programme aimed at creating the ultimate soldier. When his qualities put him at the head of the pack, he undergoes an experimental procedure which gives him superhuman strength and endurance, but the experiment is interrupted by agents of HYDRA. ..

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011) Review

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011) Review

There are some films where you can clearly detect the studio production meetings in the finished product. “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy” is such a movie. Originally intended as a vehicle for Vince Vaughan, leading man duties eventually fell to Jason Sudeikis. Arguably, that could be considered an improvement but with the rest of the ..

Draining this swamp just reveals more garbage. Swamp Shark (2011) #SharkWeak2 Review

Draining this swamp just reveals more garbage. Swamp Shark (2011) #SharkWeak2 Review

“Swamp Shark” sees us returning to the safe waters of the insert-unusual-place-in-front-of-the-word-‘shark’ format and this time we’re back in the Louisiana bayou for a third time, once again in the company of Kristy Swanson, this time tackling our first proper cryptid critter of #SharkWeak2. When an animal smuggler accidentally releases a rare and exotic shark ..

National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie (2011) Review

National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie (2011) Review

Sketch comedy is a tricky format to pull off in a motion picture. Tricky or not, there’s no excuse for this heinously tasteless, crassly unfunny movie. This may be one of the most odious movies I’ve ever seen. Not because of the succession of distasteful, offensive jokes acted out by a cast who should be ..

Cars 2 (2011) Review

Cars 2 (2011) Review

After the box office bonanza driven by “Cars”, notoriously sequel averse studio Pixar wasted no time in greenlighting a sequel to the metaphorically muddled racing movie. And much like “Toy Story 2” started out as a direct-to-video sequel that was promoted to the big screen, “Cars 2” starts out with the mentality of a cash-grab ..

The discomfort movie of the moment. Contagion (2011) Review

The discomfort movie of the moment. Contagion (2011) Review

Having been concentrating on comfort movies recently, I took a break to take in what, in the present climate, is almost the diametric opposite of a comfort movie. Steven Soderbergh’s chillingly prescient docudrama CONTAGION covers the terrifying rapidity with which an aggressive and deadly new disease emerges in the far east and spreads to every ..

The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Review

The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Review

Have you ever stopped to wonder what would have happened if you’d not missed that train, or if you’d gone to a different coffee shop on a whim, or decided to stay in instead of going to that party? And what if those decisions weren’t actually made by you, but were made on your behalf? ..

I hate to bug you, but here’s my Ant-Man (2015) Review

I hate to bug you, but here’s my Ant-Man (2015) Review

If you’re eagerly waiting for the film that brings Marvel‘s genre-defining run to a screeching halt, then you’re going to be disappointed. “Ant-Man”, easily Marvel’s most troubled production, is not going to be that film. It doesn’t reinvent the superhero genre (although the action is impressive and innovative, on a par with the Quicksilver sequence ..

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Thor (2011)

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Thor (2011)

After an disastrous assault on Jotunheim, the home of the Frost Giants, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished by Odin (Anthony Hopkins) for his recklessness. Exiled to Earth while his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) stages a coup, Thor’s only chance of returning to Asgard is to prove himself worthy to wield the enchanted hammer Mjölnir which ..

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 21: Arthur Christmas (2011)

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 21: Arthur Christmas (2011)

By the end of my first time of watching “Arthur Christmas” in the cinema, I’d already welled up a couple of times and my excuse of having ‘something in my eye’ was starting to wear thin. Essentially the story of one child’s gift being missed on Christmas Eve, most of the action focusses on the ..