Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Ant-Man (2015)

Scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) has spent his life keeping his creation out of the hands of SHIELD and any other world power but when his former protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) manages to recreate some of his work, he is forced to recruit talented thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to help him and his … Continue reading Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Ant-Man (2015)

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

The Avengers have been chasing down the remnants of Hydra and trying to locate and retrieve Loki’s staff. The mission is a success despite the intervention of two ‘enhanced’ individuals and the sceptre is returned to Avengers Tower where Bruce Banner and Tony Stark work to unlock its secrets in the hope of bringing their … Continue reading Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

I Am Alone (2015) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Hello cupcakes! Today I’m going to share with you my thoughts on indie zombie flick “I Am Alone”.  Bottom line with this film is I really enjoyed it.  It’s not perfect, but it’s well worth a watch. When an unknown virus begins infecting the local population almost instantly, the CDC uncovers footage of one man, … Continue reading I Am Alone (2015) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Harbinger Down (2015) Review

In 2010, Amalgamated Dynamics were hired to create the practical special effects for the 2011 “The Thing” prequel. Before the film was released, however, the majority of the effects work was digitally replaced in post-production by CGI. Amalgamated Dynamics were apparently pretty upset about it – it wasn’t the first film they’d been involved in … Continue reading Harbinger Down (2015) Review

Sharktopus vs Whalewolf (2015) #SharkWeak Review

Unreleased and, so far, unbroadcast in the UK, "Sharktopus vs Whalewolf" sees the return of the sharp toothed tentacled menace, this time getting tangled up in genetic experimentation and voodoo as he does battle with the fearsome Whalewolf. Oh yeah, SPOILER ALERT: Sharktopus survives the events of “Sharktopus vs Pteracuda”. Shark Weak veteran Casper Van Dien … Continue reading Sharktopus vs Whalewolf (2015) #SharkWeak Review

Roboshark (2015) #SharkWeak Review

“Roboshark” is everything you expect it to be. Everything. An alien vessel approaches Earth, launching probes to study the planet but when one of the probes lands in the ocean and is swallowed by a shark, it promptly becomes Roboshark! It’s basically "Bananaman" but with sharks and robots. The special effects are very cartoony but … Continue reading Roboshark (2015) #SharkWeak Review

Raiders Of The Lost Shark (2015) #SharkWeak Review

Sharks are fascinating creatures, worthy of protection and study, their place in the oceanic food chain more complex and precious than we realised. But we’re not here for a nature documentary. No, no no. We’re here to revel in the myth of the shark as nature’s soulless, remorseless, evil, killing machine and sensationalist budget movies’ … Continue reading Raiders Of The Lost Shark (2015) #SharkWeak Review

My Life In Movies (#ThisIsYourFilm)

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)

The Bureau Season 1 Review

A slick French TV thriller in the vein of “Spooks”, “The Bureau” – a Canal+ production – centres around the lives and missions of the operatives of the DGSE (General Directorate for External Security, the French equivalent of MI6) as they coordinate the covert activities of agents around the world. When one of the DGSE’s … Continue reading The Bureau Season 1 Review

All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride (2015) Review

Has Black Friday left you feeling blue? Cyber Monday depleted your spirit as well as your bank account? Then come, soothe your festive soul with a mesmerising, calming documentary that redefines chilling out. Out now on DVD, “All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride” is a beautifully realised real time journey following the path of an ancient postal … Continue reading All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride (2015) Review

Unfriended (2015) Review

I have to say, I honestly thought the first real foray into ‘social networking’ horror movie would be some form of Snapchat exchange movie, where the plot unfolds in a series of 10 second vignettes building up to some shocking twist. [Actually, that’s not a bad idea for a cheap and terrible horror movie. Hollywood, … Continue reading Unfriended (2015) Review

Jessica Jones – Season 1 Review

As “Daredevil” season 2 continues to burn up the Netflix bandwidth across the globe, I take a look back at “Jessica Jones”, Marvel’s most recent new addition to its expanding MCU TV empire. While “Daredevil” felt edgy, dark and different to the Marvel Cinematic Universe we’d had to that point, it still adhered to many … Continue reading Jessica Jones – Season 1 Review

The 3rd Annual Craggus Movie Awards

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

Making A Murderer (2015) Review

Have you watched Netflix’s “Making A Murderer”? Sure you have, or you’re about to, or you’re part of the way through. No, wait – scratch that. Nobody’s ‘part of the way through’ “Making A Murderer”. You’re either binge watching it, or you’ve finished it and are still trying to pick your jaw up off the … Continue reading Making A Murderer (2015) Review

Love (2015) Review

There’s a point near the half way mark in Gaspar Noé’s provocatively explicit romantic drama “Love” where its raison d'être is revealed and the movie sheds any remaining inhibitions of being anything other than a pseudo-autobiographical sublimation of Noé himself. It happens when our protagonist Murphy (Karl Glusman) tells Electra (Aomi Muyuck) that he has a … Continue reading Love (2015) Review

Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4) Review

With the official announcement of the forthcoming Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game, let’s take a look back at the most recent gaming adaptation of 2015’s highest grossing movie. *POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS* Although Disney’s first venture into action-adventure sandbox collectible gaming, 2013’s “Disney Infinity” was somewhat lacklustre, it … Continue reading Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4) Review

Lavalantula (2015) Review

When volcanic eruptions rock Los Angeles, a swarm of deadly, lava-spewing spiders are released, terrifying the citizens. Only washed up actor Colton West (Steve Guttenberg) stands in their way. Following the successful formula of animal + natural phenomenon = concept, “Lavalantula” brings together a spectacular ignorance of physics and biology and bundles it together with … Continue reading Lavalantula (2015) Review

Ghosthunters On Icy Trails (2015) Review

Suggested by some to be Germany’s answer to J K Rowling, prolific children’s author Cornelia Funke has not, to date, enjoyed her illustrious counterpart’s success with movie adaptations. 2008’s “Inkheart” was a disappointment both artistically and in box office terms and unfortunately it looks like “Ghosthunters On Icy Trails” is unlikely to do much better. … Continue reading Ghosthunters On Icy Trails (2015) Review

Trainwreck (2015) Review

Anyone who’s at all familiar with her successful TV sketch show “Inside Amy Schumer” would have had a good idea of what to expect from “Trainwreck”. What they might not be expecting is the unexpectedly sweet core of the movie as Amy tempers her provocative and anarchic comedy style with some genuine character driven romance … Continue reading Trainwreck (2015) Review

No Escape (2015) Review

‘Ello cupcakes. As you know I usually review horror films for my mate the Craggus, so this is a bit of a change for me. Having said that, this movie epitomizes why I generally stick to traditional horror films: real life horror is so much more difficult to stomach. Centred on the Dwyer family, the … Continue reading No Escape (2015) Review

The Ridiculous 6 (2015) Review

I’ll gain little for saying it, but “The Ridiculous 6” isn’t half bad. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not good and it has the usual missteps and misfires of Sandler’s recent output but it’s by no means the ungodly abomination unto comedy whose only possible value could be to make Seth MacFarlane feel a little better … Continue reading The Ridiculous 6 (2015) Review

American Ultra (2015) Review

Written by Max Landis and Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”), “American Ultra” is a gleefully gory action comedy about a small town stoner who, unbeknownst to him, is a highly trained CIA operative. Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) spends his time getting high and doodling a comic about a monkey astronaut but when a customer utters … Continue reading American Ultra (2015) Review

Craggus’ 10 Favourite Movies Of 2015

2015 ended up being a pretty great year for movies and for What What The Craggus Saw. 181 posts in total and over 15,000 views with a new record was set in February for monthly views (that I doubt will be broken any time soon) but how do I filter all that down into the … Continue reading Craggus’ 10 Favourite Movies Of 2015

Doctor Who: The Husbands Of River Song (S9E13) Review

*SPOILERS* After the melodramatic melancholy of “Hell Bent”, there was only one direction “Doctor Who” could go for this year’s Christmas showstopper, especially with it coming so quickly after the series finale. “The Husbands Of River Song” playfully picks up with the Doctor’s old would-be paramour and takes him on one of her adventures, with … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Husbands Of River Song (S9E13) Review

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015) Review

If you created a Venn diagram of the casts of “Harry Potter”, “Game Of Thrones”, “Peaky Blinders” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the sweet spot right in the middle would read “In The Heart Of The Sea”. Ron Howard’s latest offering is a star-studded retelling of the true story of the whaling ship Essex, which … Continue reading In The Heart Of The Sea (2015) Review

Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (2015) Review

Returning to the big screen for the first time in thirty five years, “Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie” sees the gang brought to vivid, three dimensional computer animated life by Blue Sky Studios, the studio behind animated hits “Ice Age” and “Rio”. When a little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighbourhood, Charlie Brown … Continue reading Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (2015) Review

Krampus (2015) Review

From writer/ director of “Trick ‘R Treat” Michael Dougherty, “Krampus” is a fiercely fun, festive comedy horror with its bony, clawed finger pointed firmly at the cold, cold heart of the greed and hypocrisy of the commercialisation of the holidays. It opens with a chillingly faithful recreation of the worst excesses of the scenes played … Continue reading Krampus (2015) Review

A Very Murray Christmas (2015) Review

Exclusive to Netflix, “A Very Murray Christmas” sets out to gently spoof those ubiquitous variety specials which used to pile up in the festive TV schedules of the seventies and eighties like snow drifts. At its heart is Bill Murray, playing a version of himself – the same version of himself that he’s been happily playing … Continue reading A Very Murray Christmas (2015) Review

The Night Before (2015) Review

If the sentimentality of “Christmas With The Coopers” doesn’t get your fairy lights twinkling and the spooky shenanigans of “Krampus” leave your pudding more duff than plum, perhaps bawdy festive comedy “The Night Before” will put the snap back in your Christmas cracker. From the director and stars of “50/50”, “The Night Before” tells the … Continue reading The Night Before (2015) Review

Doctor Who: Hell Bent (S9E12) Review

*SPOILERS* I’ve taken the luxury of watching “Hell Bent” a few times now, savouring its courage and ambition. As a season finale it’s a curious beast, lacking the overt bombastic urgency of a universe-ending threat, instead underplaying the threat of a threat from the ill-defined ‘hybrid’ and allowing character driven action to take centre stage. … Continue reading Doctor Who: Hell Bent (S9E12) Review

Victor Frankenstein (2015) Review

If you're to have any hope at all of enjoying "Victor Frankenstein", you'll need to 'consciously uncouple' yourself from the source novel. Screenwriter Max Landis - a divisive figure in the rarefied and polarised world of movie fanatics but a relative unknown to the movie going public at large – takes his inspiration not from … Continue reading Victor Frankenstein (2015) Review

Christmas With The Coopers (2015) Review

(Christmas) Cards on the table: I’ve got a sentimental streak a mile wide and it’s particularly attuned to Christmastime. You might have assumed from the trailer and marketing that this is a frothy, kooky slapstick comedy but it’s really not. There are strong echoes of Ron Howard’s 1989 classic “Parenthood” but director Jessie Nelson and … Continue reading Christmas With The Coopers (2015) Review

Taken 3 (2015) Review

The only thing ‘taken’ in this flaccid threequel is diabolical liberties with the audience’s patience and intelligence. When ex-CIA operative Brian Mills is framed for the murder of his ex-wife, he sets off to find out who really killed her, evading the LAPD and Russian mobsters as he closes in on the culprit. Where the … Continue reading Taken 3 (2015) Review

The Good Dinosaur (2015) Review

Given its troubled route to the big screen, it probably won’t surprise you to hear that “The Good Dinosaur” isn’t Pixar at its very very best. However, we’re nowhere near the nadir of “Cars 2” here and any talk of “Inside Out” being merely a blip after the lacklustre “Brave” and “Monsters University” is wide … Continue reading The Good Dinosaur (2015) Review

Bridge Of Spies (2015) Review

In these troubled times, America and the world could do worse than to look to the pages of history for some salutary lessons on how to deal with the current volatility we live with. It is serendipitous, then, that Steven Spielberg’s magnificent true life drama “Bridge Of Spies” arrives in cinemas this week to provide … Continue reading Bridge Of Spies (2015) Review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) Review

Weighed down by its own unbridled portentousness, the final chapter of “The Hunger Games” saga grinds into cinemas, bleaker and more brutal than anything that’s come before. Unfortunately, it also brings with it the narrative sluggishness which has plagued the franchise and its utter reliance on its leading lady almost brings the story to breaking … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) Review

The Lady In The Van (2015) Review

Adapted from his own play, based on his memoir, Alan Bennett’s “The Lady In The Van” is a wonderfully poignant meditation of the nobility of the human spirit and the importance of kindness, compassion and understanding. It tells the [mostly] true story of Bennett’s unusual friendship with an eccentric homeless woman called Miss Mary Shepherd, … Continue reading The Lady In The Van (2015) Review

The Final Girls (2015) Review

Nineteen years ago, “Scream” turned the slasher movie genre on its head by introducing a bunch of movie-savvy teen protagonists, in a self-aware, Metatextual commentary on the horror movies of the 80s to great effect. “The Final Girls” takes that post-modern ironic awareness to the next level by literally placing our cynical gang inside the … Continue reading The Final Girls (2015) Review

Doctor Who: Face The Raven (S9E10) Review

*SPOILERS* Brushing off the experimental disappointment of last week, “Face The Raven” sees the superlative ninth season of “Doctor Who” soaring back to the top of its game on black and deadly wings. In a season which has already seen atmospheric homages to the eras of previous Doctors, “Face The Raven” tipped its hat to … Continue reading Doctor Who: Face The Raven (S9E10) Review

The Little Death (2015) Review

Trigger warnings abound in Josh Lawson’s frank, taboo-breaking but surprisingly sweet directorial debut as he charts the ups and downs of the love lives of a select group of suburban couples. The five loosely interwoven stories are played for laughs but aren’t afraid to go to some dark and potentially upsetting places as they explore the … Continue reading The Little Death (2015) Review

Doctor Who: Sleep No More (S9E09) Review

*SPOILERS* “Love And Monsters”, “Blink”, “Midnight”, “Turn Left”…“Doctor Who” has often been happy to experiment with its storytelling format (but thankfully only dabbled once in fellatiory paving stone humour). “Sleep No More” pushes the boundaries further than ever before, and in doing so reminds us why those boundaries existed in the first place. The episode … Continue reading Doctor Who: Sleep No More (S9E09) Review

Man Up (2015) Review

Enjoying a cinema release in America today and available on home media in the UK right now, "Man Up" - like "I Give It A Year" before it - is a lightweight British Rom-Com seeking to tap into that early Richard Curtis 'Four Weddings' vibe. When Nancy (Lake Bell) accidentally steals someone else's blind date, … Continue reading Man Up (2015) Review

Burnt (2015) Review

Charting the comeback of a talented but reckless chef following a self-imposed exile, “Burnt” feels like the sequel to a film we’ve never seen.  Bradley Cooper plays Adam Jones, a chef who, we gradually learn, shone so brightly in Paris years ago until his addictions got the better of him and destroyed his life. He … Continue reading Burnt (2015) Review

Tales Of Halloween (2015) Review

The film that closed the 2015 London FrightFest Film Festival and now available to rent or buy as a digital download, “Tales Of Halloween” is scarily good time. A playfully macabre anthology, it offers us ten subtly interwoven tales which take place over the course of one Halloween night in a nondescript suburban American town. … Continue reading Tales Of Halloween (2015) Review

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) Review

I haven't actually watched any of the previous "Paranormal Activity" films, and am mostly familiar with them through spoofs of their initially ground-breaking approach to 'found footage' films. It turns out this was actually adequate preparation for the sixth installment in the franchise as, for the first thirty minutes or so I thought I might … Continue reading Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) Review

The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Review

There’s something so adorably nerdy about the fact “The Last Witch Hunter” is partly based on one of Vin Diesel’s old Dungeons & Dragons characters that it’s hard not to look kindly on this good old fashioned pulpy B-movie. In the Middle Ages, a band of warriors enters the lair of the Witch Queen (Julie … Continue reading The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Review

Craggus’ Bond Voyage SPECTRE (2015) Review

*SPOILERS* If you’re after a spoiler free review of “SPECTRE”, you can find it here, but this is the final chapter of a journey which began back on 22nd May with “Dr. No”. Welcome to the final stop on “Craggus’ Bond Voyage”; we have reached our destination. Following the unprecedented success of “Skyfall”, the producers … Continue reading Craggus’ Bond Voyage SPECTRE (2015) Review

SPECTRE (2015) Review

This review is spoiler-free but I’ll go into much more detail later in the week when “SPECTRE” gets the full “Craggus’ Bond Voyage” treatment. There’s a reassuringly familiar feel to “SPECTRE”; it hews much closer to the classic Bond films of the past than any of Daniel Craig’s previous outings, continuing the trajectory set in … Continue reading SPECTRE (2015) Review

Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived (S9E06) Review

*SPOILERS* “The Woman Who Lived” is much more of a philosophical piece than its immediate predecessor but the richness of the metaphysical musings can’t cover for the paucity of the rest of the episode. It starts promisingly enough. On my first watch, I missed the throwaway comment about her ‘teaching the year 7s judo’ but it was … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived (S9E06) Review

The Lobster (2015) Review

How do you begin to describe “The Lobster”? A twisted and surreal love story? A pitch black comic morality play? An absurdist fantasy on a theme of societal convention? “The Undateables: The Movie”? It’s all these and much more as director Yorgos Lanthimos takes us on a bizarre journey into an uneasy totalitarian future where … Continue reading The Lobster (2015) Review