Craggus Comfort Movies: Battle Beyond The Stars (1980) Review

There’s something so intoxicatingly comforting about Roger Corman’s sci-fi reimagining of “The Magnificent Seven”, itself a remake of “Seven Samurai” that I’m surprised it’s not regulated by the government. It’s appeal probably lies in its perfect placement at the start of the home video boom in the early eighties when it was available to rent…

Star Trek: Picard (S1E07) Nepenthe Review

*SPOILERS* Although it starts with another flashback, this time we’re only going back a mere three weeks as we get more of the shady Commodore Oh’s visit with Doctor Jurati. Of course, its nothing that we hadn’t worked out ourselves already but when has that ever stopped this show from telling us anyway? The interesting…

Star Trek: Picard (S1E04) Absolute Candor Review

*SPOILERS* Last time I suggested we may finally be free of flashbacks being used as a lazy way to introduce new characters that we’re meant to care about, but that promise became a prison for me as soon as this episode started with the entire pre-credits sequence being just that, this time bringing us the…

Dolittle (2020) does more than you might be expecting…

Almost universally condemned to be a ‘flop’ before it was released, Robert Downey Jr’s passion project ‘Dolittle’ seems to have fallen foul of an adult critical groupthink who, while quick to remonstrate with critics who differ in gender, ethnicity or sexuality who criticise a work ‘not meant for them’, have singularly failed to take into…

Doctor Who: Nikola Tesla’s Night Of Terror (S12E04) Review

*SPOILERS* Despite the wincingly bad title of “Nikola Tesla’s Night Of Terror” – bed enough to rival “Let’s Kill Hitler” and nearly enough to make me long for one of Chibnall’s dad-joke puns, this is a welcome return to the series’ core values of edutainment: a breezy historical romp which offers just enough information about…