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)

Lazer Team (2016) Review

The first feature film from celebrated web-based entertainment studio, “Lazer Team” is the film “Pixels” wishes it was (it’s also, in many respects, the film “Fantastic Four” should have been). When the Earth is contacted by an alien transmission (a clever nod to the very real ‘Wow signal’ of 1977) it warns of an impending … Continue reading Lazer Team (2016) Review

Alan Rickman 1946-2016

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

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

Doctor Who: Before The Flood (S9E04) Review

*SPOILERS* Usually, the habit of not immediately addressing the previous episode’s cliff hanger at the start of the episode bugs me but this time out, with Capaldi’s Doctor back in “Listen”-style lecture-the-audience mode is just so good it didn’t bother me. I’m really starting to like the 12th Doctor’s fondness for the electric guitar (it’s … Continue reading Doctor Who: Before The Flood (S9E04) Review

Doctor Who: Under The Lake (S9E03) Review

*SPOILERS* Well, that was a deliciously retro treat, wasn’t it? Since “Doctor Who” returned in 2005, I don’t think there’s been an episode which evoked the original series in quite so pure a form as “Under The Lake”. The classic atmosphere was so strong that when the first caption set the adventure in Caithness and … Continue reading Doctor Who: Under The Lake (S9E03) Review

The Watch (2012) Review

Some films never really escape development hell, and “The Watch” spent four miserable years stuck in rewrites and recastings before finally limping into cinemas just in time for its marketing to be hastily pulled in the wake of real life tragedy. In retrospect, they should have just let this slip ignominiously to a quiet direct-to-DVD … Continue reading The Watch (2012) Review

Home (2015) Review

Adapted from Adam Rex’s children’s book “The True Meaning Of Smekday”, DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” is a colourful comedy adventure with a surprisingly small cast and a big old sappy heart worn proudly on its sleeve. When an alien race known as the Boov invade Earth, humanity finds itself relocated to the Australian outback in one of the … Continue reading Home (2015) Review

Doctor Who: Last Christmas (S8E13) Review

*SPOILERS* A festive special which is unlikely to reconvert any of those who checked out during the last season, “Last Christmas” still offered us a rich and fruity plum pudding of entertainment, perfect for a Christmas Day tea time. There wasn’t, to be honest, a lot of originality in this year’s Christmas special but at … Continue reading Doctor Who: Last Christmas (S8E13) Review

Edge Of Tomorrow (2014) Review

If, like me, you made the switch from going to see a movie because Tom Cruise was in it to going to see a movie despite Tom Cruise being in it a while back, you’ll find a lot to enjoy in “Edge Of Tomorrow” (not least of all the many, many times his character meets … Continue reading Edge Of Tomorrow (2014) Review

Escape From Planet Earth (2013) Review

It’s taken just over a year for “Escape From Planet Earth” to open in the UK after its debut in the USA but has it been worth the wait? It’s the first theatrical release from Canadian animation outfit Rainmaker Entertainment, the studio behind “Beast Wars: Transformers” and those interminable straight to DVD “Barbie” movies. The … Continue reading Escape From Planet Earth (2013) Review