Dracula (1931) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Once again, What The Craggus Saw is joining in with TheMarckoGuy’s Month Of Spooks. Last year, it prompted me to finally get around to watching the classic Hallowe'en movie, “Halloween”. This year, I’ve used it as an excuse to go all the way back to where modern cinema horror began, exploring the original Universal Monster … Continue reading Dracula (1931) #MonthOfSpooks Review

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Swallows And Amazons (2016) Review

There’s something cosy and comforting about “Swallows And Amazons”, the latest adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s celebrated novel of swashbuckling childhood adventure. An impeccable production combined with a wonderful cast give this film a timeless quality and watching it for the first time feels brand new and like revisiting an old favourite simultaneously. When the Walker … Continue reading Swallows And Amazons (2016) Review

Thunderbirds Are Go! (2015) S1E01 Review

You know what? That was pretty good. Not great, but it’s definitely got potential to grow into a good series. The CGI Tracy brothers are much less creepy and dead-eyed than they appeared in the publicity images and even the updated and bulkier Thunderbird 2 (all right thinking people’s favourite ship) looks good. Thunderbird 3 … Continue reading Thunderbirds Are Go! (2015) S1E01 Review

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 22: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

There’s an episode of “Friends” where Phoebe learns that many of her favourite films from childhood have scenes she wasn’t aware of because her mother always stopped them at a certain point, notably “Old Yeller”. I’m pretty sure “It’s A Wonderful Life” would also have made the list. The question is, at what point would … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 22: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Brazil (1985) Review

How on Earth has it taken me so long to get round to watching Terry Gilliam’s classic dystopian Sci-Fi comedy? To paraphrase Admiral Kirk from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn” (stay with me): I’ve managed to see just about every film it’s influenced but like a poor marksman, I’ve kept missing the target. … Continue reading Brazil (1985) Review

Hitchcock (2012) Review

“Hitchcock” sets out to tell the story of celebrated director Alfred Hitchcock’s biggest career risk, the making of “Psycho”. The man himself is portrayed by an at times unrecognisable Anthony Hopkins, who plays him with an impish imperiousness, and all the swagger you would expect. Although the physical and vocal resemblance is enough to carry … Continue reading Hitchcock (2012) Review

The Great Gatsby (2013) Review

Baz Luhrmann’s version of this classic slice of Americana begins with the whimsical conceit of a 1920’s style movie logo before gradually sharpening to the 21st Century’s high definition cinema experience. Unfortunately, thanks to the lure of unnecessary 3D, Luhrmann can’t resist throwing his whole tired bag of tricks at the screen. I saw it … Continue reading The Great Gatsby (2013) Review