The 5th Annual Craggus Movie Awards

2017 continued the previous year’s trend towards ever more polarised reactions to movies. With little room anymore for a ‘middle ground’, movies were either hailed as redefining triumphs or excoriated as blasphemy. Generally, I think I saw more great movies in 2017 than in 2016 but the average score across the 116 new releases I … Continue reading The 5th Annual Craggus Movie Awards

Jungle (2017) Review

There’s no doubt that since he graduated from Hogwarts and hung up his wand, Daniel Radcliffe has made a point of searching out challenging and different roles although here, in tackling the remarkable true-life tale of Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg, he finds himself once again playing a ‘boy who lived’. Available On Demand from Amazon … Continue reading Jungle (2017) Review

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone (2001) Review

Hello cupcakes, remember me?  I know, I know!!  It’s been a while… Anyway, now that I’m back I want to talk to you about “Harry Potter”. Twenty years ago today, Bloomsbury published “Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone”, so I thought it would be fun to go back and rewatch that first Potter film once … Continue reading Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone (2001) Review

The 4th Annual Craggus Movie Awards

For a year which will surely go down in history for its polarisation, as far as movies went there was a concerted effort to stay centred in an unremarkable consensus of mediocrity, with the average score of the 95 films I watched in the cinema a paltry 6.5/10. 2016 saw 409 movies watched (and rewatched) … Continue reading The 4th Annual Craggus Movie Awards

Swiss Army Man (2016) Review

There’s more than a faint echo of “South Park” in “Swiss Army Man”, the feature debut from writer/director duo Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. And like “South Park”, its sharp insightfulness has been unfairly obscured by a focus on its deceptively juvenile sense of humour. Hank (Paul Dano) finds himself marooned on a tiny pacific … Continue reading Swiss Army Man (2016) Review

Now You See Me 2 (2016) Review

The four horsemen are back – at least three of them are – in this breezy and amiably clever follow-up to 2013’s surprise heist movie hit. Having laid low since their takedown of TV Sceptic Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), the Horsemen find themselves growing restless. However, when they are activated by their mentor and sent … Continue reading Now You See Me 2 (2016) 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

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

Horns (2014) Review

Although it borrows heavily from classic horror imagery, “Horns” isn’t really a horror movie and despite some clever subversion of religious faith and nifty Easter Eggs where the licence plates of the principle players’ cars point to character-relevant bible chapters it’s not really a religious satire in the vein of “Dogma” either. It works well … Continue reading Horns (2014) Review

What If (2014) Review

There’s something undeniably self-satisfied about “What If” (originally titled "The F Word"), a trait which would be alienating enough if it weren’t already an awkward mix of ‘Friendzoned: The Movie’ and the combined efforts of the Toronto and Dublin tourist boards. Revisiting the well-worn trope of ‘can men and women ever just be friends?’, the film … Continue reading What If (2014) Review