The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (2018) Review

“The Nutcracker And The Four Realms” is chocolate box art lavishly brought to over-saturated, over-sugared, overly decorated life on the big screen. And, like the contents of that box of chocolates, there are moments of sublime deliciousness, a few over-sweet gooey confections and even the occasional nut. It’s hard to resist all the tempting treats … Continue reading The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (2018) Review

What if The Doctor had always been a woman?

With all the fuss and noise over the announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor Who, it got me thinking about how it would have been if The Doctor had always been a Time Lady. So, for my 700th Blog Post I thought it would be fun to fan cast the history of Doctor … Continue reading What if The Doctor had always been a woman?

Fast & Furious 8 (2017) Review

The Fast & Furious franchise continues to surprise and delight in equal measure as it resumes its metamorphosis into a Saturday morning cartoon brought to lavish live-action life. When his honeymoon is interrupted by the appearance of the notorious cybercriminal Cypher (Charlize Theron), Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) finds himself blackmailed into betraying his team and … Continue reading Fast & Furious 8 (2017) Review

Eye In The Sky (2016) Review

Having explored the politics and morality of warfare in 2013’s “Ender’s Game”, director Gavin Hood returns to the subject with a tense and much more topical take. This time, however, we’re not granted the vicarious safety of far-future sci-fi because this remotely controlled war is very present day and very, very real. A joint mission … Continue reading Eye In The Sky (2016) Review

What The Craggus Thought of The Golden Globes 2016

I’ll get to give out my personal nods when it’s time for The Craggus Awards next month but in the meantime, last night’s 2016 Golden Globes ceremony featured the usual mix of well-deserved recognition, belated acknowledgements and head-scratching omissions. Everyone has an opinion on who won and who should have won but, for what it’s … Continue reading What The Craggus Thought of The Golden Globes 2016

My Top 10 Favourite Discworld Novels (plus my 31 other favourites)

Taking a break from movies, today sees the release of “The Shepherd’s Crown”, the 41st and final book of Sir Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ series. Although it’s a sad reminder of how early we lost him, there’s a bittersweet comfort in the fact that his daughter and those that protect his legacy have been very firm … Continue reading My Top 10 Favourite Discworld Novels (plus my 31 other favourites)

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Review

A clash of cultures and culinary artistry lie at the heart of this warm and witty comedy drama, bolstered by gorgeous cinematography and some great performances. While food is undoubtedly at the core of the movie, adapted from Richard C Morais' novel, it's more to do with what food means to us as individuals, as … Continue reading The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Review

Red 2 (2013) Review

With a likeable veteran cast, “Red” was something of a pleasant surprise when it was released in 2010. Like a more refined version of “The Expendables”, it brought together a classy group of actors to kick butt in a lightweight, fun and action packed spy caper involving the obligatory high level conspiracies and long buried … Continue reading Red 2 (2013) 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

Monsters University (2013) Review

Since 1995’s “Toy Story”, Pixar have been synonymous with animated family films of the highest quality. Not only did they set the bar, they kept raising it every time they brought out a film. They even showed they could manage that trickiest of things: a sequel. “Toy Story 2” and “Toy Story 3” are the … Continue reading Monsters University (2013) Review