King Kong (1976) Review

King Kong (1976) Review

1976’s King Kong (1976) brings our prehistoric primate bang up to date in a then-contemporary reimagining There’s more than a hint of opportunistic JAWS cash-in the Dino De Laurentiis’ ambitious remake of the 1933 classic. With a script by then go-to screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr (best known, perhaps, for TV’s BATMAN), the 1976 KING KONG ..

Iron Man (2008) Review

Iron Man (2008) Review

After years in the red, Marvel found itself Back In Black with Iron Man When genius, billionaire, playboy, industrialist (he’s yet to graduate to philanthropist at this point) Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is kidnapped and mortally wounded during a terrorist ambush in Afghanistan, he must use every ounce of his ingenuity to survive and ..

Bad Times At The El Royale (2018) Review

Bad Times At The El Royale (2018) Review

“Bad Times At The El Royale” sees “Cabin In The Woods” writer/ director Drew Goddard indulging his inner Tarantino as he sets up this lurid, pulpy neo-noir tale of deceit, desperation and death in a faded motel, still trading on its glamorous past and novelty location. In 1959, a man arrives at the El Royale ..

Who ya gonna call? Possibly some copyright lawyers… R.I.P.D. (2013)

Who ya gonna call? Possibly some copyright lawyers… R.I.P.D. (2013)

What to do you get if you cross “Ghostbusters” with “Men In Black” and add just a dash of “Ghost”? Well, you get the unholy mishmash of a movie that is “R.I.P.D.”. When crooked cop Nick Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) is double-crossed and shot by his partner (Kevin Bacon) after they steal some gold discovered on ..

Ask, and you shall receive my The Giver (2014) Review

Ask, and you shall receive my The Giver (2014) Review

So we find ourselves back in ‘adaptation of a beloved young adult novel’ territory with the long-in-development movie of Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel. I like to think, in the mad scramble to snap up every halfway popular young adult novel after “Twilight” hit it big, that there was some executive who greenlit this in the ..

Seventh Son (2015) Review

Seventh Son (2015) Review

*MINOR SPOILERS* Like a lot of people, I’ve spent the past few weeks binge-watching “Game Of Thrones” all the way from Robert Baratheon pitching up at Winterfell to Bran Stark finally reaching the Weirwood Tree home of the Three-Eyed Raven, so the bar for sword and sorcery was set pretty fucking* high when I went ..