King Kong (1933) Review

King Kong (1933) Review

Now here’s the real king of the swingers; the original jungle VIP One of those classic movies that establishes itself and its themes so powerfully and skilfully that almost every aspect of the production has become iconic in its own right, KING KONG (1933) was a seismic event in the history of motion pictures, from ..

My Life In Movies

My Life In Movies

My Life In Movies (Half Century Edition) A few years back, when Twitter was still a reasonably okay place to hang out, the hashtag #ThisIsYourFilm was making the rounds where you had to choose your favourite movie from every year you’ve been alive. As I’ve just reached the major milestone of 50, I thought it ..

Kong: Skull Island (2017) Review

Kong: Skull Island (2017) Review

Go Big Or Go Ape. In an age of shared blockbuster universes which take themselves terribly seriously, “Kong: Skull Island” is a breezy and brazen breath of fresh air. Preposterous in its premise, it’s not afraid to embrace its silliness and, as a result, is more fun than any of its Hollywood kaiju predecessors. In ..

Son Of Kong (1933) Review

Son Of Kong (1933) Review

Son Of Kong is the son I never knew the original King Kong had! One of the real pleasures I’ve found in blogging about movies is the joy of discovery. Inevitably, blogging about movies leads you to a far broader range of genres and filmmakers than you might otherwise have encountered but sometimes, it’s the ..

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024) Review

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024) Review

This is the real royal rumble as Kong and Godzilla team up to take on the Skar King GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE doesn’t waste time tiptoeing around, diving headfirst into the action, promising and delivering a grandiose spectacle that fans of giant monster films crave. From the first thunderous roar to the final ..

King Kong Lives (1986) Review

King Kong Lives (1986) Review

King Kong Lives but it’s not much of a life, really. Although it’s a direct sequel to 1976’s KING KONG, the only character who actually returns after a ten-year hiatus is Kong himself (this time played by Peter Elliot), although Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange do feature in a snippet of footage from the end ..

King Kong vs Godzilla (1963) Review

King Kong vs Godzilla (1963) Review

Back in the day, it wasn’t the lizard that got top billing. It’s hard to judge this 1962 production fairly, because I was only able to get hold of the American cut of the film which bowdlerised the satire in favour of spoon-feeding the US audience with exposition provided by new scenes of a UN ..

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 ..

King Kong (2005) Review

King Kong (2005) Review

Peter Jackson’s King Kong honours the original without ever aping it. The second, superior, remake of KING KONG returns the story to the 1930s and also reverts to the filmmaker looking for a hit rather than the predatory petrochemical conglomerate of the 1970s. In doing so, Peter Jackson lavishes the potential of the original with ..

Godzilla vs Kong (2021) Review

Godzilla vs Kong (2021) Review

Godzilla Vs Kong finally brings us a big-screen showdown where whoever loses, the audience wins. There’s something reassuringly predictable about GODZILLA vs KONG, an adherence to convention that lets you stop worrying about some out-of-left-field twist or clever subversion and just sit back, relax and watch the monster mayhem unfold on screen. I mean did ..