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

Brigsby Bear (2017) Review

A beautifully understated indie dramedy, “Brigsby Bear”, directed by Dave McCary and produced by The Lonely Island, is a heartfelt and poignant paean to the importance and power of fandom. When James (Kyle Mooney) finds out that his whole life has been a lie concocted by his kidnappers Ted and April Mitchum (Mark Hamill & … Continue reading Brigsby Bear (2017) Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Dark Side Review

*SPOILERS* There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? There is a stirring of fears, long thought extinct. Fears that “Star Wars” could once again fall to the dark side. Fears that may lead to anger. After you saw it, how did you feel? Darkness? Light? A balance? It’s so much bigger and so … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Dark Side Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Light Side Review

It was a curious feeling, as I sat in my seat willing the adverts and trailers to hurry up and finish, to realise that – despite the huge presence “Star Wars” has had in my life – this would only be the eighth time in my entire life that I would be reading a brand … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Light Side Review

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Review

Wisely choosing to open not with Disney's fairy tale castle in place of the Fox fanfare but simply the Lucasfilm logo followed by the    'A long time ago…' introduction, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” takes us back to that galaxy far, far away far more successfully than at any time since 1983. It’s hard … Continue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Review

Return Of The Jedi (1983) #Rediscovered

So here we are, Mertmas and I – at the final chapter of the original Star Wars trilogy having taken only two weeks to do so, a feat perhaps more impressive than doing the Kessel Run in a mere twelve parsecs. It’s time to watch the film that we all thought was ‘it’. The end. The … Continue reading Return Of The Jedi (1983) #Rediscovered

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) #Rediscovered

A week after sitting down with Mertmas to watch “Star Wars”, we’re settling in to watch “The Empire Strikes Back”. No agonising, impossibly long three year wait for him. A mere seven days (five of them at school, mind) and he’s here, innocently sitting on the brink of one of the best cinematic experiences of … Continue reading The Empire Strikes Back (1980) #Rediscovered

Star Wars (1977) #Rediscovered

*SPOILERS* Rediscovered? Yeah, right. An old geek like me had forgotten “Star Wars”. Of course not, I still remember the giddy, obsessive adoration “Star Wars” produced. I remember buying a copy of The Sun on the way to school in late 1982 because it had an article about what was rumoured to happen in the … Continue reading Star Wars (1977) #Rediscovered

The Flash – Season 1 Review

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* Released on DVD and Blu-Ray today, and with Season 2 approaching in a matter of weeks, let's take a quick look back at the debut season of "Arrow" spin-off/ companion series "The Flash". Originally seeded during season 2 of “Arrow” in the episodes “The Scientist” and “Three Ghosts” (S2E08/S2E09), “The Flash” would see … Continue reading The Flash – Season 1 Review

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Review

Gleefully landing right in the middle of the worthy-but-ever-so-slightly-tedious grind of ‘Award Season’, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is an outlandish breath of fresh air; an elegant and deceptively clever action comedy thriller which delivers a long-overdue fight back for the gentleman spy of old against the current crop of gritty, serious pretenders to the throne. … Continue reading Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Review

Happy Star Wars Day?

Happy Star Wars Day! No – not you, Expanded Universe. Actually, we need to talk. It’s…it’s not working out, I’m afraid. I think we should see other plotlines. For the first time in many years, this ‘Star Wars Day’ feels like it genuinely offers A New Hope. The cast has been announced bringing back many … Continue reading Happy Star Wars Day?