Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #4

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but sometimes we owls don't mind the snow so much. Tasty prey leaves easy to follow tracks when we do need to pop out and, best of all, Gruffalos hibernate so we need not fear ending up as owl ice-cream.  So, as I nestle snug and warm in my … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #4

The Shape Of Water (2018) Review

Guillermo Del Toro brings his trademark dark fairytale aesthetic to bear on this dreamy, beautifully realised tale, a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme: beauty and the moist. Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute cleaning lady, found as an infant with mysterious scars on her neck works as part of the … Continue reading The Shape Of Water (2018) Review

Midnight Special (2016) Review

There’s a vaguely timeless quality to Jeff Nichols’ first studio film, a sincere and almost reverent call-back to the spiritual sci-fi of the 1970s. When a determined father takes his son and goes on the run from the sequestered compound of the religious sect they live in, they find themselves not only hunted by his … Continue reading Midnight Special (2016) Review

Mud (2013) Review

Coming midway through Matthew McConaughey's Acting RenaissanceTM, "Mud" lovingly creates a nostalgic view of the American South, drenched in golden sunset hues. It's a gently paced coming-of-age drama telling the story of two young teenagers, Ellis and Neckbone, from DeWitt, Arkansas who have found a derelict boat stuck halfway up a tree on a small … Continue reading Mud (2013) Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) Review

Okay, before we get down to business, let’s set the record straight. Full disclosure: I’ve never been keen on this iteration is Superman. I didn’t care for “Man Of Steel” and have only grown to dislike it more over the years. On the other hand, I never really had any serious doubts regarding Ben Affleck … Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (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

The Night Before (2015) Review

If the sentimentality of “Christmas With The Coopers” doesn’t get your fairy lights twinkling and the spooky shenanigans of “Krampus” leave your pudding more duff than plum, perhaps bawdy festive comedy “The Night Before” will put the snap back in your Christmas cracker. From the director and stars of “50/50”, “The Night Before” tells the … Continue reading The Night Before (2015) Review

Premium Rush (2012) Review

It’s a bit of a tough sell: a thriller about a bicycle courier being chased through New York by guys in cars with guns but “Premium Rush” manages to pull it off thanks to a winning, high energy lead performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and snappy direction from David Koepp who keeps the action zipping along … Continue reading Premium Rush (2012) Review

Man Of Steel (2013) Review

I’m going to try and keep spoilers to a minimum in this review, in case you haven’t seen it yet. But be warned, I consider anything that happened in the Christopher Reeve films fair game for comment or comparison. Anyway, I don’t consider the origin stories of superheroes to be sacred texts. (In fact, I … Continue reading Man Of Steel (2013) Review