A Fox In The Mouse House

"You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!" That seems to sum up most people's reaction to the status-quo-shattering acquisition of the entertainment assets of Twentieth Century Fox. It's also, ironically, a quote which will become the property of the Walt Disney Corporation if the deal goes through. Both … Continue reading A Fox In The Mouse House

To Paraphrase The Romulans…

Matters more urgent caused my absence. Now, witness the result: blog posts abandoned, expansion of Pokémon GO meme posts everywhere. Yes, I have indeed been negligent, dear reader, but no more. I...am back. A couple of months ago, I got a new job (in the video game industry woot woot) with a longer commute than … Continue reading To Paraphrase The Romulans…

What The Craggus Saw… is a double Liebster Award winner!

Recognition is always exciting and gratifying, and unsolicited recognition from your peers is exponentially more so – especially when you’ve only got to know them through a shared interest (movies) and a shared hobby* (blogging). What is a Liebster Award? Well, first and foremost, it’s a prestigious award given to bloggers by bloggers as a … Continue reading What The Craggus Saw… is a double Liebster Award winner!

The Smurfs 2 (2013) Review

I quite enjoyed the original Smurf movie. Sure, it was saccharine sweet, predictable by-the-numbers family entertainment but I thought it was a fair attempt to reintroduce The Smurfs to a contemporary audience following a significant absence from the public consciousness. The film was appealingly cast and the whole unlikely venture succeeded for me through the … Continue reading The Smurfs 2 (2013) Review

World War Z (2013) Review

Okay, first things first: I've never been a huge zombie fan. I watched the first season of "The Walking Dead" but got bored a couple of episodes into season 2 and left it there. But where "The Walking Dead" tells the story of a small group of people against the (largely implied) backdrop of a … Continue reading World War Z (2013) 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

Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Review

Fast & Furious 6: Given it's the sixth instalment of the franchise, you really should know what you're getting when you buy your ticket. Unlike, for example, the people sitting behind us for whom ridiculously OTT car stunts and physics-defying driving and leaping apparently came as an unwelcome surprise, requiring immediate tuts and disgusted comments. … Continue reading Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Review

The Great Gatsby (2013) Review

Baz Luhrmann’s version of this classic slice of Americana begins with the whimsical conceit of a 1920’s style movie logo before gradually sharpening to the 21st Century’s high definition cinema experience. Unfortunately, thanks to the lure of unnecessary 3D, Luhrmann can’t resist throwing his whole tired bag of tricks at the screen. I saw it … Continue reading The Great Gatsby (2013) Review

I Give It A Year (2013) Review

Richard Curtis deserves a lot of credit for “I Give It A Year”. Not because he wrote it, but because it shows just how difficult it actually is to write a charming British Romantic Comedy and how good he actually is at it. The film tries too hard to be whimsical and relies too heavily … Continue reading I Give It A Year (2013) Review