Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Iron Man (2008)

When billionaire playboy industrialist 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 escape. Returning home a changed man, Stark decides to start righting the wrongs of his past and takes his first step into a larger … Continue reading Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Iron Man (2008)

Star Trek 50th Anniversary: My Top Ten Favourite “Star Trek” Episodes

Fifty years ago today, Gene Roddenberry’s unprecedented perseverance and belief paid off and, after intriguing the network enough to commission a second pilot, “Star Trek” took to the airwaves. A television and pop culture landmark, fifty years later there’s a legacy of five television series (with a sixth on the way) totalling 725 episodes and … Continue reading Star Trek 50th Anniversary: My Top Ten Favourite “Star Trek” Episodes

William Shatner Presents: Chaos On The Bridge (2015) Review

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the first couple of seasons of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” are pretty poor. Now, thanks to William Shatner’s breezily divulgent documentary “Chaos On The Bridge” we know have some idea why. While the on-screen adventures of the crew of the USS Enterprise for the first couple of … Continue reading William Shatner Presents: Chaos On The Bridge (2015) Review

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) Review

Back for a fifth instalment, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” finds Ethan Hunt facing off against two distinct threats. One is The Syndicate, a shadow network which styles itself as ‘the anti-IMF’; the other is from the American government and the CIA who are pressing to have the IMF shut down. The latter threat is … Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) Review

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (2015) Review

There’s something comfortingly familiar and yet frustratingly unambitious about SpongeBob’s latest cinematic outing. All the usual hallmarks are there: it’s cute and unashamedly goofy, the roster of characters are exactly as you might remember them and the oddball plot rambles along in the haphazard way we’ve come to know and love, peppered with the occasional … Continue reading The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (2015) Review

Interstellar (2014) Review

Mark the date. We may just have reached peak Nolan. "Interstellar" simultaneously represents the most triumphant aspects of the auteur's style as well as his follies. There's breath-taking ambition, scintillating scientific thoughts and stunning realised visuals. But all the problems that plagued "The Dark Knight Rises" are here too in abundance and without the inherent … Continue reading Interstellar (2014) Review

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014) Review

In tribute to Michael Bay, this review is bloated, overlong and hopelessly self-indulgent, taking far too long to get to the point which is to review “Transformers: Age Of Extinction”. But let’s get one thing straight: I don’t love to hate the Michael Bay “Transformers” films. I hate to hate them. Seriously: I want to … Continue reading Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek: From Motion Into Darkness (Omnibus Edition)

If you've only just discovered Craggus' Trek Trek or missed a few, to save you having to scroll through and search for the relevant posts, I've collected them here in one handy compendium. So here you are: twelve Treks, no waiting! STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE I guess I would consider myself a lapsed Trekkie (I … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek: From Motion Into Darkness (Omnibus Edition)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Review

Jack Ryan is arguably one of the great literary characters of the late 20th Century and his novelised adventures nearly rival the Bond novels in terms of creating an iconic fictional universe. Unfortunately, he has been less well served by the film adaptations than his British Secret Service counterpart.  Ryan is not a womanising, hard … Continue reading Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Review

After the franchise-stabilising success of “Star Trek: First Contact”, fans were once again eager to see the next adventure of the intrepid crew of the Enterprise-E. Never a studio to let a good thing go untampered with, Paramount in its infinite wisdom decided it was time for a change of pace. Perhaps, emboldened by the … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Review

There’s a commonly held belief that even numbered “Star Trek” films are better than the odd numbered ones. This is a spurious correlation. In actual fact, the true axiom is that “Star Trek” films which involve Nicholas Meyer are better than those that don’t. “Star Trek: First Contact” is the film which gives rise to … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Review

Coming off the back of the creative and box office misfire of "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier", the franchise was in the doldrums as it headed towards its 25th Anniversary. Paramount itself was on an austerity drive due to a series of high profile flops ("Star Trek V" wasn't actually one of them. Although … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

I guess I would consider myself a lapsed Trekkie (I was never that bothered about the difference between Trekkie and Trekker), losing my faith somewhere between the last couple of seasons of “Star Trek: Voyager” and the launch of “Enterprise”. I loved, and still love, the original series and I was really into “Star Trek: … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)