Blockers (2018) Review

Staggering its way into cinemas, “Blockers” strikes a clumsy blow for equality by showing that dumb, crass, tasteless teenage sex comedies aren’t just for boys anymore. Yay, equality? Three friends make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night but when one of their parents accidentally intercepts a text conversation, their parents band together … Continue reading Blockers (2018) Review

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Red Sparrow (2018) Review

Disney and Marvel can at least rest easy: “Red Sparrow” certainly isn’t the “Black Widow” solo movie by another name its marketing might have initially suggested. Instead, it’s something of a convoluted pseudo- John le Carré caper which leans heavily on sex, nudity and violence to disguise its flimsy characters and overcomplicated espionage shell game. … Continue reading Red Sparrow (2018) Review

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

Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Review

You like it rough? Then this is the movie for you. The acting’s pretty rough and the script’s sadistically punishing too. With the everyday, relatable trials and tribulations of courtship such as romantic misunderstandings, contractual disputes over sexual obligations and helicopter crashes behind them, Anna (Dakota Johnson) and Christian (Jamie Dornan) settle contentedly into married … Continue reading Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Review

Professor Martson And The Wonder Women (2017) Review

It may be that you’d need the Lasso of Hestia itself to separate truth from speculative fiction when it comes to “Professor Marston And The Wonder Women”. Presented as a true story, although much of it is disputed by the Marston family, the origin of Wonder Woman turns out to be as captivating and enchanting … Continue reading Professor Martson And The Wonder Women (2017) Review

The Room (2003) Review

Infamous, bordering on legendary, “The Room”, reigning champion of The Worst Movie Ever MadeTM has long been a treasured guilty…if not pleasure, then amusement for movie fans but thanks to James Franco’s forthcoming making-of docu-comedy “The Disaster Artist”, a whole new audience are becoming aware of it. Do they know what they’re letting themselves in for? … Continue reading The Room (2003) Review

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017) Review

Colin Farrell faces Rosemary’s Sophie’s Choice in “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer”, the latest movie from cinematic provoc-auteur Yorgos Lanthimos. Blending classic Greek tragedy, existential horror, psychological drama and medical thriller, it’s a challengingly twisted mystery, an Art-“House, M.D.” Dr Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell), a renowned cardiovascular surgeon lives a seemingly perfect life with … Continue reading The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017) Review

To The Devil A Daughter (1976) #MonthOfSpooks Review

I’ve often used @TheMarckoGuy’s #Month Of Spooks as a chance to catch up on classic horror movie’s I’ve never seen before but this year, I decided to revisit a film which freaked me all the way out when I first saw it at probably far too young an age. John Verney (Richard Widmark) is an … Continue reading To The Devil A Daughter (1976) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Sausage Party (2016) Review

You know those hilarious conversations when you’re shooting the shit with your friends, high or drunk or whatever? Now, imagine someone made an animated movie based on them. Welcome to “Sausage Party”. In a world where food has consciousness, all they ever want is to be chosen and taken to ‘the great beyond’. But when … Continue reading Sausage Party (2016) Review

Competition: Win The Limited Edition Steelbook Of Deadpool

Sold out limited edition Zavvi Exclusive Deadpool BluRay Steelbook! Sold out limited edition Zavvi Exclusive Deadpool BluRay Steelbook! Sold out limited edition Zavvi Exclusive Deadpool BluRay Steelbook! Hi, I'm The Craggus, Editor-In-Chief of What The Craggus Saw. Thanks to a purchasing error I am now currently overstocked on Sold Out Limited Edition Zavvi Exclusive Deadpool … Continue reading Competition: Win The Limited Edition Steelbook Of Deadpool

Love (2015) Review

There’s a point near the half way mark in Gaspar Noé’s provocatively explicit romantic drama “Love” where its raison d'être is revealed and the movie sheds any remaining inhibitions of being anything other than a pseudo-autobiographical sublimation of Noé himself. It happens when our protagonist Murphy (Karl Glusman) tells Electra (Aomi Muyuck) that he has a … Continue reading Love (2015) Review

Deadpool (2016) Review

I am so, so happy for Ryan Reynolds. Seriously, the guy has earned it. He’s tried so hard, so many times and after “Blade: Trinity” [for the record, I quite liked his turn as Hannibal King], “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “R.I.P.D.” and – shudder – “Green Lantern”, it’s an absolute delight to see him finally crack … Continue reading Deadpool (2016) Review

Dirty Grandpa (2016) Review

Long revered as one of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro’s more recent output is probably best described as a mixed bag. It’s been hard to discount the possibility that he’s adopted the Michael Caine approach of saying ‘yes’ to whatever he’s offered or whatever offers the best pay day. Perhaps Robert De … Continue reading Dirty Grandpa (2016) Review

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

The Little Death (2015) Review

Trigger warnings abound in Josh Lawson’s frank, taboo-breaking but surprisingly sweet directorial debut as he charts the ups and downs of the love lives of a select group of suburban couples. The five loosely interwoven stories are played for laughs but aren’t afraid to go to some dark and potentially upsetting places as they explore the … Continue reading The Little Death (2015) Review

Zardoz (1974) Review

Finally released on Special Edition Arrow Blu Ray on the 14th September, "Zardoz" is one of the Seventies’ most bizarre dystopian sci-fi curiosities (in a decade brimming with them), and possibly one of the strangest movies ever to come from a major studio. Coming off the disappointment of a proposed adaptation of “The Lord Of The … Continue reading Zardoz (1974) Review

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films (2015) Review

If “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films” weren’t a true story, it would be the craziest, most savage satire of Hollywood ever put on screen. Actually, the fact that it all actually happened just makes it satirical and hilariously bizarre. Mark Hartley’s bluntly honest documentary tracks the fortune of two cousins, Menahem Golan and … Continue reading Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films (2015) Review

Bad Johnson (2014) Review

Retitled “Schlong Story” for the UK (like that’s an improvement), not even its zany premise and a new title is enough to save this miscast, misogynist misfire. Rich Johnson (Cam Gigandet), a serial womaniser just can’t help ruining one relationship after another. One day he glibly wishes his dick would stop getting him into trouble, … Continue reading Bad Johnson (2014) Review

Unfinished Business (2015) Review

It’s a rare thing for me to hate a movie so intensely while watching it, but within half an hour Vince Vaughan’s latest ‘comedy vehicle’ had me surreptitiously checking IMDB on my phone to see what the running time was. If it had been anything more than the 91 [excruciating] minutes listed, I may have … Continue reading Unfinished Business (2015) Review

Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013) Review

Blue may be the warmest colour, but the prurient gossip and rumour-mongering circulating the making of Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palm D’Or-winning movie has generated heat enough to obscure the truth of the film itself. But if you dismiss the salacious tabloid indignation and the leering, sensationalist headline-grabbing subject matter you’ll discover a work which is, at … Continue reading Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013) Review

Horns (2014) Review

Although it borrows heavily from classic horror imagery, “Horns” isn’t really a horror movie and despite some clever subversion of religious faith and nifty Easter Eggs where the licence plates of the principle players’ cars point to character-relevant bible chapters it’s not really a religious satire in the vein of “Dogma” either. It works well … Continue reading Horns (2014) Review

Crank: High Voltage (2009) Review

*SPOILERS* If "Crank" was 'Grand Theft Auto' brought to brazen, bonkers life, "Crank: High Voltage" takes its cracked inspiration from a variety of sources. From 8-bit video games to man-in-a-suit monster movies, there's nothing that this shamelessly daft, gratuitously violent sequel won't plunder to keep its breakneck momentum and freewheeling narrative careering forward. The theme … Continue reading Crank: High Voltage (2009) Review

Crank (2006) Review

With a concept so high even a fever-addled Luc Besson couldn’t conceive of it, first time writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor pitch us headlong into “Crank” with no preamble. We start, as does Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) with little clue about what has happened or what’s about to unfold. Fortunately, there’s a bit of … Continue reading Crank (2006) Review

Sex Tape (2014) Review

Clearly the reunion of the director and stars of 2011’s amusingly bawdy “Bad Teacher” was intended to replicate that film’s edginess and success. Unfortunately, the result is an egregiously foul-mouthed, unfunny sex comedy that only goes to show just how good at these kinds of movies Judd Apatow is and how tricky it is to … Continue reading Sex Tape (2014) Review

One-Eyed Monster (2008) Review

When the cast and crew of a hard core porn film travel to a remote abandoned army base to make their latest movie, they find themselves under attack from an alien being who has taken possessed one of the cast members…erm cast’s members. Sometimes late at night I’ll browse Netflix or Amazon Instant looking for … Continue reading One-Eyed Monster (2008) Review

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) Review

It's taken nine years to summon up the courage to crawl back to Basin ‘Sin’ City, and the old town hasn't changed much in the intervening years. Oh, sure, Clive Owen looks a lot like Josh Brolin now and I’m not sure Miho is the same (Jamie Chung replacing Devon Aoki) but the city still … Continue reading Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) Review

21 & Over (2013) Review

Given writer/ directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore both wrote "The Hangover", it's easy to see "21 & Over" as the warmed-up leftovers from that idea given a teen-friendly topping and served up as a new "American Pie". When Casey (Skylar Astin) and Miller (Miles Teller) reunite to celebrate their old school friend Jeff Chang … Continue reading 21 & Over (2013) Review

Under The Skin (2014) Review

From the moment the film begins with a discordant flurry of violins accompanying disturbingly abstract imagery, it's clear that Director Jonathan Glazer doesn't want "Under The Skin" to be a comfortable viewing experience. It tells the story of an alien (Scarlett Johansson) who arrives on Earth and assumes the identity of a young woman  in order to … Continue reading Under The Skin (2014) Review

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011) Review

There are some films where you can clearly detect the studio production meetings in the finished product. “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy” is such a movie. Originally intended as a vehicle for Vince Vaughan, leading man duties eventually fell to Jason Sudeikis. Arguably, that could be considered an improvement but with the rest of the … Continue reading A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011) Review

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) Review

"The Wolf Of Wall Street" is a big, ballsy movie. It's loud, brash and gets right in your face. It's obscene, profane and gratuitous in every possible way and might just be the best film I've seen in the past twelve months. Incredibly, it's based on a true story: the memoirs of the real Jordan … Continue reading The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) Review

Filth (2013) Review

Typical: you wait ages for a film about Scotland and then two come along at once. But where “Sunshine On Leith” was the happy, charming, airy Dr Jekyll, “Filth” is a dark, twisted, wanton Mr Hyde. “Filth” doesn’t just lift the rock to peer at Scotland’s sordid underbelly, it kicks the rock over, drops its … Continue reading Filth (2013) Review

This Is The End (2013) Review

The stoner movie to end all stoner movies – literally. Seth Rogen’s latest is a drug, alcohol, sex and Milky Way-fuelled comedy blowout with apocalyptic bite as he sends up himself, his friends and the celebrity LA lifestyle. Revolving around a housewarming party thrown by James Franco, played with a indulgent, knowing egotistism by, erm, James … Continue reading This Is The End (2013) Review