In a world of spin, propaganda and outright lies, Fox News seems like a counter-intuitive choice for a fact-based drama: Bombshell (2020) Review

In a world of spin, propaganda and outright lies, Fox News may seem like a counter-intuitive choice for a fact-based drama but facts there are in this frustratingly superficial look under the rock of America’s foremost right-wing rhetoric factory. The film charts the eventual fall from…well, not grace exactly…in any event, it charts the fall…

The Front Runner (2019) stumbles right out of the gate.

Jason Reitman’s dull but dutiful checkbox biopic rakes over the long-dead ashes of the run-up to the 1988 US Presidential election but fails to find anything to really say beyond a milquetoast critique of the current personality politics which dominates American public life. Charting the rise and fall of charismatic Colorado Senator Gary Hart (Hugh…

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Iron Man 3 (2013)

With the USA under siege by a terrorist known as The Mandarin, things get personal for Tony Stark when ‘Happy’ Hogan is injured in one of his bombings. Challenging the terrorists to come and get him, Tony is caught out when they do just that. Cut off and alone with a malfunctioning, prototype suit, Stark…

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Rejected multiple times for military service during World War II, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top-secret programme aimed at creating the ultimate soldier. When his qualities put him at the head of the pack, he undergoes an experimental procedure which gives him superhuman strength and endurance, but the experiment is interrupted by agents of HYDRA….

No Escape (2015) Review

‘Ello cupcakes. As you know I usually review horror films for my mate the Craggus, so this is a bit of a change for me. Having said that, this movie epitomizes why I generally stick to traditional horror films: real life horror is so much more difficult to stomach. Centred on the Dwyer family, the…

Blackhat (2015) Review

Veteran director Michael Mann’s latest takes the charismatic screen presence of Chris Hemsworth and the white hot topicality of computer hacking and combines them into a muddled and painfully dull misfire that sacrifices drama and spectacle in favour of technical accuracy. When a Chinese Nuclear Power Station is subject to a hacking attack which destroys…