Have you seen… Fletch?

Using the original post from this website about Fletch, I’ve created a video version:...

Fletch Lives

I couldn’t watch Fletch recently without watching Fletch Lives. Straight up, the film’s not as good as the original. It starts off with some promise – even musical motifs recycled from the previous film give a real and welcome sense of continuity to proceedings – but really isn’t in...

The Dig

When I was in primary school, I wanted to be an archaeologist. And yes folks, I was an Indiana Jones fan, but I liked to feel I wasn’t being unduly influenced and was more advanced in my thinking. Even as a 10 year old, I had books on archaeology...

Fletch

Just recently I’ve had a bit of a Chevy Chase binge. He was a favourite actor of mine in the 1980s – without question when he was at his peak – and from time to time here in the 2020s I will see YouTube videos about ‘what happened to…’...

Sharpe’s Assassin

I started reading the Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell in the mid to late 1990s. I can place that because many of the novels I bought have ‘TV tie-in’ picture covers, showing Sean Bean in the TV series adaptation, and it ran from 1993 to 1997. For the complete...

Knives Out

Confession. I stayed away from this film for a long time because of its writer/director, Rian Johnson. Even when dear friends saw this film and reported it was a lot of fun, I couldn’t bring myself to watch it because of Johnson’s involvement. Johnson being, after all, the guy...

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 2

I spoke about the first part of Revelation back in July and had plenty of choice comments for the ‘Fox News’ style commentators on YouTube who decided, before they saw a frame of footage, that they would hate it and exactly what all the angles would be. You know...

Get Back

If you were born after The Beatles became ‘a thing’, when and where and why you found them the first time can sometimes be heard to pin-point. They were just there, man. Larger than life. Musical gods. Obviously I can remember moments in my youth which helped inform my...

Maigret

Before the Maigret series of 2016, which is the subject of this post, I had no idea that these stories of Georges Simenon were ‘a thing’ at all. There was apparently a BBC series in the early 1960s which ran to some 50 or so episodes, but it’s not...

Quartered Safe Out Here

Bugger me, this is a good book. Quartered Safe Out Here: A Recollection of the War in Burma – to give its full title – is a World War 2 military memoir by George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman novels, which is how I came to know of...

Weekend at Bernie’s I & II

My recent reading of Andrew McCarthy’s memoir, Brat: An ’80s Story, put me in the mood to watch some McCarthy movies. Rather than pull something obvious like Less Than Zero or Pretty in Pink off my DVD shelf, I threw a few bucks at eBay and picked up copies...

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

About 20 years ago there was a documentary called Dogtown and Z-Boys. Narrated by Sean Penn, it was this amazing slice of Southern California in the 1970s and how the surf culture of the area bled into skateboarding, taking it from something a bit naff from the 60s that...

Jobs

I recently tapped out some thoughts on the 2015 film, Steve Jobs, so as the second part of an exercise I’m here to discuss the 2013 film, Jobs. Both films were made after their titular character passed away in real life, in 2011. Spookily, I realise only just now,...

Brat: An ’80s Story

When I was finishing up primary school and moving into high school, Andrew McCarthy was one of the pin-up boys all the girls were into. For a period between 1985 and 1990 it felt like he was in ‘everything’ and had been around for ages, but I think that’s...