Forever and a Day

Forever and a Day is a James Bond novel by English novelist and screenwriter, Anthony Horowitz, promoted as a prequel to the original Ian Fleming novel, Casino Royale. That’s a tall order, with it needing to show Bond earning his status as a double-0 agent (by killing a WW2...

Patton

Where do you start with a film like Patton? It’s such an old film now, a lot of people might not realise it won seven Academy Awards back in the day, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. For portraying George S. Patton, actor George C. Scott...

Devil May Care

There was a time, long ago – helped by a one-and-a-bit hours each way on a train every day to work – where I’d smash an entire novel, and part of another, during the five day work week. Easy-peasy. The upshot of this being, when someone looks at the...

The Trip to Greece

I’m going to hate writing this piece because, broadly, I like all the films in this series: The Trip, The Trip to Italy, The Trip to Spain, and now, The Trip to Greece. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan playing slightly tweaked versions of themselves, in exotic locations, eating great...

Dark

When I started watching Dark – an English dubbed, German science fiction thriller on Netflix – I had people crawling out of the woodwork to tell me to watch it carefully, it was very complex, and so on. Within a few episodes as the main theme of the series...

Val

When I was 11 years old, Val Kilmer was Iceman in Top Gun. I hated the character. I was resolutely on the side of Maverick and Goose. By the time I was 16, however, he was Jim Morrison in The Doors. I was heavily into the band at that...

The Rock

Back in June, during one of my late-night, ‘Let’s see what’s on YouTube…’ nights in front of the TV, I came across, The Rock is DEFINITELY a James Bond Movie. I was intrigued by this and concluded: 25 years since The Rock came out? Whoa. Had I ever seen...

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 1

There’s about a dozen ways I could start writing this piece. I could talk about my relationship with Masters of the Universe as a kid in the early 80s. I had the toys. I read the mini-comics that came with the toys. And, of course, I watched the TV...

Top Secret!

From the sublime to the (absolutely) ridiculous. After watching Casablanca last night I had the extremely random urge to put on Top Secret! This is a 1984 piece featuring a very young Val Kilmer alongside the likes of Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing, and Michael Gough who are clearly there...

Casablanca

Continuing my new-found drive to watch films and TV series I’ve heard about all my life from people I respect but have never actually watched – or watched them at such a young age I have no proper “adult” memory of them – I found myself last night loading...

The Deer Hunter

Growing up, you hear all about movies from the previous generation that, for one reason or another, you never actually get to see. The Deer Hunter, released the year I turned three, is one such movie. It’s been talked about in reverent tones by various people all my life,...

Fear Street Part Three: 1666

Having already smashed through parts one and two of Fear Street, I find myself about to comment on the third and concluding chapter. Did it live up to expectations or did it poop the bed? Let’s dive in. As we knew at the end of Fear Street Part Two:...

Murder on the Orient Express

You may have already seen my comments on Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun; two Hercule Poirot films produced by John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin. Murder on the Orient Express predates both of these films and was the first time Brabourne and Goodwin teamed up to...

Fear Street Part Two: 1978

When I looked at the first part of this movie trilogy on Netflix, you probably got the rough idea that I was happy with it. Yes, I had to calibrate my brain back into teenage, angsty, 1990s, horror/comedy territory. But I got there, and the story really drew me...

James May: Oh Cook!

There’s probably a kind of innocent Amazon viewer, just searching around for a nice cookery show, who’s completely missed that Oh Cook! is a play on James May’s common expressions of, “Oh cock!” and even more simply, “Cock!” on shows like Top Gear and The Grand Tour. So that’s...