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...

Steve Jobs

Aaron Sorkin is a super well-known writer and I like him whenever I see him interviewed, yet, when I look at his body of work, I’ve hardly seen any of it. The West Wing is the big one; something I believe I’d enjoy if I sat down and watched...

Squid Game

Back on September 20, I wrote on the Doctor Who Show’s Twitter account: Netflix just recommended Squid Game to me. Bloody hell, that trailer. Like the Hunger Games meets THX-1138 or something. September was proving to be a busy month for me – as you can probably see from...

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...