Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate would have to be the most frustrating anime I’ve ever watched. On paper, it sounds really intriguing. Seriously, let me share with you the blurb I read about the series, leading to my purchase. The microwave is a time machine. Okarin proved it. The self-anointed mad scientist nuked...

The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

I guess after watching Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer recently, Netflix has decided I want true crime all day, every day and promotes such material to me every time I turn it on. That isn’t true by a long shot, but when I saw The Sons...

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

With the fifth Indiana Jones film going into production recently, I thought it might be fun to take a step back to 2008s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  At the time of release I felt the film was OK but ultimately a bit of a let...

Space Battleship Yamato 2202

When I looked at Space Battleship Yamato 2199, I was over-the-moon with how good it was. It was faithful to the original anime, yet it still did plenty of new stuff to excite and surprise. It was, frankly, one of the best remakes of something I’ve ever seen. Every...

Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer

(I watched Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer on Netflix some weeks back and totally forgot to mention it here, so a few brief words to remark on it before it disappears from my memory banks…) I’m not what you’d call a real “true crime” kind of...

Army of the Dead

I’m not much of a zombie film fan. There, I said it. In pop culture this makes me very weird, apparently. But I’ve literally never seen the appeal. Whenever I’d watch one I’d think, “Oh, this is basically the same as the last one… and the one before that…”...

Bill & Ted Face the Music

There have been some films in my lifetime where I’ve seen them in empty theatres, with absolutely no buzz in the media – or among friends – before or after, yet I have loved them utterly and, over time, they have become cult classics. The first Austin Powers is...

The Great Journey: Big Finish Doctor Who Monthly Range 21-30

In order of preference… The One Doctor by Gareth Roberts & Clayton Hickman* The Chimes of Midnight by Robert Shearman* Project: Twilight by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright* The Eye of the Scorpion by Iain McLaughlin* Seasons of Fear by Paul Cornell & Caroline Symcox* Dust Breeding by Mike...

Jupiter’s Legacy

Jupiter’s Legacy is the kind of TV series I should eat up. Based on a comic book series by Mark Millar – who I regard as a genuine talent – and telling the story of superheroes who have evolved through the 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond; real people who...

Midway

When I was small, I’d visit one of my aunties and, while she took tea and talked with my mum and grandmother, I’d amuse myself with whatever was around the house, including a full-size poker machine my uncle kept in a spare room. It’s probably due to playing on...

Wilt

When I was a kid in the mid 80s, I adored things like Not the Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones; the latter series coming from two alumni – Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones – of the former. It was a rich time for UK comedy...

Jojo Rabbit

It would have been late 2019 when I first heard about Jojo Rabbit. “Taika Waititi dressed up as Hitler, poking fun at the Third Reich…” was the elevator pitch from friends. Well, colour me interested. Like so many films (and books, and audios, and albums, etc), it was one...

Spooks: The Greater Good

Well, wasn’t this a game of two halves? On one hand, yes, it follows on from where Spooks ended on TV, albeit a few years down the road. It has several returning characters from that cast which gives a sense of continuity, most notably Peter Firth as Sir Harry...

The Great Journey: Big Finish Doctor Who Monthly Range 11-20

I’m currently on ‘the great journey’ with Big Finish’s monthly range of Doctor Who adventures. Below are the second 10 stories in my order of preference. Your mileage may – and probably will – vary. The Best… Sword of Orion by Nicholas Briggs* The Fires of Vulcan by Steve...

The Comic Strip Presents… The Hunt for Tony Blair

Similar to when I sat down to watch The Strike, I really had no idea what I was getting myself in for with The Hunt for Tony Blair, outside of the fact I know I like Comic Strip Presents material in a broad sort of sense, and it had...