Author: Rob Irwin

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...

Fear Street Part One: 1994

Where to start with this one? Let’s see… I presume one target audience for this is people who loved things like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, back in the 1990s. I can’t speak directly to that because… I never saw them. Yep, at the ripe...

Michael Palin’s New Europe

When Michael Palin made Around the World in 80 Days, I was 14 years old. I thought it was amazing. I was – and still am – a major Monty Python fan, as well as many of the off-shoot projects Palin had been involved in over the years, such...

The Great Journey: Big Finish Doctor Who Monthly Range 31-40

The Best Spare Parts by Marc Platt Jubilee by Robert Shearman Neverland by Alan Barnes The Church and the Crown by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright Bang-Bang-a-Boom! by Gareth Roberts & Clayton Hickman The Sandman by Simon A. Forward The Time of the Daleks by Justin Richards The Rest...

Clarkson’s Farm

Jeremy Clarkson is a polarising figure. Indeed, in the case of some people, I’d say even a triggering one. Just the other day, as I celebrated a possible second series of Clarkson’s Farm on Twitter, a (now ex-) podcast listener of mine Tweeted a seven-year-old article about him; a...

Public Enemies

I wasn’t much in the mood for gangster films when Public Enemies opened in 2009. I couldn’t say why. In the past I’d quite enjoyed the odd gangster flick including the all-time classic The Untouchables in 1987 and Goodfellas in 1990 – a movie that was Rated-R, yet a...

The Journalist

I was skipping through Amazon Prime’s movie list and, don’t ask me how, found a 1979 Australian movie I’d never hear of called, The Journalist. I was a little surprised by this as it stars Jack Thompson – a really well-known Australian actor of the 70s and 80s in...

Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians is an interesting sort of film. The poster has Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, and Mark Rylance in 19th century French-style military clothing. They all look tense, like they’re about to be in a battle together – presumably with the aforementioned barbarians. Rylance looks like a...