Category: Film

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...

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…’...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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:...