Cobra Kai

Earlier today I wrote about Worzel Gummidge, and the way in which it’s highly respectful to the source material, as well as an earlier television series. Cobra Kai falls into the same category. When I was nine years old, The Karate Kid was one of the hot movies of...

Worzel Gummidge

Although I was first exposed to Doctor Who in the late 1970s as a three or four year old, I wasn’t watching the series “properly” and understanding the different eras, different Doctors, and so on, until much later into the 1980s. Which left a middle ground where in the...

Waiting for Guffman

Christopher Guest is best known for playing Nigel Tufnel, the lead guitarist of the rock band Spinal Tap in This Is Spinal Tap but has had such a huge career in film outside of that role that it must sometimes frustrate him to always have the reference come up....

The Jesters

I was doing publicity for the film Tomorrow When The War Began back in 2010 and ended up chaperoning a few social media commentators when interviewing stars from the film. It was a role I’d performed on many films before then, and would perform on many films after, but...

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

I’m a Batman fan through and through, but I don’t pretend to have read or seen everything Dark Knight related. Even something like Gotham by Gaslight, which is a really well-known one-shot from 1989 is something I knew of, and was quite interested in because of the premise/setting, but had...

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

When Sabrina the Teenage Witch aired on TV between 1996 and 2003, I was between the ages of 21 and 28. It was the least likely thing for me to be interested in. It was, to my mind, some terrible sitcom for kids, with a really crappy-looking talking cat,...

ELITE

When I wrote about 13 Reasons Why, I spoke a little about my enjoyment of TV shows and movies that show the US high school experience. I won’t go over that again here, although I will mention that while watching Chilling Adventures of Sabrina last night, I asked my...

The War of the Worlds

Back in… gosh, I really don’t know… maybe 1985… maybe 1986… we went into primary school as usual and found our teacher was ill. A regular substitute (whom I’d liked for years), called Mrs Hamer, took our class for the day. Now that I look back, this was probably...

The Singapore Grip

I read a few reviews before I watched The Singapore Grip, because I was curious as to whether it would be worth my time. The Christmas and New Year break from work delivers me some idle hours, but they aren’t infinite. And so, going into this six-part series, I...

The Devil All the Time

Sometimes you watch a movie and feel like you’ve been a through a genuine kind of experience. It might be good, it might be bad. It might be one you want to revisit as soon as the credits finish rolling and you’ve had a bathroom break, or it might...

Sherlock Holmes

There are two things you will hear over and over again about the Grenada Television series of Sherlock Holmes which ran for four series between 1984 and 1994 under the banners of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes and The...

13 Reasons Why

There is a romanticised kind of US high school experience that I sometimes find it hard to say no to. That doesn’t mean I’m about to use this piece to express a love of Glee or High School Musical – far from it – but every now and then...

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

If you’ve read what I’ve had to say about Batman: The Killing Joke, you’ll already – unconsciously – know a lot of the background to how I also came across the original version of The Dark Knight Returns. Basically I was in my teens, I liked Batman, and I had...

Batman: The Killing Joke

When I was a kid of maybe 13-ish or 14-ish, there was a one-shot Batman graphic novel called The Killing Joke which I thought was the bomb. I was just the right age to think 60s Adam West Batman on TV was absolutely ridiculous (although truth be told, I’d...

From the Sky Down

I was inspired by Achtung Baby’s 29th anniversary the other day to pen a few words on the LP; something that I didn’t know was coming up on the calendar. It just happened and in the best way, whoosh, the words came out. Meanwhile, a good month or so back,...