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...

Evil Under the Sun

If you’ve already read my thoughts on Death on the Nile, you’ll know how I came by Evil Under the Sun. I bought them on DVD at the same time, in a bid to (re)capture seeing the former as a tiny child. The latter, however, I had no memory...

Death on the Nile

Although I will regularly cite The Empire Strikes Back as the first film I actively remember seeing at the cinema, back in 1980, to the degree that I can even remember the exterior and interior of the cinema itself, Death on the Nile hangs around as something I might...

Unbreakable Machine-Doll

I’m not having a good run with anime, of late. I recently said Steins;Gate would have to be the most frustrating anime I’ve ever watched and in Unbreakable Machine-Doll we have an anime which, if it was longer than its 12 episodes, I would have cut and run after...

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...