How do you follow up a juke box musical movie based around the exploits of a pair of jail bird Blues Brothers? Well, it seems the answer for Dan Aykroyd, co-writer both there and here, was to write a movie about a group of underfunded scientists in New York who set out as Ghostbusters. I... Continue Reading →

Army Of Darkness

Rounding my seasonal rewatch of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy (as I watch it’s a few days before Halloween) we come to the most elaborate and different of the trio, Army Of Darkness (sometimes AKA The Medieval Dead). Much like the shift from the first to the second films, the shift to third sees a... Continue Reading →

Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn

After watching the original The Evil Dead recently I continued my journey through this most bizarre of trilogies with, seemingly logically, Sam Raimi’s 1987 follow up Evil Dead 2, sometimes subtitled ‘Dead By Dawn’. The reason for this being a somewhat bizarre trilogy, other than the subject matter, is that this sequel is, in pretty much... Continue Reading →

The Evil Dead (1981)

While Evil Dead 2 was one of my prime entries into not just horror but my love of film in general, its predecessor is a film I’ve not seen as often but I have always held in high regard and so, as Halloween approaches this year, I thought it time to give it another watch.... Continue Reading →

Kill Your Darlings

If you’ve followed this blog for a while you’ll probably have noticed my interest in the Beat Generation and things associated with them, so it’s probably no surprise that, on something of a whim, I gave John Krokidas’ 2013 movie Kill Your Darlings a watch. The movie, which tellingly starts with a (very) bold declaration... Continue Reading →

Metallica and San Francisco Symphony – S&M2

Back in 1999 Metallica, the so-called ‘the biggest metal band in the world’, were heading rapidly towards something of a career crossroads that eventually manifested in St Anger and the controversial Some Kind Of Monster documentary. In that period between the Load and Re-Load albums and St. Anger they looked like a band spinning their... Continue Reading →

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

After watching X-Men: Apocalypse recently I thought it time to follow it up with the one entry in the series currently available at home I hadn’t yet seen, X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Based on one of the comic book’s more well known and stand out story arcs that had appeared on a film, in a very different... Continue Reading →

X-Men: Apocalypse

It’s probably telling that when I first saw X-Men: Apocalypse, the 9th film in the series as a whole and direct follow up to Days Of Future Past, on a wet afternoon in Bournemouth I didn’t feel the inspiration to write a review of it. Now four years later I thought it was time to... Continue Reading →

The Man Who Laughs

Going into The Man Who Laughs I really wasn’t sure what to expect. While I’m aware of its source, a Victor Hugo novel, its not something I’ve read and really all I knew of the film was the image of Conrad Veidt with his mouth fixed in that iconic, rictus grin that inspired Batman’s arch... Continue Reading →

Almost Famous

20 years today (as I watched it) Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical rock ‘n’ roll teen romance road movie, Almost Famous, made its debut. I first saw it not too long after its release and have seen it a few times over the years, particularly the directors cut, which is what I was watching again here. The... Continue Reading →

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