Deadpool 2

Given the general law of diminishing returns, or at least more of the same, feeling surrounding recent comic book move sequels, I have to say I put Deadpool 2 (for the record, the extended 'Super Duper' cut) into the Blu-ray player with a general sense of low expectations. While the pre-credits sequence and the James... Continue Reading →

BlacKkKlansman

I think it's fair to say that Spike Lee comes with a certain reputation when it comes to making films that deal with issues around race, so, going into BlackKkKlansman there was a fair amount of expectation and assumption already in place. Added to this was the marketing around the true story on which it was... Continue Reading →

Ghost Stories

The portmanteau horror film was something of a mainstay back in the days of Hammer horror in the 1960s and 70s where several shorter tales were combined to make one feature-length movie, generally linked by some kind of thematic device, be it a simple presenter/storyteller or something more inventive. Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's Ghost... Continue Reading →

The Maltese Falcon

A little while ago I read and re-watched the tale that many discuss as being the peak of film noir (and its literary equivalent hard-boiled), The Big Sleep. With the down at heel detective, glamorous femme fatale and tale of intrigue and murder it's hard to argue against it. However, four years before that film... Continue Reading →

Heathers – 30th Anniversary Screening

Back in 1988 the teen movie as we would recognise it today had, arguably, reached its peak with the likes of The Breakfast Club. So it only seems right that someone took the opportunity to send it up. What director Michael Lehmann and writer Daniel Walters did with Heathers though was, rather than spoofing the conventions of... Continue Reading →

Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide

Having grown up through the 1980s and 90s the notion of the ‘video nasty’ is one that lingers long and strong in my memory. From The Young Ones referencing it (with the help of The Damned) to more serious news stories claiming this set of films had led to some of the most despicable crimes,... Continue Reading →

I Saw The Light

Before there were rock stars, before Elvis or Jerry Lee or even Little Richard, there was Hank Williams. Playing country music in honky-tonks before working his way up to being a genuine phenomenon as a recording artist and songwriter, he fit the mould of rock star just as much as any of the others, so... Continue Reading →

This. Is. Progress.

Back in 2012 a couple of guys, one a comedian and one a comedian's agent, got together and put on a wrestling show for 300 people at The Garage in Highbury. For their second show they were joined by a musical theatre performer and actor and now, 74 'chapter' shows and countless other events later... Continue Reading →

Samurai Cop

Every now and then a film comes along that you simply can't quite figure out not only how it actually got made but how it got to the point that the general public could actually watch it. While I've covered my share of schlocky, supposedly 'so bad their good' fare like Troma's Toxic Avenger, Surf Nazi's... Continue Reading →

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