Mindhorn

Coming from the same group of people that created Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Christmas rock opera AD/BC and The Mighty Boosh, there was a fairly solid set of expectations going into Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby's Mindhorn. To say it didn't disappoint in these is an understatement as the story, in an echo of Darkplace, focusses on... Continue Reading →

GLOW

Netflix latest hit 'own brand' series is something of an odd fish. While their Marvel series and Better Call Saul obviously come from established franchises and others are fairly solidly angled genre pieces, GLOW seems to throw things together and hope something entertaining comes out the other end and, to a degree, it does. Based... Continue Reading →

Baby Driver

From the moment Edgar Wright's latest film Baby Driver begins with a full volume blast of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion as we focus on Ansel Elgort's 'Baby' sat in a high-powered car waiting for a heist to take place while rocking out to the sounds of his iPod it's clear this isn't going to... Continue Reading →

Everybody Wants Some!!

Back in 1993 Richard Linklater took a trip back to the world of his youth with Dazed and Confused, throwing the audience headlong into the world of a Texan high school in the mid-1970s and all the typical comings and goings that went along with it, delivered by an ensemble cast of relative unknowns. Now,... Continue Reading →

Young Frankenstein

Mel Brooks has had something of a patchwork career in the film industry. While the likes of Blazing Saddles, The Producers and (for me at least) Robin Hood: Men In Tights are downright classics, Spaceballs and Dracula: Dead and Loving It are somewhat less so. Something of a forerunner to the atrocious Dracula spoof is... Continue Reading →

Silver Linings Playbook

I approached David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook at the recommendation of a friend and, coming into it, I had very little expectation beyond what I'd remembered hearing around the time of its release which, in my mind, had made it sound like a fairly run-of-the-mill romantic comedy - thankfully that assumption proved mostly wrong. Certainly the... Continue Reading →

The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett

When the news broke last week that fantasy author Terry Pratchett had died at the age of 66 there was a great out pouring through social media from his fans around the world, myself included, with words, images and quotes from (arguably) his greatest creation, Death, being shared, liked and tweeted in abundance. As the... Continue Reading →

The Inbetweeners 2

In a genre that can loosely trace its roots back to the amazing The Young Ones in the early 1980s, The Inbetweeners 2 seems to have taken it to a new low in the form of one of the most cringing 96 minutes of film I’ve ever sat through. The film tells the story of... Continue Reading →

The Toxic Avenger Part II

The second in Troma’s flagship franchise, and the follow-up to the film that made their name, ups the stakes in pretty much every regard as the worlds first toxic superhero returns for The Toxic Avenger Part II. The story, which is as convoluted as you might expect, concerns Toxie once again saving Tromaville from a big... Continue Reading →

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