Going into Dexter Fletcher's Rocketman, a movie telling the story of undeniable pop icon Elton John, I have to admit to being somewhat trepidatious. As Fletcher had been involved with the fine but sanitised and unchallenging Bohemian Rhapsody, that told the story of Freddie Mercury I will be honest and say I expected more of... Continue Reading →

Sleepy Hollow

In 1999 not only was the world on the verge of a new era as the millennium approached but, it transpired with hindsight, so were the careers of both director Tim Burton and his fairly regular collaborator and star Johnny Depp as they released the gothic fantasy Sleepy Hollow. While Depp went on to commercial... Continue Reading →


Children's television has, since its inception, been a thing that from time to time comes up with a show that jumps its generally perceived boundaries to appeal to a wider audience. One such recent example has been CBBC's Horrible Histories (which I've watched my way through a couple of times) so, when they put out... Continue Reading →

Blue Velvet

Quite some time ago I set myself a challenge to work my way through David Lynch's filmography by watching one of his films a week - fairly predictably that lasted about three weeks with Eraserhead, The Elephant Man and Dune, but now, sometime (and the entirety of Twin Peaks, including Fire Walk With Me and... Continue Reading →

A Fish Called Wanda

More years ago than is probably reasonable I remember watching John Cleese's A Fish Called Wanda (as writer, producer, star and supposedly co-director I feel its fair to mark him as 'auteur' here, rather like Tommy Wiseau with The Room) as it featured not just Cleese but fellow Python Michael Palin and, having been a... Continue Reading →

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Over the last decade and a half or so I have, to a greater or lesser extent, enjoyed every entry into what's become the Marvel Cinematic Universe form Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame, so, when Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse landed in 2019 I really wasn't sure what to make of it, and that's probably why... Continue Reading →

Hail Satan?

Given its subject it's probably no surprise if you follow my blog that Penny Lane's 2019 documentary Hail Satan? has been on my watch list for sometime. That said, as I hit play on Netflix tonight, I still didn't really know what to expect from it as the subject matter, on the surface, could easily... Continue Reading →

Jay And Silent Bob Reboot

For the best part of the last two decades, I don't think it's too controversial to say, that Kevin Smith's directorial efforts have, to be polite, gone off the boil — and for many his stuff before was of limited appeal too, though, being of the age and mindset I am, certainly his original run... Continue Reading →

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

In the world of movies, until The Room came along, one stood out as the most universally derided but at the same time loved - Edward D. Wood Jr's 1959 magnum opus, Plan 9 From Outer Space. After watching Tim Burton's Ed Wood recently I had to go back and re-watch Wood's 'classic' as my... Continue Reading →

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