Fresh (2022): Sebastian Stan and Daisy Edgar-Jones add star power to this middling horror

Sebastian Stan is a sexy bastard. Can we all agree on that? OK, good. Now that’s out the way let’s get down to the matter at hand, which is: what is it that sexy bastards do? Well, they be sexy bad boys, for one. Much in the way that pirates will double cross you whenever they can, sexy bastards will only ever be sexy, and … Continue reading Fresh (2022): Sebastian Stan and Daisy Edgar-Jones add star power to this middling horror

Copshop (2021): a stripped-down throwback action-thriller, with a breakout performance from Alexis Louder

Imagine if Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) had a sense of humour. I feel like maybe that was writer-director Joe Carnahan’s pitch to the studio. Or maybe he just said… imagine a deranged Toby Huss with a machine gun and a set of balloons, shooting up a police precinct. For those not in the know, Toby is best known from the superb TV show, Halt … Continue reading Copshop (2021): a stripped-down throwback action-thriller, with a breakout performance from Alexis Louder

Reacher, season 1: Alan Ritchson hits the right notes as the man mountain detective

Out of the gate I gotta say, I liked Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. His performance was good, and the first movie (he did two) directed by the great Christopher McQuarrie, was well received. Yet he could never shake off the fact that, physically, he didn’t look the part. Yes, he got ripped but he’s just too small (he’s 5’7), and Reacher is meant to … Continue reading Reacher, season 1: Alan Ritchson hits the right notes as the man mountain detective

The Last Kingdom: season 5 review (how does the show shape up compared to Vikings?)

First off, I have to say, I am a big fan of viking-based shows, particularly in recent years. As Game of Thrones (2011-2019) began to wind down I found myself looking around for a suitable replacement, and very quickly discovered Vikings (2013-2020). Initially, it didn’t have the same glamour and scheming that Thrones did, but I quickly got into it. It felt different enough, and … Continue reading The Last Kingdom: season 5 review (how does the show shape up compared to Vikings?)

The Adam Project (2022): a sweet enough 80s throwback

This movie is… OK. I mean, it’s entertaining and heart-warming enough, albeit a bit scrappy in terms of storytelling and action. One point to note is that Ryan Reynolds does some of the best acting of his career, and puts real emotional weight into a couple of scenes. Something I never thought I’d say. This film was directed by Shawn Levy, who did Real Steel … Continue reading The Adam Project (2022): a sweet enough 80s throwback

The Map Of Tiny Perfect Things (2021): an adorable entry in the time loop genre

I was listening to an Empire magazine podcast about time loop movies recently, and they mentioned The Map Of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) as a film which is a rather lovely entry in the genre. Not long ago I’d seen Palm Springs (2020), another great time loop movie, and thoroughly enjoyed that. So the other day I thought, why not, if they think this one … Continue reading The Map Of Tiny Perfect Things (2021): an adorable entry in the time loop genre

The Matrix Resurrections (2021): an intimate conclusion to the Neo saga

Don’t believe reviews that give this movie a kicking, it’s not that bad. In fact, in parts it’s rather good. One reviewer said it’s the Star Wars: The Force Awakens of this franchise, which feels apt. In that it heavily references events from the first three movies, sometimes in a subtle way, sometimes less so. And therein lies the problem. Some fans were likely hoping … Continue reading The Matrix Resurrections (2021): an intimate conclusion to the Neo saga

Upcoming TV shows I’m excited to see (mostly in 2022)

There’s no doubt we’re in a golden age of TV at the moment with streaming: with Netflix, Prime, Disney+, Apple TV and more. What a time to be alive. With so many good shows out there and more coming up, I wanted to highlight a few I’m excited to see. What are you keen to watch, coming up this year and next? The Last Kingdom, … Continue reading Upcoming TV shows I’m excited to see (mostly in 2022)

Making the case for Cutthroat Island (1995)

Remember when Pirates Of The Caribbean came out? Did you like it? Did it have swash and buckle and pirate shenanigans aplenty? Did it also feel like a breath of fresh air in terms of the types of blockbuster movies out there? For me, it did, particularly coming off the back of the avalanche of ’90s disaster movies. And many others felt the same too, … Continue reading Making the case for Cutthroat Island (1995)