Prey (2022): Amber Midthunder is the tiny bad ass we need right now

I confess, I barely remember Predator (1987). I mean, I remember the general cut and thrust… Arnie in the jungle, ‘if it bleeds, we can kill it’… all of that. I just don’t remember the details, and I don’t remember it as well as the super fans do. Weirdly, Predator 2 (1990), the one with Danny Glover, comes to mind a little easier. Maybe the … Continue reading Prey (2022): Amber Midthunder is the tiny bad ass we need right now

Bullet Train (2022): a fun ride, but a little slight and a little pleased with itself

Sometimes I forget that it’s summer (well, other than the relentless heatwaves to remind me, of course). And summertime means we get dumb blockbusters. Although there’s a solid argument to be made that action movies don’t have to be dumb, and this Reddit thread has some good examples. It does feel like though, that in recent times Hollywood (and I include studios like Netflix) have … Continue reading Bullet Train (2022): a fun ride, but a little slight and a little pleased with itself

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) – what the hell happened?

So I wrote a review then sat on it, and then scrapped it. I guess I needed some time for the dust to settle, or my rage to subside, one or the other. Honestly, to go from the heady heights of Thor: Ragnarok (2017) to the abject laziness that is Love and Thunder, to be honest, hurts more than anything else. I guess I’d love … Continue reading Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) – what the hell happened?

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

Copshop (2021): 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 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 (how does it compare 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 (how does it compare 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