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)

Why Scarlett Johansson should do more sci-fi

I thought about this the other day when my Ghost In The Shell (1995) DVD arrived in the post (as I really wanted to own a copy). To explain: this movie is an anime neo-noir cyberpunk thriller directed by Mamoru Oshii. It was given the Hollywood remake treatment in 2017, with a live-action version starring Scarlett Johansson, which itself got a mixed reception. Not least … Continue reading Why Scarlett Johansson should do more sci-fi

My favourite teen movies (watched growing up, and as an adult)

Teen movies say something about growing up — about being a teenager, the ups and downs and highs and lows, finding one’s self on the cusp of adulthood. A time when hormones and emotions assault your senses and you’re experiencing a bunch of first times: like first love or first sexual encounter, or drink or drugs, or debauched house parties… all that stuff. So I … Continue reading My favourite teen movies (watched growing up, and as an adult)

Guillermo del Toro’s love of vivid colours, beautiful monsters and steampunk

As blog titles go, this one is quite specific. To set the scene… basically, to celebrate Halloween my partner and I have been watching spooky movies. One of those was Crimson Peak (2015) as I’d not seen it, despite being a big del Toro fan. And whilst I appreciated the movie, I didn’t love it. Mostly because the plot and characters didn’t really get me … Continue reading Guillermo del Toro’s love of vivid colours, beautiful monsters and steampunk

Actors who stepped out the shadows of famous parents (2021)

Ah, escaping the legacy of one’s parents. What must that be like? I guess we all have it, to some degree. But if you want to get into acting and you have famous parents, it must be strange. Do you try and make it on your own? Do you use their name to open doors and get you meetings? Let’s say you do start to … Continue reading Actors who stepped out the shadows of famous parents (2021)

My favourite film and TV characters named Mike or Michael

Should you celebrate your name? I think so. Be proud, I say. After all, it’s your name. And thinking on my own name being one of the oldest in the world — it stands to reason that it would’ve turned up in quite a few movies and TV shows. So I decided to investigate. Here are a few favourites. Sean Astin as Mikey in The … Continue reading My favourite film and TV characters named Mike or Michael

My favourite women in film with brightly-coloured hair

Someone I know recently dyed their hair pink. It was previously purple, or maybe green or blue. I forget. Whatever it was, I remember it looked cool at the time. I always noticed it. And let’s face it, if you’ve got bright hair, weird hair, or queer hair, you’re automatically twice as interesting as the rest of us. At least in my book. It’s sort … Continue reading My favourite women in film with brightly-coloured hair