It’s been a mixed bag this year. Streaming continues to grow with the mighty Disney+ banging out show after show, and Apple TV+ is on the rise. And yet we’re still in a pandemic. Lots of shows have suffered delays, stacking up like buses or planes low on fuel and landing one by one on the runway (like in Die Hard 2). That said, there’s … Continue reading My top TV shows of 2021
First off… I’ve not read the books. All I know is that this show is fantasy and has a hefty Amazon budget. From the first episode I felt like I got the measure of the story and the world quite quickly; it wants to be Game of Thrones meets The Witcher, with more than a dash of Lord of the Rings thrown in. The trouble … Continue reading The Wheel of Time season 1: a promising start
It’s that time of year again — spooky Christmas! For some of us, Halloween is far more interesting an occasion to celebrate than the fake birthday of Jesus. It’s the time of year for witches, magic, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, vampires, and things that go bump in the night. That time when weirdos and misfits come out to play, and everything gets a bit supernatural. If … Continue reading Halloween movies to watch on streaming (UK) in 2021
After watching The Green Knight at the cinema recently it got me thinking about knights in movies… movie knights, if you will — and which are the best, the bravest, the most chivalrous, and the funniest. That sort of thing. First, though, we need to define them. The dictionary describes a knight as ‘a mounted soldier in armour’. So for them to make the cut … Continue reading Knight fever! Who are your favourite knights in movies?
I guess from the title you can probably tell what I thought of this movie. It’s one of those I file under ‘critics love it but audiences don’t really get it’. Well, when I say audiences, I mean people like me. And I suppose I could say that I did get it, in that I understood what the filmmakers were trying to do. I just … Continue reading The Green Knight review: strange, beautiful, but hard to love
Any show that has Ben Barnes and bone in the same sentence is already onto a winner, particularly for those that saw him as bad boy Billy Russo in The Punisher. But before I get carried away let’s backtrack. Shadow & Bone (2021) is set in a fantasy world of magic and monsters and based on a series of books by Leigh Bardugo: the first … Continue reading Shadow & Bone season 1: magic, fantasy and a brooding Ben Barnes
There’s no denying Darren Aranofsky is a unique filmmaker. Prior to Noah his most accessible work (if you can call it that) was probably The Wrestler followed by Black Swan, the latter which – let’s face it – had many moments of ‘out there’ insanity. Audiences expecting more of the former kind of storytelling will probably come away rather surprised, as his latest offering has … Continue reading Is Darren Aranofsky modern cinema’s Noah?
Whether it’s for comedy purposes or to build the tension in a thriller or horror, a nice memorable phrase repeated over and over has a certain unrelenting quality to it – something is going to happen and chances are it won’t be good for the person on the receiving end. Here are some of my favourites: Warriors… come out to play! Picture the scene in … Continue reading Who loves a good chant?
Apparently Ben Stiller has been trying to get The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to the screen for the best part of two decades. Something you notice as it unfolds, at least in terms of slightly odd events taking place. But then, the film is slightly odd. And I mean that in a good way. As Winona Ryder’s Lydia says in Beetlejuice, ‘Live people tend … Continue reading Walter Mitty: has Ben Stiller come of age?