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Monsters Review

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Just back from seeing Monsters at FACT in Liverpool followed by an excellent meal at Tapas Tapas. Monsters is a science fiction, road movie, love story, monster invasion film and I can’t think of a single film to really compare it to.  Six years after giant aliens landed on Earth the South of the US […]

The American

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

The American is probably the slowest film I’ve seen in a long time – it’s certainly the slowest thriller I’ve seen for several years.  Personally I really liked how slow it was but, as was the case for the friend I went to see it with, it could be too slow for many. George Clooney’s […]

Burke and Hare Review

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

I’ll keep this short because Burke and Hare doesn’t have a lot to be said about it. Pegg and Serkis make an interesting pair in the title roles and had some chemistry but they are left to carry the film.  Fisher and Hynes aren’t bad as the respective character’s love interest and wife.  Unfortunately their […]

The Town

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Potted review: The Town is an excellent, gritty heist movie that manages to effortlessly develop characters and plots. I like my heist movies gritty and personal. I’ll enjoy an Ocean’s 11 style romp but a character driven drama like Heat is what I yearn for. The Town absolutely falls into that genre. The Town’s strongest […]

Yes, Prime Minister

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

I went to see Yes, Prime Minister at the Gielgud Theatre in London on the 18th September.  It’s a gentle re-imagining of the original rather than a rerun with a different cast, it’s not as radical in its re-imagining  as say Battlestar Galactica (thankfully Bernard hasn’t done a Starbuck).  However the changes aren’t just the […]

The Expendables

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Potted review: The Expendables is OK but a bit of a missed opportunity – was Stalone been eating Quiche while writing? I went to see The Expendables last night.  I had worried that the Arnie, Bruce Willis and Stalone scene was going to turn out to be flan;  that the whole of it might have […]

Review: Salt

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Salt the Spoiler Free one line review: Salt is a good action film but slightly generic and not quite as good as I’d hoped for but certainly better than a lot I’ve seen. My spoiler filled longer thoughts on Salt follow this picture… Salt isn’t a bad action film and I don’t think it suffered […]

The A-Team

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

The trailers and the Orange advert had built up my expectation for The A-Team.  The reviews and past experience of remakes (I’m looking at you The Dukes of Hazard) had dampened my hopes. It starts out well – the origin story for the team is nice if a little light and sets up the characters […]

Why I Write Reviews

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Why do I write what I call reviews? The short answer: Because it helps me think about my own writing. The long answer: I used to write what I’ll call proper reviews, they’d appear in Valkyrie and Ragnarok.  My review of 7th Sea produced at short notice got me the writing gig with Valkyrie so […]


Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Normally I write these things I loosely describe as reviews the same night as seeing a film or TV show. Waiting any longer risks thinking too much about the subject or forgetting a detail. That’s why I didn’t write about Sherlock last week and why I almost didn’t write about Inception that I went to […]

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