Monthly Archives: December 2013

TOP TEN: WORST FILMS OF 2013

Having recently written an article praising the top ten (IMO) contributions to cinema this past year, what could be more refreshing than taking ten bad films and slagging them off? Well, maybe there are a few better things, like fun times with family and friends, or drugs…but if one did what one wanted all the […]

TOP TEN: Films of 2013

Hundreds of films come out each year. Most of them are rubbish. Below is a list of ten 2013 cinema releases that this film goer thought were worth watching. A couple have already been labelled landmarks in movie making history, while others will no doubt soon disappear into the obscurity of the IMDb catalogue. Only […]

What I Watched Last Night: Tron (1982) and Tron: Legacy (2010)

Whether the cheese fest that is 1982’s Tron needed a sequel is debatable, but it nevertheless got one (albeit 28 years after the event), and since I watched them both back to back, I’d thought I’d write about/compare the two. If human versions of all the world’s computer programs really did exist in some kind […]

REVIEW: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – 3/5

Director:  Peter Jackson Certificate:  12A Cast:  Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry Running Time:  161 min   Plot:  Embarking on the middle chapter of their Middle-earth saga, Bilbo et al continue to walk, run, fight and float their way towards the Lonely Mountain. And a […]

HOBBIT HYPE: Interviews and Virals

The time is nigh…we only have four days to waste before Friday and the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Inevitably, there are all manner of behind the scenes videos, exclusives and interview clips abounding on the interwebs. It’s easy to access the content but hard to whittle it down to the few […]

TOP FIVE: WATERFALL FALLS

Has there ever been a film in which the protagonists found themselves floating down stream and there wasn’t a waterfall? So clichéd is that frothy precipice of doom that it’s a wonder any film character doesn’t see it coming. Here are five movie moments which managed to make a splash in spite of the predictability […]

TOP FIVE: Usurpers

For certain people/animals, more is never enough. Listed below are five of the most heinous, power hungry fiends to ever (dis)grace the silver screen. 5. Scar – The Lion King (1994) – Scrambling and clawing for survival, Mufasa cries out to his brother Scar for aid. Instead of help, he gets a vicious mauling and […]

HOBBIT HYPE: World Premiere

The world premier for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took place last night in Los Angeles, and Warner Bros broadcast it over the interwebs with a live stream. In case you missed it, the full 1 hour 18 minute long video is on YouTube and be found with this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPvu9RaGRTo While it wasn’t a hugely […]

HOBBIT HYPE: SMAUGS ON A PLANE

Look at Smaug. He’s on a plane. Here it is; the world’s first proper look at Peter Jackson’s Smaug, the dragon under the mountain and bane of dwarves everywhere. Except that he isn’t under the mountain, he’s on a plane. Apparently Air New Zealand is ‘The Airline of Middle-earth’ and thus have been exclusively selected […]

TOP TEN: Christmas Films

There are too many films about Christmas. Moreover, the majority are so overstuffed with happy time notions about human decency and spiritual enlightenment that they make you want to pour whiskey all over a pile of mince pies, pigs in blankets and quality street toffee pennies before shovelling it down and slipping into a coma. […]