There are films that you can burn after watching, those that are disposable entertainment. There are those that are entertaining, yet have something to say. These leave you thinking. Then there are those films that defy definition. Hollywood used to be called the dream factory. Some directors take that name literally and offer us films that don’t adhere to straightforward narratives. These films aren’t for everybody. They are like sweet dreams…or beautiful nightmares. They are, in a word, surreal. Continue reading
Stephen King’s IT is lighting up the jaded box office around the world as I’m typing this sentence. It’s hit the biggest opening weekend for a film released in September, for a horror film, and is the second biggest opening weekend for an R-rated film (just behind Deadpool). Right now, Hollywood executives must be trawling the back catalogue of Stephen King books to cash in on this gold mine. Of course, IT has a sequel to follow. On the negative side, The Dark Tower slumped (IT took more on one day than The Dark Tower did for its entire theatrical release).
Well, after the summer holidays, it’s Back To School for most young people in the UK this week! Unfortunately, I’m an adult, so going back to school is not an option for me. I am not able to have six straight weeks off work over the summer to enjoy my freedom. I have four weeks off a year, and I can’t take them off consecutively. But I look back on my school days fondly. Yes, I miss them, especially the high school days. I can’t remember much about primary school, but high school evokes plenty of happy memories for me. Innocence, learning lots of things, going through puberty, having lots and lots of friends…But they are over now. However, films have me covered in this area. There are a plethora of films about high school that jog my memory about my high school days. So here are my Top 10 High School Films! Continue reading
Twenty years ago today, Judgment Day happened…Skynet became self-aware and tried to wipe out humanity. Or, Skynet would have done had the T-800, Sarah Connor and John Connor not prevented it. Today, Terminator 2: Judgment Day is being re-released in 3D to “celebrate” the twentieth anniversary of the avoided Judgment Day. Personally, I would have had Terminator 2 re-released last year for the 25th anniversary of it’s release. But what do I know? I’m not James Cameron. But it will be glorious to see Arnie and co on the big screen (I never had the opportunity to see T2 on the big screen!). It got me to thinking…what are my favourite Arnie films? He’s been in some of the all-time greats, and some of the most terrible films committed to celluloid. He’s done it all, from becoming a mega movie star to being Governor of California. I’m sure more than a few people would prefer him to be President over Mr. Trump. But, alas, that’s not possible. So all I can offer is my list of Top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger Films! Continue reading
Summerslam 2017 has been and gone. It was a PPV of two halves (or there about). The first half was forgettable, verging on awful: the second half consisted of very good to great matches. I’ve seen my fair share of Summerslam PPVs, and it got me to thinking…what are my favourite Summerslam matches? The PPV has been host to some corkers since its inception. So here are my Top 10 WWE Summerslam matches!
Hey, did you realise it’s been thirty years since 1987? I was but a little boy back then, in the heady days of Thatcher’s reign over Britain and the closing years of the Cold War. While I was watching Thomas The Tank Engine (and being scared out of my wits by the Ghost Train episode!), 1987 was being graced with great films. Of course, as I grew up, I became acquainted with the films of 1987 (not all of them, however. I still haven’t seen The Princess Bride!). Here are my Top 10 Films of 1987! Continue reading
The GameCube celebrated its fifteen anniversary last year. However, it was released on May 3rd 2002 over here in Europe, so technically it’s fifteen years old this year as well. I was an unabashed Nintendo fan back in the day. I had all of their consoles (well, apart from the Virtual Console). They could do no wrong in my eyes. When the Gamecube was announced, I wasn’t too fussed on the name, but that didn’t matter. It was a new console from Nintendo! I remember playing Luigi’s Mansion for the first time. Who needed Mario when you had his brother being a Ghostbuster? Luigi’s Mansion was the tip of the iceberg when it came to great games for the Gamecube. And here are my Top 10 Games for the Gamecube!
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk was released last week. We’ve seen World War II done to death, in cinema, video games and books. But I trust Nolan to deliver something new and unique in the sub-genre. But it got me to thinking about the war genre as a whole. What are my favourite war films? Of course, the list could consist solely of World War II films, as there are plenty of them. However, I always try to broaden my horizons, especially when it comes to war films. I like to find something a little…different! So here are my Top 10 War Films! Continue reading
For the general public to see the same film at the cinema twice (or more), the film has to be something spectacular. If you own an Odeon Limitless Card, then perhaps things are different for you. Seeing a film twice means only spending money on food/drink, rather than tickets. For most people, seeing the same film twice at the cinema means spending twice the amount of money on a film. That means more than twenty pounds or more in most cases (plus the cost of food/drink). I’ve been taken aback by more than a few films at the cinema. There are a number that have forced me to watch them again, as soon as possible, on the big screen. Continue reading
I missed out on the NES Mini…and it looks like I’ll miss out on the SNES Mini as well! It was only announced yesterday, but you’ll search far and wide to pre-order one today. I suppose I I can console myself that my SNES is still in working condition. Well, I hope so, haven’t played it for a while. But the SNES Mini contains more than a few games that I haven’t played, such as Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy III. For £80, I’d call it value for money. But it got me to thinking…what are my favourite SNES games? I thought long and hard. Although I played my NES to death, I never really appreciated what a video game was all about until the SNES. I reached a semblance of maturity as the SNES came into my life. It taught me so much! So here is my Top 10 SNES Games! Continue reading