Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #14 Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle (WWE Wrestlemania 21)

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(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31305371/?contentId=31305371&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wrestlemania )

Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle is one of my all-time favourite matches. It had all the elements in place: dream match, WrestleMania match, entertaining feud, and two of the greatest workers in the industry going one on one for the first time. It was a match I had hoped for ever since Shawn Michaels returned to the business. To say I was hyped about it was an understatement. Frequently, high levels of hype result in a disappointment. This did not result in disappointment, but in something exceeding my very high expectations. Continue reading

Review: Dunkirk (2017) (A Nail Biter? Or A Thumb Twiddler?)

“I’m English”

Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan’s latest film. You know, that guy who directed The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception? He’s kind of a big deal. But apparently he’s veering away from fantasy and science fiction with this film about the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II. According to Nigel Farage, Dunkirk is a move all youngsters should see. According to most critics, it’s a film all people should see. Yes, yet again, a Nolan film is receiving high critical acclaim. But does it deserve it? Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #15 John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar (Extreme Rules, WWE Extreme Rules 2012)

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(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31357435/?contentId=31357435&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=extreme_rules )

Brock Lesnar’s returned to the WWE after ten years in 2012. It was a big deal. His first opponent was none other than John Cena. Of course, coming back and giving John Cena an F-5 made him a firm fan favourite. Who doesn’t like seeing Cena get beaten up? I was one of the many people excited for their match at Extreme Rules 2012. I loved every second of it (until the end). However, upon rewatching it for this review, I found myself bored to tears. Without the hype, it was just a plain match that meandered from spot to spot.

Lesnar’s return was fuelled by his success in UFC. It was a major selling point for his character. It also added a veneer of realism to WWE. However, it was clear that he wasn’t prepared for a wrestling match. Yes, he executes a German Suplex or three. But the majority of the match consists of Lesnar punching, elbowing, or kicking Cena. There’s not much else to the match! I remember this match being brutal, but my second viewing saw little brutality. Lesnar may make Cena bleed with a vicious elbow in the first few minutes of the match. That makes it stand out it my mind. But the match is stopped so the medics can stem the bleeding. It’s a sign that the PG era is alive and well.

A spot that would have been much more brutal if Lesnar would have used a chair…

Other flashes of brutality stayed in my mind, like the use of a chain. But all Lesnar does with it is wrap it around Cena’s legs and hang him from a ring post. Now, that does sound brutal. But Lesnar punches him a few times and frees him. Steel stairs comes into play later in the match, but only because Lesnar wants to execute the Kimura hold on Cena whilst lying on the steps. Where’s the sense in that? How does that accentuate the submission hold?

Maybe the sight of seeing John Cena get battered for most of the match made me enjoy it more than I should have done. If you want to see Cena get battered in an entertaining way by Lesnar, maybe watch their match at Summerslam 2014. But this match consists of Lesnar punching Cena for the majority of its duration. There’s the initial excitement of Cena being outmatched by an opponent, but that quickly withers away as Lesnar isn’t prepared for a WWE match. CM Punk’s match with Lesnar that was placed at #28 (click here for my review) should be in this place.

VERDICT: 4/10. If you want to see Cena get punched a lot, this is the match for you. If you want an exciting match, this match isn’t for you. The boredom creeps in after a few minutes and doesn’t leave the match.

Does this match belong in the WWE Network’s Best 100 Matches To See Before You Die? Leave your comments below!

Click here for my review of #16 Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (WWE Wrestlemania X) 

Reaction: Stephen King’s IT – First Official Trailer

“When you’re a kid, you think the universe revolves around you”

The First Official Trailer for the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s IT dropped yesterday. We have seen a film adaptation before of King’s IT, but it was a made for TV movie. It’s average at best, elevated by a creepy performance by Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Without further ado, here’s the trailer:

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Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #16 Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (WWE Wrestlemania X)

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(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31355189?contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wrestlemania&contentId=67740536&watchlistAltButtonContext=series )

Is there a finer WrestleMania opening bout than Bret Hart vs Owen Hart from WrestleMania X? The only match that comes close is Daniel Bryan vs Triple H from ‘Mania XXX. But the quality on show here from the two Canadian brothers is unparalleled. I’d be tempted to put this one into my personal Top 10 WWE matches of all time. Yes, it’s that damn good! The brothers takes each other to the limit, and show the crowd what real wrestling is all about. Bret continued to prove that he was one of the best, and Owen proved that he was a big time player. Continue reading

HAMMY’S TOP 10…WAR FILMS

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

Review: Robocop (1987) (Part Man, Part Machine, All Great Film)

“And remember, we care”

Robocop celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Well, it was last week, but I was on the island of Lokrum sat on the Iron Throne. Holidays pass too quickly! Robocop is one of my favourite films. It holds a place on my Top 10 Films Of All Time (click here to view) and my Top 10 Films I’ve Watched More Than Fives Times (click here to view). I’ve loved it since I was a kid (yes, my parents allowed me to watch a lot of stuff I shouldn’t have watched!). It can be viewed as a straight sci-fi action film, a revenge thriller, a satire on capitalism/privatisation, a Christ parable…but however you view it, it’s a bloody pleasure to watch. Continue reading

Review: Inception (2010) (A Sweet Dream…Or A Beautiful Nightmare?)

“If we are gonna perform Inception then we need imagination”

What do you get when you mix up a typical Bond film, The Matrix and Ocean’s 11? Christopher Nolan’s Inception, that’s what you get! After the success of The Dark Knight, Nolan could have directed anything he wanted. And he did! He brought us Inception. You know, that film about dreams within dreams within dreams? Its typical blockbuster fare mixed with high concept ideas. There are big explosions, gun battles, fights that defy gravity…and ideas about the nature and perception of reality. I loved it the first time I saw it. But every time I rewatch it I enjoy it a little less…

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Review: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) (A Fitting End To The Trilogy?)

“You’re…you’re Caesar”

War for the Planet of the Apes was my most anticipated movie of 2017 (click here for my list!). Rise of the Planet of the Apes was enjoyable, if flawed. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a masterpiece. However, it’s a rarity that the final film of a trilogy is satisfying. The second film is usually superb, paving the way for disappointment in the third film. There are exceptions. I tried to temper my expectations for WFTPOTA. I skipped trailers and reviews. My fears of an unsatisfying finale were unfounded. It wasn’t flawless. The second act dragged towards the end. There are other little niggles, but they are unimportant. WFTPOTA has overtaken Logan as my favourite film of 2017 thus far. Continue reading

Travel Pictures: Dubrovnik

Yes, I have been absent for about a week. But that isn’t due to laziness! I have been on holiday with my fiancee to Dubrovnik. And yes, we were inspired to go there mainly because of Game of Thrones. However, it’s a beautiful city in its own right. Here are a selection of pictures from my holiday (only the chosen, because I took around 9GB worth of pictures! Continue reading