Spoiler Filled Thoughts On Stephen King’s IT (2017)

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR IT (2017) and Stephen King’s IT (the book)

Is there something wrong with me? I ask myself that all the time, but more specifically, I’m asking that question in relation to Stephen King’s IT (the recent adaptation of the book!). IT has broken box office records, and the majority of people seem to like it. Some even love it. Why am I among the few who didn’t like it? Did I miss something? I know everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it concerns me when the majority is against me. So here is a spoiler-filled dissection of my feelings about IT. Continue reading

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HAMMY’S TOP 10…POTENTIAL REMAKES OF STEPHEN KING FILM ADAPTATIONS

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).

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Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #6 The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage (Retirement Match, WWE Wrestlemania VII)

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(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31356293/?contentId=31356293&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wrestlemania )

Don’t get me wrong; I love this match. It’s easily The Ultimate Warrior’s greatest match, and would be on the Top 10 matches of Randy Savage’s career. However, I don’t think it belongs in the Top 10 of the WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches…List. Top 20, maybe. But including it in the Top 10 is pushing things. There’s nothing particularly wrong with the match. Savage works well with Warrior’s limitations to produce something great. But too much outside interference from Sensational Sherri and a silly finish stunt my enjoyment of it. Continue reading

Review: Stephen King’s IT (2017) (The Horror Film Of The Year?)

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“You want it to float, don’t you?”

Stephen King’s IT is one of my favourite novels. I could read it over and over again until the end of time. The first adaptation of the novel, the 1990 TV miniseries, failed to do the novel justice, despite a great performance by Tim Curry as the novel’s main horror, Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Twenty seven years later, we have been given a full-on Hollywood film adaptation (or, more accurately, a two part film adaptation). Does it do the novel justice? More importantly, does it deliver true horror? My answers to both questions are uncertain. There’s too much cut from the novel to do it justice (even given that it only tells the story of the children, not the children as adults). It also relies too much on jump scares and delivers an uneven tone throughout the film…

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HAMMY’S TOP 10…HIGH SCHOOL FILMS

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

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (2017) (Another Uninspired MCU Sequel?)

“Showtime, a-holes”

Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 was released on DVD/Blu-Ray here in the UK today! I did manage to watch it at the cinema, but felt uninspired to write anything about it. Yes, the film was alright…but’s that about it. It contained flashy and entertaining action sequences and a surprisingly emotional ending. Kurt Russell as Ego portrayed one of the best MCU villains out there. But the majority of it felt like an exercise in box-ticking rather than an attempt to improve on the original. Just like the soundtrack, GOTG vol.2 felt like a tired retread of the original. Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #7 Bret Hart vs. The British Bulldog (WWE Intercontinental Title, WWE Summerslam 1992)

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(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31303263/?contentId=&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=summerslam )

Yes, you’d better believe it: once upon a time, WWE brought Summerslam across the pond to the United Kingdom! Summerslam 1992 took place in Wembley Stadium. Don’t we deserve another one? Yes, we do. Vince thought we were worthy enough to hold one of the big four PPVs in 1992. Why not now? Especially now that the United Kingdom has its own championship! However, its location would be all we remember about it if not for this bout. Bret Hart put on another Summerslam classic, guiding the addled Bulldog to the greatest Summerslam main event in WWE history. Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #8 The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge and Christian (WWE Tag Team Titles, TLC Match, WWE Wrestlemania X-7)

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(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v31599441/?contentId=31599441&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wrestlemania )

We saw the beginning of the Attitude Era’s tag team revolution #29 with The Hardy Boyz vs Edge and Christian in the first ever tag team ladder match (click here for my review). You could say that the tag team revolution reached its peak with this match. Personally, I prefer the first ever triple threat tag team TLC match at Summerslam 2000. But this sequel is just as insane and incredible. The Hardyz, The Dudleys and Edge and Christian pull out all the stops to top the craziness seen in the first TLC match. Rhyno, Spike Dudley and Lita all get involved to make the encounter even more chaotic. Continue reading

Review: Detroit (2017) (The Horror Movie Of The Year?)

“Welcome home”

Here we have a film, based on an extraordinary event in history, featuring sweat-inducing scenes of tension, bullet sound effects that burst eardrums, and a large cast that often aren’t even named. Oh, it’s also topical as well. I could be talking about Detroit, or I could well be talking about Dunkirk. The former comes at a time where racial tensions in America are high. The latter came at a time when all Britain’s going through Brexit. However, in my humble opinion, Detroit succeeds a lot more in the tension stakes than Dunkirk. I found myself bored by huge chunks of Dunkirk. For the second act of Detroit I squirmed in my seat for almost an hour. It maybe let down by a tonally jarring and dull third act, but essentially it’s a true horror story that makes you want to look away from the screen…but you can’t stop yourself from looking. Continue reading

HAMMY’S TOP 10…ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER FILMS

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