Monthly Archives: October 2014

Halloween Top Ten – Spooky Skelintins

Ever wonder why witches, Frankensteins, plague sufferers and Jeeper Creepers must be burnt to a crisp so as to finally die? Yes, besides crisps being absolutely delicious, it’s because you have to irrevocably destroy the bone structure that lurks within. That’s probably why the skeleton is the scariest monster on screen, the scariest monster of […]

Review – Fury – 4/5

This review was originally written as an article for The Mancunion newspaper. Director: David Ayer Certificate: 15 Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña Running Time: 2hrs 14min Plot: The battle-hardened crew of a Sherman tank nicknamed Fury haggardly fight to see out the second world war and live to tell the tale. […]

Total Lack of Recall – Cabin Fever (2002)

There will be no What I Watched Last Week posting this Monday (not that anyone gives a toss – even I don’t care) because I only saw two films on TV, one of which – Eli Roth’s blood-comedy Cabin Fever – I barely remember watching. The cause of this uncharacteristic memory loss was an entire […]

Review – This is Where I Leave You – 1/5

Director: Shawn Levy Certificate: 15 Cast: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Running Time: 1hr 43mins Plot: When the head of the Altman family passes away, his wife (Jane Fonda) brings together her disparate offspring to sit Shiva, a traditional week-long Jewish mourning process which requires them to all stay in […]

What I Watched Last Week: 20/10/14 – Who’d win in a fight, Alfred Hitchcock or Ebola?

Are you concerned about Ebola? It’s a serious issue right now, and one that deserves our undivided attention. Problem is, just in the same way that contemplating our cosmic insignificance or stewing over that disgustingly botched handshake is unhealthy and unproductive, dwelling on the problem by reading up on its symptoms isn’t a sustainable way […]

Review – ’71 – 4/5

This review was originally written as an article for The Mancunion newspaper. Director: Yann Demange Cast: Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Sam Reid Run Time: 1hr 39min Plot: A rookie British soldier (O’Connell) is shipped with his regiment over to Belfast to help ‘pacify’ the 1971 troubles raging between the divided Catholic and Protestant communities. The shit hits the industrial […]

What I Watched Last Week – 13/10/14 – Documentaries for everyone! One is about the #ill00minutey

If you read these often you’ll notice that the past week has been quite non-fiction centric, as I continue to explore the diverse world of the ‘actuality’ film for my Mockumentary module. Starting with a conspiracy movie, then a double-bill of vegetarian/vegan awareness documentaries. Not that I’m trying to plant any ideas in your head. […]

What I Watched Last Week – 06/10/14 – Including Zombeavers. Zombie. Freakin. Beavers.

As always there are some awful things happening in the world around us, but since I can’t/won’t do anything about it I just watched some films, one of which was Gone Girl starring Ben Batman and Rosamund Pike, which is all about violence and sex and people disappearing, so please read my review (‘If you […]

Review – Gone Girl – 4/5

Director: David Fincher Certificate: 18 Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon Running Time: 2hr 29min Plot: Not the sequel to Gone Baby Gone. On the morning of their fifth anniversary, Nick Dunne’s (Affleck) wife Amy (Pike) ‘disappears’, leaving behind plenty of traces with which the police call the apparently […]

TV Review – Boardwalk Empire Season Four – 3/5

Directors: Tim van Patten, Alik Sakharov,Allen Coulter, Ed Bianchi et al Cast: Steve Buscemi, Michael Kenneth Williams, Kelly Macdonald, Patricia Arquette, Michael Shannon, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Shea Whigham, Gretchen Moll, Margot Bingham Lucky Nucky, he got them Atlantic city leeches feeding off him like sucky sucky, but then relations go yucky and he has […]