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What I Watched Last Week – 06/05/14 – Twelve film reviews in one!

This post represents the end of an era, if a short-lived one: ‘What I Watched Last Night’ is no more. Archivists can still trawl through the annals of Movie Quibble’s WIWLN section, but from this day forth it’s ‘What I Watched Last Week’ all the way. The main reason for this is that, when you […]

TOP FIVE: Arm Wrestles

Arm wrestling – the only way to unequivocally prove your physical and intellectual superiority over your fellow (wo)man. Below are five of the finest hand-to-hand conflicts in the known film universe.   5. Over The Top (1987) – Lincoln Hawk (Sly Stallone) has a forearm the size of a beer keg, but can the long […]

What I Watched Last Night: RoboCop – Director’s Cut (1987)

Director:  Paul Verhoeven  Cast:  Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith Having never seen sci-fi staple RoboCop, and with a shiny new remake out next week, what better time than now? Set in Detroit during the (probably) 23rd century, the city has become a maze like metropolis, while the social sector is all but […]

REVIEW: Inside Llewyn Davis – 4/5

Director: Joel and Ethan Coen Certificate: 18 Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman Running Time: 104 min  Plot:  Following the suicide of his music collaborator and best friend Mike, Llewyn Davis wanders from couch to couch, gigging and failing to promote his introspective solo album. In answer to media criticisms of Inside […]

TOP FIVE: Phone Hang Ups

It takes a very talented performer to hang up on a mobile handset and make it seem dramatic. Watching someone scream and swear before tapping the red ‘End Call’ button is anti-climatic at best, infantile at worst. Aforementioned actor can’t simply dial it up a notch by throwing it on the floor either, because mobiles […]

Review: How To Survive A Plague – 4/5

Director: David France Certificate: 15 Cast: Larry Kramer, Peter Staley Running Time: 110 min Plot: Documentary about the ACT-UP movement, and their efforts to secure government approved AIDS treatments/preventions. If you’re interested in the upcoming drama Dallas Buyers Club, which sees Matthew McConaughey as an AIDS suffering activist, How to Survive a Plague is the perfect companion piece. Howard France’s […]

What I Watched Last Night: The Thing (2011)

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen    Don’t ask her for a light. Not only does The Thing take place in the harsh wastelands of the Antarctic, the opening title transcript stipulates that it’s winter to boot. Point being, it’s cold, and you would do […]

RANT: Holiday Film Spree

Over the Christmas period I went away to America (it was great, thanks!), hence the comparative lack of blog posts lately. I did at least manage to watch a bunch of films on my travels and thought it would be an idea to write about them, in chronological viewing order. Some were repeat viewings and […]


Some people, perhaps rather wisely, try to avoid the trailers and press for an upcoming film they’re excited about. Originating as a simple advertisement for feature films, the average movie trailer -and action trailers in particular – has mutated into an over-scored, overblown synopsis of the entire film; it’s like watching the highlights of a […]

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 […]