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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jan, 2015

    If the marketing for Whiplash is anything to go by, sensationalist poster quotes are the order of the day. So, here are some handy buzzwords for reviewing the film:

    "Exhilarating"
    "Intense"
    "Astounding"
    "Full Metal Jacket meets The Social Network"
    "Drums"
    "Predictable"
    "Wait, I wasn't expecting that bit."
    "Jazz Odyssey"
    "Festival crowd"
    "Isn't he? Did you ever see him in Oz?"
    "One film meets another film"
    "Electrifying"
    "Predictable again"
    "Oh, shit! I didn't see that coming."
    "Rocky meets a man that shouts at him"
    "Predicta... whoa!"
    "...!"
    "Exhilarating"
    "Intense"

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon

    Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Dec, 2014 3

    Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
    Ricou Browning - The Gill Man (in water) (uncredited)

    Uncredited? UNCREDITED?!

    This guy does the back stroke underwater, wearing a full Gill Man costume. Give him his due.

    A round of applause please for Ricou Browning.

  • Smokey and the Bandit II

    Smokey and the Bandit II 1980

    ★★ Watched 18 Dec, 2014

    Everything that the first film gave me in terms of excitement, part two takes away. I loved the kinetic energy of the first film. There was little time for set-up before being whisked away by Reynolds’ charismatic Bandit. But, here we have a plodding first act about the Bandit as a shambolic drunk having to get back on track, before he sets off on his mission to transport a pregnant elephant!

    Even when trying to capture the spirit of the…

  • Hooper

    Hooper 1978

    ★★★½ Rewatched 18 Dec, 2014

    Hal Needham teams up again with Burt Reynolds and presents us with an affectionate love letter to the world of movie stuntmen. Hooper contains some of the wacky comedy elements that would consume Needham’s later Reynolds collaborations, but it also has a surprising air of drama, with the aging Hooper coming to terms with the fact that he might at the end of his high risk career.

    Hooper is a must-see for anyone that enjoys practical stunt work. Actually, it’s…

  • 22 Jump Street

    22 Jump Street 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 Dec, 2014

    Funsy, funtimes!

    Yes, it's the same film as the first one.
    Yes, they reference the fact that it's the same film as the first one.
    Yes, they run the references into the ground.
    But, man, I could watch this duo all day.

    Interestingly, I enjoyed the 21Jump Street less on rewatch, but found this one a lot funnier on this second viewing. I had beer during the second viewing. Coincidence?

  • Smokey and the Bandit

    Smokey and the Bandit 1977

    ★★★½ Rewatched 14 Dec, 2014

    ...aka The Burt Reynolds/Sally Field Charm Offensive.

    Well, that was a fun journey.

    This was a genuine surprise. I’d seen Smokey and the Bandit about 25 years ago, so my memory of it was very hazy. Really all I remembered was the Eastbound and Down song and the famous bridge-jump stunt. In fact, in my mind the whole thing was a long protracted version of those annoying scenes with the redneck sheriff in Live and Let Die and The Man…

  • Baby's Day Out

    Baby's Day Out 1994

    Watched 17 Aug, 2014

    Looking through some notes on my phone, I discovered this partiality written one which should've been posted back in August (it's December as I write this).

    I'm not rating or reviewing this film as, to be honest, I wasn't really watching it. I was more interested in watching my son watching it.

    I'm simply posting this for prosperity. To mark the date that I first witnessed my almost-two-year-old son getting emotionally involved with a film for the first time.

    As…

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 06 Dec, 2014

    "A part of childhood we'll always remember
    It is the summer of the soul in December"

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2014

    Nice try, Nolan. McConaughey won't get me with his tears and quivery lip...

    I just have something in my eye...




    Damn you Matthew, you handsome, leathery skinned, emoting bastard.

  • The Specialist

    The Specialist 1994

    ★½ Rewatched 24 Jul, 2014

    Bombs, boobs, boredom and Woods.

  • Victory

    Victory 1981

    ★★★ Watched 27 Jun, 2014

    I don't like sport. Particularly football. But, I do tend to enjoy sporting films.

    Unfortunately, Escape to Victory made me realise that I find dramatised football as uninteresting as the real thing. So, after a very enjoyable set-up, I found myself completely disengaged from the third act's climactic football match.

    On the plus side, my mind wandered enough that I was able to think of this fantastic joke, that you can share with your friends:

    What do Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine have in common?
    One's American and one's a merry Caine.

    Eh? Eh?



    Oh great, look, the World Cup's on...

  • D-Tox

    D-Tox 2002

    ★★½ Watched 22 Jun, 2014

    Oh, here's one...
    Apparently this snowbound thriller is also known as Eye See You. So, get this...
    Eye See thrills!
    Get it? It's like saying "icy thrills!" Cause the film's a thriller and it's all snowy and stuff. But that's not all. There's even a double meaning, 'cause it's like you're saying you can see the thrills.

    You can even do it like this:
    I See Thrills.
    And it sounds the same!

    They could even put that on the DVD…