Switch anniversary and the year ahead

Hi everyone.  I’ve not posted like this in a while.  Life’s been pretty busy start of the year despite me managing to cram in rather a lot of movies to review.  Also there seems to be some good stuff on the horizon for me, and thought I’d give it a little write-up.


First it would be remiss of me not to mention that today marks the first year anniversary of the Nintendo Switch, a console I have fallen in love with and over the past twelve months has given me so much fun and enjoyment.  Highlights of course include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, but along with this smaller titles like Rayman Legends and Steam World Dig 2 have also been a lot of fun.  The portability, versatility of this system can not go un-mentioned either and it’s a unique joy to play it in bed, sitting in my living room or in front of my bedroom TV on a larger screen.  Having the best of both worlds.  In the process, the Xbox One and PS4 have fallen by the way-side and not the Switch is my go-to console of choice and with games on the horizon like Donkey King Country Tropical Freeze and Yoshi, I can see it staying that way for the foreseeable future.

IMG_0286I’m of course also looking forward to seeing Garbage again in concert in September.  It will mark the 3rd time I have seen my favourite band live and well, I’m still pinching myself that I actually got to meet them as well back in 2016.  This tour will mark the 20 year anniversary of their second album ‘Version 2.0’ and as it’s my favourite album of theirs where I went from liking the band to being a real fan, this concert where they’ll play every track and every b-side released at the time … fills me with excitement.  I’ll be meeting up with a few like-minded friends when I am there so it should be a great experience for me again.  Incidentally, lead singer Shirley Manson was recently honoured by UK publication NME with their first ‘icon’ award which was presented to the Scottish singer at their annual NME awards in London.  As a long time fan this was a very proud moment for me.  I have said it before and I’ll keep saying it .. Garbage don’t get the recognition they deserve and it’s awards like this that feel even more special simply for that fact.  Well done Shirley!  Currently they are working on album #7 with a hope of a release in 2019.


In other news, I’m currently watching several TV shows, including new seasons of Homeland, X-Files, The Walking Dead and Mr. Robot, the latter I consider one of the best shows available right now.  Speaking of TV shows, I was pleased to see a brief return of one of my favourite cult shows over Christmas, namely The League of Gentlemen, which was only three episodes but it was bliss.  The creators, Mark Gatiss, Jeremy Dyson, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton then followed this up by announcing a tour, of which I rushed to secure tickets.  Strangely enough it’s scheduled for two days after I see Garbage.  What a weekend that will be!  Their brand of humour is rather dark, character-driven comedy that is probably an acquired taste, but I love it.

As far as this blog is concerned, I want to vary the content a little and might do special posts of certain subjects, like favourite actors, movie genres etc and more stuff on video games and music.  I’m unsure what form that will take as I want to make it as interesting as possible, but I continue to love writing this blog and it keeps my love of writing alive.  Hope you all manage to get something from it too.

Until next time.




Viewed – 29 August 2008  DVD

20th High School Reunion Edition

Here in the UK, I don’t think this 1988 teen comedy has anywhere near the cult following that it does in the states.  At the time stars Winona Ryder & Christian Slater were tipped as the coolest actors of their generation, and both went on to become A-list celebrities with a series of highly regarded roles (Winona: Edward Scissorhands, Little Women, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  Slater:  Interview With A Vampire, Broken Arrow, True Romance).  But it was here where they truly hit the mark, and its sad to say both have no where near the appeal in present day they once could be admired for.

A satirical take on the teen movie, this is so the anti-John Hughes film, with the squeaky clean, straight-A cliques painted as the villains, and the rebellious outsiders the ones you route for.  The Heathers are a trio of bitchy, popular girls who like nothing more than revelling in their own superiority and causing all manor of cruelty and  unpleasantness for those unworthy of their company.  Step in Winona Ryder as Veronica, struggling to fit in with the in-crowd, but attracted to James Dean styled loner Jason Dean (Slater), and soon he’s luring her into killing off those she despises in her school in the naive attempt of making it a better place for everyone.

Now this is very much a fantasy, with a very surreal style, and goes for a uneasy-comedy approach rather than anything remotely serious, which is somewhat its failing and its biggest selling point.  Michael Lehmann’s direction with Daniel Waters razor-sharp, biting script (how very! – pre-dating Clueless) although playing it safe, doesn’t fail to keep you glued, and at the centre of the chaos are superb turns by a career-best Winona Ryder, and a fantastically psychotic Christian Slater.

This High School Reunion edition, one of several released by Anchor Bay holds two very interesting documentaries (with the new ‘Return to Westerburg High’ a particular highlight) and a feature commentary from the director, writer and producer.  What makes this edition excel though is a superb picture and sound treatment, meaning if you’re a fan or even watching this for the first time – Heathers has never looked or sounded better. 

Verdict:  4 /5