Merry Christmas!


Well it’s that time of year again and its hard to believe how fast this last twelve months has been and gone.  I’m a little late doing part two of my 2017 look back but hope to have that up later today or tomorrow, leading as usual to my end of year Top Ten at the end of the month. 

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For now how was my Christmas morning?  I send out my thanks and best wishes to anyone who got my a prezzie, and I hope you like what I got you!  This year was a bit of a Blu-ray haul, with the newly restored re-master of Terminator 2 in steel book form, the 4K re-master of Italian horror classic Suspiria, the newly restored, special edition of Stephen King classic Carrie and the box set of the new Twin Peaks.  In addition I got the official Scarlett Johansson calendar,  cloths as well as a book of Star Wars characters which I’m sure I’ll find fascinating, and the retro-themed SN30 Pro Nintendo Switch control pad from 8BitDo.  I’m really pleased with all I got and will be perusing it all over the next few days as well as I’m sure, eating, drinking and being merry – if it wasn’t for the fact I’m back at work Wednesday … booo!  Hisss!!

I will also send out a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my followers, visitors and those that like or comment or simply drop by.  Each and every one of you are so appreciated and help me to keep on writing this blog and keeping my passion alive.  To a great 2018 whatever you’re doing!

Merry Christmas!


Well that day many of us look forward to all year has finally arrived.  I always approach Christmas with mixed feelings.  It’s mostly for kids anyway, but despite not really enjoying the long-winded hype that leads up to it, I always feel nice and festive on the day itself.  Pictured below are what I received today from my parents and brother and I’m very happy.  I went for box-sets (The Sopranos complete collection Blu-ray, James Bond complete collection Blu-ray) mainly and a special edition steel-book of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.  Other than those shown below I also got some smellies, a Star Wars The Force Awakens T-shirt and vouchers.

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So wishing everyone who reads this blog, long time visitors, followers and even those who just stumbled upon this post in a feed a very happy Christmas … so have a great time everyone with whatever you celebrate at this time of year.  Be safe, be happy, be kind.

I hope to be writing a few posts over next few days to detail my thoughts on the year leading up to my annual top ten.  So watch this space folks!

Building up to my annual Top Ten


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It’s drawing closer to that time of year once again on this blog where I list my Top Ten movies of the year.  As a movie fan who doesn’t get to see everything that is released in one year, I have to pick from those movies I personally got to check out, some of which are left overs I didn’t get around to the previous year.  So in the upcoming list you may see titles that you may have seen on last year’s best of lists.  It can’t be helped and to stick rigidly to release dates would mean some movies just wouldn’t get mentioned at all.

I think this year so far has been the year of the indie movie and movies that have affected me on a more emotional level.  I’ve forgiven some movies that have had plot or acting issues if they have had that special emotional impact … and it’s something few movies, even the most hyped seem to do.  Big blockbuster titles have faired poorly compared to more deeper, character driven movies, and I’ve tried to focus on story and direction and atmosphere over CGI and bike chases (not that there isn’t room for that).  I’ve been tougher I think this year, and only a handful of movies have earned that converted 5 /5 from me … whilst others have been difficult to critique as their positives and negatives have had a different effect on me based on how I think about them.  Horror for example has again been a bit of a let down with hyped movies not fully delivering.  So again, it been about turning away from favourite genres, and looking for something that resonates deeper, lingers in the brain and has a stronger impact, even months after seeing it.

This year’s Top Ten is going to be difficult to compile and I’m still trying to see some of the most talked about movies before I finally compile it.  So roll on December 31st … and then all will be revealed.

Until then, wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope Santa or your loved ones get you something nice!

Merry Christmas!!!


Well the day is finally here.  Here’s what I got this year… 

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Consisting of this year’s prezzies was:  USB powered computer speakers (JBL Pebbles), the complete Breaking Bad on Blu-ray, A Nightmare On Elm Street seven film collection, again on Blu-ray and a surprise, the complete Die Hard also on Blu-ray.  Add to this a very nice pen that’s been engraved with my name on it, and the official Scarlett Johansson 2015 calendar … growl!  Not pictured was various smellies, clothing, sweets etc. etc.  All in all very very pleased.

So wishing everyone a really great Christmas and to those that I got presents for, hope you like what I got you!

Ho ho ho.

Craig.