New year update


Well hello everyone. I’ve had a bit of an extended break from this blog following Christmas and am now pondering what 2019 will bring. I’m really not sure but know i have some movies and games on the horizon… namely Resident Evil 2 remake, i mean how can i not be all over that? It was the game that got me to buy the original PlayStation. It remains my favourite of the franchise, and I’ve played and completed nearly all of the main releases. It also looks damn good too.

I haven’t really had my eye on the radar for what else is coming out entertainment-wise during the year. Some hopes I have for Metroid Prime 4 maybe getting released, and well, I’m looking forward to Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Tarantino does the Charles Manson murders? Hell yeah.

I finished watching season 1 of Ozark over Christmas so I’ll be diving into season 2 imminently. That’s a great show. I also finished the new series of Luther and damn, that was compelling and disturbing…just how that show should be.

We also got an LG 55 inch 4k TV recently and after some tinker g (i love to tinker) i think I’ve got it looking just right. Yeah, i have nothing 4k to throw at it but simply Blu-ray and regular tv shows look decent. It’s had some lip-sync issues I’ve had to figure out how to remedy and the black levels aren’t as good as I’d hoped… but when it looks good it looks friggin’ amazing (The Force Awakens … wow). I watched The Greatest Showman on this TV and it was a really good experience. Helped of course by my pretty damn good Onkyo home cinema receiver.

Well that’s all from me for now. I have a review coming soon but won’t say what it is yet.

Until next time.

Craig.

Top Ten 2017


It’s that time of year again and once again I’ve compiled what I feel are the ten best movies I managed to see this year.  Note: some may be older than 2017.

10.

Your Name

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‘A beautifully animated, heart-warming, emotional and funny body-swap drama’

9.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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‘Pure escapist entertainment at it’s finest.  Luc Besson is back’

8.

Wonder Woman

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‘DC gets it right and one of the most purely enjoyable comic-book movies in years’

7.

War for the Planet of the Apes

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‘Full of heart and emotion and spectacle.  The most satisfying rebooted franchise ever’

6.

Annabelle Creation

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‘Atmosphere, well-judged scares and solid performances make for a surprising sequel’

5.

Nocturnal Animals

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‘Cleverly structured and powerful relationship drama with excellent performances’

4.

Gerald’s Game

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‘A Stephen King adaptation that does a great deal with a very simple premise’

3.

Train to Busan

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‘Korean genre cinema at it’s finest.  Action, thrills and a surprising amount of heart’

2.

Hacksaw Ridge

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‘A powerful true story with expert direction and great performances’

1.

Logan

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‘An incredibly effective take on a familiar character turned into a road movie with powerful performances and genuine grit …  and Hugh Jackman deserves an Oscar’

 

Honourable mentions:  A Street Cat Named Bob, Hell or Highwater, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

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!!


Just a quick post to wish anyone who visits this blog, a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

This year I have had some lovely gifts, such as a new winter coat, Toy Story 3 on Blu-ray, Killzone 2 for the Playstation 3, Dexter Seasons 1-3 box set, A Peter Kay autobiography, Katy Perry’s latest CD, Bill Bailey stand-up DVD and many more, including plenty of smellies and vouchers!! 

I’m looking forward to what next year may bring, what games and movies will be released, and hope it’s a very good year.  So to all out there, thanks again for visiting and have a good one!!

Craig