Obviously a slow news day* over at The Independent (I’ve already spotted two other non-stories this morning, about Jeremy Clarkson standing for parliament and Rudolph Hess’ secret war files): It is renowned for having one of the most tortuous electoral systems known to voters. Now the Eurovision song contest is itself in danger of receiving […]

Let’s cut to the chase: I disagree with basically every point made in this article by Anil Dash – even though I can sense he has purposely set out to antagonise people just like me. In essence, he’s taking the side of the ass-hats in cinemas who make too much noise, play with their phones […]

Oh my. After the debacle that was G.I. Joe-My-God a couple of nights ago, I tried to banish the Ghost of Crap Films Past by heading to the cinema. @Frankdjs and I went to our local cinematorial establishment to see Red 2. In summary: most excellent. Compared to his performance in the film-that-shall-not-be-named, Bruce Willis […]

Did you see what I did there?

After my review of available unwatched films last night, we eventually opted for “G.I. Joe Retaliation”.

A decision that, even now, I still sorely regret. It was beyond awful. So very, very awful.

It may, in fact, surpass the massive awfulness of all of the Transformers films, combined.

I mean, I knew it was going to be bad, I’m not a complete idiot. But I thought they might have learnt a thing or two after the critical slaughter they experienced following the first foray into big screen G.I. Joe.

Where to start…?

I don’t want to spoil this for anyone, but if anything I write below this line helps you to decide not to watch this steaming pile of crap, then I will have saved you wasting a valuable two hours of your life. Continue reading

…waking up to discover there’s a new Pink Martini album on the way. Roll on September 23rd….

I went to see “The Wolverine” this afternoon, the sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. If you want the really quick review, I’d say it was an improvement over “Origins”, is pretty slick but a little long and over-complicated. It has several things going for it: We get to see more of Wolverine’s past, this time […]

A classy bit of Sondheim to start the weekend….cheers!

I went to see Man of Steel last night and, for the first time in a while, didn’t go to the cinema with any expectations. Truth be told, I was only going to the film out of a sense of obligation.

It was about a superhero. I live and breathe superheroes. Ergo, I must go and see it.

I’ve never been a fan of the Superman films. While I’m definitely more of a Marvel fan than a DC aficionado, I loved the last three Batman films. And the trailers for Man of Steel that I’d seen in the cinema left me feeling this could be a positive new departure for the Superman franchise.

Some minor spoilers follow, so don’t continue unless you’ve already seen the film or just don’t care. Continue reading

I read World War Z shortly after it was first published and loved every single page of it. Without spoiling anything for anyone, the book explores the impact of a “zombie plague”, which reanimates the dead and turns them into crazed, blood-thirsty maniacs. It’s neither gentle nor subtle, but is a compelling read. Chapter by […]