Category: Movie Reviews

They Live (1988)

Google John Carpenter’s They Live and worrying indications of a remake surface. You can understand why someone might think about it. The ’10s’ (or whatever) have passed much like a replayed 1980s – a time of rampant, exploitative capitalism; of oblivious, ostentatious greed; of ‘masters of the universe’ lording it over a docile, hypnotised mass….




Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

With a creepy-crawly themed column to write for The Engineer, but brain drained of power, watching a trashy bug movie too easily became justified as ‘research’. Spiders stars Bill Shatner, and with higher than expected reviews on the internet – not great, you understand,  but not as abysmal as the same year’s similarly titled Empire…




Ghost in the Shell (1995)

A reader recently compared Steeple to 1995’s Ghost in the Shell, Mamuro Oshii’s hugely popular manga adaptation – and this prompted an insomniac 1am viewing, with the lights off and earphones in. That’s a good way to experience the movie – submerged, isolated, like Major Motoko Kusanagi on one of her diving expeditions, waiting to float…




Mad Max, Interviews, reviews, Travelodges and Cons

Just time to post a quick update after a pleasantly busy October. First, I don’t think I posted a link to my Gollancz Blog review of “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Read it here. Read my other movie reviews on thingaboutchickens here. Second, I was privileged in October to speak to Boo from Geek Syndicate – all…




Double Bill: A Boy and His Dog (1975) and The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

God the cinema could be a grim old place in the mid-70s. Carrie, Chinatown, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Taxi Driver, Marathon Man, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. Where the Marvel age swigs and chokes on life like Cola from a shaken-up can, 70s filmmakers chewed it like a Fray Bentos pie, in a grinding search…




The Quartermass Xperiment (1955)

The great thing about iplayer is that it has has a narrow selection of movies, which is a nice alternative to the scrolling endlessness of Amazon Prime and the like. The streamer is compelled to give more consideration to the black and white business on offer. There are gems to be found. The Quartermass Xperiment is…




Jurassic World

The cinema ushers were handing out free ice creams at the end of Jurassic World. I cast my eyes over the options, but decided not to take one. I couldn’t handle another gaudily-wrapped dose of sugar and fat. Like a late night McDonald’s works the jaws but fails the appetite, so Jurassic World left me…



Interstellar

Interstellar very nearly passed me by. I found the trailer a little dry, and wasn’t that attracted by the cast. Still, I found myself ejected from the office at 4PM on a Thursday, and having nothing better to do I thought I would check it out before it disappeared from screens. I saw it at the Waterloo…




Outlander (2008)

Looker Outlander (2008) is the first movie I watched on my brand, spanking new telly. I chose it despite a clutch of poor reviews, because it seemed to be about Vikings fighting an alien monster. What, I wondered, is not to like? It turned out to be well worthy of an HD screen – the…




Robocop (2014)

I wonder how Joshua Zetumer slept the night he found out his first produced script was going to be a Robocop remake? Not well, probably. On top of the excitement there must have been a cold current of fear in his blood. Because one thing is for sure: if you’re going to remake Robocop, you’re…