• Basic Instinct

    Basic Instinct

    ★★★★

    Sharon Stone's autobiography has cast a shadow over just what she went through during the production of mucky Dutch master Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct. What appears onscreen as a natural femme-fatale role where Stone sizzles with little more than a glance towards the camera, was apparently the worst filming experience of her career? Surely she knew what she was signing on for? It had been turned down by Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ellen Barkin (who would have been great), Kathleen…

  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    ★½

    I think if you're going to subject yourself to something as awful as Highlander II: The Quickening, you might as well go the whole hog and rustle up Connery's other debacle, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? The film that technically put an end to Sir Sean's career, it's a mixed bag of ideas thrown into a melting pot where director Stephen Norrington decided to spunk his $78 million dollar budget on Connery's salary and a host of cheap special effects…

  • Highlander II: The Quickening

    Highlander II: The Quickening

    ★½

    You know those films that you watch with your mouth agape, thinking what the fuck did I just watch? It had been a long time since I'd subjected myself to Highlander II: The Quickening, but with the death of Sir Sean Connery last October still resonating within my Watchlist, I thought I'd see whether it was as awful as I'd remembered?

    Revisiting Connery's work has been a pleasure over the last few months. I hadn't seen Just Cause, The Man…

  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    ★★★★

    Film # 17-Andy's April Trip to Tombstone

    Having revisited John Ford's Fort Apache last week, it felt like the right time to check back in with She Wore A Yellow Ribbon after an 11 year wait since my last visit. Ford's cavalry trilogy certainly lives up to it's reputation, and for three films made over a three year period from 1948-1950, they've aged rather well. There's a vibrancy to each of them, and if I had to choose a favourite,…

  • Jerry Maguire

    Jerry Maguire

    ★★★½

    1996 was a great year wasn't it? The year that The English Patient won nine Oscars, Frances McDormand started her own collection, and Tom Cruise was denied what would have been a popular win for Jerry Maguire. So what's happened since 1996, relatively speaking, to the cast of Cameron Crowe's film?

    Well The Cruiser still doesn't have an Oscar, but he's still a Scientologist and has divorced Kidman and Katie Holmes in the proceeding years. His status as a box…

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ★★★

    Having just looked over the cast of Matthew Vaughn's third installment in his successful Kingsman franchise, it would appear that the series just got an upgrade. A prequel set in the early 20th century, it has three of my favourite actors, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Hollander, and Stanley Tucci, as well as Daniel Bruhl, Djimon Hounsou, and Rhys Ifans. That is a definite upgrade from Channing fucking Tatum, but in truth he's hardly in this one, and doesn't dance and strip,…

  • McLintock!

    McLintock!

    ★★★

    Film # 16-Andy's April Trip to Tombstone

    McLintock is possibly the closest I've seen to John Wayne starring in slapstick. It has a Western setting, plenty of cattle, cowboys, even Indians, but this should really be confined to a different genre altogether. The Wayne/Maureen O'Hara pairing is on view once again in Andrew V McLaglen's film, and like almost every film of McLaglen's, there's moments to savour, there's just not enough of them here. Based yet again on Shakespeare's Taming…

  • El Dorado

    El Dorado

    ★★★★½

    Film #15-Andy's April Trip to Tombstone

    Howard Hawks' El Dorado is one of those Westerns that I always look forward to revisiting. Not only does it feature Wayne and Mitchum, but an early turn from a young James Caan, who gives the seasoned pros a run for their money in the coolness stakes. Only Hawks could have gotten away with essentially remaking one of his own films with a different cast, because this couldn't be more like Rio Bravo if…

  • The Magnificent Seven Ride!

    The Magnificent Seven Ride!

    ★★★

    Film # 14-Andy's April Trip to Tombstone

    The Magnificent Seven spawned three sequels over the space of 12 years, but none of them deserved to call themselves magnificent. Nobody could match Brynner, McQueen and Coburn, or John Sturges' direction for that matter, but that moniker was held in high esteem, so lesser stars and lesser directors signed up on the off-chance that it might help their career?

    The Magnificent Seven Ride isn't bad at all. The third sequel to Sturges'…

  • Michael McIntyre: Hello Wembley

    Michael McIntyre: Hello Wembley

    ★½

    It's hard to believe that Michael McIntyre has been around quite so long, I couldn't imagine this dvd was 12 years old already, but in fairness to McIntyre, his jokes feel like they came from the fifties, because there's nothing cutting-edge at all in this stand-up routine. I've heard all about McIntyre's energy, his quirky delivery, and how he filled the gap left by Peter Kay as a wholesome family comedian that everybody from grandmothers to teenagers adored. Well, they…

  • Ricky Gervais Live 2: Politics

    Ricky Gervais Live 2: Politics

    ★★★½

    It definitely took me a while to warm to Ricky Gervais, but once I did, I've found his humour to be both hilariously offensive at times, and very cleverly written. He's fearless, to a point, unafraid to rattle people with cringe-inducing honesty that most sane people would wince at. He does it well, and there are plenty of gags here that'll tickle, shock, and turn off some viewers too. From the guy with the sauce bottle stuck up his arse,…

  • Death to 2020

    Death to 2020

    This one has certainly divided opinion, and despite a few brilliant one-liners, (Joe Biden the Civil War veteran, was just brilliant) this has more misses than Tony Curtis and Frank Sinatra had put together. This also had Greta Thunberg in it, no wonder I hated it, but the scattergun approach to find a gag that worked became irritating. Hugh Grant's fine work in The Gentlemen is forgotten as he's given little to work with, and Tracey Ullman should have stayed retired. She's not retired? She should be!