Rewatches & Virgin Reviews

  • Rewatch Movie Review – Twelve Monkeys
    For the record, Twelve Monkeys was suggested to me as a rewatch to tie in with the Groundhog Day theme, however, there is no way that Twelve Monkeys is a Groundhog Day film. No ifs, buts, or maybes… it’s a time travel film rather than a time loop film. But, having got it cued up and ready to ...
  • First View Movie Review – The Endless
    So where do I begin with The Endless? It only just squeaks in as a Groundhog Day type film. Not because there isn’t a time loop, more likely because there isn’t just the one. There seem to be dozens of them. Some only seem to last seconds, whereas others last longer. ...
  • First View Movie Review – Blood Punch
    Blood Punch is an unusual little film. It starts off with our hero, Milton (Milo Cawthorne) waking up in a wilderness lodge on Tuesday. His first action is to run and throw up in a toilet. While he’s there he finds a screen, a load of wires, and a few ...
  • First View Movie Review – Triangle (Groundhogs Day… at sea)
    It’s funny how some films never get a chance because of a bit of marketing that doesn’t quite hit the spot, and so you just don’t bother looking past the poster. That’s what happened with me and 2009’s Triangle. The poster in question shows a blonde woman wearing a blood ...
  • First Watch Film Review – Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
      Is Eternal Sunshine a Groundhog Day Loop film? Let’s explore! Here we go with another film that, for some unknown reason, I’ve never seen and am not sure why. At least this one’s relatively recent; I still haven’t seen Citizen Kane or The Sound Of Music! Could it have been the sub-par cast? Nope! Any ...
  • New Years Eve First View Movie Review: Four Rooms
    There’s no mistaking Four Rooms for anything other than a New Year film… it actually starts to the strains of Auld Lang Syne! Basically, Four Rooms is a quartet of stories set in the Hotel Mon Signor on New Years Eve. Each segment is directed by a different director with a, ...
  • Christmas Rewatch Review – Scrooged
    Scrooged is A Christmas Carol dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world… well, the late eighties anyway. Bill Murray is Frank Cross, the Scrooge character, but in this world he’s a cynical TV executive. He’s tasked with making sure his Christmas spectacular grabs the biggest share of the audience, and he wants to ...
  • Christmas Rewatch Review – Lethal Weapon
    What better way to start a Christmas film than with a half naked, drugged up prostitute pitching headfirst off the balcony of a tower block? If that doesn’t say festive fun and frolics, well, I don’t know what does! After all… Jingle Bell Rock is playing on the sound track. ...
  • First View Movie Review – The Muppet Christmas Carol
    Maybe it’s a generational thing. I was starting college for the first time when The Muppet Show was first aired. I’ve never seen Sesame Street. Well, not more than the odd clip on TV; enough to be aware of some of the history of the beasts. Throw into the mix the absence ...
  • Classic Movie Rewatch Review – Die Hard
    Die Hard is, without doubt, a cracking action film. A Christmas film though? Well, it has a weary traveller, a pregnant woman, gifts, and celebrates the value of family and the spirit of friendship. Add to those the soundtrack, the fact it takes place at an office party (a real one, ...
  • Classic Movie Rewatch Review – Trading Places
    I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve watched Trading Places over the years, and not always as a Christmas film. It’s a comedy first and foremost, then it’s a social satire, and only then is it a holiday film. For the sake of the half dozen or so people ...
  • A US Classic From A UK Perspective – A Christmas Story
    A little background… At the start of the decade a change in circumstances meant I had a lot of spare time during the run up to Christmas. So what was I going to do? What I did was got hold of a load of Christmas films and thoroughly got into the ...
  • Rewatch Review – The Long Kiss Goodnight
    The Long Kiss Goodnight is a great film. It has action, thrills, humour, intrigue, suspense… everything! Geena Davis is gorgeous and believable as both the mumsy Samantha Caine and the deadly Charlie Baltimore. Confused? How about if I say that Sam Caine is an anagram of ‘amnesiac? Samuel L Jackson is brilliant ...
  • Rewatch Review – Love Actually (A Brit Perspective)
    Back in October we were talking about articles for the run up to Christmas (yes, this stuff is all actually planned!) and the idea of a rewatch review of Love Actually was mentioned, especially a British take on the film. This took me a little by surprise, as I can’t help ...
  • Movie reviews don’t write themselves…
    I’m fairly confident there is nobody out there with the slightest interest about how I write these reviews, but I’m going to prattle on about it regardless… Thanks to Plague 2.0 and all our cinemas being closed, I’ve been tending to review pre-release, independent films. When I get sent the link ...
  • First View Movie Review – Murder on the Orient Express (No Spoilers)
    I very much enjoyed 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express. As an avid mystery book reader, I’d heard of the 1934 novel in question, of the writer Agatha Christie, and even knew bits and pieces about her recurring eccentric detective Hercule Poirot. (It’s the kind of name that sticks with ...
  • Hobbitses – A Tolkien history – Behind the Lord of the Rings in epic fantasy films
      Typical! Wait decades for a film with hobbits in, and six come along at the same time! At least, that’s how it felt. Like many teens of the time, I had my copy of the single volume paperback edition of The Lord Of The Rings, shortly after it was first ...
  • RunPee Weekly Newsletter 26th edition (September 9th, 2020)
    The app that tells you the best time to run and pee during a movie without missing the best scenes.   2020 New Movie Review: Bill & Ted Face the Music Was this trilogy capper bodacious? Do we to get to nice things again? I’m here to say that not only are William ...
  • Classic Movie Review – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
    While Excellent Adventure was indeed splendiferously excellent, Bogus Journey, as it says on the box, is a bit bogus. It’s worth seeing — and seeing again right now — to prep for the new Bill & Ted trilogy capper Bill & Ted: Face the Music. What was Most Excellent As with Bill ...
  • First View Movie Review – Primer (2004)
    Primer was made with $7,000 USD, filmed mostly with two guys talking in a garage, and took home the Grand Jury Prize from the 2004 Sundance Festival. It features time travel, paradoxes, and a very dense script full of jargon. Primer doesn’t give anything away, and is barely comprehensible upon ...
  • Movie Review – Naked (2017)
    Another Groundhog Day themed film to discuss! As often with this trope, Naked takes a while to get going. Eventually you settle into the rhythm of the repetition and drop a few giggles along the way. With Groundhog Day movies, something has to happen in order to move the day ...
  • 26 Classic Movies to Revisit at the Drive In (And 11 new films)
    As we know, movie theaters are shuttered, due to mounting case totals of CoVid-19. Happily, drive-in theaters are relevant again and seeing a filmatic resurgence. While there are very few new movies (Palm Springs, Greyhound, and Trolls World Tour are among the six we’ve covered below), classic favorites — the ...
  • Classic Movie Review — Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me
    Mike Myers has the best chemistry with himself. This carries through the Austin Powers trilogy, where in each film he plays more versions of himself than before. NOTE: All Classic Movie Reviews have spoilers.  The Spy Who Shagged Me used to be my favorite Austin Powers film, but now it’s kind of ...
  • Oh Look! It’s Him Again! – Recognizing Actor Timothy Spall
    “There’s the funny-looking character actor who plays the same role every time. But I’m the funny-looking character actor who plays many different kinds.” – Timothy Spall Tim Spall is one of those brilliant, chameleonic actors who can turn his hand to any role but — probably because he isn’t classically handsome ...
  • Classic Movie Review – Gremlins
    Gremlins. One of the best non-Christmas Christmas movies ever made. It’s got a bizarre but cemented niche among the classics that somehow stands up after all this time, although Steven Spielberg seemed to be experimenting with genres in those days. Gremlins (1984) isn’t a great movie, but slips into the ...
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