FILM REVIEW: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

  It would be far too easy to dismiss the second instalment in the newly rebooted, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, Out Of the Shadows, especially with the glut of superhero/comic book films around at present. While this film is unlikely to win any major awards it does have some redeeming qualities over its predecessor….

ALBUM REVIEW: PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY – SUMMER OF DOOM

  Philadelphia Grand Jury still know how to party (party), and their new single ‘Crashing & Burning Pt. II’ and comeback record Summer Of Doom prove it. The short and sharp 12 tracks are a raw and red-hot deal that segues off on more tangents than a drunk uncle, and it’s all as bubbly and fun as…

DVD REVIEW: MAN FINDS FOOD

Man Finds Food is a TV show with a simple name and an even simpler premise. It sees food enthusiast, Adam Richman in the eponymous role and telling people about some hidden restaurants that are off the beaten track and their secret menu items that locals do not necessarily know about. It is something that…

FILM REVIEW: MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS

  If you thought the teenagers from The Maze Runner were out of the woods because they escaped the labyrinth, you’re wrong. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is the second instalment that sees the characters grappling with a fresh set of challenges and obstacles,  and with the energy and tension raised to 11. This film does not work…

DVD REVIEW: POLDARK TV SERIES

  Poldark is a TV series that will be loved by fans of Heathcliff and Mr. Darcy. It’s a sumptuous, period drama based on the novels by Winston Graham and is set in Cornwall in the 18th century. This is the second time it has been adapted for television (the first was in 1975) and…

DVD REVIEW: STEPTOE & SON RIDE AGAIN

  A sequel or the second film instalment in a franchise is often not very good. But Steptoe & Son Ride Again is actually far superior to their silver screen debut. In film number two the classic rag and bone men characters (or junk dealers) are restored to the former glories of their TV show by…

FILM REVIEW: DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON

  Before the National Lampoon lent their name to some terrible straight-to-video films they were ground-breaking. This comedy institution started as a spin-off magazine; graduated to books, radio and stage revues; and eventually yielded cult comedy films worthy of inclusion in Hollywood. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is a funny…

DVD REVIEW: SILICON VALLEY SEASON 1

  Silicon Valley is a TV show that takes a byte out of life in that American, computer wonderland, showing various male geeks working at large technological companies. The series is by Mike Judge (Beavis & Butt-head, King of The Hill) who actually worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley in the 1980s. This TV…

FILM REVIEW: SPY

  A cat lady and a single mother are not the kinds of characters that immediately spring to mind as protagonists in a spy film. But Spy is no ordinary, espionage film. This action-comedy is much smarter than other movies that fit this genre and it’s a hell of a lot sweeter too. Spy sees…

FILM REVIEW: A ROYAL NIGHT OUT

  Girls just wanna have fun. Except that in the film, A Royal Night Out, those two ladies are Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret at ages 19 and 14, respectively. The film is a fun and warm-hearted historic romp that does feel like it’s being played a little too safe at times. On V.E. Day…