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Eternals is a really hard one to rate. Thinking about it although I enjoyed a lot more of it than I didn't I don't know if I'll ever feel like watching it again...
Posted Jan 17, 2022
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
There are things to like in the opening moments and the final showdown but the rest is either dull or visually unappealing CG bullet-fest scenes... or both, I guess.
Posted Dec 22, 2021
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
While not the all-guns-blazing 5-out-of-5 its predecessor was I still find The Matrix Reloaded a fun film, full of a fun sci-fi plot and plenty of crazy action sequences.
Posted Dec 15, 2021
The Matrix (1999)
While certain aspects have now lost their shine, either due to outdated CG or just being parodied so damn much, they can't take away from the original's pull, even in 2021.
Posted Dec 8, 2021
No Time To Die (2021)
I would happily watch it again but not if I was in the mood to watch a Bond film as No Time To Die does not scratch that particular itch...
Posted Nov 22, 2021
A fun follow up to the original game that has some good fight scenes but the animation and CG just aren't up to much in 2021. It's unapproachable to non-fans, for the record!
Posted Nov 19, 2021
Shang-Chi is full of some great martial arts action and fun CG spectacle while being free of the MCU uninteresting villain curse that these origin movies often suffer from...
Posted Nov 15, 2021
Ghost in the Shell (1996)
Top notch animation, soundtrack and a story full of action and thought provoking ideas, this 90 minute film from 1995 is still just as good now as it was then. A must watch.
Posted Nov 12, 2021
Providing some more light-hearted and dramatic moments to blend with the jaw-dropping Ufotable fight scenes, Mugen Train is a great way to spend two hours.
Posted Nov 5, 2021
A good laugh if you're looking for a cheesy 70s "kung fu film" that mixes in vampires and Peter Cushing's Van Helsing, but that's a very specific thing to be looking for...
Posted Oct 31, 2021
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1974)
It has one or two moments but overall it's not very exciting to watch and as the final Christopher Lee Dracula film it's a bit of a let down...
Posted Oct 30, 2021
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
Some fun moments, especially the fights between the two Van Helsings and Dracula, but sadly a lot of middle is a bit meh, and the opening 70s shot is near-torturous...
Posted Oct 29, 2021
Scars of Dracula (1970)
Christopher Lee is back on form when it comes to actually getting to act... a bit. Definitely one of the better offerings anyway, so long as you're in the right mood.
Posted Oct 28, 2021
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
Well, it was hard to actually like any characters, it wasn't very interesting and the ending was pants. Oh well, what is this, film number 5? Not a bad run so far then...
Posted Oct 27, 2021
Dracula Has Risen From The Grave not only has a great title but it was also a fun film. Still has the B movie charm going for it to cover some of the suspect acting as well.
Posted Oct 26, 2021
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
If all your after is a cliché B horror movie then at least the movie is a good example as it's an entertaining 80-odd minutes, just not one that's worth shouting about...
Posted Oct 25, 2021
The Brides of Dracula (1960)
Peter Cushing's Van Helsing is once again a commanding presence and carries the film on his back. A really enjoyable cheesy horror film.
Posted Oct 24, 2021
Horror of Dracula (1958)
The Hammer Dracula is every bit the classic now as it was back in the 50s and is still the version I mentally refer back to when I see a reference to the classic tale.
Posted Oct 23, 2021
Spectre felt like loads of small ideas barely sewn together and a hasty attempt to make some sort of "ultimate villain" that doesn't work at all. Better than QoS at least...
Posted Sep 29, 2021
I do enjoy most of Skyfall, it has some great set pieces and a charismatic villain but some pacing issues hold it back for me. Still better than Quantum of Solace at least!
Posted Sep 22, 2021
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Starts off alright but slowly becomes less and less interesting until it suddenly ends, plus the villain is more "mildly annoying prick" than Bond's big enemy...
Posted Sep 15, 2021
Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale is right up there with my favourite films, let alone Bond films. Well paced, well shot, well acted and lots of fun and clever nods to past Bond-isms. Top marks.
Posted Sep 8, 2021
Some interesting backstory but it's also very plain and full of generic characters. Not a bad way to spend an hour and a half, but I doubt I'll be watching it again.
Posted Aug 27, 2021
Black Widow (2021)
The main thing to take away from the film is "fun action sequences", if you're looking for something deeper or more impactful on the MCU timeline then you won't find it here...
Posted Jul 12, 2021
Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (2021)
Hathaway is a genuinely interesting protagonist operating in some very questionable grey areas, though the big climactic fight between the two Gundams was a bit of a let down.
Posted Jul 5, 2021
Doctor Strange (2016)
Some stunning visual effects and well-choreographed fight scenes add to the fun, and the cast is all served well, though Mads Mikkelsen's villain is somewhat undercooked...
Posted May 26, 2021
A really fun heist film with a sci-fi twist that has plenty of heart to go along with the humour, it's just a shame that the antagonist side of things is rather dull...
Posted May 19, 2021
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a good film and a fun time, but it doesn't reach the heights of the other films in its sub-series...
Posted May 12, 2021
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
It's so rare to see a film so perfectly crafted and cast. Forget "MCU films" or "Comic book films", Guardians of the Galaxy is just a great film, period.
Posted May 6, 2021
The Winter Soldier is a damn-near perfect film within its genre, with exciting and well directed action spectacle and some good plot twists. An easy 5.
Posted Apr 20, 2021
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Thor: The Dark World isn't a bad film, but it's decidedly average, which in a "cinematic universe" full of really enjoyable films makes it stand out as bad...
Posted Apr 14, 2021
Iron Man 3 (2013)
The villain is generic but that doesn't detract too much from an otherwise fun time full of plenty of spectacle and a deeper look at Tony Stark's psyche.
Posted Apr 7, 2021
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
A perfect example of an ensemble cast and great example of well shot spectacle that also manages to actually develop a lot of the titular heroes as well. Great stuff.
Posted Apr 1, 2021
While not perfect, the casting is on-point, the action scenes done well and the dialogue full of just as much humour as drama. A fun film overall.
Posted Mar 24, 2021
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Doesn't quite stand up to the original, but comes close. The lead villain and the final showdown leaves this film feeling a little empty. Still more than worth a watch though.
Posted Mar 16, 2021
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
A perfectly fine "popcorn muncher", but the CG monster fight at the end of the film hasn't aged all that well. Still more good than bad, mind you...
Posted Mar 3, 2021
Iron Man (2008)
A fun two-hours thanks to a top cast lead by a charismatic Robert Downey Jr. Most of the effects still hold up and the action scenes are still exciting.
Posted Feb 24, 2021
The 40s setting is well realised, the characters are all really well developed and genuinely fun to watch, and the action scenes are well shot and exciting.
Posted Feb 16, 2021
Spider-Verse manages to tell a comic book origin tale, a heart-warming family tale and a grand-scale multiversal threat tale and nails all three perfectly. More please!
Posted Nov 13, 2020
Has some fun set-pieces and worked around the lack of Spider-Man well, but the finale is disappointing and every character who isn't Brock is rather dull and one-dimensional.
Posted Oct 28, 2020
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
Overall it's not a family film that will wow you with originality, but it is one that will entertain all audiences watching, including fans of the original gaming franchise.
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Doom: Annihilation (2019)
If you want to kill some time you can have a laugh along with it, but regardless there is no point in this film having the Doom name attached, it does very little with the IP.
Posted Sep 30, 2020
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)
Detective Pikachu is actually a good kids movie, both succeeding at entertaining kids and giving them a good life lesson while entertaining any adults watching as well.
Posted Sep 23, 2020
Inoffensive and well-made visually, it's let down by an inconsistent tone and just a mind-numbing final 30 minutes.I can't say it's a bad movie for the genre it's in though...
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Assassin's Creed (2016)
The scenes in the past are fun but short-lived, otherwise there were times when I just felt like looking at my bookshelves to give me something more interesting to do...
Posted Sep 9, 2020
Dead Rising: Endgame (2016)
A disappointing affair, given its title implies some sort of end, but all we get is a movie riddled with open ended storylines and poor CGI. Just stick with the first film...
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)
A perfectly fine low-budget zombie movie. It pays homage to the game series it itself is a part of well, and even on its own merits it's a perfectly acceptable two hours.
Posted Aug 27, 2020
A perfectly fine film, it won't win any originality awards and some of the dialogue and characters are cheesy as hell, but it harmlessly passes two hours.
Posted Aug 4, 2020
Part Hunger Games, part tournament fighter film, part faithful game adaptation, part completely incorrect game adaptation: the film is a mess, but can still be entertaining...
Posted Jul 22, 2020
King of Fighters (2011)