Spider-Man (2002)

Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris,  J.K. Simmons

With the slew of superhero films being released now, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the ‘oldies’.
(Yeah, how old do you feel now eh? That’s right. Nearly ten years since this movie came out. That’s essentially fifty years)
Being one of, if not my favourite superhero at the time, I saw Spider-man pretty much the day it came out. And then again a few days later. And then I had cake. It was a good week. (more…)


Tomb Raider

Developer: Core Design
Platform(s): PS1, Saturn, PC
Release Date(s): Nov 1996 (PS1), Oct 1996 (Saturn), June 1998 (PC)

Why am I even bothering to review this game? It is as mainstream as McDonalds, and would be like reviewing a chocolate chip biscuit, there is no way it is going to be in any way different from what you are imagining the game to be like in your head. However, I did just clear it, so why not, lets talk Lucozade mascots. (more…)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Director: Orson Welles
Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Cominore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Everett Sloane, William Alland, Paul Stewart, George Coulouris

Commonly referred to as The Greatest Film Ever Made, and similarly, massively overrated, Citizen Kane is a film that has, and will most certainly continue to, intrigue film critics for years. And, believe it or not, the only reason I saw it was because it was the cheapest film in the shop at the time. (more…)

The 3D “Revolution”, or How Avatar raped my eyes.

This 3D business in film is getting slightly out of hand. There was a time when a 3D film in the cinema was huge, that so many people would go and see it just for the gimmick of 3D.

Fast forward to 2011 however, and more than a few people are getting sick of the trend. (more…)

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The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

Director: Ben Palmer
Cast: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas

When I heard there was going to be an Inbetweeners movie, my first instinct was to think it was going to be painfully mediocre. It’s not that I dislike The Inbetweeners, I think it’s hilarious despite myself. However, a film based on a TV show is just a tricky thing to nail and more often than not it’s just a long episode, which can be tedious. In this respect, The Inbetweeners Movie is indeed a lot like a long episode, but mercifully, it isn’t tedious. (more…)

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Abigail Spencer.

With a premise like cowboys fighting aliens, you really have to wonder how such a film can get made. Sure, it’s got a lot of big names backing it, but it just seems so ridiculous, you’d never think that so much money would be invested in something that seemed like such a guaranteed failure, a laughably bad film at best. (more…)

Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge: Special Edition

Developer: LucasArts
Platform(s): Wii, iPhone, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date(s): Jul 2009 (Wii, iPhone), Sep 2011 (PC, PS3, Xbox  360)

The traditional pirate adventure, such a bland concept for a game back in the late 80’s. Lucasarts, however, managed to flip the concept on its head by continuously breaking down the fourth wall, encouraging insult trading rather than sword fighting, and having their game abound with rubber chickens with pulleys in the middle. This was The Secret of Monkey Island, a stellar game of unique wit and creative design. Surely, SURELY, they couldn’t follow it up without making a mess of things…and yet, they did. This isn’t the Star Wars prequel trilogy following the original trilogy. This is The Empire Strikes Back following the original film. (more…)

Final Fantasy II

(This trailer is for the PSone and PSP version of the game and doesn’t feature in the original 1988 version of the game…but you probably knew that)

Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): NES, PS1 (as part of Final Fantasy Origins), GBA (as part of Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls), PSP
Release Date(s): Dec 1988 (NES, Japan only), Apr 2003 (PS1), Nov 2004 (GBA), Jun 2008 (PSP)

If you are a Final Fantasy fan, and weren’t happy about the score I gave the original, you’re going to be really unhappy with the score I give this one! (more…)

Final Fantasy

(This trailer is for the PSone and PSP version of the game)

Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): NES, PS1 (as part of Final Fantasy Origins), GBA (as part of Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls), PSP
Release Date(s): Dec 1987 (NES), Apr 2003 (PS1), Nov 2004 (GBA), Jun 2008 (PSP)

Thirteen sequels later and a couple of dozen spin offs, it still seems massively ironic that Squaresoft decided to name this game Final Fantasy, believing it to be their final project before going completely bankrupt. In actual fact, this game was so successful, it dragged them completely out of bankruptcy and guaranteed the future of the software company to this day. But it’s best not to skip ahead. Let’s look at the original game: (more…)

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Developer: LucasArts
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, iPhone
Release Date:  July 2009 (Wii, iPhone), September 2011 (PC, PS3, Xbox),

Who remembers point and click adventures? That true staple of fantasy video gaming that was so vibrant in the 90s. You don’t see so many of them around anymore, which is a real shame. Off the top of my head, I could probably name about 20 first person shooters that have been released in the past year, all of which have grey and brown as the predominant colours, but not a single point and click with this kind of vibrant colour and personality. (more…)