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Thursday, 20 September 2018

'The Predator' Review (Spoiler-Free)

The Predator is the third sequel to 1987’s Predator, which pitted Arnold Schwarzenegger and his fellow commandos against the now-iconic marauding alien in a Central American jungle. With incredible practical special effects, claw-biting tension, superb acting and some of the best one-liners in film, Predator remains one of the best and most original sci-fi thrillers to this day. Along with Terminator 2: Judgement Day, it’s also one of Arnie’s two greatest films. Its own 1990 LA-based sequel, Predator 2, however, fell somewhat short, but at least managed to make for some great expansion of the mythology in its final ten or so minutes. Fortunately, the far superior and criminally-underrated Predators in 2010 went back to basics with its jungle planet setting.

Monday, 3 September 2018

8 Top Tips For Your Trip To Tokyo Disneyland

It might surprise you to learn that there's a Tokyo Disneyland in existence. Up until a couple of years ago, my wife and I had no idea, yet by that point we'd already been to Disneyland ParisDisneyland California and Disney World Florida a good bunch of times. In fact, since our first trip in 2012, Disneyland Paris has been our favourite. I personally find the cooler weather there and its ample size – along with its quintessential European charm - incomparable. 

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

The Meg Review

Shark movies have come in many shapes and sizes over the years, but more so since 1999’s Deep Blue Sea than 1975’s Jaws (she was the first). Two species now plague the screens: there are the deliberately-shlocky straight-to-SyFy stinkers like Sharknado, and there are those that are worthy of the silver screen like 2010’s The Reef and 2016’s The Shallows. Luckily, Jon Turtletaub’s The Meg falls into the latter.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Why You Need to Experience Jurassic Park: The Ride Before it’s Extinct

If you’ve ever been to Universal Studios Hollywood, you’ve probably already enjoyed sinking your teeth into the nail-biting log flume experience Jurassic Park: The Ride  that celebrates the original Jurassic Park, which director Steven Spielberg himself couldn’t even finish at the opening in 1996 (although there was no “running and screaming” reported).

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Film Reviews: Skyscraper, Tag, The First Purge & Hereditary

Here are some mini movie reviews. Yes, they're a little late, but to quote one of my all-time favourites Ghostbusters, "better late than never"!

Monday, 30 July 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

Just when you were starting to think that Star Wars should bugger off to a galaxy far, far away for a long time, along comes Solo: A Star Wars Story. With the underwhelming The Force Awakens (which fans considered to be “too safe”) and the hugely-divisive The Last Jedi (which fans considered to be “too risky”), the latest non-episodic entry is a welcome break from lightsabers. In fact, let’s jump straight into hyperspace – it’s the best Star Wars movie since fan-favourite The Empire Strikes Back. While, in all honesty, that isn't saying much considering what's come since then, it's a statement that’s bound to trigger some upset among those very-hard-to-please fans nonetheless. But hey, it isn’t Star Wars without a little controversy, right?

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Clever Girl: The Truth Behind 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's' Indoraptor


Now that you’ve seen Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom you’ll know it’s the first film in the franchise to end with a pretty major cliffhanger. In fact, it’s the first Jurassic to do a lot of things, like have a secret ending, a human clone, and… probably a dinosaur-human hybrid. Confused? Okay, such a thing is never talked about in the film, but it’s all about the devil in the detail – or in this case, the Indoraptor. When it comes to that awful script about dino-human hybrids from way, way back, “something has survived”. So let’s look at all the clues that suggest Fallen Kingdom’s socially-inept hybrid may not only be part-human, but part-Maisie….

Saturday, 23 June 2018

The Gateway to Snowdonia

It’s no mystery that Betws-Y-Coed is dubbed "the gateway into Snowdonia". Upon arriving you’re welcomed by forest-clad mountains of such grandeur that it’s not unreasonable to draw parallels with the Canadian Rockies. After all, the forests here are composed largely of the mighty Douglas Firs - native throughout British Columbia but only introduced to this neck of the woods some decades ago.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Manhattan Haunts: A Ghostbusters Fan’s Guide to New York City

This year marks the 34th anniversary of supernatural comedy classic Ghostbusters (1984) and the phenomenal franchise it spawned. To celebrate, embark on a self-made movie tour in New York City by visiting seven locations that served iconic scenes in the film and its 1989 sequel, as well as the 2016 reboot-inspired attraction in Times Square.