Straight shooting movie and TV reviews.
Straight shooting movie and TV reviews.
January 08, 2019
Bandersnatch and the frustration with freedom of choice
The concept of Netflix’s latest Black Mirror episode Bandersnatch was compelling to say the least, but it’s execution was a little problematic.This special choose your own adven...
January 06, 2019
Netflix’s You, the terror is in the tweets
A lot of critics have pegged #Netflix's You as a psychological thriller but there seems to be a little more to it. This is thanks to some complex characters and a layered plot t...
January 01, 2019
Bird Box, powerful performances lost to poor storytelling
Bird Box is certainly one of the bigger offerings from Netflix to come out this year but have they served us a Christmas Turkey or does Sandra Bullock's performance add some bee...
December 29, 2018
Aquaman floats to the top of the box office
Director #JamesWan’s version of Aquaman builds on the character's rebirth, and while you can’t right the wrongs of some of the other DC movies (*cough* Justice League, *cough*),...
December 19, 2018
Bumblebee is the best of a bad bunch
Bumblebee is an origin story, a prequel to Michael Bay’s hideous movie series that does attempt to win back the favour of the fans. But it's still part of the same series. Check...
December 17, 2018
This Spider-Man epic will blow your mind
Another iteration of #SpiderMan has hit theatres in animated form. I know we've seen a lot of Spidey lately but here's why you should care about this one in particular. Check ou...
December 09, 2018
Overlord - gory good fun but actually nothing special
#Overlord does exactly what it says on the packaging, and while it’s nice to get what you paid for but that’s all you get thanks to some pretty prescriptive trailers. Check out ...
December 05, 2018
Creed 2, old tricks for a new and improved dog
#Creed2 is the 8th movie set in the Rocky Universe, however as the title suggests it is working to be a franchise all of its own.This is propelled by the strength of the charact...
November 26, 2018
Robin Hood is a complete waste of time
There's no way around it, the most recent (2018) tale of Robin Hood is an absolute stinker. I don't know what they were on when they decided to make this! Find out why this movi...
October 30, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody - looks like real life, escapes from reality
It’s been almost a decade since the idea of making a movie about #Queen’s rise to fame was mentioned by guitarist Brian May. Initially Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame was in dis...
October 27, 2018
Halloween - made with care but fails to scare
The thing that had me excited about this new Halloween film is they got the band back together. John Carpenter had come back into the fold as an executive producer, composer and...
October 13, 2018
Art beautifully imitates life in First Man.
It’s astounding to me that they haven’t made a movie about the first man on the moon before First Man. First Man is based on James Hansen’s biography “First Man: A life of Neil ...
October 10, 2018
Mandy brings out the best Cage rage in years
There’s not much I can say in this review that will spoil Mandy. The basic plot has been completely revealed in the trailers. The draw for this movie has no doubt been the oppor...
September 15, 2018
Why The Predator will make you want to rage quit
When it was announced that Shane Black and his pal Fred Dekker were to write and direct a new Predator movie, everybody was excited at the prospect of a tired movie franchise be...
August 19, 2018
The Meg reviewed: it's shark weak!
The trailers that they threw online, like chum, for The Meg had audiences wide-eyed circling and ready to strike when it opened. While box office figures are impressive, it was ...
July 22, 2018
Scream For Me Sarajevo - spirit under siege
I normally watch documentaries as an escape from the fiction I review, but this one is too good not to share. Scream For Me Sarajevo tells the story of how, in the middle of ...
July 15, 2018
Occupation is really about a bloody invasion on imagination
I have longed for the day where we get an alien invasion film set in rural Australia and thanks to Luke Sparke’s Occupation, that wait was over. Now I’m longing for something...
July 10, 2018
Ant-Man and The Wasp - all buzz, no sting
Ant-Man and the Wasp could be the most fun you might have with a Marvel movie but, in trying to balance out the feels post-Infinity War can anything really stand up?
June 26, 2018
Upgrade delivers big thrills on the cheap
Upgrade is one of those movies that accomplishes a lot with very little, and that's because Leigh Whannell literally brought it home. Check out the review.
June 10, 2018
Hereditary - is it really that scary?
You either like scary movies or you don’t. If you do, you'll love Hereditary, but is anything really that scary these days? This review explores the reasons why Hereditary is be...
May 28, 2018
How Solo was saved from complete disaster
Nothing about Solo – A Star Wars Story sounded like it was going to be any good. After apparently firing the directors and re-shooting about 70% of it, at least Disney looked li...
May 20, 2018
Deadpool 2 - can you love a dumpster fire?
A bigger budget and a flashy director does not necessarily mean a better movie. When Marvel decided to buckle to the demand of fans and finally make the Deadpool movie every...
May 06, 2018
Blue World Order is a killer B
Che Baker’s Blue World Order is one of those B-Grade gems that I think, over time, will be held in the same regard as great Ozploitation films like the original Mad Max, Razorba...
May 02, 2018
Avengers Infinity War - success thanks to one character
The futility of being one in a bazillion reviewers tackling Avengers Infinity War is not lost on me. So what’s going to make you any wiser spending the next few minutes taking i...
April 15, 2018
Blunt force trauma - The tension is monstrous in A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place takes the best parts of classics like Alien, Pitch Black and Signs and delivers something new and fresh that will stay with audiences for a long time to come. T...
April 01, 2018
Pacific Rim uprooted. Can the franchise survive?
Does Pacific Rim Uprising keep the franchise alive under a new director? Find out what's changed in the sequel to 2013's cult Kaiju hit.
March 21, 2018
Does Tomb Raider save a genre and break a terrible curse?
Could Tomb Raider be the spark that finally lights the fires of credibility for the beleaguered video game movie genre? Well, you might need to blow on it really hard. Check out...
March 14, 2018
Annihilation, why you’ll love what Paramount rejected
Looking into the sum of all parts that make up Annihilation it is hard to believe that Paramount cashed out and dumped it onto Netflix. It has all the right ingredients, a st...
March 04, 2018
Red Sparrow - sexy spies suffer from a flaccid plot
Watching Red Sparrow feels like driving a sports car with the handbrake on. It's got all the ingredients to make for an absolutely thrilling ride, it looks good, the production ...
February 18, 2018
Why Black Panther is good but not great
Is Black Panther the best Marvel movie yet? No. Does it deserve the high praise it's getting from critics? Sort of. Black Panther is good, but it's not great and it's far from p...
February 11, 2018
The Cloverfield Paradox - a dirty, re-gifted surprise
This year's Super Bowl coverage yielded some pretty tasty trailers for upcoming blockbusters. Among those trailers though out of nowhere, came the Netflix exclusive The Cloverfi...
February 05, 2018
How Black Mirror turns your reality into dark fantasy
Check out this review to find out if you should to add Black Mirror to your watchlist, and why it might be unhealthy to binge this series. More reviews at: www.thewatchman.c...
December 16, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Reviewed
I hated this movie. Which was actually quite devastating to me as a lifelong fan. Find out why and listen to the podcast for a spoiler-free review.
November 19, 2017
Justice League - Reviewed
Once you see it, it cannot be unseen. Find out the epic fail that almost ruined Justice League in this review. Contains minor spoilers.
November 14, 2017
Starship Troopers - Retro Review
Starship Troopers is a window into a right wing future. Find out why, after 20 years, it's more relevant today than ever.
November 05, 2017
Stranger Things 2 - Reviewed
There is one big reason why Stranger Things is so popular. Find out why in this spoiler free review of Stranger Things 2.
October 28, 2017
Thor Ragnarok - Reviewed
Find out how director Taika Waititi brings one of Marvel’s most ethereal characters crashing back down to Earth with Thor: Ragnarok.
October 13, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 - Reviewed
Why did this movie not perform as well at the box office as expected? Could it have anything to do with the fact that the original Blade Runner phenomena found a niche among a c...
October 01, 2017
Star Trek: Discovery - Reviewed
The first Star Trek series to grace the small screen in 12 years. Does Star Trek: Discovery stack up against some of the other big series this year? Is Star Trek still relevant?...
September 16, 2017
It - Reviewed
Will this take on a Stephen King classic leave you “It” scared? I had mixed emotions about going into this review of the freshly remade It. After watching It though, I was mo...
September 12, 2017
The Expanse - Reviewed
It's been a long time between drinks for some international audiences for this show but finally both seasons of The Expanse are now on Netflix. Why should you consider watching ...
August 27, 2017
Death Note - Reviewed
The Netflix, live action, film adaptation of the popular Japanese Manga Death Note, really has tongues wagging at the moment. Unfortunately it seems for all the wrong reasons.
August 18, 2017
Atypical - Reviewed
Atypical is the latest Netflix exclusive series. It’s a coming of age sitcom about an 18 year-old boy on the autism spectrum and his family. At times, it is heartwarming, of...
August 06, 2017
Preacher - Reviewed
AMC's Preacher is a dark, irreverent, funny and sometimes very morbid tale that is unlike most other comic book shows or films, as you'll see from this review.
July 29, 2017
War For The Planet Of The Apes - Reviewed
Does Serkis' monkey shine in the third and final instalment of the Apes films? Listen to the review of War For the Planet Of The Apes and find out.
July 22, 2017
Dunkirk - Reviewed
A step outside of the comfort zone for this review. Dunkirk is often confronting, extremely tense and very unnerving. But is it any good? Listen to the review and find out.
July 14, 2017
Spiderman Homecoming - Reviewed
Spiderman gets close to being done right but Marvel take the safe route in what would have to be their most conservative movie yet. Find out more with this review of Spiderman H...
July 08, 2017
The Night Of - Reviewed
HBO's The Night Of is a tiny 8 episodes, which makes it the perfect binge watch for people who are time poor. Check out this review and see if it's for you. Head to the websi...
July 01, 2017
Okja - Reviewed
Okja, not the bacon of hope for Netflix. I wanted to like this movie. I like the director, I've been going through a bit of a Korean phase of late. I like Tom Yun Goon a lot. Li...
June 30, 2017
Train To Busan - Reviewed
Is Train to Busan the film to put a derailed and diluted genre back on track? Well, probably not. But is it any good? Is it worth putting in your Netflix queue and actually watc...
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