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There are 26 posts tagged: "reviews"

17 April 2022

I've swung this-way-and-that over Morbius, since it was announced.

Old LA
21 March 2022

In his customary overly-critical analysis of pop music lyrics, Todd in the Shadows comments on a line in 1974's Beach Baby, written by John (Carter) and Gillian Shakespeare, and performed by The First Class.

21 January 2022

Counting down his choice of The Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2021, Todd in the Shadows muses on the banality of Justin Bieber's Peaches, ft. Daniel Caesar and Giveon.

Standing in the shadows
16 January 2022

Todd in the Shadows is a popular music critic. His chart retrospectives are based on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end lists, but most of the entries are familiar even to me, having grown up in England.

The Hustle: one word review
26 December 2021

Excrutiating. 2/10.

The Matrix Resuscitated
22 December 2021

In his three-star review of The Matrix Resurrections, Nicholas Barber dams the trilogy's fourth instalment with the faintest praise.

6 December 2021

I watched Klaus last night with my eldest daughter. We both loved it.

The Closer
20 October 2021

Today's the day for which Netflix employees, supported by bargain-basement celebrities who I've never heard of, had threatened a walkout in protest against Dave Chappelle's special, The Closer. I had intended to watch it earlier, but postponed it until today to mark this non-event.

15 August 2021

I watched Law & Order on UK terrestrial TV, back in the day. It was a reasonable enough way to pass the time, given that would've passed anyway. The police procedural half of the show was entertaining, but although the prosecution half wrapped the story up, I was never that interested in lawyers talking legal bollocks. Lawyers aren't likeable heroes. Even if they're on the side of good, they're at best a necessary evil.

Iron Fist
18 July 2021

I recently happened across Marvel's Iron Fist on Netflix. I'd never heard of the character before, but I can only assume that the comic book version must've been way less irritating. Otherwise, he'd never have got his own show. Right?

Justice is served!
17 March 2021

Zac Snyder's version of Justice League is finally upon us, with most critics agreeing that it's an improvement on the 2017 original, at least according to those reviews cited by the BBC. The original was infamously fucked up, sorry, reimagined by Joss Whedon, when he took over the production after Snyder's departure following a family tragedy. I have watched that version, described by one anonymous Warner Bros executive as a piece of shit. It was…okay, but let down by a muddled plot and an anticlimactic antagonist.

The Sequalizer
2 November 2020

I binge-watched The Equalizer and The Equalizer 2 over the weekend. Denzel Washington was compelling, as always, and both films could definitely be considered quite good. But both also suffered from those WTF moments that suggest that the writers just couldn't be arsed to finish the job properly.

24 December 2015

Basically, one five-minute joke stretched beyond breaking point. The loveable little yellow guys from Despicable Me and its sequel battle a wafer-thin plot that's more of a challenge than the supervillainess. Cringeworthy pokes at British stereotypes, of the type that the makers wouldn't dare do to Blacks or Jews, just add to the sheer bloody awfulness.

Law Abiding Citizen: ten word review
24 September 2012

Butler, good; Foxx, poor; plot, reasonable; ending, terrible; beer, excellent.

Avengers Assemble: nine word review
23 September 2012

Fun but gay, or gay but fun? You decide.

The Adjustment Bureau: ten word review
26 December 2011

Fairly decent, confusing, fun. Matt Damon, good. Emily Blunt, woof.

Despicable Me: ten word review
21 April 2011

Gets better toward the end. ×2

Bad cars
11 November 2010

Something that made me laugh—the whole article's funny—was that the Pontiac Aztek looked a bit like a Transformer figure based on a Dust Buster vacuum cleaner.

8 April 2010

Being touted as possibly the worst film ever, Birdemic: Shock and Terror is the story of bad actors and bad dialogue livened up with bald eagles. This, from an IMDb reviewer, may say more about him than anything, but it made me laugh nonetheless:

Time Bomb
8 July 2005

I was ill off of work, so ill that I stayed in bed until about 3pm and felt like shit.

The family that saves together, stays together
23 March 2005

I assume that most of you who wanted to see The Incredibles saw it at the cinema, or picture playhouse, or whatever you hip dudes'n'dudettes call the kinematograph parlour these days. Anyhow, I had the DVD on preorder and it arrived yesterday, so we watched it last night.

Man On Fire (2004)
8 October 2004

We watched this on DVD last night. A run-of-the-mill Latino kidnapping affair. Better than Proof Of Life, but then what isn't?

The Matrix Revolutions
13 April 2004

I finally got around to watching this. The DVD's been laying around for the last couple of weeks.

Bad Boys II
23 March 2004

We just got around to watching BB2. Oh dear.

Buying stuff online while drunk
6 December 2003

A couple of weeks ago I bought The Siege from, while I was rat-arsed.

The Matrix Reloaded
24 October 2003

I finally got around to watching this last night.