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My Christmas Movies

Santa’s almost here! It’s about this time that I like to sit back, chill out and watch some classic movies. There’s a lot of debate about what makes a Christmas movie a Christmas movie, but for me it’s easy: Is it set at Christmas? Are there Christmas-themed songs on the soundtrack? Does the Christmas setting feature heavily? If the answer […]

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It Came From The Bargain Bin – 3: Stranglehold

Format Played: XBox 360 Current CEX Price: 50p It’s fair to say that, once John Woo left Hong Kong in the early 90s, his movie output struggled to match the quality of his previous films. Though his first US film – the Jean-Claude Van Damme action vehicle Hard Target (in which Van Damme has the most spectacular wet look mullet) […]

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Mission Impossible: III (2006)

JJ Abrams wasn’t exactly an unknown quantity when MI:III was made, but he was far from the Hollywood behemoth he is today, love him or hate him (his output can be quite divisive, to say the least – though MI: III was actually his debut movie as director). He had been churning out super-spy TV show Alias for a number […]

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Games Of My Life: Jurassic Park – SNES

It’s hard to articulate the effect that Jurassic Park – the film – had on cinema when it arrived in 1993. Though CGI special effects had been utilised in a number of prior films – most notably in The Abyss, with its amazing sentient water ‘creature’ in 1989, then another James Cameron film in 1991: Terminator 2, with what were, […]

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Film Review: WALL-E (2008)

Though there’s a lot of humour wrung from the premise, there’s an undeniably horrifying glimpse at an all-too likely future for our planet in WALL-E. The humour, though, comes from our look at the day to day adventures of the world’s last functioning cleaner robot, part of a workforce that was created generations ago to refresh our planet – which […]

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Mission Impossible 2 (2000)

Given the huge success of the first Mission Impossible film, it’s perhaps quite a surprise that it took so long for a sequel to appear – four years is quite the gap in Hollywood Sequel years. However, Tom Cruise has always been a star who’s massively in demand and, with him also pulling double duty as the co-producer of the […]

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Games of My Life: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Pinball)

I spent endless hot, summer days in darkness in the early 90s. Darkness lit with colourful neon and ultraviolet light. The soundtrack: worlds being defended, the roars of dinosaurs once more roaming the earth, feuds being settled or contests being won with kicks and punches. The smell of dry ice; the smog-like substance hanging thick in the air, lending everything […]