Movie Review – IT (2017)

Posted by Riaz on September 19, 2017 in Movies |

    Think of any horror story you have ever read. Got one? Good. Was there a jump scare in it? No, there wasn’t. By definition, any horror story you *read* cannot have a ‘jump scare’ in it, no matter how cleverly the author is crafting their words. The best you can do is ‘Suddenly…’ […]

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My Life At The Pictures 1977 – 1981

Posted by Riaz on April 17, 2016 in Movies |

I love movies. I’d like to think I love movies more than most people, because that makes me feel important and special and that I may have a crack at hosting a movie review show one day. But I guess the truth is I like movies just as much as the next person, only I […]


The Hobbit : Desolation of Smaug

Posted by Riaz on December 28, 2013 in Movies |

I’ve often wanted to be a hobbit. I have big hairy feet, enjoy food and live in the country. Unfortunately I don’t smoke a pipe and I’m 6’4. If I wandered into Hobbiton I would probably be bullied for not smoking and being tall, such is the way of things. But I have been a […]


Superman – Man of Steel – (NOT a movie review…)

Posted by Riaz on July 3, 2013 in Movies |

I was seven years old when the first Superman film was released. Christopher Reeve played the titular hero. I didn’t know what titular meant back then of course. I thought it meant ‘having one’s breasts swinging in a pendulum like fashion’. Anyway, I was seven years old when the first Superman movie came out and […]


Alice in Wonderland (2010) – A Review

Posted by Riaz on December 26, 2012 in Movies |

  Tim Burton has always had that slight madness about him that makes his work appealing. The dark, gothic overtones that he sprinkled liberally over Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas made those films unique and fresh compared to the more slushy, over sentimental product coming out of Hollywood during the late […]


The Kids Are All Right

Posted by Riaz on August 31, 2012 in Movies |

It’s funny how you can stumble across films. I don’t think I would ever have watched The Kids Are All Right if I didn’t have a keen interest in the work of Mark Ruffalo. And that came about because I had recently watched Zodiac where he played Inspector David Toschi and felt he gave such […]


Brief Encounter (1945). Directed by David Lean.

Posted by Riaz on August 6, 2012 in Movies |

At the beginning of the film Manhattan, Woody Allen, referring to the city, says “…I romanticised it out of all proportion.” That’s a bit like how I have dealt with love throughout my life. I have romanticised it out of all proportion. I have tried wooing women like Heathcliff by growing my hair long and […]



Posted by Riaz on July 12, 2012 in Movies |

Wipe that cheesy grin off your pathetic blue face, you wannabe Smurf… I have a nostalgic affection for James Cameron’s 80’s output. The Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss have long been amongst my favourite films of the sci-fi genre. I was not impressed by his nineties output. True Lies was more like ‘False Promises’ and […]

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