The Best Films of 1989: Top 5

the best films of 1989Turning 30 is a big deal, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. With some trepidation, I entered my fourth decade on this earth in August 2019, and the lack of a world-changing event was surprising by its absence. Perhaps I had built it up to be something more than it was.

Nevertheless, I intend to spend my next decade seeing as many places as I can, trying new things and watching as many films as possible. With that in mind, I decided to get right back to where I started – way back in 1989. These are the top five movies from 1989: the year of my birth. Let me tell you, this wasn’t an easy list to make – 1989 had some cracking films released, but I’ve managed to narrow it down to just five. Without further ado, let’s take a look. Continue reading

The Nicest Actors in Hollywood: Top 5

The Nicest Guys in Hollywood Top 5Hollywood is a world filled with glitz and glamour, and it’s sometimes very easy to forget that the people we see on our cinema screens are, at their very core, just normal people. Sure, they’ve got mansions and private jets and wads and wads of cash, but before the fame, they were just like you or I.

It’s all the more surprising then that we’re constantly bombarded with stories of misdemeanours from some of the most famous people in Hollywood. Whether it’s a demanding personality or cruelty to their fans, we’re never that far away from a Hollywood bad guy. With that in mind, I’m flipping that on its head and looking at the nicest celebrities in Hollywood. But who has made the cut of our list of nicest celebs? Read on to find out. Continue reading

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle review “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here”

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle PosterIt’s been 22 years since Joe Johnston thrilled cinemagoers with a little film called Jumanji. Starring the late, great Robin Williams, it has amassed a huge following over the years and has become nearly as loved as its leading star.

What’s surprising given the film’s success is the lack of a sequel. For over 20 years the non-franchise stayed completely dormant until now. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sees Columbia Pictures resurrect this classic property for a high-action, CGI-filled blockbuster. But is it actually any good? Continue reading

“5+5=7” Absolutely Anything review

ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING  (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Terry Jones  

Music: George Fenton

Starring: Simon Pegg, Robin Williams, Eric Idle


REVIEW AUTHOR: Rob Stoakes

Copyright: Lionsgate UK

Copyright: Lionsgate UK

Let’s say Gordon Ramsey went fishing, and got a huge salmon. With that salmon, he cooks a fish pie, but he wants it to be really good. He tirelessly works on it, getting the perfect pastry and the perfect vegatables to go with this perfect salmon. After slaving away, he serves it to you, and it looks delicious. You take a sniff, indulging in the beautiful smell, and take a bite. However, when your lips meet the food you find that this fish pie, through acts of freakish chance, tastes identical to a Cornish pasty from Greggs. Continue reading

A Man of Many Faces: Robin Williams Tribute

Movie Metropolis LogoThe world recoiled in shock today as news outlets across the globe announced the death of the loveable actor, Robin Williams who was 63. Many of us here in the United Kingdom woke to the news that the thespian, known for roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, one of my favourite films, Good Will Hunting and Night at the Museum had committed suicide at his California mansion.

Tributes have been flooding in from all corners of the planet, showing just how he managed to touch the lives of millions of people. I was going to do a MM Top 5 of his most-loved roles, but as such a versatile actor it was impossible to pick between them. Instead I’ve decided to simply pay tribute the one of the world’s greatest funnymen. Continue reading