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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) David Hogan If all your after is a cliché B horror movie then at least the movie is a good example as it's an entertaining 80-odd minutes, just not one that's worth shouting about... EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2021
4/5 The Brides of Dracula (1960) David Hogan Peter Cushing's Van Helsing is once again a commanding presence and carries the film on his back. A really enjoyable cheesy horror film. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2021
5/5 Horror of Dracula (1958) David Hogan The Hammer Dracula is every bit the classic now as it was back in the 50s and is still the version I mentally refer back to when I see a reference to the classic tale. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2021
2/5 Spectre (2015) David Hogan Spectre felt like loads of small ideas barely sewn together and a hasty attempt to make some sort of "ultimate villain" that doesn't work at all. Better than QoS at least... EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2021
4/5 Skyfall (2012) David Hogan I do enjoy most of Skyfall, it has some great set pieces and a charismatic villain but some pacing issues hold it back for me. Still better than Quantum of Solace at least! EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2021
2/5 Quantum of Solace (2008) David Hogan Starts off alright but slowly becomes less and less interesting until it suddenly ends, plus the villain is more "mildly annoying prick" than Bond's big enemy... EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2021
5/5 Casino Royale (2006) David Hogan Casino Royale is right up there with my favourite films, let alone Bond films. Well paced, well shot, well acted and lots of fun and clever nods to past Bond-isms. Top marks. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
3/5 The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (2021) David Hogan Some interesting backstory but it's also very plain and full of generic characters. Not a bad way to spend an hour and a half, but I doubt I'll be watching it again. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
3/5 Black Widow (2021) David Hogan The main thing to take away from the film is "fun action sequences", if you're looking for something deeper or more impactful on the MCU timeline then you won't find it here... EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
4/5 Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (2020) David Hogan Hathaway is a genuinely interesting protagonist operating in some very questionable grey areas, though the big climactic fight between the two Gundams was a bit of a let down. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2021
4/5 Doctor Strange (2016) David Hogan Some stunning visual effects and well-choreographed fight scenes add to the fun, and the cast is all served well, though Mads Mikkelsen's villain is somewhat undercooked... EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
4/5 Ant-Man (2015) David Hogan A really fun heist film with a sci-fi twist that has plenty of heart to go along with the humour, it's just a shame that the antagonist side of things is rather dull... EDIT
Posted May 19, 2021
4/5 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) David Hogan Avengers: Age of Ultron is a good film and a fun time, but it doesn't reach the heights of the other films in its sub-series... EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
5/5 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) David Hogan It's so rare to see a film so perfectly crafted and cast. Forget "MCU films" or "Comic book films", Guardians of the Galaxy is just a great film, period. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
5/5 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) David Hogan The Winter Soldier is a damn-near perfect film within its genre, with exciting and well directed action spectacle and some good plot twists. An easy 5. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2021
3/5 Thor: The Dark World (2013) David Hogan Thor: The Dark World isn't a bad film, but it's decidedly average, which in a "cinematic universe" full of really enjoyable films makes it stand out as bad... EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2021
4/5 Iron Man 3 (2013) David Hogan The villain is generic but that doesn't detract too much from an otherwise fun time full of plenty of spectacle and a deeper look at Tony Stark's psyche. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2021
5/5 Marvel's the Avengers (2012) David Hogan A perfect example of an ensemble cast and great example of well shot spectacle that also manages to actually develop a lot of the titular heroes as well. Great stuff. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2021
4/5 Thor (2011) David Hogan While not perfect, the casting is on-point, the action scenes done well and the dialogue full of just as much humour as drama. A fun film overall. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2021
4/5 Iron Man 2 (2010) David Hogan Doesn't quite stand up to the original, but comes close. The lead villain and the final showdown leaves this film feeling a little empty. Still more than worth a watch though. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
4/5 The Incredible Hulk (2008) David Hogan A perfectly fine "popcorn muncher", but the CG monster fight at the end of the film hasn't aged all that well. Still more good than bad, mind you... EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
5/5 Iron Man (2008) David Hogan A fun two-hours thanks to a top cast lead by a charismatic Robert Downey Jr. Most of the effects still hold up and the action scenes are still exciting. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
5/5 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) David Hogan The 40s setting is well realised, the characters are all really well developed and genuinely fun to watch, and the action scenes are well shot and exciting. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) David Hogan Spider-Verse manages to tell a comic book origin tale, a heart-warming family tale and a grand-scale multiversal threat tale and nails all three perfectly. More please! EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/5 Venom (2018) David Hogan Has some fun set-pieces and worked around the lack of Spider-Man well, but the finale is disappointing and every character who isn't Brock is rather dull and one-dimensional. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
4/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) David Hogan Overall it's not a family film that will wow you with originality, but it is one that will entertain all audiences watching, including fans of the original gaming franchise. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
2/5 Doom: Annihilation (2019) David Hogan If you want to kill some time you can have a laugh along with it, but regardless there is no point in this film having the Doom name attached, it does very little with the IP. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
4/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) David Hogan Detective Pikachu is actually a good kids movie, both succeeding at entertaining kids and giving them a good life lesson while entertaining any adults watching as well. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/5 Rampage (2018) David Hogan Inoffensive and well-made visually, it's let down by an inconsistent tone and just a mind-numbing final 30 minutes.I can't say it's a bad movie for the genre it's in though... EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
2/5 Assassin's Creed (2016) David Hogan The scenes in the past are fun but short-lived, otherwise there were times when I just felt like looking at my bookshelves to give me something more interesting to do... EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
2/5 Dead Rising: Endgame (2016) David Hogan A disappointing affair, given its title implies some sort of end, but all we get is a movie riddled with open ended storylines and poor CGI. Just stick with the first film... EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015) David Hogan A perfectly fine low-budget zombie movie. It pays homage to the game series it itself is a part of well, and even on its own merits it's a perfectly acceptable two hours. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) David Hogan A perfectly fine film, it won't win any originality awards and some of the dialogue and characters are cheesy as hell, but it harmlessly passes two hours. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/5 Tekken (2010) David Hogan Part Hunger Games, part tournament fighter film, part faithful game adaptation, part completely incorrect game adaptation: the film is a mess, but can still be entertaining... EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2020
2/5 The King of Fighters (2010) David Hogan Bares so little resemblance to the games you have to wonder why they even bothered. It's simple, not really effective, but the end fight is good for a laugh at least... EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
4/5 The Old Guard (2020) David Hogan Great performance by Charlize Theron and the rest of the immortals, plus some fun set pieces. A poor lead villain hurts the film's final act, but otherwise a good fun watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
1/5 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) David Hogan Wooden acting, poor special effects and zero fight choreography, plus this film is SOMEHOW an even worse adaptation of its source material than the first film. Avoid! EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
2/5 Max Payne (2008) David Hogan Max is possibly the first game character to be better acted in his game than he is in his movie, John Woo-inspired action is almost entirely dropped and the film is just dull. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
3/5 Hitman (2007) David Hogan Perfectly good action set pieces and fights, but everything in between is either dull, cliché, or a dull cliché. Not the worst action film you'll see, but far from the best... EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020
1/5 D.O.A.: Dead or Alive (2006) David Hogan So cringey, so ... aimed at horny 13-year-olds and so devoid of any well shot or acted moment I just grew more and more fed up. Not even good to watch for a laugh. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2020
3/5 Altered Carbon: Resleeved (2020) David Hogan There were some well animated fight scenes, but there was also some poor writing and characterisation, as well as plenty of "janky" animation in between the good bits. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
2/5 Doom (2005) David Hogan Doom somehow takes a game about demons from Hell invading a military base on Mars and turns it into a boring and cliché-ridden film technically devoid of demons entirely... EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
3/5 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) David Hogan It's fine if you watch it for the sake of having a laugh at it, but if you try and watch it as a person who wants to watch a good film, then you're out of luck... EDIT
Posted May 21, 2020
4/5 Resident Evil: Damnation (2012) David Hogan It's a unique spin on a good traditional setting, and is a very fun watch, especially if you're a fan of the game series... EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) David Hogan Bad is most ways that you can rate a film on, but at the same time, get some friends around and shut your brain off and you can have a good laugh at it. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2020
2/5 Die Another Day (2002) David Hogan Die Another Day is a tale of two halves, the first half is mostly good, the second is nearly always awful. This is how Pierce Brosnan's Bond goes out, which is a damn shame. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/5 The World Is Not Enough (1999) David Hogan It has a strong villain pairing and some good moments, but it also has a really weak performance from the Bond girl and some dull action scenes. A very mixed bag of a film. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/5 Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) David Hogan Tomorrow Never Dies falls more towards the average thanks to a thin plot and an entertaining but extremely plain villain. Not bad, not great, just... fine. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
5/5 GoldenEye (1995) David Hogan The interplay between Alec and Bond, the cast of oddball characters, the great set pieces. GoldenEye enjoyable for its entire runtime. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) David Hogan A good, explosion and spaceship-filled time at the cinema, but instead of a brave new direction, it was the same old stuff recycled. Ah well, still better than Episode I! EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2020