Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fright Night

This week I saw a film I've keen to see since I'd heard it was getting made: the remake of the classic 1985 comedy/horror, Fright Night. I liked the original, which starred William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon and the delightful Roddy McDowal. But it was the fact that the Roddy McDowal part (well, sort of) would, in this version, be played by ex-Dr Who David Tennant that really drove me to go see it.

So, it's about a guy (Anton Yelchin) who discovers his neighbour (Colin Farrell) is a vampire, and with his mother (Toni Collette), his girlfriend (Imogen Poots) and an eccentric stage magician/vampire expert (David Tennant channeling Criss Angel), tries to defeat him.

Monday, September 12, 2011


A couple of interesting – well, if you're me that is; if you're not, they'll probably seem meaningless – milestones went by over the last few days.

Number one

My blog registered – according, at least, to the attached stats-counter – it's ten thousandth hit. And here's a picture (click on it to enlarge; the important heading is 'Pageviews all time history':

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sons of Anarchy

While it's not a new show – it first aired in the US in 2008 – I've become a big fan of the tv series Sons of Anarchy, ever since One started airing it earlier this year. I'm now a couple of episodes into the second season.

It's about an 'outlaw' motorcycle club, the Sons of Anarchy – usually referred to as SAMCRO, which is an acronym1 for 'Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original'2, and their activities, most of which are either quasi-legal or blatantly illegal – gun-running, mostly; there are even more nefarious activities such as extortion and murder-for-hire.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cowboys and Aliens

While I like to think I've developed, over the years, a somewhat sophisticated taste when it comes to film – manifested more in what I'm choosing to not see than in what I'm choosing to see; I refused to see the last Transformers film, for example – but I'm still a sucker for the occasional 'popcorn flick'.

And, based on what I had read/seen about it, the recently-released Cowboys & Aliens fell under that category. Directed by Jon Favreau, whose work I'd admired in the two Iron Man films, and with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in the starring roles, it certainly had some potential.

So, off I went. Spoilers ahoy.