Robin Hood 2018 – film review

In da hood

Some Robin Hoods try to dabble with historical truth. Others – think Kevin Costner’s – less so. Anyway, Robin is sent a draft letter for the crusades, joins up and is immediately put into Seal Team 6, who use long-bows as close quarter weapons and are able to rely on massed artillery – albeit stony – at the call of a fiery arrow.

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Overlord – film review

The Horror of War?

This film doesn’t know what it wants to be. On one side it’s a fairly decent though low budget war film, on the other it’s a pretty crap horror flick. It concerns a squad of soldiers in 101st airborne given a mission to destroy something or other on a church on the morning before the Normandy landings on D-Day. Unfortunately the Nazis are developing some kind of ‘serum’, made from something or other on the site which turns people into – now don’t be shocked here – zombies.

So that’s the set up. From there you expect a big fight between the soldiers and hordes of the undead – only it doesn’t happen. It almost seems ashamed to veer away from being a straight war film and to be honest it’s a shame it did. I’d avoid this one unless you’re really into war films and really really bored.

Hurricane – film review

Poles in Planes

Hurricane is the story of the first Polish squadron to be formed at the start of World War II to fight the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain. Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) is joined by good-time girl Jane Tennyson (Prime Suspect 1973 vintage) and Mel Gibson’s son. The boys first fight for their right to join up and then to fight off the Bosch and blonde Jane fights to take as much cock as is humanly possible citing the war as a great excuse to be a slut.

It’s an enjoyably effective take on this part of the war with some great aerial footage, believable acting and some degree of emotional depth. I watched it on Netflix UK.

Smells Funny by the Hedvig Mollestad Trio

Hard rock hallelujah infused with jazz.

In the long history of Scandinavians not giving a fuck about being commercial Norwegian Hedwig Mollestad Thomassen can hold her head up high. Smells Funny is a quite delightful album of experimental hard rock / blues instrumentals that often takes off into wild flights of jazz fantasy.

This is music at it’s rawest, played by three maestros at the top of their game. Can be listened to directly or used as the soundtrack to your life, it’s travelling music where the purpose is the journey not the destination. Absolutely beautiful.

Verkligheten by Soilwork – album

Hitting the sweet spot

Sometimes they sound like Europe – albeit with a slight throat injury to the singer – at others Carcass. Often at the same time. It’s a glorious noise and when it hits the sweet spot – which it does often – extremely pleasing and effective.

The title apparently means “Reality”

The Expanse – TV Series

Classy sci-fi set in 200 years time

Just finished the third series of The Expanse – classy (and classic) sci-fi set in our Solar system some 200 years in the future. Extremely watchable with an exceptionally strong story, decent effects and a modicum of extremely gory scenes. Eagerly awaiting the 4th series after the series was cancelled by SyFy and renewed by Amazon Prime.

Not available in the UK on any streaming service and with patchy availability around the World you’ll have to source this one yourself. Hopefully Amazon will sort it out now they own the series and start streaming it as the licences become available.