Review

Breaking Bad: Confessions

I recently read an interesting article, which argued an interesting idea. Is Breaking Bad Revenge of the Nerds for another generation? This got me thinking about the idea; is Walt in hero? If not, was he ever a hero? Is he a villain? Was he ever? The opening sequence once again shows us Todd, and

Breaking Bad: Buried

Hank and Marie know all about Heisenberg, while Walt and Skyler deal with that fact. Meanwhile, Jesse has been brought in for questioning over his possession of a few million dollars in cash. Most interestingly, Lydia and Todd have killed Declan and taken over the failing operation that Walt left behind. Much like last week,

Breaking Bad: Blood Money

After months of fevered waiting, and scouring every piece of promotional material for clues, leads, or anything that might lead me to know what is happening with Vince Gilligan’s cable hit, I finally got to see it last night. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. The episode opened with a follow on from the previous flash

Z-Grade Pick Flick – Hooper (1978)

I’ve always had a soft spot for movies about making movies. Sunset Blvd., Bad and the Beautiful, Peeping Tom, Hi, Mom!, The Last Movie, Day for Night, The Player, Ed Wood, Man Bites Dog, the list goes on… And I’ve had a fascination with Hollywood stuntmen ever since I first heard about the three pilots

Z-Grade Pick Flick – Peeping Tom (1960)

Michael Powell was a highly respected British film director… until he made Peeping Tom. Six months before Hitchcock took psychological horror to the mainstream with Psycho, Powell delivered this sick and twisted Z-grade melodrama. Shocking right from the opening scene – the murder of a prostitute filmed in 16mm from the point-of-view of the killer

Z-Grade Pick Flick – Zotz! (1962)

What’s Zotz!? Well, according to the ad campaign, “It’s the magic word for ‘fun’!” In reality, though, it’s a cheap Disney knockoff from one of cinema’s greatest showmen, William Castle. The silver screen’s answer to P.T. Barnum, director-producer Castle understood the value of the old adage: “Sell the sizzle, not the steak”. With Zotz! he

Review: Da Vinci's Demons

For all of the things that work about Da Vinci’s Demons, it’s difficult to not walk away from the series mourning a lost opportunity. Da Vinci’s Demons positions the famed artist/inventor as an action hero and lover who is constantly at odds with his father and the establishment (the Church). He’s an outsider allowed within

Z-Grade Pick Flick – The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

I hate the hustle and bustle of the city sometimes. Fighting through crowds just to get from point A to point B, that’s no way to live. That’s probably why I get a perverse thrill out of end-of-civilisation flicks like The Day the Earth Caught Fire. The world seems so peaceful with no other people

Z-Grade Pick Flick – The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

From the land beyond beyond, from the world past hope and fear, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is a wonderful choice for a Saturday matinee (well done, Aunty ABC). It’s also one of the finest examples of entry-level Z-Grade cinema there is. Following the success of the Italian-made sword and sandal fantasy Hercules (1958), The

Z-Grade Pick Flick – Percy (1971)

It’s a film named after a dead man’s penis – so how bad could this Z-Grade British comedy possibly be? The answer to that is, unbelievably. Some weeks it’s much easier to pick the Z-Grade flick than other weeks. Often there are too many contenders, while at other times not so much. This week there’s