14th Feb2020

‘Aristeia!’ Board Game Review

by Chris Thomas

I am someone who puts huge value in something being “fun”. There are hobbies that might be fun, but also teach a skill (playing the clarinet, reading about Prince2) but as I get older, I believe that “fun” has its own intrinsic value and should be cherished. I love playing tabletop games with a friend, […]

03rd Feb2020

Nicolas Cage Appreciation Society: Mandy (2018)

by Chris Thomas

Oh, Mandy. Well, you kissed me and stopped me from shaking. And I need you today. Oh, Mandy! Lots of fun things have been said about the life, and the career of Nicholas Cage. He came from Hollywood royalty to be feted for his early works, such as Leaving Las Vegas before surviving a string […]

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27th Jan2020

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ VOD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Josh Gad, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Adam Garcia, Lucy Boynton, Michelle Pfeiffer | Written by Michael Green | Directed by Kenneth Branagh I recently expressed my enjoyment of Hercule Poirot in my review of Knives Out, a film I […]

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23rd Jan2020

‘Knives Out’ VOD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Frank Oz, K Callan | Written and Directed by Rian Johnson An 85-year-old author is found dead in his attic study, an apparent suicide. Perhaps, something […]

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16th Jan2020

Retrospective Review: ‘The Spoils’ Collectable Card Game

by Chris Thomas

Magic: The Gathering is probably the best example of a “collectable card game” (“CCG”) and you have probably heard of it. A CCG is a game where, players typically buy a starter deck, with a fixed set of cards included but are then in the dangerous lottery of buying sealed packs of random cards. If […]

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08th Jan2020

‘Into the Breach’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Thomas

Into the Breach is a challenging, turn based tactical game featuring charming pixel based, “retro” graphics and a “retro” style sound track. The plot is simple – giant aliens invade the planet, humans of the future try to fight back with giant mechs. The game is structured into runs, where a player selects their 3 […]

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07th Jan2020

‘Kings of War: 3rd Edition’ Board Game Review

by Chris Thomas

I am a semi experienced tabletop wargamer and what brings me into Kings of War is both a “push” and a “pull” effect. The “push” is, quite honestly that Games Workshop games are driven by model and book sales. As a publicly traded company that makes a lot of money from tiny plastic men and […]

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30th Dec2019

‘Chaos on Deponia’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Thomas

I am a 30 something (pushing 40 something) who owned an Amiga and wasn’t allowed to own a games console back when the Amiga was a thing. The Amiga was a brilliant machine, with terrible anti-piracy protection, but to be fair the state of the games on those floppy disks was so poor you genuinely […]

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20th Dec2019

‘The Dwelling’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Colin Price, Alysa King, Gwenlyn Cumyn, Dennis Andres, George Krissa, Hamza Fouad, Alex Loubert, Mary-Elizabeth Willcott, Craig Cyr, Tom Marasovic, Dwayne Bryshun, Samantha Cole | Written by Cody Calahan, Jeff Maher | Directed by Jeff Maher The Dwelling is also known as Bed of the Dead, and the poster is a loving homage to […]

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23rd Oct2019

‘Overwatch: Legendary Edition’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Thomas

If you have somehow missed it, Overwatch is a team based multiplayer shooter that has been very popular for about 3 years. It comes from Blizzard, so you know it seems simple but has been obsessively designed. It is now up to something like 31 playable characters, which are all wacky cartoons that really do […]

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09th Oct2019

‘Diablo 3′ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Chris Thomas

The PC / video games market is a strange beast. Once a game is released with huge fanfare, it immediately withers on the vine and as the lustre of those shiny treats dims, we can see significant price cuts after only a week or so on the market. There is always something new, something that […]

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27th Sep2019

‘Doll Factory’ DVD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Justin Herman, Nicole Elliott, Andy Palmer, Eric C. Schneider, Boo Gay, Tracy Collins, Milo Rubi, Will Allday, Chris Fender, Patrick Sane, Nasir Villanueva, Larry Wade Carrell | Written and Directed by Stephen Wolfe Send in the dolls… Doll Factory is in the fine tradition of campy, low budget horror comedy films that leans heavily […]

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18th Sep2019

‘Lie Low’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Debra Baker, Isis Davis, Alfie Field, Ryan Hayes, Jake Phillips Head, James Hyland, Andi Jashy, Jasmine Jobson, Craig Miller, Joshua Osei, Elinah Saleh, Taz Skylar, Johnny Vivash | Written and Directed by Jamie Noel Starting with a stabbing and quite a bit of artistic flare, Lie Low‘s story immediately join an English family as […]

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06th Sep2019

‘It Chapter 2′ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgård | Written by Gary Dauberman | Directed by Andy Muschietti When I was about 10 I had a friend whose parents really didn’t seem too bothered what he got up to. I remember thinking at the time how […]

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21st Aug2019

‘Guardian of the Universe’ DVD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Rob Taylor, Nic Costa, Walter Koenig, Matt Zak, Bryna Smith, Jordana Ansley, Michael Friedrichs, Traben Pleasant, Bobby Ryan, Stephen Lisk, Seantos Mcdonald, Jared McClain, Matt Haley | Written by Rob Taylor, Nic Costa | Directed by Rob Taylor Guardian of the Universe seems to be a follow up, of sorts to […]

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16th Aug2019

‘Manifest Destiny Down: Spacetime’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Jonathan Baker, Jeff Kenny, Lexie Lowell | Written and Directed by Jonathan Baker A Back to the Future inspired sci-fi roadtrip stuck in Groundhog Day… Our film starts with Star Wars style text in space that is almost as confusing as that found in The Phantom Menace. It explains that physicists are searching for […]

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25th Jun2019

‘Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Rob Taylor, Nic Costa, Walter Koenig, Matt Zak, Bryna Smith, Jordana Ansley, Michael Friedrichs, Traben Pleasant, Bobby Ryan, Stephen Lisk, Seantos Mcdonald, Jared McClain, Matt Haley | Written by Rob Taylor, Nic Costa | Directed by Rob Taylor Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time is a brilliant title. It also […]

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08th May2019

‘Cannibals and Carpet Fitters’ DVD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Darren Sean Enright, Richard Lee O’Donnell, Zara Phythian, Christopher Whitlow, Dominic Holmes, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Alex Zane, Phill Martin, Mingus Johnston, Lee Charles, Tony Nyland, Laura Jean Marsh, Darren Maffucci, Grant Steven, Jenny Stokes | Written by Richard Lee O’Donnell | Directed by James Bushe Horror comedy is very difficult to get right. Managing to […]

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16th Apr2019

‘White Space’ DVD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Holt McCallany, Zulay Henao, Dave Sheridan, James Devoti, Jocko Sims, Kodi Kitchen, Mike Genovese, Tiffany Brouwer, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Sebastian A. Jones, Spencer Hill, Sheena Chou, Lauren Mary Kim | Written by Ryan Colucci, Clay McLeod Chapman | Directed by Ken Locsmandi [NOTE: With the film now out on DVD in the UK, […]

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15th Apr2019

‘Long Lost’ Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Adam Weppler, Catherine Corcoran, Nicholas Tucci, Fran Kranz | Written and Directed by Erik Bloomquist Long Lost is a low budget thriller mystery that includes the immortal line “you have asparagus in your teeth”. Our young slacker of a protagonist, Seth gets invited to a mansion by cryptic letter (as we often do). From […]

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15th Mar2019

‘Tangent Room’ VOD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Lisa Bearpark, Daniel Epstein, Håkan Julander, Jennifer Lila, Vee Vimolmal | Written and Directed by Björn Engström We are currently living in a world of “alternative facts” and “fake news.” A film with the premise of saving all existence by using hard science and facts is then, very appealing to me (even if the […]

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01st Mar2019

‘Rendel: Dark Vengeance’ DVD Review

by Chris Thomas

Stars: Kristofer Gummerus, Rami Rusinen, Renne Korppila, Matti Onnismaa, Johnny Vivash, Bianca Bradey, Sheila Shah, Michael Majalahti, Michael Hall, Alina Tomnikov, Aake Kalliala, Reino Nordin, Tero Salenius, Sami Huhtala | Written by Pekka Lehtosaari, Miika J. Norvanto, Timo Puustinen | Directed by Jesse Haaja Hans(el) und (G)rendel There is something uniquely American in the unashamed […]

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