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[REVIEW] MyGeekBox – Stalepopcorn Get’s It’s (Nightmare) Geek On!

October 19th, 2014 by Gareth

I’ve long been jealous of those mystery boxes that are available in the USA. I always get tempted to order myself one of the ones that ships to the UK, but always ultimately decided not to, mainly due to the difference in price between ordering it in the USA & the UK where I live. Yes, I know that they have to handle the shipping, but I always like to get as much value for money as I can!

Regardless, I am a geek & love the idea of getting a mysterious box each month containing various geeky goodies. And then I came across My Geek Box in September, and my search it seemed was over! My Geek Box are a UK based bunch offering a mystery box to the UK (and other countries) which also looked pretty damn good! Each box contains a selection of 5 – 8 goodies and a T-Shirt, the total value of which will always be more than the top subscription price of £16.99 (you get  a discount if you order in monthly blocks) and each box is themed (more on that below).

My Geek Box logo

I was too late for the September box, unfortunately, but was well in time to order the October box. So I did. And then the wait began.

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October 17th, 2014 by Gareth

edge_of_tomorrowWhile the title seems to have gone through another change since it was released in the cinema, I was still more than looking forward to checking out this latest Tom Cruise Sci-Fi flick. But could Edge of Tomorrow (or Live. Die. Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow, to give it the title according to the Blu-Ray) ever live up to the trailers I had seen?

I sure hope so!

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[DVD Review (R2)] SEE NO EVIL 2

October 12th, 2014 by Gareth

see_no_evil_2WWE Studios are becoming more & more a recognised film making studio. It used to be that the films they made were simply a vehicle for one of their wrestling stars to make some more money, but maybe that is beginning to change.

That being said, See No Evil 2 does see Kane (or, to use his real name, Glenn Jacobs) return to the role of Jacob Goodnight and see’s WWE Studios try to turn Goodnight into a franchise to rival Michael Myers.

But is this a case of goodnight sweetheart or simply going to sleep?

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[DVD Review (R2)] BLOOD TIES

October 12th, 2014 by Gareth

blood_tiesI’ll fully admit that I had not even heard of this film before I received it, but when I looked into it a little and found out that it was starring Clive Owen & reminiscent of the gritty 1970 crime thrillers like The French Connection I was certainly hoping that it would deliver on this promise.

The question, of course, is if it did or not. So let’s find out, shall we?

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October 3rd, 2014 by Gareth


Leprechaun. A film series that hails from the good old days of the 1990s, where horror seemed so much more…entertaining, something which a lot of modern day horrors seem to forget & instead substitute humour, or scares, for gore soaked bore fests.

So now here comes WWE Studios (yes, the Wrestling Entertainment company) with the first in what they hope is going to be a reinvigorated return to the Leprechaun franchise, with Leprechaun Origins.

But is it a case of striking gold or is the pot at the end of the rainbow empty?

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September 21st, 2014 by Gareth

Hannibal_S2I’ll be totally honest, when I first heard that they were planning on making a series based on Thomas Harris’ Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter, I thought it sounded like a stupid idea. They’d already made a couple of very good (and two not so good) films based on the character, but was there really anything left that needed to be examined or told about the character (especially after the “revelations” of Hannibal Rising)?

But then I saw the first season, and I’ll admit to being convinced. It was a very good show. Due to one reason or another, I never got the chance to see Season Two – so I was very happy when the review discs dropped through my letter box.

However, is it a case of lightning striking twice, or should Hannibal have left it at the end of Season One?

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Ultimate Night In Competition

September 12th, 2014 by Gareth


Time for a competition! One lucky winner will get a copy of Bad Neighbours, starring Zac Efron & Seth Rogen, on Blu-Ray &, as if that wasn’t enough, the winner will also get a 7″ gourmet chocolate pizza!

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August 5th, 2014 by Gareth

legendofherculesTypical isn’t it? You wait years for a Hercules movie & suddenly there are two released! Renny Harlin delivers first, with The Legend of Hercules starring Kellan Lutz arriving on DVD & Blu-Ray before the other Hercules film even arrives in the cinema – but is it a case of a Greek legend or a Greek tragedy?
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July 4th, 2014 by Gareth

need_for_speedVideo game racing comes to the film screen in yet another video game adaption.

But does Need For Speed suffer from Mario Bros. syndrome or can a good film be made from a game that doesn’t really have a plot?

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[DVD Review (R2)] NON-STOP

June 23rd, 2014 by Gareth


Liam Neeson returns once again to the action thriller genre, the same genre that he enjoyed so much critical success with 2008s Taken.

But is Non-Stop a thriller that you need to see or just yet another supposedly good film that ultimately disappoints?
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[DVD Review (R2)] CUBAN FURY

June 13th, 2014 by Gareth

cubanfuryNick Frost has had a string of hit films with longterm comedy partner Simon Pegg, but how will he fair in the leading man role of a film without the support of Pegg or Edgar Wright?

Let’s find out, shall we?

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[DVD Review (R2)] DEATH

June 9th, 2014 by Gareth

deathAs much as I love supporting independant film makers, as lets be fair without people trying to get into film directing the movie industry will stagnate, I am always slightly wary as a director with no one to curtail their excesses via budget or studio concerns can lead to a film that is a bit of a mess.

Of course, for every film like that there is one that will blow you away. But which is Martin Gooch’s Death, also known as “After Death” in the USA?

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May 12th, 2014 by Gareth

ninja_shadow_of_a_tearBack in 2010 I reviewed a film called Ninja, which I rather quite enjoyed. As I said at the time, it wasn’t wholly original but it was a hell of a lot of fun. Now four years later, I have received the sequel to review, but is it a case of second times a charm or should they have left it at the first film?

Lets find out.

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Sponsored Video: THE QUIET ONES

April 3rd, 2014 by Gareth

Anybody who has read this site over the years will no doubt be aware that I have a thing for the horror genre. Yes, I’ll admit it, I am a BIG horror film fan. And one of the most enjoyable horror’s that I have seen in recent years was The Woman In Black. I thought it was a really well made film that didn’t rely too heavily on loud noises or jump scares & instead seemed to want to instil a sense of dread in the viewer, which I found a lot more effective than most attempts. And it was also great to see Hammer Studios once again releasing a quality horror film. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 29th, 2014 by Gareth


You know how you can be totally unaware of a film & then you get to see a trailer & you suddenly think “DAMN! How did I not know about this before?!?”? Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I had finished watching the trailer for The Human Race, a new film from British director Paul Hough. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 19th, 2014 by Gareth

frozengroundI have to admit to being quite a big fan of true crime. I’m always watching crime documentaries on the TV and have seen some fantastic “true crime” genre films over the years – but for every Zodiac you can end up with a The Black Dahlia. OK, so The Black Dahlia is not terrible it’s not brilliant…

But I digress a little. Basically I am a fan of murder mysteries & true crime. So when The Frozen Ground landed on my doormat I was immediately hopeful that this true crime thriller was going to live up to the hype & be a good watch.

Which obviously raises the question….is it?

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THE PUB – Everything You Need To Know

November 28th, 2013 by Gareth


To celebrate the release of The Worlds End on DVD, Blu-Ray & Ultraviolet download this week I’ve been sent a rather cool infographic about the UK’s favourite location – the Great British Pub! Read the rest of this entry »

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November 28th, 2013 by Gareth


I meant to post this a long time ago, but better late than never here’s a trailer for Homefront starring Jason Statham & James Franco, which looks pretty damn good if you ask me. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 28th, 2013 by Gareth


To coincide with the upcoming release of THE LEGO MOVIE (in cinemas February 14th), Film search engine and Warner Bros. UK have teamed up to bring to you an exclusive trailer that shows just how many bricks go into making a great movie experience…literally! Read the rest of this entry »

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[TV Review] Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor

November 24th, 2013 by Gareth


So I have been a fan of Doctor Who my entire life. I have a place in my heart for them all and was very happy when the show returned & I could share the character with my daughters. And here we are – 50 years after he first appeared with a very special one off episode.

But the question is, was it worth all the hype?

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