Thursday 28 June 2012

So, I Was on Another Podcast... Sort of.

Remember the ID Fest I went to in Derby a couple of weeks back? Remember when I said I had somehow agreed to appear on a podcast despite never doing it before (I've since become an expert at it and have done it once more), and that I was going to listen to it before sharing it with others in case I said anything stupid?

Well after a month of waiting here it is. After giving it a quick check first I've decided that I don't mind anyone listening to it as I don't say anything stupid. In fact, I don't say anything much at all, as by a twist of audio fate there was a bit of a problem with some of the recordings; mostly when I was talking, it would appear.

I've listened to it a couple of times and I'm pretty sure that all that remains of my witty asides and expert deconstruction of cinema and all its forms is me saying my name (which I got right) and the classic quote "Brian Blessed". Anyways, never mind about my ramblings, as despite a bit of dodgy audio at times, "The Heroes We Deserve" podcast features a bunch of people unquestionably better at public speaking than me talking about their favourite moments of the festival. Enjoy.

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Sheffield DocFest 2012 - Sunday

Onto the final day of 2012's edition of the Sheffield DocFest, which included an early morning rise to hear all the award winners. Also, just as I was struggling to put together a list of my favourite films of the fest, it ended up saving two of the best films until right at the end.

Monday 25 June 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

After last week's poor selection comes a busy week of new releases and re-issues. Although there's no one stand out title, if there's not something here for you to watch perhaps you're better off sticking with the tennis.

Thursday 21 June 2012

So, I Was on a Podcast...

Despite being absolutely petrified at the thought of having to listen to my own voice, I somehow agreed to appear on the Shot/Reverse Shot podcast at last weekend's Sheffield DocFest. Recorded after the last film of the weekend (totalling 15 for me in the space of three days), please put my random ramblings and potentially libelous statements down to the large intake of caffeine that had kept me going up to that point.

The podcast will be available to download via iTunes eventually, but for now you can listen to it on The Wooden Kimono's site here.

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Sheffield DocFest 2012 - Saturday

In desperate need of some good documentaries after the massive let down of the night before, so began my second day at Sheffield DocFest, or as I decided to call it... SIX FILM SATURDAY.

Tuesday 19 June 2012

Sheffield DocFest 2012 - Friday

Well, if a beer mat says it, it must be true. Kicking off at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield last Wednesday with a screening of the Sixto Rodriguez documentary Searching for Sugar Man, due to work commitments I wasn't able to make it to the festival until Friday. It looks like I had some catching up to do.

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

A painfully quiet week for new releases, there's still a selection of new and classic Hammer titles worth taking a look at, and a film where Vinnie Jones does his best to be the strong, silent type.

Friday 15 June 2012


A thoroughly odd movie based on an even odder TV show, the absolute slacker classic that is Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Sheffield DocFest 2012 - Preview

Kicking off today in Sheffield is the annual documentary festival better known as DocFest. I'll be covering the festival in person from Friday, but here's a look ahead to what's on in the next couple of days. If you're unfamiliar with what DocFest aims to offer, this snazzy little trailer may or may not explain more.

Tuesday 12 June 2012


Starring Simon Pegg as a writer falling victim to his own research into serial killers, A Fantastic Fear of Everything is a paranoiac's dream. Or should that be nightmare?

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

Sometimes it's just clear why a particular film has been released on a certain week. With Father's day this weekend, there's some bizarre new releases out to tie in with it, including some inappropriately sentimental stories, some delightfully trashy films and some rather poorly photoshopped movie stars.

Tuesday 5 June 2012


The unofficial 'sort of' sequel to George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, Dan O'Bannon's cult classic horror comedy The Return of the Living Dead is out on Blu-ray this week.

Monday 4 June 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Blu-rays

It's a bit of a strange one this week, in that the highest profile DVD and Blu-ray releases are all re-issues. But boy, there are some cracking re-issues on the list.

Sunday 3 June 2012


Hired as a babysitter for the night, layabout Noah (Jonah Hill) sits there responsibly, looks after the kids and everything goes to plan. No wait, that'd be a stupid idea for a movie. As you'd expect, things go wrong and hilarity ensues; but to what level?

Friday 1 June 2012


Sarah Polley's directorial follow up to Away From Her, her massively successful debut, stars Michelle Williams as a woman torn between the love of two men.