True Grit (DVD)

Film: True Grit
Release Date: 11th February 2011 (UK)/ 13th June 2011 (DVD)
Directors: The Coen Brothers
Rating: 15
Paramount Pictures

It was all about old versus new back when the Coen remake of True Grit hit the big screen (see my thoughts here), but after determining that the two are both excellent yarns about a drunken bounty hunter it’s now all about second viewings versus original perception. Draw! Continue reading


The Muppets

The Muppets
Release Date: 10th February 2012 (UK)
Director: James Bobin 
Rating: U
Walt Disney Pictures, The Muppets Studio, Mandeville Films

What took you so long Muppets? This film has been kicking around in America since November! Ah well, The Muppets are back after an overly long vacation from the big screen. Probably got lost in space. A film which questions if the puppet freak show are still relevant today. Certainly a bit different from Jersey Show. Or not, those Jersey guys and gals are Muppets in themselves.  Continue reading

JoeRayW’s Top Five Games: 2011 Edition

Top five was easy for games this year. Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3, FIFA 12, Battlefield 3, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2012 and F1 2011! … Of course you’d never see those titles in my top five, unless somehow they were the only five games I’d played this year, not like I’d make a top five when I’d just played five titles…

OK, I would. It has been an incredible year for games this year however and it has been really tough to pick my top five. Well it wasn’t that tough, just the deciding factor if I could include The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time 3D. Being a fancy port I have left it out, but it is the best port of the year, believe it! Now onto the top five. Continue reading

JoeRayW’s Top Five Albums: 2011 Edition

2011 and new album releases didn’t go so well for me. 4 albums released this year I ended up with, no new discoveries and little in the way of old favourites coming up with new material. I’ve looked through the huge list of releases on Metacritic, but so little appeals, or at least I haven’t been brave enough to dive in to new artists. It was a good year for remasters however, with Queens Of The Stone Age, Nirvana and Pink Floyd delivering, but I can’t really count those. Like putting the anniversary edition of Midnight Express in the top five films. But with a bit of technical loop holes, I managed to compile a top 5. The top 5 ordering of the only new albums I bought this year. At least all five of them are worth a listen. Next year I’ll be more daring, promise. Continue reading

JoeRayW’s Top 5 Films: 2011 Edition

Another year reaches the finish line, the lap times seem to be improving each year. One thing that hasn’t been improving each year is the quality of cinema. Maybe a touch harsh, but remakes, licensed film adaptations and money-making super hero flicks of widely varying quality don’t make 2011 a year to remember. I missed out on the likes of Drive, Black Swan (which isn’t an original premise, see Perfect Blue), Sherlock Holmes 2, Moneyball, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and no doubt a whole load of niche classics I will discover in a few years time, but the selection I saw left me feeling cold. Well, not all. And so begins my personal top five of the year! Continue reading

November 2011: Open/Close

Open. The weather is hard to judge outside. Grey clouds and strong winds, but a heat which has you reaching to unzip. Then you stand in the cold with your flies down.

A bench awaits on one side of the street and sitting down a comfortable temperature settles down. Someone joins you on the bench, an old friend. The conversation is silent, but it doesn’t matter. Words aren’t needed.

It isn’t long though before another person sits down, and this person is not quite as nice. Conversation beings, desperate conversation. This person then sits further away. Move up. They stand and leave. It’s cold again. Too cold. Took stock one the wrong side. Time to leave.