29 June 2013

Behind The Candelabra Review

This is a film in which I knew nothing about it before I went in. I don't mean in terms of the trailers, I mean in terms of what the film's about. I have never really heard of Liberace before the film and I haven't seen a Steven Soderbergh film before and I think that it's fitting that the first Soderbergh film I watch is his potentially last film. With that said, all these elements of the film I wasn't familiar with beforehand, I want to be more familiar with now. This was an incredible film.

24 June 2013

Much Ado About Nothing Review

Ever since I heard that Joss Whedon was going to be doing an adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing I've been heavily anticipating it. I mean, the sharp wit of the play matches perfectly with Whedon's style and many of the cast members he's recruited sound perfect for the role, mainly Nathan Fillion as Dogberry. After watching the film, my anticipation was worth it, this is one of the finest adaptations of Shakespeare I have seen.

20 June 2013

Wreck It Ralph Review

Being both a fan of films and a fan of games I've been looking forward to Wreck-It Ralph for a while. The basic premise of the world (Toy Story but for games) is one that I'm really surprised wasn't done already and the sight of all these different game characters all being of the same screen as each other was really exciting to me. Having watched the film, all this stuff was really good with some elements of the film that are really excellent but there are other areas in which the film is a bit lackluster.

Man Of Steel Review

I've been cautiously optimistic over Man of Steel for a while now. Having never really been interested in the Superman character I've been interested to see how the film will introduce the character to both a new generation of audiences and to those who were never interested in the character like me. On the one hand, I like the idea of seeing a more serious interpretation of Superman but with Zack Snyder directing I honestly didn't know how the film would pan out. Would it be a pretty good attempt like Watchmen or a complete crash-and-burn like Sucker Punch. Having watched the film, I can say that it is a really good film, despite there being a few problematic elements that prevent it from becoming a truly great comic book film.

15 June 2013

Zero Dark Thirty Review (Contains Spoilers)

Ever since Osama Bin Laden was killed on 2nd May 2011, I knew that there was going to be a major film made about the event. What I didn't expect though is that the film would be a thoughtful, introspective piece about the whole nature of the American intelligence operation to find Bin Laden that ultimately shows how hollow the death of Bin Laden actually is and that the film itself would be a brilliant piece of work but that is exactly what Zero Dark Thirty is.

12 June 2013

The Iceman Review

Over the past few weeks, I've started to get quite interested in Mafia films having recently watched The Godfather and Goodfellas and as such when I heard about The Iceman, I was interested and when I saw that Michael Shannon was the lead, well that just confirmed to me that I had to see it. So how was it, pretty good if a bit problematic.

10 June 2013


Over the past few months, I've been thinking about starting up a blog-a-thon on this site for a select group of films that I like and I've now come to my decision: Political films. But hey, I know everyone has different political beliefs so I'm opening this to anyone who wants to write something about a political film of their choice.

Anyone who wants to contribute, email me at coogsreviews@gmail.com telling me which film you want to cover, your website and Twitter name so that I can properly credit everyone involved and keep checking back here for a list of all contributors and the films they will cover.

To allow enough time for stuff to be written, the blog-a-thon will start on July 27th with my review on In The Loop and end on August 8th with my Top 15 favourite episodes of The West Wing. I hope that this'll be a great way to kick off the first of what I want to be many blog-a-thons.


Dan Heaton - Public Transportation Snob - Game Change