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Teaser Poster for The Hobbit

I'm really looking forward to the new Hobbit Trilogy so felt I had to publish the latest teaser poster for the film showing all the dwarves. Looks great... however... why is the second dwarf at the top the only one not to have prosthetics - stands out like a sore thumb! And... Richard Armitage who plays Thorin Oakenshield (slap bang in the middle) looks like Gowron the Klingon baddie from Star Trek.

Dredd 3D

For over 20 years I collected 2000AD and Judge Dredd: The Megazine... and after the debacle of Stallone's Judge Dredd I didn't think there would be another chance for a big screen adaptation.

Well... how wrong was I.

Dredd 3D is excellent. An 18 cert made sure we would get an ultra violent hardcore SF spectacular. Okay the vehicles looked a bit 20th century and the look of Mega City One was not as good as the 1995 film. But the rest of the film was absolutely spot on. Karl Urban captures perfectly the character of Dredd and sensibly never takes off his helmet. Likewise the girl who plays his rookie, Anderson puts in a great performance. The plot is simple and direct and totally brutal.

I really hope the film is successful enough to spawn a sequel... and of course a sequel should include Judge Death.

Rating: 8/10

Off The Cuff Rant No.18

I'll tell you something else that bloody well winds me up... and that is these pestering claims companies that bombard you with phone calls, text messages and emails trying to entice you to use them to claim on your behalf any compensation for payment protection deals that you may have been missold.

What's the soddin' point when you can claim directly and for free?

Rant over.

Elderly People Crossing

Most days I drive past one of these signs and it struck me how convenient it is that the elderly people are in a stooping position so as they can fit on the triangular background.


Good grief...

Just been watching Celebrity Big Brother which has just evicted Julie Goodyear who was known for playing Bet Lynch in Corrie... and that's it.

What a monstrosity!

Rant over.


UNBELIEVABLE... That smirking f*cker Jeremy Hunt, who should have been sacked for his biased  and inappropriately friendly involvement with the Murdochs and the Sky deal has instead been promoted from being culture secretary to health minister.

Let's reward all those who are bent shall we? What the f*ck is Cameron thinking?... and couldn't you just smash his face in??

Rant over.

Off The Cuff Rant No.17

You can always tell when there is going to be a car crash in a TV programme... especially if it is a soap or a show like Casualty because they always use old cars. For instance in tonights episode of Corrie, Tommy Duckworth ended up crashing his pizza delivery van - which just happened to be a painted up "S" reg Polo... they wouldn't use a "61" or a "12" reg would they?


Off The Cuff Rant No.16

When the series Lost was first shown some years back on Ch4 I loved it. It gripped me week after week with its peculiar plotlines and interesting characters and it made me wonder what was going to happen next and more importantly how it would conclude.

Of course we now know many of those plotlines were left in mid-air and the whole thing ended up with a highly unsatisfactory conclusion.

Now we have a whole raft of series following the same pattern. Set up a head turning wacko "what's going on?" type story... run for maybe one or two series (if your lucky) and then scrap it because it's audience figures have collapsed.

And guess who is usually behind these programmes? The highly overrated JJ Abrams.

I honestly don't know how the bloke gets away with it!

Rant over.