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Born under a wanderin’ star and into the age of crappy direct-to-video sci-fi movies, Graeme ‘JDandDiet’ Mason has enjoyed a frankly bewildering respect for terrible movies ever since his Dad ensured he had a memorable first trip to cinema with the Star Wars/Magnificent Seven mash-up Battle Beyond The Stars. Since then he has come to appreciate some of the finer cinematic pleasures on offer, but still routinely slums it with low-budget genre fare from the Eighties and Nineties.

Away from movies, Graeme is a freelance writer, mainly for the award-winning Retro Gamer magazine, as well as sister publication GamesTM and popular website Eurogamer.

Graeme lives in Chelmsford, Essex, with a vast DVD and VHS collection that is kept well hidden from potential visitors.

Graeme’s Favourite Things…

Die HardDead Space (Xbox 360)Red DwarfWild Wood – Paul Weller
Black Hawk DownResident Evil 4 (GameCube)EREarthling – David Bowie
GoodfellasResident Evil REMake (GameCube)The Walking DeadScreamadelica – Primal Scream
The Thing (1982)Laser Squad (Spectrum)Match of the DayViolator – Depeche Mode
AirplaneChaos (Spectrum)BlackadderAchtung Baby – U2
Blade RunnerTenchu (PlayStation)
Grosse Pointe BlankStreets Of Rage 2 (Megadrive)
Raiders of the Lost ArkFallout: New Vegas (Xbox 360)
Pulp FictionCommand & Conquer: Red Alert (PC)
CasablancaHalf-Life 2 (PC)

Graeme’s Reviews

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Suicide Squad 2016 Click to see our detailed review. 6
Deadpool 2016 Click to see our detailed review. 7
La La Land 2016 A charming and attractive homage to the classic Hollywood musicals and dramas of old. 7
Contagion 2011 A realistic and compelling infection thriller that begs for a concentrated dose instead of its multi-character strands and pointlessly starry cast. 6
Terminator Salvation 2009 An amiable, if somewhat soulless, bridge between the previous Terminator movies, ruined slightly by a bland performance from Sam Worthington. 6
Labyrinth 1986 A charming fantasy tale that, while questionable in certain acting areas (yes, I'm looking at you Ms.Connelly), is still good fun and contains bags of ideas. 8
Barb Wire 1996 A somewhat vacuous retread of Casablanca that struggles to overcome the inherent inability of Pamela Anderson to actually act, despite a solid supporting cast. 4
Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 No Review Supplied 6
Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Not much was expected from the Guardians, a relatively little-known rag-tag superhero team from the Marvel universe. That the film is a total delight from start to finish is down to the charisma of its leads and the verbal interplay between them. 8
Iron Man 3 2013 The Iron Man series must rank as the most disappointing since the excellent first film. This third film ranks marginally better than the second, but is still a loud and largely incomprehensible mess that generally wastes the talents of Robert Downey Jr. 4
Ant-Man 2015 Like Guardians, Ant-Man arrived with little expectation, and is probably one of my favourite MCU films so far. A largely comical performance from Paul Rudd is brilliantly supported by Michael Douglas, and the movie is huge fun from start to finish. 10
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 Winter Soldier takes its cue from the Manchurian Candidate as Steve Rogers’ friend is resurrected as a conflicted villain. There’s plenty of action, but the film feels like a stepping stone, although wins kudos for introducing the swirling hero Falcon 6
Avengers: Age Of Ultron 2015 There’s plenty of explosions and action, yet it’s in the film's quieter moments when it shines, especially a scene in which the heroes try to lift Thor’s hammer. His half-worried glance when Cap budges Mjolnir a micro-millimetre is worth the movie a 6
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 As another chapter in the saga, The Force Awakens can only truly be judged when the remaining two movies of its particular trilogy are revealed. Until then, as a standalone movie, it’s a rollicking and entertaining two hours, just as Star Wars was. 8