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…
|Dead Space (Xbox 360)
|Wild Wood – Paul Weller
|Black Hawk Down
|Resident Evil 4 (GameCube)
|Earthling – David Bowie
|Resident Evil REMake (GameCube)
|The Walking Dead
|Screamadelica – Primal Scream
|The Thing (1982)
|Laser Squad (Spectrum)
|Match of the Day
|Violator – Depeche Mode
|Achtung Baby – U2
|Grosse Pointe Blank
|Streets Of Rage 2 (Megadrive)
|Raiders of the Lost Ark
|Fallout: New Vegas (Xbox 360)
|Command & Conquer: Red Alert (PC)
|Half-Life 2 (PC)
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|La La Land
|A charming and attractive homage to the classic Hollywood musicals and dramas of old.
|A realistic and compelling infection thriller that begs for a concentrated dose instead of its multi-character strands and pointlessly starry cast.
|An amiable, if somewhat soulless, bridge between the previous Terminator movies, ruined slightly by a bland performance from Sam Worthington.
|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.
|A somewhat vacuous retread of Casablanca that struggles to overcome the inherent inability of Pamela Anderson to actually act, despite a solid supporting cast.
|Star Trek Into Darkness
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|Guardians of the Galaxy
|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.
|Iron Man 3
|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.
|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.
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier
|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
|Avengers: Age Of Ultron
|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
|Star Wars: The Force Awakens
|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.