Paul Hogan plays the imperturbable, droll, dry witted Aussie croc-wrangler and bush-crafty hard man so well, that it's difficult to imagine anyone else in the role. When films go into sequels, you usually find that the first one is the best and those that follow can't compete - and sometimes you may wish that they hadn't bothered with the next film at all. The first film is very cool, with a cart-load of memorable scenes that can make you smile just thinking about them (the sly punch in the restaurant, the muggers confronted by a *real* knife, Mick's method of ensuring that 'ladies' are what they seem, etc). The second film is pretty good too. It's a matter of opinion of course, but I… Read more
"An Account of Some Strange disturbances in Aungier Street" by J S Le Fanu This is one of my favourite ghost stories and the best of the lot for causing the spine to tingle. Two students move into an old house that, although supposed to be unoccupied, is haunted by a former owner - a very terrifying old fellow who seems intent on doing them some unspeakable evil.
"That Damned Thing" by Ambrose Bierce A coroner and his court listen to the testimony of a journalist who witnessed a strange, violent attack on a terror-stricken woodsman who was mauled to death by a creature so well camouflaged that it couldn't be… Read more
Ever since I first heard a serialised reading of The Kraken Wakes on BBC Digital Radio 7, I've been looking out for the audiobook. No such audiobook could be found so I bought and read the book. It's a fantastic story and I've read it a couple of times since then. Still looking out for the audiobook, I came across this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation and thought I'd give it a try. Sorry to say, I was very disappointed - finding the editing and presentation disjointed and confusing, the sound effects too raucous, the dialogue too quiet one moment then too loud the next so that it was necessary to keep turning the volume up and down. I think that it would have been difficult to get a… Read more