Background Watching #1: For Your Consideration


Background Watching is a new feature on The Moviebarn, where I recommend films you’ve already seen in order to discuss events that you may or may not be interested in. Enjoy!

Awards season is a wild time, a time when a picture ain’t a picture unless it has historical, political or religious heft, and the time when the mythical ‘Day-Lewis’ rises from its slumber to present another character built on an unhealthy desire to ‘live the part’. If there’s one film to watch before Oscar night to get you in the mood, it’s Christopher Guest’s 2006 comedy, For Your Consideration.  Continue reading


2008, in Film: The Moviebarn top 12

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” For you lot, Christmas and New Year offer a chance to eat lots, stock up on gadgets and DVDs for the next year, and generally hang out. For people who spend their time talking about anything in particular, it can be a bit of a pain. That’s because you, the public, expect/demand, an end-of-year review list rundown top 100 bonanza. But just to be a bit contrary, I won’t give you a simple run-through of the top films of the year. Instead, we’re on a trip back in time, to the land called 2008, to look at A YEAR IN FILM!!! This one, that hasn’t even finished yet… Continue reading

The Moviebarn Awards #4 – Original and Best…

Back in the day, the monsters in movies may have looked a bit shambolic. That’s it. I’m not going anywhere else with this, they looked ridiculous. But they did have a certain charm, and that’s what today’s Moviebarn Award celebrates – Which of these classic old-school monsters is your favourite? Continue reading

The Moviebarn Awards #3 – Dude, where’s my everything?

Yes, it’s another Moviebarn Award. This time it’s for the best explosion in a motion picture. Take your pick from the following;

a) Fireball, with screams

b) Fireball with screams, with post-apocalyptic overtones and too much detail for lunchtime

c) “It’s a bahmb…”

The Time Bandit #3: 5 Second Movies

In the latest of The Moviebarn’s ‘Ways to ruin an afternoon’-type series, here’s another in the vein of the Monkey-ed Movies from Week One. 5 Second Movies first started appearing on youtube courtesy of ‘themanwiththeglasses’ a couple of years ago. He may or may not have glasses. That’s not for me to know, and it’s largely besides the point. They’re just funny.

Here’s the Lion King, in5seconds…

Here’s M Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, in5seconds…

And here’s the entire Rocky saga, in about 20 seconds…

Time Bandit #2: Make your own Wall-E

Wall-E’s a lovely chap. Sweet, clever, and more than a little nerdy. Admit it. You want one.

Well, no need to empty your pockets at the Disney store. You can make one.

Get the instructions here. Enjoy. And remember kids, don’t run with scissors.

The Moviebarn Awards #2 – the Many Faces of the Seagal

Steven Seagal, fighting man. Steven Seagal, amateur philosopher and minor religious deity. Steven Seagal, lame AOR singer. You pick your favourite, and email