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 Hard||Dead Space (Xbox 360)||Red Dwarf||Wild Wood – Paul Weller|
|Black Hawk Down||Resident Evil 4 (GameCube)||ER||Earthling – David Bowie
|Goodfellas||Resident Evil REMake (GameCube)||The Walking Dead||Screamadelica – Primal Scream|
|The Thing (1982)||Laser Squad (Spectrum)||Match of the Day||Violator – Depeche Mode|
|Airplane||Chaos (Spectrum)||Blackadder||Achtung Baby – U2|
|Blade Runner||Tenchu (PlayStation)|
|Grosse Pointe Blank||Streets Of Rage 2 (Megadrive)|
|Raiders of the Lost Ark||Fallout: New Vegas (Xbox 360)|
|Pulp Fiction||Command & Conquer: Red Alert (PC)|
|Casablanca||Half-Life 2 (PC)|
|Suicide Squad||2016||Click to see our detailed review.||3|
|Deadpool||2016||Click to see our detailed review.||3.5|
|La La Land||2017||A charming and attractive homage to the classic Hollywood musicals and dramas of old.||3.5|
|Contagion||2011||A realistic and compelling infection thriller that begs for a concentrated dose instead of its multi-character strands and pointlessly starry cast.||3|
|Terminator Salvation||2009||An amiable, if somewhat soulless, bridge between the previous Terminator movies, ruined slightly by a bland performance from Sam Worthington.||3|
|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.||4|
|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.||2|
|Star Trek Into Darkness||2013||No Review Supplied||3|
|Guardians of the Galaxy||2014||No Review Supplied||5|