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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. 3
Deadpool 2016 Click to see our detailed review. 3.5
La La Land 2016 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 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. 4
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. 2
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. 5
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 3
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 3