Knight fever! Who are your favourite knights in movies?

After watching The Green Knight at the cinema recently it got me thinking about knights in movies… movie knights, if you will — and which are the best, the bravest, the most chivalrous, and the funniest. That sort of thing. First, though, we need to define them. The dictionary describes a knight as ‘a mounted soldier in armour’. So for them to make the cut … Continue reading Knight fever! Who are your favourite knights in movies?

The Green Knight review: strange, beautiful, but hard to love

I guess from the title you can probably tell what I thought of this movie. It’s one of those I file under ‘critics love it but audiences don’t really get it’. Well, when I say audiences, I mean people like me. And I suppose I could say that I did get it, in that I understood what the filmmakers were trying to do. I just … Continue reading The Green Knight review: strange, beautiful, but hard to love

Shadow & Bone season 1: magic, fantasy and a brooding Ben Barnes

Any show that has Ben Barnes and bone in the same sentence is already onto a winner, particularly for those that saw him as bad boy Billy Russo in The Punisher. But before I get carried away let’s backtrack. Shadow & Bone (2021) is set in a fantasy world of magic and monsters and based on a series of books by Leigh Bardugo: the first … Continue reading Shadow & Bone season 1: magic, fantasy and a brooding Ben Barnes

Jupiter’s Legacy: a family saga on what it means to be a hero

From graphic novel to the big screen, Mark Millar has superhero pedigree: he wrote Kick-Ass, Wanted and Kingsman: The Secret Service. All of which became great movies. He also wrote graphic novel Civil War, which formed the blueprint for Captain America: Civil War (2016). In the superhero world, much of what he does turns to gold. Indeed, Stan Lee advised him to branch out on … Continue reading Jupiter’s Legacy: a family saga on what it means to be a hero

Love, Death + Robots: season 2 review

Let’s get this out the way early, I was a fan of the first season of Love, Death + Robots (2019). Although the way this animated anthology series treated women in some of its episodes was problematic. With Season 2 they course correct, in some ways, and largely just avoid episodes with sexual content and/or nudity. Which you could argue is a little lazy – … Continue reading Love, Death + Robots: season 2 review

Space Sweepers: Star Wars meets Firefly

Space Sweepers (2021) is a South Korean movie that recently dropped on Netflix. It’s described as a space western and is directed by Jo Sung-hee, whose most notable film to date is probably a fantasy romance called A Werewolf Boy (2012). With Space Sweepers, the setup is the year is 2092 and the Earth is screwed (isn’t it always). There’s an ‘evil’ corporation called UTS … Continue reading Space Sweepers: Star Wars meets Firefly

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: teaser trailer thoughts

So Marvel, in their quest to keep our eyeballs on their content at all times in 2021, have just dropped the teaser trailer for their next movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. I have to admit, it looks epic. A cross between Dr Strange and Black Panther – in terms of tone, mystical elements, family saga, funky technology and cultural roots. Our … Continue reading Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: teaser trailer thoughts