If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain… then you’ll have liked the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Which came out of leftfield at the time and was (yet another) risk for Marvel studios, banking on unknown characters that were not hugely connected to the existing Avengers universe. And Chris Pratt, as a leading man, was also a gamble. A mostly funny, … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – review
James Mangold is a compelling director; in that a lot of his work has real emotional depth and nuance, and often benefits from repeat viewing. And he’s kind of underappreciated. I mean, Girl, Interrupted, 3:10 To Yuma and Walk The Line all had him at the helm. And yes, granted, he’s also got The Wolverine on his filmography, but we’re all allowed a little stumble now and … Continue reading Logan: sad, beautiful and final
Take Captain America and add a dash of Superman and thread Harlem throughout his core and what do you get? Luke Cage. A badass bulletproof hero in a hoodie. Originally a character that turns up in Jessica Jones but now has his own show. And one that feels pretty different from others out there, and indeed, different from other Marvel ones too. From the opening … Continue reading Luke Cage: season one review
We all knew it would work, didn’t we? Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Arguably, there’s never been a better match of actor and character in a superhero movie (except maybe Jack Nicholson as The Joker, but that was decades ago). And with the addition of Will Smith – reuniting them after their pairing in con film Focus – you know the lion’s share of scenes will have … Continue reading Suicide Squad: The Harley Quinn show
Let’s make something perfectly clear – or at least less muddy. This film is not an Avengers movie, it’s a Captain America one. Continue reading Captain America: Civil War – review
It’s taken a while but Ryan Reynolds has finally been allowed to do what he wants on screen. More or less. And Deadpool is pretty much the perfect character for him. He IS Ryan Reynolds. Continue reading Deadpool: Never a hero
From a film based on a theme park ride to a shiny robot on a killing spree, here’s my little look at the trailers of a few upcoming films. Continue reading Trailer park: Ultron, Tomorrowland, Crimson Peak and Aloha
“Unruly geeks change the world” ― Alexandra Robbins, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School In a world… That’s how those voiceover guys (and gals, occasionally) do it right? At least for the big blockbusters they tend to. Let’s start again, shall we? In a world where big summer blockbusters dominate the box office throughout spring, … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy: release your geek
There’s a conspiracy going on in TV at the moment. Or at least some sort of coincidence. There seems to be quite a few actresses knocking around that look rather like Megan Fox. Ok, well, two that have caught my eye lately. In both cases, you don’t have to agree with me that the resemblance is more than a passing one, but let’s just say … Continue reading Move over Megan Fox… you have competition!
Upon hearing the news that Disney have recently acquired Lucasfilm I asked myself this question. Good old George, the 68-year-old filmmaker sold Lucasfilm for $4.05bn (£2.5bn), my initial reaction was not exactly excitement, more tentative hope. Lucas is more or less a pensioner and his heart went out of making these films a long time ago. In some ways I’m amazed he managed to get … Continue reading Can Disney save Star Wars?