Feature: Script problems: Authorship
Jun13

Feature: Script problems: Authorship

Take a look at a script. The chances are (especially with recent blockbusters) that there will be more than one writer working on it and depending on the amount of writers working on it this may explain a few things that may have bothered you while watching a film. Tone A good example of this was Dr Strange. Now Dr Strange is very good and this is not to say it is bad. However there are times when the film makes some odd tonal shifts....

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Feature: Script problems – villains
Jun06

Feature: Script problems – villains

This article is inspired by something I have seen come up on a couple of reviews and concerns something that may be an issue or may not. Are we getting worse villains at the expense of more interesting heroes and side characters? If so what can be done about it? The best Arguably Batman and Disney have been the strongest examples of villains on screen. Judge Claude Frollo, Maleficent, Cruella de Ville and Hades would be a strong...

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Review: Wonder Woman
Jun05

Review: Wonder Woman

As ever I try to keep spoilers to a minimum. That being said plot points will be discussed and if you want to go in totally cold it is best to watch the film first. Inevitably there was a lot of hype and a lot of pressure for this film. At first people were wary due to the flawed nature of previous DC entries as well as the sad fact that previous female-fronted superhero films have been less than stellar though that had more to do...

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Review: The Surge
May20

Review: The Surge

Who doesn’t like a bit of technophobia in the workplace? Anyone who’s seen Office Space will know the unique satisfaction to be gleaned from smashing up a recalcitrant photocopier. The Surge is a cautionary tale about technology gone wrong, but on a slightly larger scale than a mere jammed printer. We start with the standard ‘whoops apocalypse’ storyline in which we take the role of the paraplegic character Warren, a man trading...

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Apr29

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

SPOILER WARNING: Some plot points and characters will be discussed in this. While I try to keep spoilers to a minimum the fresher you go into this one the better, so consider yourself warned!  I won’t lie, I went into the original Guardians thinking it would be Marvel’s first major flop; Thor 2 and the Iron Man sequels may have underwhelmed but that’s not the same thing. It seemed silly and ludicrous plus after Spiderman 3...

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Feature: Movie trends that need to stop
Apr25

Feature: Movie trends that need to stop

This is something I’ve been looking to write for a while. This came as a result of a few things, including an article on certain dialogue clichés that have to go. These for me are wider issues and some of them may not bother you. Also just to make clear obviously there are exceptions but often those exceptions are not enough to justify these particular irritations. The pop song trailer Most people will point to Guardians of the Galaxy...

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Has product placement gone too far?
Mar29

Has product placement gone too far?

To start this is not about bashing Power Rangers and I can’t state enough that I really enjoyed it. But the sad fact is I was distracted by the product placement, something that by and large should be unobtrusive. The film itself is very good, better than I thought it would be in fact. The characters work well and they feel like real teenagers in much the same way as Tom Holland’s Spider-Man does. And even with the excessive...

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Review: Power Rangers
Mar24

Review: Power Rangers

Nostalgia can be a powerful thing. It can be great, clinging to something you love and giving you something positive when you are having a crap day. But sometimes it can be damaging and you can kid yourself that something is better when it’s not. I did watch the original Power Rangers and I enjoyed it. Sure it is very cheesy but a lot of great things are. Love Actually, Friends, Mamma Mia, Con Air, Face/Off and a million and one other...

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Review: Styx: Shards of Darkness
Mar23

Review: Styx: Shards of Darkness

Have you ever wondered what everyday life was like for those mischievous goblins from Golden Axe? You know, those thieving twerps who would knick all your stuff while you were sleeping. Well, wonder no more! Styx: Shards of Darkness gives us a goblins-eye view of the world and it’s one where stealth is of the utmost importance. Playing as the titular Styx, players will find themselves skulking about in the darkness and employing...

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Review: Logan
Mar14

Review: Logan

WARNING! Spoilers Let’s be honest; X-Men Origins: Wolverine was terrible and The Wolverine was patchy. Therefore the odds of a third Wolverine film being incredible were low. But sometimes Hollywood defies logic and Logan is a great example of this. In a sense this is what fans have wanted for a long time; a 15 certificate version where Wolverine can be let off the leash. However while you get this you also get something you wouldn’t...

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