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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Review: Kong: Skull Island
Mar09

Review: Kong: Skull Island

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS A SPOILER FOR GODZILLA (2014). AS WITH ANY OF THESE REVIEWS I TRY TO AVOID SPOILERS BUT THIS IS YOUR WARNING IF YOU WANT TO GO IN TOTALLY COLD AS SOME PLOT AND CHARACTERS WILL BE DISCUSSED. In a surprising twist March has become a big month for blockbusters this year; Logan, Beauty and the Beast and Power Rangers are all coming out just as spring begins reluctantly…springing. Sandwiched between these heavy...

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International Women’s Day: What defines “strong female characters?”
Mar08

International Women’s Day: What defines “strong female characters?”

OK first point off the bat. Yes I know I am not a woman so hopefully someone will write a response to this but for me this is more looking at different types of character and what Hollywood should take into account going further. Heroes It is interesting to see the progression of female protagonists over the years. Frozen proved interesting by looking at the dynamic between sisters but this can overshadow other great examples such as...

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Review: The Lego Batman Movie
Feb15

Review: The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Movie was a big surprise, something that on the face of it should have been dumb and silly, essentially a feature length toy commercial. While this was still true directors Lord and Miller took the same smart approach they did to 21 Jump Street, creating something that was both silly but also had the right mix of sly satire and heart that the best family films often have. The challenge with The Lego Batman Movie is that it is...

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Rob Turner’s Valentines Day Movies
Feb10

Rob Turner’s Valentines Day Movies

It is easy to be cynical about this day. Concocted so that people can sell pretty flowers and restaurants can charge triple the amount for a lamb stew in a heart mould. But here’s the thing, a lot of movies have love stories at their centre and this means there is a love story to suit pretty much anyone. The All You Can Eat Buffet: Love Actually Yes a lot of people have a go at this film. And some may say it’s more a...

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