X-Men: Apocalypse Casting Rumours

2624785-jean_and_scott_by_spidermanfan2099_d4evmdr-will-cyclops-jean-grey-be-reborn-for-x-men-apocalypse-kinberg-speaks

With X-Men: Apocalypse due for release in 2016, some casting rumours have recently made their way online. Specifically these rumours are centering around the characters of Jean Grey and Scott Summers and which young actors could be taking up the roles previously held by Famke Janssen and James Marsden.

Continue reading

Daniel Bruhl Joins Captain America: Civil War

1788017803-daniel-bruehl-21oLGlm83pZp6D5ef

With Captain America: Civil War due for release in May 2016, speculation and hype have already started gathering around the much-anticipated release. With a cast list already consisting of Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Chadwick Boseman we can now add Daniel Bruhl to the list.

Continue reading

Featured Image -- 4834

Film Blog Picks of the Week

Kieron Townend:

Featured E-Magazine ran a nice little feature where he highlights his new favourite film blogs, and I just happen to be one of them. Happy reading.

Originally posted on :

Another Blog Pick Sunday is upon us and this week I’m featuring blogs that feature films, reviews or just general film interest. I have found quite a big, but will only be featuring 6 this week. If you have a film blog that you would like to nominate as a featured blog, just comment below. Enjoy this week’s picks!

Isaacs Picture Conclusions (IPC)

If you are into obscure movie reviews, this is the site for you.  I bet you have never seen Dead Snow?  Well, I have and they even feature the new Dead Snow 2 – Red vs Dead!  Now that’s obscure.  There is also some hilariously funny Sunday Comic Strip series called the IPC Sunday Funnies entitled “Threes Cumpany”.  There is much more . . .

Tranquil Dreams

Another great film blog that has more than film, but also some photo and writing mixed in. “To the new…

View original 341 more words

The Call Up Heads To MCM Birmingham

callup_virtual_poster

Film producers John Giwa-Amu (The Machine) and Matt Wilkinson from locally-filmed movie The Call Up will be attending this month’s MCM Birmingham Comic Con. Show visitors will get a taste of the upcoming sci-fi actioner, which has just started shooting in Birmingham and is the debut feature from award-winning commercials director Charles Barker.

Continue reading

The Fantastic Four’s Dr. Doom To Be An Anti-Social Programmer?

3632253-dr-doom

Details are currently few and far between on Josh Trank’s reboot of The Fantastic Four, but Toby Kebbell has recently revealed a little bit of information regarding his interpretation of the villainous Victor Von Doom, and it’s safe to say, it’s not what any of you were thinking.

Continue reading

The Evil Dead Heads To Television, In Ash Vs. Evil Dead

aodbomstick

After the Evil Dead remake left cinemas in 2013, there were various online rumours speculating on the future of the series. One moment there was going to be a direct sequel, the next there was a sequel on the way to Army of Darkness and then there was both which would culminate in an Avengers style crossover of the two universes. Now though, we know exactly where the Evil Dead is going, straight to television.

Continue reading

Film Club Leaderboard: November Edition

As another month passes, so too does another Film Club entry. After reviewing such classics as Star Wars and The Departed, November’s choice was a more middle of the road affair. As neither a classic, nor indeed an awful film at all, Taken allowed our members to leave their brains at the door and simply enjoy watching Liam Neeson kick a little ass.

Below is the updated Film Club leaderboard. Read on to find out where Taken sits among the previous entries.

Continue reading

Film Club: Taken

taken-film

In this months Film Club, Luke from the Oracle of Film chose Taken as our film of the month. It was a popular choice in the end, and one that scored higher among our members than I previously thought it would. Below are Luke’s reasons for picking Taken, followed by each members review of the film.

“Wow, there is a lot of pressure picking a film for film club. The immediate impulse is to pick a classic, something we all love and can enjoy rewatching. However I really want to switch things up and go for a bad movie. I just cannot bring myself to do it. I don’t want to be the guy that makes you sit through a painful two hours of terrible movie making.

In the end, I went down the middle with Luc Besson’s Taken, starring Liam Neeson. It is a very divisive movie and it occurred to me I have no idea how any of my blogging family feel about it. So, some of you may be cheering; some of you may be rolling your eyes, but my choice is Taken. I hope you have your particular set of skills at the ready.”

Continue reading

3 Actresses Who Could Play Captain Marvel

389709

Marvel Studios recently announced their plans for their cinematic universe right up until 2019. We can expect solo films for Captain America, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Thor. While team up films will include the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy 2Inhumans and The Avengers, but the one that really intrigues is Captain Marvel.

This will be the first time Marvel have made a female led superhero film, and will follow DC’s own Wonder Woman film which will be released in 2017. Captain Marvel will head to cinemas a full year after Wonder Woman, in 2018, but it is likely we will see the character cameo in another Marvel film, with an educated guess putting her in either Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or Avengers: Infinity War Part I. Online speculation is rife over who will play Captain Marvel, but now I will cast my eye over three potential actresses who would fit the role.

Continue reading

The Babadook, Review

Babadook-Poster_1390546434

Director: Jennifer Kent Starring: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall & Tim Purcell Synopsis: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. Rating: 15 Runtime: 93 minutes

====

Very rarely do I ever feel threatened by a film in such a way as The Babadook. As one part psychological thriller and one part monster movie, The Babadook stays with you in a way that many recent horror films simply do not. It’s mix of tension and supernatural scares are haunting, with a story that will surely polarise audiences as to where the real threat is coming from.

Continue reading

Halloween, Review

Halloween (1)

Director: John Carpenter Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis & Tony Moran Synopsis: A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets. Rating: 18 Runtime: 91 minutes

Horror films don’t come much more iconic than John Carpenter’s Halloween. The film was made on a small budget, and was directed by a man who only had two full length features to his name at the time, while surely no one involved could have had any idea as to just how a big a hit Halloween would become. Halloween introduced audiences to The Shape, aka Michael Myers, brought Jamie Lee Curtis into the mainstream and also set about making a whole new set of rules that the horror genre is still abiding by today.

Continue reading

The Cabin In The Woods, Review

the-cabin-in-the-woods-latest-2012-movie-poster-facebook-timeline-cover,1366x768,65510

Director: Drew Goddard Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth & Anna Hutchison Synopsis: Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. Rating: 15 Runtime: 95 minutes

I’ve had several discussions on the merits of The Cabin in the Woods, and how I believe it to be one of the best horror films, not just in recent years but possibly of all time. Mostly, I have these conversations with myself, because that way I can always win, but sometimes I do venture out of my comfort zone and try to talk to other human beings. And the one thing that I always struggle with when it comes to The Cabin in the Woods, is that I can’t really tell anyone anything about the film, which makes it an incredibly hard sell and somewhat awkward to review.

Continue reading

Halloween Essentials

As a special treat for Halloween, myself, Zoe and Jade have all prepared our essential viewing selections for you to peruse. We have all picked three films that no Halloween night can do without, and that we find ourselves going back to each year without hestitaion. Check out our selections after the jump.

====

Continue reading

Hansel & Gretel (Korean Version), Guest Review

hanselandgretel3

Hansel and Gretel (Henjel Gwa Geuretel in its original language), is a visually scrumptious retelling of the original tale from the Brothers Grimm. In spectacular fashion it brings to life all of the horror of the original tale in a refreshing new way to awaken a sense of dread and fear in the audience that is inherent to all horror films, but through a dark fantasy tale that is similar to films such as Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and The Devil’s Backbone (2001). It is very Del Toroesque in its tone, but certainly more horrifying as it builds suspense throughout its narrative so that its audience is constantly left guessing to which genre the film even falls into as it jumps between horror, fantasy, fairytale, and thriller.

Continue reading

A Nightmare On Elm Street, Guest Review

NOES (1984)

“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.

Three, four, better lock your door.

Five, six, grab your crucifix.

Seven, eight, gonna stay up late.

Nine, ten, never sleep again. “

So, anyone who knows me and my taste in movies , knows that there are basically 2 big no-no’s when recommending movies for me to watch. They are non-English Language movies and Horror movies. I’ve never liked horror movies and I can’t even explain where those feelings came from. Did I get scared once as a kid? or perhaps it’s just a genre that doesn’t speak to me? Dunno (and probably never truly will know). So, when Kieron asked me to review a horror movie for his Scarefest, I was a bit concerned as to what I’d decide to watch. I was truly at an impasse. But then I realized that one of the best things about being a part of this blogging community is that I knew that if I reached out to some of my fellow bloggers, perhaps they’d be able to give me some ideas for a scary movie to watch that I’ll (hopefully) enjoy.

Continue reading

Trick R’ Treat, Guest Review

Trick ‘R Treat

You know, it took me years to get to this thing because I am not really an Anna Paquin fan (though I am thawing a little). A fellow blogger finally twisted my arm enough to at least just try it, and it pretty much instantly became an absolute favourite of mine! This is essential Halloween viewing for me every year, and I don’t think that there will be many horror fans that don’t like this one. Trick ‘r Treat is tremendously underrated, something that makes this an even better gem in my opinion, but undeniably one that deserves the praise it has garnered and to be shared.

trick t treak poster

“Samhain, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, also known as Halloween. Pre-dating Christianity, the Celtic holiday was celebrated on the one night between autumn and winter when the barrier between the living and the dead was thinnest, and often involved rituals that included human sacrifice.”
- Rhonda

SYNOPSIS: Five interwoven stories that occur on the same block, on the same night. A couple finds what happens when they blow a jack o’ lantern out before midnight, a high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer, a college virgin might have met the right guy for her, a group of mean teens play a prank that they take too far, and a hermit is visited by a special trick or treater. – via IDMB

Continue reading

Hatchet, Review

hatchetposterfinal

Director: Adam Green Starring: Kane Hodder, Joel David Moore & Deon Richmond Synopsis: When a group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare. Rating: 18 Runtime: 85 minutes

Hatchet is a B-movie throwback to the type of horror films that were so popular in the 80′s. It contains a young cast, the type of which we have seen a million times before, and it also contains a freakishly strong antagonist who, of course, has been the victim of some terrible childhood event. Hatchet doesn’t attempt to do anything new with the genre, and instead plays it for laughs in its attempt to hark back to the genre’s perceived glory days. This is all well and good, but does that make the film any good?

Continue reading

[.Rec], Guest Review

0 (1)

[.REC]: THE REVIEW 

Director: Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza Cast: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yaman Serrano Plot: A television crew film a fire crew overnight for a documentary, praying for an interesting emergency in the night. They regret their wish.

[.REC] is one of those movies that I have been meaning to watch for ages now. I have heard nothing but good things about it from everyone that has braved this cult horror, but I haven’t made the time to go out and find this movie. Perhaps it is my lack of interest for the found footage genre. Perhaps I have just been too wimpy to actually brave the intense horror that [.REC] apparently held. However, for this Halloween, I decided it was now or never.

Continue reading

The Exorcist, Review

exorcist1

Director: William Friedkin Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow & Linda Blair Synopsis: When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter” Rating: 18 Runtime: 122 minutes

The Exorcist is one of those films that is revered as a classic, and for anyone who has never seen it, the immediate question has to be, why? Well, up until recently I fell into the bracket of those who had never seen it. Sure, I was familiar with the film, and there were certain elements of it that have become so ingrained in pop culture that I was already aware of, but I had never got round to seeing the entire film. As Scarefest approached, I was determined to watch and review The Exorcist. In short, I’m glad I did.

Continue reading

Stir Of Echoes, Review

STIR-OF-ECHOES_1024

Director: David Koepp Starring: Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope & Kathryn Erbe Synopsis: After being hypnotized by his sister-in-law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl’s ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her. Rating: 15 Runtime: 99 minutes

Stir of Echoes is based upon the Richard Matheson novel of the same name, and tells the story of one man’s attempt to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of a local girl, who he has recently started to have hallucinations about. Stir of Echoes was released around the same as The Sixth Sense, and while it was applauded by critics, it was something of a let down at the box office and struggled to surpass $21 million domestically. Despite the poor box office numbers, Stir of Echoes perhaps deserved better from audiences, even if it does appear more effective as a crime drama rather than a supernatural horror.

Continue reading

Grave Encounters, Review

grave-encounters-title

Directors: Colin Minihan & Stuart Ortiz Starring: Ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson & Ashleigh Gryzko Synopsis: For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that’s supposedly haunted – and it might prove to be all too true. Rating: NR Runtime: 92 minutes

“This place is about as haunted as a sock drawer.”

Grave Encounters is a film that I had no real expectations for whatsoever. I had seen it in the bargain bin of my local Asda, and it looked like a rip-off of more successful POV horror films such as Paranormal Activity and .Rec. It features a no name cast, and is directed by two people I had never heard of before. Thankfully, Grave Encounters is better than the sum of its parts, and despite a limited budget is an effective but somewhat one-dimensional horror.

Continue reading

The Omen, Guest Review

20th-Century-Fox

The Omen (1976) 

In my mind there are three different ways of telling a scary story effectively on-screen. Recent years have seen a growing emphasis on hardcore gore, in effort to disgust audiences and horrify them in visually disturbing ways. Of course, you also have the classic slow-burners which provide jump scares to thrill its audience and sustain a constant atmosphere of threat and suspense. The third style is to rely on the story itself being scary enough to leave the audience shaking in their seats without any need for added (and sometimes cheap) effects to make its mark. Richard Donner’s original classic The Omen belongs in the third category, relying only on its script to deliver its scares. With Gregory Peck commanding the screen and lending serious gravitas to the film, The Omen delivers brilliantly.

Continue reading

Saw, Review

Saw-Titelbild-1024x680

Director: James Wan Starring: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell & Danny Glover Synopsis: With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed “Jigsaw”. The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them. Rating: 18 Runtime: 103 minutes

“I’m having a blast! This is the most fun I’ve had without lubricant!”

Every once in a while, a film comes along that redefines its genre. After a slew of 90′s horror films that were either remakes of classics or generic teenage stalk and slash films, the horror genre needed a swift kick up the backside. When Saw hit cinemas in 2004, it did just that. Saw was a “game changer” and brought with it a host of sequels and copycat films and created a new term in horror, torture porn. Films like Hostel and I Spit on your Grave carried on the trend, but Saw was the first film in a long while to be so gruesome and, for its time,  was quite shocking.

Continue reading

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Review

Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-Reviews-starring-Megan-Fox-and-Will-Arnett-2014

Director: Jonathan Liebesman Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett & William Fichtner Synopsis: The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Rating: 12A Runtime: 101 minutes

Mysterious. Dangerous. Reptilious. You’ve never seen heroes like this.”

There is a scene late on in this reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles where our heroes discover they are effectively bulletproof. As the villainous foot clan attempt to take them down with machine guns, the Turtles simply deflect their bullets using their shells, even to the extent where one of them turns around and literally fires the bullets back in a scene of pure Hulk like rage. And it was here that I learnt that the film itself is bulletproof, in a critical sense anyway. It’s here that you discover that producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman don’t care what anybody thinks. All the “haters” and all the people who appreciate storytelling and characterisation don’t matter here, as the director and producer set about making a film targeted mostly at young people, with some fan service, for those of us old enough to remember the original films and cartoons, thrown in for good measure.

Continue reading

Ranking The Spider-Man Films From Worst To Best

Not so long ago the Spider-Man films were considered some of the best the superhero genre had to offer. Now, not so much. With Marvel continually changing audiences perceptions on their own heroes and franchises, some superheroes are getting left behind. The Fantastic Four is about to rebooted, while the X-Men were also essentially rebooted this year, even DC have had to re-think their strategy after finding success with The Dark Knight trilogy and are now doing things the “Marvel way.” Perhaps it is no surprise then, that Spider-Man feels a little bit lacking in some regards these days. Due to different studios owning the rights to various characters, Spider-Man essentially exists on his own, but does he need a shared universe to succeed? Not necessarily. Spider-Man was once at the forefront of superhero films, and today I take a look back at the entire franchise, and rank each film in the series from worst to best.

Continue reading

Film Club Leaderboard: October Edition

Film Club is now officially four months old, and I thought it was a good time to start a leaderboard ranking the films we have reviewed from best to worst. By now, the majority of you should be familiar with the set up behind Film Club, but for anyone that isn’t aware, here is the gist of it.

Each month, one of us picks a film, which we all then watch and review and give it a score out of ten. It’s a simple premise and has a similar feel to that of a book club. There are various rules we have to follow, but as long as there are no major spoilers in anyone’s review it’s a pretty laid back affair. We cover all sorts of films, but I do ask that whoever has chosen a film to give their reasons for doing so, as this makes things a little more personal.

Continue reading

Film Club: Casino Royale (2006)

Casino_Royale_(119)

Film Club is an idea that I have been toying with for a while now. Originally it was a feature I was going to do on my own where once a month I would try to dissect a film, whether it be a renowned classic or something more modern. After a while though, I thought this was a feature best suited to multiple reviews, from various perspectives. With that I emailed a few fellow bloggers who were more than willing to get on board with the idea and help me out, and Film Club was born.

This month, Zoe, from The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger, chose our film of the month. And chose, quite possibly, the most well received entry Film Club has laid its collective eyes on so far, in Casino Royale.

Continue reading

A Dozen Summers

ADS.Still002

A Dozen Summers is written and directed by Kenton Hall, and tells the story of two 12-year-old girls as they hijack a film in order to tell their own story. The film is being produced by Monkey Basket Films, and is a crowd sourced indie film that the creators hope will appeal to young, and not so young people alike.

Continue reading

The Purge: Anarchy, My Review

NE2WeHYc2gAB58_2_b

Director: James DeMonaco Starring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo & Zach Gilford Synopsis: “A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.” Rating: 15 Runtime: 103 minutes

United we purge.”

When The Purge was released last year, I found myself massively disappointed with what I saw. The concept seemed great, but the execution was severely lacking and it felt like a wasted opportunity. What should have been an exciting attempt at how a country, state, city or town copes with the most ridiculous of concepts, was instead a run of the mill home invasion thriller. Luckily, director James DeMonaco has learnt from his mistakes, and has crafted a much tighter affair that makes good on the on the promise from the first film.

Continue reading

Genre Grandeur: Aliens

aliens1

As part of Movie Rob’s Genre Grandeur season, I was asked to pick my favourite film set in space. I have a few personal favourites here, but the one that comes to mind straight away is James Cameron’s Aliens.

It is by far the best film in the Aliens franchise, and is one of my favourite films of all time, so it was a pleasure to be able to finally pen my thoughts on this sci-fi classic.

Click the link below for the full review:

Genre Grandeur: Aliens. 

300 Rise of an Empire, My Review

R1_V10D3_80613_CO3_PULLS_01rl_0005

Director: Noam Murro Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green & Lena Headey Synopsis: “Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.” Rating: 15 Runtime: 102 minutes

“Better we show them, we chose to die on our feet, rather than live on our knees!”

300: Rise of an Empire feels like a tribute act to one of your favourite bands. They go through the motions, play the songs and look a little like the people they are impersonating but as we all know, there’s nothing like watching the real thing. That’s exactly how 300: Rise of an Empire feels. It’s a, largely, new cast but one that feels like it’s molded around the ferocious snarling of Gerard Butler’s King Leonidas. While new director Noam Murro feels like he was picked because he can do a really good Zack Snyder impression, and the end result is something that feels like an uninspired rip-off.

Continue reading

Film Club: Oldboy (2013)

oldboy-2013-main-review

Film Club is an idea that I have been toying with for a while now. Originally it was a feature I was going to do on my own where once a month I would try to dissect a film, whether it be a renowned classic or something more modern. After a while though, I thought this was a feature best suited to multiple reviews, from various perspectives. With that I emailed a few fellow bloggers who were more than willing to get on board with the idea and help me out, and Film Club was born.

The rules of Film Club are:

1st Rule: You do not talk about Film Club.

2nd Rule: Ignore rule number 1, because I want everyone to talk about Film Club as much as possible.

3rd Rule: We don’t review cinema releases, as not everyone is always able to get to the cinema in time.

4th Rule: If the film is part of a franchise, then we must start with the first in series, i.e. we can’t review Terminator 2 before reviewing The Terminator.

5th Rule: We each take it in turns to pick a film for us all to review, and state our reasons why we picked it.

6th Rule: A score out of ten must be given to help form a general consensus on each film.

7th Rule: Each review can be no longer than 600 words.

8th Rule: No major spoilers allowed.

This month Natasha Harmer of Films and Things picked our film for the month and came up with quite a controversial pick in Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy. Below are Natasha’s reasons for picking the film, followed by her passionate review.

Continue reading

Ghostbusters, My Review

Ghostbusters-PS_612x380

Director: Ivan Reitman Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis Synopsis: “Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.” Rating: 12A Runtime: 105 minutes

” Back off, man. I’m a scientist.”

Anyone who pays any kind of attention to this site or my Twitter feed knows that Ghostbusters is my favourite film of all time. I have loved it since I was a child, and I love it, possibly even more, as an adult. However, I have purposely avoided reviewing this film ever since I started my own website because I’m not sure if I can review it without bias. Whenever I approach a film I do so in a way that I can review it down the middle, but I have constantly thought to myself how can I review my favourite film and call it anything less than amazing?

This past weekend, September 6th, I turned 30. I say that not to get you all to wish me a happy belated birthday, although that would be nice, but the number is significant because Ghostbusters also celebrates its 30th anniversary. As a way of celebrating I hired a screen at my local Cineworld and held a private screening of Ghostbusters. With that in mind, I thought now was the best time to review a classic which just happens to be my favourite film ever.

Continue reading

Now You See Me, My Review

now-you-see-me-movie

Director: Louis Leterrier Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo & Woody Harrelson Synopsis: “An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money” Rating: 12A Runtime: 115 minutes

“When I first met you, I thought you were kind of a… dick.”

Magic is a medium that is hard to replicate. By that I mean, when you see it first hand you can be left genuinely astounded by the trickery and fast hands of a performer, but on the big or even small screen, such an act can lose much of its appeal. Magic relies on the performer being quicker and smarter than the audience, but when quick hands and sharp eyes are replaced by CGI and a good editor, the illusion is lost. That, among other things, is the problem with Now You See Me. It’s all very much a show, and moves at a lightning pace but fails in its attempts to really draw you in.

Continue reading

Featured Image -- 4296

Question of the Month: Most Anticipated Movie (The Real Version)

Originally posted on Oracle of Film:

And the Oracle is back off holiday. Well, not quite. I still have a pretty hard day of work and right as you are reading this, I am probably slaving away over my ‘mystery, third job’ that I have no idea how much of a mystery it still is, for anyone that follows me too closely on Twitter. I am just too terrible at keeping secrets. But I knew that even if I couldn’t post for the entirety of this week, there was no way in hell I could deny you guys Question of the Month. You put so much effort into these answers and I don’t want you guys going another second without reading the article below.

The Question in hand: What Movie Are You Most Looking Forward To? This could be a film this year, next year, 2016, 2017… if it has been rumoured, you have my permission…

View original 2,801 more words

Batman: Assault On Arkham, My review

groupshot

Directors: Jay Olivia & Ethan Spaulding Starring: Kevin Conroy, Neal McDonough & Hynden Walch Synopsis: “Based on the hit video game series, Batman must find a bomb planted by the Joker while dealing with a mysterious team of villains called, The Suicide Squad.” Rating: 15 Runtime: 75 minutes

The DC animated line of various films and TV shows has been a relative success, and has provided the studio with a success that their live action counterparts have not always managed. Shows like Batman The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited, along with films like Batman: Mask of The Phantasm or Justice League: War have drawn acclaim from both fans and critics alike. The latest entry in DC’s list of animated films is Batman: Assault on Arkham, and is loosely tied to the Arkham video games.

In Assault on Arkham, we see a motley crew of villains brought together by Amanda Waller to break into Arkham Asylum in order to steal a valuable USB hidden inside the Riddler’s cane. The various villains were relative unknowns to me. I was familiar with Deadshot and Harley Quinn, but I will be honest and say I had never heard of Captain Boomerang, Black Spider, King Shark or Killer Frost before. So I was a little anxious as to whether Assault on Arkham could work with a cast of c list villains as the main protagonists.

Continue reading

Ranking The Superman Films From Worst To Best

I have recently ran a few features where I take a film franchise and rank its various entries in a list from worst to best. These lists have been somewhat successful, have been fun to write and have given my readers a few things to debate about. I have already covered the X-Men, Batman & Marvel franchises, and this week I turn my attention to the Superman film series.

The Superman film franchise, as with many comic book franchises, is a mixed bag of films which range from all out classic to why did they even bother? The various films date back to 1978 (I’m not including Superman & the Mole Men here) in the original Superman, and go all the way up until 2013′s Man of Steel.

Take a look inside as I rank the Superman films from worst to best.

Continue reading

The Guest, My Review

13890-1

Director: Adam Wingard Starring: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe & Brendan Meyer Synopsis: “A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.” Rating: 15 Runtime: 99 minutes

“Mrs Peterson, are you sure you’re comfortable with me staying here?”

As a film fan it can be quite hard to be genuinely surprised by a film. As a film reviewer, whether that be a hobby or a paid profession, it can be even more difficult to be surprised by a film, but every now and then, there is one film that comes out and does just that. The Guest is that kind of film, and is the kind of retro fix that fans of 70′s & 80′s action thrillers will not be able to get enough of.

Continue reading

Lucy, My Review

1_549073

Director: Luc Besson Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman & Min-sik Choi Synopsis: “A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.” Rating: 15 Runtime: 89 minutes

” Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?”

Lucy is the kind of film we don’t see enough of these days. It features a strong female lead, an OTT storyline, some thrilling action and is condensed into a tight 90 minute runtime that has no mid or post credits stinger. To some audience members, this may sound like one of Dante’s circles of hell, but to others it will be a huge relief knowing that the film you are seeing is completely self-contained, and does not require you to spend three hours of your life in a multiplex. Of course, Lucy has more to offer than being a welcome break from the raft of comic book films and films based upon 80′s action figures, because Lucy is a return to form for director Luc Besson, and features a great central performance from Scarlett Johansson.

Continue reading

Film Club: The Departed

338971

Film Club is an idea that I have been toying with for a while now. Originally it was a feature I was going to do on my own where once a month I would try to dissect a film, whether it be a renowned classic or something more modern. After a while though, I thought this was a feature best suited to multiple reviews, from various perspectives.  With that I emailed a few fellow bloggers who were more than willing to get on board with the idea and help me out, and Film Club was born.

Continue reading

Is Guardians Of The Galaxy The Best Marvel Film Yet?

guardian-of-the-galaxy-poster1

After a few discussions both online and in the real world, ie the pub, it seems that Marvel Studios latest effort has split audiences somewhat. Not to the degree where people are arguing over whether the newest and shiniest superhero film is any good, but whether it is the best film Marvel have produced as a studio since the first Iron Man film came out in 2008?

Continue reading

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

robinwilliams

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

Sometimes a celebrity’s death can leave you lost for words. That is certainly the case with Robin Williams.

I have sat staring at my computer screen for about half an hour now, and I am still struggling to know what to write. Robin Williams had a supreme talent, and he used that talent to make all our lives that little bit brighter.

Continue reading

The Monday Roundup

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-1st-trailer-reviewThis weeks Monday Roundup brings you news of a sequel to the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Amazon picking fights with big Hollywood studios and whether Vin Diesel may or may not star in another Marvel movie. As well as that, there is the usual dose of what’s new on DVD and the pick of the weeks films on TV.

Continue reading