Bitter Bastard: Alien:Covenant

When you’re a film lover, one of the best things is to love something you watch. You get to end credits and you feel like you’ve just had a big glass of some refreshing fruit juice that leaves an exquisite taste in your mouth. That said, it can also be really fun to hate things too. But then, there are other times, when hating on a film is fun wasteland, and that’s when you get to the end credits and feel bitterly disappointed. And that, I’m sad to say, is where I place my thoughts on Alien: Covenant.  Continue reading “Bitter Bastard: Alien:Covenant”

What Could’ve Been: Hostel

If you’ve ever seen, or even heard of Eli Roth’s pretty notorious film series, Hostel, you know that they’re pretty simplistic films. A lot of critics and movie-goers alike believe these films to have pretty much single-handedly created the badge of shame on films that have followed their footsteps, in the term, ‘torture porn’. And while I don’t think that they really deserve such harsh finger pointing, it’s hard to find anything of real substance in such shallow films.

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How to do a Spin-off Right: Better Call Saul

Briefly returning to what I was saying about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,you can hardly attack what is a great attempt at a spin-off because any spin-off media is a difficult task. It requires a delicate chemistry of known elements, and other, more dangerous yet daring elements that can elevate something that’s well loved; believed to have soared as high as it could, only to rise higher. And it’s a darn rare thing that one might come along and actually fulfill that kind of prophecy. A spin-off either works, or it doesn’t – the recipe for making one doesn’t really allow for any middle ground. That’s why, it’s always good to get talking about those brave few, that have expanded a universe, and have created something truly quite wonderful. Continue reading “How to do a Spin-off Right: Better Call Saul”

What Went Wrong with Rogue One

There’s no doubt in my mind that Rogue One: A Star Wars story will continue to dominate conversation topics across the world for some time now, and I say, let it be so. I know from the title of this article that it sounds like I’m about to start giving a Star Wars film shit that isn’t The Phantom Menace, but don’t worry, I’m not completely insane – I actually quite liked Rogue One. Overall, it was a decent film, I mean, it wasn’t The Force Awakens by any stretch, but it certainly wasn’t on the level of ‘I’ll try spinning, that’s a good trick’ or ‘I hate sand’ kind of Star Wars we’ve seen – and even those, I can’t say I really hate.

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Great Christmas Films that Aren’t Really Christmas Films

Everyone has a favourite Christmas film – everyone. There is anyone in the civilized world celebrating the holiday, that hasn’t got a choice for the one festive film that really warms their Christmas cockles. We put our feet up, drink something warm and sit in the glow of a beautifully lit tree; it’s something I look forward to every year. Pure and simply, Christmas is great, and so are Christmas films because they show us just how great Christmas is.

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It’s in the Title: American Horror Story

Let’s just get this out of the way, American Horror Story is great. Honestly, the amount of conversations and thoughts about this show could fill not just one book, but several. It’s a complete wonderment, and should be up there with the best made, and most unique things we’ve ever seen come to the small screen. It’s the complete package: phenomenally written; dynamic and memorable characters; great dialogue; well shot; fantastic actors, and to top it all off, it changes its format and setting every season, giving us new characters to love and hate in various places and periods, which means that it never goes stale. Continue reading “It’s in the Title: American Horror Story”

Justice is Coming: GOT

One of the truest statements that could ever be said about Game of Thrones is its constant handouts of injustice. We’ve seen the good die horribly, and the evil thrive; we’ve watched as characters walk into the televised world of Westeros, bringing with them hope that we may see actions or events that will make our heart’s fill with joy, only for the same characters to be killed off horribly, leaving our hearts, once again, a wreck. The list is long, and continues to grow as each episode passes, especially this season (RIP Doran, Hotah, Osha, Shaggydog, Summer & the greatest hero that ever lived, Hodor). Continue reading “Justice is Coming: GOT”