How Lillyhammer Gave New Life to the Gangster Genre

‘Just when I though I was out, they pull me back in’ – not just an admission of surrender from the great Al Pacino in the extremely underrated Godfather 3, but a statement that can be made about the mafia-crime film genre as a whole. No matter how many are made, we lap them up – and for the many reasons, it most likely stems from the fact we all kind of wish we could all be as intimidating as Robert De Niro, or as underestimated as Joe Pesci.
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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”

Alien’s Stranger Sequel: Alien 2: On Earth

One thing that makes the Alien franchise so interesting is that it grew from one of the simplest, yet most effective ideas that’s every been put to screen. Science Fiction has been a big part of cinema for a long time now, but it wasn’t until 1979, and the release of Alien, that people began to truly fear the notion of outer space, and life on other planets. Continue reading “Alien’s Stranger Sequel: Alien 2: On Earth”

‘IT’ (2017): Ideas from the book that should float in the movie too

For those who don’t know me, I have a huge love for the horror genre. And recently, I’ve been reflecting on why exactly that is. That was until I saw the trailer for the new adaptation of ‘IT’ (Adap-ta-tion, it’s not a pissing remake if it was a book first) which is, to me at least, in the top 5 greatest literary contributions to the horror genre – and then, I picked up the book again after nearly ten years of letting it whither on my book shelf. As I read, I feel like one of the adult members of the loser’s club from the book: flashes and fragments of childhood memories and fears coming back in waves.   Continue reading “‘IT’ (2017): Ideas from the book that should float in the movie too”

4 Reasons to Love The Lego Batman Movie

Here’s a fun little fact: Batman is the most adapted comic book hero. He’s appeared on our screens so much it’s easy to forget that most of the time, he’s normally drawn with a pen. From Adam West’s groovy moves in a costume that looked as if it were falling off, to Batfleck’s abstinance of the peaceful approach, preferring to kill things rather than talk morals, we’ve had all kinds of Batmen.
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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”