Iron Man 3
Phase 2 of Marvel’s cinematic universe kicks off with a bang with the highly anticipated third chapter in the Iron Man series, giving us our first look at the post-Avengers superhero world.[[MORE]] The biggest thing to note here is Shane Black taking the director’s chair from the ever-popular Jon Favreau (who remains on as a consultant, producer and in the on-screen role of Happy...
Review. Reviewed. Will Review. Spoiler free of course.[[MORE]] Bioshock is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, as its score of 95 on Metacritic (the only thing that means anything anymore apparently) will tell you. While there is technically a sequel, inventively named Bioshock 2 it was not the product of the original creative team, who spent the last 5 years...
Silver Linings Playbook
An incredibly poorly marketed endeavor - in the UK at least, where all the TV ads were brief and portrayed the film to be little more than your typical boy meets girl rom-com that would do its business by having women who find Bradley Cooper oh-so-dreamy drag their boyfriends to see it, where they would at least be appeased by the sight of the world’s most charming human, Jennifer...
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This Means War
On paper, This Means Waris just another run of the mill romantic comedy, and there’s certainly a lot of the usual trappings that come with the genre, but there’s also a surprising amount to like.[[MORE]] Chris Pine (aka Captain James T. Kirk) and Tom Hardy (aka Bane/the sexiest man alive) play best friends and secret agents who fall for the same girl (Reese Witherspoon). Sounds...
The Avengers vs. The Dark Knight Rises
To my knowledge, they’re the two highest grossing movies of 2012 so far. Both are comic book movies. Both were among the most anticipated movies ever released. For months after the release of the Avengers I read comments on articles about both films stating things along the lines of “just you wait until Dark Knight Rises comes out and mops the floor with Avengers.” After TDKR...
MMA has been all the rage for a few years now and naturally many directors have tried to capitalise on that popularity, but they’ve predominantly been straight-to-DVD or limited release projects that were panned or ignored altogether. That was until Warrior came along, a mainstream mixed martial arts movie with a big-time ad campaign. Would it fare any better than its...
The Dark Knight Rises
The third and final chapter in Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman franchise has finally arrived and despite a horrific tragedy overshadowing the premiere, the film is still being met with rave reviews and huge box office takings. But what does lowly old me think about TDKR? Find out![[MORE]] Firstly it’s pretty difficult to talk about this film without just straight-up spoiling...
How I Met Your Mother Season 1
How I Met Your Mother was once one of my absolute favourite shows. I liked to think I ‘discovered’ it, tuning in every week to its niche time-slot and raving about it, quoting it, sharing it with everyone I could. I bought it on DVD and the guy that sold it to me said “is that Willow from Buffy? She looks hot!” Fast forward several years and it’s one of the most...
Project Comic Books: X-Men Schism
As per usual, refer to Project Comic Books if you notice any glaring errors in my description of events. As the title might suggest, X-Men Schism deals with a split between the remaining X-Men (greatly diminished in number after the events of House of M (review forthcoming)), with the long-time rocky relationship between Cyclops and Wolverine being put under its greatest stress to date, and...
Project Comic Books: Civil War
My first step in Project Comic Books was picking up this much talked about crossover event, the eponymous Civil War, which saw almost the entire Marvel Universe divided in half over the issue of superheroes being required to officially register with the government, sacrificing their secret identities and having to answer to a ruling body. I’d heard about this storyline through the game...
Before you watch even a second of Contagion, you can’t help but be impressed. Look at that front cover. Look at the accolades of the cast. 4 Academy Award winners, and another two nominees. And just for good measure, let’s have it directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11) and have Clint Martinez (Drive) do the music. Also, Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant)...
Project Comic Books
Up until last year, I had never read a comic book in my entire life. Zilch. Nada. Zero. Yet I still labelled myself as somewhat of a nerd, with a working knowledge of all the key heroes. I knew I preferred Marvel to DC. I knew which characters I liked and didn’t like. But how, when I hadn’t ever read a comic?[[MORE]] The answer was a childhood full of cartoons. Spider-Man, X-Men,...
The Walking Dead Episode 2: Starved for Help
The first episode was great, but this one was even better. The writing is truly superb, and the atmosphere is ridiculously creepy. So much tension. That’s it, that’s the whole review. Get it now. This series is a very strong Game of the Year contender.
R O Y A L T Y - Childish Gambino
It’s been quite a year for Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino, with the continued success of Community, multiple talk-show appearances, a 60-minute stand-up special, and the release of his first major album, Camp, which was critically acclaimed. So with all eyes on what he’d do next, Gambino began to tease an upcoming mixtape and released a few tracks, but wouldn’t reveal...
Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut
Let me preface this by saying that I have only played through one of the possible endings, and I loaded a save from right at the end, and apparently there is a little more content starting from about an hour before then. Also, I was never as dissatisfied with the original endings as some of the very angry young men out there on the internet. So after the tidal wave of complaints about the...
The Amazing Spider-Man
Yes, the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy is less than a decade old, with the third installment coming as recently as 2007. Yes this is ‘yet another reboot’ of a popular franchise. But most importantly, yes this was worth rebooting, and yes this is a great film. Being sandwiched between The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises is going to hurt the film in terms of history, but if nothing...