Now that I’ve finally got around to re-watching Wonder Woman and writing up a review to slot safely between Suicide Squad and Justice League, it’s finally time to rank ALL SIX WORLDS OF DC MOVIES!
Which, to be honest, compared to the ‘Ranking All 20 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies’, doesn’t sound quite so impressive. But still, it’ll be fun, and the list will obviously grow with the release of Shazam!, Wonder Woman 1984, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and The Batman.
When I first saw this movie, I actually enjoyed it. Oh, how times change. Upon repeat viewing (of the extended cut, this time around), I realised this film is ruddy awful.
The proximity to Dawn of Justice‘s release at the time must have coloured my opinion, because watching this film on its own highlights that it’s poorly paced and poorly written, with terrible characters and an absolutely awful villain. Yet another CGI mess comes to terrorise our heroes – why? And why Enchantress’ brother of all people? Who’s greenlighting this nonsense?!
And then, on top of all of that, the film also somehow manages to be really boring. The first fifteen minutes are fun, but after that, this film is a huge slog.
A bit later than everyone else, but I finally got round to seeing Glass. The Unbreakable review will follow at some point, I’m sure.
RELEASED: January 18th 2019 DIRECTED BY: M. Night Shyamalan WRITTEN BY: M. Night Shyamalan PRODUCED BY: M. Night Shyamalan, Marc Bienstock, Ashwin Rajan & Jason Blum MUSIC BY: West Dylan Thordson STARRING: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clarke & Charlayne Woodard
Rejoice! This movie wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be. It was actually kind of enjoyable. But also, like Split, pretty stupid.
Set two weeks after the events of Split, Glass sees David Dunn, now known as the Overseer, on the hunt for the super-powered serial killer known as the Horde. However, before the two can settle their differences, they are caught by the authorities and taken to the mental institution housing terrorist Elijah Price, the infamous ‘Mr. Glass’, where they are presented with the possibility that they are not actually superpowered beings, and their ‘abilities’ are all in their heads.
RELEASED: January 20th 2017 DIRECTED BY: M. Night Shyamalan WRITTEN BY: M. Night Shyamalan PRODUCED BY: M. Night Shyamalan, Marc Bienstock & Jason Blum MUSIC BY: West Dylan Thordson STARRING: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Brad William Henke, Sebastian Arcelus & Bruce Willis
I’ve never particularly been a fan of this series. Prior to Glass‘ release, Unbreakable and Split were amongst the only three M. Night Shyamalan film’s I’d seen (the third being The Village) and none of these films had left a lasting or favourable impression on me.
However, with Glass now in cinemas, I decided to go back and explore the prior films, starting with Split (because I seem to have lost my copy of Unbreakable and Split is on Netflix).
Split sees three young girls abducted by a man named Kevin Wendell Crumb. Crumb has dissociative identity disorder, and some of his split personalities have united to kidnap these girls as a tribute to an oncoming twenty-fourth personality, who is known only as ‘The Beast’.
Being so late to the game, I understand that spoilers are everywhere when it comes to Game of Thrones, and avoiding them can be a difficult task (I literally just had an event in season 4 spoilt for me while sourcing pictures for season 2).
However, due to season two of Game of Thrones building off the big events of season one, I can’t really discuss it without discussing spoilers for season one. So this is a spoiler warning. I won’t spoil anything that happens in season two, but unfortunately spoiling season one seems to be a necessary evil.
You’ve been warned.
RELEASED: April 1st 2012 – June 3rd 2012 SHOWRUNNER: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss WRITTEN BY: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Vanessa Taylor & George R. R. Martin DIRECTED BY: Alan Taylor, Alik Sakharov, David Petrarca, David Nutter & Neil Marshall MUSIC BY: Ramin Djawadi STARRING: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Aiden Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harrington, Liam Cunningham, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Jack Gleeson, Rory McCann, Stephen Dillane, Carice van Houten, James Cosmo, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, Sibel Kekilli, Natalie Dormer, Gethin Anthony, Gwendoline Christie, Finn Jones, Patrick Malahide, Gemma Whelan & Charles Dance
As you’ve probably noticed, I’m pretty late to the party when it comes to Game of Thrones. But having got the first two seasons on Blu-Ray for Christmas (thanks mum), I’m finally getting involved. You may have also noticed that I was previously attempting to review each individual episode, but I’ve decided to forgo that in favour of a complete series review. I’ll stick something up in place of those now-missing articles, but for now, here are my thoughts on the first season of Game of Thrones!
RELEASED: April 17th 2011 – June 19th 2011 SHOWRUNNER: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss WRITTEN BY: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson & George R. R. Martin DIRECTED BY: Tim Van Patten, Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan & Alan Taylor MUSIC BY: Ramin Djawadi STARRING: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Harry Lloyd, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Richard Madden, Alfie Allen, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Jack Gleeson, Rory McCann, Peter Dinklage, Aiden Gillen, Jason Momoa, James Cosmo, Joseph Mawle, Art Parkinson, Donald Sumpter, Conleth Hill, David Bradley & Charles Dance
I have tried to watch Game of Thrones before, managing the first two episodes, both viewed some months apart. Obviously, with a viewing pattern like that, it didn’t hook me.
Now, however, ploughing through a few more episodes, I found myself enthralled by what was before me, despite having seen parts of it and having had a fair chunk of things spoiled for me beforehand.
Straight out of the gate, the music is the first thing you notice. It’s bold and powerful; a lot more captivating than the theme tunes of a lot of other things on television.
After the opening credits wrap, Game of Thrones introduces audiences to Westeros; a land made of seven kingdoms, with the crass King Robert Baratheon sitting on the Iron Throne in King’s Landing. When Robert’s right-hand man (known as the Hand of the King) passes away, Robert enlists his good friend Lord Eddard Stark, Warden of the North, to serve as his new hand. Travelling to King’s Landing, ‘Ned’ becomes embroiled in a web of treachery and deceit, as he must contend with the ruthless Lannister family (whose number include Robert’s wife, Queen Cersei, the handsome and valiant knight Sir Jaime, their cunning dwarf brother Tyrion and Cersei’s vile son Prince Joffrey) while uncovering a conspiracy that could rock the whole kingdom.
Meanwhile, Ned’s bastard son, Jon Snow, heads to The Wall to join the Night’s Watch; a band of soldiers who protect the Kingdoms from supposed monsters north of The Wall, while across the Narrow Sea, in the Land of Essos, the Targaryen siblings Viscerys and Daenerys – children of the former ruler of Westeros – align with the barbaric Dothraki tribe led by Khal Drogo in the hopes of reclaiming their Kingdom.
Happy New Year! To kick off 2019, I’ll be looking at the New Years Day Special Episode of Doctor Who, ‘Resolution’. Enjoy!
RELEASED: January 1st 2019 SHOWRUNNER: Chris Chibnall WRITTEN BY: Chris Chibnall DIRECTED BY: Wayne Yip MUSIC BY: Segun Akinola
STARRING: Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Charlotte Ritchie, Nikesh Patel, Daniel Adegboyega & Nick Briggs
Despite a somewhat lacklustre eleventh series, I was still excited for the release of the Doctor Who New Years Day Special, ‘Resolution’. However, my excitement still lulling after showrunner Chris Chibnall’s debut season, I once again found myself in no hurry to watch the new episode.
Fortunately, this episode, I feel, was in many ways stronger than it’s predecessors, albeit it far from perfect.