Time again for me to engage in that most mysterious of internet film geek traditions*, the October Horror Movie Challenge. 31 Days, at least 31 Horror Movies, NO EXCUSES!!! Once again, I'm doing it sponsored for Crisis, so if you can spare a few pennies, that would be most generous of you.
This year though, I thought I'd preface the challenge itself with something that can help you play along if you so wish. Finding the right titles to watch can
be a bit of a minefield, because I will be the first to admit that, with the horror genre these days, there’s a
lot of crap out there. So here’s a very
quick look at a few recent releases that may have flown under your radars,
which are well worth your time (and a lot of these are available to stream or are cheap on HMV's shelves right now, so no need to go digging!).
What’s more, I guarantee that none of these end with either “they were
dead all along” or “it was the lead character’s split personality”!
Monday, 26 September 2016
Sunday, 15 May 2016
Sunday, 24 April 2016
OK, I don't want to keep going on about Batman v. Superman on here, I didn't even hate the movie really, there were bits I liked, but there's something I do want to tackle in regards to some of the response. As I have previously said, if you liked the film, fine, that's your opinion, and I have mine, just because we don't agree on this, as it is art, one opinion doesn't really trump another. So as such, this is against all those who are rabidly manning all the battle stations to defend the film. One defence I've heard of this film, and indeed this is something that I have heard time and again when something with this devoted a fanbase doesn't quite work out is that it's being made "for the fans". This is something that turns up a lot in tweets at some critics, even if said critics are pretty publicly comics fans. Right, time to use some good old fashioned maths to help prove why this argument is terrible, especially in this particular case...
Monday, 28 March 2016
So last night I posted about my thoughts on Batman v Superman, but there's something else about this movie I do have to discuss, but deserves it's own little point. The stupid gang mentality that seems to have sprung up around the debate of the film. Yeah, I touched on this a bit on the little "housekeeping" bit last time, but it deserves a bit more analysis here. Thing is though, it's far from just one way, it's on both sides of the debate, so I'm actually going to start with the behaviour of those against the movie, just to show even though I didn't like the movie, I don't have a horse in this race.
Sunday, 27 March 2016
Having a look at my viewcounts, one of my most successful posts on here was when I had my rant about Man of Steel, so it seems fitting I should do a proper follow-up on here, for Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice. Before I start though, housekeeping. Yes, I have liked most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe output so far, but no I am not an absolutely uncritical fanboy. For example, I am troubled by some of the stuff I've heard about happening behind the scenes (Patty Jenkins fired from Thor The Dark World, losing Edgar Wright, them constantly pushing back Captain Marvel...), and I was disappointed overall with Age of Ultron (see this for a bit more on why; I've actually gone off it further since then). I just like movies that work, regardless of who's making them, so while I may compare and contrast a bit in here, it's not strictly a Marvel vs. DC thing, it's a what worked/what didn't thing. Also, I have a history with these characters, I grew up with the DC animated universe, I have more affection for quite a lot of DC than Marvel overall. As such, when I make my feelings clear, don't play the fanboy card to discount my opinion. That's all this is going to be, an opinion, so if you disagree, that's fine, you have your opinion and I have mine, you don't need to change your mind based on anything a random internet no-one says.
Sorry for the preamble, it's just given the reaction in some quarters, you do have to raise the flame shields before you start. (And I have some words to say about this mentality on both sides of the issue for another time). Now all that's out of the way, time for the dissection! (Seriously, SPOILER ALERT, I am going to reveal almost everything after the jump.)
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
For the last few years, I’ve been contributing to a fanzine called The LOTNA’Verse, with my regular feature being the column Just One More Thing. This is where I talk about current events in the world of geekdom, and generally get to exercise my inner Charlie Brooker. The thing is, the ‘Verse only comes out every few months, and there are always things happening, so I’m starting to have some of these on here, to keep in practice. I’ll save the right stuff for the actual issues, but this is on the point gonzo journalism, I want this fast, frequent, and unedited! So, with this in mind, on the topic of massive stuff in nerd franchises, let’s talk Deadpool.
Wednesday, 30 December 2015
Now I said that yesterday was a tough choice; well, this is the fourth year I've made one of these lists, and I've got to say, this has been the toughest one to write yet. There is actually a tonne of really interesting looking stuff in the pipeline at the moment, but, I'm happy with what I've gone with in the end. Wasting no time, here are the honourable mentions…