Batman is in a state of crisis.
Ever since Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, the DC cinematic universe decided to go full bore into what they deemed similar territory, going all 'Frank Miller' and and bringing a more adult feel to the series. Unfortunately, what happened is that they mistook "dark and gritty realism" for morose adolescence, turning the bat into a crim branding mopey fuck. A severe blow to those of us who have loved the Caped Crusader in…
Batman is in a state of crisis.
"Let me simplify it for you. Kick some ass, get the girl, and try to look dope while you do it."
Dumb. Ridiculous. Preposterous. Farcical. Ludicrous.
xXx: Return of Xander Cage is indeed all of these things, but god damn if it isn't a big ol' bag of the funs. Gone is the relative seriousness of previous instalments of this series, replaced with a live action cartoon with crazy action set pieces disregarding all laws of physics and dialogue so…
Hot off the heels of the disappointing BvS: DoJ, Warner Bros try to bring a little levity to the morose DC universe.
This, to put it simply, is the comic-book version of 'The Dirty Dozen'. A ragtag retinue of imprisoned super-villains forcibly brought together under the command of Amanda Waller, a government operative who is assigned to create a squad, a... Suicide Squad, to protect the world from otherworldly beings after the death of Superman.
Sounds great. And with David…
I can remember it like it was yesterday when Ryan Reynolds was first cast as Wade Wilson in the truly terrible 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'. What a great idea! Van Wilder as Deadpool seemed like the perfect fit. But alas, it wasn't to be, as Reynolds was first neutered in the role and then outright dumped from the picture in favour of some monstrosity bearing only the name of Deadpool and nowt else.
Fast forward two years and Reynolds would return…
Okay. Lets get just get the pre-amble out of the way...
When I was a kid... blah, blah, blah... Star wars means so much... yadda, yadda, yadda... Prequels were a bit pump.
Right. With that waffle done, we can move on to the latest installment, the "phase 3" if you will (kill me now), of the Star Wars "cinematic universe" (kill me even more).
Director, J.J. Abrams , has delivered us a love letter to Star Wars - the original…
After watching the trailer with it's shitty cover of the Rolling Stones' 'Paint it Black' and seeing the posters with big Vin and his frightbeard, you could hear the alarm bells ringing a doom laden chime. This looked bad.
Today however, I thought what the hell. You never know, right? You just might be missing what could be the next Hellboy. The same ingredients are on the shelves so a similar feast could be served, couldn't it?
No. Unfortunately we've…
Being somewhat of a fan of the Mad Max films, I remember being fairly excited about the news that after many failed attempts, George Miller was ready to return to the series that made his name in the late 70s into the 80s.
Several attempts were made, but in the mid 2000s it was confirmed to be back on. This time starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy playing Max Rockatansky, the character made famous by serial nutbar, Mel Gibson. Filming…
A revenge actioner starring Keanu Reeves as the put upon titular character of the piece seeking bloody vengeance after his dog is murdered by the son of the city's Uber Crimelord, 'John Wick' wears it's serious face as well as it wears it's sharply cut suits, betrayed only by the glint in it's eye as it revels in the glorious mayhem it portrays for your entertainment.
With action that plays like a live-action 'Hotline Miami' (the magnificent club scene in…
A safe, but not unpleasurable, horror from M. Night Shyamalan proving there's life in the old dog yet. Fairly amusing, chillingly odd and at times scary, 'The Visit' utilises it's found-footage style well and the film is helped along by a solid cast all playing their parts well, Deanna Dunagan in particular excels as the kid's Nana.
It may be too early to say "he's back!", but I feel Shyamalan has taken a sizeable step away from being the Hollywood punchline he became and somewhere closer to the M. Night we all knew and loved.
Not as polished as Bond.
Not as bombastic as M:I.
Not as funny as Spy.
Not as OTT as Kingsman.
But what The Man from U.N.C.L.E does have is charm by the bucketload. Fully embracing the 60's period, Guy Ritchie's latest entertains throughout without reaching the lofty heights of the previously mentioned movies.
It's pretty much a clothes rack masquerading as a spy adventure, but what a clothes rack. Costume designer Joanna Johnston will deserve a mention come award season.…
There are few certainties in life. Death, taxes and Ethan Hunt with his IMF cohorts being disavowed only to wreak havoc on the bad lads threatening global upheaval using maguffins.
And this continues in 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' with Tom Cruise teaming up once again with director Chris McQuarrie after their collaboration on the criminally underappreciated 'Jack Reacher'.
This time around Ethan Hunt must track down the "Syndicate", a supposed anti-IMF who perform acts of global terrorism, diguising them…