The Alien franchise has, like its eponymous xenomorphic antagonist, proven to be a highly adaptable and incredibly resilient beast.
The cinematic saga has evolved from hastily assembled Cormanesque schlock horror script called “Star Beast” to a pop-culture mainstay in less than 40 years with two sets of opposable thumbs in … Continue Reading
Ask any band and they’ll back me up on this, success will either make or break you!
While there’s no denying that Marvel Studios were already a powerhouse by 2014, especially in the wake of 2012’s Avengers, even the most confident executives must have been a tad gun-shy prior … Continue Reading
For children of the 80s and 90s its easy to be offended when Hollywood trawls through the back catalogue of yesteryear’s pop-culture to re-invigorate an old franchise for new money.
Its hard to look past the cynicism when something meaningful from your childhood is tarted up with some high-gloss digital … Continue Reading
It’s a tale as old as time and as familiar to its legion of fans as the haunting image of a falling red rose petal.
Given the vociferous adoration that fans have for the 1991 animated original it’s fair to say that it was no small undertaking for Disney to … Continue Reading
Batman fans could have been forgiven for recently breathing a long and well deserved sigh of relief.
Firstly, it was announced that after talk of deteriorating negotiations between director Matt Reeves and Warner Brothers executives that Reeves would indeed be taking to the director’s chair for The Batman.
Secondly (and … Continue Reading
It’s the end of an era.
James Howlett/ Logan/Wolverine represents, perhaps more than any other comic book character, the triumph of synergy between character and actor.
In 2000 a relatively unknown Australian actor called Hugh Jackman portrayed this fan-favourite comic book character and made him a household name. Over the … Continue Reading
“If chicken little tells you that the sky is fallin’
And even if it wasn’t would you still come crawlin’
I think you would my friend”
Maybe we’ll never know what Steven Tyler really meant when he sang those portentous lyrics; but if you think that he wasn’t… Continue Reading
Nobody was more shocked than me by 2014’s The Lego Movie.
What at first glance appeared to be a cynical attempt to goad children into pestering their parents for disproportionately expensive plastic bricks ended up being… an incredibly witty and insightful treatise on capitalism, consumerism, post-modern identity crisis, imagination … Continue Reading
It seems obligatory when reviewing a film based upon a video game property to open by lamenting the state of video game adaptations to date. While there have been some notable exceptions for every Silent Hill (2006) there’s a Resident Evil: Adnauseam (2047), for every Mortal Kombat (1995) a Street … Continue Reading
This was always going to be a tricky sell…
Rogue One is the first of its kind; a Star Wars film that stands apart from the “main saga” and the narrative and stylistic trappings that that implies. Done right it can redefine the parameters of what a Star Wars film … Continue Reading