Wonder Woman

Over the last decade and a half DC have, for the most part, missed the target with their attempts to get a movie 'universe' off the ground. Superman Returns and Green Lantern were total misfires while Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice felt overburdened by a sense of their own importance... Continue Reading →

Logan

It seems like much of the recent success of comic book and superhero movies can be traced back to Bryan Singer's first two X-Men films which laid the groundwork, not only for their own ongoing and expanded franchise, but the Avengers series, and most other films in that genre as well. In 2016 this initial... Continue Reading →

Suicide Squad

Around 18 years or so ago the perception of comic book/superhero movies changed, seemingly forever, from slightly naff, campy b-movies to genuine blockbuster contenders thanks to the likes of Bryan Singer’s X-Men and Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man leading into Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and the ongoing (now somewhat inconsistent) Marvel Cinematic Universe behemoth. Now, with... Continue Reading →

X-Men

16 years ago, in the wake of Blade, the first bona-fide Marvel comics based blockbuster movie hit the screens in the form of director Bryan Singer’s version of X-Men. Since then the franchise has gone on to become a long series of sequels (some good; X-Men 2, First Class, Days of Future Past, Deadpool – some less... Continue Reading →

Blade

Around the release of Deadpool in February 2016 a lot of fuss was made by some about its ‘R’ rating in the USA (15 in the UK). This ranged from surprise at a ‘comic book movie’ being given such a certification, to claims that it was the first of its kind. Long before Deadpool though, before Marvel’s... Continue Reading →

Deadpool

Only a week after its release, watching the latest offering from the X-Men line of Marvel movies, Deadpool, comes with a surprising amount of baggage. First there's the hugely positive response it's received from movie-goers (with a few exceptions), and secondly the fact that, apparently against all expectations, the 15 rated (R in the U.S.)... Continue Reading →

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Having heard very mixed reviews of the latest offering from Matthew Vaughan, Kingsman: The Secret Service, I went in with surprisingly balanced expectations. Having been a fan of Kick-Ass, Stardust and X-Men: First Class that Vaughan directed, but less Kick-Ass 2 that he produced, I had an idea what to expect in terms of irreverent,... Continue Reading →

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Just a short time after watching a bona fide sci-fi classic focused on artificial intelligence in Blade Runner, my next cinema trip was to see another, somewhat different, sci-fi movie including artificial intelligence, Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Continuing the story of what has become know as the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), Age of Ultron throws... Continue Reading →

Films of 2014

So, before I begin this will be short as I haven't seen nearly as many new movies this year as I'd like, but none-the-less here are my thoughts on things based on what I have seen. As seems to something that's going to continue well into the next decade Marvel took a big chunk of... Continue Reading →

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