Lucy, My Review

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Director: Luc Besson Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman & Min-sik Choi Synopsis: “A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.” Runtime: 89 minutes Rating: 15

” Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?”

Lucy is the kind of film we don’t see enough of these days. It features a strong female lead, an OTT storyline, some thrilling action and is condensed into a tight 90 minute runtime that has no mid or post credits stinger. To some audience members, this may sound like one of Dante’s circles of hell, but to others it will be a huge relief knowing that the film you are seeing is completely self-contained, and does not require you to spend three hours of your life in a multiplex. Of course, Lucy has more to offer than being a welcome break from the raft of comic book films and films based upon 80’s action figures, because Lucy is a return to form for director Luc Besson, and features a great central performance from Scarlett Johansson. Read the rest of this entry »

Film Club: The Departed

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Film Club is an idea that I have been toying with for a while now. Originally it was a feature I was going to do on my own where once a month I would try to dissect a film, whether it be a renowned classic or something more modern. After a while though, I thought this was a feature best suited to multiple reviews, from various perspectives.  With that I emailed a few fellow bloggers who were more than willing to get on board with the idea and help me out, and Film Club was born. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Guardians Of The Galaxy The Best Marvel Film Yet?

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After a few discussions both online and in the real world, ie the pub, it seems that Marvel Studios latest effort has split audiences somewhat. Not to the degree where people are arguing over whether the newest and shiniest superhero film is any good, but whether it is the best film Marvel have produced as a studio since the first Iron Man film came out in 2008? Read the rest of this entry »

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

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“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

Sometimes a celebrity’s death can leave you lost for words. That is certainly the case with Robin Williams.

I have sat staring at my computer screen for about half an hour now, and I am still struggling to know what to write. Robin Williams had a supreme talent, and he used that talent to make all our lives that little bit brighter. Read the rest of this entry »

The Monday Roundup

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teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-1st-trailer-reviewThis weeks Monday Roundup brings you news of a sequel to the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Amazon picking fights with big Hollywood studios and whether Vin Diesel may or may not star in another Marvel movie. As well as that, there is the usual dose of what’s new on DVD and the pick of the weeks films on TV.

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Ranking The Live Action Batman Movies From Worst To Best

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Back in May I ran a feature to coincide with the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past where I ranked the X-Men movies from worst to best. As it is Batman’s 75th anniversary I wanted to run a few features to celebrate the year of the Batman, and where better to start than with the various live action films?

The idea behind the feature is pretty self-explanatory, but in case you’re wondering I will run through all eight live action Batman in the order of how good I believe them to be. If you don’t agree with my choices, you can use the comments section to tell me how wrong I am, or simply use the poll at the bottom of the list to cast your own vote. Read the rest of this entry »

Question of the Month: Best TV Season of 2014

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This month’s question has been a very exciting one, because I know a lot of you have strong opinions about the world of television. I decided to keep it simple for a change and asked each participant to tell me what they thought was the best TV Season of 2014. The rules were that their selection had to be judged on the specific season that was aired during 2014. For example, the Walking Dead series couldn’t be picked, but the fourth season of Walking Dead could. I also needed a few specific reasons about why that season was the winner, which you all delivered on exceptionally. I am not going to lie: part of me regretted my choice of question the second I sent out the emails. Why? Surely everyone was going to pick Game of Thrones. Thankfully, the answers were varied and some unexpected shows got thrown into the…

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