Crimson Peak is Guillermo del Toro’s apology for making us sit through Pacific Rim. Where Pacific Rim was designed by the 12 year old boy in him; Crimson Peak was designed by the 12 year old girl in him. A gothic romance, Crimson Peak is all about decaying mansions and withered aristocracy, sweeping heroic love and bitter villainous betrayal. It’s Penny Dreadful meets Jane Eyre. It’s more my speed than Pacific Rim ever was.
Minor spoilers for season 3 follow.
There is a sense of familiarity when you enter season 3 of Orange is the New Black. You know these characters now. For some, you know their pasts – while for others you know how they ended up at Litchfield. As familiar as Litchfield, and it’s inhabitants may seem, you can tell that something is different about twelve minutes into the season premiere. Twelve minutes is how long it takes for Piper to show up. Season 3 is the season where Orange is the New Black truly became an ensemble show. To the point, where I can see Piper leaving Litchfield, and the show continuing with the inmates who are still waiting to be released.
After season five 24 became nothing more than a show with great action and uninspired and redundant stories. The show and Jack Bauer were running on fumes. After season 8 ended, the cast and crew of the show talked for years about a possible movie. But what was finally decided was a 12 episode limited series that would still cover 24 hours but set in London. Maybe it was the long break, maybe it was the shorter episode order, maybe it was the change in location or maybe it was all of those things but 24: Live Another Day was an enjoyable season of 24 that made me want more seasons of 24 in the future.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the most depressing blockbuster movie of the summer. It’s an absolute bummer and I loved every minute of it.
That’s what the Planet of the Apes franchise has always been. They’ve always offered us social commentary on our world, while giving us a nihilistic gut punch in the end. They were always a true bummer.
You’ve never seen a Bible story done quiet like Noah before. This is not an adaptation, or a big budget retelling of the classic Biblical tale, this is the story of Genesis after a page one rewrite. It combines fantasy the way you see in Greek Myths, and big blockbuster films, with theological debates you usually find in smaller, more independent films. It is a flawed film, but even when it stumbles the moments it succeeds are truly remarkable. It’s basically a Bible film made for me.
I never liked Captain America growing up. Always found him boring and a bit of a square, basically, I felt that he was just a way for America to show off their patriotism, and to compete with Superman for being the moral compass of their comics. I mean, the guy’s wearing the American flag on his chest. However, my opinion on Captain America changed after I watched Captain America: The First Avenger.
Captain America’s first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe turned out to be the Marvel’s best Phase One movie but also turned out to be my favourite Marvel movie. It was just a great movie from to start to finish; filled with with great character moments, a lot of heart, and is the only marvel film to earn it’s love story.
Kickstarted from cancelation, the Veronica Mars movie, had a lot riding on its shoulders. Not only did it have appease the show’s diehard fans and newcomers but also appease the over 90,000 backers, who, altogether chipped in a total of $5.7 million to fund the movie on Kickstarter. Creator and in this case writer and director, Rob Thomas, made a promise to fans, “We will deliver the Veronica Mars follow-up that you’ve always wanted,” and as a fan of the TV show, I think he and his team delivered on that promise.
The Carrie remake has gotten a bad rep since it came out. With critics and audiences, saying that it was ok or just plain bad. The original is so great and so iconic, that doing a remake seems unnecessary. That would be unfair to director, Kimberly Pierce, who constructs Carrie with universal notes of sympathy, that were missing in the 1976 version.
“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really … I was alive.” – Walter White
Series finale’s are always tricky. People always go into them with big expectations, wanting to achieve some kind of closure. Whether that closure is an emotional one or one that ties up all the loose ends. Whichever way you slice it, people foolishly decide their opinion of an entire series based on the series finale. However, Breaking Bad gave us a perfectly executed finale, that may not have been the best episode Breaking Bad has done but it will surely satisfy many viewers and leave a few slightly disappointed.
Sequels are always tough. Not only do you have to create a film that is a follow up to the original but it has to have it’s own identity. It will always be compared to the original and even the most die hard of fans will scrutinize it. No one fucks with the original, a phrase echoed by fanboys through the years. Kick-Ass 2 is envious of the original film. It wants to live up to the original so bad you can sense its eagerness to do so. This causes the film to loose it’s heart, wit and joyful energy that the original has become synonymous with.
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I enter every new season of True Blood with this longing that the show I once feel in love with, would return. Back in seasons 1 through 3, True Blood was more focused, sure it had the crazy amount of sex and violence but it never created situations just to top itself. You believed in all the crazy antics. Scenes as ludicrous as, Bill being tortured by his maker only for him to end up on the buffet for a couple of vampire blood addicted werewolves, felt real and grounded. Back then, True Blood made an effort to ground its campy nature in reality but after season 4, the show became nothing but camp. Over three seasons True Blood has introduced plot lines that never concluded, had the main characters face life-threatening danger with never dying and told about 5 separate stories per season but you only really cared about two. The show became more concerned about delivering on the crazy that story and characters got neglected.
In 2009, Neil Blomkamp caught everyone’s attention with his science fiction masterpiece, District 9. The film earned 4 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Everyone was eager to see what Blomkamp would do next. Elysium is his highly anticipated film, the one meant to prove that District 9 was not a fluke. Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed by Elysium.
There was much pre-hate towards Hannibal before it was even released. I was amongst those people. The films were so loved, especially Silence of the Lambs, that hearing it was a prequel made me groan. Prequel’s are what Hollywood usually turns to when there is no possible way to make a sequel to the original source material, so I was hesitant. Also, they made a prequel called Hannibal Rising and that wasn’t any good either. To my amazement, Hannibal did not only turn out to be a good show but a great one. Easily becoming one of the best new dramas of the year.
Dark Shadows marks the eighth movie that director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp have made together and it’s not very good. I know blunt right, but it isn’t. The film is an adaptation of “Dark Shadows,” the 1966 cult supernatural TV show. It starts off good but just ends in a giant mess.
The zombie genre has been done to death by now (excuse the pun) but here comes World War Z to deliver a zombie film on a scale unlike any before it. There is no more hiding out at farms or hiding out at shopping malls, while the zombies are trying to break their way in. World War Z wants to bring the zombie genre to epic proportions and for the most part it succeeds in it. You get a tense and suspenseful roller coaster ride that only stumbles in the third act.
The long anticipated Superman reboot, Man of Steel, is here and it’s amazing. Directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Nolan, and scripted by David Goyer, Man of Steel is a brilliant revival of a classic and beloved character. Superman has always been portrayed as a truly good hero almost to the point where directors have ignored his internal struggles. I love the old Donner films but it was time for Superman to lose the red underwear and stop saving cats from trees. Even the recent Brian Singer film, Superman Returns, stayed to close to the older films never bothering to re-imagine Superman for modern audiences, which was one of the main reasons it failed to connect with many people.
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You can never experience a season of Game of Thrones without being shocked, wowed and captivated. It gave us twists and turns both unforeseeable and heartbreaking. Dealing with themes of leadership, the nature of power, and nobles vs their citizens. Game of Thrones handles these themes and its gigantic cast with such finesse, that it is hard to imagine this show any other way.
Every season of Doctor Who is always a grand affair. You have stand alone episodes with a story so unique that they require their own movie type poster. This season gave us a fitting and heartfelt end to two of series’ most beloved companions, Rory and Amy Pond and introduced a promising new companion, in Clara. The seventh season was split into two distinct halves with the Christmas special bridging the two. Season seven was far from perfect but show creator Steven Moffat delivered on what counted, strong character moments, brilliant story ideas, and mythology altering twists that ensured we would be eagerly awaiting the 50th anniversary special.
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After ten years, the story of a young Clark Kent was wrapped up with Smallville. Now the CW, needed their next superhero to fill the void Clark Kent left. It may have seemed a strange choice; I know people who dismissed it right away when hearing that it was only about the Green Arrow. Now, it seems to have paid off, becoming a hit for the CW. I being a massive DC fan was excited just to be getting a new live action entity of some kind. It took me a few episodes to completely fall in love with this show, but now I am swooned.
I will confess something right at the start of this review: I have never seen any of the original Star Trek movies or the TV show. I’ve always been a Star Wars fan, my dad is trekkie in the family but thanks to the Abrams films I will definitely be watching the original films soon.
Back to Star Trek Into Darkness, HOLY BALLS, I FREAKING LOVED THIS MOVIE! Oh man where to start, JJ. Abrams approached the second film intending to make it a bigger more badder Trek. It’s all here, the action, the character moments (for the two main leads at least), and a pace that does not slow down.