It’s Bonfire Night so fine, let’s do this, let’s talk about the only good Bonfire Night related media that exists. First published in 1982, Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s seminal comic book V For Vendetta depicts a totalitarian Britain run by the sinister Norsefire. A teenage girl named Evey is roped into working for a mysterious masked vigilante simply known as V, who wears a Guy Fawkes mask and plans to overthrow the government, planning to blow up the Houses of Parliament on the 5th of November. But is V right? Is he a lone figure battling fascism? Does he have good intentions with bad methods? Or is he simply insane? These questions, and more, form the basis of the story.
This… this has been a crazy month for my film watching. Thanks to uni this month’s list will be a mixture of classical Hollywood films and whatever I happen to have the time to watch. And, to top it all off, I didn’t even watch a single horror film. With that said, let’s get to it, and try to guess which ones I saw for my course-
As much as I would love to keep October spooky, we have an emergency to attend to. Recently, several high profile film directors have spoken out against superhero films, in particular the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The two big names speaking out are film legends- Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. To be honest, both sides of this argument are behaving pretty badly on Twitter but fortunately blogs exist to address the balance better. So with that said- let’s get to the nitty gritty of this argument- is Marvel cinema?
OK, before we do anything, let’s discuss the elephant in the room- Todd Phillips’ Joker film has had quite possibly the most ridiculous and stupid controversies, nonsense and general negativity attached to it. As a result, I’m probably not going to watch the film this weekend, instead I’ll be waiting until the student cinema at my university shows it so discussing the film will be a lot easier to discuss without a lot of the baggage attached (also it’ll be free for me if I volunteer so…). BUT, I’m still doing this post because a few stupid people on the Internet isn’t going to stop me from discussing one of the greatest villains in all of fiction and the various actors who have portrayed him. So let’s get going.
Let’s talk about Disney. I’ve never, ever, ever, liked them. As a company that is. The stuff they pinch and slap their name on I love. I love Marvel (not theirs to begin with though), Star Wars (also not theirs), Pixar (again, not theirs) and several other franchises they “make” and/or steal. But as a company, I heavily dislike them. As a child this dislike came from simply finding their animated films dull and uninteresting, but as I’ve grown older I’ve found this dislike to be deeper than just finding the musical animated films to be the epitome of cringe (barring The Nightmare Before Christmas of course). As a company, Disney are legitimately terrifying, as their devouring of Fox shows. No, I’m not going to call any Fox film a Disney film. They’re Fox films. And with the release of their streaming service Disney+ coming soon Disney seems like they want to monopolise entertainment as a whole. And that’s… not good. Let’s dive into why Disney’s control over entertainment is really, really, really, really bad.
So, you were probably wondering where my July film list was. Here it is. At the end of August. Due to multiple issues, including holidays, a university application and losing track of time in this endless summer, I decided to skip July and have a big film extravaganza at the end of August, with the idea that I would have seen countless films to discuss. A noble plan in theory, but due to those aforementioned issues plus other pastimes such as reading and League of Legends my combined film total for two whole months is not quite as much as perhaps you may think. Regardless, here are the films I saw this month, and from next month we should be getting some interesting ones as that’s when I start Film Studies at university.
In the past, I have frantically pitched the idea of a Skulduggery Pleasant film series to Hollywood. The book series by Derek Landy is one of my favourite media properties of all time and since becoming a fan of the books I’ve always wanted to see a film on the big screen. Despite this, I’ve now come to the conclusion that a film would be more harmful to the franchise than good, and here are several reasons why-
Hear me out, hear me out. I don’t have a problem with a female Thor for those reasons. I’ve had this issue for years but with the recent news at San Diego Comic Con it’s time to finally address it. Marvel Studios announced their Phase 4 plans and I’m very very excited. Marhershala Ali as Blade? Yes. The Eternals coming to the big screen? Yes yes yes. A Black Widow film with David Harbour involved? Perfect. And whilst I am very excited to see Thor 4 (or Thor: Love and Thunder, which is a bit silly even by Waititi standards) one piece of news has left me apprehensive. Natalie Portman is set to return as Jane Foster and take on the role of Thor, just like her character in the comics. But here’s my problem- Thor. Is. A. Character. Not. A. Title.
July will be Ben’s Month of Reviews. Whilst I am currently on holiday (in York en route to Edinburgh to be precise), thanks to the magic of the Internet I am still able to write a whole bunch of reviews for recent fandom properties I’ve seen recently. First up, the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, the second solo Tom Holland film and a film that features the big screen debut of one of Marvel’s coolest villains, Mysterio. How does it stack up? One of the best sequel’s Marvel’s ever done.
At last, summer is here. I’ve spent most of this month relishing in the freedom I now have following my exams, which means a lot of films were burnt through. This is in part to make up for next month, which will be lacking in the film front due to my long holiday coming up. With that said, how did I mark the halfway point of the year? Let’s find out.