Sooo, I’m an idiot and accidentally published the Stranger Things 3 review literally a day after my Spider-Man one so we got two reviews in a row. Well, it’s been a over a week since the last review so it’s once again time to dive into my totally-not-messed-up-at-this-point Month of Reviews and take a look at the Good Omens mini-series that debuted on Amazon Prime earlier this year. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the mini-series has been making waves due to its fun story, unique mythology and amazing dynamic between series leads David Tennant and Michael Sheen. As a huge fan of Gaiman’s work and as someone who wants to get into Pratchett, this series was a must watch for me. That plus the “Doctor Who effect*” was put into effect and I just had to check this out. Not only is Good Omens hilarious and unique, it’s also intelligent and ingeniously written in its perfectly paced six episodes.
Television is a vast and varied format, and it’s often the episodes that break the norm of their shows that often end up being the most acclaimed. By stripping the show down to its base elements, some of the most beloved episodes in television history are “bottle episodes”. These episodes take place in a single location and only feature the core characters, or even less. These episodes are devised to save budgets and reduce the need for vast locations or guest stars, although sometimes it’s due to a desire to try something different. These five episodes from television shows I love prove that sometimes less is more, and have been responsible for some of the finest outings for their respective shows.
The Defenders are no more. Yesterday Netflix announced that The Punisher and Jessica Jones were cancelled, becoming the final casualties of the Marvel purge on Netflix. Whilst many may be quick to blame Disney’s upcoming streaming service for this as far as I know the Marvel/Netflix deal had nothing to do with Disney and it appears the shows were cancelled due to low viewing figures and lack of interest from even hardcore Marvel fans. So what happened? How did what promised to be the most exciting branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe become no more?
As a huge film buff I watch many films a year, and I’ve always intended to make a list of films I’ve seen so I can count how many I saw at the end of a year. I’ve decided to do this one month at a time, starting from January obviously, with the films being in the order I saw them. I won’t go too in depth with them, just summarise them and give my brief thoughts but hopefully I will have a wide range of titles by the end of each moth. Every film I watch counts, including films I’ve already seen. Cinema, Netflix, Sky, DVD… anything I see goes on the list. So without further ado, let’s go, forgetting the fact it’s already February 1st-
Do we really have to do this again Academy Awards? Every year you run into some kind of controversy you can’t escape from, and this year we have the Oscar host debacle. To cut it short, whilst I don’t know anything about Kevin Hart and don’t want to tackle the (really really messy) situation the Oscars have got themselves into, essentially we have no host for the Oscars. This role is usually a famous comedian who opens the show with a monologue and then introduces each segment whilst keeping morale up and prevent audience fatigue. This hasn’t worked though as the Oscars have been losing viewership each year. Could it be because no one has seen the films they nominate and nor do they care? Probably. But the host is still important, and more importantly they have to be funny. In fact, I’d rather have the one host present all the awards than have different presenters for each. Humour is subjective of course but a good comedic personality will have enough charisma to sustain a large audience. So with the announcement of the nominations happening today (so much effort to find out the LA times vs GMT) let’s take a look at who could actually tackle the job presenting and get me mildly interested this year (beyond Into the Spider-Verse’s Animated Film win hopefully in the bag and Black Panther’s possible nominations very little has me interested this year). Hypothetically speaking though, if I was in charge of running the Oscars (and I wasn’t doing the hosting job myself obviously) I would narrow it down to five choices I believe will do a good job-
On the 10th of May, 2018, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was cancelled by Fox. Ironically this was the first time I had really heard of the show, as within minutes of the news breaking several famous people I follow on Twitter expressed their shock. Never did I expect Luke Skywalker, Samwise Gamgee and the Master of Monsters to team up but Mark Hamill, Sean Astin and Guillermo del Toro, among others, begged Fox to revive a show that at that time I had no real interest idea in. 31 hours later the series was saved by NBC (thus becoming like fellow beloved ex-Fox comedy Futurama) and life went on as normal. Fast forward six months and I’m scrolling through Netflix to find a new show to watch. My decision to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine is two-fold- firstly my love for Micheal Schur’s other NBC show The Good Place and also to see just what some of my favourite film personalities have in common other than being awesome. Two months and four seasons later (fortunately we have an airdate for Season 5 on Netflix- March 8th, so I can finally catch up) and I can’t recall a time Brooklyn Nine-Nine wasn’t in my life. Season 6 airs for the first time in the US today, and while it’ll be a while before I can see it it’s worth looking back at what we have now-
Another year done and dusted- and what a year it’s been for nerdom. A new Doctor arrived, Thanos killed half the universe (SPOILER ALERT for the three people who don’t know), the Skeleton Detective got political and del Toro won his Oscar. 2019 promises to be huge, so without further ado it’s time to reveal what I am looking forward this year in terms of films, television shows and books. We are returning to Hawkins, visiting our favourite drunk reality jumping cynical genius once again, travelling to a galaxy far far away and the most underrated comic book hero of all time is getting a new coat of red. 2019 is going to be huge.
Alright Halloween, I give up. I’ve caved in. I’m just gonna do what everyone does and do a proper horror film review. Not a “sorta” Halloween film like The Nightmare Before Christmas, a proper, fully fledged horror film. Yup, I’m doing it. Let’s see, what choices do I have?
Get Out? That’s pretty great. It? I’ll save that for the sequel. Jaws? Is that horror? Shaun of the Dead? I feel like that’s cheating. The Thing? Classic John Carpenter and one of the greatest films ever made? Oh yes.
Except … if I’m finally going to review a horror film for Halloween, I may as well have some fun. Why not review a horror film that prides itself on being the very thing I incorrectly assumed all horror was? Why not review a film that is perfect for someone who wants to watch a horror film but doesn’t like horror? Why not review the absolute genius that is Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods?
Released in 2012, the film was marketed as a bog-standard horror film about five friends in an abandoned cabin. Sounds trite right? But Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon creates one of the most original and genius premises of the 21st century. It has earned its place in cult film history and it secured Drew Goddard as one of the smartest filmmakers on the planet, with his screenplay for The Martian serving as the basis for the Ridley Scott film and Goddard’s own follow-up, Bad Times at the El Royale, becoming one of the most secretive and high-profile films of this year. I unfortunately have not seen it yet but believe me, I want to. The only issue with reviewing this film is that, like The Good Place, it’s impossible to talk about why this film works so well without giving away the plot. Normally this isn’t an issue, but The Cabin in the Woods revolves around the mystery and slow unravelling of what is actually happening. So in short, watch the film. Just watch it completely blind because this post will be spoiling the film. If you’ve seen it, proceed…
Ah, the Academy Awards. Every time I give you the benefit of the doubt, you surprise me in the weirdest ways. Yesterday, the Academy announced a new category for next year- the “Best Popular Film” award. This surely means that superhero films are going to win right? Black Panther is going to walk away with an Oscar! This is great! Except… it really isn’t. Everything about this move seems cynical and manufactured to avoid giving a precious Best Picture slot to Black Panther and other acclaimed genre films this year.