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Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 1 (2015) - written review

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After the big success of Daredevil, Marvel and Netflix released the first season of Jessica Jones back in November, which was met without as much hype, but certainly got a lot of people talking. There's been quite a bit of debate as to whether after 12 movies, Marvel are really losing their touch. It ultimately comes down to very familiar stories done in entertaining ways with great and well-developed characters, and in some ways, Daredevil followed this - just adding greater depth to the characters and having a much darker and more adult tone. Jessica Jones, however, isn't instantly recognisable as  a Marvel series. Yes, three of the main characters have super powers, but tonally and stylistically, this show is drastically different to, say, Ant-Man or Agent Carter. Jessica Jones is a Private Investigator, who, after an accident when she was younger, has gained super powers. Despite once trying to be a super hero, Jessica is now working on private cases for anyone who's wi…

First Thoughts On 'Arrow' Season 4 (Episodes 1-9)

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To be honest, Arrow: season 3 really hasn't held up very well in retrospect. I became very negative in my thoughts on the season as it went on, and got a bit fed up with the show in the end. Alas though, the makers seemed to realize this, and thus sold Season 4 as...fan service, comic book-styled, closer-to-The Flash and much better...apparently.
Yeah, there is a ton of fan service in these first 9 episodes. Oliver Queen is now Green Arrow, Thea is Speedy, Starling City is now Star City, not to mention the inclusion of Black Canary, Malcolm as Ra's al Ghul, Kurtis Holt (who?), Damien Darhk, HIVE, John Constantine, Anarchy, Diggle's brother, Felicity's mum, Diggle in costume and that "Olicity" internet trend that the CW seem to adore.
Who needs good stories when you can have all this fan service, am I right?
The over-arching narrative of the season is...there, but so little of it has been explored that I have nothing to say about the flashbacks and very littl…

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) - FBC REVIEW (Video)

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"Me-sa Jar Jar Binks. Me-sa hated by all!"

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999).
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGreggor and Natalie Portman.
Director: George Lucas.
Plot: Obi-Wan Kenobi is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn; Anakin Skywalker, who will later father Luke Skywalker and become known as Darth Vader, is just a 9-year-old boy. When the Trade Federation cuts off all routes to the planet Naboo, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are assigned to settle the matter.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace belongs to Lucasfilm Ltd., Twentieth Century Fox and Walt Disney Pictures. Music is by Kevin Macleod and is royalty free. This video is for critical and entertainment purposes only. All copyright belongs to the rightful owners. No profit is made from the production of this video or any others.

Doctor Who: Heaven Sent / Hell Bent (2015) - Written Review

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Heaven Sent is a brilliant episode of Doctor Who. Just putting Peter Capaldi in a constantly re-setting and isolated castle with a silent monster slowly chasing after him is a fascinating and original concept, and believe it or not, is pulled off to almost perfection. Sure, with the big time travel twist in the episode there are a few plot holes - such as The Doctor mentioning how he has only travelled in space and not time, the fact that he couldn't have seen the bird message if he hadn't been there before, and the fact that the diamond-like wall didn't re-set with the rest of the rooms. These are all minor plot holes that I don't mind, and I think that if the episode tried to answer some of these questions it would take away from the overall episode and possibly make it not quite as entertaining. This is Steven Moffat's best script in ages, although I think that Rachel Talalay's direction and Peter Capaldi's performance bring it to life. It seems like a go…

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) - Written Review

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Over the years, The Phantom Menace has gained a reputation of being the movie mistake you don't want to make with your franchise. Despite being a Prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy and containing all of the characters you'd want to see in a Star Wars prequel, The Phantom Menace was hated by many fans, and has since been mocked, parodied and referred to as "when Star Wars went horribly wrong". Is it really that bad though? Is it worth all of this negativity? Well, looking at it objectively, many years after I last saw this movie, I can safely answer those questions "no". No, The Phantom Menace really isn't that bad. Heck, I don't think it's even a bad movie. It's...actually, alright. But, let's first address the main criticism: Jar Jar Binks. People don't like Jar Jar Binks. Some people absolutely despise the character. The thing is though, his reputation is worse than the actual character. Yes, he's kinda annoying, and no, …

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) - OFFICIAL TRAILER REACTION

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Instead of a written reaction, here's my live reaction to the 'X-Men: Apocalypse' trailer, complete with a very bizarre thumbnail courtesy of Harry P Green.

TRAILER REACTIONS - The BFG, The Legend of Tarzan, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

The BFG
I should probably say here and now that I was a big fan of Roald Dahl when I was younger. Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are just some of my favourite Roald Dahl books and some of my favourite books of all time. I love the animated version of The BFG but have always been intrigued to see what can be done in live action. Now, not only are we getting a live action adaptation of Dahl's brilliant book, but its being directed by Steven Spielberg, written by the screenwriter of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial and produced by Disney. Where can you possibly go wrong? This teaser looks really, really good. I love the visuals of the movie and the mood it creates perfectly brings to life Roald Dahl's words and Quentin Blake's drawings in a way that only master filmmakers can achieve. Let's hope they can pull this off, because I am really looking forward to this movie now.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Now, I didn't see the first o…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - TRAILER #3 REACTION

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You know when Terminator Genisys revealed its major plot twist in the second trailer? Yeah, looks like Warner Bros have done that with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I'm assuming that you've probably seen the trailer already if you're reading this, and I'm assuming you might be a bit annoyed by the trailer's big twist.
Let's talk about that first: Doomsday was revealed at the end of the trailer, in all of his Cave Troll-like form, not to mention his origin and him fighting Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. You know what? I'm fine for a tease. Keep the Lex Luthor "devil" line, keep the roar, and then perhaps show Batman and Superman staring at some unknown adversary. Cut out the full body shot of Doomsday and Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman herself feels shoehorned into this trailer as it is, so there's no need to keep her and Doomsday in here. And by the way, this is coming from someone who's only problem with Wonder Woman's 2017 movi…