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Deadpool (2016) - Video Review

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 3, Episode 6 Review

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After six weeks of build-up, Andrew was revealed as Lash. Regrettably, it's a twist spoiled for me several months ago (thanks social media), but considering how badly the series was setting up this big reveal, I think I would have guessed anyway. How does Lash know all about the Inhumans? Well, Daisy was telling Andrew pretty much everything. Why hasn't Lash found Lincoln? Well, Daisy doesn't know where Lincoln is, so can't tell him. Why didn't Lash kill Daisy? She's far too useful to him. How did Andrew survive the incident at the building with Strucker? He's Lash. I mean, come on guys, who else was it going to be?
Speaking of Strucker, he got killed off this week, being brutally tortured by Ward's men. I'm not sure why the series felt the need to introduce and then kill him off, but maybe he was part of an idea that wasn't working...who knows?
The main point is that we have the reveal of Lash's identity, clearing up one over-hanging myste…

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 2, Episode 5 Review

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So, after several weeks of teasing, Agents of SHIELD finally answers the question: what happened to Simmons?
This of course means a return to everyone's favourite blue-tinted desert planet, and the introduction of yet another character and story-line to this already busy season. If Inhumans, Lash and the ACTU wasn't enough, the mystery of the blue planet and the rescue mission of Will, not to mention "it". Whatever "it" is.
"4, 722 hours" gave us a very different episode of Agents of SHIELD, styled almost like a hybrid of "Sleep No More" and "Heaven Sent" from last year's series of Doctor Who, with the embedded title card and single-character-focus of the piece...until Will came along. Just swap Simmons for The Doctor, "it" for the Veil and the desert planet to a castle planet and you have a very similar episode. Or maybe I'm too much of a Who fan. Hmmm...
In terms of production quality, this episode provided…

Zoolander 2 (2016) - Video Review

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Man of blue steel...

Zoolander 2 (2016).
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz and Will Ferrell.
Director: Ben Stiller.
Plot: It's been 15 years since the events of Zoolander, and Derek and Hansel are recluses until new fashion maestro Alexanya Atoz invites them to be her star models at her latest fashion show in Rome. As the two former models re-unite, they find that the industry has changed since they left, and now not only must they resurrect their careers, but also get Derek re-united with his son. Little do they know, of course, that this is all part of a bigger scheme by a former nemesis, as the world's most popular and attractive people - and Justin Bieber - are being killed off one by one...

Zoolander 2 belongs to Paramount Pictures. Music is by Kevin Macleod and Pszt 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.

Deadpool (2016) - Written Review

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Honestly, I'm not very well acquainted on the character of Deadpool. Aside from his appearance in the much-hated X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I've only become vaguely familiar with Deadpool since this movie was announced. Therefore, I find myself looking at Deadpool completely objectively with no prior knowledge about the character. Deadpool follows ex-soldier Wade Wilson, who is diagnosed with cancer, persuading him to leave his girlfriend and join the Weapon X program. However, leader of the program Ajax performs a variety of experiments on Wilson to awaken his recessive mutant genes, giving Wade super-healing abilities but also charred skin. In an effort to try and fix himself, Wade escapes the facility and hunts down Ajax, now with the name Deadpool... Put simply, Deadpool is unlike any superhero movie we've seen before. Not only is it one of the few 15-rated ones, but it is also the only one to break the fourth wall. Deadpool constantly acknowledges the audience, and the w…

Dad's Army (2016) - Video Review

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The British Empire Strikes Back...and does a pretty good job.

Dad's Army (2016).
Starring: Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Blake Harrison, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon, Bill Paterson, Daniel Mays and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Director: Oliver Parker.
Plot: It's 1944 and the Walmington-On-Sea Home Guard are preparing for invasion. The Guard, led by Captain Mainwaring, consist of Sergeant Wilson, Lance Corporal Jones, Private Frazer, Private Godfrey, Private Pike and Private Walker - and are chosen to be the subject of an article by Rose Winters - a newcomer to the town. Meanwhile, MI5 has been tracking down a spy in Walmington-On-Sea, and bring Mainwaring into the investigation to help win the war and prevent the Germans from gaining sensitive military information...

Dad's Army belongs to DJ Films and Universal Pictures. Music is by Kevin Macleod and Pszt and is royalty free. This video is for critical and entertainment purposes only. All copyright belongs to the rightful owners. No …

Dad's Army (2016) - Written Review

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Dad's Army has become something of cultural icon of British Television. Originally created by Jimmy Perry and David Croft in 1968, Dad's Army is up there as one of the most iconic British TV shows of all time, and almost 40 years since the series ended, it seems almost right to introduce such a classic to a new generation. It's 1944 and the Warmington-On-Sea Home Guard are preparing for invasion. The Guard, led by Captain Mainwaring, consist of Sergeant Wilson, Lance Corporal Jones, Private Frazer, Private Godfrey, Private Pike and Private Walker - and are chosen to be the subject of an article by Rose Winters - a newcomer to the town. Meanwhile, MI5 has been tracking down a spy in Warmington-On-Sea, and bring Mainwaring into the investigation to help win the war and prevent the Germans from gaining sensitive military information... I suppose there's always one big problem when approaching an adaptation of such a fondly-remembered classic television series and that is th…

Zoolander 2 (2016) - Written Review

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In 2001, Zoolander was released - a film directed by Ben Stiller following Derek Zoolander, the biggest name in the modelling industry who ends up being brainwashed to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia by fashion guru Mugatu. The film was mostly panned by critics, despite being fairly successful at the box office, and lots of people do like it, including myself. However, Zoolander developed enough of a cult following to help Stiller persuade studio executives to make a sequel...15 years later. Now we have Zoolander 2 - or 2oolander - or ZooIIander with a double L looking like the roman numerals for 2 - or just Zoolander No. 2.  Anyway, now that this film has been released at long last, is it actually any good, or should Zoolander have stayed as a one-hit wonder? It's been 15 years since the events of Zoolander, and Derek and Hansel are recluses until new fashion maestro Alexanya Atoz invites them to be her star models at her latest fashion show in Rome. As the two former mo…

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 3, Episode 4 Review

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Carrying on with my SHIELD catch up, let's talk about "Devils You Know".
The first thing to note about this episode is how well-paced it is. While Episode 3 had its action moments, it felt quite slow and methodical at points. This episode, however, rockets along at a very solid pace from beginning to end, whilst also remaining as a very entertaining, moderately standalone and well-structured episode. "Devil's You Know" follows Hunter and May's close encounter with Ward, whose grudge against SHIELD becomes more apparent through some not-so-subtle "hey, this is kinda like SHIELD" lines. I like the idea that Ward's grudge against SHIELD and Coulson bleeds through into his new Hydra regime, while Brett Dalton still looks like he's having a hell of a lot of fun in the role. Meanwhile, a joint-mission between the ACTU and SHIELD leads Daisy and Mack to encounter Lash - the Inhuman who has been murdering his species - who is revealed to tran…

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 3, Episode 3 Review

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So, after a couple of weeks out of the loop, I'm currently playing catch-up on Agents of SHIELD. Bear with whilst I review the episodes I missed.
So, "A Wanted (Inhu)man" primarily follows the ACTU hunting down Lincoln, with Daisy and SHIELD trying desperately to help and save him from the unknown horrors that could lurk within Rosalind Price's secret base's walls. I can't say that Lincoln's constant running around was the best stuff in the episode though, as the whole thing with John (?) confused me. Who was this guy exactly? Why should we care? How exactly did Lincoln kill him? Again, why should we care?
It's not that I dislike the character of Lincoln, it's just that I can't invest in a character's background of which I know next-to-nothing about. What I can say though, is that the effects were pretty good for his electricity powers.
Furthermore, does Daisy have to fall in love with him? Can we not just have them be friends? Also, isn&…