Showing posts from March, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - Written Review

***CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS*** So, here we are. This movie has finally been released. Despite originally being planned for a 2001 release, and at another a 2010 release, and then a 2015 release, Warner Bros have finally released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - the second instalment of their planned DC Extended Universe. Batman v Superman is not only the sequel to Man of Steel but also the reboot of Batman and the prequel to both next year's Wonder Woman movie and Justice League: Part One, not to mention setting up The Flash movie, Aquaman and Cyborg. I think you can gather that this film has a lot on its plate. Does it deliver though? Well, that's a difficult question to answer. The film presented here is one that is trying desperately to be the launch-pad for a new shared movie universe, but also fix the mistakes of Man of Steel, and try to be a good standalone movie and it simply can't be all of these things. I can imagine that there are some people who will absolutely …

Man of Steel (2013) - Video Review

With today's release of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', FBC Reviews takes a look back on the start of the DC Extended Universe with Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel'...

Man of Steel (2013).
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Russell Crowe.
Director: Zack Snyder.
Plot: With the imminent destruction of their planet Krypton, Jor-El and his wife seek to preserve their race by sending their infant son to Earth. The child's spacecraft lands at the farm of Jonathan and Martha Kent, who  raise him as their own son. Though his extraordinary abilities have led to the adult Clark living on the fringe of society, he finds he must become a hero to save those he loves from a dire threat.

Man of Steel (2013) belongs to Warner Bros Pictures, DC Entertainment, Syncopy and Legendary Pictures. Man of Steel soundtrack is composed by Hans Zimmer and belongs to Hans Zimmer and WaterTower Music. Review is for critical, analytical a…

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 3, Episode 8 Review

This episode of Agents of SHIELD seemed to be the 'big reveal' episode of this season, revealing the ACTU to in fact be under Hydra control (somehow not noticed by the head of the ACTU), and that the space program Will was a part of was in fact part of a plan by Hydra to recover an Inhuman trapped on another planet - supposedly being the purpose of Hydra from the beginning. I mean, that's why their logo has a Red Skull on it - because the Red Skull wasn't the founder of Hydra and they were in fact a Medieval cult or something. Huh.
There was a lot going on in this episode but very few things actually went very far. The standalone plot seemed to be looking into the secrets at the ACTU - revealing that there is no Inhuman cure at all - and everything else (May and Lincoln's mission, Ward just hanging around) had nothing much to work with.
This means that there isn't much one can say about an episode of SHIELD that doesn't have a standalone plot or anything o…

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 3, Episodes 9 & 10 Review

Firstly, killing off Rosalind Price before the opening credits even rolled was a pretty ballsy opening to the first part of this mid-season finale for the show, and while it didn't impact the show as much as the writers would want you to believe (she's only featured in eight episodes prior, most of which as an antagonist), I can't deny that it was a shock to see her demise so soon. Its clear that the writers wanted to really push Coulson to the limits in this mid-season finale, giving him a vendetta against Ward that would spark a real antagonism between the two to explore in the latter half of this season. Clark Gregg really does impress though, and its difficult to imagine anyone else playing this role as well as he does. Every little nuance in his performance feels very naturalistic, and you really can feel his hatred for Ward throughout the two episodes. I can't say Rosalind was my favourite character, but at least her impact on the show is for the benefit of the …

The Flash: Season 1 (2014/15) - Video Review

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The Flash: Season 1 (2014/15).
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes with Tom Cavanagh and Jesse L Martin.
Creators: Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns and Andrew Kreisberg.
Plot: When he's struck by lightning, Barry Allen gains super-speed. Joining forces with the STAR Labs team lead by Harrison Wells, Barry becomes the Flash to fight off any other super-humans who pose a threat to Central City...

The Flash: season 1 belongs to the CW / Warner Bros / DC Entertainment. 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.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 3, Episode 7 Review

Why do I write these Agents of SHIELD reviews? I don't exactly write them weekly anymore, and my articles mostly seem to mention that "maybe these problems will be improved in future episodes" or "maybe this plot thread won't go anywhere". However, I actually enjoy writing these articles. Nowadays Agents of SHIELD feels very much like one long 22 episode story as opposed to 22 standalone serials (as was when it began), so I often find that I linger on a plot thread or character or just a generally interesting topic about Agents of SHIELD.
This week, I think I'll talk about Agent May.
Agent May is one of those characters who's hard to get right. She had her own character-focused episode of Season 1, which put simply was kinda knaff (from memory). Then, she had her "origin" episode of Season 2, which was pretty darn good but felt like a tacked-on piece of story to an already cluttered season.
So, here we are at the Season 3 Agent May-focuse…