Showing posts from August, 2016

Doctor Who: The War Games (1969) - Written Review

In Doctor Who's 50 year history, very few stories seem to have held a significant impact on the show. The sixties were Doctor Who's beginning, but very few ideas, stories and monsters have stuck over the years. This makes The War Games even more special than it already is.
Not only is The War Games Patrick Troughton's final story but it is the final black-and-white Doctor Who serial, the last to be made in the 1960's, the final to feature Jamie and Zoe as regular companions and the first to feature the Time Lords and Gallifrey (although the Doctor's home planer remains unnamed in this story). The story also begins the Doctor's exile to Earth - maintained until The Three Doctors (1972-73) - as well as establishing the constant antagonism between the Doctor and the Time Lords only previously hinted at in An Unearthly Child.
The War Games sees the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arrive in what appears to be the First World War. Joining forces with the curious Lieutenant Car…

Suicide Squad (2016) - Video Review


Suicide Squad (2016) - Written Review

Wow, this movie is just...a mess. Suicide Squad was initially announced back in 2014 by Warner Bros and DC after the huge success of Guardians of the Galaxy, and after apparently only six weeks of writing the screenplay, David Ayer directed the film. Apparently various issues plagued this production, from the rushed pre-production through the extensive and costly re-shoots. There were also reportedly at least 3 completely different edits of the film, and Warner Bros have been desperately marketing this as their big fun DC movie of the year, especially after the hugely disappointing reception to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. So, despite all of these problems, is Suicide Squad any good? Well, I'm sure it is...just not this theatrical cut at least. Now, before I go any further into this review, I am going to have to address certain plot points in the film not revealed in the trailers - and there is a very good reason as to why - so bear in mind there will be some minor spoilers. …

Suicide Squad (2016) - Mini-Review

I will get on to writing a full-length review of Suicide Squad at some point soon, but in a nutshell: the cast are mostly great, the script is actually pretty darn good but the editing creates loads of plot-holes, continuity errors and obvious missing scenes, causing the film to nearly fall apart - although the resolution was terrible.

Arrow: Season 4 (2015/16) - Written Review

Anyone who read/watched my review of Season Three of Arrow will know just how disappointing and at points terrible it was, so I had very, very low expectations for this fourth season. Arrow: Season Four is, in a nutshell, an average season. It's not bad, it's not good, it's just average. There's enough good in this season to keep me watching the show, but I can't deny that the problems I have with the show are pretty major ones. Most of this season did seem to be damage control in the aftermath of Season Three, sorting out Thea's whole resurrection storyline that just got dropped last season, following Nyssa al Ghul's revenge against Merlyn, resurrecting Sara Lance, bringing Oliver back into Team Arrow, repairing his friendship with Diggle, trying desperately to forget about the stupid Al-Sahim/Ra's al Ghul arc that just went absolutely nowhere and also trying to justify the show's continuing existence. I can't deny that the writers had a lot to …

Supergirl: Season One (2015-16) - Written Review

Supergirl follows Kara Zor El, a Kryptonian who was sent to Earth by her family protect her younger cousin Kal. As they travel to the planet, however, Krypton's destruction causes Kara's pod to become knocked off-course into the Phantom Zone - where time doesn't even exist. 24 years later, Kara finally arrives on Earth, but discovers that Kal has grown up to become Superman. With her cousin saving the world, Kara resorts to living a normal life until a crashing plane causes her to reveal herself to the world as a superhero. Now called Supergirl, Kara joins her sister and her boss Hank Henshaw of the DEO to save National City from any extraterrestrial threats... Based upon the character created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, Supergirl was developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg - the latter two of which developed Arrow, The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow - for CBS Television. The show follows a similar format to that of The Flash, with many villai…