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(episode review) - Fallout

I used to have Nintendo growing up. Nintendo, Super Nintendo and then I went onto the Sony Playstation. I had a Playstation, Playstation 2 and then I went onto the Microsoft Xbox. Xbox 360 to Xbox 360 Elite (It was still an Xbox 360 but my previous one had the red ring of death) and I was looking for something cool to play. It was under recommendation that I got into Fallout and the game's cover looked cool. A meaning looking helmet-mask thing. This was Fallout 3. Although I am a bit of a completionist, I would ideally want to know the full story and play it from the beginning, not from Fallout 3. However, upon designing my character and getting into the story, I did not realise that the story of Fallout 3 was not really connected to Fallout 2. It was not a continuation of any previous story, and having purchased and played Fallout 4, my understanding of the Fallout franchise is, a bunch of different stories told with different protagonists, at different times, in different places

(episode review) - X-Men '97 - Episode 5

  I honestly feel that the people behind this show sat down with Disney and said exactly this, "So, Disney...hear me out. I have this idea where we want to make an X-Men animation, in the vain of all present-day animation, style and story, with modern-day animation techniques, but continuing the stories from the animated show from the 90's" Disney looked confused and asked, "why would you not just want to start from scratch with something new altogether like we have many times before?" And they replied "Why? Why not use what is already there and mine the stories even more. What did the X-Men do when Magneto took over? Is Charles Xavier really dead? What happened to Mr. Sinister? Is Apocalypse still around? Do we see any more stories with Cable? We can raise the stakes. We can make something from my childhood remain for children but age it up in line with today's animation. We will target the children who are now adults and possibly with their children,

(trailer review) - Joker: Folie à Deux

After watching the first movie, I felt that Warner Brothers did an amazing job. Joaquin Phoenix was great and the story of Joker was somewhat different to what a lot of people have known through reading the comics. I never read the comics and The Joker to me was basically the arch nemesis of The Batman. He wore purpler and Jack Nicholson played a great version of the Clown criminal back in the Batman movie with Michael Keaton as the titular hero. I really felt that this movie did not need a sequel. That perhaps, Todd Phillips or whomever took the job on (hopefully Todd) were to do another film based on another Batman villain, Mr Freeze, maybe. Imagine a film about a man named Viktor who is a scientist and he has a sick wife in whom he loves dearly, but is trying to cure her from her illness and ends up going down a dark and sinister path leading him to becoming the Mr Freeze we know from the comics...but they have decided to go with a sequel to Joker and they have also brought in Harle

(episode review) - Invincible: Season 2 - Episode 8

  This show is just clever. Cleverly written. The team behind Robert Kirkman's direction are pulling off things I have not seen before in animation in a visually stimulating way. For example, we are on season 2 and season 1 did everything to tell us that the title will pop up whenever anyone says the title within the show. In some cases it was halfway through an episode, in other cases, it was at the end of an episode, we waited and waited for it to pop up trying to guess when it would be and try to pre-empt it, but it was fairly random. In this second season and in this episode especially, there was a conversation which had a build-up, and just like that, they flipped it. I actually had to pause the show to continue laughing so I did not miss anything. I found it very funny and clever. Later in the first half of the show, Mark is getting his usual treatment and the usage of "travel" (I will say not to spoil anything), was so incredible to see visually, I could not help

(episode review) - X-Men '97 - Episode 4

  By dropping this show weekly, you are sparking up the conversation for the show and keeping this show alive. Not to say that it is boring or not entertaining, but to binge-watch a show, the show is simply "thrown away" once you are done with it and I believe this show deserves the buzz. This week on X-Men '97, we have two separate stories in one episode. Considering the episode is around 30 minutes long, it is really good how they have been able to tell a lot in a short space of time. The first story centres around Jubilee and her Birthday. Wondering what to do and how to spend it, Jubilee and Sunspot get pulled into a 16-bit video game. The second story centres around Storm dealing with the loss of her powers and Forge has two things to declare. Being a child of the 90's watching these cartoons and playing computer games, X-Men was up there with some of the best computer and arcade games, so to see Jubilee and Sunspot acting out/"playing" as 16-bit charac

(film review) - The Spider Within: A Spider-Verse Story (Short Film)

  Now this is clever marketing. It was not so long ago that the studio put out an announcement saying that there would be some delays on part 2 of "Across the Spider-Verse" and having seen the latest episode of Invincible, season 2 with the comic book artist/creator stating animation takes a very long time, putting this short film together does two things. Not only does it give the fans a little something from the team at the studio who have been delivering such an amazing story in both Spider-Verse movies, 'Into the Spider-Verse' and 'Across the Spider-Verse Part 1', but this short film also brings to light mental health and how one might feel when they feel they have too much on their plate to deal with and how to go about. It is known within society that there is this thing about being a man and everything that comes along with being a man. Not to show weakness, not to show emotion, men do not cry. Along with a barrage of other things. Men will tend to bott

(episode review) - Invincible: Season 2 - Episode 7

With something as good as this show, it is criminal that we only have 8 episodes; there was a break part of the way through and now that it is back and we are only a few episodes in, I feel this show is being ripped away from me. It's like, I just got you back and now you are going away again [insert tear-filled eyes here]. The show is THAT good and this episode is proof of that. If you have not been following this season, we started off with Mark Grayson depressed and not knowing where he stands in the world now that his father is gone. The city, along with the world is devastated that the famously good superhero Omni-Man, was a bad guy and Mark's father has died. Mark's mother Debbie, is dealing with the events of the finale of the first season badly and has been comforting herself with alcohol; and Cecil is demanding more from Mark because he does not trust him. Not only that, with a lot of time away from school and studying, Mark is struggling to maintain his grades and

(trailer review) - Alien: Romulus

The two greatest Alien films from the 80's is Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986). One was Horror/ Sci-Fi where the other was Horror/Action. Ridley Scott and James Cameron respectively and nobody seems to have been able to capture the success, tone, atmosphere and dread these two films achieved I. The 80's. When Ridley came back for Prometheus (he should have called it, Alien: Prometheus) and Alien: Covenant, even he could not nAtch his earlier work. I mean those two moves were good, but not great, unlike Alien. James put a spin on the franchise by making it a little more militaristic, but the dread was still there. The characters were there, the quotes were there, the story was there. So seeing this trailer, not only does it harken back to this franchise, but Fede Alvarez might be onto a winner here because he might have hotythe formula right. Although what I saw felt a tad bit polished, the dread was there. People on a starship with the "facehugger" aliens running rampan

(trailer review) - The Penguin

A lot of people had their reservations about Robert Pattinson. He played a vampire that sparkled and glistened in the light in that famous franchise, Twilight. I'm sure he was hated worldwide and with some people, still is, but he has definitely become a more accomplished actor since. So, The Batman was met with some resistance at first, but the film was really good and Colin Farrell as The Penguin was simply incredible. The prosthetics, the clothing and mannerisms, the accent, if you were not told it was Colin Farrell in the role, would you even know? And this trailer is a tiny portion of what he delivered in the small role he had in The Batman. This trailer is a teaser of the show and not only is Colin showing us why he has a spin-off show (because he is so great in the role), this show looks like it will centre around the rise of The Penguin in Gotham City as I am sure there will be a power vacuum after the events of The Batman movie so maybe we will see some other villains. May

(trailer review) - Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

  Have you seen Beetlejuice before? The first Beetlejuice movie came out in 1988, one year before one of the best Batman movies from one of the best actors who has ever played as Batman, in a film directed by Tim Burton called, Batman. Seeing Michael Keaton don his suit again recently in The Flash film with Ezra Miller, was one of the best moments in comic book movie history (for fans of course). Your favourite actor, your favourite Batman, back looking great. But this is Beetlejuice, one of the wildest, comedy-horrors from over 3 decades ago. The first movie is almost 40 years old and they want to go back to this movie and I am guessing, try to make a franchise out of it, similar to what they are trying to do with Top Gun among many many others. I could not tell you the last time I watched this movie, maybe on VHS, but the film is creepy and funny or at least it was creepy for me when I watched it many moons ago. However as I have not watched it in such a long time, I am not sure if i

(trailer review) - Monkey Man

So I heard recently that Monkey Man played at South by South West (SXSW) and received a 10 minute standing ovation which emotionally moved the actor turned first time director to tears. As a Londoner, I am extremely proud of Dev since his breakout role in Slumdog Millionaire and whilst he has not done many movies, he had been very selective as to what he wants to do and at 33 years old, in a handful of movies and now directing, it would seem that directing is his passion and with the reviews this film is getting and with the backing of Jordan Peel himself, Dev may be one of the very few actor turn directors that will be revered as truly talented doing both, like a Ben Affleck, Jordan Peele and Daniel Kaluuya. This trailer is the first trailer, but dialled all the way up and it looks great! Although I will be trying my best to not repeat the things I said for the first trailer, I actually may not be able to help it. This film looks amazing with a John Wick tone to it. John Wick was an

(trailer review) - The Fall Guy

  Is this essentially an action rom-com? This trailer is giving me vibes of Rom-Com masquerading as an action movie and, I think I love it. At present, Ryan Gosling cannot do anything wrong. His role as Ken in the Barbie movie was great. To be fair, the film was simply great, but he was also really good in it. He has previously been in a lot of good to great movies and I believe I first saw him in 'Gangster Squad'. He had already done 'Drive'  by this point, a film which was loved, but the film I loved and really enjoyed him in was 'The Nice Guys' with Russell Crowe directed by Shane Black. It gave me Kiss Kiss Bang Bang feels. But it was his role in Drive and La La Land  that garnered him praise as an actor, in my opinion. People cannot stop mentioning his name. I cannot say I've seen many of his films but I do recognise his talent. With that said, I have loved Emily Blunt since I first recognised her in Looper. She's a great actress. When she starred a

(trailer review) - Supacell

  The first thing I will say is a huge congratulations to man like Rapman. I do not know him at all, but he is from South London, like myself, and his film Blue Story was great. My review is on the site and I could not help but feel nostalgia watching that movie in certain moments. This film seems to be about people with superpowers and Peckham seems to be front and centre in this trailer which warms my heart since I am from that area along with Giggs, Boyega, among many others. But as this film is NOT grounded at all, considering there are superpowers involved and is also a Netflix series, it would be interesting to see how grounded he can make it feel, telling a story with struggles we could relate to as people on a human level. A man surprises his girlfriend with a car and plans to marry her and start a future with her, but when he disappears and gets a glimpse into the future and finds that she is dead, he makes it his mission to save her from a fate he saw. A very interesting con

(trailer review) - The Acolyte

  I think it goes without saying that the Star Wars franchise is in a state of flux. There have been some good movies which had no structure or plan to stabilise the franchise for great storytelling and the TV Shows have been the same. The TV shows have been small stories with particular characters where the story could have been fleshed out more with better execution. For example, I did not mind 'Ahsoka' although there were some small execution problems with it. 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' was exactly the same, but the execution was even worse and the storyline was fairly poor in comparison with some crazy antics, not to mention 'The Book of Boba Fett' which was borderline terrible for many reasons. I enjoyed it or I could say, I could see where they were going with it or wanted to do, but failed. Out of the TV shows, the 'Rogue One' prequel 'Andor' was great. 'The Mandolorian', is great (although some people have issues with it, issues I do not ag

(trailer review) - Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

First of all, I'll just get this off of my chest before anyone thinks that this "completionist" has completed and watched all the Mad Max movies...I have not, but I will, I will at some point. I just want to say, are we not cloning humans yet? Have we got there in our technology? It is 2024 and we are not cloning humans? Are we not cloning George Miller? He is 79, still making films and I kid you not, watching Mad Max: Fury Road was so good, although I did not go back to the cinema to watch it again, I thoroughly enjoyed it and just thinking about that movie brings joy to my heart. I will watch it whenever it is on. Why are we not cloning him? Visually stunning, chaotic, absurd, manic and a lot of fun! I will never forget the moment I saw the guitar man in Fury Road. My heart was filled with so much joy because I was viewing something I did not think I wanted in a movie and this trailer, this trailer...THIS TRAILER, looks like George has doubled-down on those insane ideas

(trailer review) - Rebel Moon: Part 2 - The Scargiver

Blimey, where do I start? Zack is an incredible director and out of the (possibly) 15 movies he has directed (maybe a little more), I have seen 13 of them and really enjoyed 12. It is really like that for me. I truly enjoy a Zack Snyder movie but part 1 of Rebel Moon, while I will not say it is trash, it is very hollow. A chopped-up and rushed movie that does not get anywhere with lots of exposition, stagnant dialogue and weightless characters with a protagonist with the charisma of a grape. In my review , I also stated the film felt like a part 1 as opposed to other movies which were a part 1 that came out that year AND maybe part 2 will be better. This trailer does look really good! First of all, what are you doing with a blue glowing sword thingy with someone heading towards you, shooting, fighting and messing up all your troops and you are simply walking backwards with your sword in hand not trying to attack? Are you not attacking because you do not want to hurt your fellow troops

(trailer review) - The Crow

The Crow is a remake of an old film from the 90's where the lead actor died on set in a freak-accident where a real bullet was used to kill Bruce Lee's son Brandon Lee. The film was loved and became a cult hit among fans, but for a very long time since, they have been trying to get this franchise up and running again. They call it 'development hell' when they cannot seem to get a project to go ahead and it is ridiculed with set backs after set backs. At one point, Jason Mamoa was set to be the lead and I think that is where I last knew where we were with this project, until now. Bill "The 'IT' Clown is the lead and this looks really good. I never saw the 90's film and I think there was a time I saw parts of it or wanted to, but in all honesty, I think I was caught up on the "curse" of the Lee family more than wanting to watch this movie, but with that said, a man out for revenge to avenge his slain wife, but he was also slain too but comes fro

(trailer review) - Deadpool and Wolverine

  First of all, I should be sleeping but I got wind of this trailer and, well...I had to watch it, because, Deadpool? Anyway, this film has been a few years in the making and due to the Pandemic and the writers strike of 2023 (events that have delayed this movie), we have had two CEO's of Disney come in and leave (one left to come back) in the time this movie was thought of, being considered, written and shot, and we have heard nothing but rumours of potential characters, "confirmed" characters, leaks and pictures and videos and finally a teaser trailer is here for what is being called 'Deadpool & Wolverine'. I cannot say I am a fan of the name, but whatever, it still looks pretty decent. The trailer starts off with a line directed to us, the viewers/audience, that although this is now a Disney movie, this movie is not for kids, and I love it! From what I understand from this teaser trailer is that...a Deadpool from a different timeline has been called by th

(trailer review) - A Quiet Place: Day One

I think I watched 'A Quiet Place' for the first time at a friend's house. I feel like I remember everything about that week and what led up to me watching it. I remember having not gone to the cinema to watch it for whatever reasons and having such a great weekend, I was starting to have a terrible week. It was December 7th and I had recently seen the trailer to Birdbox. There was a lot of buzz around the Birdbox movie and although I do think Sandra Bullock is a great actress, I was not at all bothered about the movie because I kept hearing how 'A Quiet Place' is a great movie and how it was a better Birdbox movie, I just had not seen it yet. So I am at my friend's house and we are watching it and the staircase scene comes and I swear, I have never been so traumatized. Then you had the bathtub scene. You could cut the tension. From that moment, I knew the film was a winner so when the sequel came out, I did not hesitate to watch it. I loved the sequel also (alth

(trailer review) - Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

  I haver probably said this somewhere on this blog that I have always been a Ghostbusters fan. I am not entirely sure as to what it is that draws me in, but I have always liked the movies, well...the first movies we it took me a long time to watch the second. I do not really remember watching the cartoon religiously but I am sure I watched a few episodes. I got the Xbox game that came out several years ago and enjoyed that (not sure if I completed it but I did enjoy it). I watched the all women's Ghostbusters reboot  they did and that was, well...ok-ish, more confusing than anything. When Ghostbusters Afterlife came out, I went to see it and really enjoyed it. I would not say I am a super fan as I am sure there are other games and mediums I have not seen, played or have taken an interest in, but I will still stand by what I have said, I like Ghostbusters. This trailer though, I have some reservations but I am intrigued by it. Although Dan Ackroyd has been known to try and get anot

(trailer review) - Monkey Man

The "younger" British talent seem to be stepping up and taking things a little further from simply just acting to directing and I love it! We all remember little Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire, right? He has come a long way from acting in what we Brits remember as a character from the TV show, 'Skins' with fellow actors Nicholas Hoult and Daniel Kaluuya, I have not personally seen him in much unlike the other two actors, but he is a decent actor. 'The Green Knight' was cool and very different, and I have heard so much about him in other shows and films as being really good, so seeing this trailer has brightened up my day. I have not seen many or any Bollywood movies, but when I watched Ms. Marvel, I loved the settings and scenery we got to experience in that show. Extraction with Chris Hemsworth was similar and even in a cartoon-like Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, it was and is simply, a breath of fresh air from seeing New York all the time, L.A, Flo

(trailer review) - Shogun

I believe the question was asked to JC (someone I listen to on YouTube), "which comic book or novel would you like to see adapted as a TV show or movie" (it might have been TV show), or a conversation about adaptations went towards him mentioning Shogun. He said it was one of the best things he has ever read and ever since a child, wanted to see it adapted. That was the first time I had heard of Shogun. There are a lot of things I do not know, have experienced or witnessed in life and recently, another person came onto my radar expression the same sentiments towards Shogun and this series. Having seen this trailer and if you have read my Blue Eye Samurai review, you know this is definitely up my street. This trailer seems to show a developing relationship between a man who became "shipwrecked" on the island and a woman from the island whose father is the Shogun, maybe? Maybe the title of Shogun is something given to you by an elder? Maybe the shipwrecked guy becomes

(trailer review) - Road House

I will start off by saying, I have not seen Road House, although I am aware of it and who starred in it, the late great Patrick Swayze from Ghost and Point Break, but I do not think I was interested at all at the time of me learning about this movie. It was from a time where films like this were simply not on my radar. They were not "action packed" for me. You know, the quippy one lines and explosions, so upon seeing this trailer, I am keen to see what the original looks like. Jake is a great actor and he looks great! A man who used to be a MMA fighter, retired or whatever, but spends his time fighting people who do wrong on the innocent. A take the law into your own hands vigilante type of hero of the neighborhood, love it. Those slaps were hardcore and very VERY rude. I was sold on the slaps and then we got into more of the story and Connor. I do not believe I have seen him in anything, nor do I care for him, but this does look interesting as the main heavy going up against

(trailer review) - Avatar: The Last Airbender

So, true story, maybe even funny too. I have never watched a single episode of the cartoon, Avatar: The Last Airbender. I may have seen clips back in the day, but I recognise the guy with the blue arrow on his head. Some years ago, I remember seeing a trailer for Avatar: The Last Airbender called 'The Last Airbender', directed by M. Night Shyamalan and I could tell from that trailer, the film was going to be trash. Maybe it was simply the quality of the trailer, or maybe it was just the overall quality of the film, but I remember thinking I was not interested in watching the movie. A 14 years later, a trailer for the same IP is airred by Netflix and this looks absolutely great. It looks authentic, it looks accurate, and it looks like the clips I saw of the cartoon. I know nothing about this show from the cartoon to the live-action show. The only thing I am aware of is that people can bend or "move without touching" the elements, such as fire, wind, water, earth etc. I

(series review) - Echo

Having watched the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Hawkeye on Disney Plus a few years ago and the introduction to Echo and reintroduction of Kingpin from the Marvel Netflix Universe, having a series centred around Echo was definitely a bold choice. Yes, she was cool in Hawkeye, but she is a deaf amputee who did not speak/say much. With the Hawkeye series not doing as good as I'm guessing Marvel would have liked as it gained a lot of mixed-to-negative reviews, this series was already on the back foot. Learning about the reshoots and the problems making this series, to learning of the series not testing well with audiences, not knowing how to market the show, if Daredevil was going to be in it, if Kingpin was going to be in it, to dropping the entire five-episode show in January (the dumping ground for movies), thoughts of this show being any good was basically out the window at this point. TV MA in America is basically a 15 in the UK and the trailers showed us some of the "grit

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