Category Archives: Film and TV

Solo: A Star Wars Story review

Sacked directors, reshoots and a rookie leading-man, the second Star Wars spin-off movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story has disaster written all over it.

Writing the Han Solo movie was the carrot that got Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi, on board to revisit to write The Force Awakens. In Solo: A Star Wars Story Kasdan and his son, Jonathan, take us back to witness the events that forged everybody’s favourite scoundrel. Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story review

Avengers: Infinity War review

Staring at the Avengers: Infinity War poster, static on the cinema screen, whilst I waited for the Australian premiere of Marvel’s nineteenth super-hero movie to start, I found myself wondering how all those characters (and more) where going to be shoehorned into a coherent plot. Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War review

Skyrim VR SteamVR PC review

PC players finally get to play the eight-year-old Skyrim in virtual reality. Is one of the most ported games of all time worth another go?

Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls titles are some of the most revered fantasy role-playing games ever made. The world-building is second to none, the continent of Tamriel is loaded with history and lore.

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Marvel’s Black Panther review

If someone had told me, twenty years ago, that Black Panther would be a major motion picture, whilst Daredevil and The Punisher were relegated to TV, I wouldn’t have believed them. In the Marvel comics, T’Challa’s adventures were usually as a supporting act for another character, his native Wakanda and its source of vibranium being of more importance.

But here we are with Black Panther, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s eighteenth movie in the ten years since its inception. Continue reading Marvel’s Black Panther review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi review

After The Force Awakens’ fun, but awfully familiar plot, I was wondering if Lucasfilm/Disney would give director Rian Johnson the slack to take a few more risks this time with the eighth instalment in the saga.

The answer is, for the most part, yes. Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi review

Netflix in Oz

So I’ve been playing with the Australian Netflix for a week now.

And it’s good.

I’ve checked out a few movies, watched the Netflix exclusive Bloodlines and a few episodes of The Returned- another Netflix show. Flicking through all the content available is a bit overwhelming, but I’m starting to spend less and less time search for stuff and more time just watching.

Netflix is absolutely perfect for me. Continue reading Netflix in Oz

Blake’s Junction 7

The wrong logo, I know.

A few years ago I heard word that a group of British comedians had taken part in a short film lampooning the cult 70s BBC sci-fi show, Blake’s 7.

The 15-minute short, entitled Blake’s Junction 7, has the team arriving in a car, with caravan attached, at a motorway services area at the titular junction 7. I’ve finally found a copy of the short on YouTube, which I’ve embedded below. Continue reading Blake’s Junction 7

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition

the hobbit
A long film gets longer

It was inevitable, I suppose, that the king of double dippers – Sir Peter Jackson – would try and wring a bit more cash out of his salivating fan base with an extended version of the first part of The Hobbit trilogy of films.

Ten years ago I was one of those salivating fans with more disposable income that sense. I’d been a long time fan of Jackson’s earlier cult efforts and was pleased with the reverence that the New Zealand native was displaying with Tolkien’s work. I am the proud owner of both the standard DVDs and the Extended versions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Whilst I still hold up the three Lord of the Rings movies as example of modern cinema excellence, my view of Jackson has grown rather tarnished. Continue reading The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition