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→
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→
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.
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.
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.
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→
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→