The Movies Tag – Tagged

“An enjoyable set of questions to reflect on some of my more enjoyable titles and releases and give a little insight into my own personal tastes. So, as Gandalf once entrusted in Shadowfax to show him the meaning of haste, without further ado, lets begin.” Continue reading The Movies Tag – Tagged

IT: Chapter Two – Review

“There was a certain sense of duality that permeates throughout the film, the adults rushing towards their destiny to confront Pennywise whilst the children have opportunity to shape and reveal the cause of this drive through the use of scenes that fit into and expand upon the events in the original movie.” Continue reading IT: Chapter Two – Review

Guilty Pleasure – Final Countdown

“I’ve always held a certain penchant for science fiction, in whatever guise or form it presents itself. The allure of the future and progression, ever forward and upward into the cosmos or the realms of our imagination. I adore the ideas this genre presents, the infinite array of possibilities to explore and discuss, to break down and moralise over, one of which of course is the notion of time travel and the various quandaries and perspectives taken in such an event. Final Countdown is at its heart a narrative fixed around the morality of time travel and the impact of your actions on historical settings and your present day circumstance. ” Continue reading Guilty Pleasure – Final Countdown

Guilty Pleasures: Speed 2 Cruise Control

“A well funded and designed sequel with a bigger budget, a larger cast, a great soundtrack and returning director but lacking in the finer technical details that stop this being a success. Does it deserve a 4% rating? all I can say is I’ve seen worse films score higher that could do with a little of the sparkle of this tropical disaster film, it’s the definition of a guilty pleasure film then, forget any pretence of a deep and meaningful experience and just enjoy the ride, the sounds, the sights and you may just come away smiling as the final theme kicks in.” Continue reading Guilty Pleasures: Speed 2 Cruise Control

Friday Favourites – TV/Movie Adaptation

I decided to focus only on books that were adapted specifically into television or movie format, that pre-existed before the final form was realised as opposed to the novelization of media which is perhaps another discussion entirely. The tone and dialogue on the screen tends to change fundamentally to the written word which allows a deeper and often more indulgent exploration of the characters motivations and thought process for example. Continue reading Friday Favourites – TV/Movie Adaptation

Let’s Watch…Assassin’s Creed (2016)

“The film satisfies in some areas but suffers from a great, many of the issues of its contemporary neighbour Tomb Raider, perhaps the worst being as with Miss Croft, a stylistic choice to abandon any shed of entertainment or merriment and focus on the dour and dystopian world of both the present and the grim violent world explored by the protagonist. Either way, until the final moments this is a very tonally and visually dark film desperate to be taken seriously by its peers and suffering all the same.” Continue reading Let’s Watch…Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Star Trek: New Worlds, New Civilizations – Book Review

“Allow me if you will, to indulge another of my personal interests and introduce a long forgotten Art Book that has stood idly on my shelf for the best part of a decade but in my humble opinion exemplifies the best artistic aspects and practises we have been championing for the past half year in the gaming community and highlight this incredible visionary take on the worlds and societies of Star Trek. From publisher Simon and Schuster and acclaimed author Michael Jan Friedman whose credits include multiple Star Trek novels and material, this is one the most unique and fascinating reference books on the worlds and civilizations of the Star Trek universe, ostensibly told from the perspective of a visitor to these distant shores, the 288 pages span the entire franchise of locations visited up until that point from the pilot episode of the Cage to the latest motion picture in 1999, Insurrection.” Continue reading Star Trek: New Worlds, New Civilizations – Book Review

Let’s Watch…Tomb Raider (2018)

“The final movie, taken at its entirety feels like a mixed event, the first half, tonaly a grounded origin story following the progression and growth of the heroine from her humble beginnings to a blossoming and certified action hero having experienced the anguish and suffering similar to her contemporaries. Unfortunately the film then decides to abandon any natural progression and to a degree abandons her” Continue reading Let’s Watch…Tomb Raider (2018)

10 Composers, 10 Great Movie Themes

“A wealth and abundance of riches, choosing a single piece from this composer whose scores are as renowned as the worlds he brings to life in his compositions was daunting prospect. A number of his tracks have had a different impact on me as I have grown up and become aware of the impact he alone has had on the cultural resonance.” Continue reading 10 Composers, 10 Great Movie Themes