Super Movie Secret Wars – Fourth Round

Sending shockwaves through the super movie world, the romance of the Super Movie Secret Wars is alive and well as X-Men: First Class pulled off the upset of the tournament, knocking out perennial favourite The Dark Knight by the narrowest of margins: a single vote. Elsewhere, all three Avengers movies made it through to the … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Fourth Round

Super Movie Secret Wars – Third Round Day 2

Day three of the second round delivered its share of casualties. The effortlessly charming Batman: The Movie was unable to overcome the Age Of Ultron and while Doctor Strange ultimately triumphed in a close-run race with Iron Man 2, it's safe to say The Rocketeer did nazi its crushing defeat at the hands of The … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Third Round Day 2

Super Movie Secret Wars – Third Round Day 1

It was a bruising first day of the second round, as Shazam! showed it was worthy by crushing the Power Rangers and while Thor put up a valiant fight, the air was thick with his wounded screams... mainly whimpering, a great deal of complaining and tales of sprained deltoids and... gout as Ant-Man And The Wasp sealed their place … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Third Round Day 1

Super Movie Secret Wars – Second Round Day 4

There was an idea, to bring together a group of remarkable movies, to see if they could become something more. See if they could come together and fight battles for our amusement. And from here on out, there's no safety net, no second chances. Two movies enter, one movie moves on. There are some really … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Second Round Day 4

Super Movie Secret Wars – Second Round Day 3

I feel a great swell of pity for anyone who comes to the Super Movie Secret Wars looking to not vote and from here on out, there's no safety net, no second chances. Two movies enter, one movie moves on. There are some really tough draws thrown up by the system which sees the winner … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Second Round Day 3

Super Movie Secret Wars – Second Round Day 2

With great voting power comes great voting responsibility, there's no safety net, no second chances. Two movies enter, one movie moves on. There are some really tough draws thrown up by the tournament structure which sees the winner of one group facing off against the runner-up from another group. Get your voting fingers ready for … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Second Round Day 2

Super Movie Secret Wars – Second Round Day 1

As Doctor Strange might say, we're in the end game now and from here on out, there's no safety net, no second chances. Two movies enter, one movie moves on. There are some really tough draws thrown up by the system which sees the winner of one group facing off against the runner-up from another … Continue reading Super Movie Secret Wars – Second Round Day 1

Super-Movie Secret Wars Group Stage Round-Up

As the dust settles on the Group Stages, sixty-four movies remain standing as surely as if Thanos had snapped his fingers. Some sailed through to the second round while some made it through by the skin of their teeth. There were tears and tie-breakers as some big hitters fell by the wayside. A billion dollars … Continue reading Super-Movie Secret Wars Group Stage Round-Up

Super-Movie Secret Wars: Group Stages Last Day

It's the last day of the Group stages and with only sixteen slots left available, it's all to play for especially if movies want to avoid a tough tie in the next round. You can vote for two from each group. The two movies with the most votes in each group will go through to … Continue reading Super-Movie Secret Wars: Group Stages Last Day

Super-Movie Secret Wars: Group Stages Day 3

It's Day Three of the Super-Movie Secret Wars and with half the next round competitors confirmed, there are plenty of ties the remaining movies will be hoping to avoid. You can vote for two from each group. The two movies with the most votes in each group will go through to the next round, where … Continue reading Super-Movie Secret Wars: Group Stages Day 3

Super-Movie Secret Wars: Group Stages Day 2

Welcome back to the second day of the group stages of the Super-Movie Secret Wars. There are some proper clashes of the Titans in store today, although Clash Of The Titans (1981) isn't actually in the competition... You can vote for two from each group. The two movies with the most votes in each group … Continue reading Super-Movie Secret Wars: Group Stages Day 2

Super-Movie Secret Wars: Group Stages Day 1

Welcome to the first day of the Super-Movie Secret Wars. We've got some mouthwatering match-ups for you today. You can vote for two from each group. The two movies with the most votes in each group will go through to the next round, where winners from one group will face off against runners-up from another. … Continue reading Super-Movie Secret Wars: Group Stages Day 1

Behold! The Super-Movie Secret Wars are about to begin!

BEHOLD! I am the Craggonder and I have scoured time and space to gather together 128 of the finest Super Hero Movies Earth has to offer. Here, in my Battle Blog, they will fight each other until only one emerges triumphant – but which movie that may be...will be up to you! My Super-Movie Secret … Continue reading Behold! The Super-Movie Secret Wars are about to begin!

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (2018) Review

As a fan of the original Teen Titans animated series, I was deeply sceptical of “Teen Titans Go!” when it first aired. Silly, childish and cutesy, it seemed like Cartoon Network trashing something that had been great. Slowly, though, and thanks to the Cragglings embracing it, I began to enjoy it, especially as it revealed … Continue reading Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (2018) Review

Justice League (2017) Review

Wherever they may be, I like to think James Whale and Mary Shelley are having a chuckle and enjoying the brouhaha surrounding “Justice League”, the latest entry in the self-beleaguered DCEU. It’s a Frankenstein’s monster of a movie; assembled from an assortment of different parts and bolted together in the hope that it will come … Continue reading Justice League (2017) Review

Justice League Of America (1997) Review

As long-time readers will be aware, I’ve not been overly impressed by the efforts of the DCEU thus far. What better way, then, to cleanse my cinematic palate before “Justice League” than by taking in the 1997 failed pilot “Justice League Of America”, a film that sets the bar so low, it buries it? When … Continue reading Justice League Of America (1997) Review

Wonder Woman (2017) Review

It’s hard to remember a movie making its debut under such pressure as “Wonder Woman”. Not just the pressure of expectations for a new superhero movie debut but also the white hot crucible of gender politics, unfair financial expectations and the absolute last-chance saloon necessity to salvage the DCEU from its own self-inflicted tailspin. With … Continue reading Wonder Woman (2017) Review

The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Review

After his scene-stealing turn in “The Lego Movie”, it was only natural that the first spin-off would feature the brick knight himself. While it’s not entirely clear if this is the exact same Lego Batman who appeared alongside Wildstyle and Emmet, there’s no doubting this is “The Lego Batman Movie”. The town of Lego Gotham … Continue reading The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Review

Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders (2016) Review

As 2016 becomes ever more horrifying, the demand for the safe, cosiness of nostalgia grows ever more insatiable. Taking a break from propping up the faltering DCEU, Batman joins in the trip down memory lane by making a colourful and light-hearted return to the DCAU, this time reliving his 1960’s heyday. When Bruce Wayne and … Continue reading Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders (2016) Review

Suicide Squad (2016) Review

It wasn't supposed to be like this. By the time “Suicide Squad” rolled around, we were meant to be primed for a little down 'n' dirty fun to counterpoint the portentous deus ex machinations of the Titans of the DC universe duking it out in “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice”. Instead, things have turned … Continue reading Suicide Squad (2016) Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) Review

Okay, before we get down to business, let’s set the record straight. Full disclosure: I’ve never been keen on this iteration is Superman. I didn’t care for “Man Of Steel” and have only grown to dislike it more over the years. On the other hand, I never really had any serious doubts regarding Ben Affleck … Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) Review

Arrow – Season 3 Review

Arrow - Season 3 Review*SPOILERS* For two seasons, “Arrow” had made a good living being a kind of viridian-hued, archery based homage to Nolan’s Batman, while still respecting the original source material of Green Arrow, albeit modernised for a CW audience. After season two’s triumphant and gripping story arc leading to the defeat of Slade … Continue reading Arrow – Season 3 Review

The Flash – Season 1 Review

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* Released on DVD and Blu-Ray today, and with Season 2 approaching in a matter of weeks, let's take a quick look back at the debut season of "Arrow" spin-off/ companion series "The Flash". Originally seeded during season 2 of “Arrow” in the episodes “The Scientist” and “Three Ghosts” (S2E08/S2E09), “The Flash” would see … Continue reading The Flash – Season 1 Review

The Death Of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? (2015) Review

Made by fan boys but not just for fan boys (full disclosure: I contributed to the Kickstarter for this), Jon Schnepp’s documentary not only lifts the lid on one of cinema’s most notorious ‘might have beens’ but also provides a fascinating glimpse into the artistry, effort and creative processes which go on behind the scenes of major blockbuster … Continue reading The Death Of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? (2015) Review

Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave: Spidey Swings Back Into A Friendlier Neighbourhood

Big news today then, in the world of Super Hero Movies with the (oddly timed) announcement that Sony and Marvel had struck a deal to share custody of Spider-Man and not only that but he is scheduled to turn up in “Captain America: Civil War” before appearing in another solo movie. It’s great news, news … Continue reading Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave: Spidey Swings Back Into A Friendlier Neighbourhood

Arrow (S1E11 to S1E23) Catchup Vol. 3

I bet you thought I'd forgotten about my "Arrow"-thon, hadn't you? Well, I hadn't - in fact the opposite occurred and I got so caught up in Season 1's unfolding plotlines that I decided to accelarate my own "Undertaking" and just keep watching rather than pausing to write up every few episodes. As such, this … Continue reading Arrow (S1E11 to S1E23) Catchup Vol. 3

Arrow (S1E06 to S1E10) Catchup Vol. 2

Time for the second installment of my quest to catch up with one of the best shows on TV... Season 1 Episode 6 - 'Legacies' The episode title is another attempt to parallel the story of the week with the longer arc of Oliver’s father and the promise Oliver made. It’s another switch up of … Continue reading Arrow (S1E06 to S1E10) Catchup Vol. 2

Arrow (S1E01 to S1E05) Catchup Vol. 1

I'm not watching "Arrow". Not out of any strong feeling, I've just never got round to it. Judging by the conversations I've had with friends, I might be one of the few geeks who isn't watching this 'great' show. With the third season just having kicked off on TV in the past few weeks, I've … Continue reading Arrow (S1E01 to S1E05) Catchup Vol. 1

The Shadow Of The Bat

There’s been a lot – and I mean a lot – of comment about Ben Affleck being the new Batman. I don’t understand the fuss. After all, I’ve always believed the actor “playing” Batman is incidental. You don’t need to be a great actor to be Batman – you need a great costume and a … Continue reading The Shadow Of The Bat

Man Of Steel (2013) Review

I’m going to try and keep spoilers to a minimum in this review, in case you haven’t seen it yet. But be warned, I consider anything that happened in the Christopher Reeve films fair game for comment or comparison. Anyway, I don’t consider the origin stories of superheroes to be sacred texts. (In fact, I … Continue reading Man Of Steel (2013) Review