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!

The Shazam! (2019) movie is the Billy Batson of the DCEU

Shazam Mister Mind Dr Sivana Review

Starting with arguably one of the darkest openings of any DCEU film to date, it initially looks like “Shazam!” is charting a path back to the bad old grimdark days of the DCEU but, it’s not too long before someone says the magic word and a brilliant bolt of magical lightning illuminates the path to … Continue reading The Shazam! (2019) movie is the Billy Batson of the DCEU

Does the success of #Venom and #Aquaman herald the beginning of the end for the Superhero movie boom?

With “Venom” grossing $855m worldwide and “Aquaman” taking over $1billion at the global box office, one thing is clear: the box office domination of the Superhero movie genre is coming to an end. How can this be you ask? When collectively the two most recent movies in the genre hovered up almost $2billion in ticket … Continue reading Does the success of #Venom and #Aquaman herald the beginning of the end for the Superhero movie boom?

Aquaman (2018) Review

Imagine, ten years ago, if someone had told you the future of the DC cinematic universe would rest on the shoulders of…Aquaman. Yeah, that Aquaman, the character who had only really made it into pop culture consciousness as a fish-wrangling joke. Fresh from the, if not triumph, then at least plummet-arresting crunching gear change of … Continue reading Aquaman (2018) Review

Superb Owl presents A Very Special Trailer Hootenanny: Aquaman!

"Under DC" A musical tribute to Aquaman (to the tune of, well...you'll figure it out) The team-ups are always greater In some other universe So the league tried teaming up here But that only made it worse Just look at the world around you Right here on the ocean floor Such wonderful things surround you What … Continue reading Superb Owl presents A Very Special Trailer Hootenanny: Aquaman!

#ReleaseTheSnyderCut

I’m not kidding. Release the ‘Snyder Cut’ of “Justice League” already. I’ll pre-order the Blu-ray right now. I’m not about to call AT&T Customer Service to ask them to release it or anything but, sincerely, I absolutely think Warner Brothers should release the Snyder Cut. Whatever my personal antipathy towards much of the DCEU’s output, there … Continue reading #ReleaseTheSnyderCut

A Very Craggus Christmas Special: A Justice Carol

A Justice Carol by The Craggus & Charles Dickens STAVE ONE Superman was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk (not Kent), the undertaker (not the wrestler), and the chief mourners (WB shareholders). Bruce Wayne signed it: and Wayne’s name was … Continue reading A Very Craggus Christmas Special: A Justice Carol

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

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

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

“Of cabbages and kings”: a deleted scene* from my #BatmanvSuperman Review

“The time has come,” the blogger said, “To talk of silly things: Of critics and their film reviews, Of cabbages and kings And why fans’ rage is boiling hot, And we can’t have nice things.” *This originally started as a section of my “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” review before I realised it was kind … Continue reading “Of cabbages and kings”: a deleted scene* from my #BatmanvSuperman 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