Black Panther (2018) Review

On the eve of the Infinity War, it’s a demonstration of Marvel’s confidence and courage that they’re prepared to step out of their main narrative to bring us this sumptuous, dazzling and vibrant action adventure movie that has a lot to say not just about the world as the MCU shows it but the real … Continue reading Black Panther (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

The Road To Ragnarok: Hulk Vs (2009) Review

Marvel has long lagged behind DC when it comes to animated fare, both in terms of features and TV series. This grudge match between the God of Thunder and the Green Goliath, forming part of a double bill with “Hulk vs Wolverine” (unfortunately, the three of them don’t get together to duke it out at … Continue reading The Road To Ragnarok: Hulk Vs (2009) Review

Inhumans (2017) Review

Remember a couple of years back when we were being teased by Vin Diesel about his potential casting as Black Bolt as the MCU geared up to introduce The Inhumans in a big budget feature film? Good times. Flash forward to the present day and instead, we get ‘visionary’ showrunner Scott Buck’s take on Marvel’s … Continue reading Inhumans (2017) Review

Iron Fist – Season 1 Review

Why can’t we have nice things? There was something almost inevitable about the pre-release critical and cultural bashing “Iron Fist” received. After a run of small screen Netflix success, I guess Marvel was due a backlash, and after constantly outgunning their rivals cinematically, the great and the good of Twitter and beyond, as well as … Continue reading Iron Fist – Season 1 Review

Luke Cage – Season 1 Review

After his star turn in “Jessica Jones”, I was looking forward to seeing Luke Cage’s solo adventures and Netflix’ latest MCU adventure doesn’t disappoint. Luke Cage (Mike Colter), an escaped convict who was left with superhuman strength and impenetrable skin after being experimented on in prison, is keeping a low profile in Harlem. But when … Continue reading Luke Cage – Season 1 Review

Daredevil – Season 2 Review

When I reviewed Season 1 of Daredevil, I dared to hope that the characters from Marvel’s Netflix MCU offshoot would make the leap to the big screen to join in the “Infinity Wars”. While it seems that’s increasingly unlikely, the disappointment is somewhat mitigated by the depth and breadth being brought to life in Marvel’s … Continue reading Daredevil – Season 2 Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Review

The previous “Amazing Spider-Man” movies showed us that Spider-Man’s most implacable foe was studio interference and while I personally enjoyed what Marc Webb and Andree Garfield were trying to do, there’s no denying “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was a convoluted and overstuffed mess of studio-mandated world building which makes “Iron Man 2” look streamlined and … Continue reading Spider-Man: Homecoming (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

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Review

The weight of expectation resting on the follow-up to 2014’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” is a testament to just how spectacularly Marvel’s big gamble paid off. But like “Avengers Assemble” before it, the challenge of following up a nearly flawless success is a daunting one. After a spot of mischievous larceny by Rocket angers their … Continue reading Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Review

Power Rangers (2017) Review

I was about ten years too old to really get into the Power Rangers during their 1990s heydey. My formative Japanese super-team of enhanced teenagers came in the animated form of “Battle Of The Planets”. In many ways, “Battle Of The Planets” set the template for "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", in being appropriated from a … Continue reading Power Rangers (2017) Review

Logan (2017) Review

Much has been made of “Logan” being a hard-R superhero movie and it’s certainly in a hurry to prove its adult credentials, opening with a sequence which is almost custom designed to make a certain class of comic fans jizz their pants. There’s even an unnecessary shot of breasts within the first fifteen minutes. For … Continue reading Logan (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

Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio (S10E00) Review

Much like children (and *ahem* some adults) across the country, “Doctor Who” reached into its festive stocking and pulled out a whole bunch of superhero toys. Although it’s a little bit shoehorned in during a leadenly expository cold open, once the superhero McGuffin is installed, showrunner Steven Moffat gleefully, almost giddily, goes to town smashing … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio (S10E00) 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

Doctor Strange (2016) Review

By the fourteenth movie, what is there left to say about the Marvel Cinematic Universe? “Doctor Strange” is the latest success for the studio, a solidly entertaining superhero blockbuster which introduces not only an important new hero to the MCU but also opens up the fictional universe to a world of astral projection and interdimensional, … Continue reading Doctor Strange (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

League Of Gods (2016) Review

With China’s growing importance as an export market for Hollywood, it was inevitable that the Chinese film industry would start to eye the possibility of making some exports of their own. “League Of Gods”, based loosely on the 16th Century Chinese novel Feng Shen Bang, brings a very modern, Marvel-ous take on the old Chinese … Continue reading League Of Gods (2016) Review

Competition: Win The Limited Edition Steelbook Of Deadpool

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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Review

The latest entry in Fox & Marvel’s own mutant chronicles marks the culmination of the current “First Class” trilogy, as well as the near completion of an almost unprecedented project of rebooting and retconning a much disliked film out of existence. As divisive as “The Last Stand” was, though, we’re still talking about it; which … Continue reading X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Review

Captain America: Civil War (2016) Review

The collateral damage caused by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and other sins of the past weigh heavily on “Captain America: Civil War”, the thirteenth – thirteenth! – film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Threads from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” and “Ant-Man” are woven together into the ever richer tapestry; there are … Continue reading Captain America: Civil War (2016) Review

Jessica Jones – Season 1 Review

As “Daredevil” season 2 continues to burn up the Netflix bandwidth across the globe, I take a look back at “Jessica Jones”, Marvel’s most recent new addition to its expanding MCU TV empire. While “Daredevil” felt edgy, dark and different to the Marvel Cinematic Universe we’d had to that point, it still adhered to many … Continue reading Jessica Jones – Season 1 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

Deadpool (2016) Review

I am so, so happy for Ryan Reynolds. Seriously, the guy has earned it. He’s tried so hard, so many times and after “Blade: Trinity” [for the record, I quite liked his turn as Hannibal King], “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “R.I.P.D.” and – shudder – “Green Lantern”, it’s an absolute delight to see him finally crack … Continue reading Deadpool (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

Fantastic Four (2015) Review

It’s pretty much impossible to comment on Josh Trank’s “Fantastic Four” without reflecting on and acknowledging the behind the scenes troubles which plagued the movie, as they directly impact the finished product. It’s riddled with problems in the story, structure and pacing while the characterisation is all over the place, squandering some of Marvel’s finest … Continue reading Fantastic Four (2015) Review

Ant-Man (2015) Review

If you’re eagerly waiting for the film that brings Marvel‘s genre-defining run to a screeching halt, then you’re going to be disappointed. “Ant-Man”, easily Marvel’s most troubled production, is not going to be that film. It doesn’t reinvent the superhero genre (although the action is impressive and innovative, on a par with the Quicksilver sequence … Continue reading Ant-Man (2015) Review

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) Review

It’s strange to think that it’s nearly been a year since we last visited the main Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, we had the awesome cosmic sidestep of “Guardians Of The Galaxy” but (for now) that remains distanced from the main action, here on Earth. Last time we met (some) of our heroes in “Captain America: The … Continue reading Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) Review

Daredevil – Season 1 Review

At the San Diego Comic Con of 2014, Marvel supremo Kevin Feige proudly announced that Marvel was ‘done with origin stories’. There’s a delicious irony, then, that the first product of their new partnership with Netflix is an epic thirteen hour origin story of not just one major Marvel character, but two. “Daredevil” takes us … Continue reading Daredevil – Season 1 Review

Big Hero 6 (2015) Review

Continuing their recent strong run, Disney Animation Studios have dipped into the more obscure corners of corporate stablemate Marvel’s back catalogue and picked out a winner. But before we even get to the main event, we’re served up another treat as Disney continues its adoption of Pixar’s habit of including a supporting feature. “Feast” is … Continue reading Big Hero 6 (2015) Review

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (2015) Review

Much has been made of the Meta premise of Michael Keaton playing an aging actor, once famous for playing an iconic superhero, looking to prove his artistic integrity by mounting a Broadway play but there’s so much more to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s technically dazzling, intensely personal and kinetic film than that one single gimmick. Ingeniously … Continue reading Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (2015) Review

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

Lucy (2014) Review

In “Lucy”, Luc Besson has crafted an experimental 45 minute film, an art house meditation akin to “Under The Skin” on the nature of intelligence, awareness, interconnectedness and what it means to be human. Unfortunately, to stretch out the running time he’s wrapped it up inside a really dumb action movie that’s crashed into a … Continue reading Lucy (2014) Review

X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) Review

While casting envious eyes at the success of “The Avengers” and making plans to attempt to replicate its success, DC/ Warner Brothers have overlooked the other advantage Marvel have over them: there’s more than one studio making Marvel movies. Warner Bros simply doesn’t have the financial resources to match the combined might of Disney, Sony … Continue reading X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) Review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Review

How much you enjoy “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” might depend on how much you care about the backstory of Richard and Mary Parker, Peter’s parents, and their connection to Oscorp, because it devotes a considerable amount of its running time to picking up the loose threads left by the hatchet job editing done to the … Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Review

Thor: The Dark World (2013) Review

It’s incredible that we’re already up to the eighth film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, and the second sequel to 2012’s all-conquering “Avengers Assemble”. It really is a golden age for superhero movies, and Marvel Studios are showing no signs of playing it safe or taking their foot off the gas pedal any time soon. The … Continue reading Thor: The Dark World (2013) Review

Supergirl (1984) Review

Those bemoaning the current lack of female-led superhero movies probably feel entitled to lay some of the blame at the feet of 1984’s “Supergirl” however, although it was a box-office flop on its release, it's by no means as bad as its reputation would have you believe. Spinning off from the increasingly lacklustre Christopher Reeve … Continue reading Supergirl (1984) Review

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

Kick Ass 2 (2013) Review

***SPOILERS FOR “KICK-ASS”*** Something of a surprise hit when it was released, “Kick Ass” was a ballsy, funny, violently subversive take on the superhero genre which was beginning to (and still does) dominate Hollywood’s output. The film’s unexpected mix of both celebrating and satirising the tropes and clichés of superhero origin stories while playing with … Continue reading Kick Ass 2 (2013) Review

The Wolverine (2013) Review

It’s a little bit of a surprise to realise that “The Wolverine” is actually the sixth film in the X-Men franchise. Sixth! It’s a franchise which still generates an awful lot of buzz and has a lot of goodwill despite the fact that only about half of them are any good. The level of affection … Continue reading The Wolverine (2013) Review

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