It’s nice to see Zack Snyder go back to his zombie roots. The last time he played in that sandpit was Dawn of the Dead (2004). With Army of the Dead (2021) the concept is this: Las Vegas falls to zombies and so humans wall it off and plan to nuke the city (as this… Continue reading Army of the Dead: has its moments but doesn’t pop
Any show that has Ben Barnes and bone in the same sentence is already onto a winner, particularly for those that saw him as bad boy Billy Russo in The Punisher. But before I get carried away let’s backtrack. Shadow & Bone (2021) is set in a fantasy world of magic and monsters and based… Continue reading Shadow & Bone season 1: magic, fantasy and a brooding Ben Barnes
From graphic novel to the big screen, Mark Millar has superhero pedigree: he wrote Kick-Ass, Wanted and Kingsman: The Secret Service. All of which became great movies. He also wrote graphic novel Civil War, which formed the blueprint for Captain America: Civil War (2016). In the superhero world, much of what he does turns to… Continue reading Jupiter’s Legacy: a family saga on what it means to be a hero
Let’s get this out the way early, I was a fan of the first season of Love, Death + Robots (2019). Although the way this animated anthology series treated women in some of its episodes was problematic. With Season 2 they course correct, in some ways, and largely just avoid episodes with sexual content and/or… Continue reading Love, Death + Robots: season 2 review
Space Sweepers (2021) is a South Korean movie that recently dropped on Netflix. It’s described as a space western and is directed by Jo Sung-hee, whose most notable film to date is probably a fantasy romance called A Werewolf Boy (2012). With Space Sweepers, the setup is the year is 2092 and the Earth is… Continue reading Space Sweepers: Star Wars meets Firefly
So Marvel, in their quest to keep our eyeballs on their content at all times in 2021, have just dropped the teaser trailer for their next movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. I have to admit, it looks epic. A cross between Dr Strange and Black Panther – in terms of tone,… Continue reading Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: teaser trailer thoughts
There’s a cardinal rule in moviemaking, do what you want to people, but whatever you do, DO NOT hurt a dog. Something, I feel, the filmmakers for this (new to Netflix) movie Love and Monsters, kept in mind, but those that made John Wick (2014) did not. But before we get to this aforementioned dog, let’s set the scene. Love and Monsters is a post-apocalyptic comedy, of sorts.
Patty, where did it all go wrong? From the muddled theme and story to the wasting of Barbara Minerva, Steve Trevor and the 80s. My take on WW84 – a swing and a miss.
From Da 5 Bloods to Queen & Slim and Mangrove, here’s my top films from last year. What were yours?
Ok, normally I’d write a ‘best of’ roundup at the end of year or perhaps in January. But it’s now April and I’m only just getting around to it. I’ve been busy, and pandemic life gets in the way, to misquote Jurassic Park. But back to the matter at hand. What did I watch last… Continue reading My top tv shows of 2020