Category Archives: Film and TV

Marvel’s Black Panther review

If someone had told me, twenty years ago, that Black Panther would be a major motion picture, whilst Daredevil and The Punisher were relegated to TV, I wouldn’t have believed them. In the Marvel comics, T’Challa’s adventures were usually as a supporting act for another character, his native Wakanda and its source of vibranium being of more importance.

But here we are with Black Panther, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s eighteenth movie in the ten years since its inception. Continue reading Marvel’s Black Panther review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi review

After The Force Awakens’ fun, but awfully familiar plot, I was wondering if Lucasfilm/Disney would give director Rian Johnson the slack to take a few more risks this time with the eighth instalment in the saga.

The answer is, for the most part, yes. Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi review

Netflix in Oz

So I’ve been playing with the Australian Netflix for a week now.

And it’s good.

I’ve checked out a few movies, watched the Netflix exclusive Bloodlines and a few episodes of The Returned- another Netflix show. Flicking through all the content available is a bit overwhelming, but I’m starting to spend less and less time search for stuff and more time just watching.

Netflix is absolutely perfect for me. Continue reading Netflix in Oz

Blake’s Junction 7

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The wrong logo, I know.

A few years ago I heard word that a group of British comedians had taken part in a short film lampooning the cult 70s BBC sci-fi show, Blake’s 7.

The 15-minute short, entitled Blake’s Junction 7, has the team arriving in a car, with caravan attached, at a motorway services area at the titular junction 7. I’ve finally found a copy of the short on YouTube, which I’ve embedded below. Continue reading Blake’s Junction 7

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition

the hobbit
A long film gets longer

It was inevitable, I suppose, that the king of double dippers – Sir Peter Jackson – would try and wring a bit more cash out of his salivating fan base with an extended version of the first part of The Hobbit trilogy of films.

Ten years ago I was one of those salivating fans with more disposable income that sense. I’d been a long time fan of Jackson’s earlier cult efforts and was pleased with the reverence that the New Zealand native was displaying with Tolkien’s work. I am the proud owner of both the standard DVDs and the Extended versions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Whilst I still hold up the three Lord of the Rings movies as example of modern cinema excellence, my view of Jackson has grown rather tarnished. Continue reading The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition

Riddick motion comic Blindsided fills in the gap

Riddick motion comic Blindsided fills in the gap
Riddick returns!

I’m a huge Riddick fan. Pitch Black blew me away with what I still see as the most intense spacecraft crash ever put too celluloid. Riddick’s video game debut in Escape from Butcher Bay is one of the best movie to game translations ever. Sure the movie sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick, bit of a bit more than it could chew, but it was still marvelous stuff giving the bald psychopath some extra depth and the franchise a proper sci-fi mythology. Continue reading Riddick motion comic Blindsided fills in the gap

Goldeneye and Casino Royal director Martin Campbell to direct new Blake’s 7 TV Show!

Blake's 7 Returns!
Blake’s 7 Returns!

I’ve just been forwarded this interesting press release from my brother  relating to a remake of that other 1970s BBC sci-fi show Blake’s 7.

Whilst a Blake’s 7 remake has been mooted for some time, the fact that it is now being marketed to buyers and with director Martin Campbell named at the helm suggests that it is actually moving forward.

The original series which ran from 1978-1981 followed a group of escaped convicts on the run from the Federation. As with Doctor Who, the show was made on a shoestring budget by today’s standards. I recommend that anyone seeking a bit of nostalgia looks elsewhere, as the original TV show really shows it’s age and is best left as a memory.

It seems as if the remake is, thankfully, exactly that; going down the Battlestar Galactica re-imagining route rather than a continuation like Doctor Who. That being said it would be very difficult to continue the 70s show considering they all die in the last episode. Continue reading Goldeneye and Casino Royal director Martin Campbell to direct new Blake’s 7 TV Show!

The Hobbit: 13 minute featurette released!

hobbit poster
My precious

I love Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. His decision to stretch JRR Tolkien’s relatively short children’s novel, The Hobbit, over three films did, however, raise an eyebrow. Continue reading The Hobbit: 13 minute featurette released!