‘Dancing with Deities’ – Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings

Widening the World of the MCU Marvel Studios has been playing a spot of catchup in recent years. After a decade of films piloted primarily by white men, the demand for more diversity within the planet’s most popular franchise found itself at breaking point. 2018 saw the release of Black Panther, a film that addressedContinue reading “‘Dancing with Deities’ – Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings”

‘Today is Tomorrow. It Happened’ – Doctor Who 13.7: Eve of the Daleks

Groundhog Day of the Daleks Doctor Who is known for taking seemingly unrelated genres and stories, only to then hurl them head on at one another. While this occasionally generates something wonderful and unique from two seemingly dissimilar narratives, it can occasionally churn out utter nonsense. If you asked me a year ago whether IContinue reading “‘Today is Tomorrow. It Happened’ – Doctor Who 13.7: Eve of the Daleks”

‘Love Like a Bomb’ – The Matrix Resurrections

Beyond a Trilogy  The Matrix Trilogy (1999 -2003) wrapped up almost two decades ago, closing off with a story that pretty much plonked a lid firmly upon the box of toys the Wachowski sisters fashioned for themselves. Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) and Morpheus’ (Laurence Fishburne’s) stories reached their definitive conclusions. This is perhapsContinue reading “‘Love Like a Bomb’ – The Matrix Resurrections”

‘An Unlikely Origin’ – Spider-Man: No Way Home

A Spoiler Free Review Whether or not you’ve heard all the speculation flying around this particular feature, I urge you to throw everything you’ve heard in the bin and enter this movie with a clean slate. There’s plenty of surprises in here, and not necessarily from the sorts of places you may expect. Despite allContinue reading “‘An Unlikely Origin’ – Spider-Man: No Way Home”

‘Wibbly Wobbly, Story Wory’ – Doctor Who Flux Chapter Six: The Vanquishers

Oh, for Flux Sake Contrary to how it may appear, I’ve desperately wanted to like Flux. The scope and ambition behind such a series is one that’s hard not to admire. Opening with a series-ending cliffhanger, opting to tell a story over a single canvas stretching across time & space, not to mention the promiseContinue reading “‘Wibbly Wobbly, Story Wory’ – Doctor Who Flux Chapter Six: The Vanquishers”

‘So Much to Explain, so Little Time’ – Doctor Who Flux Chapter Five: Survivors of the Flux

  Diminishing Chaos   Flux’s fourth chapter falls into the usual trappings of a standard Chibnall episode. Aggressive scene hopping, people standing around explaining stuff to one another, new plot lines tumbling into the mix for the sake of “generating mystery”, B plots struggling to interlink with A plots, and seemingly random twists masquerading as enigmaticContinue reading “‘So Much to Explain, so Little Time’ – Doctor Who Flux Chapter Five: Survivors of the Flux”

‘Cerebral Stowaways’ – Doctor Who Flux Chapter Four: Village of the Angels

Serialised Harmony This is actually a pretty darn decent episode. Perhaps the most consistent, structured, solid and entertaining instalment to the Flux serialisation to date. There’s a lot to praise Village of the Angels for, but one of the things it does exceptionally well relates to its structure and place within a serialised story. ThisContinue reading “‘Cerebral Stowaways’ – Doctor Who Flux Chapter Four: Village of the Angels”

‘Reflections of Yesteryear’ – Doctor Who Flux Chapter Three: Once, Upon Time

Narrative Disarray  Episode three of Flux’s six-part serialisation follows on immediately from last week’s story. Yaz (Mandip Gill) has found herself trapped upon a holographic plate located on the planet time, while the Swarm (Sam Spruell) readies himself to kick-start some sort of event as the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Dan (John Bishop) look onContinue reading “‘Reflections of Yesteryear’ – Doctor Who Flux Chapter Three: Once, Upon Time”

‘A Dan with a Pan’ – Doctor Who Flux Chapter Two: War of the Sontarans

The Invasion of Time There are elements within War of the Sontarans that I admire. Firstly, it’s more structured than the previous week. While I enjoyed The Halloween Apocalypse to a reasonable extent, it did function primarily as setup for future instalments. Flux’s follow up chapter is more concerned with buckling down and getting onContinue reading “‘A Dan with a Pan’ – Doctor Who Flux Chapter Two: War of the Sontarans”

‘Intergalactic Westeros’ – Dune

Frank Herbert’s fantastical space fable has often been considered to be a source material unfit for a cinematic adaptation. David Lynch took a bash at it back in 1984, unfortunately, the final product  buckled under the weight of its hefty content matter. Dune is a vast, sprawling text, one brimming with intergalactic politics and cosmicContinue reading “‘Intergalactic Westeros’ – Dune”