Logan – Review

March 6, 2017 no comments Posted in Film, Movies

Introduction

Touted as the swansong for Hugh Jackman’s iconic Wolverine and Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier, Logan really was a film that carried a heavy burden. A burden which, in my opinion, it carried beautifully and all the way.

So, to refresh one’s memory, the X-Men franchise has been hoovering up cinemagoers dollars since the year 2000, and it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for our uncanny heroes. The first two entries, X-Men and X2, are impressive and aesthetically-appealing films that capture the spirit of the comics with ample ability. However, the third movie, Last Stand, took an interesting premise of a mutant ‘cure’ and kind of made a hash of it all, delivering something heavy-handed and full of unneeded twists.
X-Men: First Class represented a wonderful return to from for our hated and feared heroes, however, starring James MacAvoy and Michael Fassbender as fresh-faced versions of Charles Xavier and his eventual nemesis Erik Lensherr, aka Magneto. This was everything the franchise needed, a true update and improvement, and 2014’s Days of Future Past continued to impress. Whilst last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse had a rather bland villain and, in comparison, was a bit soulless, it still left us feeling confident for the film franchises’ future.
In addition to these, however, Wolverine, the team’s ferocious and badass main man, has had a trilogy of solo outings, concluding with this year’s Logan. With Origins: Wolverine being a disappointing outing not equal to the sum of its parts (a brilliant cast and excellent action sequences) and The Wolverine being a pretty good film for the first 75% before dropping off in the climax. And so now, concluding the tenure of a superhero who’s popularity and iconic performance are easily comparable to Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark, we have Logan.

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Doctor Strange: Review

November 18, 2016 no comments Posted in Movies

Introduction

Movies nowadays don’t get much bigger than those produced by Marvel Studios. It seems, between the smash-hit films, an excessive range of high-quality comics and plethora of video games, this particular brand of superhero permeates just about every piece of media around.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man (2006), and the spectacular financial gamble the ailing studio made paid off with aplomb. We were introduced to Robert Downey Jr.’s smart, charismatic, modern superhero and once that particular floodgate opened up, there was no stopping it. With few enough duds among them, Marvel’s massive series of superhero films have taken the cinemagoer’s world by storm.

Doctor Strange, released in October, tackles one of Marvel’s oldest, if not most well-known heroes, and stars the ever-excellent Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role. After a vicious car accident derails his way of life, arrogant surgeon Stephen Strange journeys to Kamar-Taj to learn the mystic arts and prevent the world from being destroyed by zealot Kaecillius. I do warn you, however, YE ARE ABOUT TO ENTER THE SPOILER DIMENSION. JOURNEY NO FURTHER UNLESS YE WISH TO LEARN OF THINGS TO COME.

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My Top Three Yu-Gi-Oh! Decks

October 14, 2016 2 comments Posted in Uncategorized

 

Introduction

Yu-Gi-Oh!, as you probably know, is a fairly big thing. Released in 1996, the monster-battling Japanese TCG essentially took the world by storm upon its release, and has been ranked by the Guinness World Book of Records as the world’s biggest-selling card game. The manga off which it is based is written isn’t too bad. There’s also an anime, which I won’t be getting into, because I’m in a pretty good state of mind right now and I don’t want to ruin it.

I myself have been playing the card game since I was around six, and I like to think I’m not too unskilled at it, having played both casually and competitively (online, of course, because, while I love this game, it can be expensive as hell) for a fairly long time.

Anyways, getting to the point – my favourite decks. Yu-Gi-Oh! has an absolutely massive amount of cards available at the moment, and so, the amount of themes and variants with which one can build a deck is enormous. In this post, however, I’m only really looking at archetypes – that is, cards which share a name or directly involve each other with regards to their effects, working together to achieve victory a certain way.

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The Hedge Knight Review

September 9, 2016 no comments Posted in Books & Comics

 

The Hedge Knight

Written By George R.R. Martin

 

If you watch TV, are a fan of the fantasy genre, or thinking about it, have read this blog, you’re probably familiar with HBO’s frankly enormous show Game of Thrones. And as you’re also probably aware, Thrones is based off of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, a series boasting such a terrifyingly gargantuan page-count that it makes The Lord of the Rings look like a light-hearted one-man comedy script. Following the first book, A Game of Thrones (1996), four more titanic volumes were released – A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Two more are on the way, and the vast fanbase that the series has spawned awaits the remaining volumes with all the eagerness and devotion of a rabid dog, slavering over a piece of meat.

In 1998, two years after GRRM graced us all with his debut novel, he published The Hedge Knight in the fantasy anthology Legends. So began the Tales of Dunk and Egg, a series of novellas set around a century before the main series that chronicle the adventures of the wandering knight Ser Duncan ‘Dunk’ The Tall and his squire Egg. Two more novellas, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight, were released subsequently in 2003 and 2010, and in 2015, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms was released, compiling the three novellas into one beautifully-illustrated edition. However, I’ll only be reviewing The Hedge Knight here.

So, before I get the ball rolling with this review, I just want to warn you all – FULL SPOILERS FOLLOW. As such, I’d highly recommend reading this story before this review, and as I’ll make abundantly clear, I’d just highly recommend reading this story.

Anyways, without further preamble, here’s my thoughts.

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