Unpopular Opinion: Avengers Age of Ultron is better than Avengers Assemble

Avengers vs Age of UltronHaving recently jumped on the bandwagon along with 50 million other people in signing up for Disney+, and with free time at home being in abundance, I decided that the moment had finally come to re-watch the entire MCU from Iron Man (2008) all the way to present day phase 3.

Having now made it through 20 or more films over the past 6 weeks, there were very few surprises. Captain America: Winter Soldier remains a thrilling Bourne-esque spy story that marked a shift in tone for the Avenger’s solo projects, and Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World both remain tedious, inconsequential bores. Continue reading

Transformers movies: Ranked

The best Transformers moviesThe article contains affiliate links. I watched Bumblebee for the first time the other day, and it got me thinking about the Transformers film series as a whole. You see, when Michael Bay released the first movie in the franchise way back in 2007, pretty much everyone thought it was great – despite those who took issue with the robot redesigns.

Subsequent films received little in the way of critical acclaim with some reviewers going so far as saying that each sequel was the worst film release of its respective year. Then Bumblebee came along and while not performing anywhere near as well financially, managed to right the wrongs of the franchise. Continue reading

Retro Review – Goldfinger: The blueprint for spy films

Goldfinger posterNo Time to Die was originally supposed to be released at the end of April. I had my tickets and everything. During my time in Quarantine, I’ve tried to satisfy my Bond craving in many ways. Watching the 1967 Casino Royale, which was actually the only Bond film that I hadn’t seen, listening to the Bond soundtrack while getting groceries, and writing my own script for a Bond film called More Time to Kill, but after the death of Honor Blackman last month, I rewatched 1964’s Goldfinger.

I have a ton of memories involving Goldfinger, for the most part involving the levels in the videogame 007 Legends, but it was always one of the few Connery’s that actually grabbed me. I also want to preface this review with the fact that I don’t want to use the word iconic too many times in this review, so I replaced every time I say “Iconic” with a song from Abba. So, to prevent us from killing more time, let’s start on Goldfinger. Continue reading

High school movies: Top 5

top 5 high school moviesWell, it finally happened. By the time this article is published I will have likely graduated High School. Gotta say, it’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait to have all the hallmarks of a senior year at the end of this long ro- Coronavirus? Oh, that’s not going to happen anymore, is it? Covid-19 cut a lot of senior years short, along with mine, so to counteract this, in between the best picture winners and Bond films I’ve been watching, I’ve also been watching and rewatching a few classic high school films.

They range from the decent like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the meh Pretty in Pink, or the totally overrated and terrible Superbad. So because of this, I decided to give my top five movies about high school. I did debate about what films would be on this list. I ultimately decided that just because a movie’s starring roles are mainly high schoolers does not qualify, so movies like Lady Bird, Risky Business, and Rushmore don’t make the list. Continue reading

The Willoughbys review “A childhood fever dream”

The Willoughby's posterAnimated kids films have, over the years, gone from strength to strength. With franchises like Toy Story and Frozen, and indie animations like 2019’s Klaus, it’s clear to see that children are hardly deprived of top-notch filmmaking. Netflix’s latest foray into the cartoon business is The Willoughbys: an energetic, colourful, and plain weird take on family life, based on the book by Lois Lowry.

The Willoughbys follows the Willoughby family: a red haired, spectacularly moustachioed cohort that are known, throughout history, for doing creative and courageous things. However, Mother and Father Willoughby are more interested in each other than their four children, leaving them to live with no food, no fun, and no love. After a child is left on their doorstep one night, the Willoughby children hatch a plan to become orphans themselves – but it doesn’t quite go how they were planning. Continue reading