The Entire Marvel Cinematic Universe: Ranked

Every MCU movie rankedThe waiting is nearly over. We stand on the edge of what Marvel has been working on since what feels like the dawn of time. Of course, the MCU actually first came into existence in 2008 with the release of Iron Man, but ten years is a long time in movie-land.

Avengers: Infinity War promises to shape everything that follows in the MCU and hopes to build on its rather average predecessor Age of Ultron, in almost every way. It’s longer (at 149 minutes), has more characters than anything else like it and is one of the most expensive films ever made, costing an estimated $400million.

Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed the rather fabulous Captain America: Civil War certainly have their work cut out. Here however, I’ve been working on this project for a good few weeks, re-watching all of the MCU and conducting some mini reviews. Without further ado, this is the ultimate, definitive ranking of the entire MCU. Read on to find out the best and worst Marvel movies. And I do believe a spoiler warning is in effect.

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Love, Simon review “One of the most important films in a generation”

Love, Simon theatrical posterI don’t think anyone will have any qualms in me saying that the LGBT community is one of the most vastly underrepresented parts of society when it comes to mainstream Hollywood movies.

Sure, we’ve had indie hits like Call Me by Your Name and Moonlight that have also performed well at the Oscars, but the closest we’ve ever gotten to a mass-market crowd pleaser has been Ang Lee’s 2005 flick Brokeback Mountain and if we’re being honest, that wasn’t marketed in a way that made it particularly mainstream.

Aiming to change all that is Love, Simon. Based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon is the first truly mainstream rom-com that features a lead gay character. But is the film a beacon of hope for a massively underrepresented LGBT community or a movie that daren’t go too far? Continue reading

Cinema Etiquette: My Love/Hate Relationship with the Cinema

My Love/Hate Relationship with the CinemaDo you know the cardinal sins of cinema-going? As a film critic, you kind of have to enthralled by going to the movies, it’s in the job description surely? And yes, I absolutely love nothing better than sitting in the cinema watching some of the newest films out at any given moment.

Even better, being a film reviewer, I get to go and watch all these incredible movies for free. And that’s not meant to be bragging or gloating in any way, it’s just a fact. I get paid to go to the movies; what an amazing job right? Well, in some ways yes it really is. But in others, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m now comfortable enough to visit the cinema completely on my own and I actually enjoy that experience a little more than going with someone else. That’s because you don’t have the distraction of someone else munching their popcorn, asking questions or popping to the loo every five minutes. But even with this new found love of being on my lonesome, I’m starting to fall out of love with the cinema. Continue reading

Best Movie Easter Eggs: Top 5

The best movie Easter eggsSo, it’s Easter Sunday and no doubt everyone will be chowing down on some frightfully delicious chocolate eggs over the course of the next few weeks. Cadbury, Nestle, Mars; all the big names in chocolate must make an absolute killing in the run-up to Easter, especially in the UK: people go mad for it as soon as Christmas is over.

Of course, the movie industry is full of Easter eggs too. Not in the literal sense of course, that would be just ridiculous. No, I’m talking in the figurative sense. After all, an Easter egg in a movie, TV show or game isn’t about munching on chocolate, it’s about finding something hidden by the producers, the developers or the directors that only the very hardened fans notice.

With that in mind, I’ve trawled through the archives to find five movie Easter eggs that are simply scrumptious. I could’ve gone for “eggcellent” there but I thought that would be one Easter pun too many. From Toy Story to Harry Potter and to Star Wars, read on for a voyage of discovery (in no particular order). Continue reading

Pacific Rim: Uprising review “Absolutely bonkers”

Pacific Rim: Uprising poster2013’s Pacific Rim was one of the most underrated films of the year. Lumbered in the same category as the Transformers series for its seemingly simple premise about robots fighting giant monsters, it had a lukewarm performance at the box office.

For those movie buffs reading this, you’ll of course know the film was directed by the Oscar-winning Guillermo Del Toro and with that came his signature quirks and visual sense of style. Oh yes, Pacific Rim was much more than a mish-mash of action.

A sequel looked very unlikely given the mediocre reception it received and then Del Toro passed on the idea altogether, instead focusing on the film that earned him a Best Director award at this year’s Oscars, The Shape of Water. I’m not going to pretend that was the wrong decision because it clearly wasn’t. Continue reading