Once a year, on a Saturday evening in May, arguably the most exciting television event in the world is broadcast internationally: the Eurovision Song Contest. Known for being over the top, crazy, and sometimes, hilarious, Eurovision has graced our screens for over 60 years. So, when it was announced that comedy veteran Will Ferrell was bringing us a Eurovision movie, it’s obvious that many people began to wait with bated breath for it to be released. Alas, that time has arrived, and Netflix dropped Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga for the world to enjoy, and to laugh at.
The film follows Fire Saga, an Icelandic duo comprised of Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) as they attempt to reach the Eurovision finals in Edinburgh. However, it doesn’t really help that they’re not very good. As the duo, who may be siblings but probably aren’t, embark on a musical and romantic journey, they meet a lot of new people, and a lot of new problems, on their way.
Today, I become a trailblazer for all. What I’m about to do is a first that the world has never seen. I’m going to talk about video games on the internet. My knowledge of video games and rating those is the exact opposite of my knowledge of movies. The most I know about game critique is the fact I’ve watched Zero Punctuation for the last six years. However, I do still play games like NBA2K, Mortal Kombat, Hitman, and Animal Crossing. I enjoy these games, but I recognize that a lot of people don’t. It’s hard for me to defend my position as I don’t know a whole lot on the subject.
But I do know things about movies, and boy does Hollywood try to merge the two a lot! I, as of writing, have seen roughly two dozen video game movies, which range from 4 ½ stars to less than a half star, and I haven’t even seen the really bad ones (Alone in the Dark, Ratchet and Clank, DOA). Upon my research, looking at critic and audience scores, video games are better now than they ever have been before. So why do they still suck so much? Well, I decided to look at three examples of video game movies (The Best, The Worst, and the Blandest) to determine what makes video game movies so awful. Continue reading →
Foreword by Adam Brannon: We are all adapting to some serious changes post-COVID-19 and as the world tries to get back on its feet, it’s been refreshing to see people trying new, exciting and different things.
Whether it’s deciding to cycle, rather than get on public transport or create your own podcast, the number of individuals relishing trying new activities has been perhaps one of the only positives of this troubling pandemic. Over on Instagram, new accounts are popping up left, right and centre, but one that really caught my eye was tot_for_tot_remakes.
Alex and his daughter Matilda live in the US, and have taken the Insta world by storm by recreating classic scenes from movies with a little photoshop knowhow and little else. The results have been astounding. In this interview, I ask Alex about the thought process behind the account and the public reaction. Continue reading →
Putting on a Scooby Doo movie is the truest form of gambling. You can end up with a great time with something like Scooby-Doo: Pirates Ahoy and Scooby-Doo: Stage Fright, or you could see Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon and Scooby Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery (The crossovers aren’t great). As I am the world’s foremost expert on the subject of Mystery Incorporated and their many endeavors, I approached the newest theatrical, well, almost theatrical, film, Scoob, with cautious optimism.
The first trailer made it look like it’d be a fun, enjoyable time. Then came the second trailer, followed by the countless ads on Vudu, which made my excitement tailspin. Then I bought, yes, bought the movie so I could watch it forever and ever. To put it mildly, this is the film equivalent of Scrappy Doo, because it’s the worst Scooby related material. I can’t put the pain of reliving the movie any longer, “pets” talk about Scoob.
With most areas of the world still under strict lockdown, many of us have found ourselves with a great deal more time for TV and film. Personally, it’s been the perfect opportunity to revisit some of my all-time favourites, many of which I hadn’t seen for years.
In doing so, however, I couldn’t help but consider how often we recall things through a rose-tinted lens. Perhaps this is pessimistic, solitary confinement me talking, but I was fairly disappointed to find out that some of my favourite films weren’t as perfect as I had remembered.
From dodgy CGI, to laughable cameos and out of place character moments, a fair few of the top films from the last 20 years actually have some infuriatingly bad scenes. In order to exorcise my lockdown lamentations, I’ve decided to put together the definitive list of bad scenes in great movies, here are the top 5. Continue reading →