The LEGO Batman Movie review: by Adam Brannon
UK certification: U
LEGO may have just single-handedly saved the DC Universe. Yep, you heard me right; the construction toy has come to the aid of one of the comic-book heavyweights in spectacular fashion.
Of course, this is not the first time the world’s biggest toy company has released a film. 2014’s LEGO Movie catapulted the popular bricks into the minds of more people than ever before, it was an astounding success, and deserved every inch.
Now, they’re back with The LEGO Batman Movie, a film with so many side jokes and movie references, it’s impossible to spot them all the first time around.
Doctor Strange review: by Adam Brannon
UK certification: 12A
Let’s face it; Marvel rarely gets it wrong when it comes to crafting cracking superhero blockbusters. Sure, Avengers: Age of Ultron was an overstuffed mess but it had ambition and Iron Man 2 was fine when not compared to its predecessor.
Now, one of the biggest film studios in the world takes on its biggest gamble yet – more so than Guardians of the Galaxy was, and that’s saying something! But does Doctor Strange hit all the right notes or are we looking at Marvel’s first true dog’s dinner? Continue reading
By Adam Brannon
It’s hard to remember such a lacklustre summer blockbuster season. From unnecessary sequels to underwhelming novel adaptations, it’s been one disappointment after another.
After the criticism of spring’s Batman v Superman, DC Comics and Warner Bros. really needed a hit on their hands if they were to compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Suicide Squad is their answer, but after an exhaustive marketing campaign, is the final product any good? Continue reading
By Adam Brannon
Oh Marvel, when will you slow down? Taking a look through films released under the Marvel name now looks like a science lesson in creating the perfect formula for box-office success. Of course, that wouldn’t be the case had it not been for the brains behind these beloved stories, Stan Lee.
Here, Adam Brannon looks through his top five Stan Lee cameos from across the Marvel spectrum. But which five made the cut? Naturally, a spoiler warning is in force.
By Rob Stoakes
Another day, another superhero film. X-Men Apocalypse has prompted many things that come around with a superhero film. Fans showing how little shame they have and dressing up in tight spandex to hang around at conventions to generate sweat, tons of fan-art of Quicksilver making out with Loki, and of course, movie critics insisting that superhero films are about to die any second, no seriously it’s about to happen.
Look, I get it. Variety is the spice of life, and you don’t want to be stuck with all of this nerd stuff. I totally understand. I’d personally hate it if there were a ton of films about fashion and human social interactions and other things I detest. You all want to go back to a time when Midnight Cowboy could be considered the biggest film release of the year so in denial you blindly insist that this whole superhero thing is just a passing phase that’s bound to end soon.
Well, you’re all right. One day, the superhero genre will die, and I know that it will because… Continue reading