You can forgive me for going into Godzilla vs Kong with a wee bit of trepidation. You see, the last time Alexander Skarsgård had top billing in a blockbuster, it was The Legend of Tarzan, and before that it was Battleship – you see where I’m going with this? And that’s not a slight on Skarsgård at all, he’s a great actor, but just hasn’t found the success he deserves when it comes to tentpole movies.
And then there’s the MonsterVerse itself. Things started off exceptionally in 2014 when director Gareth Edwards (Rogue One) created a beautifully shot and rather understated Godzilla reboot. Then in 2017, Kong: Skull Island entered the fray in what has to be one of the most bonkers and visually stunning blockbusters of the last 5 years.
Unfortunately, all this good work was undone somewhat when Godzilla: King of the Monsters was released in 2019. Messy, with a poor script, it threatened to derail the entire franchise. Nevertheless, Warner Bros. pushed on with creating Godzilla vs Kong and after numerous pushbacks, it finally arrives in the UK on the small screen – but is it actually any good?
I remember when Pixar was acquired by Disney in 2006, and fans of the animation studio’s work up until that point were absolutely appalled. Concerned, and rightly so, that the House of Mouse would destroy that “small-time studio” feel that Pixar had, it was deemed as a billion dollar catastrophe.
Despite all those reservations, it’s now clear, 14 years on, that Disney’s acquisition of the studio was a positive move for both. Pixar had the ability to create films on a much larger (aka more expensive) scale, and Disney had another studio name to add to its profitability as they began their global domination-style plan. mwahahahaha!
That’s the history lesson over with. Now, as we approach the end of 2020, and with the world completely turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, Pixar’s latest film, Soul, released directly to Disney+ is just the film we needed to turn our frowns upside down. But how good is it?
Color is something we often talk about with movies. Movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Blade Runner 2049 are movies frequently discussed for their beautiful color palettes, but before we were talking about colorful movies, we talked about their colorful titles. Many of my favorite movies have colors in the title. Soylent Green’s political intrigue, R.E.D’s hilarious moments and witty dialogue, or the combination of all of those things in Primary Colors, which is a great movie which has not been thought of at all during this very fun campaign year in America.
However, if you ever asked someone to name a movie with a color in the title, they’d say The Pink Panther. A classic comedy which gave us a franchise that lasted almost fifty years before Steve Martin brutally murdered it with two very unfunny films. So how good was the starting point in order to form an eleven film franchise?
Has anyone even heard of Shudder? Until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t. The Horror focussed streaming service launched in 2015 and, until now, has enjoyed a rather low profile. Amongst a sea of streaming competitors, the decision to pitch themselves as a one genre pony appears, on the surface, to be a bit of a tactical misfire, but there’s just something about horror that sets it apart from other genres isn’t there?
Where other genres are watched by almost anyone and everyone, horror seems to have its own unique fanbase. I, myself, sit in the intersection of that particular Venn diagram; I consider myself both a general film fan as well as a horror fanatic. So, I guess you could say, I’m the perfect target audience for Shudder.
Adam Sandler is back… and the result is not as bad as I thought it would be! Sandler’s new film, Hubie Halloween launched this week on Netflix and I took the time to give it a watch.
Hubie Halloween follows town idiot and self-proclaimed security guard, Hubie (played by Sandler) as he celebrates Halloween, and helps solve a mystery when people start going missing…