In American Gods, Neil Gaiman weaves a complex and brilliant tale of old gods fighting for relevance in a world that is rapidly becoming the domain of the new gods—gods of technology, of media, and of perceived progress. It’s a long book, with only a small handful of moments that drag, but it is a true literary adventure.
Thor: The Dark World didn’t exactly set the bar high, even by the standards set by some of the lousier superhero movies (looking at you, Spider-Man 3). Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster felt like a throw-away character, used to help drive the plot forward. Loki was trotted out as a fan-favorite, with people losing the minds over Tom Hiddleston. Christopher Eccleston played Malekith the Easily Forgotten (his actual title was the Accursed, for those of you who, like me, would have had to Google that). Overall, it was like filler until the next big Marvel film came out, and it could have been so much better.
“The American people don’t know what’s best for them, I do”. President Frank Underwood is back and this time there is no room for the overrated democracy that America so proudly boasts. No, they need a leader that will lead and rule them like a King. But how long can this constitutional despot remain on the throne?
Let’s be brutally honest for a moment: the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are kind of like nasty take-out. At a cursory glance, and when drunk enough, they look appealing—even, perhaps, enticing. They’re satisfying enough in a pinch, and like all guilty pleasures they can be forgiven of their shortcomings. Nobody watches a Pirates of the Caribbean film expecting cinematic genius (or, really, nobody should be doing so). And like bad take-out, they can leave one with a feelings of disappointment and regret.
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 is on its way but before it hits cinemas let us consider how its Characters, now being draw more and more into the Marvel Cinematic Universe quagmire, are shaping up for this latest romp.
A heart-warming and family-friendly comedy is what’s on offer in Oz Arshad’s directorial debut, Finding Fatimah. The writer and director, Arshad, pulled the film together on a small budget but has produced an immensely watchable romantic comedy with laughs from start to finish. Set in Manchester’s British-Asian community the film addresses some of the challenging culture clashes that young British Muslims face. The feature is set for release on April 21st in cinemas across the UK.
Action hero meets Femme Fatale. That seems to be the thrust of the trailers for Atomic Blonde, which look to be a veritable orgy of high octane action, sultry blondes, and sexy French birds who, naturally, engage in gratuitous lesbian sex against the backdrop of 80s Berlin. Charlize Theron looks set to add another feather to her action movie cap as she fights, shoots and screws her way through the divided city looking to expose a double agent who’s tracking down and killing western agents.
Monty Python’s The Life of Brian from 1979 is described as a religious satire comedy which is a genre no one had ever heard of and many now would not be brave enough to touch even now, not even Seth Rogen’s ‘blue humour’ could come close.
Gather your senses, get a drink and get comfortable… its time for another Star Wars trailer and this time its quite the enigma. Continue reading