Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Essential Pick of the Week – Vivarium (2020)

Week #13 The second feature film from director Lorcan Finnegan and writer Garret Shanley. Vivarium not only pays homage to range of classic science fiction and horror. But also manages to find its own unique voice in what is an unsettling and fresh film. Wrapping the audience in a claustrophobic horror that takes on even greater significance during the current …

15 Top TV Shows to Watch During Self Isolation

Being stuck at home during these challenging days isn’t easy. And it can mean 24 hour news becomes a normal part of our Televisual diet. But while important this can also increase a sense of isolation and worry. While also making the day drag as the main news repeats every hour. So why not take a break from world events …

The Mandalorian – The magic of Star Wars reborn on TV

Disney + launched this week in the UK, finally allowing audiences to access TV shows that have already swept the USA. But its biggest offering is undoubtedly the long awaited The Mandalorian. A Star Wars inspired adventure with a bounty hunter at the helm. But despite the hype was it was worth the wait? Unlike the recent mediocre finale to …

Comic Book Movies – The Essential Collection

Ever since the 18th Century, comics, manga, cartoons and graphic novels have been a part of public storytelling. Taking us to new and existing worlds through art and words. While equally challenging political figures and institutions as they reflect and dissect our human journey. From Japan to Europe and the America’s the use of images in storytelling has a long …

I Am Not Okay with This (Review) – An explosion of teenage angst in a sea of comic book joy

What do you get when you cross the energy of The Breakfast Club with the horror of Carrie? The answer may be found in the new Netflix comic book drama ‘I Am Not Okay with This’. A deliciously dark comic book adaptation from the same universe as The End of the F***ing World. One that wraps you in the story …

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) Review

Back in 2016 Margot Robbie stormed onto our screens as the anarchic DC comics favourite Harley Quinn. The ex-PHD psychotherapist who became the Joker’s right hand woman following a rebirth at ACE chemicals. And while Suicide Squad was far from perfect as an introductory film. It is fair to say that Robbie’s Harley Quinn shone through an otherwise mediocre affair. …

Titans Season 2 – Despite a few minor stumbles, Titans are back with a bang

Titans season one debuted in 2018, providing a shining light in sea of superhero TV shows. By not only giving a long overdue platform to some of DC Comics most overlooked characters in TV and film. But also surrounding their debut with a decidedly adult tone. Reinventing the characters for a modern audience, while equally honouring their comic book roots. …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Ad Astra

In 2016 James Grey brought us the underrated ‘The Lost City of Z‘. A film that focused on the human need for exploration and understanding. Exploring the desire of humans to risk everything in answering the questions inherent in the unknown and unexplored. Ad Astra continues the themes of Grey’s earlier film. Mixing stunning cinematography with the human desire to answer the …

Worzel Gummidge – A delightful return of the scarecrow

Anyone of my generation will have fond memories of Jon Pertwee as the lovable if slightly cantankerous scarecrow Worzel Gummidge. His interpretation of Barbara Euphan Todd’s 1930’s character shining on screen from 1979 – 1981. It is therefore with some trepidation that I settled down to watch his return on BBC One this Christmas. However, this trepidation was consigned to …

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (Review)

Spoiler Free How do you end a Skywalker saga born 42 years ago? While also drawing to a close the timeline of a new set of characters born five years ago? This is a challenge that Star Wars Episode XI: The Rise of Skywalker never quite manages to circumnavigate. Ultimately creating a frenetic and somewhat muddled and disappointing end to …