Tag: Fantasy

GEEK OUT! GAME OF THRONES SEASON FIVE DIGS A DEEPER HOLE FOR THE STORY TO GET LOST INGEEK OUT! GAME OF THRONES SEASON FIVE DIGS A DEEPER HOLE FOR THE STORY TO GET LOST IN

By now, it becomes abundantly clear that George RR Martin and the writers of Game of Thrones have no clue what to do. Instead of intriguing plot lines and character development, the TV series is a sequence of scenes with maximum shock value to incite internet buzz and cultivate some kind of false belief that Game […]

GEEK OUT! JUPITER ASCENDING IS A PIECE OF CRAP THAT EVEN MICHAEL BAY WOULD BE ASHAMED OFGEEK OUT! JUPITER ASCENDING IS A PIECE OF CRAP THAT EVEN MICHAEL BAY WOULD BE ASHAMED OF

Written and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowskis. Starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean & Eddie Redmayne. Where do I begin? The fact that Jupiter Ascending had two previous release dates in 2014 before settling on February 2015 was already cause of concern. Add to that the dodgy trailer hinted of a ridiculously fantastical plot, […]

GEEK OUT! SEVENTH SON: WHAT’S THE POINT OF AN ADAPTATION IF YOU CHANGE VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING THAT MADE THE SOURCE MATERIAL UNIQUE IN THE FIRST PLACE?GEEK OUT! SEVENTH SON: WHAT’S THE POINT OF AN ADAPTATION IF YOU CHANGE VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING THAT MADE THE SOURCE MATERIAL UNIQUE IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Directed by Sergei Bodrov Starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore.  Generally speaking, fantasy movie adaptations do not perform well at the box office, the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit and Harry Potter films, notwithstanding. Ironically, the very elements that made the original books popular are usually the first things to be changed in a movie adaptation, […]

GEEK OUT: THE HOBBIT – THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES IS A VICTORY OF FORM OVER SUBSTANCEGEEK OUT: THE HOBBIT – THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES IS A VICTORY OF FORM OVER SUBSTANCE

Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace and Luke Evans. How did we get here? How did the director responsible for the Best Picture of 2004 (a decade ago) morph into Michael Bay? Was it greed on the part of the studios or Peter Jackson’s hubris? I […]

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300: Rise Of An Empire (Directed by Noam Murro) To be honest, I had low expectations for this film. When it was first announced, I felt that there was absolutely no need for a sequel to 300 and this was simply a case of the studio trying to cash in on the original’s success (almost half a […]

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Keanu Reeves is back in a genre film – his first since the conclusion of the Matrix trilogy. 47 Ronin is a re-telling of the classical Japanese tale of honor and revenge as a sword (or katana in this case) and sorcery fantasy.  An additional twist is the inclusion of Kai – Reeves’ half-breed protagonist […]

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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Regular visitors will be aware that I didn’t like the first installment of this bloated adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The Unexpected Journey ironically had too many familiar elements and tropes taken from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as if director Peter Jackson was at pains to […]