Tag: Action-adventure

INVINCIBLE S01E05 (REVIEW)INVINCIBLE S01E05 (REVIEW)

Invincible S01E05

Invincible S01E05 is the fifth instalment of the first season of an animated superhero action-adventure TV drama streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The series is based on the Image Comic of the same name, created by writer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and artist Cory Walker. 

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FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER S01E04 (REVIEW)FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER S01E04 (REVIEW)

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S01E04

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S01E04 is the fourth instalment of a six-part superhero streaming TV drama miniseries. Set six months after the events of Avengers : Endgame, the miniseries continues to expand on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (“MCU”) after the 5 year blip, and the impact this has on the world, and of course, on the superheroes themselves. 

S P O I L E R S  F O L L O W 

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INVINCIBLE S01E04 (REVIEW)INVINCIBLE S01E04 (REVIEW)

Invincible S01E04

Invincible S01E04 is the fourth instalment of the first season of an animated superhero action-adventure TV drama streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The series is based on the Image Comic of the same name, created by writer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and artist Cory Walker. 

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FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER S01E02 (REVIEW)FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER S01E02 (REVIEW)

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S01E02

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S01E02 is the second instalment of a six-part superhero streaming TV action-adventure drama miniseries. Set six months after the events of Avengers : Endgame, the miniseries continues to expand on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (“MCU”) after the 5 year blip, and the impact this has on the world, and of course, on the superheroes themselves.

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THE AVENGERS (MOVIE REVIEW)THE AVENGERS (MOVIE REVIEW)

The Avengers

With the Disney+ streaming platform being available worldwide since February this year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (“MCU”) movies can be found in one convenient place. Power of Pop has been a staunch supporter of the MCU since the release of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk (which is not available on Disney+) in 2008. Thus, we continue our look back at the MCU with probably its most significant movie, 2012’s The Avengers.

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WONDER WOMAN 1984 ANALYSIS [SPOILERS]WONDER WOMAN 1984 ANALYSIS [SPOILERS]

Wonder Woman 1984 analysis

I believe in story analysis. As a pop culture commentator writing about film and TV, it is important to discuss story using rules of story analysis. Without story, films and TV shows would merely be a collection of loosely connected events and action sequences. With regards to Wonder Woman 1984, I had previously posted a non-spoilers review. Perhaps it is time for a story analysis of Wonder Woman 1984 to illustrate my point.

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THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY (ANALYSIS)THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY (ANALYSIS)

The Dark Knight Trilogy Analysis begins …

Christopher Nolan’s much vaunted Dark Knight Trilogy consisted of Batman Begins (BB), The Dark Knight (TDK) and The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR). The trilogy has been credited for legitimising superhero movies after the damage done by the campy Batman Forever and Batman and Robin.

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GEEK OUT! STAR TREK BEYONDGEEK OUT! STAR TREK BEYOND

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Synopsis
The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. Starring Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Chekov) and Idris Elba (Krall).

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GEEK OUT! THE CIVIL WAR TRAILER IS FINALLY HERE & IT’S A CRACKER!GEEK OUT! THE CIVIL WAR TRAILER IS FINALLY HERE & IT’S A CRACKER!

Civil War poster

When news was announced about the cast for Captain America : Civil War, folks starting referring to the sequel as Avengers 2.5. But based on the first trailer, it’s clearly a Cap movie – it’s just that Cap’s quest for justice for his friend Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) leads him to war with Iron Man and his team.

Which is a clever twist to how the original comic book story played it. It’s about Cap being loyal to his best friend in the face of virtually impossible odds. What a story this is going to be! And we get a first look at Black Panther too! 2016 is going to be an amazing superhero movie year.

Check it out now.

GEEK OUT: SO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS IS BASICALLY A REBOOT OF THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS MOVIE?GEEK OUT: SO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS IS BASICALLY A REBOOT OF THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS MOVIE?

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The most anticipated movie of the year has released a new trailer. If I am understanding the implications of what is depicted in this trailer correctly, after the Battle of Endor and the Return of the Jedi, something happened to thwart the actual return of the Jedi because 30 years later, the very idea of the Force is now a myth. Isn’t this the premise of Star Wars: A New Hope? So unlike the numerous books that chronicled post-ROTJ events (which has now been rendered non-Canon by Disney), we are back to square one.

Once more, we have a young adult living on the desert planet looking up to the skies, we have a malevolent force wearing a helmet and we have the threat of the Death Star (see the poster below) – so Star Wars: The Force Awaken is in reality a REBOOT! Sigh. What an alarming and revolting development! Hopefully, I am wrong in my assessment of the trailer. Cuz, even though the visuals are amazing and awe-inspiring, if that is indeed the plot of the new Star Wars movie, then it is going to be a disappointment. Don’t fuck it up, JJ!

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Watch the new trailer.

Check out also this amazing clip that combines all the footage so far in the Ultimate Trailer!

GEEK OUT! FANTASTIC FOUR – OFFICIAL TRAILER 2GEEK OUT! FANTASTIC FOUR – OFFICIAL TRAILER 2

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Last time out, Fox botched its characterisation of Dr Doom – one of the most iconic of super-villains – and that, and it’s rather campy approach marked its first attempt at adapting Marvel’s Fantastic Four as a failure. Watching this final trailer for this FF reboot, it is clear that the critical point of acceptance will once again hinge on the handling of Doom.

Apart from that, based on the trailers so far, this reboot looks like a serviceable origin story, using the Ultimate Fantastic Four series as a strong inspiration. In a year of mega-blockbusters like Fast and Furious 7, Jurassic World and Terminator: Genisys letting us down on the basic story front, hopefully Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four will surprise us all with a solid plot and characters, even as Marvel Studios itself roots for it to fail.

Fantastic Four opens in Singapore on 6th August.

… still there’s more … 

GEEK OUT! JURASSIC WORLD PROVES ONCE MORE THAT THE FRANCHISE IS ALLGEEK OUT! JURASSIC WORLD PROVES ONCE MORE THAT THE FRANCHISE IS ALL

Jurassic-World

You see that image above? That’s really what modern day blockbusters have done with plot, characterisation and narrative logic. Gobbled it all up in the name of box office green. Special effects rather than good writing create ‘tension’ and ‘drama’. This visual feast has audiences going ga-ga over the empty spectacle while ignoring plot holes & shallow one-dimensional characters. But it’s all okay, it’s only a movie so relax, why don’t you?

Well, remember that you reap what you sow. All the box office millions earned by movies like Jurassic World and less we forget, the Transformers franchise only leads to more similar movies. As it is, movie studios are terrified about releasing ‘genre’ films unless it’s a sequel, reboot or book/comic/TV adaptation and the mega-success of Jurassic World simply cements that opinion.

There’s little point in going into these issues in detail but suffice to say that: –

1. Bryce Dallas Howard’s character spends the entire film in high heels whilst running and battling dinosaurs.

2. The manner in which the ‘evil’ dinosaur is defeated by the ‘good’ dinosaurs is preposterous.

But why bother about making sense when you can make US$500 million in a weekend instead?

*Sigh*