WandaVision Episode 7 is the seventh instalment of this Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero streaming TV drama featuring Wanda Maximoff (the Scarlet Witch) and Vision. After the dramatic events of the previous episode – where Vision attempts to escape the pocket alternate reality of Westview created by Wanda, WandaVision Episode 7 seems to be an unwelcome and unnecessary pause to reflect and take stock of everything that has gone before.(more…)
WandaVision Episode 6 is the sixth instalment of the Disney+ superhero streaming TV drama. After the mind-blowing surprise ending of the previous episode, WandaVision Episode 6 carries forward the sitcom concept of the series thus far by morphing into a 90s-era TV show, complete with powerpop-based theme song (think : Friends)(more…)
WandaVision Episode 5 is the latest instalment of the Disney+ superhero streaming TV drama. Episode 5 is probably the best episode in the WandaVision miniseries thus far. We believe that this has mostly to do with the parallel storytelling in Wanda’s pocket reality (a.k.a. the Maximoff Anomaly) and the real world (a.k.a. Marvel Cinematic Universe). Perhaps this should have been the approach the series should have taken in episodes 2 and 3.(more…)
WandaVision Episode 4 is the latest instalment of the Disney+ superhero streaming TV drama. After spending three episodes in a bizarre alternate reality where Wanda and Vision were living in TV sitcoms based in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, we finally get to see what is happening in the ‘real’ world i.e. the Marvel Cinematic Universe!(more…)
WandaVision Episode 3 continues the Disney+ streaming superhero TV drama miniseries. As mentioned in our previous review, WandaVision is the first time Marvel Studios has spun off the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) characters into a TV series. Anyone familiar with the MCU – isn’t that everyone? – will be aware of its interconnectivity and perhaps that’s where WandaVision (so far) has held back in favour of a very fanciful storytelling artifice.(more…)
WandaVision is the debut Marvel Studios superhero TV miniseries drama streaming on the Disney+ platform. Of course, we have had Marvel TV series like Daredevil, Jessica Jones etc on Netflix, Agents of SHIELD on ABC and so on. However, this time around, WandaVision is effectively spinning off the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) characters of Wanda Maximoff and Vision into a TV miniseries. Thus far, Disney+ has released the first two episodes of the miniseries and its fair to say that WandaVision is quite different from what MCU fans may be used to in the hit movies.(more…)
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.(more…)
Wonder Woman 1984 is a superhero action-adventure drama based on the DC character of the same name. Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as the titular character, Wonder Woman 1984 is the sequel to the successful 2017 eponymous film.(more…)
The New Mutants is a superhero horror movie directed by Josh Boone. The final movie in the Fox X-Men franchise series, The New Mutants is loosely based on the Marvel comic book series of the same name, in particular the Demon Bear Saga that ran from #18 – #20, in the 80s.(more…)
Alright, so The Boys Season 2 just ended with an amazing season finale. Thus far, we have covered Episodes 1 – 5 in two tranches viz. here and here. Now that we have the entire season available, let’s dive deep into a story analysis for The Boys Season 2. Heads up, this will contain spoilers!(more…)
The COVID-19 global panic has devastated the entertainment industry in 2020. This is the clearest sign – geek movie delay! After all, geek movies have been the biggest money-earners in recent times and the continued postponement is the best indication of how bad the global pandemic is.(more…)
After the bloated third instalment in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns saga, it seems that Miller is still not done. Dark Knight Returns : The Golden Child picks up a few years after the Master Race and focuses on the generation after Batman and Superman. Our story analysis follows.(more…)
Check out the WandaVision trailer! No date confirmed yet …
Not a full blown Story Analysis, here are my quick thoughts on The Boys Season 2 (Ep 1 – 3). Check out my Story Analysis of season 1 first.(more…)
PoP THEORY : THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY – STORY ANALYSIS (CONTAINS SPOILERS)PoP THEORY : THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY – STORY ANALYSIS (CONTAINS SPOILERS)
Christopher Nolan’s much vaunted Batman 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.(more…)
In season 1, we were introduced to our protagonists – seven superhuman misfits (Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Five, Ben and Vanya) mentored by an idiosyncratic and eccentric gent in the style of the X-Men and the Doom Patrol. Copping story elements from the Dark Phoenix saga, the Umbrella Academy succeeded in improving on its source material and in engaging an invested audience before delivering a satisfying cliff-hanger of an ending.
I must confess that I currently have a love-hate relationship with HBO’s Watchmen series. I went from largely dislike to grudgingly admire in the first and second episodes but with Watchmen Episode Three, my feelings have gone up to full-blown hate!(more…)
As mentioned in the review of the pilot, the problem with HBO’s Watchmen series is that while it is well written and well acted, the connections to the original Watchmen graphic novel are tenuous and tacked on for branding purposes only. Well, at least in the pilot. But what about Watchmen Episode Two?(more…)
(NO SPOILERS REVIEW)(more…)
Apart from Daredevil and perhaps The Punisher, the quality of Marvel TV-Netflix series has been mixed. The first season of Jessica Jones only succeeded because of its engaging villain, Killgrave (played by David Tennent) while season 2 was decidedly inferior.
GEEK OUT!!! SUPERHERO FILM : AQUAMAN EXTENDED TRAILER – GIVING THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT!GEEK OUT!!! SUPERHERO FILM : AQUAMAN EXTENDED TRAILER – GIVING THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT!
Warner Bros have released a 5-minute extended trailer for the upcoming Aquaman movie. And it rocks!!!
If you like your superheroes light and you are not too concerned about well-developed plots and characterisations, then Venom is the movie for you!