Reviewing a Marvel film can be tough at the best of times. They’re blockbuster superhero flicks and any criticism aimed at their lack of substance or emotional depth etc can be seen as just taking them too seriously. This applies doubly to the Guardians Of The Galaxy series. The first film was touted as potentially being Marvel’s first legitimate flop, and instead went on to briefly hold the mantle of highest grossing release the studio had at that time. We’ve been here before though, in fact Marvel has been here several times; when the first film releases and becomes such a smash hit that the anticipation for the sequel reaches far beyond fever pitch, and preparation for disappointment sets in. So how does GOTG 2 fair in that arena?
If you are a major DC comics fan, liked this film, or haven’t in fact seen it yet, stop reading now. There will be spoilers, there will be rants and there will be very little nice things said about it. Believe the critics people, they’re nearly unanimously right this time; BvS is pretty bad – or at least it does a lot of things badly – and I’ll do my best to explain that vague sentence a little better below.
Unfairly leafed in with the Farrelly Brothers and American Pie stable at the time of its release, Orange County is probably the film most in need of defending to date on Flicks On ‘Flix. Directed by Jake (Son Of Lawrence) Kasdan, starring Colin (Son Of Tom) Hanks, Jack Black, John Lithgow, Catherine O’ Hara and with a host of cameos – this film knows exactly what it is but maybe gave the impression it was something more inadvertently through such a stellar cast and crew. Ignore all of that and you’ll find its just an extremely enjoyable watch instead. Continue reading Flicks On ‘Flix – Orange County
And we’re back! Flicks On ‘Flix has returned and I’m kickstarting this new “season” with a film I cannot believe I haven’t covered yet – Open Range. Directed by and starring Kevin Costner, accompanied by Robert Duvall, Michael Gambon and Annette Benning; this is the film for this of you like me who grew up in an age where Kevin Costner was box office gold, where The Postman was one of the biggest WTF moments of your young life and you wondered would he ever regain his status. Oh yes, he did. Continue reading Flicks On ‘Flix – Open Range
For a horror remake to be successful there are some fundamental requirements. A) It must include the most iconic and effective beats from the original. B) It must remove any of the dead weight that negatively affected the original. C) It must bring something new to the table whilst also not encroaching on the spirit of the original. Few, if any remakes have achieved this, though I will cite Assault On Precinct 13, Halloween (non-theatrical release) and Friday The 13th as being successful endeavours in the above criteria. I am happy, and surprised, to say that I can add Poltergeist to that list. Continue reading Poltergeist Review
You won’t find me recommending many Irish films outside of a certain holy collection I swear by that I will write about another time. I avoided this film for a long time due to severely low expectations at the thought of it being just another let down of an Irish film and I found myself delighted to be proven wrong and thoroughly delighted that I had watched one of the finest horror comedies I have ever seen, within Ireland or not. Continue reading Flicks On ‘Flix – Grabbers
It’s May! Not that that means a sodding thing in this cursed land of wind and dropping mercury but hey, it’s May! Biggest news of the week is today’s announcement of Gordon D’Arcy’s retirement from rugby this coming October… But that wasn’t covered here so here’s everything else : Continue reading Friday Full House 01/05/15