Way back in June 2007 I uploaded a cover of my favourite song to YouTube, Tom Waits’ heartbreaker ‘Martha’. It was a long-ass time ago but I’m pretty sure I primarily did it cause I could. Sure, I’m a singer, a guitarist and a songwriter – I’m never gonna refuse an opportunity to get my music and covers heard – but YouTube didn’t remotely resemble then what it has become now. The concept of becoming a “Youtuber” didn’t really exist back then, it was still that magic site where if you were looking for a video it was there, and you’d watch it on your desktop too might I add with smartphones only just breaking onto the scene back then. Continue reading niallon – Monster Mash Up
Oh yes, he’s back. I kinda gave up on TV reviews a little, mainly because I was unable to keep current with episodes as they aired, but The Walking Dead has always had an exception made in that field. Mostly this is because I am still an avid reader of the comic series and I regularly watch it every week with one of my friends who is not so aside from the show, I get a great joy out of watching her reactions to moments from the comic as they unfold and indeed getting caught out myself as the show “remixes” some key moments. It doesn’t hurt either that since Scott Gimple took over as showrunner on Season 4, the quality has been escalating consistently. That is, until, the last two or three episodes of Season 6. Or is it? It’s a really weird one being honest because in the 16 hours or so since I watched the finale my opinion on it has been bouncing back and forth and online I can mostly only see opinions coming in from fellow comic readers. So I’m deathly curious, show only watchers, what did you think of it? I make that statement now because I want to clarify, I may say some slightly mean things about the finale (as well as many SPOILERS too!) and I want it to be known that I’m mostly saying these things as someone who knows what’s coming next. Take that as you will but it is, in my opinion, an important factor to keep in mind. Let’s get started.
Full spoilers for Game Of Thrones and Hannibal below.
What a week in TV land it has been. Hannibal is back and brilliant as ever, but Game Of Thrones hit the now famous nine episode mark in its current season. Did it deliver? Was there a wedding? Is Stannis still the Mannis? Well…
If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later… or any of the Romero zombie films…do not watch Maggie. More specifically, if you like any of the listed titles for their zombie related goodness, this is not the film for you. Maggie is not a zombie film, and truthfully come the end of the film I couldn’t help but find it contrived that it had been written into the zombie sub genre at all. It is a drama, focused on the relationship between a young girl with a terminal illness, and how her father and stepmother react to these final precious days they have with her. And it’s good, but not great.
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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.
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Ok, maybe a cult hit like The Mist doesn’t really fit into this “you might have missed it on Netflix” mantra that Flicks On ‘Flix is championing but I want to write about this film for two reasons. One, many wrongly associate it with John Carpenter’s The Fog or worse still the awful remake of said film. Aside from the weather there are no similarities between these films. Secondly, those who have seen it… Well… They haven’t liked it. So here I stand, the last line of defence for The Mist. Let’s dig in.
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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.
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