Please join Ro Karen and the Admiral as they welcome UNKK to his very first show as a cohost. Joining them is Camille, from the Camille Reads blog, and the topic du jour, after some obligatory Avengers gushing, is Geek Chic, and all that it entails. Please listen to this song before you start the show.
If you think that putting on a pair of thick-rimmed glasses and a "Bazinga!" T-shirt is all you need to do to transform yourself into a "geek"...well, you're about to hear an earful from the Starbase crew! (more…)
What are they avenging exactly? Not to sure on that. But what's for certain is that Joss Whedon is avenging the summer blockbuster after over a decade of Michael Bay perennially desecrating its fetid, withering corpse.
3 1/2 out of 5 *****
Before we get to the review, let's get something out of the way. I like comic books, and love that comic book movies are currently a staple of big-budget cinema. However, an aficionado I am not. So relating plot specifics to the original source material will be absent here. There'll be none of that tiresome, "it makes sense if you read the comic" twaddle. Avengers Assemble is a film, and it is by that measure that I will be appraising it.
Now, the review. The fact that I was surprised by Avengers Assemble is in itself a surprise. It's easily forgotten that this has been in the works since 2008 and the release of Iron Man. Anyone astute enough to stay behind after the closing credits knew that Marvel were playing a long game. Much like a television series that is written well in advance, Avengers Assemble is the culmination of four years worth of comic-book storytelling. (more…)
2 1/2 out of 5 *****
Is it me or does the summer blockbuster season start earlier and earlier every year? We didn't even get to April before the major Hollywood studios started bringing out the heavy artillery. With the much anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games, Lions Gate have laid down the gauntlet for the rest of the year. Which is pretty bold when you consider that 2012 is a year that will have new releases for the Batman, Spiderman and Avengers franchises.
It seems that it's been impossible to talk about The Hunger Games without bringing derivative comparisons into play. Battle Royale, Twilight, The Running Man, Rollerball and Lord of The Flies have all been part of the conversation, often used to damn the movie with the faintest of praise. I'm yet to read the books, so my review can only be based on how the story worked on the big screen, rather than compare and contrast it with the original source material. (more…)
Immortality: A toy which people cry for,
And on their knees apply for,
Dispute, contend and lie for,
And if allowed
Would be right proud
Eternally to die for.
Do you have inside you blood of kings? Can no man be your equal? Are you a god? (Remember, Ray, say yes!) Or have your lips recently turned blue and you find yourself with an overwhelming need to petulantly harass a balding Englishman with a French name?
Then this week's episode is for you! (more…)