4 items from 2014
There’s hardly a more potent neurochemical within the modern entertainment experience than that of nostalgia. It provides sanctity to that which can no longer be changed, the good ol’ franchises becoming even better as they are imbued with more purity and truth; in which we can refine past thoughts to be comparatively warmer to the cynicism we may feel for what we experience, in the present.
Nostalgia is an incredibly active force in contemporary films. In the form of references made in dialogue or through visuals, it is often how fantastical movies are able to buddy buddy their fictional characters with audiences, placing them within our active context. Guardians of the Galaxy deals heavy doses of nostalgia to its audience as its bid to be welcomed, but does so with such desperation that it panders to its original quality as an “offbeat” mainstream experience. Considering the creation of its lead human surrogate, »
- Nick Allen
Director: Kôichi Ôhata
Running Time: 300 Minutes
Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians is the most difficult anime series I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing for a number of reasons. The series focusses on a group of young scantly-clad women guided by the spirits of ancient warriors in order to become ultimate martial arts fighters. It should be stated now that this is by no means a complicated plot and it is also incredibly easy to follow. However what makes the series slightly confusing in terms of its quality, is the mixed bag of visual and narrative divergences. By this I am of course referring to the emphasis the show puts on provocative imagery, which can clearly be seen from the DVD’s marketing.
Some characters and storylines within the series’ 12 episode run may cause slight confusion to those »
- Ben Read
Remember the good old days? Way back when a talented individual would have an original idea, and make a movie out of it? Those halcyon days of discovery and entertainment might just have disappeared a little further back into the mists of time, as Paramount has revealed their intention to remake the 1985 Joe Dante classic, Explorers, with a script written by Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier (Better Living Through Chemistry).
It seems to have become more and more ‘on trend’ to mine back-catalogues for titles deemed ripe for a robust ‘re-imagining’. Having endured second shots at films such as Red Dawn, Conan The Barbarian, About Last Night, Carrie and RoboCop in recent years, we still have Annie and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to look forward to. Not to mention The Crow, Point Break, and even Flatliners, at some point in the future. Now, we can add to that list the tiny, »
- Sarah Myles
Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray Review
The second installment of the Thor saga has plenty of action, but misses the mark to a certain extent when it comes to the wide array of facets it hopes to infuse into the story. The dedication to, and belief in, the depth and breadth of the various arcs in the story are solidified in the bonus features of the home release, and while the exposition makes for elaborate and detailed featurettes, they probably serve as too clear a sign of what went wrong with the production.
Thor: The Dark World kicks off with a rather clunky piece of development that leaves Thor explaining the events of The Avengers, his time back on Earth, and subsequent lack of phone call to Jane. Of course, the film also needs a villain to come and destroy a good chunk of the map and/or threaten to do same, »
- Marc Eastman
4 items from 2014
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