TBT: Once Upon a Time (Season 1)

Thursday, 6 August 2015

I've been ill for the past few days. I've known for quite a long time that I'm one of the worst people to be around when I'm ill. Basically, I become a pathetic mess who refuses to suffer in silence and mopes around feeling sorry for herself. For the good of my family and friends I have proceeded to shut myself away and wallow. The only thing I was really good for was a nightly Netflix binge. Wanting something mindless and ridiculous to take my mind off my infected sinuses: it was the ideal time to finally watch Once Upon a Time. I've been intrigued by this show since the first season aired but I've never had the required Disney princess obsession that it built upon. I always preferred the animal stories and would rather have been Simba than Cinderella. The only princess I gave a shit about was Belle and that was only before she fell in love and became an idiot. Don't get me wrong, I loved the Brothers Grimm and stuff like that when I was growing up. However, I grew up. I find it weird for people over the age of thirteen being too into the idea of princesses. It's fucking creepy.

Boo by Neil Smith

Monday, 3 August 2015

The dust jacket of Boo reminds me of the 'Travel Writer' episode of Black Books. You know the one where every quote on the back of Jason Hamilton's new book says he's charming: “Every one of these blurbs says he's charming: 'I was swept away by a wave of charm.' 'I was immolated in a firewall of charm and charisma.' 'I almost exploded from the concentration of charm on the page.'” The one thing everyone seems able to agree upon regarding Neil Smith's first full length novel is that it's charming. Nothing like creating a little bit of pressure for yourself, is there. Still it was a novel that I'd been keen to read for some time: an incredibly charming novel that's reminiscent of The Lovely Bones? Is it any wonder I lost sleep over this thing?

TBT: Thor (2011)

Thursday, 30 July 2015

With the release of Ant-Man recently we've been preparing ourselves for a new Marvel line-up. We've known for a while that Robert Downey Jr. is out of the door post Avengers 3 but just how much time awaits his fellow big hitters? Chris Evans is keen to step away from the camera and direct so it seems clear that either Civil War will have its comic-book ending or the Cap will meet his maker whilst fighting Thanos. At least when Steve exits the scene we can take comfort in the form of Bucky Barnes. What happens when the contract runs out for everyone's favourite God with the best pair of arms in existence, Thor? I've said several times before that Thor is the Marvel character that I love the most but I can't imagine a situation where the character carries on without Chris Hemsworth. I know that the recent comic-book series has meant that spoiler could take his place but it just wouldn't be the same.

Ant-Man (2015)

Monday, 27 July 2015

Is there anyone out there who isn't even a little bit excited for the upcoming phase of Marvel films? It's a fucking great time to be a Marvel fan and it's set to only get better. is one of those superheroes that means a lot to people in the know but isn't exactly one of the mainstream. Whilst waiting for the film's release I've had to suffer the mocking tone of several colleagues who think it's just some silly parody. Forgive the fucking awful pun but he's simply too small to stand out against the likes of Thor, Captain America and the Hulk. He was the underdog which made him the perfect focus for a writer/director like Edgar Wright. Shame that dream died a fucking horrible mess then. So, despite my unquenching excitement to see Paul Rudd take up the costume, I found myself sceptical that I would enjoy this film as much as I would have enjoyed the first one.
There are so many exciting new faces set to make their first appearance and it's bloody brilliant... even if some people won't have as much knowledge of them. Ant-Man

TBT: X-Men (2000)

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Last week when I was blissfully celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest teen movies of all time, one of the greatest comic book movies of all time was also celebrating a milestone birthday. On July 14th X-Men, Bryan Singer's first step into the murky world of mutants, turned 15 years old. With Days of Future Past coming out last year and X-Men Apocalypse less than a year away, Singer really is still a force to be reckoned with in the world of superhero movies. Now I won't lie to you, X-Men isn't the best: it has been overshadowed by Singer's second outing and, perhaps, by Days of Future Past itself. However, Singer brought together a fucking amazing cast and introduced Professor X's squad of mutant heroes to the big screen. It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but there is no doubt that it is a film that deserves to be recognised.

Batman v Superman: Battle of Who Could Care Less

Monday, 20 July 2015

So earlier this month nerds from all over the world were flocking to San Diego Comic Con. Amidst all the usual cosplay and fangirling, the world was introduced to a whole host of new trailers to get excited about. A lot of them were exciting, like Suicide Squad which completely turned me around about the whole thing. Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn? Fuck yes Jared Leto's joker? Holy shit! Even Will Smith doesn't seem like too abysmal. So yeah, it turns out I'm actually excited about what DC has to offer in a world dominated by Marvel films. Which, considering how I felt after Man of Steel really fucking shocked me. Of course, even after the super popular Batman v Superman panel that sent everyone crazy, I'm still not over the bitterness that surrounded my soul after watching Zack Snyder fuck with Superman. However, after I first saw the trailer I was weirdly excited about it. There are parts that look so good but... I hate Zack Snyder. I really don't know what to think.

TBT: Clueless (1995)

Thursday, 16 July 2015

If you've been around these parts before, you may be aware that I'm not the biggest fan of Jane Austen. I know, I know. It's not the kind of thing book nerds tend to admit to. I did two literature degrees that focused on Romanticism and had to suffer the sneers of my professors and fellow students whenever Austen appeared on my reading list. Turns out nobody trusts a book lover who hates the Queen of chick lit. But, frankly my dears, I don't give a shit. Austen is a paint-by-numbers kind of writer so once you've read one novel you've read them all. However, I'm a pretty big fan of the attempts by other media to adapt her novels into something people can genuinely enjoy. Of course, the pinnacle of these attempts is still one of the best teen movie of all fucking time.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Monday, 13 July 2015

Ready Player One is the debut novel of Ernest Cline, a writer who, before it's release, was best known for writing the original script of the super disappointing Fanboys. Despite this potentially damning connection, it was one of those books that was fucking everywhere recently. For a few months it was the only bloody book that anyone seemed to be talking about. I guess it helps when your primary audience are too young to have watched the shitty films you helped write. I hoped that I liked Cline's novel because it does contain lots of things I'm very fond of. However, as a YA dealing with a dystopian future, I was sort of predisposed to fucking hate it. However, I just couldn't stop myself reading it. It took a really long time, admittedly, but I couldn't stop reading it.