Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Expendables 3 (2014)

Director - Patrick Hughes
Cast - Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Robert Davi, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger

I need to give massive kudos to whoever cut together the trailer for The Expendables 3. In the cinema I was left excited to see more of our ageing action heroes despite my opinion of the first two films (here's my review for EX2). Having seen it however I can't help but feel let down. 

TMNT Annual 2014

Originally written for Flickering Myth

"The Turtles are whisked away to another dimension by a stranger-Renet! Forced to fight for their survival in a tournament featuring the greatest warriors in the universe, the brothers will have to master new fighting techniques and forge new alliances. But with the deck stacked against them, their chance of survival is slim!"

Back in 2012 TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman wrote and drew the first TMNT Annual for IDW. The story took place within the current continuity but was far enough removed that  you could take it or leave it. In my hunger for anything with the words 'IDW' and 'TMNT' on the front I picked it up, only to discover it was best being left; with muddled art and an uninteresting story that seemed out of touch with the current monthly title and its quality storytelling.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

TMNT #37

Originally written for Flickering Myth

If you're not all caught up yet, check out my review for TMNT #36, which will make some of following review make more sense!

"From the start, two villains have dominated the Turtles’ lives: Shredder and Krang. Now, for the first time, they come face-to-face with each other in the present day! Will they be able to overcome their differences and join forces? It’s a very special stand-alone issue that guarantees some major surprises!"

I had completely forgotten that Mateus Santolouco would not be working on the art for this month's issue of TMNT. So my heart sank a little when I noticed his name missing on the first page. But two things brightened my mood.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Assault on Arkham (2014)

Director - Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding
Cast - Kevin Conroy, Neal McDonough, Hynden Walch, Matthew Gray Gubler and Troy Baker

Set in the 'Arkham' universe, Assault on Arkham may have Batman (once again voiced brilliantly by Kevin Conroy) emblazoned all over, but he comes and goes. Constantly mentioned but seen in spurts. 

The real stars of this film are Suicide Squad; a group of convicts rounded up and sent on suicide missions. If they complete their task they get time taken off their sentence. If they don't.....well the clue is in the team name.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe

With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Studios has now released 10 films. Busy bees indeed since 2008 and the release of Iron Man. 

You know what that means. Ten films means we can do a top ten! This is sure to stir up many different thoughts amongst you, so bear in mind that this is just my opinion. I've not spoken to one person who agrees completely, and I don't expect any of you too! My wife is still giving me crap about were I've put Iron Man 3.....

Obviously some of these films I've had a chance to see more times so there's every chance my thoughts could change in the future. Consider this a first pass that I'll revisit in the future as more films are released and we have more time with them.

So without further ado, let's get onto #10 in my rankings.