Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Turtles in Time #2

Originally written for Flickering Myth

Not caught up yet? Here's my review for Turtles in Time #1

"The Turtles’ journey through time continues, and the next stop is Feudal Japan! The Turtles will meet some familiar faces and be forced to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Will stopping the Shredder mean the end of the Turtles as we know them?"

Last month we followed our heroes as they took a trip to prehistoric times, took on some Utroms and gained pet! It was an extremely funny opening issue to this mini-series. 

There is so much going on in this issue that I can't talk about in the main review due to my avoidance of spoilers.  Suffice to say the turtles are given the chance to fundamentally change the status quo, and it's completely understandable why they might.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Director - Matt Reeves
Cast - Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell and Kodi Smit-McPhee

Fantastic special effects and a strong story can't always be found together. 2011's catchily titled Rise of the Planet of Apes managed this and became an unexpectedly great film. Each character's motivation was clear, James Franco wasn't annoying and the impressive mixture of CGI and performance capture gave Caesar and the others apes life to a degree we hadn't seen on film before.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Under the Skin (2014) in 100 Words

Director - Jonathan Glazer
Cast - Scarlett Johansson

Under the Skin shares many similarities with a film I enjoyed immensely last year, Only God Forgives.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Director - Dean DeBlois
Cast - Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harington

My brain needed a night's sleep to make the connection and allow me to figure out what HTTYD2 reminded me of. But this morning it clicked.

The Empire Strikes Back.

That's a rather lofty comparison I'm aware, but whilst this DreamWorks sequel doesn't hit those heights it does a great job in the same way Empire did. Not only does it give us more of Hiccup and Toothless in an entertaining way, but it also massively opens up the world they live in and the possibilities of what could happen to them.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

TMNT #36

Originally written for Flickering Myth

If you're not all caught up yet, check out my review for TMNT #35, which will make some of following review make more sense!

"Leonardo and Splinter plan for the coming war with Shredder. As they meditate on what their true path must be, they are engulfed by darkness. And from that darkness emerges… the Rat King! Will his meddling with their minds lead to salvation or madness?"

Well now. I must admit that I wasn't completely sure what to make of this issue as I was reading it. Seemingly a jarring change in story and progression, it became more and more apparent through the story that it what is occurring will have huge bearing on not only my favourite turtle and his father, but the course of the battle between our heroes and the various villainous factions they're up against.