Ten Depressing Children’s Cartoons

We like to think that films for children are always cheery and uplifting. But, like fairy tales, children’s animation often carries a darker message. Are the following ten TV shows and films a safe way to expose children to serious life messages about death, sacrifice and the harsh realities of the world, or are they just plain depressing? Continue reading

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Pacific Rim: Giant robots galore

I never got around to seeing Pacific Rim in the cinemas. Nonetheless, it eventually made its way to Amazon Prime, and I finally saw it a few months ago. It was big, overblown and a bit silly, but surprisingly, I quite liked it. Continue reading

The Martian: sci-fi can still be good!

I spend a lot of time on this blog criticising bad sci-fi. And whilst I enjoy writing those blog posts, I’m not doing it because I’m a burning ball of hate desperate to denigrate everything in my path. In fact, I was getting a little sad that a genre I loved so much didn’t seem to have turned out a good film in years. Then The Martian came along, and my faith was restored. Continue reading

Jupiter Ascending, Quality Descending

Sometimes, you dare to hope that the latest big budget sci-fi movie might actually be, if not amazing, at least average. It’s bound to be flawed, but maybe it will be entertaining. So, having seen some screenshots of Jupiter Ascending at the end of last year, I found myself interested in watching it – and it never once occurred to me to wonder why the film had sunk without trace upon its cinema release.

The reason, of course, is that Jupiter Ascending is a terrible film – a feature so poor that it should be banished to movie purgatory with all due haste. Continue reading

Why Every Star Trek Film is the Best…and the Worst

A couple of years ago, I was inspired to write a fun piece on my other blog about how you could argue that every Final Fantasy game is the best in the franchise – or perhaps the worst. Now it’s time to take the same logic and apply it to the Star Trek films.

Remember: the following post is for fun only. Obviously First Contact is undisputedly the best Star Trek film, and Star Trek V is terrible. Continue reading

2012: The year of Hitchcock biopics

Ever since Paul Merton’s documentaries opened my eyes to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, I’ve eagerly partaken of as many of his films as I could get my hands on. But in 2012, I got the chance to take my interest to a new meta-level, with the release of not one, but two Hitchcock biopics, each focusing on a different slice of the great director’s career. But would they prove to be a worthy investment on time, or just a cash-in on a big name? Continue reading