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MORTAL ENGINES (December 22, 2018)

Friday, 17 August 2018

First Look At Star Wars: Resistance...



I have to keep reminding myself that, off the back of the initial trailers, I didn't think I'd like the animation styles of either Rebels or Clone Wars before I actually sat down to watch full episodes.

But also have to admit that those trailers were set during periods of the Star Wars timeline that I was heavily invested in, whereas Resistance holds little to no interest for me at present.

Then again, I'm sure with this slick anime-inspired style, I'm not the target audience anyway.

Who knows, perhaps when I actually watch it I'll get as hooked as I was with Rebels and Clone Wars?

I just won't be heartbroken if it doesn't work for me, because I have plenty of shows to watch anyway...

  • In the States, Star Wars: Resistance premieres Sunday, October 7 at 10pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.

Not Saying I'm A Hypocrite, But...


Despite my underwhelmed reaction to Dan Slott's first issue of the revived Fantastic Four, that hasn't stopped me framing a variant cover of issue one, signed by the man himself.

Snagged from Slott's recent signing at the Forbidden Planet in London, this comic now hangs in  pride of place in the entrance hall to my gamesroom, along with my 'holy grail' of Fantastic Four #17 (the earliest FF story I remember reading) and a handful of other key comic book titles.

I am confident that Slott's Fantastic Four will be worthy to hang with these comics, providing he brings the same level of imagination and creativity that he did to his stunning 10-year run on Spider-Man.

It's just got off to a slow start...

With His Next Story Arc, X-O Manowar Is Back Doing What He Does Best...


Thankfully X-O Manowar - who was in flashback filler mode during the recent Valiant Comics' line-wide Harbinger Wars 2 event - is back in full-on, alien-armoured superhero mode with the start of a new story arc in issue 19.

This issue brings the worlds of Valiant's gorgeous Divinity and Eternity books to X-O Manowar.
Beyond time, space, and reality, there lies the Unknown… and now it’s coming here!

When soldiers from a mysterious foreign realm arrive on Earth, it’s up to the armoured Visigoth known as X-O Manowar – newly returned to the planet and now the leader of his own elite G.A.T.E. unit – to deal with the intrusion.

But are these otherworldly emissaries truly the threat they appear to be, or does a larger danger loom over the Valiant Universe still?
Penned, as ever, by Matt Kindt, with art by Juan José Ryp (who illustrates Valiant's incredible Britannia series), the Agent storyline begins on September 26.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Horror DVD Of The Week: A Quiet Place (2018)


In the months after Earth is overrun by monsters that hunt by sound, a family struggles to survive on their isolated farm.

Husband-and-wife team John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star in A Quiet Place, which Krasinski also directed and co-wrote with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck.

After the loss of their youngest child, Beau (Cade Woodward), to the monsters a year before, the traumatised Abbott family are preparing for the arrival of a new baby.

However, deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) blames herself for Beau's death and her brother, Marcus (Noah Jupe), is worried that she believes her parents (Blunt and Krasinski) blame her as well.

Even in a fallen world of silence, non-communication and family drama remains a major issue.

A Quiet Place cleverly, and succinctly, establishes its post-apocalyptic setting, without unnecessarily heavy exposition, respecting the intelligence of its audience to piece together what's going on.

Sound is the enemy, and so the family walk bare-footed, on paths of sand, and communicate via sign language, because they know - from bitter experience - that noise brings the armoured insectoid monsters down on them.

Like the Abbott's, we know little else about the creatures - not what they want or even where they came from.

And this helps to ramp up the atmosphere, immediately immersing the audience in the verisimilitude of the story.

Suspend your disbelief and wallow in an original and tense horror film that combines the bleakness of The Road with the claustrophobia of Alien.

With a near-total absence of the spoken word, A Quiet Place is antithetical to modern, slovenly, viewing habits, demanding the viewers' full attention.

If you're more interested in your iPhone during this movie you're missing the full experience of a uniquely smart piece of film-making.

Perhaps, it actually doesn't go far enough, A Quiet Place might have benefited from the excising of all non-diegetic sound... to truly mess with the viewers' head.

The near-constant mood music, aimed to build suspense at key moments, is pretty unnecessary as an engaged audience is already in a state of heightened tension - especially in the quieter moments - waiting for the next treacherous sound to give away our protagonists' location.

The creatures, whose presence interferes with electricity and who we initially only get brief glimpses of, are a blend of a Resident Evil monster, the Demogorgon from Stranger Things, the xenomorphs from the Alien franchise, and even the bugs from Starship Troopers.

While not the most original alien design, that's not really the point. For the audience the escapist thrill and jeopardy comes from the threat of the largely unseen 'other' and the knowledge of what it is drawn to.

Perfect Date Night Viewing: Iron Fist Kicking Ass In New Season Trailer...


It's not a weapon to be held. It's a weapon to be used.

Season Two of Marvel’s Iron Fist debuts exclusively on Netflix September 7.
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