Monday 29 September 2014

Film Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a live-action reboot of the popular '90's cartoon of the same name - starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fitchner, 2014 Ninja Turtles is a mixed bag, with some fun thrills and spills for youngsters but little in the way of decent lead characters.

Saturday 27 September 2014

Top 5: Friends episodes

Last week, the collective population of Gen Y were blown away by the sudden realisation that they're getting hella old. The trigger for this stunning revelation? Friends turned 20 years old. Yikes, where does the time go? 

Yep, it's been 20 years since Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe first took their first fateful slurps of coffee in Central Perk. 10 seasons, 231 episodes and countless Buzzfeed articles later, and Friends has undoubtedly embedded itself in the cultural zeitgeist. All together now - WE WERE ON A BREAK!

I may have missed the boat in terms of the actual anniversary, but this post is to celebrate 20 years of Friends. As I tend to do, I've picked out my Top 5 favourite episodes from the show. Be sure to let me know your favourites in the comments section below!

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Film Review: The Little Death

Taboo. It's what Josh Lawson's new movie, The Little Death, aims to touch on and break down. More specifically, taboos surrounding sex, fetishism, love and relationships. Through exploring the lives of multiple couples, this light-hearted Australian comedy will make you laugh, cry and cringe all the way to its hilarious climax - yes, pun intended.

Sunday 21 September 2014

Top 5: Lost episodes

This post contains spoilers for Lost - duh!

This September sees JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof's much-lauded TV drama Lost turn 10. Premiering on ABC back on September 22nd 2004, Lost captured the imagination of audiences worldwide for six gripping seasons, before everything came to a head in 2010's controversial finale 'The End'. 

I never watched Lost during its original run, but was talked into marathoning the entire six seasons earlier in the year by my girlfriend, an avid fan of the show since in began. I was skeptical at first, but the show quickly won me over with its variety of three-dimensional characters, in-depth backstories and convoluted plotting. Plus, Evangeline Lily is nice to look at.

In order to mark the date, I've put together a Top 5 of my favourite Lost episodes; what happens, who features heavily and why I think they're great. There's also a further feature on Lost to be posted tomorrow. Give them a read, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Saturday 20 September 2014

Film Review: The Maze Runner

The latest film off the starting blocks in the YA adaptation arms-race, The Maze Runner follows in the footsteps of The Hunger Games and Divergent by blending a hot young cast with a gritty alternative universe set-up and some bloody arena action.

(Also, bonus points in the comments section for the person who can pick out the most 'running' puns - the count is already on three...)

Friday 19 September 2014

The YA Invasion (VOR #24)

The young adult genre is an inescapable phenomenon of the modern movie industry - after the immense success of Harry Potter (and before that, Roald Dahl adaptations like Matilda and James and the Giant Peach), studios are racing to snatch up the hottest paperback fantasy currently capturing the imagination of tweens everywhere.

This year alone we've seen several new 'franchises' try and find their feet in the increasingly crowded multiplex - to be met with varying degrees of success. So what are the benefits (and drawbacks) of this unrelenting onslaught of adaptations?

Tuesday 16 September 2014

My Uni Life in Film, TV and Music

Time for a change of pace. I don't often write anything about myself personally on this blog, and prefer to keep things strictly about the films or TV shows I'm talking about at that time.

That said, at the present moment I want to write something different, for today at least. This is because my life is moving from one phase to the next, and I wanted to put into words some reflections on the phase I'm currently leaving behind.

Over the weekend, I graduated from uni, officially ending life as an undergrad. Degree in hand, the working world is the next challenge to face, with coursework and lectures a thing of the past.

Before writing this post, I asked myself one question - what media to I associate with my time at uni? Which film, show or album clicks in my brain and transports me to those long days in the library or late nights on campus. Essentially, I wanted to reminisce in a way that encapsulates the past three years through media.

So, to tie this back in with the theme of my blog (film and pop culture), let's talk about some defining pieces that meant something from during my time at uni.

Friday 12 September 2014

How Transformers Wooed China (VOR #23)

If this summer season has proved anything, it's that international audiences, particularly Asian ones, are playing an increasingly pivotal role in a film's financial fortune. Wait, shut up Rhys. This isn't news to anyone. Maybe not, but that doesn't make it any less true. In fact, it's very much the shape of things to come...

Thursday 11 September 2014

Film Review: Young and Beautiful

Young and Beautiful is a French movie (titiled Jeune et Jolie) that sees 17-year-old Isabelle undergo a sexual awakening following the loss of her virginity on a summer holiday. 

Saturday 6 September 2014

Film Review: Into the Storm

Prepare to be blown away - or at least, knocked off balance by a slight breeze. This is Into the Storm, a disaster movie from director Steven Quale. It's like Twister, but with less airborne bovine activity.

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Trailer Talk: Gone Girl + more

Time to talk some trailers! There are some real corkers to have hit the web in recent weeks, so let's have a look at which previews perked my interest. 

This week, we're looking at David Fincher's Gone Girl, and Dan Gilroy's debut directorial effort, Nightcrawler


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