This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 13 October 2018.
From a sanitised Die Hard sequel to an R-rated Star Trek, when it comes to ratings Hollywood is incapable of leaving well enough alone.
Being the most asinine thing to come out of a discussion about pop culture is a truly monumental achievement. After all, we’re talking about a subject that has people obsessing over the politics of Ghostbusters, whining about how journalists ‘bully’ certain comic-book corporations, and fretting over the horrific injustices of some incredibly rich, famous people not winning shinny awards. To top the stupidity league in this particular climate is no easy feat.
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YouTube seem to be making a concentrated effort lately to alienate their creators. They’ve always been notorious for doing this, due to their lack of proper communication with users, arbitrary terms of service, and their idiotic content ID systems. However, this past year they seem to have gone into overdrive, with PR blunder after PR blunder leading many people to question if they’re intentionally trying to ruin their own business. Continue reading
David Ayer’s highly controversial Suicide Squad has been out for more or less a week. Suffice it to say, the film’s already been at the centre of heated debate on nearly every conceivable front, ranging from its presentation of gender issues, to its production problems, right through to its numerous edits. Continue reading
This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 1st November 2018.
Even by the miserable standards of other Folkloric characters, Krampus has a particularly wretched cinematic legacy. On second thought, ‘’cinematic’’ might not be the most appropriate term for his outings. After all, whilst the festive menace has certainly appeared in his fair share of films, he’s only graced multiplex screens on one occasion. This was for Michael Dougherty’s supremely enjoyable, 2015 Horror-Comedy, Krampus, which can be distinguished as ‘’the only proper one’’.
This was originally published at Metro on 22nd September 2018.
Conventional wisdom would have us believe that The Simpsons was a bonafide classic from the moment that it aired its premier episode. According to this popular narrative, everything that we love about Matt Groening’s seminal creation was in place from minute one: including the iconic characters; the witty writing; the ingenious scenarios and of course, the edgy humour. In fact, the general consensus seems to deny that there were any teething problems whatsoever. Instead, fans posit that it was only later on – after the property had been milked for all its work- that things began to fall apart.
This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 4th September 2018.
As the mastermind behind several modestly-funded hits, like Insidious and the early Saw movies, Leigh Whannel has repeatedly proven that you don’t need the resources of a Hollywood Blockbuster in order to thrill audiences. Continue reading
This was originally published at Metro on 26th July 2018.
It can be a touch disheartening to discover that a show you previously enjoyed has, in one way or another, gone off the rails. We’ve all experienced this letdown before: whether it was because a promising sitcom lost its edge (Community); an enticing drama grew too knotty and convoluted to follow (Heroes); or a good miniseries abandoned its integrity for the sake of a hasty sequel (True Detective).
This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 25th August 2018.
Accusing a film of delivering ‘’too little too late’’ is one of the most depressing criticisms that you can issue as a critic because it essentially implies that there is merit located somewhere, but unfortunately any such potential has been smothered beneath a viscous sludge of inadequacy. Continue reading