Why Hollywood’s Unhealthy Obsession With Movie Ratings Needs to End

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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.

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The Stupidest Argument in all of Film Criticism

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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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How to Review a Comic-Book Adapatation

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Hello there! So I hear that you want to write a review of a new Superhero Film/ TV Show? Well boy have you come to the right place! You see, if you follow our basic tips, then you’ll be able to ignore the blatant irony inherent in complaining about the over-abundance of comic-book adaptations, whilst simultaneously writing another fucking entertainment blog. With this guide, we’ll teach you how to complain that all commercial products are ‘safe’, ‘generic’ and ‘formulaic’, whilst also writing the exact same shit as everyone else on the internet. So what are you waiting for? Dive in and join the ever-growing journalistic cesspit of crushing mediocrity! 

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Has YouTube Actually Gone Insane?

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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

Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t even matter

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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

Review: 50 Shades of Grey

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This was originally published at The Edge SUSU On March 1st 2015. 

Based on E. L. James’ monstrously successful erotic romance novel of the same name, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s filmic adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey has at long last arrived and it’s just awful. Truly horrible. Continue reading

Interview: Visual Effects Supervisor Christian Kaestner on Captain Marvel

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 28 March.

As a VFX supervisor for Framestore’s Montreal division, Christian Kaestner has contributed to several high-profile releases including: Alien: Covenant; Paddington; and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. More recently, the award-winning visual artist oversaw some of the critical work on Captain Marvel, helping to deliver its key environments and most striking images.

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Interview: David Castañeda on the Umbrella Academy

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 3 Feburary.

Based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s series of graphic novels, The Umbrella Academy is Netflix’s latest foray into the superhero arena, one that promises to shakeup the genre with its quirky characters, distinctive style and offbeat humour.

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Interview: Production Designers Caylah Eddleblute and Steve Joyner on Alita: Battle Angel

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on Feburary 5th 2019.

Based on the iconic manga series, the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel movie has been in gestation for over a decade. A real passion project for producer James Cameron, it went through various iterations until it ended up in the lap of director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Spy Kids, From Dusk Till Dawn), who was tasked with finally bringing the unique sci-fi vision to the screen.

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Interview: Bart Layton on American Animals

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 14th January 2019.

Occupying a fascinating middle ground between documentary and – for lack of a better term – ‘’traditional cinema’’, American Animals was one of 2018’s most idiosyncratic movies. And also one of its best.  For context, the film chronicles a botched heist from 2003, in which four Middle American university students- Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka,  Eric Borsuk and Chas Allen- attempted to steal the rarest books from their school library, all for the express purpose of injecting a little excitement into their lives. Indeed, rather than being driven by financial gain or necessity, the movie posits that they were really just striving for a sense of worth and meaning in life, as if they were pursuing a twisted version of the American dream.

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Interview: Corin Hardy on The Nun

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 13th January 2019.

Raking in a whopping $365 million at the worldwide box office, The Nun is officially the highest grossing installment in The Conjuring franchise. By extension, that also makes it one of the most successful horror movies ever made. It was therefore a great privilege to speak with Corin Hardy, the movie’s overwhelmingly passionate and very articulate director.

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The Best Movie Action Sequences of 2018

This Article was Originally Published at Flickering Myth on 30th December 2018.

About a week ago, I wrote an article ranking the Worst Action Sequences of 2018 and the reception to it was contentious to say the least. A few readers apparently emerged from the piece under the impression that I don’t like ‘’fun’’, or that I always go to movies exclusively to seek out profound themes and Kubrickian subtleties. Of course, anyone who knows me will attest that this couldn’t be further from the truth. I am an action junkie through-and-through, raised on a healthy diet of Shane Black, James Cameron and Steven Spielberg films.

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The Worst Movie Action Sequences of 2018

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 23rd December 2018.

With the imminent arrival of January 1st, it’s worth reflecting on all the different ways that we, as a society, celebrate the New Year. Some usher in the commencement of a fresh calendar by participating in lively social events and extravagant parties. Others indulge in more intimate traditions with their loved ones. Hell, a select few of us even use the occasion to mark new beginnings, resolving to better ourselves, or seizing the opportunity to propose, move to another country or… whatever.

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