The Worst Action Sequences of 2017

This article was originally published at Flickering Myth on December 14th. 

In Absentia Luci, Tenebrae Vincunt – In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails.

Likewise, in the absence of competence, asinine garbage will invariably triumph. Which means that for all the recent advancements in cinematic technique and film-making technology, you can always count on some hack to drop the ball.

Make no mistake, professional ineptitude will never go out of fashion. Which brings us nicely to the second (and much angrier) segment of our review of 2017’s movie set pieces. In the last part, I was uncharacteristically positive and complimentary, so in an effort to restore the natural order, here are the Worst Action Sequences of the year.

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The Best Action Sequences of 2017

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on December 9th 2017. 

It’s that time again. That’s right, it’s time for arbitrary lists that subjectively rank the best/worst things of the year! This one is about 2017’s decent catalogue of cinematic action scenes, which means there’s likely a lot of omissions to piss you off.

With that in mind, remember to post your baffling vitriol and inexplicable anger in the comments.

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Interview with Katie Burgess

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 3rd July 2017.

Star of the upcoming high concept sci-fi, The Jurassic Games, Katie Burgess is a promising new talent in the world of genre film-making, one who is definitely worth keeping an eye on. You can catch her now in this year’s horror thriller Gremlin, which tells the story of a family who are terrorised by an ancient creature residing within a cursed box.

I recently had the pleasure of asking Katie a few questions about her upcoming projects, as well as her experience working on Gremlin.

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Karin Konoval Interview: War for the Planet of the Apes


00:48– Karin on how portraying an Orangutan is different from playing a Gorilla or Chimpanzee

05:26– On studying and mimicking Orangutan Long Calls

11:52– On whether or not she considers Maurice a male character 14:53– On Maurice’s relationship with Nova

18:40– On how Matt Reeves directs actors with minimal dialogue

21:43– On Maurice’s status as a fan-favourite character and the Orangutan that inspired him

24:10– On the physical challenges of playing Maurice

27:47– On horseback riding as an ape 30:30– On continuing her studies with Orangutans

How to Fix: The Dark Universe

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 24th June 2017.

Whilst its international take is admittedly surpassing its domestic performance by quite some way, it is still reasonable to suggest that The Mummy hasn’t been the mega-hit that Universal were hoping for. Weighed down by astonishingly clunky exposition, countless instances of tonal whiplash and a certain high profile ego to contend with (not to mention that embarrassing PR blunder with the trailer audio), the film has been the deserving subject of bad word of mouth and a relentless onslaught of critical maulings. Suffice it to say, it has been something of a rocky journey for the first instalment in the fledgling ”Dark Universe”.

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The Third Annual Reelies

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Halloween Gaming Recommendations: Part 8- Bonus Picks

This is part of a special Halloween feature that will provide a brief overview of the horror genre, with different recommendations for every type of player. You might notice that the games in this series tend to get pretty good ratings. There are two reasons for this. 1) I’m partial to the horror genre, it happens to be my favourite in gaming. 2) This is a feature of games that I would recommend, therefore they’re bound to be scored highly.

What’s that? You thought I was done? Oh you poor, sweet fools. I’m afraid that you can never escape from my pretentious pontificating. No, I still have so much that I’m simply dying to share with you. The horror genre is a vast enterprise, comprised of the some of the finest games of all time. To recommend only 7 would therefore be a disservice to an incredibly diverse and prestigious gaming tradition. So, even though it’s admittedly a little late, I thought I’d pool together a collection of honourable mentions for you to take a stab at (Assuming that, like me, you have no friends or social obligations to attend to on Halloween). Enjoy. If you dare.… That one didn’t really make any sense…Sorry. Continue reading