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 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).
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.
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.
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.