Category Archive: Film Reviews

Sep 16 2013

Film Review: R.I.P.D.

The good guys dress in black, remember that. Mostly because they’ve already been to their own funerals. Ryan Reynolds hasn’t exactly got an unblemished career when it comes to comic book adaptations. From the excesses of Blade: Trinity to the misfired Green Lantern and the simply confused X-Men Origins: Wolverine, any personal love the actor …

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Aug 27 2013

Blu-ray Review: Iron Man 3

Marvel’s Phase Two launch title hits DVD and Blu-ray, and it is one of his most stylish adventures on the grandest scale. “Things haven’t been the same since New York,” confesses Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) to a stressed Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). He is of course talking about his intergalactic battle alongside friends in …

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Aug 27 2013

Film Review: RED 2

This follow-up maintains the spirit and most of the original cast for a sequel that is keen to bring the fun. Although based on the limited comic series RED, written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Cully Hamner, Robert Schwentke’s 2010 action film greatly expanded the plot and gave the ensemble cast a lot more humour to …

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Aug 21 2013

Film Review: Marvel One-Shot – Agent Carter

Marvel gets more ambitious with their one-shot films, expanding their cinematic universe a little further around a strong female protagonist.  Ever since The Consultant, the 2011 direct-to-video film that appeared on the Thor DVD and Blu-ray, the Marvel One-Shot films have served as fun linking segments between the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With …

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Aug 15 2013

Film Review: Kick-Ass 2

Based on the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. comic of the same name, this sequel goes to some dark places.  The original Kick-Ass had a unique development history, with the film rights sold off before the first issue had even been published. Parallel processes worked to bring the eight-chapter comic book and more traditionally structured …

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Aug 07 2013

TV Review: Comic Book Heroes

A fascinating look at the rise of Gestalt Comics in a documentary that was two years, thousands of miles and some punched walls in the making. It is difficult to speak of an ‘Australian comic book industry’ per se, but the rise of comic culture in this country is undeniable. Australia’s attendance at comic book …

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Jul 19 2013

Film Review: The Wolverine

The Wolverine’s second solo adventure tips its hat to the comics, and focuses on character for mature action epic. He’s the best there is at what he does, which is probably why Wolverine remains one of Marvel’s most popular characters almost forty years after his introduction in the pages of The Incredible Hulk. One of …

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Jun 25 2013

Film Review: Man of Steel

Warner relaunches its DC Cinematic Universe with its most famous of characters, but is it still Superman? As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to prove that superhero box office is alive and well, Warner has struggled to advance its own properties to the big screen. Despite the successes of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, and …

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Apr 24 2013

Film Review: Iron Man 3

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe kicks off Phase 2 in style as Tony Stark has his biggest adventure to date. “Things haven’t been the same since New York,” confesses Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) to a stressed Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). He is of course talking about his intergalactic battle alongside friends in the Big Apple, but …

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