Light spoilers for The Mandalorian

When The Mandalorian was first announced viewers were amped to see just what Jon Favreau had in store for them. With its confident debut viewers were quickly enamoured with The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda, fast forward a year to “a record number” (according to Disney) watching the season two premiere on October 30th.

Is the show's success down to the charm of seeing Baby Yoda waddle through life eating whatever he pleases? Is it the swashbuckling adventures of Din Djarin, our mando in charge? Or is it just that the Star Wars brand is such…


Spoilers for The Boys ahead!

Since Game of Thrones ended last year many have wondered what show would take its place as the next widely popular, large scale television series. Could it be Westworld? The Witcher? Stranger Things? I’m here to argue that Amazon Prime’s The Boys could be exactly that and whether or not that is a good thing.

Promotional image for The Boys Season 2 featuring The Seven

On the surface, The Boys might seem like your typical comic-book property but don’t be fooled by these cape clad heroes, they aren’t you’re friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. They aren’t even the heroes of this story. There aren’t any heroes in…


This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead.

What happened to The Walking Dead? This is a question I ask myself all the time. I stare at the slowly fading season 4 poster on the back of my bedroom door. It’s been there for a while, just like this question has. Why did I, like many others, fall out of love with The Walking Dead? To answer that question, we must go all the way back to the beginning…

The year is 2010, it’s October and The Walking Dead premieres on AMC to a record-breaking 5.35 million viewers. The pilot…


Originally published February 18th 2018

It’s 2018, there are currently 6 LGBT+ focused dramas (of US origin) set to be released, 1 of which is by a mainstream studio.

Love, Simon (based on Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs The Homo Sapien’s Agenda) will be released in mid-March, as previously mentioned it will receive a wide release from 20TH CENTURY FOX. This is unprecedented, a movie with a gay lead character directed by a gay man getting a release beyond the small indie cinema that the film students and elderly go to. …


No Spoilers For Tenet

The road to Tenet has been an interesting one, to say the least. When that first teaser was released back in December 2019 no one knew that by late February the world would be in lockdown due to a deadly pandemic.

As quickly as theatres were closing movies were jumping ship either being pushed to 2021, going to video-on-demand services or just being put quietly away with unknown release dates.

Quickly all eyes were on Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s eleventh feature film. The movie quickly became the only blockbuster movie to be released theatrically this summer. With…


This article contains spoilers for seasons 1 -7 of Agents of Shield.

When fan-favourite character Phil Coulson met his demise at the hands of Loki in Marvel’s The Avengers, fans held out hope that he would return in some form. And return he did. In September 2013 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (AOS or Shield for short) premiered on ABC. As we reach the series finale, I wanted to take a look back at some of the characters, moments and stories that made Agents of Shield special.

In its infancy, the series followed Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team…


This essay was orignally written for my university module called Film Cuts, Cults and Classics: Screening Spectacular Cinema

Violent film offers the spectator transgressive and abject pleasures. Referring to two or three films and outlining relevant theoretical/critical approaches to the spectatorial experience of pleasure, suggest how scenes of transgression and abjection may operate on the viewer.

Left to Right: Unsane, Midsommar, Suspiria and Annihilation

The films Suspiria (Guadagnino, 2018) Annihilation (Garland, 2018) Unsane (Soderbergh, 2018) and Midsommar (Aster, 2019) offer the spectator transgressive and abject pleasures, as do most horror movies. The films I will be discussing offer unique scenes of transgression and abjection.

Suspiria is set at…


This article was originally published on ComicFade.com in December 2018.

In a world oversaturated with superhero movies and television shows lives Legends of Tomorrow. Originally conceived as a dark and brooding spin-off to Arrow and The Flash, Legend of Tomorrow quickly evolved into one of the best written and most enjoyable superhero shows on television.

When Legends of Tomorrow first appeared on our screens it was lacklustre, it had a boring and unthreatening villain in Vandal Savage and a very dull main series arc. This wasn’t helped by Hawkman and Hawkgirl, two characters that the show insisted were important but…


This review originally appeared on ComicFade.com

I had the pleasure of seeing Burning, from director Lee Chang-dong, at the BFI London Film Festival a few weeks back. I was not sure what to expect, the trailer does not give much away, they synopsis is vague but that paid off wonderfully. What I got was a thrilling movie that posed more questions than it answered, in a good way.

When Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in), a young writer, bumps into an old childhood friend Hae-mi (Jeon Jong-seo) their friendship quickly redevelops. Hae-mi goes on a trip to Africa where she meets Ben (Steven…


This review original appeared on ComicFade.com

Luca Guadagnino returns to the big screen after last year’s Call Me By Your Name with the marvellous SUSPIRIA. Based on the Dario Argento movie of the same name, Suspiria reimagines the story of Susie Bannion and the dance academy led by witches with haunting and disturbing visuals that shouldn’t be ignored.

Our story begins when Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) joins the illustrious Markos Dance Academy during the German Autumn. A period of strife in 1977 Berlin. Before her arrival a student of the academy, Patricia (Chloë Grace-Moretz) tells her therapist Dr Klemperer (Lutz…

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