Warning: this article has been written with the assumption that the reader is familiar with at least the first season of the show. Although efforts have been made to avoid any major spoilers, this writer apologises if any spoilers for the first season are revealed.
As much as the first season of Misfits was about isolation, the second season is about togetherness. The band of juvenile offenders have survived multiple murders and Nathan finally learned his superpower – a real A-lister. We are introduced to new characters with new powers, but ultimately this season is inconsistent, confused and riddled with logical inconsistencies. Continue reading “Misfits: Season Two | C”
2013 | Shane Black
Iron Man 3 is the first in the franchise to not rest entirely on the performance of its wonderfully charismatic leading man. Hardly the main attraction in the Marvel universe, Marvel Studios were making a massive gamble by revealing Iron Man as the first in their cinematic lineup. A leading actor with no big successes to his name and a director mostly known for his acting credits, the first film in the trilogy was a breath of fresh air in a stale comic book adaptation environment. Helping to increase the standard expected of comic book adaptations, Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 faced an even greater challenge: following up the enormous success that was Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.
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2014 | Gleb Orlov
A young Ivan Poddubny curls his fists as a group of bullies descend on him. Instead of fighting, he makes the smart choice and evades them, running home. When he tells his father he has been teased, his father whips him for not staying and fighting. The Poddubnys are fighters, not runners. They are winners, not losers. This is an attitude Ivan adopts fully as he becomes a man, finding a job working as a fitter in a shipyard, known by his friends and colleagues as a strong-willed man with physical capabilities to match. Ivan Poddubny was actually an incredibly successful Greco-Roman wrestler, who remained undefeated from his first fight in a circus ring until his death in 1949. It is the classic, inspirational story of the underdog fighting against all odds to win. Unfortunately, Iron Ivan is an empty shell, an A-Z tale of the life of a famous wrestler.
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2014 | Marc Webb
The sequel to Sony’s inexplicable 2012 reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is an overlong, melodramatic mess helmed by a director with a pop image which will ensure no film in his catalogue so far will ever be considered timeless. Everything, from what the characters wear, to its jarring soundtrack, and even the cast feel like they have simply been chosen because they are popular now – Emma Stone included. That’s not to say that any member of the cast isn’t good at what they do but they all feel – Stone especially – as though they were chosen to popularise the Spider-Man image, rather than immortalise it. Continue reading “The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | C-“
2013 | Luc Besson
After helming a string of successful films such as Nikita, Léon and The Fifth Element, French auteur Luc Besson wrote an even longer string of successful action films like Taken, The Transporter, Unleashed and any and all related sequels. Prior to this year’s Lucy, it had been almost a decade since he directed an internationally successful live-action film, instead devoting most of his time to the animated Arthur and the Invisibles and writing seemingly as many sequels to Taken and The Transporter as possible. The Family is somewhat of an action comedy, however it features very little action and lacks the true oddball humour Besson became known for with The Fifth Element, but the film is still incredibly bizarre.
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There is one major, overriding theme in the first season of Misfits: isolation. Each character in the show has a story deriving from a sense of feeling alone. And despite the fact they spend the majority of their time together, as a group they would hardly be considered a comfortable component of the machine which is society. Continue reading “Misfits: Season One | B+”
2000 | Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
The Coen Brothers are no strangers to quirky, offbeat cinema. In the thirty years they have been producing, writing, directing and editing their films, their unique brand of metaphorical humour has shared time with their unbelievable knack for chilling drama. Never more than ambiguous, almost every film contains some aspect of deliberate humour, whether the film calls for it not, and more often than not it works. Continue reading “O Brother, Where Art Thou? | B+”