Seb’s Top 10 of 2017/2018

Hi guys, the Man on the Silver Mountain here once again, this time I’m throwing something your way that’s a little different from when I usually turn up to help out the Librarian. As I’m sure she’s told you she’s been busy and more than a little sick.
I offered to help and she suggested I do something a little different with you; a top ten. Apparently you guys like me showing up occasionally enough that she thought maybe you’d like to know what I’ve been watching and enjoying over the end of last year and beginning of this one.

To preface the list, I was originally thinking of kicking off with best five and worst five but whilst I had loads of things I’ve enjoyed the only negatives I could really produce were Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Trek: Discovery, two of my favourite franchises historically that have been let down by lack lustre recent additions in my opinion, as a result though this turned into a much more positive top ten, listed below in no particular order.

Black Mirror

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Black Mirror, Channel 4/Netflix, 2011 – Present

I’m sure a load of you have already been watching Black Mirror. It’s an anthology show in the same vein as the Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits from ages ago and that’s already a big plus in my book as I do love me some varied storytelling. More to the point though I like shows that have depth to them, either in terms of the subject matter they’re examining, subtext and secrets for fans to theorise on, or otherwise just a really solid plot to invest in; Black Mirror covers all three better than probably any other entry on this list purely thanks to its anthology format. Definitely worth a watch in my book if you haven’t already.

The Good Place

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The Good Place, NBC/Netflix, 2016 – Present

I love philosophy! I even considered heading to university as a mature student to study it. So when you’ve got a show like The Good Place, that pulls all of the philosophy I’ve enjoyed reading plus some more that I was only tangentially aware of, together as part of a hilarious and concrete plot it’s an instant win for me. Worth watching if you want to be entertained into learning something.

Librarian’s side note – Seb wouldn’t know about this one if I didn’t suggest one day we watch it. I’m so glad we did because we both love it to bits! Sometimes (!) I have good TV suggestions! 

Lucifer

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Lucifer, Fox/Amazon, 2016 – Present

I’m not at all religious but I find the various myths, legends and stories of religions fascinating, especially when re-worked intelligently into stories that use the resonant core of what made those religions so influential in their times, even up to the present in some cases, but can use that core to tell a different but no less engaging story. This is where Lucifer pops up on my radar, it’s smart, funny and balances the supernatural of the main character literally being the biblical Devil and the mundanity of the individuals he’s surrounded by. I especially enjoy this show for the thought that’s gone into considering angelic and demonic impressions of the universe; they know that there’s more beyond the mortal coil but they still have no real idea about what’s going on as God remains aloof and hidden even from them for the most part. Worth taking a look in my opinion if you want something light-hearted that may give you some stuff to think about afterwards.

My Hero Academia

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My Hero Academia, Funimation, 2016 – Present 

Now, I’m not really a huge anime fan. I can’t really say whether it’s the art style, the differences between the culture I’ve grown up in and the culture of the creators of most anime, or if it’s just something completely nebulous that will remain forever undefined, but I’ve just found that most anime just doesn’t hold my attention all that well even if more traditionally Western cartoons and animations aren’t a problem for me to sit and binge through. My Hero Academia though kept me hooked from beginning of season one through to the end of season two easily. The characters have depth, the plot examines some really interesting questions like “What does it mean to be a real hero?” or “How would society cope if 80% of the population were superhuman?”, and the pacing of the show seemed really good (unlike old school Dragon Balls Z one fight doesn’t take half a season to conclude). If you’re into anime and haven’t gotten around to watching this yet, or if like me you aren’t an anime fan, I’d suggest checking out My Hero Academia as I feel it has something for almost anyone whilst not forgetting what it is.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, BBC America/Netflix, 2016 – Present

Ah, Douglas Adams, the man who famously wrote Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and who unfortunately passed away in May 2001, left us with more than just that one piece of well-known work. One particular piece was Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a tale about individuals granted with particular gifts by the universe for reasons no one can really understand. Enter Dirk Gently, one of these special individuals whose gift is to stumble through life solving problems whether he likes it or not. With a great cast including Elijah Wood and a very well-written and consistent script in spite it being written about the innately chaotic nature of the universe, my biggest complaint about this show was that there wasn’t more of it straight away. If you like Douglas Adams or otherwise just want something fun and quirky to watch this is what you’ve been waiting for.

The Expanse

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The Expanse, Syfy/Netflix, 2015 – Present

Who likes their really hard sci-fi? I do, and The Expanse is a great way to indulge my want for it. Set in our solar system a bit of a way into the future after humanity has colonised out as far as the asteroid belt, we follow three individuals as they traverse the difficult landscape of a solar system on the brink of collapse and chaos. I particularly how season one sees the characters we follow slowly find one another and how then the second season has a lot of fun with these well developed and fleshed out characters that we’ve been watching in isolation up until then. It tackles issues around class, political control, corporate interests vs those of the people and many others but does it in a way that’s neither particularly heavy handed nor so easy as to treat the viewer like a moron. If you like your more realistic zero-G scenes and like your solar system-spanning conspiracies this one’s for you.

Altered Carbon

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Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018

I love the cyberpunk end of sci-fi. Blade Runner is in my top five movies alongside movies like Cloud Atlas as well that has its cyberpunk moments in it too. I’m excited for more news on Cyberpunk 2077 and apparently so are a lot of others too. I haven’t seen the new Blade Runner sequel yet something I NEED to do but just haven’t had the time to get around to it just yet. So whilst I wait for an opportune moment to find my way back to Blade Runner how best to fill my time that with another sci-fi/cyberpunk show that gives us a grim but potentially possible vision of the future where human bodies are interchangeable, death is no longer an issue and rich corporations and their owners basically run the galaxy? There isn’t one; that question was purely rhetorical. With a great cast, a great looking world, an AI run, Edgar Allan Poe themed hotel, lots of nudity, violence and dystopian future vibes this is one that anyone can find something to enjoy in whilst the engaging murder-mystery-with-a-twist unravels before you at a good pace whilst establishing the universe and setting up for season two easily.

 

Rick and Morty

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Rick and Morty, Adult Swim/Netflix/Comedy Central, 2013 – Present

I have no doubt that most of you have watched this, I know the Librarian has talked to you guys about Rick and Morty before too, but I couldn’t escape adding this one on here. Considering this started out as a weird, satirical rip-off of Back to the Future, kicking off with a lot of cheap and shocking gags that were perfectly delivered, this show’s grown after season three into a much more cohesive story but without losing much of what it gained from season one and two. I know some people didn’t like the lack of certainty in the show from season one and season two where things seemed a little disjointed due to the universe-hopping nature of the show but especially after some of the big reveals and events in season three, I’d recommend going back and sticking with season one and two to get to season three as it all starts to fit together a bit more interestingly now. Otherwise, if you’re already into the show I’m preaching to the choir.

Sense8

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Sense8, Netflix, 2015 – 2018

The show from the Wachowskis that Netflix cancelled due to costs and lack of engagement on its second season despite it being so good and wrapping up so many things from the first season. Set in the modern day with a very limited sci-fi element in terms of the sensates themselves (individuals who are psychically linked as a cluster, able to communicate and share experiences over any distance) this is a show that contains a collection of stories from many perspectives all elegantly intertwined around a main, conspiracy plot. Considering that after the backlash from the fans over the shows cancellation we’re going to be getting a feature-length episode to tie off the remaining story arcs from season two, now’s a great time to go and watch the first two seasons.

Thor: Ragnarok

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Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Cinematic Universe, 2017

The only movie on this list because I don’t usually find myself watching movies, I don’t tend to have time to dedicate up to three hours or so compared to an hour for an episode of a TV show. I had to include the most recent Thor on this list though because the Thor sub-franchise within the MCU has had a rough time. Thor was an origin story, it did its job but wasn’t anything particularly special. Thor: The Dark World was mostly connective tissue for both the Avengers movies and as something to play with on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D TV show for an episode or so. So with that said Thor needed some care and attention and he got it in spades from director Taika Waititi. Humourous throughout but still allowing for a plot built more around the vulnerabilities and humanity of the characters involved rather than the purely godly, super powerful nature of the characters AND still including all the connective tissue required for Avengers: Infinity War and beyond this movie was very well crafted. If you’re a fan of the MCU and haven’t seen this yet, aren’t really a fan of the MCU but want a superhero themed laugh, or if you’re somewhere in between I would recommend Thor: Ragnarok as a movie to have a fun couple of hours watching.

And that’s my list, I could go into honourable mentions but I think this list is long enough already. What are your opinions on the things I’ve been watching? Part of the fun of watching stuff like this is having a chat afterwards and I know your Librarian would love to know your thoughts.

In the meantime though if you’ve enjoyed going through the list, and maybe even watching some of my suggestions, I’d love to hear and if you’d like more from me find me on YouTube. Thanks for reading, I hope to hear from the Librarian if you guys enjoyed any of my suggestions.

What have you loved watching recently? Hated any of Seb’s picks? Loved each and every one? Leave a comment down below! 

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No Review this Week! – 12/02/18

Hello everyone! I have been struck down this week, quite badly, and therefore have not had the strength to do anything then watch My Little Pony on repeat – yes, I will admit to that, just this once! As much as I would love to, I know you guys wouldn’t want a review of that – especially when it could just be a drug-fuelled mess! – so I won’t be giving you guys a review this week! I am sorry!

Next week you’ll have to tune in for Seb’s (@sebonthesilvermountain) ‘Top 10 TV shows and Movies’ – things that he’s really liked! Some I have spoken about, but I’ll let him explain them better! I’ll be out of the UK, enjoying some winter sun.

See you in a couple weeks!

Sorry I’m sick guys! Any of you feeling the winter flu? While you’re here, why don’t you tell me what things you want to see here for 2018? Leave a comment down below!

‘Coming back from the dead is a bitch. Every single time.’ – Altered Carbon, 2018

Happy Monday, everyone! And happy 1 year birthday to us! That’s right, 1 whole year ago we began our crazy journey into reviewing, and boy have I loved every minute. Hopefully you have too, because I don’t plan on stopping any time soon!
This week Altered Carbon came out, which I first heard about on the One Show on the BBC a few weeks ago, with an interview with James Purefoy (who plays Laurens Bancroft). From the get-go I knew I wanted to watch this, and I knew Seb would do too. We knew what we had to do this weekend, and we sat down and binge watched it over 3 nights – he wanted to do it quicker, but I like that thing called ‘sleep’ too much!

 

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Takeshi Kovacs brandishing his gun – Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018

Altered Carbon is set in the distant future where people use “sleeves” instead of one fixed body. Their consciousness is transferred to “stacks”, which are placed at the base of the/inside the vertebrae, and a person can only experience a “true death” if someone is to kill this stack, otherwise it is just placed from one sleeve to another.
The long and short of it – death is a thing of the past, people can just re-body and move on.
Because of this re-sleeving, people can almost come back from the dead, and this happens to Takeshi Kovacs, an Asian born man now placed into the “first body” (not really but spoilers!) that can be found – a military grade white man after 250 years “dead”. As an Envoy, a man of the rebellion from hundreds of years ago, he’s unused to the world that’s he’s come into – especially because people keep recognising him and he has no idea what they’re on about.
Kovacs is accosted repeatedly by Kristen Ortega, a detective in the BCPD, who seems to have a thing about not letting him get hurt. People beat him up for absolutely no reason. Everyone seems to have an issue with him before he’s introduced himself to people! You’ll have to watch to find out why!

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Sassy Kristen Ortega doesn’t take any crap from anybody! – Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018

I love the fact that multiple people play characters within this show, without it feeling wrong on a cultural level. Even though a white man is playing an Asian man as the main character, we get constant flashbacks of his life as an Asian man, and see him flipping through sleeves like they mean nothing to him. It’s really interesting to see a sleeve that he’s not willing to let die, and makes sure he patches it up as best as possible.

 

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Takeshi Kovacs (in his birth-sleeve) and his sister Reileen Kawahara when they get reunited! – Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018

I loved Lizzie Elliot’s story line, a woman that had such a fractured mind that she can’t have fixed unless she’s put into virtual reality. She’s literally a boss. I loved everything about her. Amazing actress too! She was by far my favourite character, and I was glad that she, along with her mum and dad, such main characters in the show. It was really cool to have a badass family; hacker mum, military dad and Lizzie the (insert mega spoiler).

 

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Poe, an AI hotel (yes, a hotel). He is The Raven, and has a huge love for humans. ‘Specially Edgar Allen – Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018

There’s so much I want to enthuse about with Altered Carbon but I don’t even have the words to put down! It’s full of life, story and amazingly well rounded characters. Even though there was so many, it doesn’t feel over saturated with storylines. Each character has their own parts of the episode, so it’s easy to differentiate what’s going on, and I’m sure I can remember each character’s story if you quizzed me. Other than why Kovacs has a pink backpack, but Seb cannot remember that either, so I hope we just missed it and it was actually explained!

Altered Carbon was by far one of the best Sci-fi/Cyber Punk shows I’ve seen in a long time – which admittedly isn’t many things I’ve seen, but I’ve seen enough to have an opinion. It was well filmed, well told, well… well I loved EVERYTHING so yeah… I guess I didn’t care for as much of the past stuff as some people might, I kind of wished he had remained more of an enigma to the audience but it also worked that we found out about Kovacs as we watched, so I won’t complain! Plus, I can’t complain about how much sex there was – very much on par to Game of Thrones or Outlander! I actually like that sex is being normalised by tele!

Have you seen Altered Carbon? Loved the adaptation? Want to read the book? Maybe you hated every second and can’t wait to rant about it? I’d love to chat! Leave a comment down below! 

[Header Image: Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018]

 

 

 

What I’ve watched so far in 2018

Hello, readers! Good weekend? I spent mine doing nothing and enjoying it! It’s nice to have a weekend of doing nothing every now and again. Whilst doing nothing I watched a few movies, and then thought about the ones I’ve watched since the beginning of 2018. I’ve already sat down and watched a lot of movies. Here’s a brief opinion of the ones I can remember!

Now You See Me 1 (2013) and 2 (2016)
I found these two on Netflix, and I’ve wanted to watch them for a while. I’m only half way through the 2nd one, but I can tell you they feel very similar. The plot line made little sense, but I don’t think I was watching it for more than the magic tricks – which, by the way, are hella amazing. Bit sad that Amy Adams didn’t return for No.2 (probably scheduling conflicts) but I didn’t hate them! 6/10 and 6/10

The Big Sick (2017)
I watched this just yesterday, and loved every minute. I’m glad I didn’t see it at the movies because there were quite a few times I cried. I honestly really liked it, and would watch it again! 8/10

The Disaster Artist (2017)
I loved The Room when I saw it, and loved the making of it just as much! It was pretty nepotistic, but I loved that the “frat” of Hollywood made this movie. It made it extra funny in all the right places! 9/10

The Jungle Book (2016)
This movie will never live up to the 90s animation. It tried it’s hardest, but like all the live action movies it falls pretty flat. Good graphics though! 7/10

The Circle (2017)
What an awful movie. No pace, no story, boring. Honestly boring. I was really sad to hate something with such potential to be a good movie… 3/10

Table 19 (2017)
I love cheesy rom-coms, and this fits the bill! I actually loved most of this movie, and only gave it a slightly higher than mediocre score because of some stilted acting. But hey – it’s got Anna Kendrick in so how can I hate it?! 7/10

The Book of Henry (2017)
Honestly it’s not as bad as people have said. I don’t get why certain people slated it so much. Sure it wasn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen, and it approached too many topics at once, but it wasn’t awful. 6/10

I am surprised how many movies I’ve watched to be honest. Maybe I’m just a huge procrastinator. I want to watch more and more. Look out for more of these reviews later in 2018!

Have you seen any of these movies? What were your opinions? Leave your comments down below! 

‘Tell Gamonda to call me!’ – Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy, 2017

Hello everyone! I’m back! I enjoyed my randomly gifted weekend off from our resident Man on the Silver Mountain. It gave me enough time to begin writing again! I’ve really enjoyed getting back to my stories. Oh – and to play a lot of video games… don’t judge me, okay?

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Our daring team! – Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017

This weeks review is (almost) a sequel to my previous review about Telltale’s Batman. While not of the same branding, it’s almost Marvel’s answer to it. Firstly, I want to point out that – like Batman- this is Telltale’s Guardians, not the movies. All the characters are based on the comics, not the movies. And the movies aren’t mentioned. Remember, no movies here. Okay – now that’s been set straight, here we go!

Let’s get in the mood for it with some ELO, which just so happens to be the theme song for this game!

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Spaaaaaaaace! – Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017

Anyway, back to the review! –
The plot centers on the Guardians finding an artifact of great power, the ability to bring people back from the dead. Each Guardian individually covets this power (for spoiler reasons). Some want to get rid of it completely some want to use it to bring back a loved one. I’ll let you play the game to know who wants what. But I can let you know that the Guardians must protect it from the malicious Kree Hala the Accuser who wants it for herself. The Kree were all killed out, and her ship is the last of their kind. She wants her son back. She wants her people back. It’s an understandable want. Except she’ll kill to get it.

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Gamora and Nebula look much more like their comic counterparts – Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017

The writing for this game was superb. I loved that it wasn’t even about the films; I was able to feel like I was playing each and everyone of the characters was fully rounded, even the secondary character arcs, and I felt sad at each death, maybe-death and even when things just didn’t work out properly for our characters.I loved every moment of this game. At certain points you get to see Peter’s Mum, go back inside his memories of her. It was incredibly sad watching her die, especially because you’re playing a 10 year old character at the time. Drax’s family was a crazy minefield, and I just want to hug him now. Rocket’s girlfriend Lylla was hella amazing, as was Gamora’s upbringing and even playing as Groot was so cool! I love Telltale storytelling, and there were points I wanted to laugh, points I wanted to cry. It was amazing. Seriously, give it a go.

Like Batman I will put my choices down below! SPOILERS AHEAD:

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Have you played Guardians of the Galaxy? Do you love or hate Telltale? Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017]

“It’s Like a Nuclear Weapon that Grants Wishes.” – Bright, 2017

I’m giving you over to our Man on the Silver Mountain this week! We did watch and discuss this one together though – so without further ado; we bring you Bright, 2017. As per usual, you’re in for a long one! (If I have any comments to add they will be in italics!)

Hi guys, it’s me again, The Man on the Silver Mountain. During the holidays I sat down with your Librarian and we watched Bright. There were two reasons for this; firstly, we wanted to watch it, and secondly because people we had been talking to that had already seen the film were either singing its praises or ripping it to shreds and we wanted to understand why.
The Librarian said that she’d probably add her own comments on this for you guys too but I volunteered to write this as the genre space that Bright fits into (which I’ve most frequently heard dubbed “modern arcana”) is something I’ve read more of, seen more and played more of than your Librarian has. As with some of the other films I’ve talked about before I feel like Bright doesn’t deserve the backlash it’s receiving from critics or people that have missed the point of the movie.
Before I get into this though; I’ve been asked to try and dodge spoilers again but might not manage it perfectly, so if you’re not wanting to be spoiled at all for this movie, then I suggest going away, watching the film and then coming back to talk to us about it.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

For those of you that haven’t seen the trailers or are a little fuzzy on the story it kinda goes like this; in a modern setting where all of conventional history has been permeated with races and magical abilities from something akin to D&D or Tolkien-esque fantasy, a cop called Daryl Ward (Will Smith) is returning to work with his orc partner Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) after time off recovering after being injured in the line of duty. Returning to work he finds himself mixed up in office politics surrounding his partner who happens to be the first and only orc police officer in the LAPD. Soon afterwards at a hectic and disturbing crime scene they find a magic wand said to be like “a nuclear weapon that grants wishes” and madness ensues as Ward, Jakoby and their only witness to the events that transpired, an elf called Tikka (Lucy Fry) are hunted throughout the city by gangs, corrupt cops, elven cultists and anyone else who seems to feel like it.

So, where to begin?
Let’s start with the setting as that seems to be what a lot of non-critics are getting caught up on. The setting and thus the story being told within it are not for purists. If you’re a hardcore fantasy fan then this might not be for you, if you’re an action/thriller kind of person then this may not be for you, if you’re a buddy cop movie kind of person then this may not be for you. If the combination of all of those things being mashed together sounds like fun to you, then you’ll probably enjoy Bright. (Even if they aren’t for you, I would say at least give it a go – don’t judge a book by it’s cover and all that.)

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Jakoby, Tikka and Ward hiding out –  Bright, Netflix, 2017

This film’s setting is not about race. In the film the fact that lines have been drawn between races; with elves being rich and beautiful, humans being… well human, and orcs being the poor, the criminals, etc. is not to draw parallels between those fantasy races and real-world racial demographics. What is does is use the fantasy races, that are all obviously visually distinct, to give the audience away of at a glance distinguish between the privileged and the downtrodden. The races focused on in the film (in spite their being nine major races mentioned in the film and seen a couple of times as in the case of a couple of centaur cops) are threefold and line up with the class system observed in America today. We can also see through the situations of the characters we meet throughout the film that the divide between middle and lower class is shrinking with more and more humans ending up in poor neighbourhoods or joining in with gang violence and somewhat illegal or less reputable activity. Even our main human character Ward is at risk of losing his home and can’t afford to maintain a good environment for his child. This film is about class divisions and not about race. Is there an element of racism on display to generate tension? Yeah, but it’s made clear by Ward telling his daughter “Everybody’s just trying to get along and have a good life. All of the races are different. Just cause they’re different doesn’t mean anybody is better or worse than anybody,” towards the beginning of the film when she asks about whether orcs are just plainly less intelligent than humans, that this isn’t as big a concern as status. Jakoby being hired seems more akin to the police hiring an ex-gang affiliate and feeling negatively towards such a decision but in the way the setting is laid out this is depicted as fantasy racism, a thing that is visual and easy for people to understand in passing.

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Leilah looking for her wand. She was a good villain – Bright, Netflix, 2017

The next couple of things I want to touch on I’ve heard from critics, or people who worship critics, more than anyone else. First off, the film was too dark and badly shot. I think we were watching different movies. It was dark, I would agree but I could always see what was going on and some of the choreographed shots during fight scenes that jumped between multiple angles were fine and allowed both the Librarian and myself to keep up with what was going on and see everything. Were there moments where the film got more hectic and jumbled? Yes, for instance there’s a scene where they enter a packed club. Ward and Jakoby end up trying to fight their way through a dancefloor occupied by a well-populated mosh pit. The camera zooms in, moves jarringly and all we can really see are the characters trying their best to keep moving in the chaos. Why shoot it like this? Simple; we’re now as confused as the characters are and it’s only when the characters regain their composure that we get a wider-angle shot to allow us to see Tikka beckoning to them as she’s found a way to escape. The way the film was shot was related to how the characters experienced it whilst not being too jarring or confusing to the casual viewer. (I agree that there was times of darkness. I couldn’t tell if it was the adaptive lighting of my tablet screen or the darkness of the cinematography.)
I’ve heard that the film had a poor story and that the characters lacked growth. Let’s tackle these two things separately as the first is easier to get through than the second. So, poor story? I wouldn’t say so, more a simple story as it’s a pretty straightforward Hero’s Journey kind of set up with the Call to Action, Reaching the Threshold, Death & Rebirth, Atonement and Return to the Norm in a big cycle.
To discuss growth of the characters we first have to talk about the characters. Let’s start off with Ward; he’s an older cop, jaded by his time on the force, focused on results and not seemingly bothered by much else. He’s a man of some principle as he resents the office politics hitting him due to his orcish partner and stands up to corruption among his colleagues. He’s flawed, sure; dismissive, unkind, sarcastic but he’s still one of the good guys when all is said and done. Now we see him blaming his partner for the injury he received that took him off duty and resenting the fact that he still has to share duties with him after returning to work. It draws him into a pretty miserable situation as the movie continues but skipping ahead a bit towards the end of the film it’s Ward and Jakoby against the world, they’re honest with each other, watching each other’s backs and the troubles from the beginning of the film are resolved at various points throughout the film, with Ward going out of his way to ensure Jakoby survives and encounter with the awesome villain that is Leilah played by Noomi Rapace, leaving himself seemingly without any way of protecting himself after the fact.

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Magic police, Kandomere (an elf) and Hildebrandt Ulysses Montehugh (a human), interrogating Ward and Jakoby – Bright, Netflix, 2017

Jakoby on the other hand is an outcast at the beginning of the film, an orc without proper tusks, raised by humans and not accepted by any of the orcs they encounter throughout the majority of the movie as he’s not “blooded” a rite of passage and ritual acceptance of young orcs as being proper orcs. He’s naïve, hopeful and trusting in spite of being harshly aware of how out of place and unwanted he is. By later in the film though given every opportunity to break or give up he finds companionship in both his fellow police officer Ward and in the elf they’re protecting Tikka, finds purpose in keeping those friends and the communities they’re dealing with as safe as he can from the violence and mayhem that’s chasing them and comes out the other end by ignoring everything including his own safety to save Ward from a burning building, an act that earns him the respect of the orcs that have labelled him an outcast for his whole life.
So there’s growth, certainly. Does it matter though? No. On reaching the point in the Hero’s Journey where our heroes return to the normal world accepting their new version of normal after what they’ve experienced the events of their night of chaos and gun fights is covered up by federal agents. As a result the only people that their growth matters to is them, Daryl Ward and Nick Jakoby. If that enough? I’d say so but we’ll have to see if it does or not in the next film considering Bright 2 has already been greenlit.

After singing this movie’s praises though do I have my criticisms? Absolutely, the movie was good but not perfect. Seeing more of the villains was one thing I’d have liked; learning more about them and their plans, or at least learning more about them as people. I’d have liked to see some of the other nine races that are mentioned several times, dwarves are mentioned but not a single stocky beard owner is highlighted in the film as far as I noticed. The main criticism that I have though is one that’s been echoed by other people too; there wasn’t enough of it. I got to the end of the film and wanted more; I wanted to know more about the universe, about the way the rest of the world had developed outside of Los Angeles with magic and magical races being real in this universe. I kinda wish it had been a TV series instead of a movie, but if that had been the case we probably wouldn’t have gotten named like Will Smith, Joel Edgerton or Noomi Rapace in the movie and the chemistry between Smith and Edgerton definitely made it better for me than not. What I can hope is that Bright 2 will be just as good if not better and then maybe we’ll see a spin-off TV show to expand the universe more at a later date.

Overall I’d give this movie a 8-9/10 with those missed points purely being down to it not giving me all I would have liked from the universe.
I hope you found this a fun read and I know your Librarian and I would love to hear your thoughts down below and if you’re interested in more stuff I’ve done I’m sure the Librarian will stick my links in here somewhere too.

Do you agree with MotSM’s comments? We’ve spent a lot of time chatting about it, with lots of people, but would love to know your thoughts! Leave a comment down below! 

[Header Image: Bright, Netflix, 2017]

‘You’re nothing. But not to me’ – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, 2017

Hello everyone, and welcome to 2018! Let’s hope that it’s better than 2017! I want this blog to be even bigger and better than last year; and I can’t wait for you all to join me on the rollercoaster ride of reviews!
I was going to make the first review of the new year as spoiler free as possible, and then I realised the topic. There’s no way I can go into this movie without getting into at least some spoilers. So without further ado – I welcome you into 2018 with my thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Our main cast – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm/Disney, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the 2nd in a trilogy of new Star Wars movies, after Lucasfilm was acquired by (our new overlords) Disney. The plot follows Rey as she receives Jedi training from Luke Skywalker, in hopes of making the Resistance win, in the fight against the First Order. As someone that believes in the Empire (I know, shock horror! I blame the storyline of Star Wars: The Old Republic for that!) this obviously annoys me. I honestly spent most of the film wanting Rey to succumb to to the dark side – it honestly seems more fun on the dark side.

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I still think the porgs are the dark side manifested. I will not be proven wrong! – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm/Disney, 2017

I have to be honest here. I thought it was a mediocre movie – along with a lot of the general populous it seems. I think this movie itself has shown that critics don’t know what people want from a film anymore.
The Luke in that film was not our Luke. What Luke do we know that just gives up? No Luke I knew ran away from a fight, except this Luke does? Very against his character.
I liked Rose Tico, she was probably the best character in the film for me, but she was incredibly underused as a character. Instead of giving her a real purpose they made her run off with Finn to Canto Bight. This went on for far too long, and just seemed to be there to put in celeb cameos. The character Warwick Davis played was by far the worst he’s even been.
I thought Poe was an arse throughout the whole of the thing. He overreacted to every moment, and didn’t respect the chain of command. He just seemed to have a temper tantrum for 2 and a half hours.

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Vulptex, they jingle as they run! – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm/Disney, 2017

I also thought that it was like watching two seperate movies. Rey off doing her thing, Finn and the gang off doing their thing. It made the tension release cycle feel very weird for me; I didn’t know where or when we were when we flipped between the two.
I loved the Porgs, and felt bad when Chewie tried to eat one, and I also loved the Vulptex (crystal fox things). All of them were used for the story, which was good. They weren’t just put in for nothing. In fact, I liked all of the weird wildlife – even the odd green-milk-booby-seal-things.

Oh, and Kylo and Rey need to kiss already. I felt very much like a 3rd wheel the whole film.

I don’t think it should be taken out of the canon, that’s an overreaction for sure, but I wouldn’t put it up there as one of the best. I don’t think Rian Johnson should have been allowed to write and direct, I think that that’s a conflict of interest.

Catch the trailer down below!

What did you think of the Last Jedi? Love it or hate it? Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm/Disney, 2017]

New Years 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I have had a really amazing year writing for you guys and cannot wait to get back into it once the holidays are over (Eg. Next week) I spent my New Years eating food and watching Black Mirror (tune in for that review soon!)

Give me a hint about anything you want me to write about in the comments below.

I’ll see you next week to shed some light on the Star Wars feud, and my own views on it!

What do you want to see in 2018? Leave a comment down below!

Christmas 2017

We made it guys! Our first Christmas together! Have you enjoyed 2017? While not so much in real life, I’ve had a great year with you guys and hope you’ve enjoyed reading with me!

As it’s the holidays and I’m enjoying it with my family, including Seb, I’ll leave you with one question.

What do you want to see in 2018? Leave a comment down below!

Have an amazing Christmas and I’ll see you in the new year for a Star Wars review!

‘Always remember you have a family’ – The Crown (Series 2) 2017

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening, loyal readers. Good weekend? I do hope you’re getting all your Christmas shopping done!
Now, this review needs no introduction. It’s blown up everywhere, with even my Grandmother using a Netflix account to watch it. That’s right – it’s The Crown. I don’t want to have to say spoilers on a historical TV show, but I don’t think I can avoid them this week so…

SPOILERS AHEAD! 

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Pregnant with her last child, Queen Elizabeth “pours a pint” for her husband, Prince Philip – The Crown, Netflix, 2017

The Crown intricately draws the life of Queen Elizabeth II (the UK’s current Queen for any confused international readers) from the day of her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947 to (currently) 1963. Each season, so far, has documented about a decade of her life. Unfortunately, that means bidding goodbye to Claire Foy who’s portrayed her for seasons 1 and 2, as she’s now too young for the role.

It’s incredibly historical, with even the Queen saying that pretty much all of it happened (bar it being a bit more dramatised than real life), and really has been an amazing thing to watch. I can’t say I love a series more, to be honest. They showed JFK’s death this season, and I sobbed like a baby – I am not a huge JFK fan, not being an American of the 1960’s, I know little about him… but the way it was depicted… I couldn’t stop… I’ll blame it on good acting and move on.

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Princess Margaret and her husband Anthony Armstrong-Jones at tea in Clarence House – The Crown, Netflix, 2017

I’m sat here trying to think of something bad to say about it… the only thing I can think is that it’s just not long enough and I want to see more. Perhaps having all the episodes come out at once is bad for my health, as I just binge watch it…
Honestly, The Crown is a delight to watch, and I think even the most staunch republican can enjoy it for what it is. The acting, cinematography, settings is all superb, A+, and I can’t wait to rewatch it again and again till season 3.

Have you seen The Crown? What did you think? Love it, the acting, the characters… everything? Or are you too much of a republican to enjoy it? I’d love to know! Leave a comment down below! 

[Header Image: The Crown, Netflix, 2017]