Film versions of Japanese manga comics have had a troubled relationship with western cinema. One of the more recent attempts was 2017’s Ghost in the Shell, directed by Rupert Sanders, and starring Scarlet Johansson as ‘Major’ Killian, a cyborg security officer in a futuristic, neon and rain soaked world. The movie, despite being visually impressive, […]Read more "Battle Angel Alita – A general review"
2018 was a pretty good year for Marvel comics, and also for the character of Spider-Man in particular – the flagship character of the franchise, established since the heady days of 1962. The year recently past saw the release of Spiderman: Homecoming, featuring Tom Holland as the third live-action actor to play the role of […]Read more "Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse – a general review"
Well, this is it. After some eighteen movies spread across ten years, Marvel Studios has reached it’s pre-planned landmark movie. After this, we can take something of a rest! Taking inspiration from their own original comics, running from the nineteen sixties right through to present day, Marvel Studios has released movies based around multiple characters […]Read more "Avengers, Infinity War part 1 – the review"
Coming hot on the heels of the recent December release of Episode 8: The Last Jedi, Disney has debuted its second spin off live action release from the almost unstoppable Star Wars franchise. Emphasis on the ‘almost’ part, as box office returns have not been so fruitful this time around, leading to a bit of […]Read more "SOLO – A Star Wars Story, a review"
Early 2018 has seen the release of the next in a string of big budget Marvel comics inspired films, all building up to the release of Infinity Wars Part 1 this spring, which sees the Avengers unite with Spiderman, The Guardians of the Galaxy and other heroes against a major, cosmic threat. One of the […]Read more "Black Panther – a movie review"
In 2015, the seventh official installment, The Force Awakens, took the cinemas by storm, riding high off of initial popularity and good feedback. Later, a bit of a kickback began, with those pointing out the shortcomings of what many saw as a recycled story with an overuse of call backs. But the movie succeeding in […]Read more "Star Wars – The Last Jedi – a film review"
The Peak District, in Derbyshire, is one of my favourite walking locations, especially on a warm, sunny day. In the last month, I have been on two major walks there, one near Dovedale, along the picturesque river, and the other above the village of Eyam, up on the moors. I also visited the old pub, named […]Read more "Photos of my Peak District perambulations…"