TV Talk: The Boys

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Developed by: Eric Kripke
Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Laz Alonso, Tomer Kapon, Karen Fukuhara
IMDB Rating: 9.0/10 Stars
Summary
THE BOYS is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven”, and their formidable Vought backing.
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Best Trailers From San Diego Comic-Con, Part 2.

This post was intended to go live on Tuesday, but I was struck down with a horrid bug and have been in recovery ever since. Nevertheless, as promised here is part 2 of my summary of best trailers from San Diego’s Comic-Con with additional reaction to the next phase of Marvel films – because there is no avoiding Marvel announcements. 

Westworld (Season 3)

Yet another TV series I need to catch up on. The first series of Westworld was phenomenal, but since I’ve not caught up with the second season yet I can’t comment much on the happenings in the third season, but it sure looks epic.  Continue reading

Best Trailers from San Diego Comic-Con, Part 1.

It’s that time of year where I wish I could teleport to San Diego for the biggest PR stunt of the year. San Diego Comic-Con is the ultimate playground for comic book fans, but has since become the stoming ground for a lot of new film and TV shows. With that, fans are treated to a frenzy of new announcements to get us excited for the coming years line up. Along with these announcements come the trailers to heighten the anticipation. This summary post will be split into two halves, and here is part 1 of the best trailers at San Diego’s Comic-Con 2019.

His Dark Materials

How epic does His Dark Materials look? From the all-star cast to the stellar visuals, I gave a feeling that this show is going to take the world by storm. It has an adventure, intrigue, deception, and everything in between. Continue reading

TV Talk: Space Drama, Obsessive Assassin, and Dracula’s Revenge

With so many TV shows in development, it really is becoming harder to choose between all of these amazing shows. Your mood is obviously a massive influence, but it’s surprising to see the variey in the shows I’ve been watching.

Killing Eve

Killing Eve is one of the most addictive TV shows I’ve watched in a long time. The cat and mouse chase between Villanelle and Eve were seductive and surprising with both characters developing an unhealthy obsession with one another. Sandra Oh has already demonstrated her range as an actress, while this show gave Jodie Comer the chance to really showcase her versatility as her performance captured a child-like glee in her job whilst also demonstrating her calculating and sinister nature. The first season does a brilliant job at establishing the tension between these women culminating in a showstopping finale that set the bar for the second season. The one trap Killing Eve might fall into is in turning Villanelle into the lesser of two evils. Vinallenlle is not someone we want to relate to and the sheer brilliance of this show lies in the way writers turned this assassin into one of the most fascinating characters on TV. Continue reading

Discussion: The Benefits of Book Adaptations

Book adaptations have taken Hollywood by storm recently. From well-loved classics to comic book blockbusters, and Young Adult coming of age stories, books are a crutial source for the entertainment industry. With Netflix buying the rights to 50 literary projects we can expect a lot more adaptations in the near future. Now, while some may complain about the sheer number of book adaptations in the making, you cannot deny the impact they’ve had on the industry. In most cases, the books are always better, and some films should not be called adaptations – Percy Jackson – but there are so many reasons as to why we shouldn’t shun book adaptations. Here are some of the benefits that come from book adaptations.

1. A Wider Audience

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The fact is, book adaptations are going to appeal to the masses and that’s not a bad thing because while the book adaptation draws readers to the film, the film simultaneously introduces non-readers to the book. With every book adaptation, the film takes its concept from the source material, but given the time restraint given to films, elements of the book won’t make it to the screen. Therefore, characters or themes movie-goers feel are cast aside have the chance to gain a deeper insight into those elements through reading the book. Of course, that is not always the case, but book adaptations are additional publicity for the book, especially if its an adaptation of a lesser known book. There are also multiple ways to promote the book alongside the film with tie-in covers or special editions being released, satisfying both the movie-goers and the readers.
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What I’ve Been Watching: Action Thrillers, Extreme Bake-Off, and the Musical Event of the Year?

As my reading slump continues, I’ve found myself watching more films recently. With summer just around the corner, we finally got the projector set up for our annual summer movie marathon. Admittedly, the only film we watched on the big screen was Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but I must admit watching the Eurovision Song Contest on the big screen was quite the experience. Here is a summary of what I’ve been watching.

Films

Source Code

This film surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it, but it poses an interesting scenario on the possibility of sending someone’s last conscious moment to a computed reality in order to prevent a future disaster. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Captain Colter Stevens, this film revealed the stakes early on heightening the tension as he only had eight minutes to find the one responsible for these disasters. However, the more time he spends in this reality, the more his attachment to passengers aboard the train grows, giving him an internal and external conflict which could alter the consequences of this disaster. It’s a clever storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seats as Colter’s mission and consciousness collide in a conflict that has surprising consequences.
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Ranking Every Season of Game of Thrones

And now our watch has ended. We have officially shut the door on Game of Thrones in what has become one of the greatest fantasy shows of our time. It’s a show that kept viewers at the edge of their seats and provided the most shocking and brutal twists to ever grace our screens. It’s a show that, in recent years, has also become divisive in its treatment of characters and its narrative. This is my ranking of every season of Game of Thrones.

8. Season 7

This was basically the start of Game of Thrones’s downfall and most of those issues come down to pacing. Sure, there were some visually stunning moments, but it also saw plotlines being rushed and underdeveloped. The focus was obviously going to be on Jon and Dany’s budding relationship, but it felt forced. While they spent so much time trying to convince us of Jon and Dany romance, other storylines suffered. In Winterfell, we finally got the pack together again, but it felt cold and clinical. Littlefinger’s death was inevitable, but they went about the shock value all wrong. It was brilliant for Sansa and Arya to play the game and fool him into thinking he had the upper hand, but the moments that see Arya threatening Sansa in a very private setting did nothing to further this deception. It was unnecessary and rushed, basically the summary of this entire season. Continue reading