Black Mirror, as a television show, has taken the world by storm. Starting off as a eerily constructed dystopian anthology on Channel 4, the show is now one of the most popular Netflix properties. So, you can only imagine everyone’s excitement upon learning that the show would be returning to our screens with a fifth season. A fifth season that arguably recalls the show’s humble beginnings on British television. Unlike the previous two Netflix commissioned seasons, this one is only made up of three episodes, each one playing out like a well-made short film.
When I first heard that Pixar were going ahead and making a fourth Toy Story movie, I was conflicted. On the one hand I was ready to see these characters back on the big screen, while on the other, I was fearful of what the overall narrative would be. I felt like the franchise had reached its natural end, with Woody and the gang finding a new home outside of Andy’s iconic, cloud-patterned bedroom.
When I sat down to watch X-Men Dark Phoenix, I kept in mind the numerous negative reviews I had already seen. The countless critics and fans saying that the film was the worst instalment in the franchise to date. That this was the film to finally overcome the stank of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, to even take the spot of X3 as the worst one ever. And…it was alright.
Having now watched the first three episodes of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone redux, I have to say that the show is beginning to feel a little bit like de-ja-vu.
The first three episodes all seem to follow the basic narrative structure. A character discovers that they possess some kind of reality altering ability, they then exploit that ability for either good or bad effect. In the case of the first two episodes, these abilities were used in negative ways, with both main characters (who are both male) eventually meeting their own sticky ends. So it is admittedly refreshing to see this formula being presented from the opposite way, with a female main character using her ability for acts of good. As this is the basic premise of the show’s third episode ‘Replay’ – which may be the best episode I have seen so far.
There is no mistaking that Disney’s Frozen is one of the most influential and significant animated movies in the world. Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s infamous work, The Snow Queen, the film won every major award it was nominated for and it broke box office records. Even now you cannot hear the phrase ‘Let it Go’, without immediately imagining a magical princess and her castle of crystalline ice.
When it comes to The Twilight Zone, usually there are a few images which immediately come to mind. One: the now iconic title font, which beautifully captures the eerie atmosphere of the show. Two: a giant eyeball floating through a blurry expanse of night sky. And finally, three, a twisted face staring through a rain-streaked airplane window.
For a while it seemed that Marvel literally dominated everything. Not only were there movies ruling the cinema and global box office, but their tv shows were also taking over every channel and streaming service.
I for one was happy with this, especially when it comes to the Netflix shows. In many ways, the four Marvel shows we got on the site were the beginning of their own little Marvel Universe, with the release of The Defenders, symbolising the television equivalent of The Avengers. But with the kickstart of Disney’s own online streaming service, it appeared that there was no longer any interest in keeping these shows afloat. In the space of only a month, we saw the cancellation of all four shows – with Jessica Jones being the last to bid farewell.
So we have finally been given our first taste of Wonder Woman 1984. Yes it is true. Director Patty Jenkins took to Twitter yesterday to share the first official poster for the upcoming superhero sequel. Not only this, but Jenkins also divulged that we could expect the movie to released exactly one year from yesterday.
Back in 2011, a little fantasy show hit our television screen. Chronicling the tumultuous history of a vast continent, and the nobility warring to gain control of it. And the show was a ground-breaking and universal success – well, not really.
The show wouldn’t truly hit that height of success until the fourth season, but it still proved to be popular even in its earliest years. And in that time the show has delivered us nothing but quality story-telling, direction and acting. For four years anyway. Yes, I think it’s safe to say now that the show really began to lose its way around season five – when the showrunners no longer had the source material to adapt from. From season five onwards the show became a shell of what it had once been – now the characters were unintelligent, storylines didn’t pay off and shock value became the show’s magic key to a good reception. And although the show still remained watchable, it’s downfall eventually accumulated in the final season, which failed to live up to any expectation the fanbase may have had.