2019 has been a year of cinematic landmarks, it is the year that saw Avengers: Endgame take the coveted place of highest-grossing movie of all time, finally knocking James Cameron’s Avatar into second place. It is also the year that, as a universal audience, we waved goodbye to the most successful television show of all time. Yes, this is another Game of Thrones post, but don’t worry, I won’t spend over 1000 words explaining why the final season was a convoluted mess – again. No, instead I’m here to talk about the show’s upcoming spin-off Blood Moon, which right now is the working title, which means it could change to something a bit more interesting. But for now it’s Blood Moon.
Since the end of Game of Thrones, it has been clear that HBO has been searching for the next big thing to replace their global success. Westworld can be seen as the beginning of this, with the show finally returning for its third season next year. And now HBO have unveiled there next attempt to fill in the dragon-shaped hole left behind by Game of Thrones – and it’s called Watchmen.
So with Comic Con now over for another year, we have everything we need to know when it comes to geeky media for the next year or so. This year we have been given a cornucopia of amazing things to look forward to, but Marvel and Kevin Feige truly stole the show – delivering upon to us what to expect from the studio’s widely anticipated fourth phase. Presented as a timeline of super-hero goodness, we can expect not only more ground-breaking blockbusters, but also a slew of new television shows (all on Disney+) that will also tie into them. Here’s the rundown on what Marvel has planned for the next two years.
Another month will soon be coming to an end, and with it the release of yet another Disney remake. Notice that I opted out of referring to this film as a ‘live-action remake’, because at the end of the day it isn’t. And I truly believe that, to date, John Favreau’s The Lion King is the most pointless and unneeded of the new Disney stock. It may also be the hardest film to review, because there is nothing truly new here to discuss and critique.
In 2012, King’s Speech director Tom Hooper brought to the silver screen one of the world’s most lucrative musicals. Les Misérables went on to be a critical darling earning nomination upon nomination, proving once again that movie musicals can be both well executed and successful if the right person is behind the camera.
With Stranger Things now ruling Netflix as one of the most lucrative shows in streaming history, it is only fair that another group of ratty kids should also take control of the box office. And I think I know just the group.
Another year is almost at an end. Right now we are slowly moving into the summer season, which means that it won’t be long before we reach the final cold months before 2020. And with another year, we get another season of the hit Netflix show, Stranger Things, which still remains to be one of the streaming services most inventive and lucrative properties.
It may seem foolish for Marvel to continue its cinematic universe, especially after the epic event that was Avengers: Endgame, but continuing they are – and thank god! Because the newest addition to the 10 year franchise has proven to be yet another hit among comic fans.
On this website I have been very open about the fact that I am no longer a huge supporter of Disney’s recent trend of remaking their beloved animated features. The remake of Beauty and the Beast was my favourite film of 2017, and honestly, very little has lived up to it since. I was not a fan of the recent Aladdin remake, which I found suffered from a rookie director, lack of talent and some poor vocal work. But even I, in my cynicism and negativity, cannot explain how excited I have been, and still am, for the new live-action Mulan.
Oh Chucky – what happened to you? In 1988, the first Child’s Play film was released, paving the way for the most iconic killer doll in cinematic history. And Chucky truly is that. Even today we have yet to see a possessed toy reach the same levels of success and infamy. Although our cinemas are now plagued by Annabelle and her various knock-offs, Chucky still remains to be the only true killer doll still wreaking havoc in the horror genre today. Unlike the always dead-eyed and immobile Annabelle, Chucky can walk, talk and kill you in the most creative way possible. And, the great thing is, his franchise is still alive and kicking now. The seventh instalment having been released only last year. There has even since been news that the character will also be getting his own television show, to be produced by SyFy. So the decision to also release a reboot to the character, when the character is still very much current in today’s society, is truly quite baffling.