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Game of Thrones Season Finale Review (2019)

In my lifetime I have seen the endings of some pretty ground-breaking media franchises from Harry Potter to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But I doubt I will see an ending that will match the hype and expectation given to that of Game of Thrones. The show that singlehandedly pulled Fantasy media back into the mainstream. The show that has broken almost every television record. The show that helped push geek culture from its resting place in the shadows. The show that…kind of let everyone down.

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Avengers: Endgame (2019) Review

Ten years ago, the very notion of a cinematic universe was laughable. Another huge gambit made by Hollywood to make a quick buck. But, above all sense and reason, Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios were able to pull it off. Inadvertently creating the most lucrative and ground-breaking cinematic franchise of the 21st Century. And now with twenty-two releases to its name, as well as a handful of Oscar nominations, it would seem that the MCU has reached its climax. And yet, in some ways, Avengers: Endgame feels more like a beginning than any of the previous Marvel instalments.

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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018) Season One Review

He-Man is now considered a staple of geek culture, in fact it is often seen as an established pillar of the geek movement. It was an animated show, that in turn was birthed from small comic-like stories, which in turn were found inside the packaging of the Masters of The Universe action figures. The toys were Mattel trying to cash in on the success of other iconic action figure lines, such as those commissioned for franchises such as Star Wars. The only problem with this being that they chose to create an original cast of characters without a visual medium to back them up. Eventually this led to Mattel also commissioning an animated tv series to accompany, and further popularise He-Man and his cast of quirky friends. And of course, it was a triumphant success. So successful in fact, that He-Man began to eclipse Mattel’s other powerful property, a pretty Malibu girl called Barbie. So Mattel then decided to splinter the He-Man fandom and create a female orientated version, complete with new characters, villains and even a twin sister for He-Man’s Adam. From this came She-Ra: Princess of Power. Although the show was not as popular as it’s predecessor, it has since gained a cult following, with many recognising She-Ra as one of the first female superheroes to get her own show. And now, over three decades later, we have seen She-Ra return to the small screen – or at least Netflix anyway.

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My Top 10 Favourite ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Episodes

Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer is now over two decades old and still remains one of the most ground-breaking pieces of genre television to have ever aired.  I often go through phases in my life where a new TV show becomes my newest obsession, luring me into the false sense of security that it is now my favourite show. But no matter what happens that show will eventually disappoint me, or just fall into the usual ‘no more ideas’ blues. Buffy has never done that for me, and these days I am proud and confident in announcing it as my favourite tv show of all time. So I thought I would share with you my top ten favourite episodes of the show, as well as provide a little insight into why I consider them to be my favourites, as well as some of the best episodes of the show. Mild spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t watched every season yet.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Review

Since the success of Disney’s Maleficent (dir. Robert Stromberg, 2014) and the live-action Cinderella (dir. Kenneth Branagh, 2015),the company has seemed to move away from what used to be the primary basis of their corporation – to make animated features for the whole family to enjoy. 2016’s Moana (dir. Ron Clements and John Musker) is to date the last animated feature the ‘Mouse House’ has produced, with primary focus now being placed upon the recreation of their classical properties, but now with modern Hollywood talent in the iconic roles. 2019 alone will see the release of three live-action remakes (Dumbo, Aladdin andThe Lion King), while Disney’s remake of Mulan is set to hit cinemas in early 2020.

With all these recognised properties returning to the silver screen, some audience members (myself included) have hoped that the studio would still deliver on original animated content in between the live-action fare. Sadly this seems not to be the case, or at least not when it comes to original animated features. As it appears that Disney’s other primary goal is to simply create sequels to its already popular classics, with Frozen 2 supposedly entering production as I write this review. But today I am here to discuss a different Disney sequel, this being Ralph Breaks the Internet, the follow-up to 2012’s Wreck it Ralph (dir. Rich Moore).

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The Darkest Minds (2018) and The Death of YA Cinematic Adaptations

In 2016, the third instalment in The Divergent Series was released in cinemas. Allegiant (dir. Robert Schwentke), in all regards, was a terrible movie. A dull, misshapen and stagnant adaptation of an already controversial Young Adult novel. In fact, the magnitude of its failure led to the ending of the whole Divergent franchise, with the fourth and final film- Ascendant being pulled from production before the year was even out. Along with the triumphant disaster of the Divergent series, as well as a slew of other failed franchises from Beautiful Creatures (2013) to Vampire Academy (2014), it appeared that the YA fantasy movie adaptation was yet another ‘dead horse’ genre being beaten into a bloody pulp by the Hollywood higher-ups, with nothing even comparing to the success of both The Twilight Saga (2008-12) and The Hunger Games film franchises (2012-15).

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A short trip to the Geek Dungeon…

Hey Everyone!

My name is Rhys, and I have decided to start my own blog. I am a recent graduate of Swansea University, and I am hoping to use this platform as a way of sharing my opinions on Film, TV and any other form of geeky media that I encounter. Although the primary goal is to write reviews for new releases and to maybe review new tv shows, episode by episode, I am also hoping to post some unique film and television critique, ranging from character study to thematic commentary. Hopefully whoever stumbles into the Geek Dungeon will find something they can enjoy and will choose to embark on this journey with me, just to see where it will lead…