Guardians of the Galaxy 2 2017 – Review

I saw both Guardians of Galaxy films at the cinema, and on both occasions have felt more than a little underwhelmed. I kept hearing that the first was the new Star Wars, and upon seeing it though much the same as I did about Iron Man 2. It was entertaining, but ultimately disappointing. After repeated viewings the first films has grown on me, and though by now means Star Wars, it is definitely a solid film, and worthy of rewatching. The same cannot be said of Vol.2.

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Alien: Covenant 2017 – Review

I finally took the plunge, and watched the latest prequel to my favourite film. The film has some of the best cinematography of the series, and the music follows the theme of the original, so that’s good too. As for chronology, the film fits between Prometheus and Alien, and continues to pointlessly expand on the mythology that never existed, while providing next to no answers. Ultimately making the film nice to look at, and utterly unsatisfying.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Soundtrack – Review

What a great soundtrack. I’ve listened to it three or four times now, plus during two visits to the cinema to see the film. It’s unique, and matches the war film style of the movie perfectly without just sounding like a Star War knockoff. At the same time it keeps a few themes and tones from William’s work, without sounding like another Star Wars Episode soundtrack. This film runs apart from the main episode sequence in both visual and audio style, and it works. In many ways I think this surpasses Williams’ soundtrack for Force Awakens. The fact this was composed in just over a month is a testament to the talent of Michael Giacchino. The man is clearly a man of his time, and continues to put outstanding soundtracks together every year. Star Trek, Super Eight, Rogue One and Jurassic World are all exceptional pieces of music.

If you only heard it when watching the film, load up Spotify and listen again! On a secondary note…I think my arrival at work theme should be Giacchino’s The Imperial Suite 🙂

 

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Black Widows: Defiance: The Complete First Season is out!

BLACK WIDOWS: DEFIANCE IS OUT! Black Widows: Defiance is a thrilling science fiction novel about the infamous all-female mercenary unit, and includes the complete first season of six Black Widows episodes. Aboard their heavily-armed ship Medusa, the Widows embark on secretive missions throughout the crumbling Confederacy as it wages a terrible and bloody civil war.

The lives of Syala and her twin sister Arana change forever on the day the slavers hit their new home on the Skylla Research Facility. It is a day that started like any other, before turning into a terrifying massacre as soldiers and hideous creatures swarm through the facility killing or enslaving anyone that stands in their way. Continue reading

Black Widows: Episode 6 is out!

BLACK WIDOWS: EPISODE 6 IS OUT! Syala and the Black Widows are heading home to the infamous haven for mercenaries, traders, criminals, and cutthroats from a dozen worlds. To Syala it is a chance to follow a lead on her missing sister, but to the Widows it’s their home, and a place to rest and resupply for their next mission. This heavily defended installation is the Alpha Three facility, known colloquially as The Anchorage. Continue reading

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) – Review


Warning, review containers spoilers. Rogue One is the first in a presumably long series of new stand-alone films in the Star Wars Universe. Next up will be a film concerning the origins of Solo, and after that it could be Fett, Yoda or simply anything else. Rogue One (also called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is set after the barely tolerable Revenge of the Sith, and immediately before Star Wars, itself renamed to Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope in 1981, during its rerelease after Empire Strikes Back. The director, Gareth Edwards manages to pull off a film that is darker and grimmer than anything seen since Empire, and manages to combine the latest CGI along with all the charm of the 70s original. It’s a difficult thing to do, but Edwards puts in the effort and pulls it off.Continue reading

Black Widows: Episode 5 is out!

BLACK WIDOWS: EPISODE 5 IS OUT! Syala and her new-found comrades are heading to the infamous Alpha Three Anchorage when their faithful ship Medusa finally succumbs to her wounds. With few options left, they are forced to seek refuge and assistance at the most unlikely place, the Ángel Salvage Facility on the planet of Euryale. It isn’t long before Syala discovers that Carlos Ángel, the enigmatic owner of the facility has many dangerous new friends. Continue reading

Westworld 2016 Review

What an outstanding television production. In my opinion this is the stand out show of the year. Westworld is one of those unusual programmes that actually surpasses the original in every possible way. I actually rewatched the ‘90s feature film several days ago and the two could not be further apart. While a great original story, there is little sophistication to the original, with most of the screen time spend giving nods to earlier films, especially westerns. I suspect much of this will be wasted on a modern audience.Continue reading

STAR CRUSADER BOOK 6 – RELEASED TODAY!

STAR CRUSADER: SIEGE OF KALAR. Nate and his friends in Ironclad Squadron are returning to the fleet when they detect a mysterious signal. Sensing a trap, Colonel Gun sends Nate out alone in his captured fighter to scout the source. The signal is emitting from inside the heart of the abandoned Kalar Anchorage. This massive facility was once the Byotai Empire’s greatest shipyard, but now it lies cold and lifeless. Or does it? Upon arrival Nate runs headlong into the centre of a fierce battle. On one side are the numerous forces of the insidious Orion Interstellar Empire. On the other, the powerful attack cruisers of the Byotai outlaw, Warlord Katanga.

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