Eternals Review

The latest entry in the ever-growing list of MCU properties is Eternals, which I’ll be honest I wasn’t that thrilled about going into it. I got the Marvel Comics part-work set of 60 graphic novels a decade or so ago and it had Neil Gaiman’s run with the Eternals as part of it and it left no lasting impression apart from maybe one of being dull but with great artwork. Is the film better than that? Yes, I can’t say its dull that often and it certainly has some stunning visuals but I can say it didn’t really leave a lasting impression either, not one where I’m dying for, or at least looking forward to a sequel like a lot of other MCU content. Let’s take a deeper look, anyway…

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The Matrix Revolutions Review

The Matrix trilogy (which is an incorrect term as of today in cinemas!) comes to a close with what is undeniably a bit of a let-down. While I’ll admit watching it for this review I actually liked it more than I remembered it’s still full of flaws that just weren’t present in the previous two entries. Still, with a fourth film now out, how does the old final film in the series stand up? Let’s find out!

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The Matrix Reloaded Review

The Matrix Reloaded is often considered to be a poor sequel, and while that may be the case (the original is a hard act to follow) is it still a bad film by itself? When it came out in the cinema I didn’t think so, I thought it was frankly “awesome”, and while my opinion has changed from my 18-year-old self in the subsequent re-watches I still think it holds up as a fun two-ish hours. Let’s take a look!

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The Matrix Review

“No one can be told what the Matrix is, they have to see it for themselves” was the trailer tag line that got me and my friends excited to see this film in the cinema, and against all odds it lived up to the hype and then some. With a fourth film only a few weeks away I thought it would be the ideal time to take a look at the original trilogy. Ground-breaking would be an understatement but what’s the film like to watch now in 2021, when the subsequent films were less well received, and the franchise’s innovations are now commonplace? Let’s take a look!

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No Time To Die Review

At long… LONG last I’ve watched and now reviewed No Time To Die, finally able to say I have all official EON Bond films reviewed on this site. So after all the build up and delays, what was the film like? Well, it wasn’t much of a Bond film but did have some great set pieces and an ending that will be remembered for a long time, whether that be good or bad is up to you (also whether you like Metal Gear Solid enough to find a very specific re-used plot device distracting…) Let’s finally take a look!

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review

It’s finally time to look at a fresh MCU movie actually set after Phase 3 with “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”. Now I’ll admit I’ve been reading Marvel comics and watching Marvel properties for a long time now but I only ever heard of Shang-Chi in passing, just “it was Marvel’s attempt to cash in on the 70s Kung Fu craze” so I was surprised to hear this going into production. Thankfully while it doesn’t reach Guardians level of “obscure property made big hit” Shang-Chi was an enjoyable two and half hours watch…

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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires Review

So this is how Hammer Dracula ends, not with a bang but with a … cheesy 70s Kung-Fu film?! Yes, “The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires” was a co-production between Hammer and a Hong Kong film company, seeking to blend horror with the booming martial arts genre. Peter Cushing was all for… a free trip to China, but Christopher Lee had finally had enough so Dracula was instead played by John Forbes-Robertson (no idea either). So is this any good, either as a horror film or as a martial arts film? … Not really. Let’s take a closer look anyway, because it’s Halloween and nothing is more spooky than karate guys thrust-kicking vampires!

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The Satanic Rites of Dracula Review

The Satanic Rites of Dracula is an odd one. It’s the final Christopher Lee Dracula film but it honestly feels like a completely different movie that they forced Dracula and Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing into for the hell of it. It’s more like a thriller to do with a satanic cult being investigated than anything else, complete with lots of sitting around, developing photos, making plans and other such espionage stuff… plus a world ending threat, for added over-the-top cartoon villainy! Does this mishmash of genres work? … No. Let’s have a look anyway!

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Dracula A.D. 1972 Review

As the title of the film suggests the next entry in the Hammer Dracula series sees the titular count resurrect in then-modern day England, though instead of following on from Scars it rewrites the continuity entirely, opening with a new showdown between Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing and Christopher Lee’s Dracula from 12 years before the original film was set. Is this reboot any good? Let’s find out!

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Scars of Dracula Review

Scars of Dracula is a weird one. It was originally written as a reboot but when Christopher Lee agreed to reprise the role once again it was slightly rewritten to act as a follow-on… and I mean SLIGHT. Anyway, it has some good moments. It’s another one of those “generic B movie” entries that’s fun but undoubtedly flawed. It’s also the only other entry after the first one that’s I’d seen before this marathon after randomly catching it on TV in the late 2000s. With that all being said, what’s it like now?

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