Super Mario Bros. (Film) Review

Super Mario Bros Film

Our look at (most) of the live action game adaptations, and the games that inspired them, starts with a double helping of Super Mario Bros. and boy… The staggering difference! The original Super Mario Bros. (review here!) is an all-time classic that’s still fun to play today, where as this is a complete flop that fails to even slightly evoke the spirit of its source material. Even ignoring the link to the all-time classic game, as a film it’s still pretty flawed… so let’s take a deeper look!

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Avengers: Endgame Review

Avengers Endgame

Well, here we are then. The big finale to a story arc that started 21 films ago, and once again the Russo brothers and the whole team behind the film have somehow pulled it off. They managed to make a film with lots of depth of character, great callbacks to previous entries in the franchise, and then wrap it all up with an extremely satisfying final fight. Excitement, drama, even getting emotional at times… it was a great experience, one I’ll always remember. So without further dancing around spoilers, let’s take a deeper look at the film then!

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Arrival (2016) Review

Arrival

When I started this “10 Decades” marathon, I did it thinking about giving me a good excuse to finally watch Arrival, which I’d been meaning to get around to since it came out. Well, it added an extra bunch of months compared to if I’d just sat down and watched it, but it’s been a fun ride, and I’m happy to report, it was worth it. Arrival was great! Let’s see why…

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Avatar (2009) Review

Avatar

Here we go then, this is one of the big ones for the “10 Decades” marathon, as it was the highest grossing box office film for many years, and a sci-fi film to boot, and yet I never watched it. Why? Well, all I ever heard about it was how seeing it in 3D was amazing, and real experience in the cinema, that sort of thing, but I hate 3D, it gives me a headache even with the glasses on, so I didn’t bother. The story sounded dull and cliché anyway… Just about a decade later and I finally sit down and watch it, and guess what? It looks nice, but its dull and cliché… Let’s have a look in more detail anyway, because why not?

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Total Recall (1990) Review

Total Recall

It was hard to pick a 90s sci-fi film for my decades marathon, given the key part of the title being “haven’t seen”, as having been born in the mid-80s I grew up on 90s films, be it at the cinema or flicking around on the TV. I ended up choosing Total Recall as I knew at some point I’d caught the film half-way through, and I’m pretty sure I’d seen bits of the start somehow or another, but I’d never sat down and watched it from start to finish. Turns out that this was a rather important part, more so than a lot of films…

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Bungo Stray Dogs – Dead Apple Review

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I really enjoyed the first two seasons of Bung Stray Dogs, so I don’t really know why it’s take me this long to sit down and watch the movie, especially as it’s streaming on Crunchyroll and therefore not even costing me anything extra. So, apart from having a title that any non-anime fan would just look blankly at, what does Bungo Stray Dogs – Dead Apple have to offer? Well…

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They Live Review

they live

They Live is a strange experience. On the one hand it wears its anti-commercialism message on its sleeve, and on the other it’s an unashamed cheesy action/sci-fi movie with funny quips and insults everywhere. One thing’s for sure though: it’s a good laugh, and Roddy Piper is surprisingly good in the lead role too (not that it’s the most complex part in cinema history…) So let’s have a look at the 1980s entry into the 10 Decades, 10 Sci-Fi films marathon…

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Soylent Green Review

Soylent Green

We reach the 1970s in the Sci-Fi films “10 Decades” marathon, and with it we reach another film where I’ve seen / heard it mentioned or parodied so much I wanted to finally watch it. Soylent Green is a dystopian story set in 2022 New York, where over-population has caused a greater divide between the rich and poor, and global warming has made the weather constantly muggy and unpleasant… Probably closer to how a lot of the world will be like in four years’ time than we’d all like, really… Anyway, enough current day political bollocks, let’s have a look at the film in question!

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Review

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man, the original film, was one of my favourites from the MCU. It was legitimately funny, had a simple but enjoyable plot and good characters, so when Ant-Man and the Wasp was announced I was looking forward to it… then the trailers drop, and some early reviews came out, and I decided that it sounded fun but probably wasn’t worth the price of a bus and cinema ticket on top of the Blu-ray I’d inevitably buy, and I was right! It was a fun film, but not amazing and lacking in consequence… Let’s take a closer look!

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