Saturday, 5 May 2012

Avengers Assemble Sets New Standard

The new Avengers movie was great fun! The touch of Joss Whedon has worked wonders on this tired super team to make it seem fresh, modern and exiting.
This is probably the most surreal of the Marvel movies to date. It has little or no connection to the real world, so the viewer really has to just suspend their disbelief and go along for the ride. And what a ride it is! The visuals are stunning and the action sequences are easy to follow and clear in their direction. Michael Bay and Peter Jackson could learn a lot from Joss Whedon. As you'd expect the dialogue is sharp and witty with some great one liners and well played visual gags. It's a Marvelites wet dream too with loads of comic references and and super cool ending sequence that'll have the fanboys drooling in their popcorn. OK, so it aint gonna win any Oscars (but it should for best director) and the story is pretty much a derivative of old comics with a few cool innovations bunged in (check out how Banner controls the Hulk) but this movie has achived exactly what it has set out to do. It's loved by fans and non fans alike and it's gonna make shed loads of wonga for Marvel.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

X-Men is actually First Class

I just went to see the latest X-Men Movie "First Class" and left the cinema feeling very much the way I did after seeing the first Xmen movie years ago: Like I wanted to go and see it again.
This movie felt more like that first outing than any of the sequels, espesially the god awful "Last Stand". And don't even get me started on the travesty that was the Wolverine movie.

This new movie feels like the start of something special and the performances from all the main players, although not award winning, are solid and real.

James MaCavoy is very convincing as the yournger, less cautious Charles and everybody else does their bit just fine especially Kevin Bacon who must have been born to play Sebastain Shaw.
The story has a decent sence of pacing and covers quite a few years so has a more epic feel than many other superhero films. There's even a couple of inspired humourous moments, one of which was a genuinly unexpected cameo that had the cinema roaring with laughter.

The set Peices, although few, are executed brilliantly and make the moving bridge scene in Last Stand look like something from Thunderbirds.
I still have images from the film stuck in my head hours after watching it, which must be a good sign.

Finally there's also some great character scenes and we realy feel like we are seeing Xmen History being played out with all the drama and tragedy of the original comics.

I could chose to point out that the continuety of the movies has now been shot to hell as Emma Frost seems to have gotten younger rather than older in the wolverine movie and Prof X's hair seems to come and go through time, as does his inabilty to walk. Maybe running that school with all those unruley kids aged him prematurely. And hey... him and Eric made friends again for some reason when they went to find Jean Grey... or maybe (please god) they are wiping the last two films from continuety with this one... yay!
Then again some of these things have happened in the comics at some point, so who's to say they can't happen in the films? I look forward to hopefully seeing some cool Xmen adventures in the 1970's

Monday, 16 May 2011

Bristol Report

Ok, well Bristol was great fun as always, but we were in the "Tumbleweed Room" so strugged to sell any of our excellent books :-(

In the end we managed to cover our costs after lots of hard work but I am very much looking forward to the event returnig to the old Commonwealth Museum venue next year.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Bristol Approaches

Well my 13th Bristol Comics convention is approaching and I have to say I'm very much looking forward to it. Kicking off with a curry with some of my Comics Industry chums the weekend promises lots of good comic fun for all. We will be selling two of our new books to Bristol folks for the first time. They both sold out at Kapow in London last month so I'm hoping they'll do just as well in Bristol.
This will be the last time that the UK's most adored comics convention will be happening at their current venues I hear and that next year it'll be moving back to the refurbished Commonwealth Museum Venue. Is this true or is it a rumour?? I guess we'll find out in a couple days.

Here's a link to the event: http://www.spexpo.co.uk

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Skyline... Don't Bother

I have to say that Skyline was probably my bigest movie let down of the year. The trailer promised so much, but the final product was awful.

The acting was wooden, the script was painfully cheesy (and there's cheese abound in this movie, but not in a knowing way... just really bad cheese that stinks).

The plot was non existent and the ending was probably the most ham fisted "run out of budget" calamity effort I've ever witnessed on the big screen.

I reccomend you really don't spend a moment of your life watching this TV movie with a budget.

The best bits are in the trailer.
Shane

Sunday, 21 February 2010

My latest Graphic Novel now has Trailer

I'm really excited as this is the fist time a graphic novel I have published has:

a) been distributed by Diamond
b) had a trailer made for it professionally
and c) been drawn by an Eagle Award winning artist.

Dave Hitchcock has done a superb job of bringing Gary Young's script to life and it's been a real pleasure working with such a great creative team on this book.

Can't wait to see it in the April Previews.

Here's the trailer:

Friday, 12 June 2009

The Best TV Show Ever?





I was recently re watching my Box Set of the superb FireFly TV show from the mind of Joss Whedon and it occured to me that this is probably the best thing I've ever seen on the TV, although I was never in a position to actually watch it as it aired.




I wonder how many other folks have missed out on this superb series? The Serenity film was - although obviously written for a ,shall we say, broader audience with it's super kung fu expert version of River - an amazing addition to the story and easily one of my favourite space films of all time.




I've now just got around to reading the Serenity comics, and thankfully , despite some very average artwork, they have not dissapointed me either as they have that special "Whedon touch" to them that ensures great storytelling, sharp dialogue, and lively unpredictable plots.




A big shame FOX never had the vision to support this series, it would - by now - have been paying them huge dividends I'm sure, just as Buffy and Angel have.




I wonder how long before Joss creates his own comic company and shows all the others how it's done?


;-)