The Delicate & Tricky Balancing Act Of Monster Movies: Opinion Piece

The Delicate & Tricky Balancing Act Of Monster Movies: Opinion Piece

I think it is fair to say that the 'monster' movie is slightly struggling to really find its feet. As Universal are apparently making a 'monster-verse' and 'Kong: Skull Island's' post credit teaser hinting at some major monster v monster goodness, I discuss the issues and challenge of creating monster movies in today's world. There may be things I miss or overlook, but this is my take on the main issues that I think are affecting and may continue to affect the big monster movies.

GoT: Se. 7 Ep. 3: The Queen's Justice; Review
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GoT: Se. 7 Ep. 3: The Queen's Justice; Review

The Queen's Justice ramps up the stakes and dangers of the current season of Thrones. (No major spoilers) — Daenerys and Snow meet for the first time, and it is brilliant. A well balanced written scene. Handling past occurrences, tension, counter ideas and beliefs and comedy also. The introduction of Daenerys by her helpers compared to the introduction of Snow by Davos was hugely amusing. It goes without saying, and to be honest I will stop saying it as I do so it every time, in that the production, acting, cinematography and so on, is brilliant. I have to say, I particularly enjoyed the theme within their meeting. Being the need to set aside their own ambitions and past doings in order to focus upon the bigger picture and bigger threat; the Knight King and the Army of The Dead.

GoT: Se. 7 Ep. 1: Dragonstone; Review
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GoT: Se. 7 Ep. 1: Dragonstone; Review

Game of Thrones is back, and the season premier of the hit show tees up the entire season brilliantly. (Spoiler free) — The astounding show is back, and as usual, I found myself whistling along to the entire introduction theme song which, lets face it, is impossible not to do. I shall keep this as spoiler free and to the point as possible, as there is nothing worse then coming across a spoiler for one of your favourite shows. In short, Dragonstone is the setting up of all the major key players and events set to come; Cersei planning to attack more or less everyone she hates or sees as a threat, Daenerys finally reaching Westeros and landing at Dragonstone with her army and dragons, Jorah's continuing illness, Sansa and John with Little Finger doing his usual sly and plot planning, and the person who is going to be a key player for Cersei, being Euron Greyjoy; also Arya Stark making some major moves.

DCEU v MCU: Opinion Piece

DCEU v MCU: Opinion Piece

Without a doubt, the biggest cinematic battle in recent memory. Marvel has produced a smorgasbord of movies and generated eye-watering numbers at the box office, however, I really really do not like the MCU anymore; at all. DCEU (DC Extended Universe) is where I stand. This is my opinion on these two powerhouses of modern cinema, a comparison of the them and why I am now a fully-fledged DCEU fanatic.

X-Men Apocalypse: Review
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X-Men Apocalypse: Review

The third X-Men movie helmed by Bryan Singer sees the young X-Men coming up against an extremely formidable opponent in Apocalypse and four of the strongest mutants on the planet; and is my favourite superhero movie I have ever seen; it is emotional, exciting and brilliant.

Movie Trailers: Have they lost their way and can they be fixed?

Movie Trailers: Have they lost their way and can they be fixed?

The movie trailer has always been the predominant way in which to market a movie. However, in the past years I feel that movie trailers are becoming too spoiler'filled, too convoluted, some misrepresent the movie and/or market something else entirely, such as the soundtrack. Is there a solution? What should movie trailers do? What needs to change? I will attempt to explore these here.

Movies and Marketing: My Thoughts

Movies and Marketing: My Thoughts

Marketing plays a vital role in the build up and release of movies, and is an ever present force within the movie industry. It is arguably one of the most important aspects of a movie, as with a failed marketing plan, in any case, usually ends up causing lower returns for the brand, business, movie or studio in this case.

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