Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is the latest instalment in the increasingly bloated Star Wars film series. As expected, the franchise has become Disneyfied beyond belief, there’s been a new movie in each of the last three years. It won’t stop there, Disney have announced at least five more Star Wars films plus a TV show.
With each new flick we hurtle towards a reality where people no longer care about subsequent releases in the series. Like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney will continue bombarding us with Star Wars properties until they’ve printed enough money to fund a real-life Death Star.
Gunpowder, the historical BBC drama series, has sparked controversy due to its realistic and graphic depictions of torture and executions during 17th century Britain. People shouldn’t be upset by this; the English government sanctioned these brutalities against Catholics and it’d be an insult to airbrush the gory details.
As a nation, we celebrate the torture and execution of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plotters. Perhaps Gunpowder will make people consider the suffering Catholics endured during this period.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and is a rare example of a bigger and better sequel that improves upon the original. Kingsman 2 is an exciting ride that doesn’t expand beyond the confines of the spy comedy sub-genre, but has enough action to keep the viewer’s interest throughout.
Disney recently announced that it will remove its properties from Netflix in 2019, in order to launch a streaming service and secure a bigger share of the streaming pie. Disney’s new service could challenge Netflix’s iron grip on streaming. This is exciting news which will cause a shift in the market: let’s explore this.
The Walt Disney Corporation is the second largest media conglomerate in the world; a lot of people think Disney is just kids films and High School Musical, but they own of a huge number of beloved entertainment properties.
Dunkirk is the latest big budget World War II film, that opts to join the crowded ‘war is hell’ sub-genre. Christopher Nolan writes and directs a movie that is less about the largely-silent characters and focuses on the loud, frightening world they inhabit.
In a year of great films, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is the latest to garner rabid praise from the critics; a Rolling Stone review argues it ‘May Be the Greatest War Film Ever’. Many believe that this is the first serious contender for the Best Picture Award at 2018’s Oscars.