Movie Review: Wonder Woman

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That’s twice now that I’ve been wrong on the hype index: I thought Alien: Covenant was going to be pretty good and Wonder Woman was going to be weak; turns out that it’s quite the opposite.  Wonder Woman isn’t a game changer by any means, but it’s a solid and (relatively) fresh entry in the superhero genre. Continue reading

Alien: Covenant is a Welcher

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Alien lays egg, egg hatches facehugger, facehugger hugs face, chestburster bursts chest.  The Xenomorph lifecycle used to be so simple, yet with Ridley Scott’s latest two movies it’s becoming needlessly complicated, not to mention self-contradicting.  The same could be said of Alien: Covenant’s plot anytime it attempts to expand the franchise’s lore – the same misguided choice that ended up sinking Prometheus.  Thankfully it never hits the lows of that mess, but at times it comes dangerously close. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Fate of the Furious

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Watching The Fate of the Furious, I found myself wondering (not for the first time), how did we get here? How did a straightforward street racing movie morph into an eight-film behemoth whose action sequences’ sheer scale put other blockbusters to shame? But for the first time, I found myself a little bored of asking that question, since the series has now been doing it for six years or so. But inevitable repetition aside, how does The Fate of the Furious stack up in the series hierarchy? Continue reading

The Fast and Fentress Best of 2016

Another year, another hundred or so movies to sift through. Since the Oscars’ credibility has long since gone to seed, the esteemed Fast and Fentress rankings remain your best bet for quality film recommendations. So here’s the list everyone’s been waiting for, my top ten movies of the year. Continue reading