TL;DR – This is one of those
Australian TV shows that makes you sit back and marvel as to how it all works,
cause it works really well.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
There are many reasons to go sit down, turn on the TV, and watch something It
could be your favourite show that you make time for each week, it could be you
are bored and there is nothing else to do, or it could just be that you have
heard good things about something and you need to go check it out for yourself.
Today we review a show that falls into the latter column, though if this first episode
is anything to go by, it might find its way into the first real soon.
So to set the scene, Les Norton (Alexander Bertrand) is a country boy from Dirranbandi
in south-west Queensland. He’s hopped a ride down to the big smoke in Sydney to
try out for some of the local footy teams. It is his first night in King’s
Cross, so he takes some night work as a bouncer at a local club to pay his way.
Which is where he meets his guide and new friend Billy Dunne (Hunter
Page-Lochard). The first 22 minutes of his shift is boring, but we come in at
minute 23 and the fists start flying. The head of the club Price Galese (David
Wenham) likes what he sees and brings him into the fold and Les discovers a
world hidden out of sight, protected by the powerful, and who run on very different
rules where discretion is key.
TL;DR – While there is some clear potential in the interactive story model, my particular playthrough of Bandersnatch was less engrossing and for me more frustrating than anything else.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Black Mirror is a series that is always looking to be on the cutting edge of
narrative storytelling. It twists worlds
in on itself, leads the viewer down the garden path only to cut their legs out
from underneath them, or destroys the nostalgia we have for the past, or indeed
the hope we have for the future. So, when it dropped a couple of days ago that
there would be a feature-length episode, well
that was some interesting news, but then when it was announced that it would be
a ‘chose your own adventure’ with multiple endings and user interaction, well
this went from intriguing to must watch in a heartbeat. However, now that I
have seen it I feel that maybe the idea did not match the execution. Also,
because this is a chose your own adventure, it actually makes it difficult to
review because my experience is going to be possibly a lot different to what yours
will be. Maybe I just drew the short straw and hit all the frustrating options,
maybe you’ll be luckier than me, which from the discussions on the internet
might just be the case, I just simply do not know. Well with that in mind let’s
take a dive into a world with multiple paths and endings.
TL;DR – A visual extravaganza, Taika Waititi with the cast and crew gave their all to this film, and it amazing to watch.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
P.S. – There is a Mid and End Credit Scene
Wow, what an amazing end to a film trilogy, and one of the strongest so far for Marvel. I’ve always had a kind of indecisive feeling towards the Thor films so far. They have been a case of fantastic casting matched with just ok storylines. Now when you have Anthony Hopkins going gangbusters, then even a bad script will look good, but overall I just thought the Thor films were ok and nothing more. To be fair, I think it was a testament to the quality of Marvel’s films that while Thor might have been my least favourite Marvel films it was because they were only ok, not fantastic. However, I was honestly wondering with everyone doing their big Cinematic Universes now if superhero fatigue would set in given my relationship with the films so far, but nope this film was a riot from start to end and I highly recommend it. So today we will set the scene, and then have a look at all the factors that went into making the film work. However because of the nature of Thor Ragnarok and its story, we are going to hit spoilers much earlier than we would normally do, so to be on the safe side I am implementing a [SPOILER] warning from this point onwards.
TL;DR – An oddly compelling, yet still really raw look at creating a women’s wrestling TV show in the 1980s
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Wow, this came out of nowhere, the first I knew anything about was an odd email alert from Netflix, and even from that all you could tell was that this was something vaguely 80s related. Indeed, I didn’t even know that GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) was actually a real thing until I started doing some research for this review. So I came into GLOW with very little idea of what I was getting myself into, and now that I have finished it, well I can honestly say that this has left a lasting impression.