TL;DR – While the story was a
little inconsistent, it an interesting ride from start to finish.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
We live in a world today where superhero team-up
projects are no longer a rare thing hidden in some comic book store. Today
people know and understand the thought of a group of people suddenly
discovering powers that they can use for good or evil. So in this world how do
you differentiate yourself from all the other shows out there? Well, you focus on one thing, and that is
family. Family can be complicated at the best of times, and well when you watch
The Umbrella Academy you find that I
don’t think there ever was a best of times.
So to set the scene, one day in 1989 a miracle happened (or a curse depending
on your perspective) when across the globe 43 women gave birth to babies, the
only issue was that they started the day not being pregnant. This drew the attention
of Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) who went around the world trying to buy
as many of the babies as he could … he got 7. However, there were not normal
children, with all of them, well most of them, having extraordinary powers.
Luther (Tom Hopper) has immense strength and take a beating that would kill
someone and get back up. Diego (David Castañeda) has the ability to make
anything he throws curve through the air, so he is a man who likes his knives.
Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) has the ability to suggest things to people and
they are compelled to oblige. Klaus (Robert Sheehan) has the ability to talk to
the dead, Five (Aidan Gallagher) can phase through time and space, and Ben (Justin
H. Min) can summon tentacles to cause mass destruction. Of the seven, only
Vanya (Aidan Gallagher) didn’t develop any powers, being relegated to the sidelines as her siblings go off on missions
like stopping a bank heist. All of this is fine but time goes on and families
can drift apart even at the best of times. So at the start of the series, many of the siblings have not talked to
each other in years, but they are all brought back into the fold when their at
best eccentric and at worst abusive father is found dead under less than clear
circumstances. Now, for this point onwards, we will be looking at the season as
a whole, so there will be [SPOILERS]
TL;DR – Today we countdown my Top 10 films of all time; from towns where there are a lot of ‘accidents’, to all forms of Sci-Fi, to do you know the man with six fingers on his right hand, and everything in between.
Recently I watched the CineFix crew countdown their Top 10 films, and it had me thinking what are mine? Now it was at this point where I of course naturally spiralled as how can you reduce thousands of films that you have seen into only a Top 10. Just before I threw my hands up in resignation and chucked in the towel I happened to catch an episode of Movies with Mikey on how he determined the best sequel. With this in mind I wondered if there was a set of criteria that I could use to categorise the films into a list that I would be happy with, and after some work, I came up with the following criteria that work for me.
Films that are beautifully constructed
Films that mean something to me
Films that are always re-watchable
Films that have added to my love of the craft of cinema
With this criterion in mind I went through all the likely candidates and with a bit of a struggle I think I have been able to come to a final list, well at least until I change my mind next week, which is always a chance.