Nobody was expecting great things from The Lego Movie when it was greenlit back in 2011 but when it was released in 2014, it shocked the world with its smarts, humour, heart and beautiful animation. Five years later and we now have a sequel that is just as clever, funny, stunning to look and emotional but it is missing the surprise and the freshness of the original which isn’t helped by being the fourth film in the Lego Movie franchise (following 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie).
How To Train Your Dragon is one of the best cinema experiences I have been fortunate to enough to have had. Flying through the skies with Toothless for the first time was a joyous moment that brought a wide grin to my face. There was just a certain magic to that film and How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is proof that that magic is very difficult to recapture.
2018 has been a spectacular year for Spider-Man. He played a important role in Avengers: Infinity War back in April before the PS4 exclusive Marvel’s Spider-Man video game was released in September. Now we have the new animated film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, another amazing addition to the Spider-Man catalog.
Crackdown 3 feels like a game designed for the Xbox 360 generation. It feels like old Microsoft and if that's a bad thing or a good thing will differ depending on the player.
I remember watching the 1976 Storm Boy film based on the novel of the same name by Colin Thiele in school as a kid and really enjoying it, although I assumed it had been made for fifty dollars.
The works of H.P Lovecraft have seen something of a resurgence of late and not just inspiring games like Bloodborne, but more direct adaptations as well. Call of Cthulhu is a video game adaptation of the board game more than the book of the same name directly, but the Cthulhu mythos created by Lovecraft is everywhere.