Thanks to work, I’ve only just caught up with Thor: Ragnarok – another solid seven out of ten film from Marvel Studios. One thing the film does do is highlight Marvel’s problem with comedy and how it undercuts any tension the movie may have.
I’m not saying that superhero movies shouldn’t make a single joke. In fact characters like Thor need to embrace the silliness of their premises but they need to do it in a way that still takes their stories seriously. Below the break I’ll have examples!
The only way to complete this mini Northern Lights/The Golden Compass series is to do a rewatch of the film and see if the concerns I had of the original trailer were unfounded. The short version is it is better than I remembered but does have a couple of major issues stopped it ever becoming a good film.
Beware spoilers for The Northern Lights/The Golden Compass below
The blog post ‘Northern Lights’ Trailer’ below was written just over 10 years ago on the 11th of October 2007 on my now deleted Bebo Account. When I copied this post across to my new website, of course, I forgot include a link to the actually trailer. So the trailer below is one I’ve taken off Youtube tonight but my comments could easily have described the trailer below as the original one I wrote about.
I’ve loved the original trilogy since my university days and I’ve talked a bit about them on previous blogs before so to celebrate the launch of the new book I’ll be re-publishing my original trailer review for The Golden Compass as a Ghost of Blogs Past. The following day I’ll publish a re-watch review of the film that refers back to the trailer review post to see if my concerns from 2007 are still true today. I’ll post both of these articles below the break once they have been published.
A bit behind the times here but here is my entry to Microcosms 76 from back in June. As always Microcosms gives you three elements to inspire a piece of flash fiction, chosen at random. This week I got poet, cave and crime which helped to inspire the tale below. Hope you enjoy!
Tonight the BBC finally announced the actor who would play the 13th Doctor, taking over the role from Peter Capaldi at Christmas. For those avoiding spoilers (good luck!) I won’t say who it is until after the break. For those who want to find out – or just want to enjoy the moment again – here is the BBC‘s intro video!
Microcosms added an extra – and in my opinion quite brilliant – element to Microcosms 72. The usual three elements were based around Greek mythology so asked us to create a new “myth” on the following topics:
My story Dancing the Night Away is a 275 word noir/mystery tale of a Musician in a Cave written to the soundtrack of Irish Folk. While it doesn’t explain death it gives an idea of what the journey might be. You can read the story below.
For Microcosms 69 I went all romantic with my tale Ernie the Absent Minded Postman. The story also uses the elements of Postman and a Castle – thus the title and the picture on the right. Anyway I hope you enjoy this fairy-tale inflected tale.