With the imminent approach of Avengers: Infinity War it's time for Billy and Christof to Ragnarok and Roll with Thor: Ragnarok

We also do a recap of Black Panther, and get a sense of the MCU and the Infinity Stones in "Previously, in the MCU".

Topics discussed include: Odin's baggage dumped on Thor & Loki, Is this the Best Thor film yet?, HULK EXPERIENCE PERSONALITY GROWTH, Cosmic Visuals, Badass Valkyrie, Numerous Easter Eggs, Our Top 10 and Bottom 3 MCU films, and Hulk’s dick (yet again).

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As comedies go, I Feel Pretty is the blandest of vanilla ice creams. A painfully generic story is hampered by a scrambled message which never quite landed for me. The film bombards you with a multitude of cliches that you’d expect from a “body swap/you’re now magically special” trope that's been exhaustingly overused.

Amy Schumer plays Renee Bennett, a woman who’s struggling with insecurity in relation to her body image. In an act of desperation, she wishes she was "truly beautiful" and courtesy of a bump on the head at her gym, her wish is granted. Renee wakes and only sees a new and beautiful self in the mirror. Enter moral premise stage left: nothing in her life actually changes. Genius! Renee’s life doesn't magically change even though she now plays up the "hot chick" status; to everyone else she’s just plain old Renee.

My biggest issue with this film is that it’s set in and around the world of fashion and cosmetics. Renee works for Avery LeClaire, a high end makeup company attempting to launch an affordable range of products. With the bulk of the film set in the company head office, the cast is populated by glamourous statuesque waifs. For a film touting the underlying message that true beauty comes from within, the film certainly seemed to enjoy parading a plethora of half-dressed, highly manicured women. Now they may be poking fun at these industries, but it shows that the Hollywood is still interested in populating its product with the stereotypically good looking folk, a problem that America cinema seems to compulsively succumb far more frequently than the realism of actors in European or Britiah cinema, for example. Add to that some suspicious product placement and overall, despite its best efforts, I Feel Pretty felt ingenuine and at odds with its intended moral overtone.

I Feel Pretty is a forgettable experience which I can’t say is worth getting out to see. Maybe best to wait till you stumble across it on Netflix one night after you’ve had a few. Maybe then the jokes will actually, well ... come across as jokes.

If you see the film and agree or disagree with my thoughts feel free to drop a line below.

I Feel Pretty is cinemas from today.

5/10

- Ali






This week it’s what nobody asked for but what turned out to actually be pretty good: Spider-Man Homecoming! 

Speaking of things nobody asked for, this week we are joined by Ben, George, and Connor from The Podcast Strikes Back! Seriously though, this episode was a boatload of fun.

Topics discussed include: Spider-Man Film Rankings, Too many Easter Eggs, Captain America’s community announcements, and the movie Game Night for some reason...

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The more I think on it, the more I realise I enjoyed Yakuza 0 more than I thought I did. The colourful, quirky combination of sandbox gameplay, beat-em-ups and karaoke - the latter only one amongst the game's host of other noteworthy minigames - was jarring for someone bred on the immediate, easy thuggishness of GTA and Saint's Row, but grew on me more in retrospect.

So it made me all the more excited for Yakuza 6; now that I had a foot in the door, I was keen to explore the franchise in general. Trouble is, its sixth numbered entry happens to be the end of the line. Curse my poor timing.


While it may not be the end of the franchise, given its array of colourful characters with plots yet untapped, Yakuza 6 draws a line under the tale of lead protagonist Kazuma Kiryu. In the wake of his near-death experience at the end of Yakuza 5 (which, full disclosure, I haven't played), Kiryu winds up in hospital to recover before being thrown into prison for what seems to be the five hundredth time. Upon getting out three years later, he finds that Haruka, the closest thing he has to a daughter and one of the mainstays of the orphanage he runs, has not only been hospitalised under suspicious circumstances following a hit-and-run, but has given birth to a son, Haruto. To make matters worse, the Yomei Alliance - a criminal group whom even Kiryu's own Tojo Clan are hesitant to fight - are after Haruto. With little left to lose, Kiryu must protect Haruto, discover the identity of the child's father, and uncover the reasons behind the Yomei Alliance's involvement.


So if you couldn't tell from the above paragraph, there's quite a bit of story going on, giving the finale of Kiryu's story a sense of scope both far-reaching and deeply personal. In addition to the old stomping grounds of Kamurocho in Tokyo, Kiryu also travels to the new district of Onomichi Jingaicho in Hiroshima, giving the game some more variety in locale, visual design and sidequests. The streets are densely packed with things to do and no shortage of mooks to massacre with Kiryu's brutal fighting moves.

To be honest, reviewing Yakuza 6 on its own, it's a damn fine game. The combat feels much smoother and the transition between overworld and battles is much neater than in Yakuza 0. Both districts are also replete with the requisite minigames and sidequests, including at least one turn for Kiryu in a fruit mascot costume. Graphical enhancements make the most of the PS4 hardware; this is a gorgeous game to look at, and even the cutscenes have been developed with what looks like more photorealistic panache. While the backstory was confusing at times for someone like me, only barely familiar with the series' history through a game that technically serves as a prequel, the game's narrative is a reasonably smooth entry for newbies; I found it pretty enjoyable, becoming emotionally invested in Kiryu's struggle. This is also despite the overwhelming amount of time the game yanks control from you in order to play out a lengthy story cutscene, of which the game has many (some might say, too many).


But to hear some long-running players tell it, the game does an overall disservice to its legacy. Though there are many long-term returning characters - most of whom's personalities and relationships to Kiryu are summarised in a handy dream sequence at the game's start - most of them don't show up for long. Rather than previous games' multiple playable protagonists, here Kiryu is the only one we get to play with directly. And as a grand finale to a story that's been running since the first game hit the PS2 in 2005, many long-term fans are calling the ending comparatively disappointing to all that's come before; still good, but not quite the capstone watermark they were hoping for.


I may not be the best judge of Yakuza 6 as the concluding chapter of this epic saga, though it definitely compares favourably to the good times I had with Yakuza 0. I can safely say, though, that I had a ball with it. There's enough for the game to stand on its own feet and rope newcomers in to the wild world of the Japanese mafia, with a strong story beautifully realised in graphics and gameplay. Whether it's a good full stop on the franchise thus far is for veterans to decide, but I'd imagine the most devout Yakuza fans will still find more than enough to be recommended on.

- Chris


Yakuza 6 is available on Playstation 4 now.

Review copy kindly supplied to Geek of Oz by Five Star Games.


The complete eighth season of THE WALKING DEAD will be available to buy on iTunes and other digital platforms from April 17.

With season 9 set to embark on a new narrative, the latest season of THE WALKING DEAD is a pivotal point in the show’s history and is a ‘must own’ for fans of the show. The digital release of THE WALKING DEAD season 8 is the only opportunity to own the whole season ahead of the physical release on DVD & Blu-ray later this year.

In Season 8, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) brings "All Out War" to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless, but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive. 

Episodes:

The Walking Dead 801: Mercy
The Walking Dead 802: The Damned
The Walking Dead 803: Monsters
The Walking Dead 804: Some Guy
The Walking Dead 805: The Big Scary U
The Walking Dead 806: The King, the Widow, and Rick
The Walking Dead 807: Time for After
The Walking Dead 808: How It’s Gotta Be
The Walking Dead 809: Honor
The Walking Dead 810: The Lost and the Plunderers
The Walking Dead 811: Dead or Alive Or
The Walking Dead 812: The Key
The Walking Dead 813: Do Not Send Us Astray
The Walking Dead 814: Still Gotta Mean Something
The Walking Dead 815: Worth
The Walking Dead 816: Wrath



Time to get hooked on a feeling again, only this time with more poop jokes.

That’s right the Guardians are back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, only this time things go all Scooby doo.

Topics discussed include: Avenger 4 Theories (2m 25s - 6m 15s), Baby Groot, too much Yondu and possibly Stan’s most ambitious Cameo yet!

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This week things get strange... or should we say Dr. Strange! (Sorry).

It’s Marvel’s luke-warm classic about medicine, magic and one very awkward American accent. Also Billy forces Christof to watch a trailer for the 1970’s Dr. Strange Tele-movie for some reason.

Topics include: ‘magic’, 2016’s most controversial emails, astral projection mansplaining and Christof gets really shitty about a continuity error.

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This week Billy is firmly on team Cap and Christof is firmly on team I-want-my-two-and-a-half-hours-back-oh-god-why-did-I -agree-to-this....

That's right, it's time to watch Captain America: Civil War!

Topics Include: Vision's weird 'casual' attire, Tony's nonsensical actions, Black Panther lite and why is the Hobbit in this one?

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LAST FLAG FLYING
(dir. Richard Linklater)
Starring: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corps medic Larry "Doc" Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with his old buddies, ex-Marine Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

Courtesy of Transmission Films we’re giving away 10 in-season double passes to Last Flag Flying. For your chance to win simply click here to head over to our Facebook page and follow the entry details. Couldn’t be easier.

Last Flag Flying hits cinemas April 25th




Finally the episode you’ve all been ANTicipating.

The movie that proved a story about a superhero who talked to ants could have legs.

The movie that everyone thought would sink at the box office, but proved to be quite buoyANT.

That’s right. Billy and Christof are covering Ant-Man

Topics Include: Paul Rudd’s sex appeal, The surprising success of the film given its production history, The bad Villain streak continues, Christof enjoying a Stan Lee cameo, and a giant Phase 2 Easter Egg for the current holiday season.

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