Showing posts from November, 2017


Episode 58! Stu and Billy are back this week to discuss Justice League . Justice League is the 5th installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), and follows on from the events of Batman v Superman. The film is directed by Zack Snyder ( 300, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman ) and written by Chris Terrio ( Argo, Batman v Superman ) and Joss Whedon ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron ). Fueled by their restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince unite new allies to face an even greater threat. The team consisting of Barry Allen, Arthur Curry, and Victor Stone must face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons, who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth, while the world reflects on Superman's death. Despite this formation of an unprecedented league of heroes -- Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash -- it may be too late to save the

Stormlight Archive 3: Oathbringer - Review

When  Words of Radiance  first came out, it was famously quite big. The manuscript was  large enough to sink a yacht , the word count would've made Robert Jordan blush, and the final published version of 1088 pages was  the largest-possible book Tor could ever have bound  at the time. When I wrote my review of  The Way of Kings , I said that although a doorstopper could be intimidating because of its sheer length, The Stormlight Archive  was one of the rare examples of a series which needed all of its space to get the job done right. Oathbringer , the third book, clocks in at 1243 pages for the UK/Australia edition, more than any other Brandon Sanderson book. It's the longest novel I've ever read. Some folk said it seemed an untenable length. Well, initially I might’ve agreed with them. Picking up right after the end of Words of Radiance , the Alethi have taken control of Urithiru, ancient city and font of knowledge for Roshar’s past. As Kaladin races to s

Stormlight Archive 2: Words of Radiance - Retro Review

To celebrate the upcoming release of Brandon Sanderson's  Oathbringer , book three of  The Stormlight Archive , Chris reviews both of the previous books. No scores at the end, but suffice it to say that they're worth reading. Click here for Chris' review of The Way of Kings. --- Unite them . These are the words that drive Dalinar Kholin, given to him in visions from the Almighty, the closest thing Roshar has - or, rather, had - to God. They urge that the storm is coming, the Voidbringers are returning, and the end draws nearer. The only way to survive is to bring the scattered peoples of Roshar - long separated by warfare, politics and greed - together into a unified whole. Easier said than done, right? Where The Way of Kings gradually started the process of establishing our host of characters, Words of Radiance goes deeper in what they need to do to survive. Sometimes, they may not like the answers they find. Freed from slavery and now a le

October at the Movies

Okay, we’re rapidly approaching the end of the year and my anxiety is going through the roof. Doing this list on a monthly basis was meant to make the whittling process far more manageable; but I’m pretty sure it has only made things worse. Call Me by Your Name has been promoted to top spot for now. Much like Land of Mine , each time I reminisce about the film, I’m overcome by a wave of emotion. Surely this must be a measure of fine storytelling. October has been a huge month at the cinemas, with some genuine contenders for “film of the year” honors entering the race. I strongly suggest you catch Good Time, Killing of a Sacred Deer, Blade Runner 2049 and Brigsby Bear . You won’t be disappointed. Please go back and check out my Top 10 lists as they’ve evolved throughout the year. It’s been an emotional journey. - Stu January February March April May June July August September TOP 10 as of the end of October: 1. Call Me By Your Name 2. Land of Mi