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Top Five Worst TV Shows of 2017

On the whole, I try to be as positive as possible, especially when it comes to popular culture. The problem, of course, is that so much stuff is just… shit. With that in mind, here lies five TV shows that really stunk the place out in 2017.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – 8.5/10

“There are two types of beings in the universe: those who dance, and those who do not…”

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Logan – 8/10

‘Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long…’

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Doctor Strange – 7/10

‘We never lose our demons, Mordo. We only learn to live above them..’

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Captain America: Civil War – 7/10

With the Avengers franchise hitting 13 films with Captain America: Civil War, there are understandably questions as to why we keep watching. The fact is that in terms of commercial success, critical acclaim and durability, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the most successful movie franchise ever.

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Book Review: The Girl With All The Gifts

‘You can’t save people from the world. There’s nowhere else to take them…’

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X-Men: Apocalypse – 6.5/10

‘You can fire your arrows from the Tower of Babel, but you can never strike god…’

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Ant-Man – 7/10

Marvel literally give no shits any more…


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Ten More Great TV Shows of 2015

Despite my undying love for films, we have now reached a stage where the quality found on TV is actually far superior to 90% of offerings churned out on the silver screen. Since running through my top ten favourite shows of 2015 in November, I have discovered a plethora of other top notch shows. Here are ten of them:

10. Master of None


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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – 9/10

The world can relax. Phantom Menace this ain’t…


BB8 – The droid you are looking for?

People have become so wary and tired of the constant streams of reboots, remakes and sequels. I am a fan of the Marvel universe but it is so ubiquitous that no Marvel release feels like an event any more. Harry Potter has come and gone. The Lord of the Rings franchise was let down by the sub standard Hobbit entries. Sometimes it is tempting to think that none of that film magic remains. There is a strong argument that The Phantom Menace is partly responsible for all of the above.

Phantom Menace was as successful commercially as it was reviled by it’s fan base. This set a dangerous precedent of Hollywood looking for anything with a pre existing audience and just feeding them dog shit because Phantom Menace showed this was possible and profitable. After walking out of the midnight showing of The Force Awakens at 2:41am I am fucking delighted to confirm that some of that old movie magic still exists.


Oscar Isaac as Poe Cameron

All the things that made Star Wars fans wince from the prequels are pretty much gone. JJ Abrams has made a film as if the first three episodes barely existed. Gone is the dodgy CGI and the convoluted, incomprehensible plot. Gone is the shoddy acting and rushed dialogue. In it’s place are thrilling new characters for a whole different generation to fall in love with.

In Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Domhnall Gleeson, Abrams has assembled the most exciting up and coming cast he possibly could have and all three are a revelation. Boyega is funny and warm and believable. Isaac is probably the most sought after actor in the world at the moment and you can see why on this showing and Gleeson is unrecognisable as the slimy General Hux. Newcomer Daisy Ridley more than holds her own and Adam Driver does an excellent job as Kylo Ren.


Kylo Motherfucking Ren!

I wont say much about the old guard as I don’t want to spoil too much but I am happy to confirm the characters from the original trilogy are utilized and realized brilliantly. Never did I think anything was out of character for them. Never did I think they were over or underused.

The Force Awakens is not without it’s flaws but then neither is A New Hope or even The Empire Strikes Back for that matter. The sometimes clunky and cheesy dialogue and the derivative plot are not burdens. The cute new droid clearly designed to sell shit loads of toys is not off putting. These are franchise trademarks as much as the crawling intro and the theme music.

I guess what I am trying to say is that The Force Awakens feels like a fucking Star Wars movie and that is all we ever wanted from the prequels. JJ Abrams and his astounding cast, with a little help from some old, no good nerf herder’s, have given us back everything that the disappointing sequels took away – the magic and excitement of the most beloved movies ever made.

Let your cynicism be washed away as mine was. The Force Awakens is about as good as it possibly could be.

Star Wars is back.

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