Sunday, 25 June 2017
I finally got around to watching Suicide Squad, a movie based on DC comics antiheroes, directed by David Ayer.
Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto. I'm an Aussie so it's always wonderful to see an Aussie actress like Margot doing great in Hollywood. Watching it, I'm like "Go Margot" like I know her personally or something. It's an Aussie thing. Like that's "our Russell" or "our Margot" or "our Nicole". Go Margot!!
In the aftermath of Superman's death, an elite squad of dangerous criminals is created to fight the metahumans and save the world from a powerful threat, in exchange for reduced sentences.
First off. Whoah. Superman is dead. I was trying to get over my most loved super hero character being dead when the movie started. Talk about going blindly into this. But I told myself to put that aside and enjoy the story. Take deep breaths. Superman can't die. Okay, get over and move on.
So the story is that a secret agency sets up a task force of criminals it considers dispensable in order to be ready if a bad metahuman - a version of Superman who isn't decent - decides to attack Earth. Then a witch, who is under their supposed control of this secret agency, sneaks off and creates an army to destroy the world. Now the criminal antiheroes are called in to rescue an important person trapped in the city where the witch is creating her destruction.
Overall, I enjoyed Suicide Squad. It has a lot of action. And it showed some of the backstory to a few characters that I wasn't aware of. I didn't know Harley Quinn was Joker's psychiatrist. It comes with the typical DC comics mantra of 'we aren't born monsters, we're made monsters'. I must admit that her 'Daddy's Lil Monster' t-shirt I've seen her wear had me envisaging another way she'd been made bad. So it was a delight to be totally wrong on that point. And it shows how out of touch I am with some of these comic book characters.
But the movie also a lot of the same old, same old. Thousands of warriors against a small number of saviours. I like action, but I do tire of the endless, facing-insurmountable-odds-yet they-win battle scenes. Then everything is destroyed and don't these people know how long it takes to rebuild a city and nobody is held accountable? But that's me. Defender of the office block.
Adding to the DC mantra of 'we aren't born monsters, we're made monsters' is the plotline of the same person who set up the task force is the same person who created the whole need for rescue mission in the first place. It's classic villain profiling - control the beast and then send in someone to kill the beast when it bites you. I'm still not sure I like this storyline. Surely it was to be expected. Anyway...
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn played an incredibly fearless character. Jared Leto as the Joker was also pretty fearless. I can see why Harley Quinn got more of a role in this movie than the Joker. Not that the Joker in this movie is a dud, but we've seen this character before. And there were so many other characters that there simply wasn't time to spotlight them all for too long. I can definitely see more movies and side movies following, because of the number of characters. With the popularity of anime, Katana could have a series of her own. I'm sure it's already underway.
Director David Ayer had 6 weeks to write the script, given that the date of production was set. And we have to be introduced to the characters which takes time. As a side note here, I'm an author and we're often roasted over the coals for taking too long to get to the story. Yet Hollywood can do it over and over, especially with these remakes of DC characters. This works if there is one or two characters, but there are many in this that all seemed to need a back story. In fact, there are dozens of characters in the Suicide Squad. They will need to find a way to get to the 'how' if they are to introduce any more characters.
I can imagine how hard it would be to condense so much back story and story into one movie, and apparently there were many scenes cut from the final film.
It was a good antihero film. Superheroes are enjoying a rise in popularity but like everything, their light may fade and we may see the rise of more antihero films.
I'd give it 3.5 stars, maybe 4. It was good, not brilliant. And I'd watch the whole series though and hope that the next director has a bit longer than 6 weeks to write the script.
BTW - Margot Robbie stole the show. Go Margot!!
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Monday, 12 June 2017
When an author friend of mine suggested we share a table at SupaNova, I jumped at the chance. Eagerly we booked our spots like a million years ago, and this may or not have contributed to our location at the event. We are right in front of the Comic Book Super Stars and one of the rooms where the main guests will be appearing. Talk about awesome location for two little indie authors from the coastal regional area of NSW.
What is it?
SupaNova, Popculture convention.
Australia’s largest producer of pop culture live events for “Supa-Fans” of Movies, TV Shows, Celebrity Meet & Greets, Toys/Collectables, Gaming, Artists, Tech, Apps, YouTube Stars, Wrestling and more.
When is it?
Friday 16 to Sunday 18 June 2017
Where is it:
Olympic Park, Homebush, Sydney Australia
Who is going to be there?
They have some fabulous people coming to the show.
Ricky Whittle (Lincoln from The 100)
Plus heaps more great artists, actors and comic book creators
That's not all. 200,000 fans are projected for all of 2017 all venues. Sydney has got to be the busiest, right?
Why am I going?
To meet fans and sell books and merchandise. Welcome to the Apocalypse Book 1 and 2 are available and I want the world to know about it. This series is exactly what this pop culture event focuses on. I'll have merchandise, signed photos, and books.
Who's sharing a table with me?
Mirren Hogan is an author from the same region as me. The south east coast of Australia. We each left city areas to relocate to the country. I wanted more time to write and I have to tell you, the plan has worked. Since I left the city, I've written over 7 books, 5 are published, more are waiting to be published.
Next weekend I'm making the trek back to the big smoke to join the overwhelming live circuit of SupaNova. And I can't wait.
Hope to see you there. I'll be in Table 30 opposite the Comic Book All Stars.
Thursday, 8 June 2017
SCIENCE FICTION - APOCALYPTIC / DYSTOPIAN
Welcome to the Apocalypse - CyberNexis (Book 2)
Getting out of the game was all that mattered. Now all that matters is getting back in.
N Days (Book 1)
In a world gone terribly wrong. Where the monsters of our deepest nightmares have come alive.
In The Horde's Way (After the Collapse Book 3)
Follow Henrietta on a journey that is leads her into the councils of the invaders and chieftains of the tribes that rule the desert land of the Southwest.
Pia and the Skyman (Book 2)
The year is 2401, the location is a farming settlement on the northwest coast of North Island, Aotearoa.
FANTASY - MAGIC
Crimson Fire (The Magic of Isskasala Book 1)
She had power at her fingertips, but the world had other ideas.
Heart of the Mountain (Under The Mountain Book 1)
Twins Delvina and Retza’s greatest desire is to be accepted as prentices by their parents’ old crew when they stumble across a stranger
The Herbalist's Daughter (Tamrin Tales Book 1)
Anna has her heart set on the young guard at the Palace but he seems not to notice her.
Oath Bound (Silverlands Book 2)
In a land where oaths can’t be broken be careful what promises you make.
To break the binding oath is to risk the very magic of Argenterra.
Rayessa and the Space Pirates
Sixteen-year-old Rae Stroder lives in a hollow asteroid, a defunct refuelling station, with a brain-damaged adult, Gris, to keep her company.
Wind (Drachengott Book 1)
Wendland is a land of dragons, and of magic. The mysterious Drachengott grants magic to his worshippers - but is he truly a god?
SUPERNATURAL - THRILLER / MYSTERY
Nightmares Rise (Dark Shores Trilogy Book 1)
Makani Lau loves her job as a Hawaiian tour guide. When the slow season hits, she tries to drum up some work.
Dead Cell (Revenant Chronicles Book 1)
Enter a world of conspiracy, psychic assassins, and road rage from beyond the grave.
Stake Out (Paranormal Detectives Book 1)
In a city overrun with the undead, an ex-cop is given a chance to get revenge...
Tuesday, 30 May 2017
The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result one hibernation pod opens prematurely and the one person that awakes, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is stranded on the spaceship, still 90 years from his destination. Written by Eirini
Jennifer Lawrence plays Aurora Lane, a writer.
Chris Pratt plays Jim Preston, a mechanic.
It's tagged as Drama / Romance / Adventure / Sci-fi, and it's accurate, the movie contains all four genres.
The sci-fi is plausible and the storyline only works on a spaceship, though my author brain is just now coming up with another way I could do this. (Puts idea into idea bank).
This is not a quest movie, the adventure is present from the opening credits. They're on a spaceship to an unknown planet. You wouldn't be there if you weren't an adventurist. However, they do have to save the world, in this case the other passengers.
The drama is present from the opening scene all the way to the end. It slowly builds which might not appeal to people who want explosive action for ninety minutes, but this isn't that sort of movie. There is explosive action - it seems to follow the formula of right place right time but what Hollywood movie doesn't.
The romance is nicely done. I think this story is above all, a romance. This is the story of two people who would never have met under normal circumstances, but of course here is where the twist lies. If you took away this element, the movie wouldn't end well, not just for these two but for other 5000 people on board the spaceship. The romance is what makes you root for these characters. Forget the rest, you only care about these two. And the android Arthur is a loveable characters.
I won't give away spoilers, even though the twist is revealed early on in the movie, but it truly does make you wonder, what would you do in this situation? That's what I look for when I read or watch sci-fi.
I enjoyed it. It's on my "I'm glad I watched it and I'd watch it again" list. 4 stars.
Now for the bits that didn't detract from the movie but stuck in my mind : Warning, this contains spoilers though if you haven't watched it, it won't make sense.
One of the crew members makes a brief appearance. It seems as if this is done purely to get Aurora and Jim access to the bits they need for the part in the movie where they save everyone. A bit too convenient.
Aurora rescues Jim from outside the ship. She would have to drag him all the way to the medical centre (but we don't see this) and lift him onto the hospital bed (we don't see this). Now, I don't know about you, but I have trouble lifting a 20 KG bag of cement. This is one of those things I always notice in films and TV.
Why didn't they have any kids? This was just a question that stuck in my mind and when you get to the final scene you'll understand why.
I did enjoy it. It's worth the watch.
Monday, 22 May 2017
If you like exciting twists and complex characters, and if fun and entertaining reads are what you're after, then you'll enjoy this second instalment in the Welcome to the Apocalypse series.
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read an extract
The internet always crashed at home. Without fail, a quick search for a recipe turned into an epic battle, lasting longer than the Napoleonic War. However long that was; Kelly Lawrence didn't actually know because the computer had crashed the day she'd tried to find out.