Thursday, 21 December 2017

Top Ten Movies Of 2017

As is becoming tradition on MoviePush, I like to pull together a blogpost that ranks my Top Ten movies of the year.
2017 Top Ten Movies
Now to clarify, this is a list of my favourite movies of 2017 in ranking order, so I’m sure you’ll have a different list but these are mine. This has been a pretty difficult list to cut down to a Top Ten, as 2017 has been a phenomenal year for quality films, I even did a blogpost mid-year based on how good the summer movies had been and had to rank the comicbook movies separately! Overall I think 2017 has been one of the strongest years ever for movie releases.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Star Wars The Last Jedi - My Thoughts And The Fans Backlash

Shortly after its release I posted my spoiler-free review of Star Wars The Last Jedi, now the dust has settled I want to blog my more in-depth thoughts with spoilers.
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I’m glad I waited a few days to write this, as not only has it given me time to reflect on my overall feelings on Star Wars The Last Jedi, but I’ve also seen the fan backlash and as a result I can incorporate some of that into my thoughts.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Star Wars The Last Jedi Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

It’s been a huge year for movies, but I think we can safely say the biggest has been saved until last… Star Wars The Last Jedi is finally out.
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Here are my thoughts…

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Movie Trailer Has The Most Marketing Ever

In case you didn’t know, Universal Pictures would like you to know Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom has it’s first teaser trailer coming out on Friday (tomorrow as of writing).
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It’s not unusual for a new movie to have a blitz of marketing ahead of its first trailer release. But the amount of marketing being put into announcing the Fallen Kingdom trailer is unprecedented.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Ranking The Comicbook Movies Of 2017

It’s been a great year for movies based on comicbook and superhero properties being released in 2017.
Most of them have pretty much been excellent, and as a result I thought I’d do a quick ranking of worst to best. So, here we go…

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Avengers 4 Is (Still) Infinity War Part 2

When Marvel first announced the culmination of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Phase 3 in the form of Infinity War, it was announced as a 2 part movie releasing in May 2018 and May 2019. 
However, once The Russo Brothers started working on the Infinity War movies (as writers and directors) they quickly stated that there would no longer be a part 1 and 2. They said the May 2018 film would be Avengers Infinity War (basically the culmination of phase 3) and that the May 2019 Avengers film would be quite separate, both movies would tell their own self-contained stories. As a result Infinity War Part 1, was now known as Infinity War and the follow up was simply the 4th Avengers film (now commonly referred to as “Untitled Avengers sequel”).

At the time this made sense, but after seeing the new Avengers Infinity War trailer and thinking about it in hindsight, I believe that “Untitled Avengers sequel” is in fact still Avengers Infinity War Part 2, and here’s why…

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Hype For Avengers Infinity War Begins

Here we are, the hype for Avengers Infinity War officially starts this week with a huge marketing push from Marvel Studios.
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Well, the hype for Avengers Infinity War arguably started in 2012 when the post-credits scene of Avengers (Assemble) teased the impending threat of Thanos. However, this week sees the first official marketing campaign for Avengers Infinity War kick in to gear.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ranking The DCEU (DC Extended Universe)

With the release of Justice League we now have five films that make up the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) and as a result I thought I’d rank the DCEU movies from worst to best.
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If you’re not completely sure what I’m talking about, the DCEU is Warner Bros and Detective Comics collection of interconnected superhero movies that all take place in the “same” universe. It started with Man of Steel and the most recent entry is Justice League. It’s the Warner Bros equivalent of Marvel Studios’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Justice League Movie Review – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

It’s finally here, the culmination of the DCEU, the first time Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg and (surprise) Superman unite on the big screen.
There are a huge amount of reviews out for Justice League already (and lets be fair it’s having a mixed reception), so rather than blog a standard movie review I’ve decided to write about my thoughts in sections - what’s good, what’s bad and what’s “damn-right” ugly. Here I go...

Justice League Post-Credit Scenes Explained

If you've seen Justice League you may be wondering what the post credit scenes mean, well I'm here to help.
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I’ve written up details of the Justice League post-credit scenes, together with explanations for what they mean below (obviously this includes spoilers so do not read unless you’ve seen Justice League!) 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Fundamental Problem With Man Of Steel

On the lead up to Justice League I’ve been re-watching the previous DCEU (DC Extended Universe) movies, and of course the film which started it all was Man of Steel.
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I’ve always enjoyed Man of Steel, I genuinely like the core concept of what if Superman was introduced to the real world. I do like the more serious tone and the insane action spectacle that fills the final act. However, I’ve always had issues with the first hour (see my original Man of Steel movie review), it’s never flowed right for me nor did I feel like I really engaged with Clark Kent / Superman. After watching it again a few nights ago, I think I’ve realised what its core problem is and how it could be fixed.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Wonder Woman Is Not The Best Superhero Movie Of All Time

Don’t get me wrong, I love Wonder Woman. It’s a great film, it’s easily the best film in the DCEU at this point, so please don’t take this MoviePush blogpost to be “hating” on Wonder Woman. I’m definitely not.
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But I do take issue with Rotten Tomatoes ranking it as “The Best Superhero Movie Of All Time” in their recent listing of the best 50 superhero movies, and here’s why…

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Why I’m Not Watching The Justice League Movie Clips

It’s less than 2 weeks until the release of Justice League, the latest Warner Bros films in the DCEU following this summer’s Wonder Woman.
As we get closer to the movies release, more and more promotional material is finding its way on to the internet. Although we’ve already had a large chunk of marketing for Justice League in the form of movie trailers and movie posters, we’re now at the stage where Warner Bros are releasing movie clips and promotional scenes from the movie, they've just released seven!

I won’t be watching them and this MoviePush blogpost explains why.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Ross Bishop Ranks The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

So with the release of Thor Ragnarok and my absolute love for the Marvel Cinematic Universe I thought I’d update my ranking of the MCU films…
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When I say rank, this is in terms of my favourites, so it’s just my opinion and it may not always be what is technically the best, but it'll be interesting to see how it compares with your own rankings.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Thor Ragnarok - My Thoughts With Spoilers

I’ve recently blogged my Thor Ragnarok movie review on MoviePush, however I purposely didn’t include spoilers as I really don’t want to ruin it for anyone. So if you just want to read my spoiler-free thoughts on Thor Ragnarok then take a look.

However, any new film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe demands to be discussed and written about, and the only way I can do that in detail is with spoilers!
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So here are my spoiler-filled thoughts on Thor Ragnarok

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Thor Ragnarok – Movie Review NO SPOILERS

It’s finally here, my MoviePush review for Thor Ragnarok.

This review is spoiler free and therefore is relatively short. It just gives my general feelings on the film overall, if you want to read my more in-depth spoiler-filled Thor Ragnaork thoughts they're here.
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To say I was excited for Thor Ragnarok is an understatement, Marvel are currently producing some of my favourite movies and the fact Taika Waititi is directing got me very excited. The marketing for Thor Ragnarok has also been extremely good and has been selling another fun-filled action adventure with some quirky twists.

So does it deliver…

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Thor Ragnarok – End Credit Scenes Explained

As with any new movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we fans look forward to the end credit scenes, with this comes lots of speculation about what they mean and where they could lead! Thor Ragnarok is no different.
I’ve written up details of the Thor Ragnarok end credits scenes, together with what they mean below (obviously this includes spoilers so do not read unless you’ve seen Thor Ragnarok!) If you haven't seen Thor Ragnarok yet, you can still read my full non-spoiler review of Thor Ragnarok here or my spoiler-filled thoughts of Thor Ragnarok here.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Black Panther Shows New Art Style For Marvel Movie Posters

The new poster for Black Panther was released last weekend and I think it shows a trend for new Marvel Studios movie poster designs going forwards.
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I recently blogged about how I loved the Thor Ragnarok posters, and although I don’t think the Black Panther poster is quite as good it’s very similar in layout and design.

Monday, 16 October 2017

27 October 2017 - The Biggest Entertainment Launch Day

Next week sees a number of the biggest new releases in pop culture and entertainment all year arriving within days of each other!
If you’ve been living under a rock you may not have realised, but next week sees five huge releases across movies, TV and games.

So what are they?

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Movie Marketing Of Justice League

This weekend saw the release of the latest (and most likely FINAL) movie trailer for Justice League. Although there will likely be a slew of TV spots in the weeks leading up to release, I think we’re at a good point to review and discuss how Justice League has been marketed.
More specifically how it has evolved since the Justice League marketing started and how much of it (appears) to be in reaction to Batman v Superman’s marketing campaign.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Did Netflix Make The Right Decision Delaying The Punisher Launch?

This MoviePush blogpost is partly based on speculation, but I think it raises a good question and therefore thought it was worth blogging about.
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(Apparently) Netflix were planning to surprise launch the new Marvel series The Punisher on the streaming service this weekend (Oct 7), after debuting the first episode at New York Comic Con during a panel focused on the series. However, following the incident in Las Vegas, that panel was cancelled and as a result The Punisher’s launch has been delayed.

The above story isn’t 100% confirmed, but it is being widely reported, and whether it is or isn’t true doesn’t really change what I want to blog about specifically. This blogpost is more about the general principle of not releasing violent content in the wake of real-life violence and tragic events. So here we go…

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

My Thoughts On Gerald’s Game – Netflix Movie Review

Last night I watched Netflix Original movie Gerald’s Game, the latest Stephen King adaption this year following The Dark Tower and It.
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This won’t be a particularly long MoviePush blogpost, but the film was so good I wanted to blog about it.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Re-Looking at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

I’m not going to lie, the first time I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 I wasn’t impressed. So much so that when I included it on my ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe list, it was pretty low. I really enjoyed the first film, it’s definitely one of the MCU’s strongest, but in my mind the sequel really didn’t live up to it.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
However, I recently purchased GOTG Vol2 on Blu-ray (to be honest it was a begrudging purchase for me wanting to own all of the MCU) which I gave a re-watch this week, and my opinion has improved…

Monday, 25 September 2017

How Do Women Pose On Movie Posters

Last week saw the release of the new Tomb Raider movie poster.
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Disregarding the horrible Photoshop work done on Alicia Vikander's neck, the poster does show our heroine in very familiar pose… The obligatory from behind, looking over her shoulder pose. This seems to be the standard position when including women on movie posters, here’s a few more examples.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Thoughts on Kingsman: The Golden Circle - Film Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun film, but it's not a great film.
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I absolutely loved the original Kingsman: The Secret Service, it was a fun and interesting take on the spy genre, which really pulled the light-hearted feel of 60s era spy films into the modern day. It was also a great origins story for the lead character Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and an introduction to the Kingsman spy agency.

So my expectations for the sequel were very high...

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Why Star Wars Movies Should Release In December

Earlier this week it was announced that JJ Abrams would be taking over from Colin Trevorrow in directing and co-writing Star Wars Episode XI. A day later it was also announced that Episode XI’s released date was being pushed back from the scheduled May 2019 to December 2019 (I assume) to allow time to re-write the script and prep the necessary pre-production bits.
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My blog post last week highlighted that 4 out of 6 Star Wars directors have been removed from directing their respective Star Wars films and it was beginning to start a bit of a trend. There’s now another trend emerging, every "Episode" version of the Star Wars movies has originally been scheduled for a May release but has then been moved back to December.

But why?

Monday, 11 September 2017

Thoughts on Stephen King’s It (2017) – Movie Review

I hadn’t expected to see Stephen King’s It this weekend, but by chance I managed to get to a showing on Saturday afternoon and I’m really glad I did.
Read on for my thoughts on Stephen King’s It, the remake of the 1990 TV movie and novel adaption, with NO SPOILERS.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Monday, 4 September 2017

IT Movie Poster Comparison – 2017 Reboot v 1990 Original

With the remake of the new Stephen King adaption IT being released in cinema’s this month, I thought I’d do a short blogpost around the difference in the movie posters of the 1990 original and the upcoming 2017 version.
IT Movie Poster Teaser
With the release being imminent, there has naturally been an increase in marketing and therefore I’ve seen the advertising for the new movie frequently. However this really highlighted the difference / similarities in the movie posters for each, which I thought I'd highlight.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Top Six Films Of Summer 2017

I wrote a blogpost a few weeks ago on how 2017 has been the best year for quality summer movie blockbusters, and as we now approach the end of the summer I thought I’d tally up my top 6 films of this summer.
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Why 6 you ask? Well, I was going to do a top five, but then as there have been so many incredible films this summer I had to increase the list to highlight these six! So what are they...

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Death Note Thoughts – Netflix Movie Review

Well, we have a new live action adaption of an anime being released on Netflix, and this time it’s the beloved Death Note.
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Let’s be honest, live action anime adaptions rarely turn out good, but after listening to the director on a podcast a few weeks ago discussing his approach to the material, I was somewhat positive. So how did the live-action adaption of Death Note turn out…

Friday, 25 August 2017

Blade Runner 2049 Blue And Orange Movie Posters

A few weeks ago I blogged about how heavily movie posters use blue and orange, I actually used the Blade Runner 2049 teaser poster as an example of a heavily orange focused one. Anyone, today we have the final(?) Blade Runner 2049 poster and two new character posters and well, they go all in on the blue and orange…
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I wouldn’t really dedicate a MoviePush blogpost to a movie poster release, but because these Blade Runner 2049 movie posters are the very definition of my earlier blogpost, I just thought I had too. See the full posters below for yourself...

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Should We Be Worried About Justice League?

It’s no secret that the Justice League film is going through some changes. Whether these changes are for the better or worse, we won’t know until we see the final film…
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Either way, the Justice League movie is in real danger of not  being very good and therefore this blog post is all about why and whether we should be worried.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Defenders Thoughts - ALL EPISODES REVIEW

- LAST UPDATED 23/08/2017 -

THIS BLOGPOST IS NOW COMPLETE AND WILL NOT BE UPDATED FURTHER.

With the launch of the new Marvel TV / Netflix series The Defenders, I thought I’d do something  a bit different on MoviePush this week, in terms of how I share my thoughts on the series and the individual episodes.
Rather than having one blogpost which acts as an overall season review, or having separate in-depth reviews for each episode that I post separately. I thought I’d use one blogpost to include all my thoughts per episode, and update it (frequently) as I watch the season.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Does Thor Ragnarok Have The Best Super-Hero Movie Posters Ever?

Another month, another insanely awesome poster for Thor Ragnarok. The latest Japanese poster for the movie really does speak for itself…
Thor Ragnarok Japan Poster
I’m extremely excited for Thor Ragnarok. Don’t get me wrong I’m usually excited for all Marvel Studio movies, but something about the third Thor movie just seems incredibly special. The movie marketing obviously plays heavily into that, both trailers have really hit the nail on the head, but for me it’s the movies posters that really stand out.

This got me thinking, has Thor Ragnarok had the best movie posters for a superhero movie in recent years?

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

What Marvel Movies Are In Phase 4 Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

QUICK HEADS UP - this post is complete speculation on my part!

So, before there are any official announcements I thought it would be quite interesting to discuss where the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) could go after Phase 3. More specifically what Marvel movies will feature in Phase 4.
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If you’re a complete newbie and aren’t sure what I’m talking about here’s a quick introduction…

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Blue And Orange In Movie Posters For 2017

Have you ever noticed how many movie posters are predominantly blue or orange, or use a combination of the two? It’s not that a lot of movie posters tend to use blue and orange, it's that they use EXACTLY the same tone of blue and orange. Seriously. 
Wonder Woman Movie Poster
Once you’ve seen it, you can’t not.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

2017 - The Best Year For Summer Movies Ever?

In the last month, I’ve seen a movie each week that could arguably be film of the year in my opinion. These films were: -

- Baby Driver
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Okja
- War for the Planet of the Apes
- Dunkirk

These are all at least 9/10 films, which is pretty impressive (if not unheard of) for consecutively released summer blockbusters.This got me thinking, has 2017 been the best year for summer blockbuster movies ever?

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Dunkirk - The Cinematic Experience

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Wow. I literally came out of Dunkirk high on adrenaline and somewhat exhausted. I’ve never had a film going experience quite like it; tense, impactful and absolutely exhilarating.

It is without a doubt one of the best and most visceral cinematic experiences I’ve ever had.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Spider-Man Homecoming - My Thoughts

Well, this is how you make a Spider-Man movie.
The short review - Spider-Man: Homecoming is great, definitely the best Spidey movie overall and it sits comfortably within the top 5 MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movies. This is due to the film delivering the truest version of the character on the big screen we’ve seen, together with a truly great coming of age story.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Is No Fun Really The Problem With The DCEU Movies? And Are Warner Bros Learning The Right Lessons From The Batman v Superman Backlash?

This week saw the release of trailers for two high profile super-hero movies due for release later this year, namely Justice League and Spider-Man: Homecoming. However it really highlighted to me the difference in how Marvel and DC are approaching the tone of their films, and also how confident they are in marketing them.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Ross Bishop’s Most Anticipated Films of 2017

As with previous years I’ve pulled together a list of my most anticipated films for the upcoming year.

Last year I had a pretty small list in that I’d only had 3 films I really wanted to see, and two of those ended up being underwhelming to out-right terrible (Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad respectively).

Now 2017 promises a return to form with lots of big blockbusters that I can’t wait to see, just writing this list made me realise how many huge franchise films are out this year. It really puts 2016 to shame.

So here we go…