The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 129 – I’m Rick Grimes B***h

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This week we chatted about Black Panther and Into the Spider-Verse’s Oscar nominations, the shelving of the World War Z sequel, the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, and the trailers shown at the Super Bowl including The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Us, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, this bizarre Bud Light X Game of Thrones thing, Hobbs and Shaw, Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame.

No Screentime this week!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing (there were a lot!)

Adam The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time Book 3) by Robert Jordan, Vicious by V.E. Schwab and The Final Empire (Mistborn Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson/Titans Season 1, The Punisher Season 2 and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4 on Netflix, Tomb Raider and Young Justice: Outsiders/Resident Evil 2 Remake on PS4
IanTwilight Falling (Erevis Cale Book 1) by Paul Kemp, Borne by Jeff VanderMeer and Provenance by Ann Leckie/Russian Doll on Netflix, The Great Wall and The Mummy/Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! on the Nintendo Switch and Shogi on his phone

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 126 – Gerald the Witcher Boy

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This week we chat about Bethesda’s Fallout 76 problems, Farcry New Dawn, Black Panther’s Golden Globe nominations, and the new Captain Marvel trailer.

No Screentime this week!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Milkman by Anna Burns/rewatching 30 Rock/The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on PS4
IanMoon’s Artifice (Empire of a Hundred Houses Book 1) by Tom Lloyd/The Office/Dark Souls Remastered on Nintendo Switch

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Comic Review – Shuri #1 (Marvel Comics)

Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.

Warning: minor spoilers.

“Even then I learned best by observation. And I moved like a panther” Shuri

Cover by Spratt (Marvel Comics)

While I was at a friend’s over the weekend we re-watched Black Panther, because it’s fantastic of course. There’s a pretty strong consensus between us that Shuri is one of the best characters in the film as well. This meant that when I saw Marvel were releasing a Shuri comic series this week I had to check it out, especially with the wonderfully realistic front cover drawn by Sam Spratt which caught both my attention and a likeness to Shuri in the movies that makes the comic very recognisable for new readers who will know her from the movie. I’ve really enjoyed Marvel’s Black Panther runs previously, so looked forward to seeing Wakanda and the stories it holds from somebody else’s perspective.

This coming was bought to us by:

  • Writer – Nnedi Okorafor
  • Artist – Leonardo Romero
  • Colour Artist – Jordie Bellaire
  • Letterer – VC’s Joe Sabino
  • Cover Artist – Sam Spratt

The story begins with a brief overview of Shuri’s history in the Marvel Universe. Explaining some of her previous adventures and the powers she’s obtained. With T’Challa currently busy elsewhere in the Marvel Universe, Shuri has time on her hands to focus on her inventions and some of the significant issues in Wakanda. We get to see her relationship with her ancestor’s and the dichotomy between her modern attitude towards those issues and those of her family and ancestors. We’re also treated to a flashback which defines her relationship with her brother and how the movers and shakers within Wakanda view her. To avoid any particular spoilers, the set up presented at the end of this issue could easily have been shunted in right at the beginning, which would have been a shame as we’d have been deprived of the chance to get to know this incarnation of Shuri that Okorafor is able to bring out.

Art by Romero, Bellaire & Sabino (Marvel Comics)

Bellaire’s light pallet provides a sense of reality to the issue. The less bold tones providing some gravity as opposed to intense wackiness seen in some comic books. The flash back is presented in very contrasting red and white giving an other worldly sense to the spectacle. Finally, the shift to warmer tones in the setting sun during the final scene gives the sense of change that the issue delivers to the state of affairs in Wakanda as well as Shuri and her story. Romero’s art compliments Spratt’s eye-catching cover art well, keeping the characters recognisable to those who only know the films to date. I’m very familiar with Sabino’s work now which as usual is well worked into the issue in both spoken and online chat format.

Final Verdict

My only issue with the set off for the series is I’m worried Shuri will simply fill in shoes that are not her own as opposed to really fitting into hers. We’ll see however. Okorafor clearly has a talent for Shuri, who is definitely in a safe pair of hands.

 

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 109 – Set Ben Affleck Free

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This week we chat about the new Avengers Infinity War trailer, the success of Black Panther, and the lack of success of Justice League.

Screentime 1 – Jessica Jones Season 2

In part 1 of Screentime this week, Adam reviews Jessica Jones Season 2, the new Marvel Netflix series, with Rose. Pretty major spoilers from 39:45 to 51:40, so skip then if you haven’t seen it yet!

Screentime 2 – Annihilation

In part 2, Ian and Adam review Alex Garland’s Annihilation, the adaptation of the Jeff VanderMeer book with an extremely weird distribution. Not much in the way of spoilers, but if you are worried we speak about the film from 52:30 to 65:30.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers/Jessica Jones Season 2/Batman: A Telltale Series on PS4
Ian SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard/Nothing apparently/Player Unknown Battlegrounds on iOS

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 108 – No Sleep Till Phlebas

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This week we chat about all the The Incredibles 2 trailer, Legion Season 2, the Lost in Space Netflix reboot series, the Burnout Paradise remaster, the madness of Metal Gear Survive, the new Avengers lineup and the upcoming Amazon adaptation of Iain M. Banks’ Culture series.

Screentime – Black Panther

This week we review Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, the latest film in the MCU! We try to go light on spoilers, but if you are worried, skip 41:00-54:05.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin/Agents of SHIELD Season 3/Basically no video games again
Ian Vorrh by Brian Catling/Altered Carbon on Netflix/Bayonetta 1 and 2 on Nintendo Switch

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 106 – Believable Grindelwald

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This week we chat about Nintendo Labo, the genre recognition in this year’s Oscar nominations, the early success for Marvel’s Black Panther movie and rumours of a Duke Nukem film.

Screentime – Bright

This week we review Bright. There might be spoilers but at this point we don’t care because Bright is a bad film.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam – A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway, The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu and The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers/Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Season 2 on Netflix/The Evil Within 2 on PS4
Ian Starless Night (The Legend of Drizzt, Book VIII) by R.A. Salvatore/The End of the F***ing World on Netflix/Superhot on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 100 – Hot White Content

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This week we chat about the new Black Panther and New Mutants trailers, the predictable Han Solo film title, NeoGAF and the closure of Visceral Games.

Screentime – Top 5s

As this is our 100th episode, we decided to do something a little different and go through some of our favourite films, games and books! We argue about which Alien film is better, and try to out-do each other on pretentious book choices. We both lose.

Nathan also passed on some of his top 5s!

TV Shows
5 – Dexter – Dark series about a psycho vigilante
4 – 30 Rock – From start to finish, absolutely fantastic and hilarious all the way through
3 – Scrubs – One of the funniest comedies to ever grace the small screen
2 – Death Note – In my opinion, the best anime series ever
1 – Game of Thrones – The only show I watch religiously without fail
Films
5 – Snatch – Brilliant London gangster film, I say far too many quotes from this film
4 – Sin City – Love how in sync it is with the comics and portrayed it perfectly onto the big screen
3 – Shaun of the Dead – Was hard to choose this or Hot Fuzz, but this RomZomCom is an absolute cult classic
2 – Empire Strikes Back – Best Star Wars film hands down
1 – Scarface – Love this film, Pacino is amazing in it, story is great and the ending is brilliant
Games
5 – Bloodborne – Completely and utterly immersed in the game like no other games has managed.
4 – Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver – Seriously underrated game, but one of the best stories and voice acting of the Playstation era
3 – Doom – Classic FPS of the 90’s, can still pick it up today and enjoy myself
2 – Chrono Trigger – Another underrated game, may have the storyline of any RPG, but the battle sequences were so advanced for the era
1 – Final Fantasy 7 – Love this game, storyline is amazing, gameplay was fantastic, I hope the reboot doesn’t disappoint

 

And here are Kii’s Top 5 games!

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
This crossover came out of no where. Like wtf are you doing no where but holy hell it works. It works so well and it has no right to. It’s an accessible XCOM style game with stunning graphics and world building. The Nintendo and Ubisoft characters somehow blend together seamlessly to make some great comedy. The first thing I bought on my Switch.

Final Fantasy XIV
I have quite literally spent the best part of my gaming time of the past two and half years running around Eorzea. An MMO with tonnes of flexibility and the impeccable artwork and design of Final Fantasy. I also get to save the world whilst riding a really fat Chocobo.

Mass Effect 2
My first in the series and always my favourite. I loved all the characters on the ship, so much so I’ve named eight guinea pigs after crew members.
 
Stardew Valley
Adorable farming game where you try to become besties with villagers whilst attempting to grow the most epic crops. Many hours spent trying to get the ‘optimum’ farm layout.
 
Animal Crossing
Pretty much any of them but mostly New Leaf. Tom Nook has me by the balls and I’m a sucker for anything I can arrange furniture in. Cue emotional attachment to adorable animal villagers to the point of, if Goldie ever moves out of my town I will rage quit and cry.

 

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam  Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman/Dear White People on Netflix/Destiny 2 on PS4
Ian Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence/Nothing/Destiny 2 on PS4 and Stardew Valley on Nintendo Switch

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 94 – Fantasy Boy

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This week we chat about the terrible idea that is Confederate, the HBO hack and the leak of Game of Thrones spoilers, and a load of our favourite looking things from San Diego Comic Con, including the new trailers for Thor RagnarokReady Player OneStranger Things Season 2The DefendersWestworld Season 2Justice League, Captain Marvel news, and announcements like Wonder Woman 2 and Flashpoint

 

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Death’s End by Cixin Liu/The Handmaid’s Tale on Amazon/Resident Evil 7 Biohazard on PS4
IanThe Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu//The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 91 – Freedom From the Space Boys

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This week we chat about the Black Panther trailer, the tumultuous filming of Han Solo, and the reliance in entertainment on old IPs.

Screentime – E3 2017

This week we chat about our favourite announcements and trailers from this year’s E3 video game expo. The footage we talk about includes Super Maro Odyssey, Anthem, Star Wars Battlefront II, God of War, Spider-Man, Shadow of the Colossus remake, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and  Skull & Bones.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler/Orange is the New Black Season 5 on Netflix/Marvel Heroes Omega on PS4
IanThe Hero of Ages (Mistborn Trilogy Book 3) by Brandon Sanderson/War on Everything and The Nice Guys/The Witcher 3 on PS4

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Adam’s Top 5 Films of 2016

Here are Adam’s five favourite films of the year.

We’ve been a little behind on content over the last few months, due to every one of us being busy as hell, but I didn’t want to see the end of the year without sitting down and figuring out which were my favourite films of this year. I think I’ve been the the cinema more times in 2016 than any other year in recent memory, and have seen more non-genre films too. Reflecting back, there were a lot of good films, a lot of not so good films, a few very bad films (looking at you BvS) and not that many that I would call ‘great’. As such, I struggled with the 4th and 5th choices between a few films that I enjoyed, but didn’t quite hit the mark. I thought Fantastic Beasts, High Rise, The Hateful Eight and Ghostbusters were all a lot of fun (well, The Hateful Eight was maybe not ‘fun’), along with a few other highlights like Arrival and Suicide Squad (just kidding, that was also hot and messy garbage), but ultimately my list boils down to the following. Beware some spoilers:

5. Star Trek Beyond

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The third entry into the ‘Kelvin’ timeline of the Star Trek movie reboot was also the first not helmed by J.J.Abrams. Beyond was largely free of the winks and nods that were necessary in the first, but possibly weighed down the sequel Into Darkness, and embraced at least to a degree the whole ‘five-year mission’ aspect to Star Trek. As a result, there was a real feeling of adventure in this installment. In addition, the cast at this point are all working so well together that their interactions are a real joy to watch, especially Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto as Bones and Spock. New character Jaylah was a stand out, I hope we see her in the next film, and the Federation station Yorktown was stunning. The bad? The enemies weren’t brilliantly fleshed out, the Beastie Boys finale was a little too cheesy, and no satisfactory explanation was given for why there was a motorbike on an alien planet. But a fun sci-fi adventure film all the same.

 

4. Deadpool

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The long gestating passion project from Ryan Reynolds and company that no one seemed to have any faith in comes in at number four for me, while I think a lot of comic book film fans would probably put it a little higher. This was undoubtedly one of the funniest films this year, with a surprising hit rate of gags (although they come so thick and fast that any misses are immediately forgotten in laughing at the next joke). Considering the budget Fox gave it, the film looked great too, though I think most of the budget went on the highway scene. The plot was serviceable, in a sort of early-X-Men film sort of way, but the charm of the film’s cast and the strength of the humour allowed it to shine. The same can’t be said for Fox’s other mutant offering of 2016, X-Men Apocalypse, which somehow managed to resemble the first two entries in the franchise without any of the heart. Still, Deadpool was a definite success. Here’s hoping that the sequel manages the same.

 

3. Doctor Strange

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Doctor Strange was the second Marvel Studios of the year and the first origin film they have put out in a while, which was something that they got a fair amount of criticism for, largely unfounded in my opinion. They largely seemed to revolve around similarities to the first Iron Man movie, an 8-year-old film, and complaints about basic three act structure that 90% of movies adhere to. Sure, with the subject matter they could have taken a few more risks, but injecting magic properly into the MCU was something that the movie going public may have struggled to swallow, and plenty of other risks right down to the method of conflict resolution made this an interesting watch and one of the three films I considered to be great this year.

I think Doctor Strange was the apex of internet analysis on every little bit of casting for one of these films, and everything has already been said over the controversy of casting Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, or people upset that their ideal choice for Stephen Strange wasn’t picked. Everyone in this piece was great (yes, yes, great article about how the Marvel villains are underdeveloped. How original, every site ever), Cumberbatch played the arrogant surgeon brilliantly, and I could watch a whole film of just him and Chiwetel Ejiofor just having a chat. The real star of the show though was just how gorgeous the film was, with almost every instance of mind-bending magic and reality shifting looking superb.

 

2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One

I’m writing this having just got in from my second viewing of Rogue One, and I’m pretty happy with my placing it at number two. Rogue One has proven that reports of reshoots don’t always spell disaster, and that at least so far, there isn’t an oversaturation of Star Wars. If we get a tonally different Star Wars Story every other year in between the main story, I think I can handle that if they are going to be this good.

In Rogue One we got a proper war story, showing the struggles of the rebellion and that victory isn’t always easy, clean or pleasant. It humanises the Rebel Alliance, especially without the Skywalker clan or the inclusion of any Jedi or lightsabers. The cameos bordered on a little gratuitous at points, with whole scenes including a computer generated version of a long-dead actor. I really enjoyed the nods to Star Wars Rebels though, and the plugging of a decades long literal plot hole was also welcome, if a little convenient. All the new characters were strong, with Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe and Alan Tudyk as K-2SO being the standouts for me. The gorgeous vistas of Scarif and Lah’mu also gave a nice break from the usual desert environs of the Star Wars Universe, even if Jedha didn’t.

 

1. Captain America: Civil War

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If Rogue One was concerned with going back and filling in its universe’s continuity, Civil War was the culmination of years of storylines and was all about moving forward, even more so than the last Avengers film Age of Ultron. For me, the third Captain America film delivered on pretty much every promise it laid out for itself. With a huge cast it was in danger of being overly full, and was jokingly referred to as ‘Avengers 2.5’ by many on the lead in, but this was a Captain America film through and through. The climax of the thread started in The Winter Soldier, Civil War managed to juggle the personal plot of Cap and his best friend, drawing in the whole Avengers gang in the process as they were told that in the wake of saving the world several times with surprisingly modest body counts, that the whole world wanted them to answer to governments with agendas. Disagreements start, friends start punching each other. People get incarcerated in hilariously complicated prisons.

What worked was the lack of a world ending threat, which will make the impact of Infinity War felt that much more. These people have been playing these characters for so long now that they have them down completely, but I think this is the best performance Robert Downey Jr. has put in as Tony Stark. And by circumventing a few potential origin stories in favour of injecting some new characters straight into this film, we got the brilliance that was Chadwick Boseman and Tom Holland as Black Panther and Spider-Man respectively. Marvel may still need to pull the trigger on the death of an Avenger to make a threat seem real, but Civil War shifted the MCU into a very interesting place in the lead up to Infinity War and the proper introduction of Thanos. We may have to wait until 2018 for that, but I would be surprised if we didn’t see some hint of what is to come in one of the three Marvel Studios films out next year.

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And that is it! What were your favourite films of the year? What did you think of any of the above films? Let us know in the comments!