The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 121 – Steal Cars and Cut a ***** Up

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Big News

This week we chat about the Captain Marvel, Doctor Who and Daredevil Season 3 trailers, Henry Cavill’s future as Superman, and Disney’s MCU plans for X-Men, their streaming service, and a female-led show on ABC.

Screentime – Iron Fist Season 2

This week we review the latest Marvel Netflix series, Iron Fist Season 2. We do go a bit into spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet skip 52:52-1:05:38.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam Provenance by Ann Leckie/Archer: Danger Island on Netflix/Spider-Man on PS4
RoseAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman and Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge/The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4/Nothing

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 120 – Bag of Rocks

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This week we chat about the new Bojack Horseman and The Predator trailers, the Captain Marvel EW photos, GOTG 3 being put on hold, Henry Cavill’s casting as Geralt in Netflix’s Witcher series, the Doctor Who air date and the end of Adventure Time.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time Book 1) by Robert Jordan/Steven Universe and Castlevania on Netflix, Silicon Valley on Sky/Dead Cells on PS4
Ian – Timeless by R.A.Salvatore/A Quiet Place on Amazon and Orange is the New Black Season 6 on Netflix/A Dark Room on iPad

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 118 – Actively Fighting Against Someone

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This week we chat about the return of Picard, the new Venom trailer, the Maniac trailer, Ruby Rose being cast as Batwoman for The CW, Twitter allowing bigots and the new Red Dead Redemption II gameplay trailer.

Screentime – Ant-Man and The Wasp

This week we review the latest Marvel film, finally out in the UK after the delayed release! We don’t go heavily into spoilers.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley/Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger on Amazon/Gravity Rush Remastered on PS4
Ian – The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu/Tomb Raider and Mission Impossible: Fallout/Thumper on PS4

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 111 – Amber Lunch

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This week we chat about trailers for SoloAnt Man and The Wasp, The Meg and Venom James Cameron, and the success of Avengers Infinity War (and the apparent fallacy of superhero fatigue).

Screentime- Avengers Infinity War

In Screentime this week we review the latest Marvel film. We do go heavily into spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet, skip 56:35-77:19!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead/Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2 on Netflix/The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch
Ian – Strange Labyrinth by Will Ashon/Westworld Season 1/God of War and Far Cry 5 on PS4

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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 86 – The Worst Idea Ever

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This week, in a fit of madness, we recorded outside at the Southbank Centre in London, in the evening. As such there is a lot of background noise. Sorry! It won’t happen again!

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Big News

This week we chat about the new trailers for Thor Ragnarok, Atomic Blonde and the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist and Adam analyzes how Marvel are goofing up their comics so much right now.

Screentime – Ghost in the Shell

This week we talk about the live-action Ghost in the Shell film starring Scarlett Johansson. We go into spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it, skip from 26:30-37:23!

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu/Fargo on Netflix/Horizon Zero Dawn on PS4
IanNaked by David Sedaris/Himalaya with Michael Palin/Uncharted 4 and Shovel Knight on PS4 and Planescape Torment Enhanced Edition on iPad

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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

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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!

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 78 – One Wolf

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This week we chatted about the Spider-Man Homecoming and for some reason, Transformers: The Last Knight trailers, The Last of Us Part II and Gotham City Sirens.

2016 Review

This week we go through our top 3 video games, films, books and TV shows from 2016, with a few lists from others too!

Adam

Video Games

3. Alienation

2. Gone Home

1. Uncharted 4

TV Shows

3. Daredevil

2. Stranger Things

1. Westworld

Comics

3. Wonder Woman – DC, by Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp and

2. Superman – DC, by Patrick Gleason and Peter J. Tomasi

1. Black Widow – Marvel, by Chris Samnee and Mark Waid

Films

3. Deadpool

2. Doctor Strange

1. Captain America: Civil War

 

Ian

Video Games

3. Pokémon GO

2. Star Wars Battlefront

1. Doom

TV Shows

3. Luke Cage

2. Planet Earth II

1. Stranger Things

Books

2. The Devil You Know by Erin M. Evans

1. Hero by R.A. Salvatore

Films

3.  Captain America: Civil War

2. Midnight Special

1. 10 Cloverfield Lane

 

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam – Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray/Mad Men on Sky/Bioshock Infinite (Bioshock Collection) on PS4
Ian – The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi/X-Files/Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 77 – Muggled

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This week we chatted about The Mummy teaser, how much money Doctor Strange has made so far, Final Fantasy XV and The Kingkiller Chronicle.

Screentime – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

This week we reviewed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the new prequel film set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. We do largely avoid spoilers, but if you are massively worried about them then skip 31:00-43:30.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing
Adam – The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley/Young Justice on Amazon/Bioshock Infinite (Bioshock Collection) on PS4
Ian – Iron Council by China Miéville & Volo’s Guide to Monsters from Wizards of the Coast/Planet Earth II on BBC/Final Fantasy IX on PSP
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