World Mental Health Day
Note: Anything stated below is purely from my own opinions and experience, and is not the voice of the Collective, although this will be checked by other admins before posting! This post is about my experiences with my mental health, so if this is a trigger for you, please stop reading.
The Philosophy of Who Doctor Who is associated with many things. Rubber monsters, wobbly sets and, in more recent years, romance and high octane action. Something it often isn’t credited for, however, is the wealth of insightful and moving reflections it contains on both the human condition and nature of all things.
'Breath of The Wild 2'
As we all know, I am a bit of a Zelda fan, and have been for quite some time. It all began in 1992 (which is a longer time ago than I care to admit at this point!), when my dad bought A Link to The Past, but got annoyed with it and switched it off permanently. I was four years old at this point, and I started to play when he did this. However, what really hooked me in was Ocarina of Time, when my dad gave up (again!) at a particular point, my 10 year old self was introduced to the Water Temple. Instant love, despite it being that particular temple, and it steamrollered from there.
Film Critics: What Are They Good For?
“Film criticism (like any other form of art criticism) is important because it helps inform filmgoers about any given film and whether it's worth their time. It also informs filmmakers as well, allowing them the opportunity to avoid the same pitfalls that plague bad films and put more emphasis on the elements that worked in previous films. This helps improve the quality of the industry overall, and leads to more diverse and interesting films being made.” - The Odyssey Online
Reviewing the MCU: 'The Incredible Hulk'
The Incredible Hulk is a film that of sits in a bit of a weird place within the MCU. Released in 2008 after Marvel re-acquired the rights to the character following 2003's Hulk (which I personally loved by the way), this acts as a kind of loose sequel/reboot of the character that's just... kind of odd. Before Mark Ruffalo became the most perfect Bruce Banner in existence, Edward Norton took on the role.
LGBTQIA People Aren't Oversensitive, They're Just Bored of Being Used as a Punchline
It's often the case that people will look back on old movies and TV shows and react with shock at the humour often used. I will admit, I'm probably one of the first to laugh at an old school gay joke, even as a man who enjoys other men's bottoms, but there's a growing trend recently which sees legitimate LGBTQIA criticism of such humour as being 'oversensitive.' I, personally, have always had a bit of a dark, no-limits sense of humour. If put in the right way and the right context, there's almost nothing that won't make me laugh as long as it's legitimately funny, but even I will find my own eyes rolling back into their sockets at some groan-inducing humour from the past.
Reviewing the MCU: 'Iron Man'
Remember 2008? 11 years ago and a lot happened that year, The Dark Knight was released, Heath Ledger tragically passed away, and Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American President of the United States, confirming that racism is over. But something else happened that year that perhaps at the time may not have been seen as that significant; Iron Man was released.
'Mary Poppins Returns': A Review
Like most people born since 1964, I was privileged enough to have grown up having watched, many many times, the original Mary Poppins movie. Probably one of the most magical and wonderful films Disney has ever produced, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke defined the childhoods of millions worldwide for decades. So the announcement that there was to be a sequel to the 1964 classic delivered feelings of trepidation. How could they possibly re-create the magic and joy the original movie brought? Would Julie Andrews return in the role? How about Dick Van Dyke, who is now 93-years-old? Would he still be sweeping chimneys as Bert? Well, of course, despite the irrational misgivings, the first trailer was released for Mary Poppins Returns, and I think many, including myself, breathed a sigh of relief.