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Heresy of the Week – Stuff your post-credit scenes


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Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

In recent years, filmmakers have taken to hiding easter eggs, little bonus scenes, after the credits as rewards for those fans who sit around to the very end. But with proliferation, they have become devalued, just another way to eke out films which have been getting far too long themselves.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past – A Review


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A few weeks back I watched X-Men: First Class, mostly in preparation for seeing Days of Future Past.

Though I quite enjoyed X-Men and X2, The Last Stand was pretty awful (“I’m the Juggernaut, bitch!”), and X-Men Oranges: Tangerine Origins: Wolverine was probably worse. I haven’t seen The Wolverine, but since I’m not a raging Japanophile (no offence to any raging Japanophiles reading this) it probably wouldn’t have set my world alight.

Marvel’s cinematic universe has raised the bar, and whilst I wasn’t blown away by First Class it certainly had the ongoing potential to do some exciting prequel work. So bringing it all back to not only the original film cast but putting it into the future is a little on the brave side.

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Heresy of the Week – Curb your Expectations


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Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

The lengthy build up which has apparently become obligatory for films, from the big-budget blockbuster to the semi-indie breakout, is leading to over inflated expectations, and ultimately killing the enjoyment of ultimately perfectly serviceable films.

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