My COMPLETE Ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Infinity War is on the horizon. This immense crossover will undoubtedly be the culmination of every Marvel Cinematic Universe film so far, so I decided that now would be a great time to release my definitive ranking for all those films. This was a tricky task, and so that you can see how my rankings compare…

4 Random Things – Sermons, Games & More

Every now and then I do posts that cover a variety of topics, and this is another one of those. The following four topics are all things that I want to share some thoughts on, but I don’t have enough material to flesh out a whole post. First off I’m going to talk about a…

Whose Side Are You On?

We’re two and a half months away from the Civil War that will shake Marvel’s cinematic universe to its core. Another trailer has just been released with tantalising hints of what to expect. The lines have been drawn and we know who’s fighting whom. The question is, which side are you on? The Civil War…

Frankenstein

What do you think about when you think about Frankenstein? Do you think of a dark and stormy night, with a half-mad scientist hunched over his grisly creation? A green monster with a bolt through his neck, lumbering along? A sci-fi romance that is profoundly emotive and thought-provoking? Since its publication in 1818, Mary Shelley’s…

Marvel and the Ideal of Beauty

It is no secret that the vast majority of Marvel superheroes are attractive in ways that most real humans could never dream of. Both men and women are presented in unrealistic, idealised forms. It’s probably fair to say that women get it worse than men, with their costumes, on the whole, allowing a lot more…

Marvel Films 2014

This post is going to be a bit of an indulgence to my inner fan-boy, but with the awesomeness that’s coming up in the next few months I hope you can forgive me. If you’re not a fan of the existing Marvel franchise then you probably won’t sympathise with anything that I’m about to say,…

Catching Fire – Film Review

Last night, I went to see the second Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, with my dad (best lads’ night out ever?). I was looking forward to it, partly because I’ve read the books and so knew mostly what to expect, and partly because I’d been told by several people that this film was better than…

White House Down – Film Review

It’s not often that I write film reviews, but then, it’s not often that I go to see a film and come out feeling that many of the reviews I read for it were very unfair. Yesterday evening, I went to see White House Down with my dad. We wanted to see a film together…

A Short Piece on ‘The Hobbit’

I know that many English scholars look down on Tolkien’s works. I am not an English scholar and I don’t look down on his works. He is, in fact, one of my literary heroes. I am a proud, map-owning Tolkien fan-boy. Having just finished the Hobbit for the first time since I was 10, I…

Knowing Our Limits – Christians and the Media

If you ask a few different Christians to tell you the type of music they listen to, the type of films they watch or the type of books they read, you’ll probably get a few very different answers. For example, I love reading fantasy books, but I know many Christians who won’t read any book…