Wednesday, July 11, 2018

MadCap At the Movies - "Ant-Man and the Wasp"

Just a few short years ago, you were made to believe a man could ant. But the question remained from the post-credits scene of that movie, can a woman wasp?

The answer is yes. And you did believe it.

Spoilers here follow on from both the first Ant-Man film and Captain America: Civil War as well as some late-game spoilers for Infinity War. So, if you've not seen any of those films (and I congratulate the three of you on discovering the internet!) turn back now. After the jump, anything goes...

Sunday, July 8, 2018

MadCap's Comic Reviews - "Doctor Strange #4"

In the last issue, Stephen had discovered the deaths of many Sorcerer Supremes throughout the universe and we were given the title of the next story as Death Has Teeth (yet weirdly, we get the title of The Art of Puking Without Puking instead). We have the dread ramping up for the eventual confrontation between Doctor Strange and the insidious forces of the Empirikul, who now know who he is and are zeroing in on. Will it live up to the hype? Well, you’ve all by now read my views on Last Days of Magic, so it should really be a no-brainer now shouldn’t it?

Just like my constant review schedule where I said we’d get into all this “next” Sunday and it’s now three months later.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

MadCap At The Movies - "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"

So...Jurassic World was a pretty good movie. Star-Lord commanded raptors and fought an abomination of science and while it had some issues it was overall enjoyable as a popcorn movie and you really weren't expected to think too much about it. There were plot elements that were clearly to be set up for sequels, but overall it was just an enjoyable roller coaster ride with dinosaurs involved with the charisma of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard elevating it beyond its means.

It made money.

And a lot of money at that. So, naturally, a sequel was going to happen. Just as The Lost World came in 1995 after the original, it was preordained by the gods of the box office that we would have a Jurassic World 2. And lo has it come, it's existence shouted from the highest mountain top of Isla Nublar as it exploded in a fiery mess of magma.

And it's not bad...

Friday, June 22, 2018

MadCap's Game Reviews - "Fallout 4: Captain Cosmos"

Now, I know what you're thinking. "Hey, MadCap! Didn't you already cover the Creation Club and say that you were rather "meh" about the whole thing?" Well, as you recall from the actual review (which you should definitely click the link for and give it a read now before the rush!) is that I did actually like the idea of the Creation Club, I just hate that ever-looming devil of gaming that is the micro-transaction. So, naturally, my first instinct upon being granted the vision you see before you is to drop 700 credits on the PSN to get it.

...hell, Bethesda actually announced Elder Scrolls VI at E3 this year. I'm inclined to throw them a bone.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

MadCap Fixes Movies - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

If you're a long-time reader of mine, then I already know what you were thinking as you clicked onto this article: "Hey, Madcap! I thought you were a big fan of The Force Awakens!" And you would be absolutely right, I most certainly was and am even now. I was one of the few people on the internet who seemed to be able to acknowledge the nigh-impossible task that JJ Abrams had before him when approaching the Star Wars franchise, the first person to do so in a decade since Revenge of the Sith happened. Abrams had to not only appeal to Disney, but also to both the fans who had been put off by the Prequel Trilogy (and, despite Disney's attempts at revisionist history, there were many) and those who were fans of the Prequel Trilogy as well. Not to mention drawing in an entirely new audience in order to keep the franchise going so that Star Wars' future wasn't limited to direct-to-video sequels of worse and worse quality.

See also: the Highlander franchise.

Friday, June 8, 2018

MadCap's Trailer Reactions - "Halloween" (2018)

Okay, so long-time readers of mine will no doubt be shocked to learn that I'm a big fan of the Halloween franchise.

So I'll give you all a moment to recover from that shock before I go on.

You're good? Good.

But yes, I'm a big fan of the Halloween franchise. While a lot of people have a greater fondness of the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchise, and while I do like those franchises (I've highlighted them on this blog, too, after all), Halloween has always held a special place in my heart. It was my first real horror franchise, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't try to defend even some of the bad ones to some extent.

Not the Rob Zombie ones, though.

I will never defend those. Ever.

Spoilers follow on from this point. If you haven't watched the trailer yet, I have provided it up above.

Friday, June 1, 2018

MadCap At The Movies - "Solo: A Star Wars story" after Rian Johnson opened the Seventh Seal and brought strife and destruction down upon the Star Wars fanbase the likes of which haven't been seen since the days of Lucas releasing the Special Editions (And that was in the pre-Disney era, when Lucas either didn't know or didn't care that he could buy off journalists to insist that the work wasn't complete and utter garbage), it was obviously time to go back to something less horrifically offensive to sanity.

So, naturally, a Han Solo solo movie...only three movies after the movie in which he was killed off.

Way to go, morons!

I don't mean to be overly hard on this movie, after all, Han is one of only two of the original trilogy's trio that a solo film could be made for (the other being Leia), and you have a lot of possibilities that you could explore with him...that were already covered in all that Expanded Universe that Disney decided to dump because they thought that their crap was better, managing to screw it up in three movies where the Expanded Universe managed to have ups and downs over the 30+ years of existence that it had.

Way to go, morons!

But I don't want to mock this film for other poor creative decisions, instead choosing to blame it's own poor creative decisions. So with that all out of the way, this is where the spoilers begin. If you don't want any spoilers, this is your chance to back out of the article. For the record, "Han Solo survives the movie" does not count as a spoiler.

Neither does "Chewbacca survives the movie".

...and neither does "Lando survives the movie".