Monthly Archives: May 2016

Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky [Album Review]

I consider myself to be a pretty big fan of Black Stone Cherry, I’ve loved their music for a while now. I even saw them before Christmas at Wembley Arena in an excellent show. I thought their previous album Magic Mountain was fantastic and had been chomping at the bit in anticipation for the next record.

However, the first two tracks I heard from Kentucky didn’t set my world on fire. In fact, if anything they put it out. To me The Way Of The Future is just as poor as it is generic and as for The Rambler, it didn’t make me feel a thing. To say I was concerned was an understatement. I intentionally put off buying this album because I didn’t want to have a negative view on something produced by one of my favourite bands. Continue reading

X-Men: Apocalypse (Film Review)

Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.

The immortal Apocalypse, worshipped as a god since the dawn of civilization, awakens after thousands of years. He recruits four followers to help him create a new world order, including Magneto. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, a team of young X-Men must stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying all of mankind.

The new X-Men films are pretty good, I life them a lot better than the original trilogy in fact. The series has really picked up again since the lows of X-Men 3 and Wolverine Origins. It perhaps peaked with the previous effort, Days of Future Past which successfully connected the older films with the new ones. Rebuilding and rectifying the series mistakes. Now we return to the ‘First Class’ era, with younger characters and a freedom to do whatever they want without plot problems for the future. Smart.

Like I said, Days of Future Past may have been the peak of the series so far and I say that because despite how ‘huge’ the plot for Apocalypse is (world destruction and all that good stuff) it doesn’t quite have the same feeling that the previous film did. I tried to put my finger on what makes me have that opinion and I think it’s just that I’m not the biggest fan of the ‘young’ characters they all seem just a little, wet. Don’t get me wrong, Michael Fassbender is fantastic yet again as Magneto and James McAvoy is also excellent as Professor X. Nightcrawler, Cyclopse and Storm however, not so keen on. I’m hoping that in the next installment when the characters have grown more I’ll be able to enjoy them more as well.

Where can the next film go however? Like all big franchises with each installment the stakes get bigger and bigger. This film sees some global destruction, nuclear missiles flying and many glossed over deaths. If each film needs to be bigger, how can the keep topping them? It also means the films suffer from being less of a personal story to our characters which means, I don’t actually care as much.

Now, I’ve said quite a few negative points there, but I did enjoy this film and would recommend it as good viewing as part of the new X-Men franchise certainly. So while I might have a few concerns or complaints, don’t let me put you off. It’s a good time and you’ll enjoy it. Civil War is better though…

Verdict: Thumbs Up