Shining the spotlight on Australian Women’s Wrestling

Check out the piece I did for FNX Network about one of my passions, women’s wrestling in Australia. Just click image to launch article.

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Shining the spotlight on Australian Women’s Wrestling

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Review: Rogue One

rogueoneI took the opportunity over the holidays to see Rogue One – A Star Wars Story. My, was it incredible! In a cruel sense of irony, I had booked the movie in a few days before – and the day I went to see it, was the day the great Carrie Fisher passed away.

I was so excited to see Ben Mendelsohn in this film. He did an excellent job as the Imperial weapons developer, Orson Krennic – the smug, smarmy look perfectly fit the character and he captured every essence of the evilness that we have come to expect from the Imperial side.

The thing that I absolutely I adore about the latest Star Wars films are that the diverse casting that goes into the main character line up. It feels inclusive and bringing the community on board to tell this incredible story.

We travel to 15 years later where Jyn, who I am convinced, is my spirit animal, has been captured by the Imperial forces and is freed by Cassian, a Rebel intelligence officer. Through the film, we discover the Jyn’s father was kidnapped by Krennic, 15 years earlier to finish off the Death Star. Through sending a message to the outside (via a defected Imperial pilot), we learn that he has deliberately put a weakness in the Death Star and the plans will be able to reveal all.

The action that takes place when the Rebel fleet steals the Death Star plans is incredible. Like The Force Awakens, I was completely blown away by how intricate and well done these were.

I wasn’t at all prepared for the end, without giving massive spoilers, I had grown very attached to Jyn and Cassian so I was disappointed by their fate (while I understand it was necessary!) The final scenes of film are fitting as we see the princess of the galaxy, Princess Leia, declaring the plans provides hope.

*cue ugly crying here*

Literally, it was not pretty!

Overall, I loved the film.Quick shout out to the K-2SO, a reprogrammed Imperial droid. It was hilarious!

Rogue One slid in as my favourite movie of 2016 – which was a huge call given some of the blockbusters I had the fortune of seeing last year, and up until this point Doctor Strange was proudly wearing the crown!

I am not a massive Star Wars fan, admittedly, but the last two films I have just loved so much. Now is the best time ever to get into the films. Give them a go!

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Review: Constantine – The Spark & The Flame V1

img_8941Thanks to Moleh5 on Twitter for this excellent recommendation and borrow of this comic!

I’ve heard some great things about this comic, so I was really keen to give it a read.

We meet John Constantine, a powerful mage, who is set on making the world balanced and at whatever cost. He has little people close to him – which makes some of the decisions he makes understandable and they make sense, even if they aren’t completely morally right.

Through a series of events, he is battling very powerful forces that want to get their hands on instruments that could cause much destruction to our world. Constantine is at odds with these individuals but always manages to talk himself around.

The illustrations are beautiful in this comic, the full colour pages really help punctuate the flow and dramatically tell the story.

I liked the way Constantine narrates the comic, its natural and doesn’t feel forced. The character of Constantine is quite well written, and has a lot of depth and complexities beyond a character I’ve read before.

The story itself, I enjoyed but it was probably not my favourite. I think it may have to do with the subject matter (which is crazy when you think about how much I love Harry Potter), but there was just something about the magic element that I just didn’t enjoy *as* much and I just wasn’t able to get as immersed into it as I would have liked.

Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter –@remotetragic.

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Review – Injustice: Gods Among Us

IMG_8940Thanks to Moleh5 on Twitter for this excellent recommendation and borrow of this comic!

I’ve heard so many great things about this comic and had the opportunity to meet Tom Taylor earlier in the year. It’s always awkward when you meet someone for the first time and you are only vaguely familiar with their work. But I’ve made an effort to devour this one and it sure did deliver!

Things I observed in this comic –

  • Excellent empathy with Superman and the loss of Lois Lane and their unborn child
  • The evolution of Wonder Woman is stunning, to see her unwavering in her support for her crush/friend is blindly beautiful, as I can relate to being in that position
  • How conflicted Batman is – trying to keep that level of power between being a hero and vigilante – it’s crazy to me that Batman is this person trying to keep the peace but it’s so right at the same time!
  • How truly disgusting The Joker is – and how he preys on his enemies through innocent individuals. The levels of evilness with The Joker seems to go deeper with every comic I read – I didn’t realise it was possible to hate a comic character so much!
  • It feels like every comic panel has been crafted meticulous to aid in telling the story with as much detail as possible. Just stunningly beautiful!

With the announcement of next instalment of the Injustice comic series, I cannot wait to see where this goes next!

Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter – @remotetragic.

#FridayFirsts: Hawkeye – The Bishop’s Man #1

IMG_9441Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

Thanks to NJGalea on Twitter for this awesome recommendation!

I’ve heard so many great things about this comic and it absolutely did not disappoint.

I really love how it flicked back and forth between present time and twenty years ahead. It gave a nice little taste of what’s to come, what the consequences are for some of the decisions that have been made and it had me wanting more big time. I also really loved how the comic style (colouring and the way the characters have been drawn) differs from each time period. It gives a real distinction about now and future and is brilliant.

Kate Bishop is one of those strong characters that I love, she’s sassy and she has no trouble expressing what she’s thinking. I love how in future state she makes Hawkeye an organisation, to keep the legacy going (something she jabs Clint about when they meet 20 years later).

I am pretty familiar with Clint already from the Avengers movies – so it’s actually a bit hard putting that to the side when reading a comic like this. But his easy going, chill nature shines right through – which is endearing and irritating (from a female perspective) all at the same time.

Will I continue the series? Um… YES. I’m hooked! I was so disappointed when I got the end of the single issue, that I think I pouted.

Here’s to a great comic that hooks people in.

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Movie Review: Suicide Squad

I avoided the reviews prior to going to the movie because I really didn’t want to be influenced by some guy who has a chip on his shoulder that’s in desperate need of some salsa. I did hear whispers though, via Twitter and Facebook from people (fans?) quick to cut the movie down and sprout from the rooftops all the things that they absolutely hated about the movie.

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I really don’t know if we watched the same movie.

If you are going to this film and expecting an Avengers-esque masterpiece, than you will be disappointed. The Avengers (and all the characters in that film) have spent years developing and building relationships with the audiences. I feel (strictly my opinion) as Jared-Leto-Joker-Tattoos-Teeththough DC Comics are going through a reset moment, taking the time to rebuild a movie franchise akin to The Avengers, but in their own way. Superman first, then Batman vs Superman and now with Suicide Squad. You need to give these moments time to grow, build and develop.

I loved Jared Leto’s take on The Joker. I think he portrayed the deranged, damaged individual how I envisioned him to be, right down to the soft spot  and protectiveness that he harbours for Harley Quinn. His look, I thought was fab. From the grill, to the tattoos to the maddening look on his face. I feel that it was a real modern take to a character that has been portrayed many times throughout the Batman franchises and an opportunity to set this Joker, in this movie franchise a part from all the others that have come before him.

Margot RobbieI thought Margot Robbie did a fantastic job with Harley Quinn. I liked that there was a throwback to the Jester Harley, as well as the Harley we see throughout the movie. I liked her one-liners, the way her quirkiness punctuates the story and how she interacted with the other members of the Squad. I also enjoyed, that no matter what other relationships she forms with people, she will always go back to The Joker. I mean, he is her ultimate weakness after all right?

The other characters, Deadshot, El Diablo, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc, I also enjoyed. Killer Croc has great one-liners and looks… awesome (I almost likened him to Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, but his vocabulary is obviously a bit more developed!)

I liked Captain Boomerang, Jai Courtney does a fab job with him and ironically, I really enjoyed the super turned up Aussie accent. I found it funny AF!  I think being Australian I just appreciated it more.

This is the first film I’ve seen Will Smith in – in ages. I thought he did… awesome. Maybe it’s because I’ve been re-watching episodes of Fresh Prince, you just can’t be mad at something that Will does. Deadshot is such a great character and I think did a good job leading the Suicide Squad unwittingly into battle. I liked the background story that they showed and his ultimate weakness – his daughter.

My fave character of the lot is El Diablo. From a development perspective, he made me feel empathy and bad for him – even though he did something so horribly wrong! I love/hate those moments in a film when you realise you feel bad… for the bad guy!

Okay – so just going to touch on the things that I did find confusing – but hopefully will be resolved with an uncut/extended version of the film or even future movies in the DC Alternate Universe.

  • There are parts of the film that feel choppy and rushed. By this I mean, the story can jump around a bit and can be a bit confusing. The characters (in my opinion) carry this film with how engaging and fun that they are.
  • The story line it’s just not that strong.There’s no common enemy, no reason to unite except staying alive and then getting thrown back into jail at a reduced sentence (which given that most of them have life sentences, that’s almost pointless eh?). I think given we see so little of the storyline in the trailers – it really is a film about the characters, which leads me to believe that it’s just not that important.
  • The Suicide Squad are told they are fighting terrorism, but the reality is they are fighting a problem that the Security Intelligence agent Amanda Waller created. I guess I am not suppose to like Amanda Waller, which is good – because I walked away from the film hating her. Hating the person that is suppose to be protecting or acting in the best interests of human people. WUT?
  • I don’t feel that the love story between June Moore and Rick Flag was really developed enough in the film to make me feel something. Because I didn’t. When she became Enchantress and he was going to have to kill her, it was kind of like,

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    I would have loved to have seen more of their story, their love and be able to connect with it a bit more and become emotionally invested in it. Without that I just didn’t care what happened to her, him and their story together.

All in all, I thought Suicide Squad was a fun movie. I laughed out loud in parts, I went in with no expectations and enjoyed the characters. The characters really carried the movie for me, their personalities, one-liners and the eagerness to see more, watch them become these really rad people.

Give the film a go. Go and have fun and just switch off for the two hours. I did – and really enjoyed it.

Till next time,
@remotetragic

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Review: AVCon 2016 (Adelaide)

IMG_9225I spent the weekend in Adelaide and went  to my very first AVCon! Now for those that aren’t familiar with AVCon, it’s Adelaide’s Anime & Video Games Festival.

I was a bit unsure at first if I was going to enjoy myself, my knowledge on anime is basically zero. But I was pleasantly surprised and had such a blast!

Firstly, I was so impressed that there was a ReachOut room on site, to give those that may get overwhelmed with the high energy or the crowds a place to have a time out. Super highly impressed.

IMG_9241Secondly, there was a section of where ‘The Big Game Theory’ facilitated a board game library of where you could try an array of games with friends (or even join a game with strangers) and be able to have some time to hang out. That was pretty awesome, and really made the ‘Weekend Pass’ that I had completely worth it. It meant I could spend one day of really taking everything in (the stalls, the cos play and the other parts of the convention) and then take my time learning a new game, ‘Super Fight’ with friends.

IMG_9207Thirdly, there was a whole section dedicated to indie games. By that, independent game inventors could bring their games and inventions to the convention and live beta test them with the crowd. I met one person who invented a basketball game on a Commodore ’64 and I got an opportunity to play it with him. It was super cool, and I was so impressed that people used their free time and passion in such a constructive way. Not to mention, the quality of the games BLEW MY MIND!

IMG_9247The cosplayers were in fine form again, and I absolutely loved how respectful and polite everyone was to each other. I am sure it’s because the Convention centre is so spacious, at no point did I ever feel claustrophobic or being shoved to one side. Everyone around was constantly putting Pokemon Go lures down, and whenever a good Pokemon would appear, everyone would exclaim and help each other out.

The other thing I was impressed with it were the lanyards. Everyone wore a ticket lanyard which sported the mascot for the year and made the entry flawless – especially if you picked up your passes on the Friday!

All in all, I had a brilliant time. I cannot wait for next year, I’ll so be back!