San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and just as the guys were wrapping up recording the latest ToB Podcast, the DC panel from Hall H was also coming to an end. With it came a few major news bits about the Flash film as well as a new 4 minute trailer for Justice League. Julian, Daniel and Jeremy give a first blush reaction to it all. Look for more SDCC coverage from the ToB Podcast soon!
It's been a long wait but Game of Thrones has finally returned. With that comes the return of the Tower of Babble Breakdowns with Julian and Daniel here to break down every detail. Let's jump right in. This week Arya continues her revenge mission (and chats with a pop star), Cersei and Jaime take stock of their situation, Jon and Sansa prepare for war, Dany reaches Dragonstone, The Hound has a moment of clarity and Sam... washes chamber pots?
With so much news to cover last week the guys didn't get a chance to dive into what they have been watching or playing. Unacceptable. There's too much great stuff on TV, in theatres or on our video game consoles to not talk about. So Julian and Daniel return mere days after the last ToB episode to discuss the surprisingly awesome new Netflix series GLOW, season one of American Gods and the brilliant X-Men series Legion. The guys also delve into how terrible Transformers: The Last Knight truly is, give a quick spoiler free review of Spider-Man: Homecoming and then debate the merits of the PS4 exclusive, Horizon: Zero Dawn.
With 2017 already half over it's time to look back on some of the movies that have graced the silver screen since January 1. Let's be honest, the first half of the year hasn't been great for film but the stuff that was good, was really good. I highlight the best of the best (and one of the worst) in my top 3 standout films of 2017 so far.
We’re almost exactly halfway through the year, and we’ve been treated to a treasure trove of amazing TV so far. So in an effort to organize my thoughts about what I’ve watched so far, and as a means of getting a head start on our year-end Best-Of’s, here are my top 3 standout shows (and one dud) from the first half of 2017.
We often discuss trailers and their accompanying trends here at Tower of Babble. Whether it's the "sombre piano", the "transformers noise" or the recent "remixed classic rock song", it's always fun to take a look at the monkey-see monkey-do nature of Hollywood. So in that same vein, here's an article from SlashFilm that I didn't know I wanted but I'm glad exists.
The final film in my Oscar review series is the 1950's drama; Fences.
This film centres on Denzel Washington’s character of Troy Maxson as we follow him through what becomes the most extreme example of a midlife crisis you might ever see on film. He feels trapped by his obligations to his family and lives his life on edge.
With the Oscars only a day away we thought it was time for us to reveal our predictions. We divided our predictions into two categories and prognosticated the major categories. Who will take home the golden statues?
Theodore Melfi's Hidden Figures is the next film in my Oscar review series.
Set during the time of the space race it centres around three African American women working at NASA. It’s got a brilliant opening scene that will make you fall in love with these woman right from the get-go. You immediately get a taste of their fun banter and how close of a friendship that they have. You are left wanting more.
Garth Davis' Lion is next up in my Oscar review series.
Lion is very much a foreign film, but it's also very much a biopic and an adventure story. It pieces together elements from all over cinema and shows us something amazing. Lion is based on a true story, one of three in the Best Picture category, and is the one that feels the most honest. It’s a very personal story and though it doesn't have the spectacle, it is no less extraordinary.
The latest instalment in my Oscar review series is Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge.
Hacksaw Ridge can easily be divided into two sections. The first half being bright and thought provoking. It asks questions about someone's right to stay true to their beliefs regardless of the consequences. It’s full of patriotism, god and a touch of romance but about halfway through it becomes a completely different movie.
The next entry in my Oscar review series is Denis Villeneuv's beautifully shot Arrival.
I can’t speak highly enough about this movie. It awed me, moved me and made me think. Which is a trifecta that is rarely attained by any movie. Having seen it twice since it’s theatrical release in November I can tell you that it not only holds up to repeat viewings, but I would agree with many on the web that say that the second time you watch this movie may actually be superior to the first.
Part four of my Oscar review series is a powerful one. Barry Jenkin's Moonlight.
It isn’t shy about tackling race, sexuality, and drug abuse head on. Heady subjects that I, admittedly, have little experience with beyond cinema. While Moonlight certainly addresses these issues it isn’t necessarily about them either. Yes they play a role but ultimately the movie is about a young man's difficult journey from childhood to adulthood.