The 20th anniversary of the N64 classic GoldenEye 007 recently passed so Julian, Daniel and Jeremy sat down to look back at what made the game so special, examine the lineage of James Bond in video games and imagine what a modern take on a Bond game might look like. The guys also discuss Daniel Craig returning to the role for Bond 25 and whether they made a mistake bringing him back.
We've been waiting years for all of Marvel's Netflix characters to team-up in The Defenders. The promise originally made with the launch of Daredevil in 2015. Along the way we've been introduced to Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and of course Iron Fist. It hasn't always been the great TV but overall it's pretty cool to see these beloved characters brought to life on the screen. Well the 8 episode culmination of all those hours of TV is finally here and Julian, Daniel and Jeremy take a break from all that Game of Thrones talk to bring you a brief, spoiler-free review.
The 7th and penultimate season is over and it's time to look back and reflect on the season that was. Julian and Daniel discuss the season as a whole and give their overall thoughts on the state of the series. After that it's time for predictions, speculation and prognostication as the guys turn their gaze to the future and look ahead at what might happen in the 8th and final season. But it doesn't end there! Fan questions are answered, prizes are awarded, donors are thanked and much more in what is the final ToB Breakdown of the year!
With the announcement that Toys "R" Us would be filing for bankruptcy I look back at what made the big-box toy store so special, where they might have gone wrong and what the toy market looks like now that they're gone.
You've heard us talking about these boxes on our podcast, they're a Game of Thrones fan's dream come true. A beautifully illustrated, gilded edition of A Game of Thrones, a gigantic silk map of King's Landing, a copy of the Game of Thrones card game, its insane! Not to mention the detailed lithographic map of Westeros signed by George R.R. Martin! Thanks to ReedPop.com we can now bring these boxes to you at a discounted price!
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.