In Too Deep: How BoJack Horseman Redefines A Genre.

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Netflix has been consistently churning out some of the greatest stories ever made, from House of Cards to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to the plethora of Marvel shows under their belt, each worthy of their own blog. But today I’m going to focus on one show in particular, namely in how it’s a show I didn’t expect to like but ended up loving. Because BoJack Horseman isn’t just a great TV show, no. No, it redefines the entire ‘adult animation’ genre in a way we haven’t seen since The Simpsons, and in turn makes itself one of the most important TV shows ever made. Read more

In Too Deep Into Thirty One Days of Halloween: Why Is Ghostbusters A Classic (And Should It Be A Franchise)?

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Well the new Ghostbusters film has come and gone, and my views on it were made well enough I thought. But it still doesn’t address the fact that I’ve never watched either Ghostbusters film. Sure, I’d seen the first, but only as something I half watched on TV. So since it’s Halloween, and since Ghostbusters was a big deal this year, I’m going to sit down and ask myself: Why is Ghostbusters a classic? And should it be a franchise? Well, lets begin. Read more

In Too Deep: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Or Can Canon Be Considered Fan Fiction?

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By now the ship has sailed on the Harry Potter play, with most people writing their think pieces on why it’s just a terrible, terrible story. So while I’ll touch on it (and spoilers inbound, you have been warned), I’m more interested in a bigger question: Can canon be considered fan fiction? Because at the end of the day Harry Potter and the Cursed Child feels like some pretty awful fan fiction, and yet is still considered more valid than actual fan fiction. Why? Does authorial continuity force us to accept it? And what really is the difference between canon and fan fiction anyway? Read more

In Too Deep: Mr Robot, Or The Reality of the Audience

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Mr Robot is totally a show you should go watch, because I’m about to spoil a lot of what happens in it (although in this case spoiling it makes the show better in my opinion, cos it makes you better appreciate the work the first time round by being able to spot the clues that are only seen in hindsight). To even explain the central premise is to spoil what makes the show great, but suffice it to say, if you like House of Cards or Breaking Bad, you’ll want to check this show out. With that out of the way. Read more

In Too Deep: How Gravity Falls Became a Cult Classic (and Can Cult Classics Even Exist Any More).

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Recently I decided to watch Gravity Falls, and yes, the hype is very much justified. It is a very good show that’ll endure through the ages, and become one of those classic kids TV shows that’ll be fondly remembered by both kids and adults. Though I have to wonder why? Why will this show become a cult classic? And what is a cult classic when you get right down to it? Well, lets find out. Read more

In Too Deep: Who Is The Joker?

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Recently it was revealed that in the DC Universe there were not one, not two, but three Jokers. Now many critics have already rushed to point out that the three Jokers could correspond to the first three live-action portrayals (namely there being a Golden Age, Silver Age and Modern Age Joker that match up with Jack Nicholson, Cesar Romero and Heath Ledger respectively), or that the Jokers correspond to the three major ‘crisis’ storylines that rebooted the DC Universe. But I’m not going to focus on that. No, what I’m focusing on is who the Joker is as a character. Why does he exist? What does he stand for? And can one true ‘Joker’ character exist in comic books? Well, lets find out. Read more

In Too Deep: How Suicide Squad Dooms The DC Movie Universe.

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Readers might remember how, back in January (yes, really, that far back), I was excited for Suicide Squad because the second trailer (set to Bohemian Rhapsody) made the film look good. Then the film came out and… Well, lets just say I don’t think the DCMU has a bright future ahead of it. So where exactly did this film go wrong? Well, lets find out.

But before that, lets start with two caveats. Firstly, spoilers are inbound, because they have to be. And second, despite everything negative I’m about to say about this film… I still enjoyed it. I had fun watching it. It is a terrible film, of that there is no doubt. But I don’t regret watching it. It has many, many things wrong with it, but it didn’t actively insult me like Batman V Superman did. At the end of the day it’s a bad film, but its failure makes it all the more interesting. With that out of the way… Read more

In Too Deep: Feminism, Homo-romanticism and Nihilism in Batman: The Killing Joke.

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I’ve been looking forward to the Batman: The Killing Joke movie for quite a while now, ever since it was first announced. The comic is a masterpiece for a reason, since it really explores who the Joker is as a character, and an animation of the work is great if only because the defining voices of Batman and the Joker would be taking centre stage in this film. But the film has been released and it’s… Well, lets break it down to come to a conclusion on it. Read more

In Too Deep Into Doctor Who: How Ace Ruined Doctor Who.

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Ace is the most badass Doctor Who companion of all time. This is just a fact, the same way the lead character is called ‘the Doctor’ and his ship is the TARDIS is a fact. It is something that cannot be refuted because she hit a Dalek with a baseball bat for calling her small, and there is literally nothing more awesome than that. Ace is one of the most badass companions of all time… and also one of the worst. But not because of anything she did, no. Just for merely existing. Confused? Let me explain. Read more

In Too Deep: Ghostbusters 2016, or How I Gave Up and Disliked a Great Movie.

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Well this has been a long time coming. From the announcement of the film, to the expected backlash, to the vile backlash to the backlash hiding itself as ‘feminism’, the road leading up to this film has been a pretty bumpy ride. I’ve gone from wanting to support this film to wanting it to fail miserably, for being excited to it to loathing having to see the damn thing. But it’s out, I’ve seen it, and I can safely say that I didn’t enjoy it at all… And that’s also a damn good movie as well. So with that confusing opening, lets begin. Read more

In Too Deep: Ranking The Lego Dimensions Adventure Worlds (Part 3)

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So the trailer for the next wave of Lego Dimensions was released a short while ago, so now is as good a time as any to talk about one of my favourite video games ever. So join me while I rank the Lego Dimensions adventure worlds from least to most favourite. With that out of the way, lets begin. Read more

In Too Deep: Ranking The Lego Dimensions Adventure Worlds (Part 2)

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So the trailer for the next wave of Lego Dimensions was released a short while ago, so now is as good a time as any to talk about one of my favourite video games ever. So join me while I rank the Lego Dimensions adventure worlds from least to most favourite. With that out of the way, lets begin.

9)Ghostbusters World

A world so good they did it twice, given the recent announcement for where the games are going to go next. Time will tell if this will be a new world in of itself, or just the old world re-skinned. Read more

In Too Deep: Ranking The Lego Dimensions Adventure Worlds (Part 1)

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So the trailer for the next wave of Lego Dimensions was released a short while ago, so now is as good a time as any to talk about one of my favourite video games ever. So join me while I rank the Lego Dimensions adventure worlds from least to most favourite. With that out of the way, lets begin.

14)Ninjago World Read more

In Too Deep: Why Is “Horror Comedy” A Popular Genre In New Zealand?

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I recently got round to watching ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ at a friend’s request and, while a perfectly good film, it’s the quintessential New Zealand Horror Comedy. Which left me thinking. Why does New Zealand do so much horror comedy? Why is it one of the most popular genres over here? And does it say something about our country as a whole? Well, lets find out. Read more

In Too Deep: What Is “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” All About?

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In Too Deep: What Is A Pixar Film?

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So yesterday I talked about what makes a Disney Renaissance and a Second Renaissance film. Meanwhile the latest trailer for Finding Dory came out and… well, given how I don’t like the first film, my hopes are not high for this film. But seeing the trailer (which promises an almost exact plot by plot recap of the first) got me thinking: What, exactly, is a Pixar film when you get right down to it? Well, lets find out.

First off, I should mention that this is different from Pixar’s 22 rules of good story-telling (which are essentially the building blocks of what makes good story telling in general), and is instead a look at the Pixar films themselves and the tropes commonly found within them. Because I could no doubt predict the plot to Coco, the next original Pixar film, based on the sixteen films that have preceded it. So, to break down the main points: Read more

In Too Deep: What Is a Second Renaissance Disney Film?

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I was talking to my sister about Zootopia and she, unlike me, immediately guessed right away who the bad guy was going to be (I was guessing the gazelle, but only because I was wondering if they were going to justify her existence in the movie). But for those who haven’t seen the film, spoiler alert first of all, and second of all the bad guy turns out to be a person we thought good. Cue surprise… or so it would be, if we hadn’t seen it already. But that got me thinking: If this is Disney’s Second Renaissance, what common trends are emerging from it? Read more

In Too Deep: Should We Be Supporting The X-Men?

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Well the latest X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse came out and it’s… okay. It’s not Captain America: Civil War, but it’s no Batman V Superman either. What it is, however, is somewhat of a confusing tale. But that’s not singular to this film, oh no. No, the problem with the X-Men franchise has always stemmed from one root problem: Why the hell should we actually want the X-Men to win? Read more

In Too Deep Into Disney #55: Why Does Zootopia Exist (And Is It Pro-Segregation)?

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Now it took me a while to figure out what, exactly, to talk about when it comes to Zootopia. The ‘racism’ angle has already been covered by several people already, leaving me little to work with (beyond the allegory often getting mixed up, making it not work as great as it could have). And the conversation of the symbol of each animal in Western history has been tackled as well. So what is left to talk about? Well, the one thing that both interested me and confused me the most about this film: Why, in this world of anthropomorphic animals, would something like Zootopia even be built? Read more

In Too Deep: Ghostbusters (2016), or How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate the Controversy

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Ghostbusters. Truth be told, never really cared much for the franchise. Hell, I’m only seeing the latest film to support a female-led film (that and I like some of the director’s other work, but mostly out of feminist support). On any given day of the week this would be a non-entity, something that is going to happen and not worth talking about. But not this week. This week two very big things happened, and turned the film into The Most Important Thing of All Time. And no doubt helped kill the film in the process. Read more