Kneel Before Pod – Doctor Strange

Kneel Before Pod brings together Aaron, Angus, Natalie and myself (Craig) to discuss the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe offering, Doctor Strange. Check out our varied discussion that covers a variety of topics from Kung-Fu Panda to Interstellar. Also, listen for a counter of every instance of the word “Strange” said by the contributors. The reveal…

Doctor Strange

The Marvel Cinematic Universe takes a stroll into the mystical with Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange and offers some new rules for us to apply to this universe. Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a gifted and respected neurosurgeon who definitely believes the hype that surrounds his talents. He takes on cases that will win him…

Spotlight

Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight tells the true story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering of the massive child molestation scandal covered up by the Catholic Church. Above all this film is about the performances of the actors chosen and they completely land in every way. Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci and Bryan…

True Detective – Season 2 Episode 8

“Omega Station” The eighth and final episode of True Detective season two has come and gone, and it’s difficult not to compare it to the first season’s finale.  There, Rust and Marty finally got their guy, and in somewhat of a twist ending, Rust survived the shootout, leaving hospital arm in arm with Marty, a…

True Detective – Season 2 Episode 7

“Black Maps and Motel Rooms” True Detective episode seven is the narrative yin to episode six’s characterisation yang.  For weeks, Nic Pizzolatto has been exploring the minds of our four damaged protagonists.  Broken families, relationships and promises abound in the City of Vinci, CA.  Cops and criminals deal with their personal problems first, before allowing…

True Detective – Season 2 Episode 6

“Church in Ruins” Children and childhood are overarching themes of True Detective’s sixth episode “Church in Ruins”.  This also happens to be Kneel Before Blog’s 500th post! Here’s to the next 500. Each protagonist deals with issues of childhood in some way; Semyon and Velcoro must contend with their own complicated families, whilst Woodrugh encounters…

Southpaw

Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw casts Jake Gyllenhaal in the role of champion boxer Billy Hope as he goes on a journey to prove himself again after suffering a catastrophic loss. The underdog boxing movie is nothing new and arguably done best by Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky franchise so it takes something special to really stand out from…

True Detective – Season 2 Episode 5

“Other Lives” True Detective picks up in the aftermath of last week’s shootout.  Things have changed significantly for the police protagonists and they’re each suffering in their own ways. Velcoro is off the force, and at first it seems he’s cleaning his life up, as he appears clean shaven with his hair swept back neatly. …

True Detective – Season 2 Episode 4

“Down Will Come” The majority of episode four of True Detective is a slow burn.  We’re being drip-fed information about the case, the land deal, Caspar’s past and our protagonists throughout the hour.  Every new detail is fascinating in the moment, but only leads to a craving for more.  Even as the puzzle of the…

True Detective – Season 2 Episode 3

“Maybe Tomorrow” In fairly surreal fashion, True Detective episode three begins with a musical number – Conway Twitty’s version of “The Rose” – inside Ray Velcoro’s head.  Could these be the last flashes of electricity dancing through his dying brain?  He’s at his usual seat at the bar; his own personal purgatory.  Seated across from…