Orcs and wizards are ten-a-penny in the realms of fantasy, and few are all that interesting. They have plagued literature with their simplicity. Modern realms of magic and gathering are as ridiculously unaware of how cliché and cheesy they are that it is hard to take many of them seriously. Warcraft has the benefit of being based upon the rich lore of World of Warcraft, a popular MMO whose best-known moments are the shoddy, shady dealings of Blizzard and a man who yelled his character names so loudly he became a pre-culture boom internet meme. Perfect for the big screen, of course. Now that CGI has advanced to the point of bringing sexualised orcs and grey armour to the screen, why stop?
Thatcherism, Bristol, and University Challenge. Three quintessentially British things that I hate. They are also the backdrop for Starter for 10, the James McAvoy-led British ensemble that wishes to dedicate much of its running time to the perky romance of Brian Jackson (McAvoy) and anyone within his field of view. Deriving its title from the starting question of University Challenge, it is hard not to be taken off on this journey through old-school university days, however fractured they may appear. Compare this to the work Benedict Cumberbatch and McAvoy offer audiences now. The times have most certainly changed for the two of them. What has stayed the same, though, are the backdrops of social and economic strife.