Soapbox: 15 ‘Tough’ Movie Characters Who Always Get Defeated

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Turns out Logan might not be the best there is at what he does after all…

Everybody loves a movie tough guy or gal – powerful characters with a reputation for being able to win virtually any fight. Yet a surprising number of these iconic fighters have actually lost almost as many battles as they’ve won (at least based on what we see on screen).

Of course, a large part of this is down to the way that films work. In order for a story to be compelling, our heroes need to struggle – and even occasionally lose! – despite their incredible martial prowess. Similarly, in most instances, villains need to be defeated before the credits roll – which means that they are predestined to be second best, no matter how many times they’ve beaten the hero throughout the story.

That’s why most movie powerhouses earn their street cred by mowing down unfortunate redshirts, only to end up on the wrong end of a brutal beatdown when faced by an opponent at least as skilled as they are: because they’re really only as good at fighting as the story needs them to be at any given moment.

But even taking into account the mechanics of storytelling, you’d be amazed by just how patchy the win-loss record for some of cinema’s most well-known heavy hitters really is.

Don’t believe us? Then check out this list of 15 ‘Tough’ Movie Characters Who Always Get Defeated – we promise you: you won’t believe who made the cut!

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Soapbox: 15 ‘Tough’ Movie Characters Who Always Get Defeated

Soapbox: 10 Best (And 10 Worst) Comic Book Plot Twists, Ranked

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I like to picture these guys at opposite ends of the same chessboard right now…

Given comics is a largely serialized medium, it’s not surprising that its history is filled with brilliant – and not-so-brilliant! – plot twists. After all, what better way to entice readers to read the next chapter than with an earth-shattering last page cliffhanger that leaves them thinking “How are they ever gonna resolve this?!”

There’s also few things more rewarding as a fan than seeing a meticulously crafted – and cleverly hidden – plot twist come to fruition. It’s the thrill of being surprised, combined with the satisfaction of knowing that the writer involved has played fair by providing ample little hints in the lead up to the big reveal.

Of course, some comic book plot twists are better executed than others. Indeed, more than a few have fallen flat, often because they either made no sense, or actively damaged decades worth of stories that proceeded them.

In instances like these, it sometimes seems like the twist was designed more from a shock value point of view, rather than as a payoff designed to enrich past and future adventures. Still, regardless of whether a major comic book reveal was outstanding or underwhelming, they’re almost always memorable.

With this in mind, we’ve taken a look back at 20 of comic’s biggest narrative surprises, in order to round up this list of the 10 Best (And 10 Worst) Comic Book Plot Twists of all time.

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Soapbox: 10 Best (And 10 Worst) Comic Book Plot Twists, Ranked

Soapbox: Egg-ceptional Easter Options – The Five Greatest Eggs in Pop Culture

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Sorry, Bunnymund – your eggs didn’t make the cut

It’s Easter this weekend, which means that most of us will have eggs on the brain.

Whilst the average punter will probably be hoping for conventional chocolate eggs in their Easter bonnet on Sunday morning, fans of film, TV, books and comics could be forgiven for having their sights set on slightly more…fantastical fare.

With this in mind, I’ve pulled together a list of the five greatest eggs across all of pop culture, to help fuel these (inevitably unfulfilled) Easter-related desires!

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Soapbox: Logan reminds us that great stories are more important than continuity

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Logan doesn’t care about much, and that includes continuity

By now, we’ve all had a chance to see Logan, and it’s safe to say that for most fans and critics, the film serves as a great send-off for Hugh Jackman as he hangs up his claws after over decade and a half in the role.

There are several reasons for Logan’s success – including its smaller, more relatable scale and tighter focus on a small cast of characters – but without doubt a key reason why this Wolverine swansong soars is because it stands largely apart from the wider X-Men franchise.

Sure, it has links to earlier films in the series, but it also tends to gloss over (or even flat-out ignore) any aspects of the established canon that don’t fit with the story director James Mangold wants to tell, and in doing so, it reminds us that when it comes to storytelling versus continuity, the former is always more important than the latter.

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Five Minutes With…Guy Hendrix Dyas (Part 1)

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Guy collaborating with director Terry Gilliam on the set of The Brothers Grimm

Ever watched a movie or TV show and thought to yourself: “Damn, this sure looks pretty”?

I’m willing to bet that you have, and the person you should be thanking for those stunning visuals is the production designer (or PD, for short).

PDs look after the overall look of a film or TV show, working alongside the director and producer to choose the settings and develop the style needed to tell the story visually.

Needless to say, they are a major creative force on any production, as the work of this month’s Five Minutes With… Q&A participant, Guy Hendrix Dyas, makes abundantly clear.

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Five Minutes With…Guy Hendrix Dyas (Part 1)

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

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When not trying to conquer the world, Apocalypse enjoys taking part in local theatre productions

To say that the timeline of the X-Men film franchise makes no sense is to make an understatement on par with describing the theory of evolution as “pretty complicated”.

Quite frankly, when director Bryan Singer tinkered with the series’ continuity in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past as part of an effort to smooth out any inconsistencies that had cropped up across the previous five movies (not to mention correct several perceived missteps made in X-Men: The Last Stand), he actually made things a lot worse.

A direct offshoot of this is that X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest film featuring Marvel’s Merry Mutants, spins a tale that seems completely at odds with the previous films it’s intended to bridge together – and sadly this isn’t even the major problem for flick that arrives overstuffed with characters and spectacle and light on actual emotional heft.

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