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QUICK REVIEW: The Fantastic Four Trailer #2

Howdy people of the internet and welcome to another trailer review! Well I was having a nice casual day re-watching some Phase 1 Marvel studios films, and during a break I saw on ComicBookMovie.com that there was a second trailer released for The Fantastic Four. Now this film has been under fire from fans for the longest time, but after the first trailer dropped a good few people have changed their tunes about wanting to see this film. So what’s the second trailer like? Well read on and find out.

Check out the trailer below:

So my immediate thoughts after seeing this teaser? Well, I’m conflicted. On one hand the additional footage looks very intrigued and promising, while other parts left me not as impressed or as hopeful. But overall it is certainly making me interested in the film more so than before.

Now for this review I’m going to keep my thoughts as brief as possible since not too much has transpired in this trailer to make me go into full-on analytical mode, but I will highlight certain things that worth noting.

Firstly let’s talk briefly about the trailer as it does the following things:

  1. It establishes that there will be humour in the film (which I believe is necessary considering that these people will not only have to become a family, but also because humour is pretty much part of Johnny Storm’s persona)
  2. We get a little more background into the characters and their early interacts
  3. It is also made known that Sue is the adopted child in the Storm family AND that her father is the man behind the research that leads the team’s eventual journey
  4. These characters will travel to an alternate dimension/world (I know that was technically already known, but this trailer confirms it visually and verbally)
  5. The Thing is on display A LOT
  6. The powers of the characters are seen more so than before

The first trailer basically sets up a bit more of the story with us finding out that Johnny and Sue’s father has been researching into something to help understand and potentially safe the world. He’s been at it for a while, some people (probably the government) have been giving him a lot of money for the research and want answers, but it is due to Reed Richards’ intellect Dr. Storm and company have been able to take the one step further. The early appearances and interactions between the main four characters is interesting as it tells us what their personalities are and how they may butt head later on. It also looks like once these guys travel over to the other dimension, they are changed and it doesn’t look like the aftermath is good. These lot are on operating tables, showing off their powers in weird and violent ways, like a horrible transformation.

What I like about this trailer is the humour, that means the film isn’t all doom and gloom (thank god), the CGI for the most part looks very detailed, clean and has a strong art direction too especially for the other dimension stuff. I like how Sue Storm seems to be wearing something that looks very in line with the comic book costumes. Oh and the use of their powers is pretty cool with Reed stretching, Sue and her force fields and Johnny on fire and flying.

My only nitpicks are:

  1. Dr. Doom, we only get a glimpse of him and yet it looks so odd, like he has a melted metal face. I know changes need to be made and maybe the film will justify it with the plot, but for now I would have preferred the standard mask (for all it’s problems I actually like the look of the old Doom from the 2005 film, yeah I said it).
  2. The Thing, wow. Now I saw the images of The Thing released beforehand and he’s definitely taken a more detailed and more realistic approach, but seeing it in action is a totally different thing. At certain angles he looks kind of cool, but at other he looks hella ugly. I mean maybe he is meant to look bad to emphasise the horror of his transformation, but still he’s not that hard to ruin, and now I’m thinking I may actually like the big old orange version from the 2005 film (again, I’m saying it because I’m not afraid of the hateful comments!)

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In conclusion the second trailer for The Fantastic Four is pretty interesting, but I can’t say I’m totally sold on this film yet. There are things that I liked, but there are also things that I didn’t like or just left me wondering why such things are happening. That is not to say that I won’t watch the film, it certainly looks like it at least deserves a watch and if they get the core elements of the characters and mythos right then I shall forgive all of the radical changes in a heartbeat.

So have you seen the second trailer for The Fantastic Four and if so what do you think of it? And are you more or less interested in seeing the film than you were before? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! :D

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer #1 Review

Howdy people of the internet, today I have another trailer review for you and today’s one is another important one as it’s the teaser to  the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now after the awesome Star Wars: Episode 7 trailer recently, I thought that there wouldn’t be another great trailer to watch for a while, however, Batman v Superman leaked online and being the nerd that I was I just had to see it, and then it officially got released I think a day later. So how does it look? Well read on and find out!

Check out the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? Cool, pretty damn cool, I want more please.

This trailer was pretty much exactly how I expected it to be; dark, muted in colour, and in line with the tone of Man of Steel, however what I didn’t expect was how the inclusion of Batman would make me even more excited for this film than I was before. I make it no secret that I’m more of a Marvel fan than DC fan, that being said I love me some Batman and I feel like that is the key aspect that has me interested in this film. No offence to Superman, but Batman is friggin Batman, the dark knight, caped crusader, creature of the dark and all-round badass and in this trailer I got that vibe from him.

This trailer pretty much gives off a “these are the dark days” kind of vibe, from the voice overs and imagery on-screen, it looks like things have not progresses well since Superman’s last outing. What this trailer does well is that it helps illustrate what the state of the world is in the DC film universe and world after the events of Man of Steel, people question Superman’s existence, and ask things like is he a saviour? Is he doing the right thing? Looks like Superman these days is subject of controversy with some who like him and some who hate him, the guy even has a statue made in his honest but it has the words “false god” on it, so yeah Superman has a lot on his plate these days. I also love some of the lines from some of the voice overs like:

  • “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
  • “Human beings have a horrible track record of following people with great power.”
  • Lex Luthor: “Devils don’t come from hell beneath us. They come from the sky.” (clearly Jesse Eisenberg sounding pretty cool and Luthor-like from this line of dialogue)
  • Alfred: “That’s how it starts. The fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men… cruel.” (This is my favourite quote, it is very classic Alfred and Jeremy Irons says it with such style and poignancy.

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The imagery for this film looks very nice and distinctive, it reminds me of the style of Watchmen (but then you could argue that it is the same style that Zack Snyder does in all of his films). I don’t know if it is just because it is because of the way the world looks or if it is because of the inclusion of Batman, but this film seems bleaker and more grey than Man of Steel. There are more dark clouds, extra emphasis on the lighting and shadows, with shots in the daytime that look pretty bright while shots at night are dark but have plenty of light sources to highlight the action (like lighting, fire, explosion, artificial lighting, etc). That shot of that man reaching to the sky towards Superman’s direction, it looks very fantasy-like, like he really is reaching out to god-like being with Superman almost silhouetted by the sun, that is a pretty shot. Oh and that shot of Batman (I assume) inside that building (that reminds me of that place where Superman killed Zod in Man of Steel), it looks very dramatic and the use of smoke, lighting breaking through the window and the colour blue really makes the scene look cold and dramatic. I can tell that the film will have a lot of special and iconic-looking shots in its cinematography.

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Oh but the best thing about this teaser is inclusion of Batman, period. For me the main selling point of this film is the introduction of Batman, I know it is a sequel to a Superman film, but he’s not really as interesting or cool as the beast that is the Batman, and thankfully he looks frigging badass, we get a few looks at him and even get to see Ben Affleck outside of the suit as Bruce Wayne too.

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Just looking at this image above, Affleck really looks cool. Even though Affleck has a very recognisable face and screen presence, here he really looks serious and badass and I am feeling a Bruce Wayne vibe from him. It is that look in his face and his black shirt that just feels very Bruce Wayne-like and leads me to believe that he will kill it in this role.

But what is more impressive is the Batman costume. For a while now, I’ve always said about each of the live-action Batman films that my only nitpick is that the Batman suits have never looked comic book accurate. I know that with adaptations things have to change and there were limitations with certain films because of the different points in time. For me the Tim Burton suits were the best and closest to the comics, while the Christopher Nolan suits were interesting variations but not very accurate to comics. This new suit, DAMN, now that’s what I call badass! It is very close to the suit from The Dark Knight Returns, it also retains that iconic Batman looks from the cowl to the cape to the grey coloured suit underneath. And that shot of Affleck in the suit as he rises up looks so beast! He looks like a frigging tank and you see him in this suit and you;re like, “Bloody hell, I don’t wanna meet that guy on a dark night.” That is the look of an imposing anti-hero and I love it. Oh and another thing to note is that shot of Batman on top of that building with his cape blowing in the wind looks really cool and again really taps into that comic book style.

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And then there’s the final scene with Batman and Superman (which some of us had scene last summer from the Comic-Con trailer), the two stare each other down, one from the sky and the other from the ground, all the while with the rain, thunder and lightning, and then Superman comes down to the ground, and that’s pretty much the point before the fight will take off. I really like the way Batman’s armoured suit looks, it is very cool and sharp, but this scene is mainly notable for the quote that Batman drops: “Tell me, do you bleed? You will” That is some hardcore words there, and fan across the internet are already freaking out about it.

DctHud3 uEXT4xJOh man, it looks like things are about to kick off yo. The rain really reminds me of a Matrix Revolutions type of battle (I know, bad film to make a comparison to but it had to be done).

In conclusion the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looks pretty cool. I can tell that this film will be something to talk about for ages after it comes out if any of this footage is an indication of what’s to come in the final film. From the very pretty visual style to the shots of the batwing and batmobile and seeing Superman in this god-like manner, it feels like it is tapping into the comic book material and is making fans happy for sure. It is super dark, moody and very atmospheric and Batman looks frigging awesome. While this trailer blow me away personally, it was a lot better than I was expecting and I can’t wait to discover more about this film later on in the year.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Are you over the moon and freaking out about it or are you disappointing or just okay with it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! :D

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

Howdy people of the internet and welcome to a new trailer review! I was going to review the Terminator Genisys trailer at some point soon since the new trailer dropped, but since the second teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. dropped online today I just had to talk about that instead.

Here’s the trailer:

So my thoughts after seeing this trailer? It sounds something like this: “Why is December so far away? I want this film now!”

With all the big films coming up this summer like Avengers 2, Jurassic World, Terminator 5, Mission: Impossible 5, Ant-Man and Fantastic Four just to name a few, it is easy to forget that a little old franchise by the name of Star Wars is getting the 7th entry in that film series since the last film in 2005. The hype for the first teaser nearly broke the internet back in December and that was only 90 seconds, but here we get more, we get more scenes of characters, action and spectacle and it looks GORGEOUS! I know that it is just a preview of what is coming up and the film could still be bad, however, with footage like this it is hard for me to feel anything but joy. It looks like J.J. Abrams and the people behind this film has everything under control.

Since there’s so much going on in this teaser trailer, like the last review I’m just going to talk about the main things I took away from this trailer. No bare in mind I’m no Star Wars boffin so there will be things that go over my head or I won’t be able to discuss in nerdy fashion, so don’t kill me.

Fallen Star Destroyer

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Having this as the opening scene is perfect. For fans of the Original Trilogy this is a scene that is nostalgia as I believe we’re on that sandy planet that looks like Tatooine again (it is apparently called Jakku) and we see a speeder driving by in the background, and as the camera pans to the right we see the remains of a HUGE old star destroyer. Just that moment put me in a state of awe. That ship was insanely big and it really establishes the scale and scope of this new film in contrast to the original films and to some degree even the prequels. I just like how the remains from the old films still exist here in an old, decayed, but visually distinctive manner, and the fact that the old Star Wars music is playing in background with it, that just hits home in such a lovely way.

That Old Vader Helmet

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Bloody hell, this was another really chilling and nostalgic element. Seeing that helmet of Darth Vader was both cool and super creepy. I love Vader and I was gutted when he died in Return of the Jedi, but the man did die a hero and was burnt in fire. But seeing is old, deformed/melted helmet, it was so creepy and horror-like to me. I can’t look at it too much, it just creeps me out. I assume that it is look possibly looking at the helmet, unless it is someone else, if so who?

New Kids In Danger

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We get to see a few new looks at John Boyega and Daisy Ridley individually at different points, but this trailer establishes that they are not only in the same location but how they also have to work together too. And this shot is awesome, seeing them running for their lives from the destruction behind them. And this shot is even better before BB8 is along for the ride too.

Action, Spectacle & Chaos!

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The Star Wars films have always been known for their incredible attention to detail when it came to visual effects, cinematography and action sequences, and looks like this film will take what we’ve come to expect and improve upon that foundation tenfold with the use of improved CGI and modern styles of cinematography. The action in this film looks off the hook, the amount of madness going on whether it is X-Wings flying above water on a Earth-looking planet or Tie Fighters chasing down the Millennium Falcon through the remains of huge ship or some crazy battle in a hangar bay with a Tie Fighter shooting at Stormtroopers, it all looks SO clean, detailed and shiny and I want a piece of it!

Stormtroopers & Crazy Cool Sith Man

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Firstly I’m really liking the new look of Stormtroopers, they look new, but familiar. I like how there are still a good number of them lurking around after all these years and I can’t wait to see them in action/ They look cool standing around and getting blown away, but I want to see more from them and understand just how John Boyega fits into his role as one of them. Oh and that dude in the dark hood from the first trailer, we can see his face! Well, sort of. I know the guy has a name but I forget what it is. Anyways, he wears a cool-looking mask and looks like he’s going to be throwing down in this film swinging his lightsabers and using the force too, I just want to know how much of a force he’ll be and who he’ll run into over the course of the film.

Chewie & Han!

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And after that incredible short chase sequence with the Millennium Falcon, the icing on the cake was clearly last scene, seeing Harrison Ford back as Han Solo alongside Chewbacca with him saying “Chewie, we’re home.” That was just perfect and sort works both as return for the characters in the film but also for us fans that have been waiting to see them in this universe again after so many years. On and I just want to highlight how good Ford looks, sure he’s old for sure, but the make up and costume people have done well to make him look like a more seasoned version of Solo, I just hope he can still move a fair amount though.

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In conclusion the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is frigging amazing. It feels like the perfect blend of old and new, again it is only a teaser, there isn’t much information on the story or characters, but what we do see is hella cool and exciting. It is only the second trailer and I’m already feeling like this film will be the amazing experience I hope it will be. There is so much to like and again, I can’t wait for December to come, MY BODY IS READY! :D

So how do you feel about the second teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Are you hyped more or less than before or were you unimpressed? I would love to hear your thoughts, please be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! :D

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Ant-Man Trailer #2

Howdy people of the internet, today I return to give you a new trailer review for the next Marvel film, no not Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the other one coming out later on in July and that’s Ant-Man. Now, the first trailer for this film didn’t exactly set the world on fire, but I’ve still been interested in seeing how this turned out. So today the second trailer’s dropped today and I’ve seen some positive feedback lurking around online, so is it good or not? Well read on and find out!

Check out the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? Well this is certainly better than the last one for sure, and the hype level has definitely gone up for sure.

I am going to keep this trailer review as simple as possible. Basically, this trailer expands upon what we saw in the previous trailer by giving us more details on the story, characters and action. We see more Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and A LOT more of Corey Stoll.

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When it comes to the story it looks like we have a better understanding about what the technology behind what the Ant-Man suit can do and what its original purpose was for (being used for the military and being super stealthy), and it seems like Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is the main man behind the technology and is looking to sell it to everyone. While on the other side of things you have Dr. Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne (Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly) who see Cross as bad man who has to be taken out, so Pym finds Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and recruits him to steal tech away from Cross (I assume) and become a hero. I like how Hope is integral to the story and understands the technology behind the Ant-Man suit and trains scott to fight and understand how his powers work when he’s small. I also appreciate how we get to see more of Stoll as the bad guy, he clearly looks like he has an aggressive villain who will give our hero a lot of trouble.

What it interests me the most about this film again is the action sequences. I know that it’s mainly CGI, green screen and motion capture, but man it looks SO good, the level of detail is so sharp and beautiful, loving the colours and the way things seem a little slower and stylized in the smaller world. Seeing Ant-Man running with the heard of ants or taking out dude with his miniature super strength, it all looks pretty slick and intriguing as a form of combat. But the best stuff for me is seeing Ant-Man and Yellowjacket fighting, all of the jumping, flying, lasers and explosions is badass.

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Oh  there’s a fair amount of humour in the trailer, like most Marvel films, whether it is joking about the ‘Ant-Man’ name or talking about breaking into a place to steal something or seeing Paul Rudd get punched in the face by Evangeline Lilly, it looks humourous, and that final moment of the trailer when Yellowjacket was about to get hit by the Thomas the Tank Engine train and you just see the train just hit and fall over, that was funny, best funny moment in the trailer.

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This is perfect, really random, but funny too. Any person who knows about Thomas will get a kick out of this.

In conclusion the second trailer for Ant-Man is pretty good. This is looking like it will be a very different kind of adventure like Guardians of the Galaxy last summer. I’m just curious to see how this all pans out, the costumes are looking hella good and the action seems better and better with each trailer. I’m not stupidly over the moon about this film yet, but I definitely want to see it more than before.

So what do you think of the second trailer for Ant-Man? Are you more or less excited for the film than before? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! :D

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 Review (NO SPOILERS)

Howdy ladies and gents, today I come to you with my review of Marvel’s Daredevil. You know the show’s only been out since Friday, but I just had to binge it as best I could while having to go to work on Friday and Saturday night haha. Since I already did an impressions blog post on the show, I don’t want to repeat myself for those who have read it, so I’ll try to focus on points that I didn’t mention before and abbreviate previous topics. So how has the first season of Daredevil fared? Well read on and find out!

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So what this show about? Well, the show involved Matt Murdock, a man who at a young age was blinded by chemicals and because of that incident his other senses were raised to superhuman levels. So by day he is a lawyer but at night he fights crime and tries to improve the state of Hell’s Kitchen as costumed vigilante, Daredevil.

This show’s structure has been described by the actors and producers as a 13-hour movie and rightly so, this show has a sequence of episodes that all connect to each other, whether it is from episode to episode or if there are elements in earlier episodes that come to pass in the latter half of the season. Everything is connected and it gives off a great sense of continuity and cohesion. I also like how some episodes bleed into each other, like say how certain events that take place at the end of one episode will be picked up immediately in the next, it again makes things feel connected.

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The show feels like a crime drama but also mixes it together with a lot of the cool superhero codes and conventions and references we’ve come to expect, there is an origin story but it is handled in a brief and smart way through flashbacks that relate to the action at hand (like Arrow). What this show does well with the stories is that there is a lot of mystery, intrigue, humour and drama, it is all mixed together in a very natural and fulfilling manner. The consistency for the most part is great, from the first episode you a given a very gripping near hour of TV and that quality continues as the season advances, and that in turn makes the show very addictive. I also like the pacing of the show, this show moves fairly quick, a lot of story and character elements are set up and established, but it never feels like things are moving too fast as there is enough time delegated for all of the events in the episodes.

Episode highlights include:

  • Into the Ring (personal favourite)
  • Cut Man (personal favourite)
  • In the Blood (personal favourite)
  • World on Fire
  • Condemned (personal favourite)
  • Stick (personal favourite)
  • Shadow in the Glass
  • Speak of the Devil (personal favourite)
  • Nelson v. Murdock
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When it comes to the cast, the cast do a really good job at establishing these characters and give such wonderful performances. Firstly there’s Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, he is great, he rides the line between good and evil very well, Murdock is as a person who wants to do the best for his city and protect the people he cares for, but goes to very extreme measures to get what he wants. Cox is very charming and convincing in this role and I love what he’s done with this character. Equally or more impressive is Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, wow, what a beast! This version of Fisk is a little socially awkward and is a little more vulnerable than what we’ve seen before, that being said, when he’s angry, he’s like a bloody force of nature and the stuff he does in this series is nothing short of insanely brutal. D’Onofrio was perfect for this role, he has the right level of subtly, mystery and anger and I loved his scenes when he was delivering the pain, but also when he learnt more about his backstory.

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Elden Henson as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson is another strong character. He could have been a one-note character because of his comic relief nature, however he gets into the thick of the action, is a very charismatic and resourceful person who has an importance to the story. Together Henson and Cox have great chemistry and you really by the friendship that Foggy and Murdock have. Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page is great too, she is a valuable person in this show as she brings a lot of fun and emotion to this show, she’s surprisingly tenacious and stronger than she appears. She has some great chemistry with both Murdock and Nelson too. Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple is lovely, I appreciated that she approached her situations with a calm, yet firm and realistic manner, and Dawson acts with such care and beauty, whenever she was gone I wanted to see more of her. Toby Leonard Moore is awesome as James Wesley, he was Fisk’s right hand man and I liked how confident, suave and efficient he was. Moore was so good as being such a reserved man, but on occasions showed just how smart and dangerous he could be. Then there’s Vondie Curtis-Hall who did a great job as Ben Urich, Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsley offered a lot of interesting and tactical flair and Ayelet Zurer was very beautiful and impressive as Vanessa Marianna. And finally Scott Glenn as Stick, what a legend. The played the gruff, emotionless teacher that trained Matt in his early days and has a mysterious connection to other mysterious parties beyond America. Glenn was so slick, cool and funny in this role and his contribution to this show was one of my favourite parts.

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As for the presentation, it is gorgeous! This show looks incredible, so much attention has gone into the visual style of the show with the great cinematography, use of colour and lighting and the crisp detail of the picture quality. Oh and the action, OH MY GOD! I love fight scenes in film and TV and this is some of the best work that’s been produced in the MCU, fights are ferocious, aggressive, rough and wonderfully choreographed. Beyond the cutscenes the stunt work is incredible, all of the running, jumping and flipping for Daredevil and some of the enemies he fights is SO good, the stunt work is lovely. Also the soundtrack by John Paesano is pretty good, at times it feels like he is tapping into The Dark Knight Trilogy style of music, but for the most part this music is dramatic, energetic and badass.

So are there any problems with the show, yes, unfortunately there is. I would say that there are moments where some of the characters and story elements aren’t quite as compelling as others and certain decisions made towards the end of the series I would not have agreed with. In addition to that, as I stated before the level of consistency for the quality of this show for the most part is excellent, however, the two episodes prior to the season finale were not nearly as compelling as the episodes that had come before.

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In the end the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil is awesome, I had so much hope for this show and luckily it delivered the goods. This show is violent, action-packed, dramatic and just a lot of fun to watch especially if you are binge watching it. While it is not perfect, when it comes to TV-based superhero adaptations, it doesn’t get better than this and I cannot recommend it enough. This has given me much hope for Marvel’s other upcoming Netflix shows, and I can’t wait for season 2, I’m ready for more! Woo! :D

Rating: 9/10 (Solid, exciting and brutal fun)

So have you seen Marvel’s Daredevil and is so what do you think of it? As a fan of the source material are you impressed with it or think that more could be done? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters. :)

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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QUICK IMPRESSIONS: Marvel’s Daredevil (NO SPOILERS)

Howdy ladies and gents, today I wanted to come and do a quick impressions blog post on Marvel’s Daredevil, the new superhero TV show that hit Netflix yesterday. While I do have a review on the way, my thoughts honestly couldn’t be contained, so I just HAD to give you impressions on the show so far. The reason I say so far is because I’ve only seen 7 episodes so far. But I can easily say, without a doubt that this is easily the best comic book TV show right now and is one of the most awesome comic book adaptations that’s existed. Fact.

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So what makes this show so good? Well, how about EVERYTHING! Okay, so that’s not a proper answer, but it is hard to fault a show that’s done so much right so far. Daredevil from the trailers promised a lot, it was said to be a gritty, adult crime drama set in the roughest area in New York which would be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but would be a very different from what we’ve seen so far… And it is. This show is everything I hoped it would be and then some, it dark, violent, action-packed and full of drama and at the center of it all you have characters that you care about, that you are engaged with and you want to see what happens next.

I think the show’s biggest strength lies in its consistency, to keep giving you episodes that are engaging, fun, dramatic and add more layers to the stories, characters and overall world. From the start the kicks things off with and bang and it just keeps going, the episodes move at a swift pace, but not too quickly, there is plenty of time for character building, story and action. What it comes down to is pacing, it is good and it never feels too slow or fast, and with each episode things get more and more interesting. The first two episodes are especially impressive as it establishes the world, tone and characters and it does so in such a fantastic way, I was hooked after the first 15 or so minutes, that’s how good this show is.

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It also helps that the visual presentation is excellent with such beautiful cinematography and wonderfully choreographed fight sequences that are cool, slick but not over-the-top for the characters involved. Oh and the violence it is delightfully vivid and on display in a wonderful way, there is blood, breaking bones and other gruesome stuff I cannot get into because of spoilers but suffice to say it is some of the most aggressive stuff you’ll ever see in the MCU. And then there’s the characters who are great too. Charlie Cox does a really good job as the title character, he’s very charming, funny and understandable, but also aggressive and badass. Oh and Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin, bloody hell, I knew he’d be great, but this was much better than I had ever anticipated. D’Onofrio brings a level class, style, imposing menace to the proceedings, but he is also very different and human than what we’ve seen other adaptations, and D’Onofrio is such a beast! All I have to say is episode 4, those who have seen know what I’m talking about. Deborah Ann Woll brings a lot of fun and emotion as Karen Page, Rosario Dawson is also very good as Claire Temple, Elden Henson is also very funny and interesting as Foggy Nelson and Scott Glenn is such a badass and brutal man as Stick.

So is the show perfect? Well that remains to be seen, I haven’t really come across anything I didn’t like or hated so far. I will admit that episode 3 was not as interesting when compared to the first two episodes, but that isn’t because the episode was bad, it was still very good, it was just because some of the character and story elements weren’t as interesting for me personally. But that’s the only nitpick I have.

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In the end Marvel’s Daredevil is pretty badass so far, it has surpassed so many of expectations and proves that when you have the right team together and want to make a badass TV show, dreams do come true. The show is just so fun, aggressive, violent and dramatic and I’m addicted, I just can’t wait to see the rest. The show has really shown me just how far we’ve come in the world of comic book adaptations and really makes me excited for where TV could take other superheroes that might not make it to the big screen. Oh and this show so far has proved that Punisher needs his own TV show, MARVEL, MAKE IT HAPPEN!

So have you seen Marvel’s Daredevil and is so what do you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters. :)

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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The Versatile Blogger Award x2

Howdy people of the internet, recently I got nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, for the second time! Now It has been a while since the last time I got nominated for this award or any award (I don’t think people like me anymore haha). But now that I have been nominated I’m feeling good. :D

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So the rules for this award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award and include a link to their blog.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers for the award
  • State 10 things about yourself (it used to me 7 :P)

Firstly I have to thanks Lauren from mykindofmovie for the nomination, she was actually the one who nominated me for this award the first time. I only know her through the blogging world, but she comes across as such a kind and nice lady and her blog is always a great place for reviews. Thanks for your continued the support yo! :D

As for my nominees here we go:

  1. Sidekick Reviews
  2. Tim The Film Guy
  3. My Reel POV
  4. Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews
  5. Mikes Film Talk
  6. What About The Twinkie
  7. Writer Loves Movies
  8. Films and Things
  9. HC Movie Reviews
  10. Vinnieh
  11. Guys Film Quest
  12. Cinema Enthusiast
  13. A World of Film
  14. Cinema Train
  15. Film Grimoire

Now for 10 things about me:

  1. I’m not a fan of books, unless they are comics I can’t read them because the long forms of text hurts my eyes (no joke)
  2. Between 2012 to 2014 I had house parties for my birthday
  3. I am a fan of most forms of meat, total carnivore
  4. I love the theme song to The Crystal Maze
  5. I also used to work for someone who looked like the bald guy from The Crystal Maze
  6. I long to live abroad, preferably in Canada or Japan
  7. I never saw any of the Indiana Jones films in my childhood (at least to my knowledge, shameful I know)
  8. I don’t care for football, I mean I like to play but I don’t like to watch. I find it really dull
  9. I still don’t have a PS4 and I really want one!
  10. I have only been to 15 live shows/performances in my life, I need more.

Thank you again Lauren for the nomination and with that I guess I’ll be on my way. Thanks for reading people and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! :D

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Life

 

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LATE REVIEW: Cinderella

Howdy ladies and gents time for a review I’ve been meaning to get done for almost two weeks! I am of course talking about Cinderella. Now I’ve been intrigued about this film since Kenneth Branagh was attached as director, and since I saw the trailers my curiosity grew and grew. I wasn’t sure if this film would be for me, but after I heard the positive reviews, I knew that this film had to be seen. So I avoided reading many reviews and only got around to seeing the film today. So was it good or not? Well read on and find out.

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The story goes like this:

“A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella’s life. Ella comes one with her pure heart when she meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes and a little help from her fairy godmother of course”

I thought the story was very well done. While I wasn’t sure if I would like this film, I knew if anyone would make this film interesting it would be Kenneth Branagh, I liked his work on Thor and while Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was less than stellar, Branagh brings the right sense of wonder, magic and humour to this film and I noticed some similarities to Thor when it came to the focus on characters and themes of family and succeeding in the face of adversity. There is also a lot of heart to be found in this film, there are some fairly unsettling and tragic moments in this film, they are short, but they are apparent and in addition to that there’s moments of joy and  awe, and they are handled well. Another thing that stood out was how the director and writers handled death, it is a key element of the story and it is done with such care and attention and isn’t overplayed, it leaves an impact and that’s what mattered. What the film does the best is that it tells the same story you’ve known since childhood, and it hits all the key notes, however, it is changed just enough to be different. There are new elements added to Cinderella, the prince and the step mother’s backstories and more information the world these characters inhabit. These changes are subtle, but rather than taking away from the film, it builds upon the narrative and adds layers. And unlike Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent that really missed the mark and tried to hard to reinvent what was the norm, Cinderella embraces its origins but changes things up in smart and interesting ways.

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As for the cast, they were really good. Firstly Lily James as Ella/Cinderella was brilliant. This version of the character isn’t helpless and boring, there are layers to her. From a young age she is taught to be kind and have courage, and you can see that in her throughout the film, Ella is incredibly kind, strong-willed and has a great level of endurance to deal with all of the loss and suffering in her life. You can relate to her and want her to succeed because she is such a positive beacon of light in the darkness around her, and James plays the character really well. Richard Madden as Prince “Kit” Charming was also very good, this character could have easily been as bland as the orignal, but he was fleshed out a lot more with more insight into his life and having a greater focus on his attraction to Ella because of their first encounter. Madden brings a lot of charm, wit and weight to the character and together with James, the two of them have great chemistry and their scenes are some of the most beautiful moments in the entire film. Cate Blanchett was fine as Lady Tremaine, this character had a bit more layers, she wasn’t mean for the sake of it, she had a reason for it. Tremaine was incredibly bitter, mean and unfair and Blanchett did really well with the role, at times she was bit over-the-top, but you could tell she was having fun with the role.

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Helena Bonham Carter as The Fairy Godmother was good too, this character was playful, eccentric, but also logical to. This is standard Carter fare, she’s played quirky characters like this before, but luckily this was one of the better performances where she was genuinely fun and humourous. Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger as Drisella and Anastasia were suitably funny and had good scenes together. Nonso Anozie was really enjoyable as Captain, as Kit’s right hand man her provides moments of humour and advice for Kit. Stellan Skarsgård as The Grand Duke was cool, I wasn’t sure what to expect but his character was a little different and devious and Skarsgård was good in the role. Derek Jacobi as The King was quite nice too and had some good scenes with his son. Hayley Atwell as Cinderella’s Mother was delightful, she was kind, bright and incredibly positive, while Ben Chaplin as Cinderella’s Father was very good, he was light-hearted and lovely man.

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When it comes to the presentation it is excellent. Visually the film is beautiful, there is a great sense of awe and wonder created through the wonderful art direction, vivid colour palette and use of CGI for the magic-based sequences. The visual effects were great, so crisp and full of detail and the cinematography was really good especially in the ballroom dance and the escape from the ball sequences. I also have to add that the ballroom dance was beautiful, from the beginning til the end, it was gorgeous, the dance was wonderfully choreographed and had a whimsical charm to it. This film also feels huge in scale thanks to the scenes in the forest, sweeping landscapes, and scenes inside and out of the prince’s castle. I also really liked the costumes, not only for Cinderella’s main dress which was very pretty and detailed, but also for everyone else as it felt like a live action version of the animated version. Oh and the music from Patrick Doyle, SO good! I loved Doyle’s previous collaboration with Branagh on Thor, and here he brings an even higher level of intensity. This film score hits with impact in the action sequences and is so touching in dramatic moments with Ella alone or with her parents or when Ella and Kit were together.

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In conclusion Cinderella was a lot better than I expected and I ended up really enjoying it. This film tells the same classic and conventional story, but makes a few subtle and necessary changes for the story to feel fresh, modern and fun. The cast is wonderful, the presentation is great and everything comes together in a satisfying way. As a man at the age of 25, I take pride in saying go out and see this film, it may be aimed at children but l liked it a lot. Things are looking up for Disney’s future live action adaptations.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Cinderella and if so what do you make of it? How do you think it compares not only the 1950’s version, but the other live-action Disney films? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! :D

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Perception of Growing Up In Modern Times

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another personal blog post and the subject matter is one that’s been dwelling on my mind recently; the way young people perceive growing in modern times.

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For some the concept of growing up scares them, and for most young people these days (especially teenagers) any age beyond 21 is terrible.

So why is growing up such a big deal to people of the younger persuasion? Well I believe it has to do with the fact that when you’re young the world doesn’t move so fast, you have less stress, you’re not concerned about the harsh aspects of life and generally are free to do as you please (within reason). But once those adult digits come in you have to take on more responsibilities, you can’t be reckless, you have to become more sensible, your free time gets cut and there’s less time for fun, your bad decisions can’t be blamed on your youth and some fear with older age that you become boring, institutionalised and conform to the constant wheel of life.And while some of that is true, at the same time some of it taken way out of proportion. I blame the way society works today, it is hard to place blame on something specifically, but I feel like most people in the public eye are young, whether they are reality stars, people on Twitter and Instagram, or in the film and music industry, it feels like they are on display more than the older ones. And while no one has said it outright, it feels like different forms of media have instilled this thought process into minds of the young, that being older than your teens or early 20’s is bad.

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I see this all the time, especially while I was out in Sheffield and it pissed me off because most of these comments were coming from people younger than me and I was only 22/23 at the time.

I remember when I was in my late teens and the concept of being 30 filled people with dread, nowadays 25 is the new 30 and it is sad to know that today’s youth consider growing up to be such a bad thing, and in some ways it’s quite stupid. But mostly immature. Sure, getting to the age of 21 means you’re technically an adult and to me 25 is the age when you are a full-on adult and there is no turning back when it comes to your teenage youth, however I do believe that you don’t have to give up your immaturity completely, you can be a bit silly and fun, but you, be a little me more sensible. I recently turned 25 and I have been anticipating it for a while, when it hit last Monday it was mental but also quite relaxed, probably the most easy age transition in years despite the significance of the age number. I don’t feel old, it is only when I think back to school or get reminded of my age by someone 4-5 years younger than me that I feel older. That being said, I’ve always had an older head on my shoulders, since teenage life I have felt like I had an older head on my shoulders. I always looked to the future, considered myself a little wise in certain subjects in life and after leaving school, seeing school children just bugged me because of their loud and immature aspects.

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Yeah that was me just after I left college, and that mindset still exists til this day.

It sounds lame to say but life is what you make it and if you want a fun life beyond your teenage years then frigging sort it out. Life doesn’t end at 25, it actually continues, I mean me and millions of other people are proof of that. Growing up is fun and while some of your innocence, freedom and fun time does decrease by a bit, that shouldn’t deter you from experiencing life as an older individual.

Thanks for reading and if you have any thoughts on the matter please drop them in the comments below, and today I will leave you with this funny image which I think may be me later on in life, sort of. :D

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Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Life

 

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My Top 4 Characters For Super Smash Bros. 4!

Howdy ladies and gents, in the last Nintendo Direct, there was an announcement that the public could now submit pitches for characters to be included in the current iteration of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS. Naturally this sent the fans into a happy frenzy, and while there have been numerous suggestions, some good (Shovel Knight) and some unrealistic (Goku), I just thought I would give my top 4 suggestions for characters who should be added to the game. Now bare in mind this is just my opinion, but I do believe that these characters above all others should be considered.

So without further ado let’s do it!

Bomberman

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Even though it was very hard for me to think of any specific characters that I considered to be “essential” to this new Smash Bros. game, at the same time I had to think of someone unique, fun, familiar with Nintendo and part of an older franchise, and Bomberman came to mind almost immediately. In fact he was the first character for me to suggest online and this is what I wrote in the 500-character description box:

Even though he primarily uses bombs, it would make for an interesting ranged character. His bombs could be thrown, planted, timed or stuck on enemies. If you look at games like Bomberman Hero, 64, Generations and Jetters, the character uses different types of bombs, abilities and aid-based characters (charaboms) to help him advance.

Back in the 1990’s/early 2000’s he was a fairly popular character with a substantial fan base and I feel like if he was included in this game it would give him some more notoriety and help the franchise return to the public eye (like what happened with Mega Man).

I stick by those words 100%, the Bomberman series is one that I really liked as a child and still enjoyed playing the games today. I feel gutted for old Bomberman, he hasn’t had a new game in years and has been forgotten by time for sure. But Smash Bros is the perfect place to resurrect the character and the game series. If characters like Duck Hunt Duo can get a place in the game, then surely someone cooler like Bomberman deserves a chance.

Rayman

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This was actually my first choice before Bomberman. In a way it is a no-brainer. Rayman is a very popular character these days, he’s been around for a long time and he’s been associated with Nintendo through their games too. Then add on top of that he was a made into a fake DLC character online a little while ago and got a model from Ubisoft to turn the character into a trophy in SSB4. It seems like fans and fate what this to happen. And if you look at Rayman as a character traditionally and more recently he has moveset that is just perfect for Smash Bros., I just want it to happen so much.

Princess Daisy

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Poor Princess Daisy, since Melee, some fans had hoped that she would make an appearance as a playable character, but unfortunately she was skipped in Brawl and then in SSB4 Princess Rosalina, a character who’s been in the Mario universe a much shorter time than Daisy, found her way in. And while it understandable why Rosalina would be a playable character over Daisy, it is a bit ridiculous that Daisy has been ignored for so long. While Daisy isn’t a significant character in the main Mario games, she does have a fan base and has been in every spin-off game since Mario Tennis on N64. And while she doesn’t really have much significance besides being a playable character in spin-off games, I feel like her tomboy-ish attitude could influence a less girly and more aggressive moveset. Plus, if clone characters like Falco, Lucina, Wolf, Lucas and Dr. Mario can exist, then room can be made for her.

Isaac

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This character seems like another that is just crying to be done. I’ve seen in a lot of comment sections and numerous forums that people want Isaac from Golden Sun in SSB4 and I’d be inclined to agree. I liked him as an assist trophy in Brawl, but I believe that as a character with his abilities in the Golden Sun games, that he could be great and would make for a very versatile character. I feel like Isaac would left himself well to Robin’s play style where it would be a combination of magic and physical attacks, but make it a little more unique.

So there are my suggestions. Sure I would like to see Solid Snake come back or get to see characters like Proto Man, Zero, Viewtiful Joe and Midna make an appearance as new characters, however I know my suggestions don’t mean nothing until it is made official. But I hope that at least one of my choices makes the cut.

So what did you think of my choices? Also what characters would you like to see in the new game? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in comments below. Until next time, laters! :D

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Media, Video Games

 

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