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Doing everything and nothing in the summer time

Good day to all who may be reading this blog post, and today like it says in the title of this blog post I am literally gonna talk about how I’ve done so much and yet so little this summer so far.

So it’s already in the latter half of July and it feels like time is escaping me again. This seems to happen every summer after the year 2008 (besides parts of 2009 and 2011). Either way every time I seem to make plans to do something in the summer when the time actually comes around its like I’ll just sit down and chill for a few days and next thing you know several weeks have gone by and you’re like “Where the hell did the time go?”

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That’s what time feels like in my hands, just slips through your fingertips.

So what have I actually done this summer? Well a lot in many ways and then not so much at the same time. So let’s start with the things I have accomplished.

Well I did say I would attempt to get a job this summer and to some degree I have been true to my word. While I don’t have a proper part-time or full-time job, I have gotten work via agencies and it has been very helpful in giving me skills that I’ll be able to use to get part-time work before going back into uni. It has been a very satisfying feel being able to get money for the work I’ve done and I’ve met some cool people along the way too which has been crackin too 🙂

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That was the expression on my face when I got my money from my first job haha! XD

Outside of the job stuff I’ve gotten to go to the cinema a few times, after watching The Amazing Spider-Man and being impressed but not overly blown away I looked forward to the biggest film of the summer; The Dark Knight Rises. Luckily this film unlike Spider-Man blew me away and destroyed any expectations I had of the film and exceeded them tenfold. It was a very welcomed surprise and I loved it. However I have an issue at the moment, both Spider-Man and Batman I have yet to see a second time around. It seems like every time I’ve tried to plan something it’s continuously fallen apart for one reason or another. My mates have wanted to go and see it again, but they can’t because they either don’t have the money or it’s because the scheduling is awkward and someone won’t be able to make a certain day, so we keep pushing it back. So there I am attempting to watch it again on my own, but I always mess that up because I sleep in a lot or I just can’t be arsed to leave the house. But I seriously have to get back and see both films at least another 2 times (for Batman maybe 3 or 4 haha).

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A brilliant piece work here. It’s definitely the film of the summer… Next to The Avengers of course 😀

And lastly I have sort of gotten back into my gaming groove by playing more of Kid Icarus: Uprising and revisiting Sonic Generations on my PS3. Both games have their fun times and when I’m in my happy place I can get a good game out of these 2 games, thought I can honestly say Kid Icarus is easily the better of the 2 games. Sonic Generations works on a nostalgic level, but other than that it’s really annoying and frustrating. And while Kid Icarus can be frustrating I think that just comes with the higher difficulty levels.

Okay so let’s talk about the stuff I haven’t done 😦

Firstly I think it’s just that whole happy summer feeling; it’s not here. While I have had fun here and there, to be honest this is not the kind of summer I was expecting. When I finally left my uni accommodation and moved into our new house I thought it’d be the start of something incredible, exciting and ridiculously fun with constant adventures going on all the time, especially with all the filming projects that me and my flatmate had thought up because we came to the house. But unfortunately none of that has come to pass. Everything has been slow, uninteresting and quite depressing thanks to the rain and an awkward-feeling house. I think I haven’t quite gelled with the new house as much as everyone else has and I think that’s throwing my groove off.

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I can relate to this guy.

Secondly I have completely forgotten about a university assignment that needed to be re-submitted but the middle of August and me and my other flatmate who meant to work on one of the projects together have completely forgotten about it and because of our lazy nature I dunno if we’ll have that part sorted in time. So I’m gonna have to try really hard and hope to god that I can pull off an awesome miracle or something.

Well that’s it for another blog post ladies and gents, here’s hoping I’ll be back to blog about something else sooner rather than later and here’s also hoping it’ll be a on a slightly happier note next time! XD

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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Life

 

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The Dark Knight Rises Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review. Today’s review will be on the film that we’ve all been waiting for, the epic conclusion to the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy of films; The Dark Knight Rises.

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Now like I said in my Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012 segment on The Dark Knight Rises is there really any need for me to talk about how big this film is? Do I really need to try and convince you to see this film? Chances are you’ve already seen it or are going to watch it. Everybody knows about The Dark Knight Rises and the hype for this film leading up to its release has been ridiculously high. So the real question is; after all this time has Christopher Nolan delivered a satisfying conclusion to his Batman trilogy? Well I can say without a doubt that the answer to that question is a big fat YES! The Dark Knight Rises is FRIGGING AWESOME! FACT.

Plot

So what’s the story in TDKR? Well the film takes place 8 years after the events of TDK and it seems like Gotham City has been in a state of peace for a while thanks to the Dent Act, that is until a new theat appears on the scene in the shape of Bane. Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of TDK, in which he took the rap for Dent’s crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane’s plans to destroy the city.

The plot of TDKR is deep, dark, elaborate and has many layers to it. I found the story in this film to be very deep and involving from start to finish. I loved how the film handled the events from The Dark Knight and still made them relevant in this film, and it was also impressive how the film sets up all of these new characters along with some of the more established people from the previous two films and make them all come together and have a purpose. The plot as a whole I prefered to the TDK, while the TDK did have a lot to like in terms of corruption, chaos and moral and ethical decisions that had to be made I think I liked TDKR more because it was on a larger scale, with greater stakes and we had a villain that was ready to sink Gotham city into the ground. Everything about TDKR just screams better to me. Granted that the plot does take a little while to get going in the first act because of the new characters and plot points to establish, but once the film gets into the swing of things it is awesome.

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Characters

Now let’s take about the characters of TDKR and while there are many, I feel like I will only talk about the 3 main characters; Batman, Bane and Catwoman and then mention any other relevant people afterwards. But just to let you know now the standout performances come from Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway as their performances really did resonate with me and stayed with me after the film ended.

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman was actually really good in this film and I think it is his finest performance in The Dark Knight Trilogy. Before this film I thought he had made a decent Bruce Wayne, but I was never overly fussed, nor had I ever been attached to his character, but his performance really won me over in TDKR due to the circumstances that take place in the film, the journey Bruce/Batman has to go on and what that does to him physically and mentally. While in the previous two films we’ve seen Bruce go through a lot, I don’t think any amount of training could prepare him for what happens in TDKR. I mean he’s been out of the game as Batman for 8 years and has become a recluse, but when Bane is on scene he has to become Batman once again to save Gotham. And I found it really interesting the way Bruce had to get back into swing of things as Batman, how he had to get into the right mindset and physical groove for his encounters with Bane. Bale brought his A-game in this film and for the first time in this trilogy I really liked his version of both Bruce and Batman. There are some really deep and emotional moments with this character and you go through it all with him over the course of the film as he falls from grace and has to build himself back up again.

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Let’s talk about Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. I am just going to say it right now, Anne Hathaway kicked ass as Catwoman. The interesting think about her character was her history and her motives for doing what she does, sure she is a thief living on the wrong side of the law but she has a reason for doing it and I love how Catwoman was relevant to the main plot too. Ms. Hathaway brings the smart, cunning and sexy nature of Catwoman from the comics to the big screen, it is easy to get attached to her to her character because Hathaway portrays her in such a great way and another thing Hathaway got right was the fighting elements too. She kicks so much ass in this film and I was really impressed by Hathaway, I think this is her best role in any film ever. And yes she looks sexy as hell in that cat suit yo! 😀 Now let’s move onto Tom Hardy as Bane. Simply put, he killed it as Bane. Bane was a very captivating character and a great villain to watch in this film. He is an intelligent, calculated and menacing terrorist leader who just from looking at his face you know is just badass. Tom Hardy brings a great deal of tenacity, intensity and realism to his role and he creates this presence on-screen so when you see him you know that something’s gonna go down. Whether it’s the intense look in his eyes that’ll make you quake in fear or the way in which he delivers dialogue that’ll shit your pants, Bane is just a beast of a guy. What I love about Bane is that he is a villain with a mission, who has loads of followers willing to do his bidding, but he also isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and get in on the action himself.

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Outside of Batman, Bane and Catwoman there are few other notable characters that made this film work, like Alfred. Michael Caine in The Dark Knight Trilogy has always been one of the key aspects of what makes Nolan’s films work, and while he doesn’t have as much screen time as I would have liked when he is on-screen it matters. He is still the reliable butler supporting Bruce throughout all of his endeavours, but in this film when Bruce is clearly up against a force far beyond his physical and mental capabilities he voice concern for Bruce’s safety and when he delivers his lines in this film it is so heartfelt and emotional that you can’t help but well up and maybe shed a tear for the old man. Caine is still incredible as Alfred and his character in this film has never spoken truer words. Another notable character whose relevance in this trilogy of films is massive is Gary Oldman as Commissioner James Gordon. It was great to see his character dealing with the events of TDK and feeling guilty for covering up the death of Harvey Dent, but what is also more interesting is when the city falls into chaos and how he deals with it as he spring into action. I was glad to see the return of Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, I was interested to see where his character would go after TDK and I was glad to see how his character had changed since the last film and how he was relevant in this film too. And lastly Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake was fantastic, Blake was an intelligent and self-aware police officer who plays a big part in the film and he had some great scenes with Cruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon, he was agreat addition to an already stellar cast and I believe Joseph Gordon-Levitt was almost as great as he was in Inception with the way he handled his character in this film.

There is a great deal of interesting interaction between different characters too whether it be the character dynamic will work between Batman and Catwoman or the confrontation between Batman and Bane or the more intimate moments between Bruce and Alfred or the scenes with Commissioner Gordon and John Blake. Most of the cast members all interact with each other at one point or another and it is just lovely to see how they bounce off of each other. The key thing that has my interest in the fight between Batman and Bane, finally we’re going to get a big one-on-one fight with Batman and another enemy which is totally necessary in my opinion.

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Presentation

Visually the film is great, everything looks stunning and while the small special effects used on stuff like The Bat look good, the main reason TDKR succeeds its down to the cinematography. The way the film is shot is simply amazing, so many times I was just taking in all of the beautiful shots of the city and those wonderfully shot scenes and sequences in the winter. Never before has a film with so little CGI and special effects ever impressed me so much. I just love how real everything is and how much practical effects they used on the film, the visual side of TDKR is truly a sight to behold. Also outside of the intimate scenes with the main characters there are some absurdly cool scenes of destruction and chaos going down. Football fields crumble, buildings are demolished, explosions happen in many locations and mass panic ensues. TDKR also gives us the best fight scenes in the entire trilogy, whether it be Catwoman throwing down against her adversaries or the incredible fight scenes between Batman and Bane. Now most Batman films seem to be lacking in the fighting department because Batman’s never been a proper fight before, but in this film the fight scenes are not only good, they are hella good! They are well-filmed, well-choreography and they’re shot in some really interesting and beautiful ways and the music that comes with these scenes only amplifies the awesomeness by 100%!

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The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is great. The previous soundtracks done by Zimmer and James Newton Howard in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight have been damn good, but this soundtrack is my favourite so far. This soundtrack captivated me deeply (much like when I saw Inception). Zimmer’s work is simply incredible, it is a combination of the two previous Batman films with some new themes brought into the mix for this third film. It was soft and touching in the emotional scenes or it can be loud and insane in the tense action scenes. I think my favourite track was “Gotham’s Reckoning“, it builds from the beginning to end and just becomes this ferocious and chaotic beast of a song.

Obviously there is another big question that needs to answered; is The Dark Knight Rises better than The Avengers? For me that is a tough call, I fell in love with The Avengers and watched it 4 times in the cinema, while I’ve only seen TDKR once, but I feel that I would still put The Avengers ahead of TDKR because it was everything I wanted and more. The Avengers for me was the definitive version of what a comic book film should be while TDKR gives a realistic form of a comic book film.

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Conclusion

So in conclusion The Dark Knight Rises wasn’t just great, it was amazing. To be honest I was just expecting a film that was just going to be good but not as good as The Dark Knight, but luckily the film exceeded any expectations I had of it. It was big, loud and proud. This was my favourite of the Christopher Nolan films because it gave me everything I had wanted from a Batman film; a dramatic story with amazing dialogue, deep and interesting characters, brilliant, brutal and well-choreographed fight scenes, incredible cinematography and a fantastic soundtrack. While the film does a few nitpicky issues and many may argue that TDK is still the best Batman film around, I however beg to differ. This is my favourite Batman film, I was hooked from beginning to end and I was thoroughly satisfied with the end result. I REALLY WANT TO BAG TO SEE IT RIGHT NOW! I feel gutted for the person who has to reboot the Batman film franchise, he’s got a tought act to follow.

Rating: 8.5/10

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Comic-Con News Round-Up Part 2

Okay so here’s the second half of all the stuff I’ve read up on and feel is relevant from all the happenings at Comic-Con 2012.

Man of Steel

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Besides all the crazy stuff going down at Marvel this was something I was curious to know more about. The new Superman film entitled Man of Steel has me intrigued. To be honest I would really like to watch a good Superman film, besides the first Superman film with Christopher Reeve in the 1970s and even that doesn’t really hold up well in the current world of superhero films in my opinion (besides having a badass theme song by John Williams!). There hasn’t been a proper good, modern Superman film to compete with the likes of Spider-Man and Batman and while I don’t like Superman nearly as much as the two previous superheroes  just mentioned, I do have a nostalgic place in my heart for Superman from watching the 90s animated TV series and Justice League too. So when I heard Zack Snyder was gonna direct the film I was hella worried, while he has the action side of things down, not many of his films have much beyond that, but since Christopher Nolan is supervising the project too it gave me some hope.

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So at Comic-Con there was much to be said about Man of Steel and from what I’ve read on multiple websites the overall response to the new film is very positive and shows good promise for the future… And it’s all thanks to the trailer that was shown at Comic-Con. The trailer happens to have a much more grounded and realistic tone to it and it also features a lot of connections to the comics too. The fan response has been amazingly positive with many saying that any doubts about the film have been discarded altogether. As far as I know the trailer won’t be released to the public until The Dark Knight Rises comes out, but since that’s not that far away now I really can’t wait to see it myself. Other than the trailer that was shown, the new Superman costume was on display giving us a much better look at the finer details of costume and there’s also been the confirmation that Hans Zimmer’s score of Man of Steel will not feature the classic Superman theme song as they want to create a soundtrack of their own as if the original one didn’t exist. Overall I am really interested in seeing how this new Superman film turns out, I just Zack Snyder’s crazy influence doesn’t mess up the good source material.

Godzilla Reboot

Now this was something I was not expecting to hear about at all. I was just cruising through IGN checking through a lot of the Comic-Con news and then out of nowhere I was stuff about the Godzilla reboot and I mentally blew up! This is something that I have been paying attention to for quite some time and the fact that there was even just a poster shown meant that this film was definitely going into production sooner rather than later with Monsters director Gareth Edwards at the helm. Apparently there was some sort of test footage shown which was apparently a short CGI video made by Industrial Light & Magic and apparently it was well-received by most who saw it and it set the tone for this new film. I for one am interested to see where this new Godzilla film goes, I mean it can’t be any worse than the that American version from the 90s right? Haha.

Deadpool Game

Okay when I heard this game was announced on Superherohype I was automatically happy and excited for the prospect of a comic book character like Deadpool getting his own video game. For me Deadpool is one of the most underappreciated comic book characters and to be honest he deserves as much as publicity as Spider-Man, Batman and Superman because he is that awesome. So I thought we were just gonna get the announcement and nothing more and then I went back to Superherohype the day after and saw this trailer was out:

 

Now I don’t know about you guys but thing this is one of the coolest trailers I have seen for a video game in a while. It hits all of the right notes when it comes to Deadpool’s personality and character traits, its violent, action-packed, has sexual references and feels like the comic come to life. This game just looks like a right good time and I love how it’s being developed by High Moon Studios the developers behind Transformers: War for Cybertron and the upcoming sequel Fall of Cybertron. I think it also helps hat Deadpool has gained popularity in the last 3 years thanks to the Wolverine film and his increased appearances in video games from the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games to Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 too. This new Deadpool game is slated to come out in 2013 and I for one can’t wait to see how it turns out yo! Rock on Deadpool!

Well that’s it ladies and gentlemen, there was many other things going on at Comic-Con that I really didn’t have much time to write about but some of those films and TV shows were: The Hobbit, Pacific Rim, Community and Fringe. But obviously there is the big vast internet to use to catch up in all the big happenings at Comic-Con. I’m still trying to catch up on all the live panels I missed lol. Alrighty well at the next time people, laterdays!! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Films, Media, Reviews, Video Games

 

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My Comic-Con News Round-Up Part 1

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post. Now recently there’s been a lot of crazy happenings at the San Diego Comic-Con over the last few days and with all of the crazy and beautiful things I have read about I just had to blog about it. Oh and for those who either live under a rock and have knowledge of what Comic-Con is here’s a small summary, it’s basically a massive convention that takes place at the San Diego Convention Center every July every year and it showcases all things related to comic books, films, television, video games and so much more. It’s really a nerd’s paradise and its a place I’ve always wanted to go to for SO LONG! So today I am going to do a special blog post on all of my favourite happenings at Comic-Con 2012 starting with Marvel movie news and all the happenings surrounding their Phase 2 set of films. So here we go:

Iron Man 3

Now while I knew there was going to be many other big things going down at this big convention this year to be honest before Comic-Con even started the only reason I was paying attention to it this year was because of Iron Man 3. I’ve been following this sequel very closely since Shane Black was attached to the project and when Sir Ben Kingsley was announced as the yet-to-be-announced villain at the time. But time has moved on, we have gotten more casting information, concept art, production stills and many rumours and now here we are in the week of Comic-Con where we all get solid forms of information about the film, it’s characters a new logo (see above) and a solid look at the new armour Tony Stark will be rocking in the next film.

So from what I’ve understood reading up on IGN, Superherohype and EmpireOnline it seems like people who attended the Iron Man 3 panel were treated to some footage of the film. It was only around 5 minutes in length but it did get played for the audience twice and while I didn’t read the details because I want to avoid spoilers from what I gathered the fan response form the footage shown seems to be positive and seems to highlight the different direction Shane Black will be taking the Iron Man films into. One other thing that I was thankful for was the confirmation that Sir Ben Kingsley IS actually confirmed to be playing the classic Iron Man villain known as the Mandarin, when I saw those words on IGN the other day I felt so satisfied that they’d finally stopped messing around and decided to put him in third film already. It all sounds pretty exciting and I can’t wait, however there is one BIG thing I have saved for last that just NEEDS to be highlighted… The new Iron Man suit:

Now I don’t know about you guys but this suit wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I mean the overall design of the suit isn’t bad, I think it’s just more to do with the choice of colour. I’ve always liked the classic red and gold look of the Iron Man suits, it’s just a look and style that works and really should be tampered with. But now it seems like they’ve reversed the colour scheme and now Iron Man has more gold than red and it is a bit off-putting and the funny thing about the gold colour is that it’s more a beige kind of colour and it just doesn’t fit very well. Now obviously this only a showcasing at Comic-Con and maybe the suit will look better in the film when it’s moving in action or maybe this is just one of the suit designs between the Mark VII and Mark IX, but only time will tell.

Thor: The Dark World

So here we have our new logo for Thor 2 now renamed as Thor: The Dark World. I think it was a smart move to give the Thor sequel a subtitle because I don’t think that Thor 2 would sound right especially when announced in a trailer format. Plus I don’t think that ‘Thor 2’ would sit very well with the whole god-like persona and mythology that comes with Tho rand the rest of the nine realms. Other than the new name changed there hasn’t been much developments or news for the next installment in the Thor films series besides a few bits and bobs prior to Comic-Con. The only major thing that’s happened recently is the fact that Mads Mikkelsen was offered a role as an unnamed villain in the film a little while ago, however it’s been confirmed recently that he cannot be in the film because of his prior commitment to his role in the NBC Hannibal TV series. But yeah other than that nothing else to mention really I really want to hear some juicy news about the next Thor film because next to Iron Man 3 its my most anticipated Marvel film yo.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

So along with Thor, Captain America’s sequel also got a new title and logo showcased at Comic-Con in the last two days. The new Captain America film will be entitled; Captain America: The Winter Soldier and for me this is where this film sequel gets interesting. As soon as I read the title for the Captain America sequel I grinned purely because I think I know the direction they will be going in. It’s in the subtitle. Winter Solider. Now for those in not in the know the Winter Soldier here’s a summary: Winter Soldier is actually the alias of Bucky. When Bucky survives the plane explosion a Russian patrol submarine finds him in the ocean missing one arm, he’s then taken to Moscow where he’s revived but suffers amnesia because of the explosion. He then get’s a bionic arm and is trained to be an assassin under the code name the Winter Soldier. To be honest I was hoping that Marvel would go down this route of the Captain America story as it seemed the most feasible and most-likely one to work in the modern-day setting, plus it could add a lot of drama and emotional weight the this sequel too if down correctly.

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Okay now this was the film I really didn’t expect to see at Comic-Con this year, an actual confirmation that Guardians of the Galaxy was not only getting it’s film debut sooner than expected, but it was also going to be part of the Phase 2 Marvel films. Sure it had been mentioned before at Marvel Studios and it had been rumoured to have a 2014 release, but the fact that it’s actually real and that it’s actually happening is just astounding and very exciting! I mean considering how far-out-there this material is compared to the previous films that Marvel Studios have done, it really shows that Marvel are pushed the boat out with their source material and are going above and beyond to deliver new experiences for fans and newcomers alike. So if the cool logo design (see above) doesn’t spark your interest take a look at the concept art below:

This concept art alone made my interest in the Phase 2 Marvel films rise up a hell of a lot more. The fact that there was actual concept art for this film mean t that Marvel weren’t messing around and that they were series about bringing these larger-than-life characters to the big screen. I only found out who these characters were when a version of this group showed up in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, I was a little taken back by how out-there they were, more specifically the fact that they had a moving tree and talking racoon as part of their team. I literally said to myself “Thank god this is a cartoon, this sort of stuff would never fly in a live-action film.” And now we are here, at the starting point of a live-action adaptation of what could be one of Marvel’s most difficult properties to try and sell on the big screen. To me the Guardians of the Galaxy are sort of like what Green Lantern is to DC; a larger than life story, with characters and settings far beyond that of human comprehension that could only work in the world of fiction. Now the reason that the live-action Green Lantern film didn’t work last year was because it was a cluttered mess, that was CG heavy, featured too many weird places and people, but most importantly there was no sense of realism and grounded storytelling. Now because of this property Marvel could actually fall into that same trap and fail like DC did. However since DC did it first I think there may be a chance for Marvel to learn from that mistake and make a much better film so long as they have the right vision and director to house the film. 2014 is still a long way away but if Marvel play their cards right, Guardians of the Galaxy could well be Marvel’s most interesting film yet and tie-in to the appearance of Thanos in The Avengers 2 perfectly.

Ant-Man

The announcement of this film was also unexpected too, while there have been talks about this film’s existence for years and the fact that Edgar Wright and Stan Lee have had meetings about making the character in live-action and also more news this year bout the Ant-Man film still being in development, the fact remained that there hadn’t been any solid news on the Ant-Man film for quite some time, until now! Along with Guardians of the Galaxy and the Iron Man, Thor and Captain America sequels we also got a new logo for the long-awaited Ant-Man film which definitely means that Marvel are moving ahead with this film. I was also very happy to learn that this film would be part of the Phase 2 set of Marvel films which obviously meant that this was going to be a film under Marvel Studios rather than a company like Fox or Sony which was something I initially feared. Since Ant-Man is one of the founding members of The Avengers in the comics, but had yet to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe line-up, one could assume that he was going to have to show up at some point and since he’s now set to show up somewhere in the Phase 2 set of films I’m well happy about the development on this film finally going forward. Another big thing to note is the fact that Edgar Wright made an appearance at Comic-Con to showcase some test footage he had made for the new Ant-Man film and even though it was unfinished, from what I’ve read the response to the test footage has been good and sounds promising. While not as complex and strange as Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel will have their work cut out fo themselves to try and make a superhero like Ant-Man seem cool, I never really cared for him until I started watching the current Avengers cartoon and saw that they was an interesting story to tell and while his powers are pretty interesting, one could argue it’s still not as cool as an iron suit or being a god or being a big green angry monster. Hopefully the right cast and crew are put together for Ant-Man and I hope that Edgar Wright will blow us out of the water with this comic book movie.

Okay people well that’s my fill of Comic-Con stuff for now, come back later in Part 2 when I’ll upload my thoughts on other stuff related to Comic-Con in the shape of more films, video games and possibly TV stuff too. Until the next time, laters people! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My blogging dilemma

Howdy people of the interweb and welcome to another blog post and today written chapter will be about my lack of blogging recently. Now in recent times things have been pretty damn hectic for me especially in the last 2 weeks. Firstly I had to leave out from my flat which was my uni accommodation for the first year, then I had to pack all my stuff up and move into a new house that I am now currently sharing with 4 other people and I have also had to live in this house with no internet whatsoever rending my connecting to blogging and internet-based activities dead completely.

While I still have my phone which is internet enabled, there is only so much I can do and look at on there due to its limitations and I can’t help but feel the need to have internet available for my laptop and video games consoles. I feel so powerless without the internet, as sad as it sounds the internet is my window into the world, it is my lifeblood that keeps me going when days are slow and you can’t be arsed to leave the house. The internet is power! So right now at my house I having to sort that situation out. As soon as I have a proper flow of internet my blogging will be back in full flow yo! Right now I am currently in a uni library using their internet to get all my daily internet needs, hey at least uni is good for something 😀 At least I don’t have to repeat years 2007, 08 and 09 where I had to constantly keep going to internet caffès to sort out my internet needs! Anyways, dunno when I’ll have another blog post up but hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later. Until the next time people, peace out 🙂

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Life

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man Review

So here we are in July and this Marvel movie has finally come out, in this summer of cool, crazy and interesting films I feel I have to give my opinion one of the most important films of the year (for me at least), The Amazing Spider-Man. Also bare in mind that I was meant to have this review out on the 4th of July the day after the film came out but I ran into complications recording my YouTube review and then I moved into my new house which currently doesn’t have internet, so that’s why it has taken me this long to get it online, sorry! XD

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Now I have made it no secret that I have been waiting for this film for ages, with my interest in the film building from the time the set videos were posted up online during early production of the film to the latest film trailers that have been showcasing more interesting and original elements about the film. Just after The Avengers had come out and blew me out of the water I had sort of forgotten about The Amazing Spider-Man until all the trailers and TV spots started showing up out of nowhere and nearly blew up the internet! Okay maybe it wasn’t that bad but the fact of the matter was that the marketing and advertising for this film was pretty quiet up until May/June time where nearly everything about the film became public knowledge to those willing to look at it.

So was it good? Well unlike my normal reviews where I write a proper descriptive review I have decided to show you my YouTube review which perfectly illustrates the way I feel about this film because I found it easier to put into a video format than that of a written one. And I have also put a written conclusion at the bottom for those who want a more concise summary of my thoughts on the film. Hopefully you enjoy the review yo:

 

In conclusion I would say that The Amazing Spider-Man is a successful reboot of the Spider-Man film series. It takes the source material that we know from the comics and previous Spider-Man film and reworks and updates it for a new audience. With a cool story, great performances from Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and cracking practical and special effects, this film is a nice little film to show up in between the hype of The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. Some will call this film the best Spider-Man ever either because of its close links to the source material or if they purely didn’t like the Sam Raimi films ad are looking for something a little more realistic. For me this film was interesting and even pretty damn cool in some areas, but the fact remains that it just didn’t leave me with that sense or awe and magic that comes with most superhero films. So the film isn’t perfect and it definitely has its flaws, it didn’t blow me away and in no way will it replace my love for The Avengers, but I will recommend it for casual audiences and comic book fans alike. The Amazing Spider-Man is a lot of fun and I will be watching it again. 😀

Rating: 7.5

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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