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The Bourne Legacy Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review and today’s review will be of the fourth instalment in of the Bourne film series; The Bourne Legacy.

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Now before this film came out, I had massive reservations about it. I loved the first three Bourne films, though The Bourne Legacy was going to be the first Bourne film without Jason Bourne in it and that bugged me. But what bugged me even more was the fact that there was even another film in the series after the trilogy ended. But slowly the trailers started to gain my interest, so I went to see the film the other day and The Bourne Legacy wasn’t half bad at all, though nowhere near as good as the previous Bourne films, fact.

When it comes to story it goes a little something like this:

“When a plan is put into motion by a top-secret government program to wipe out all the genetically modified killers it created, one such operative must flee in order to save his life.”

The story overall really wasn’t all that strong, complex or as interesting as the previous films. What was so good about the previous Bourne films was the balance between great storytelling and action. With the previous Bourne films there was a great story to be told with the mystery of Jason Bourne’s character, he wanted answers and as the audience you wanted to see him get those answers. There was a lot drama, emotion, conspiracy, lies and deceit and loads of well-choreographed and smart action. In The Bourne Legacy you never feel properly invested in the story, at first it really drags and plods along and inserts segments from the previous films just to remind you that you’re watching a Bourne film. And while its nice that they tried tie this film with the others, I kind of found it distracting and I just wanted this film to tell its own story. Eventually the film actually picks up and starts to get interesting when Aaron Cross and Dr. Marta Shearing start to dominate the screen. The film is at it’s best when these two characters are involved, other than that everything is sort of average, nothing special.

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The cast of this film is actually pretty good, but their characters are pretty lame and forgettable bar Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz. Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross was pretty good, at first I was trying to see why I should like his character but once he get got interacting with other characters I saw why. He was likeable, funny and tough. He went through the film trying to get answers and beating guys up in stylish ways (basically doing what Matt Damon did before). Renner handled his combat scenes well, though I expected nothing less from Hawkeye from The Avengers! Though when you compare his story and situation to Jason Bourne, he doesn’t come close to the complex and dramatic tales that Matt Damon endured in the previous three films. Rachel Weisz as Dr. Marta Shearing was pretty good as well, seeing her character try to adjust to all of the crazy scenarios happening and have to put her trust in Aaron was interesting. Her and Renner had some great screen time together and while Weisz’s American accent was okay, throughout the film her British accent was breaking though and to be honest I would have prefered her natural accent. Everyone else in the film was good, but they weren’t really all that interesting. Every new face that entered the film just weren’t that interested. Most of them made the plot feel cluttered and unlike the other Bourne films where every character felt relevant or linked to the main story, in Legacy everyone who wasn’t Aaron or Marta just felt dull.

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When it comes to the presentation of the film it is pretty good. The action scenes and sequences are interesting, inventive and nicely choreographed, though none of them ever reach that fever-pitch that the previous Bourne films do, plus a lot of good fight scenes or chase sequences were in the trailers so when you watch the film there isn’t much left to surprise you. The soundtrack by James Newton Howard isn’t as good or as memorable as the previous soundtracks done by John Powell, while Howard borrows a few musical cues from the other films, his music here never quite has that dramatic or emotional sound.

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In conclusion The Bourne Legacy is a good film, but in my opinion it is nowhere near as intriguing, dramatic or cool as the original Bourne trilogy. I hate to keep comparing, but its hard when the other Bourne films were so good and then you come to this film hoping for more of the same only to be disappointed. That isn’t to say that this film isn’t without its merits; Jeremy Renner is a great leading man, the action and level of conspiracy is nice and this story, once it finds its feet is pretty interesting. Go out and watch The Bourne Legacy, it’s a nice summer film, just don’t expect anything as great as the Jason Bourne adventures.

Rating: 7

Well that’s been my review ladies and gentlemen, hopefully you enjoyed and drop me a comment, let me know what you thought of the film. Until next time, laters! 😀

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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Expendables 2 Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review and today’s review will be of the action sequel to The Expendables, The Expendables 2!

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So it is the latter half of the summer with only a few weeks separating us from September and the eventual return to academic life for us students, but before that comes around it looks like the summer film season will keep us entertained at the cinema for quite some time. And so enter The Expendables 2 and I’m just gonna let you guys know right now… This film was great, just a load of fun from start to finish. Not perfect by any means, but still better than some of the other films I’ve seen in the cinema.

Back in 2010 we had The Expendables, a crazy action film full of explosions, hand-to-hand combat scenes and loads of firefights. It was film that summoned several of the big action stars of the 80s into one place with a few new faces to fight alongside them. The cast including Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Gary Daniels, Randy Couture, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Steve Austin and two cameo appearances from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. While it received a mixed reception it was commercially successful and I think most people who weren’t hardcore critics enjoyed the film. So then fast forward to 2012 with the action sequel which has more stars, action and explosions and to be honest it is so much better for it.

Story

The story of this film is as follows:

“The film follows The Expendables, a mercenary group, as they seek revenge against Jean Vilain, a rival mercenary who murders one of their own, and threatens the world with a deadly weapon.”

While there was a plot in the film, like the first film it is overly important, though it is a bit better than the first film in the sense that it doesn’t drag as much and feels a little more relevent to the characters involved. Though the plot’s only there to give the characters a reason to run and gun and blow things up. It does annoy me a little bit that action films these days can’t have a good or smart plot, but for this kind of film I’ll let it slide because it’s just fun to watch. Within the plot there are references aplenty, the script for this film is funny. Humour seems to be the aim of the game for this film and it works. Heck, if it can work for The Avengers then why no The Expendables 2? There are some lines that each of the action stars are given which are hilarious throwbacks to their previous films, whether they were visual or audio references, they worked very nicely.

Characters

This film boasts an impressive cast that in a lot of ways is even more impressive than the last film. While you have Stallone, Statham, Lundgren, Li, Couture and Crews returning, you also get Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger coming back in much more substantial roles. And then add into the mix Liam Hemsworth, Yu Nan, Scott Adkins and finally the awesomeness that is Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris and you have film full of badasses!

So much badassness in one area!

Seeing all of these cool people in one film was just grand. Stallone I still applaud him for continuing to do these action films and showing us even though he’s old, he’s still kicking! Jet Li’s fight scenes in this film were a hell of a lot better than the last film, so tight and so brutal! Terry Crews who I am a massive fan of was great in this film, delivering funny lines, battle cries and just being a badass in general. Statham had some great fight scenes too and newcomer Yu Nan had some awesome scenes herself. I also loved Van Damme in this film, he was so cool, so calm and awesome as the villain. Then there’s the awesomeness that’s Chuck Norris, I wasn’t sure what to expect but he was just utterly cool, pure and simple, I loved every second he was on-screen. And then there’s Arnie the frigging Terminator!!! Just seeing him in any scene I was hyped, while he’s a little stiff (granted because he’s old), he delivers some funny lines and when you see him walking and shooting stuff I swear it was like watching him as the T-800 all over again, I loved it!

With a film that has such a huge ensemble cast, there were moments where it felt like some characters didn’t get as much screen time as others and while it’s not as bad as X-Men 3, some characters do get lost in the background.

Presentation

When it comes to action The Expendables 2 was just full of insane amounts action! It was pure and utter chaos and I loved it. The fight scenes were well-choreographed, the fire fights were so insane to the point where it looked like a crazy online game of Call of Duty and all of the explosions were great. I can’t explain why the all of these crazy scenes and action sequences were so good, but when they happened I just got a great level of satisfaction from watching all of the carnage. So much brutality, death and destruction and yet it was so good to watch, maybe it was due to all that testosterone and epic manliness. Also the soundtrack by Brian Tyler is decent too as it fuels all of the badass action on-screen and borrows the main theme from the last film and while it’s not overly memorable it still sounds good.

In conclusion The Expendables 2 is one hell of a film. It’s unashamedly loud, proud, cheesy and doesn’t take itself seriously and it all works. Seeing all of these action stars running around and fighting each other, shooting things and blowing stuff up was just so much fun. I was enjoying myself throughout. While the film wasn’t as amazing as I thought it should have been and certain stars didn’t get as much screen time as they should have done. The Expendables 2 is still hella fun and I recommend to all people just wanting some summer fun at the cinema.

Also with talks of a third film in the works, it seems like these kinds of films are here to stay! Just add Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vin Diesel, Steven Seagal, Mel Gibson and Wesley Snipes (if he can get out of jail) and that’ll work for me.

Rating: 7.5

Well that’s been my review ladies and gentlemen, hopefully you enjoyed it. Be sure to drop me a comment and let me know what you thought of the film. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Brave Review

Good day to ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review and this review will be on the latest animated film from Pixar, Brave.

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Now as I said in some of my previous blog posts Brave is a film I have been interested in watching for quite some time, I think it was purely because it was very different-looking Pixar film when compared to their other films like the Toy Story films, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles or Up. Also with a lack of prior knowledge about this film it got me excited and curious to what the end result would be. So is Brave good? Heck yes, however it is not the next great Pixar I was hoping for.

As for the story of Brave it goes a little something like this:

“In the film, set in the Highlands of 10th-century Scotland, a skilled archer named Merida defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in her kingdom. After consulting a witch for help, her family becomes cursed and Merida is forced to undo the spell herself before it is too late.”

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As Pixar’s first fairy tale it was pretty good. However I feel like Brave had a great concept that just wasn’t fully executed properly and what I mean by that is in the trailers we see that Merida is strong individual who just wants to live her life her own way and when she breaks tradition eventually she’ll have to do something that will test her as hero and undo the mistakes she makes. And the set-up for that in the film is great, everything in the first half of the film is incredibly well-done with genuine drama, emotion and humour. It ticks all of the right boxes and looks set to be another Pixar classic, however when you find out what happens in the second half of the film and the plot continues from there, the film’s awesome factor just drops significantly. It’s like the filmmakers had this great idea and if they followed through in a more adult fashion could it would have been brilliant, however the way the plot developed after the set-up just didn’t do it for me. Though Brave’s story still gets its main themes across in a great way talking about courage, communication, doing what’s right and the bond between a mother and daughter.

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When it comes to characters everyone is wonderful, so let’s start with the main heroin, Merida voiced by actress Kelly Macdonald. She was awesome, Merida is a character that all young people can relate to, she’s adventurous, a free spirit and has a likeable personality, however she’s trapped by royal laws and tradition. So you can’t help but love her when defies tradition and stands up to her herself in front of her mother, she’s such a badass. Macdonald brings her A-game to this role and she was wonderful and I am so glad they got an actual Scottish lady to voice Merida too. Also Emma Thompson as Queen Elinor was utterly wonderful, though she did come across as a very cruel mother because of the rules and regulations that she kept in place for her daughter, you could see that she was a concerned mother who only wanted the best for Merida and Thomas done a great job and her accent was good too. And Billy Connolly as King Fergus was really awesome, he was the more relaxed parent of the two who let Merida live how she pleases and he had some very funny scenes in the film too from the way he is around his family to the way he acts around the other clan members. All the rest of the other cast members were great too.

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Now one best things about Brave is the visual presentation, it is simply flawless. Everything looks so beautiful, so detailed, so full of life and vivid in colour. Having the film set in a place like Scotland was a great choice, it allowed for some really detailed and realistic art and animation. The level of realism that Pixar achieve in this film is ridiculous to the point where it looks almost completely real especially with scenes in the forest. Also the art style is pretty darn impressive too. It is quite different from Pixar’s previous work, it seems like artist’s have found a way to blend realistic human features with the more cartoon-styled characters they are known for. I love the design of the characters they are still very animated and quirky, but are more grounded and realistic which I believe works well.

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Another great thing about Brave was the soundtrack done by Patrick Doyle. I think he is becoming one of my new favourite film composers because his work of recent has been very good. Doyle compliments the beautiful visuals with an authentic-sounding soundtrack with beautiful instruments and with the contributions from Julie Fowlis, Mumford & Sons and Birdy, it makes a great soundtrack.

In conclusion Brave is a very different kind of Pixar film, with the use of a fairy tale-styled story and a real world location in the form of Scotland, Pixar have gone further than before and delivered a very beautiful-looking film, with a lovely soundtrack too. However the film as a whole just isn’t as strong as some of Pixar’s previous work, it had a great premise and the set-up was good, but the story overall just didn’t have the pay-off I had personally hoped for. That doesn’t mean this film is bad by any means, by all means go out and watch Brave, it’s a great film for the children.

Rating: 7

Well that’s my review of Brave, hopefully you enjoyed reading and drop me a comment and let me know what you thought of the film. Until next time ladies and gentlemen, peace out. 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Ted Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review and today I will be reviewing the comedy film, Ted.

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When I first saw the trailer for this film I was like “Wow, this looks awesome!” The thing is that the first part of the trailer just looked a little lame and generic and then when Ted actually starts doing all these crazy things with Mark Wahlberg and you hear the things he says and you immediately think of Peter Griffin from Family Guy. I was thinking that all that must be a good combination for a good comedy film, so I saw it the yesterday and you know what? It was good, though not as funny as I thought it would be.

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So when it comes to the story, most of it is explained in the trailer, but for those unaware he is a summary: John Bennet was a lonely kid who just wanted a friend, so then he is given a teddy bear and at one point he wishes he was real and by some crazy twist of fate the bear comes to life. So then John and Ted are friends for life from childhood right into their adult years. However now John has a girlfriend called Lori and she wants more out of their 4-year relationship. So then John’s world starts to fluctuate when both his friendship with Ted and relationship with Lori is tested to the maximum.

Overall the story is pretty decent, very similar in feel to a Family Guy episode but in a live-action film format. It is full of jokes from start to finish and does have moments of emotion and drama which kind of works or doesn’t depending on how much you like that stuff to be part of a comedy film, the plot does fall into a bit of familiar and clichéd territory, but other than that its a story that works.

When it comes to characters there’s a lot to like. Firstly Mark Wahlberg as John was great, he does have a great presence on-screen and when you see all the stuff he’s gone through in his life you do just want him to find happiness and when he’s torn between Ted and Lori you do feel for him. Now to talk about the title character Ted voiced by Seth MacFarlane, he was awesome. He was cocky, selfish and full of jokes. MacFarlane brings a lot of weight to his character through his voice work and I think the reason I enjoyed the character is that even though he was a bit of bastard, he knows how to have a good time and his crazy antics normally lead to some unnaturally cool situations. And then we have Mila Kunis as Lori Collins, she was so beautiful it was ridiculous. You could understand her character because she wanted her and John to move on with their lives but Ted kept getting in the way of their future, so yeah she was great. I also want to give a shout-out to Joe McHale and Matt Walsh as Rex and Thomas who are both people who were in one of my favourite TV shows Community. Their characters were great in the film and I just thought it was great to see them in this film.

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As the first feature-length directorial debut from Seth MacFarlane, he does pretty well. Everything moves as a decent pace and there is number of cues that MacFarlane takes from his TV history and translates it to the big screen. The plot, the style of humour, the actors involved and even the music feels so much like Family Guy its mad. As I said before there any many jokes in this film, from numerous pop culture references of television, film and music to verbal jokes about stereotypes and race and some visual gags too. It really did feel like watching Family Guy or to some degree a lighter episode of South Park. However for all the humour that there was in the film I didn’t find myself laughing all that much. I laughed twice in the entire film and the rest of the time I was grinning. It’s not to say that Ted isn’t funny, it’s just that, like watching Family Guy or American Dad the humour is a bit hit or miss, you’ll either laugh or you won’t. And really wanted to burst out laughing, but this film didn’t have the kind of kinetic, fast-paced humour that you get from MacFarlane’s animated material.

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In conclusion Ted isn’t a bad film by any means, I was just hoping to laugh a lot more than I did in the film. Again if you are a massive fan of Family Guy and American Dad then you will have a lot of fun with this film, there’s a lot laughs and references all over and the audience I was sitting in laughed all the way through. For me Ted was a fun little film to watch, however it just wasn’t as funny as I had hoped it would be.

Rating: 6.5

Well that’s been my review, hopefully you enjoyed it and drop me a comment and tell me whether you liked it or not. Until next time people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Batman in IMAX

So after watching The Dark Knight Rises 3 times in the cinema you’d think that would be enough for the average film-goer right? WRONG! For I am not the average film-goer, I go multiple times a month and see many films more than once. And since I saw The Avengers 4 times this year I thought that Batman should get the same treatment, though it had to be at least once in IMAX and yesterday I got my wish. So today I just wanted to tell you about my experience with The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX.

Yesterday I was one of them. 😀

When I went to the cineworld in Sheffield yesterday and got my ticket for TDKR in IMAX, I got all giddy and excited because I hadn’t seen a film in IMAX since Tron: Legacy at the start of last year when I was in London. And so I walked into the screen and when I looked up I was blown away. It felt like I was looking at a skyscraper, the projector screen felt like it went on forever! So I walked all the way to the back of the sitting area to get a good view of the screen. And then I viewed the trailers which all looked so damn good on an IMAX projector, the trailers for Skyfall and Man of Steel looked awesome on the screen. Then after all trailers and adverts the film started…

Immediately noticeable was clarity, the image quality was pretty damn good, very clear and the colours looked nice and slighty different to that of the normal film projection in my opinion. Though overall the image quality didn’t feel that much different from the regular film projection, I don’t know if it’s just because of my eyes, but it just felt like watching a film on a really big screen which isn’t a bad thing by any means, though it made me wonder if the image quality is that much different in IMAX than it is on a regular film screen. Though one thing I can say that IMAX gets top marks for is the audio quality. The sound quality of IMAX is FRIGGING INSANE!! So good, so loud and so clear. The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is so incredibly clear, loud and beautiful and it best heard in IMAX, it’s just so good! 😀 And the dialogue also benefits from being in IMAX as it is easier to hear and understand when characters are whispering or trying to talk over the loud music in the background, oh and Bane’s voice definitely sounds a hell of a lot clearer in IMAX too. Oh and lastly in the audio department that was worth talking about was the sound effects, my god they were awesome, the hitting sounds felt much harder and gunfire sounded better too, but the highlight was hearing The Bat when it takes off and flies over Gotham City, The Bat’s engine sounds so beastly, so loud, so incredible, I was literally blown away by it and I could feel the vibration underneath my seat, it was grand experience!

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Batman in IMAX, frigging sweet! 😀 😀

So in the end should you go and see Batman in IMAX? I say hell yeah, it’s worth for the sound quality alone, but then there is also the ridiculously massive screen which is also a plus too. If you have the cash take some time out of you day and try it out yo. That’s it for now ladies and gentlemen, thanks for reading and look out for my next film reviews when the come along. Laters! 🙂

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

 

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Four Films, In One Day, Tomorrow.

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post. Tomorrow I am going to attempt to do something that I haven’t yet done in any cinema; I will attempt to watch four films in the cinema in one day. While it doesn’t really sound like a big deal, for me I have never tried to do something so epic before, I mean I’ve done three films in one day before but I want to go one step further. Why? Because I can! 😀

So what films will I be watching tomorrow? Well one of them will be a film I have seen before while the other three will be new films for me, anyways let me show you below:

1. The Dark Knight Rises

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Yes, I have technically seen this film before, but I want to see it again. TDKR has the same effect on me that The Avengers did, its one of those films that has an addictive nature that compels you to go back to the cinema and watch it more than once. TDKR is totally badass and I love it. But the most important aspect about seeing this film again is because it’s in IMAX! I have only gone to see one film in IMAX and that was Tron: Legacy and that looked friggin insane in IMAX 3D. TDKR looked great on a regular cinema screen, but loads of people who have seen it in IMAX claim that it looks absolutely incredible, so I want in. I have to see it. So that’s what I will do tomorrow.

2. Brave

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Okay now I am hoping that this film is going to be good. I have been very interested in this film since it was announced and then saw the subsequent trailers that followed. From what I’ve seen so far, Brave looks like Pixar’s most ambitious film since Wall-E. Obviously the film has been out for around two months in America and its reception has been mixed to positive, though regardless of what critics and audience responses to Brave is, I still need to see this film and hope that it’ll be worth my time.

3. The Bourne Legacy

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Ah The Bourne Legacy, the film I wish hadn’t been made. Now obviously that’s a bit harsh but I’ve said it before, the Bourne series should have just stayed as a trilogy. While I know that there is still a lot of source material to work with from the Bourne novels, I still think that continuing the series was a bad idea, though with that said this new film looks like it could be good. The trailers for The Bourne Legacy does happen to have the right tone and feel to them like the original trilogy and I do like all of the actors involved. Only after I watch the film tomorrow will I be able to see if it’s good or not.

4. Ted

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Oh and the last film I’m going to see tomorrow is Ted. From the time I saw the trailer for this I knew I just had to check it out. I have to say that I’m not overly into comedy films and I don’t make a habit of seeing many in the cinema, though in the last 2 years I have watched more and more because they’ve been so popular and everyone’s told me to check certain ones out. I’m only really watching Ted because of the following reasons: 1) It actually looks funny. 2) It’s made by Seth MacFarlane creator of Family Guy and American Dad and 3) Seth is actually voicing the bear in question so he automatically has my interest. Let’s hope this film is worth my time.

Well that’s my list of films for tomorrow, it will be a long day and hopefully I’ll be able to pull it off without any issues. Wish me luck yo, oh and thanks for reading 😀

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Films, Life, Media

 

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Reforming, Reorganizing & Upgrading

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post. Now depending on whether you come to the blog often or not, you may see that the visual theme for it has changed and the reason for that is because the theme I had originally worked for me, but over time I think it’s started to look a little dark and messy. So I’ve decided to go for a new theme that’s a little simpler and cleaner in its design. The reason for the big change is all to do with the rectification of this blog.

The thing is, I love blogging, but since May this year I have begun to slip up, the consistency of my work became slower and more erratic over the last few months to the point where I’d only make a post every once in a while which is completely different to the quick-fire nature of my blogging from before. So the reason I am doing this blog post is the say that madness like that will not happen anymore. ITS TIME FOR CHANGE.

Time for change.

I am making a pledge from today that I will return the world of blogging harder, better, faster and stronger than before! I will return to doing reviews of films, tv shows, games and all those other personal stories in life I love to share with you guys. Blogging is one of the few things in a long time that I have been consistent, so I really want to continue and grow here on WordPress and try to take over the world through the power of my typing (sure that’s a bit of a stretch but hey a guy can dream right?)!

So to finish expect more material from me a lot sooner than before and look forward to my reviews of Brave, The Bourne Legacy and Ted very soon.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Life

 

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Seeing the Bigger Picture

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post. It seems to me in life we go through episodes of different emotions or situations, some are joyous, some are sad, some can test you on physical and mental level and some can change your whole perspective on life and make you look at things much differently. The last one I consider to be life lessons.

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Life; it is an experience and along the way you do pick up a few things that do become lessons of knowledge for future reference.

Life lessons are those little tips you pick up along your journey through the world. Sometimes they can be little things or they can big and have to be done all the time. The circumstances of how you learn these lessons can vary, some life can be very difficult to learn and for me in the last few years I have found that life lessons are always the hardest to learn.

In my life even though it’s only been 22 years (and I can only really remember about 18 of them) I can honestly say that I learnt many things that have changed my perspective on life and made me think about things in different ways. There’s many life lessons that I know of and try to abide by to keep my life in check; from trying to stay positive to making sure I get the most out of life or trying to avoid deceptive people acting as if they were my friends or making sure that one bad day doesn’t get me down. I have many lessons that I have obtained especially in my teenage years that have helped me in the long run. I think the most important life lessons are the ones you have to learn through complicated situations. For me its been about the importance of time and resources and how one should never waste them and use them effectively.

Since my days school I have always been a bit of a time-waster and always liked to live in the moment, it also didn’t help that I had a short attention span and didn’t really care much for my lessons unless they were subjects I enjoyed. Unfortunately I learnt the hard way what my actions would do my GCSE results when I left school. After that point I said I’d take education a little seriously and get my act together, and while I was a little more diligent about my work, the 4 years I spent in college were very turbulent due to my bad time management skills and again a lack of care for my work. But again because of those harsh realisations I have become a much quicker and efficient kind of guy when it comes to work… That being said, I did relapse again in university on my animation course.

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I love free time and use it whenever I can!

When it comes to free time I really do abuse it. I love to sleep, play video games and just be lazy in general with no commitments to anything.

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I can completely relate to this meme cause I am thinking this a lot myself lol.

So when days off come in the form of holidays like Christmas, Easter or Summer, I am the first to say goodbye to work and hello to that freedom. Unfortunately that attitude defeated me earlier this year when I missed a submission date in January. So then I got re-submission date stating that if I handed in my work by today, August 9th, then I would be safe. But wouldn’t you know that I was lazy over the course of the summer and hadn’t got the work done until a few days before the deadline. I have come to realise in the last 3 years that I am a man who likes to work under pressure, I actually thrive on it and it makes me work harder than ever. Though the issue is that it still costs me time, sometimes stresses me out and working so close to the deadline means that there is always a chance for failure. Luckily today I got the work in on time, I just hope it’ll be enough to let me pass the module.

When I left the uni building I started to think of how many times where I have been in this same situation before. Its dangerous, especially when you’re not too sure how to do the work in the first place and there’s no one around to help you out. I realised that I treated uni like college, a place where I just do stuff to pass the day away without properly paying attention to details. I did the same thing with college and school before that. But I have noticed that university, while similar to college is completely different. Whether you succeed or fail is down to you. And since I’d rather not fail I am gonna have to sort my priorities, the second year of actually counts towards your final grade so there is no room for error and I’d rather not fuck around this time.

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All of this is very true and maybe it’s about time I started paying attention to it!

Here’s hoping that my second year of uni won’t be nearly as turbulent or emotional as this year has. 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Life

 

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And so August is here, one month of Summer Fun left…

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog by me, the hypersonic55! 😀

Alas so now the month of August is here and I have been dreading it for quite some time. Now don’t get me wrong, August isn’t a bad month by any means and it can be the month in the summertime where most of the good times take place, however it is technically the last free month of freedom in the summer until September comes around and then for us students the boring academic year starts up again. 😦

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After the summer’s gone, that happy feeling of freedom just disappears with the appearance of September…

Every summer that I have known after 2008 has felt the same with August being the month where you assess the summer that you have experienced and realise that when August hits, your fun is truly over because college or uni was waiting for you just around the corner in September. The terrible thing is when August hits and you realise you’ve had a fairly uneventful summer, that feeling of depression kicks in, knowing that the summer is nearly over, it sucked and it isn’t going to get better. So then you’re left counting down the days until you go back to your educational lifestyle that will consume all of your time.

Obviously this whole August summer thing doesn’t apply to teens not in college/university or adults in full-time work because they don’t know the wonders of having so much free time in the summer only to go back to world of education for around 9 months. Only school kids, college kids and uni students know what the deal is. For school kids it’s a lot worse, at that age the fact that you’re free from school in general feels like a gift from God (well it did for me :D) and when that freedom’s over it really does feel like a kick in the teeth to have to go back to school. For college people the feeling is pretty similar, I think college people like the feeling of escape and most don’t want to go back. As for uni students, I think us lot love having soooooo much extra free time than school and college people, it’s a whole almost 4 months to do whatever you want. To have that amount of free time feels godly and to have to give it up is a sad feeling indeed. So with August being the only thing separating us uni students from that academic lifestyle again I think you can understand why the appearance of this month is quite troubling.

For me, I have had a decent summer so far to be honest, it has had some great moments which have been embedded in my memories forever, however there have also been some dull moments in time and there have been some downright hella boring moments that I would rather forget. One of my main issues with this summer has been the fact I haven’t been able to execute it in the way that I wanted. I had so many plans and projects I wanted to do, several of which never really got off the ground which has made me quite disheartened and grumpy. But hell we still have a good few weeks left of the summer, and the cinema will hopefully keep me entertained with the release of The Bourne Legacy, Brave and The Expendables 2 and maybe a couple more viewings of The Dark Knight Rises and then there’s the potential friend gatherings and nights out too! So hell might as well make the best of it! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2012 in Life

 

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