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Rant 13: Why’s it So Hard For Some People To Just Be Friendly?

https://i2.wp.com/www.deelip.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/121.jpg Howdy people and welcome to another instalment in my blogging rants. Today’s rant wasn’t initially gonna be a rant but the more I thought about the issue, the more it started to annoy me. So today I’ll be talking about those annoying people in the world that aren’t forthcoming and make themselves hard to befriend. Now I know that not everybody is as willing to make contact with other people and be super friendly like me, however if someone is trying to make the effort to talk to you, perhaps even be your friend, the least you could do is be nice and acknowledge them. I’ve seen it many times, you approach people with a friendly, happy-go-lucky attitude and there will be one of several outcomes:

  1. They’re actually nice and will talk to you.
  2. They’ll hesitantly talk to you (though you see that they’re not entirely comfortable)
  3. They’ll pretend to be nice and then act differently around you later or talk about ya behind your back.

All of those situations I have listed have happened to me and I honestly hate that shit. I can’t believe how cruel, insensitive and immature some people can be. I mean extending a hand of friendship is not bad thing, if anything it should be embraced, but for some people it’s the hardest thing ever.

The reason I bring this up is because recently I went on a trip to London in group with several people I’d eventually be working with, so I attempted to be friendly, talked to a few people and was just my quirky, jolly old self. Some took to me okay, some liked me and others weren’t so keen. However what I found was that there was a few people who I’d befriended, and then heard them talking smack about me behind my back, though I could hear them from a distance. And that’s the kind of stupid, immature shit that I can’t stand.

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There are those sneaky bastards who pretend to be nice, but are really fakers and that kind of behaviour is so unacceptable yo.

To add to deceit, on the next occasion when we saw each other a few days later, these people didn’t even talk to me, they saw me, looked me in the face and walked on by. WHAT THE HELL MAN!?! I don’t understand how some people’s minds work. How can some run around being so deceitful and play with people’s emotions? Can’t stand that kind of shit. Since when was I so repulsive that people would have to do such petty things to me? Well whatever I guess I’m just gonna have to get over it and learn to work with these people for the sake of teamwork and the future of my finances.

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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Life, Rant

 

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 1 Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to what I hope will be the start of many TV reviews to comes. Today I will be reviewing the first season of one of the most well-known and beloved TV shows from the 90s, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now I watched a bit of this show when I was a kid but was never an avid fan or followed it in any capacity. Since 2013 was the year when I decided to explore Joss Whedon’s back catalogue starting with Dollhouse, then moving on to Firefly and Serenity. Now that I’ve finally arrived at Whedon’s longest running show I was interested to see what the hype was about and I can say now this show is definitely worth a watch.

This show involves Buffy Summers, a seemingly normal teenage girl who has a not so normal secret, she’s a vampire slayer. At the start of this show Buffy’s already been a vampire slayer for a while, but this has affected her social life and previous times at school. After moving to a new school in Sunnydale Buffy attempts to start to life fresh again, but can’t due to the supernatural happenings goes on in the town. So after a few adventures Buffy along with her watcher, Giles and her two friends Xander and Willow tackle these bizarre episodes as they take place over the course of this season.

The show deals with a lot of issues not only in the episodical sense but also over the course of the series. What we mainly get is the ups and downs of high school life and Buffy balancing her normal life with her slayer activities. This first season basically establishes who Buffy is, the types of enemies she’ll be facing outside the regular vampires and we establish Buffy and her little group as they solve mysteries together.

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What I like about this show is its unusual nature. I’m assuming at the time that a lot of the codes and conventions of this show involving its handling of powers, mythology and having a strong female leading character were not that common in 90s.

The show can’t be hated on for its creativity, in each new episode there is something new and there’s a different challenge for Buffy and friends to take on. You got vampires, witchcraft, puppets, animals and more. I for the most part I really like the stories and writing in this show, its strong, witty and at times quite heartfelt. There is a fair amount of variation and while it doesn’t always work it is definitely noteworthy. For all of his good points there are a few bad ones I have to bring up, Buffy has a very cheesy nature to it which is an element found throughout all shows in the 90s, this leads to some cheesy dialogue, questionable stories and not so tight fight choreography.

Episode highlights include:

  • Welcome to the Hellmouth
  • The Harvest
  • The Pack
  • Angel
  • I Robot, You Jane
  • Nightmares
  • Prophecy Girl

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When it comes to the cast they’re very solid both in the area of the main and recurring stars of the show. So let’s start with Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers. Buffy is a sassy, brave and tenacious teenage with knows how to kick ass but also wants a normal life outside of her duties as a vampire slayer and Gellar shows a lot of range over the course of this first season. Also I can see why Buffy had so many male fans back in the day, she was the definition of hotness. Gellar always looked good, she was gorgeous and was practically the first celebrity crush young boys (I know because a fair few of my mates were OBSESSED with her).

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Then there’s Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris. Xander is a man who is a constant source humour, sarcasm and surprise. I like his character because his great dialogue, strange nature but also his rational thinking in some of this difficult situations. Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg is also great, I love her because of her cute, nerdy nature. At first she’s really timid and not overly confident but we get see her grow over the course of the series, Hannigan does well in giving us a very likeable and relatable character in this first season. Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles, this character is the person who watches over Buffy and supplies the kids with information. I really love Head’s performance because his character is so attached to his books, so out of touch with current things and his seemingly calm/boring demeanour. And lastly Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase is great too, her character essentially the popular girl who’s self-centered, insensitive and puts down all people around her who aren’t popular. While her character isn’t that likeable Carpenter does well her role and does have funny moments in this season too. There are also other notable characters I liked including David Boreanaz as Angel, Mark Metcalf as The Master and Brian Thompson as Luke.

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In conclusion the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a lot of fun. The show starts in a very intriguing fashion progressing with interesting storylines, a great deal of emotion and a cool cast of characters led by a strong leading lady in the form of Sarah Michelle Gellar. While I’ve only just started this show, I can see the appeal and can see why the show was such a big deal back in the 90s, can’t wait to see how the rest of the series unfolds.

Rating: 8/10 (A strong and enticing first season start to show)

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2013 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Kick-Ass 2 Review

Howdy people, it looks like its time to review a new film again and today’s film is the sequel to 2010’s Kick-Ass in the form of Kick-Ass 2. Now this is a film I’ve been cautiously interested in for a while now. I really liked what Matthew Vaughn did with the first film and when I heard he wasn’t coming back for the sequel I was gutted. The trailers also only made me mildly hyped for the film, so man was I glad after watching the film today to find that it was WAY better than I expected. Thank god.

The plot in this film goes a little something like this:

Inspired by Kick-Ass and the events of the first film, other people don masks and begin to fight crime. One of these, Colonel Stars and Stripes, forms a team and asks Kick-Ass to join them. Meanwhile, Hit-Girl’s choice to “retire” and try to have a normal life as a schoolgirl backfires when Red Mist is reborn as The Mother Fucker and plans to create a super-villain army to exact revenge on Kick-Ass for his father’s death. The superheroes face threats from their allies and get thrown into prison for wearing masks.

I really enjoyed the story in this film, it felt like a nice progression from the previous one and had a lot of new challenges for all the character involved and cranked up the danger level by ten times. There’s really three main story arcs in the film:

  • The first involving Dave wanting to become a hero again as Kick-Ass and become some more than a regular person.
  • The second involves Mindy trying to come to terms with who she is, dealing with life as Hit-Girl but also dealing with high school for the first time.
  • And the third involves Chris D’Amico wanting to get vengeance against Kick-Ass and becoming to The Mother Fucker.

All of the key characters from the previous film develop which leads to some wonderfully emotional and really great moments throughout. The great thing about this film is that it has everything you loved about the last one, Kick-Ass 2 retains its sense of humour, style, drama, violence and unashamedly blunt nature. There’s bound to be stuff to offend people from the violence to the profanity and racism too, but hey it’s not meant to be serious, it’s just a movie and the way its used is effective and hilarious. Now obviously for the comic book fans a good deal of things have been changed for the live-action adaptation and I feel like they work for the most part, but obviously some may be disappointed with the changes.

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When it comes to the characters they are all on top form and the cast do a brilliant job. Let’s start with Aaron Taylor-Johnson with is still badass as David Lizewski/Kick-Ass. In this film Dave has a great journey that we experience in this film, he’s been out of action for a while but then dresses up and joins a group of costumed heroes and is really enjoying himself, until things get complicated. Johnson is still odd, hilarious and cool as the title character. And then there’s Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Chris D’Amico/The Mother Fucker. Bloody hell, The Mother Fucker is one of the strangest creations any person has come up with, the guy is a nutcase with some stupid and weird tendencies, but that also makes him a frigging awesome character. Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays this character to great effect being charismatic and naturally funny throughout. But the real star as per usual is Chloë Grace Moretz as Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl. Mindy has the strongest of the character arcs in this film for me, her character has a lot of things on her mind and has to deal with new challenges as both herself and her alter ego. Chloë burst into the world of film as Hit-Girl and continues to be amazing as this crazy acrobatic fighter, but also as a girl who doesn’t know anything outside of the world that her father put her into.

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Now let’s talk Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes. I was REALLY looking forward to seeing Carrey in this film and I can report that he did a great job in the film. His character was funny and has a great sense of justice and knew how to throw down, he was really badass. HOWEVER I was really gutted with the amount of time he was in the film, I felt like his character exited the film far too soon and I felt like his character wasn’t as integrated into the main cast as the trailers made me believe.

I also want to give a shout out to Donald Faison who was totally great as Doctor Gravity, he provided some wicked moments of humour. Also Olga Kurkulina should really be highlighted for her work as Mother Russia, she was the definition of badass, she was like a human tank of beastliness! And John Leguizamo (who I remember as Tybalt from Romeo + Juliet) does a great job as Javier, he’s funny, relatable and cool. And finally Lindy Booth as Night Bitch and Claudia Lee as Brooke were great in their roles but were also total hotness, I had to say it!

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In terms of presentation its pretty cool, visually the film is done very well with some nicely shot scenes and wonderfully choreographed action scenes and sequences. The best element of the action comes in the awesome fight sequences involving Hit-Girl, Mother Russia, Kick-Ass and the epic battle between hero and villain groups towards the end of the film. As for the soundtrack by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson its great, it retains the heroic, distinct and soft themes from the last film while adding some nice new ones in this film. The soundtrack also works thanks to its choice of music tracks too, the best example of this is use of “Korobeiniki” which is the Type A music from Tetris covered by the band Ozma. It is a frigging awesome cover of the original and is used SO well in one sequence in the film which is just beastly!

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So to conclude, Kick-Ass 2 is a lot of fun. It’s just about as awesome if not more so than the original, its violent, over-the-top, ridiculous, hilarious and doesn’t care about who it offends. I wasn’t expecting the film to be as good as it was but it exceeded my expectations and was a lot better than a lot of the films I’ve seen this summer. I can only recommend this film for those who are fans of the first film or those who don’t mind a bit of violence with their action and comedy, but yeah Kick-Ass 2, good stuff. 🙂

Rating: 8/10 (A solid sequel fun of all the good carnage that made the first film rock!)

Now I wanna here your thoughts on the film in the comments below! Did you enjoy Kick-Ass 2? Did you like it more or less than the first film? Also if you’re a fan of the comics do you like the changes or despise them? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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New TV Reviews Coming In The Near Future!

Howdy people of the internet and good day to all the people who follow my blog, today I’m just going to update you about my upcoming TV reviews. As you may have noticed on this blog I do a fair about of film reviews, I even do music reviews a lot more these days and after that while I don’t do that many video game reviews, when I do they’re hardcore! But then there are TV reviews and there’s a severe lack of those, and according to my About Me page I do TV reviews so I think I should start making good on that statement.

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So many damn TV shows in the world and watch plenty of shows, so it’s about time I got to reviewing some of them.

So yeah when it comes to television, I’ve watched so much of it since I was a kid. I have plenty of shows to reviews both newer and older. Some of the shows I’ve been meaning to review on this blog include Hotel Babylon (mainly season 1 & 2) and one of my favourite shows ever, Fringe. Other shows include Community, Breaking Bad and Buffy the Vampire Slayer which I’ve recently become acquainted with.

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3 TV shows, 2 of them are my current all-time favourite and the last is one of the most well-known shows from the 90s. Man this’ll be some interesting stuff to review yo! 😀

Outside of the live action stuff I’ve got loads of animated shows I want to review including returning to the Ultimate Spider-Man and then talking about the FAR superior Spectacular Spider-Man. I’ve also been meaning to check out Avengers Assemble and Beware The Batman. And lastly after recently re-watching Young Justice and falling in love with it again I feel like reviewing that show too. 🙂

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Marvel’s current animated shows aren’t really that good from what I’ve seen and heard… That doesn’t mean I won’t watch them anyway, I can’t help it. I have a problem! XD

In conclusion I have a fair amount of shows in the pipeline that need reviewing. I’m not sure when I’ll get around reviewing some of these due to the summertime coming into its final month and dealing with work and travelling from Sheffield back home and vice-versa. But I’m gonna try to get these reviews out asap yo so look out! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Life, Media, Television

 

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Random Blog 06: The Summer Makes Me SO Lazy

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, time for another random blog instalment. Today I’m doing another blog post relating to the summertime season again, but this one has a little more sprinkled into it; my lazy nature.

i-am-being-lazyYeah that’s pretty much me in a nutshell.

So right now it’s August, yeah bloody August! Where the hell did the last 2 months go? Now I’ve practically only got 1 month of summer fun left before the whole education academic year bull starts up again and ruins my happy, feel-good groove. I mean summertime is made for being lazy right? Sure you can go on holiday, travel, get a job or work experience or take up a new hobby or try out sports, but honestly none of that compares to just lazing around in your own company enjoying the freedom of life.

Lazy-Days-being-lazy-853701_424_372That cat has the right idea, though I’m not keen on the concept of hammocks, I can honestly tell ya I know exactly what that kind of relaxation feels like.

This summer I haven’t really done too much in the way activities. I mean in a way I have but I also haven’t. I’ve been to one music concert, two music festivals in Guildford and Standon and I’ve been to the cinema a fair about too. But then I also have to remember that I haven’t been to the cinema as much as I usually do, I also haven’t gone on holiday with my sister like I was meant to, I also haven’t had that many adventures with my friends and I haven’t been exploring Sheffield as much as I would have liked to. I blame it mainly on my laziness creating my lack of movement.

Ka-cinities-ar-19This picture sums up how I feel about the concept of laziness haha.

I do hate how terribly lazy I’ve become after leaving uni. I mean after I found out I had no reason to leave the house, I really took advantage of that fact. This firstly affected my attendance at the cinema, some days I just put off going or couldn’t be arsed to leave the house. And this in turn messed with work on YouTube and caused me to miss reviewing several of the major film releases this year. My proactive nature just fell apart, and for the last few weeks I’ve been trying to rectify that.

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As I said before I’m trying to change. I’ve got plans for new live-action and animation projects I want to put into action in the next few weeks or at least before I start up uni again. It’s gonna be some cool YouTube video stuff that I think you lot will like, it’s a crazy project and I’d love to talk about it now but I’ll reveal a little more about it nearer the time of its completion.

Anyways to conclude I’m basically saying that I’ve been lazy this summer, but that’s about to change with the next few weeks so look out for more updates in weeks to comes. 😀

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Life

 

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Thor: The Dark World Trailer #2 Review

Hi friends of the interweb, time for another trailer review and this is one I’ve been waiting weeks for yo. It is of course the second trailer to Thor: The Dark World. For those not away, Thor was one of my favourite Marvel Phase One films and I loved the character in The Avengers, so his next solo film has been high on my radar for a while now. The first trailer gave us a glimpse into what was going on in the film, but this trailer really shows off some cool-looking stuff and gets me even more excited yo!

Check out the trailer below:

All I can say is why the hell is this film coming out in November? That’s too far away for me! So what do we get in this trailer? Well there’s a whole load of Loki, a whole load of London, a whole load Asgard and a lot of Thor being all badass!

The trailer opens with dialogue of a conversation between Thor and Loki which is shown over clips of Loki in prison and Thor walking through a hallway and other scenes. You can see that Loki is still bitter about what happened before in New York but still sounds crafty as hell. We then skip to scenes of Asgard and then on Earth as Odin’s voice over talks about their being darkness being in existence before the universe began and that it has returned. We then see Thor land in London, collect Jane Foster and then return to Asgard in that massive beam of light. We then see scenes of Asgard in all is glory as Jane is also taken back by its glorious view. Then there’s a conversation between Thor and Heimdall I think talking about Malekith. The next best bit involves Loki being threatened by Volstagg, held a knife point by Sif and then slapped by Jane, to which Loki replies “I like her.” Legend.

What follows after that is a wonderful monologue from Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed along with scenes on the spaceships crashing through Asgardian buildings, scenes on the great seas of Asgard and Jane Foster being levitated by Malekith. Then there’s all this action with Thor summoning lightning, Thor trying to obtain his hammer from a distance as it flies through London and two different clips involving Thor and Loki having a confrontation with Malekith. And the way this trailer ends, it’s just so cool. We see Thor and the rest of his comrades on the battlefield and you can hear some massive footsteps and roaring in the background, then some rock monster emerges from the mist knocking some warrior away. All his little soldiers all shout in support for the beast, next thing you know he steps to Thor, then Thor winds up his hammer and smashes the dude to pieces and then says “Anyone else?” So classy, so cool and so Thor.

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This film is shaping up to be really cool, I really like how much screen time is being dedicated to the supporting characters like Volstagg, Sif, Heimdall, Frigga and little moments for Darcy and Dr. Erik Selvig. I just pray that Alan Taylor’s background on Game of Thrones really comes to light in this film and gives us a gritty, earthy and darker take on the world of Asgard and the source material from the comics.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Marvel Has Movie Plans Up to 2021

Howdy ladies and gents, now it’s just time to blog about some interesting news concerning Marvel Studios and their future plans for their upcoming films. It’s only little news but I believe its enough to blog about. So the following information comes from IGN:

“Marvel Studios is planning for the long haul. How long? Try all the way up to 2021.

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“I could arguably say what we’re planning for the year 2021,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in an interview with WIRED. “Will that happen? I don’t know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening.” 

Two release dates have already been announced for unspecified movies — one in 2016 and one in 2017 — and now we can expect even more in the upcoming years. Characters such as Doctor Strange and Black Panther are rumored to have movies in development, but with 50-plus years of comics to fall back on, Marvel could go any direction.

“Five years ago, looking at our plan, we knew that if Avengers was going to work, the movies had to stand alone,” Feige said. “Now we have to prove to the studio that we’re more than just these five characters, these five franchises.”

With 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios will have completed Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are immediately launching Phase 3 with the long-gestating Ant-Man movie the same year as the Avengers sequel, so if they continue their current pacing, they’ll be in Phase 4 by 2021. What will the MCU look like then?

Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man hitting the big screen shows that Marvel Studios is not afraid to take some chances with lesser known properties.

Aside from sequels for already established franchises like Iron Man and Captain America, what other characters and teams would you like to see join the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Luke Cage, the Inhumans, or Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, anyone?”

So it seems like Kevin Feige and his people at Marvel Studios have really been thinking about this whole cinematic universe, it’s not just short-term planning, but really looking into the future and setting up for the future with clear direction. That is something that has to be admired. Again think about it, if Iron Man or any of the other Marvel Phase One films failed then Marvel’s grand plan would never have come to fruition along with kick ass film that was The Avengers last year. You have to appreciate Marvel’s long-term planning and their conviction and trust in their properties. So far it has done them very well and I love what they’ve crafted so far and with the upcoming Phase Two films and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I’m so hyped to see what the future holds.

As for films that need to be made here’s my list:

  • Luke Cage and Iron Fist (It’d be a very different, original and kick ass buddy superhero film yo)
  • Black Panther (the fans want it, I want it, people have been waiting for years yo)
  • Ms. Marvel (To get a solo female superhero would be great for a change)
  • Inhumans (I think this group would present a great new challenge for Marvel in the same vein as Guardians of the Galaxy you because of the whole space scene)

Come on Marvel frigging make it happen!

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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The Conjuring Review

Howdy people! After just over a week away from the cinema I return from the depths for another film review, but this time its of the HORROR film The Conjuring! OHHHHHH! Well the reason this is a big deal is because I actually don’t like horror films and actively try to avoid them because I don’t like being scared in films. But since my mum and sister were going I decided to tag along because at least I wouldn’t be alone. I’d heard so many good things about this film and the hype was massive… So imagine my disappointment after the film when I’d realised that the film wasn’t all that impressive at all.

The story of the film goes a little something like this:

“In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Parren move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Parren family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved.”

I feel like the story starts out very good. There was a good amount of focus on not only the Parren family but also on the Warren couple too, that balance was handled nicely. I loved the story surrounding Ed and Lorraine Warren and their paranormal adventures, it was some interesting and cool stuff. And the initial point when the crazy haunting activities start to begin its there where the film gets you hooked in and freaks you out because you don’t know what’s coming. However once the main threat is revealed and the last third of the film kicks in that’s where the film loses steam and falls into the category of ‘been there, seen that’, you know? And that really bugged me. It was original, intense and creepy, but in the third act the film just lost its scare factor and if a horror film isn’t scary then why does it exist?

When it comes to the cast I have no problems with them at all, they were all solid and put in some great performances. Vera Farmiga was wonderful as Lorraine Warren putting in a very convincing, chilling and dramatic performance. While Patrick Wilson was great as Ed Warren, his character was. Both Farmiga and Wilson had great chemistry and on-screen presence. Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston were good as Carolyn and Roger Perron, their characters were obviously at the center of all this chaos at the supernatural happenings start taking place and I liked their work in their roles too. Even all the child actors were good and not that annoying kind you find in most films.

In conclusion The Conjuring while it had the look and tone of a good horror film and a good cast, I just didn’t find it all that scary and that’s the problem. While I’m not a fan of being scared shitless in horror films, if a film is meant to be scary then I want it to SCARE me and this film failed in that regard. I’m probably in the minority who didn’t overly enjoy this film but yeah if you’re horror fan you’ll probably find an entertaining experience with this film.

Rating: 6/10 (Not nearly as scary or as impressive as I was expecting)

So have any of you lot of there seen The Conjuring and if so what are your thoughts on it? Was it the horror film you were looking for or was it another unimpressive attempt at this genre of film? Whatever your views are drop them in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Longest Night of My Life

Howdy ladies and gentlemen. Today I wish to tell you another dramatic tale from my life journeys. Now I know I tend to talk about a lot of dramatic stuff on blog from love to friendship and the hardships of life especially with recent posts like “Living The Rough Days” and “A Day of Endurance“. But From Saturday night into early Sunday morning I went through the definition of a travelling nightmare and I feel compelled to tell my story on the internet just because of how ridiculous it was.

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Travelling around the UK normally isn’t hard, but sometimes it can be one of the most frustrating experiences ever.

So let’s go back to the beginning. Basically I was meant to be working as a bar steward at the Standon Calling music festival. So I had to travel from Luton to Standon by coach, that part went well, and I had a fairly good day at work and getting to know people even if some of it was very tedious… The problems however began when I tried to get home.

I finished my shift at 11pm and had to make it back to the bus stop from the festival site. It was almost impossible to make it back to the main road because I was running on a narrow road in the forest, I had to use the light on my phone to make it back. So then I got to the bus stop and waited for my coach to take be back to Luton, but it never arrived. The National Express website lied to me a few days beforehand. So there I was in a town I barely knew, with no means of travelling home and a phone low battery. I was in the shit.

Bloody National Express, the website is so questionable and it likes to give out false information!

So then I attempted to walk down an unknown path but there didn’t look like there was any civilization anywhere, it was at this point where I started to panic and the chorus to Alexisonfire’s “Crisis” really started to sink in: I feel like this could be the end, And there’s not sign of hope, We’ve got a crisis on our hands.

Luckily I ran into a man on the same path who was kind enough to help me out, The man not only called someone to get a local taxi number, but he even called the number and sorted me a place to be picked up from. He was truly a good Samaritan who saved my life and is prove that there are some good people in this world. 🙂

After waiting a few minutes after midnight the taxi came to pick me up and take me to Ware train station (I went there because there was meant to be a train there I could get to get me back to Luton). I got to Ware and the town was pretty barren, so I went to the train station and waited for the train. Besides the one train heading in the opposite direction my actual train never arrived, typical shit for me. I then bought a burger and chips and proceeded to walk around Ware town, lost and looking for a local cab service, but I couldn’t see one anywhere. There really wasn’t much in the way of civilization and the only people around were drunk people, after around an hour of walking around in circles I asked someone if there was a place to get taxis and he pointed out a spot behind the train station (trust the taxis area to be behind the place I first started at!).

So I waited at this place, but it technically wasn’t a taxi place, it was just a point where taxis drive by and you have to be lucky to catch their attention as they move by. I waited for around 30-40 minutes while some drunk people got taxis before me and then sat there as there was a lack of taxis for around 30 minutes. After that I said fuck it and started walking around town again and it was at this point I thought I was actually gonna stranded there until morning, I totally thinking of the song “Stranded” by Alien Ant Farm. While this was going on I was texting my sister on my dying phone as she was telling me what my options were (at this point I was just waiting for my phone to die). I eventually came back to the taxi spot again and I got talking to these 3 people who were heading towards London, one of which was a very drunk lady who asked me what race I was when she could clearly see that I was a black guy! It was ridiculous but hilarious at the same time.

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Dunno what Ware is like in the daytime but at night the place is practically a ghost town yo.

After that I luckily got a taxi that would take me to Luton if I gave him £60 upfront, it was a hefty price but at this point I just wanted to get home so I paid the guy and I was FINALLY on my way home. While in the cab I found out that the cab man was from Luton and the same area too so he said he’d drop nearby, what a legend! The radio was on in the background and the song “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John came on and felt that was a fitting song as after all my dramas I was still emotionally intact and still ready to keep going. I got back into Luton around 2:50am and walked home with a bit of Coheed and Cambria’s “Welcome Home“, an appropriate song considering I just gotten back to my home town and was heading back to my house. When I got home just after 3am I had a short chat with my sister and then crashed out.

It seems like for every travel journey that I get right, there are at least a few that go horribly wrong. I mean look at my history:

  • At New Years 2011/12 me and my mates got stranded in St Albans after coming from London and had to haggle with a taxi man to get us back to Luton.
  • I got lost in Sheffield on the other side of town and had to walk and had to walk around 7 miles back to my uni accommodation
  • I had to travel 4 hours from Sheffield to Luton where my ticket got denied in Derby, had to buy a new one, travel to London, buy another ticket and then get back home
  • Or the time I got my train delayed by almost an hour when heading to London

And then there’s a good few occasions when I’ve been lost or had to deal with travelling delays. Now I can add this recent adventure from Standon/Ware to my collection. And to think if I hadn’t run into that man in Standon or got that specific taxi in Ware I basically would have been fucked, man life is a frigging random adventure yo!

I seriously can’t understand why this stupid shit keeps happening to me but it seems like for whatever reason life wants to test me and make me suffer. Well what I’ve taken away from this experience is 1) Don’t trust travel information on the internet. 2) I doubt I’ll ever do coach travelling in the near future. And 3) Never go to a town that doesn’t have a train station!

Well that’s it for another life journal experience I’ve relayed upon you lot. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading about my dramas and all that jazz and feel free to comment too. Until the next time peeps, laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Life

 

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The Inbetweeners Movie 2 Officially in Production, Release Window August 2014

Okay its time for some film news and this is something I thought needed to be talked about because it concerns the further of The Inbetweeners TV series in another film. The following information comes from IGN:

“The boys are back. A sequel to The Inbetweeners Movie is officially in production and is schedule to be in British cinemas sometime in early August 2014.

The Inbetweeners Movie, which came out in 2011, went on to become the UK’s most successful comedy of all time. And don’t worry all the major players will be back, so that’s Jay, Neil, Simon, and Will.

And the show’s original creators are also back, with Iain Morris and Damon Beesley saying, “We couldn’t be more excited to be making another Inbetweeners movie with Simon, Joe, James and Blake. Frankly it’s pathetic how much we’ve all missed each other. A new chapter in the lives of the Inbetweeners feels like the very least we can do to thank the fans for their phenomenal response to the first movie.”

No plot details have yet been announced, but previous rumours have included the lads backpacking around Australia to a film set on the eve of Neil’s wedding. Let us know what you’d like to see happen in the comments below.

The Inbetweeners ran on E4 for three seasons from 2008 to 2010. It recently received an American remake with MTV adapting the series, but it wasn’t renewed for a second series.”

So The Inbetweeners is getting another film? Yay. I mean that’s what I’m meant to say right? Now I’ve seen bits and bobs of the series, probably around a third or half way through the series, just not in the right order. But that didn’t matter when I saw The Inbetweeners Movies in the cinema, I remember that film being one of the funniest films I have ever seen in the cinema. Now as I’ve said before, I’m a hard person to please when it comes to comedy films, but honest this film was hilarious, pure and simple. Besides Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, 2 years ago I watched this film and was largely impressed. I know that most fans of the series bashed it a lot, but I feel like it was funny enough to justify its existence.

Now as for there being a sequel, I’m kind of half and half about it. Firstly the reason I’m for it because I’d love to have another great British film to laugh at. The only reasons I’m against it is because 1) I don’t feel like there needs to be another film because the last one wrapped things up nicely in my opinion. And 2) I feel like it’s been a bit too much time since the last one since the actors have gotten older. Basically if the concept for this next film is worth my time then I’m for it. 😀

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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