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The Expendables 3 Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review, today I will be doing my review on one of the last films of the summer I’ve been looking forward to, The Expendables 3. Now the first film when it came out in 2010 was a nice bit of fun and the sequel just got crazier and a lot more campy too, but was still hella fun. So here we are two years later with third film which brings back the main cast along with even more established action heroes and some new faces too. So does it succeed or is this film overkill of this series of films? Well read on and find out!

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The story can be summarized as the following:

“Leader of the Expendables Barney Ross augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.”

I thought the story was good for the most part. In terms of tone this film kind of meets somewhere in-between the first and second film where it is kind of serious and kind of campy. The story isn’t anything special and as a tale of revenge with people of the past coming to back to cause havoc it isn’t going to win any points for originality. That being said the story was solid, had a reason for being and was better than the first film’s overly dramatic tone. The humour is definitely on display throughout and while some of the jokes fall a bit flat, most of them are pretty good with nice banter between team members and the nice self referenced. This film was probably the most modern influenced of this series of films as it not only takes on a younger set of mercenaries but also take into account how technology helps with tactical-based scenarios. Now whether I like this film more so than Expendables 2 remains to be seen as I haven’t seen it since 2012, but now I like this one better.

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As for the cast they’re just as good as they have ever been, but some clearly stand out more than others. The best people in this film was Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Mel Gibson.

Firstly Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross is pretty much the same as he was before, he’s big, gets the most screen time and while his speech is still hard to comprehend at times, the man still knows how to move for a man in his 60’s and gets the job done when it comes to action. Then there’s Wesley Snipes as Doc who I was so glad to see back on the big screen, the guy was totally charismatic and funny and I liked his banter with his other comrades, while there wasn’t too much martial arts from him, what action scenes he did were pretty cool. Antonio Banderas as Galgo was such a riot, the dude is primarily there for comic relief, but he stole every scene was in because he talked so much and was so over-the-top. And Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks, damn he was cool. Gibson hasn’t been in many big films recently, but seeing him in this villain role really makes me want to see more of him. Stonebanks is your typical cold, evil and humourous bad guy that enjoys taunting and toying with his enemies and Gibson was clearly having fun with this rle which I loved.

The rest of cast are decent, Jason Statham is still badass as Lee Christmas, Dolph Lundgren as Gunnar Jensen and Randy Couture as Toll Road are fine and Terry Crews as Hale Caesar while in a smaller role was still kick ass. I enjoyed Kelsey Grammer’s appearance as Bonaparte, the man didn’t do very much but he had some cool and moments with Stallone and some of the new recruits. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench takes on a smaller role than the last film but is still awesome in several of his scenes especially when it comes to his dialogue. Poor Jet Li as Yin Yang, the dude barely got any screen time at all, the character was pretty much wasted. Harrison Ford as Max Drummer was cool, this is the most movement I’ve seen from him in recent films, he was fun and intimidating. Oh and shout out to Glen Powell as Thorn and Ronda Rousey as Luna (she was gorgeous and badass).

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When it comes to the presentation The Expendables 3 is pretty good. Just like the previous films the action comes thick and fast and comes in the form of mainly fight fights, some hand-to-hand combat and big action set pieces with various vehicles and explosions galore. That being said some of the action wasn’t as special or memorable as what has come before, also annoying is the amount of CGI used in the film as it is so obvious when it’s used and it really takes me out of the film. As for the soundtrack, Brian Tyler comes back to score the music and it is pretty much more of the same, nothing that memorable but not too shabby. The music works for the film and elevates the action-based scenes.

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In conclusion The Expendables 3 is possibly the best of the Expendables films in my opinion, while the laughs aren’t always there and the CGI is still pretty, I feel like this is the most consistent and cohesive of the films with a good balance between campiness and seriousness and when the action goes down it is totally chaotic. Any fans of these classic action stars should be satisfied with the film, it may not have the nostalgia factor or originality from the previous instalments but it is hard to deny the fun that comes from seeing some of these actors together on-screen having a good time.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen The Expendables 3 and if so what did you think of it? 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 19, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Favourite Music In Video Games Part 2

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Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to PART 2 of My Favourite Music In Video Games, a blog series dedicated to some of my favourite tunes in video games that I feel everyone should hear too. It was a while ago, but back in part 1 it focused on franchises from the 90’s and I feel like we’re gonna continue that with some of my other childhood video games (with one exception). So here let’s get started:

Bomberman

Oh Bomberman, how I love you! Back in the last 90’s to early 00’s Bomberman was a huge part of my gaming world especially because of the games Bomberman 64 and Bomberman Hero, and those games were home to some incredible music. In 64 you had so many incredible songs from the main levels to the menu screen and multiplayer levels too. A few of my ultimate nostalgic tunes are: Green GardenBlue Resort, and VS Altair Part 2. And Hero had cool songs BeakRedial, Foehn, Dessert, Zip and Cell just to name a few. And then there’s Bomberman Generation, the last great Bomberman game in my opinion, besides being a good game it also housed some great tunes like Main Theme (Original), Tentasia (Original), Octo Ocean (Original) & (Crystal), Tako Desert (Eygptian) & (Funky), Coin Battle (Original) and the hardcore Majestar.

Favourite song – Mimesis:

It was a close call between this and Foehn, but I think I love this song the most because it is so upbeat and happy-sounding (if that makes any sense haha). A lot of the songs in this game have a very drum and bass like feel to it in terms of the beast and structure and that is what I love about all of the songs especially this one. This song is from the levels in Bomberman Hero when you have to ride that rabbit Louie, it’s a jolly little sound with a great beat and I could listen to it for ages on repeat.

Rayman

Now the Rayman series has housed a lot of good music ever since the first set of games on PlayStation 1 back in the late 90’s, but I mainly recall some of the newer music from Rayman Origins and Legends. The reason I am more interested in the newer Rayman games when it comes to music is because of their more quirky and eclectic collection of songs.

Favourite song – Medieval Theme:

Even though this is one of the first songs in the game, it honestly left the biggest impression on me. I like the choice of instruments and the fact that it really sounds it was from the medieval period. The song is super quirky, fun, upbeat and epic towards the second half. I could listen to this on repeat for ages.

Star Fox

The Star Fox series may not have that many games in its series when compared to other franchises like Mario, Zelda and Metroid, but that doesn’t make it any less important, especially when it comes to the music. Since the first game on Super Nintendo Star Fox has been home to some great music especially in Star Fox 64 aka Lylat Wars and Star Fox Assault. For me SF64 housed some good songs from the Opening, Title Screen to the awesome sounds of Star Wolf and Versus, and then you have Versus One By One, to the lovely Mission Accomplished. Star Fox Assault brought some really awesome style and flair with the orchestrated soundtrack which makes songs like Theme of Star Fox Assault, Mission Briefing, Oikonny’s Fleet (Space Battleground) and many others sound so good.And then the Super Smash Bros. series got some great remixes with Melee‘s Corneria, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl‘s Space Armada, Area 6, Area 6 Ver. 2, Corneria and Main Theme (Star Fox 64).

Favourite song – Star Wolf (Star Fox Assault):

I don’t really recall hearing the original Star Fox theme first time, but I remember it from my childhood playing Star Fox 64 especially when it came to multiplayer. That being said when I heard the Star Fox Assault version in Super Smash Bros. Brawl my world changed. Composers Yoshie Arakawa and Yoshinori Kawamoto have taken a simply cool song and turned it into an epic orchestrated piece of work that feels like it belongs in a western film or an older spy movie. It is just the definition of sexy and badass.

Snowboard Kids

The Snowboard Kids series only has three games to its series (though I don’t really count that reimagined version on the DS), but most people that remember this game series know about the two games on the Nintendo 64. I don’t know about Snowboard Kids 2 or the DS game, but the first game definitely has a great sound. There are unforgettable tracks in this game like Sunset Rock, Night Highway, Dizzy Land, Board Shop (a beautiful slow jam with a great melody) and the brilliant Grass Valley which just screams of adventure and awesomeness.

Favourite song –  Big Snowman:

I really adore the soundtrack for the first Snowboard Kids game and it was a close call between this and Grass Valley, but in the end this won me over. I do believe it to be the best song in the game purely because it is so cool, feel-good and the most energetic. I just love the composition and it makes me feel so happy. Plus it gives me a huge nostalgia rush of playing this game along with my sister and old school friends.

Castlevania

I never grew up with Castlevania and never really found out what it was until my late teenage years, but I understand and respect the franchise a lot. This is a series that is highly praised for its gameplay, presentation and of course it’s music too. There are a number of badass songs in this series from the NES and Playstation days right up until the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. There’s a number of cool songs like including that awesome Vampire Killer from the first Castlevania I which is the quintessential song on the series, you also have Divine Bloodlines from Castlevania: Dracula X, Bloody Tears (Day Theme) from Castlevania II, Beginning from Castlevania III and Simon’s Theme from Super Castlevania IV.

Favourite song – Monster Dance:

In the end this is my favourite song for sure and is my favourite song in the Castlevania series as it has style, a wonderful melody and it is totally memorable and addictive. Sure the song is a bit old, lacking in layers and is on the short side, but my god it is awesome. And I think one of the main reasons I love it is due to watching the Angry Video Game Nerd on several occasions since 2007 haha.

So there you have it, my another five picks. Tell me if you’re familiar, like or dislike my choices in the comments below. Also if they’re any that you’d like to see in the future let me know. Other than that make sure to come back for some more music madness in the world of video games. Bye bye for now! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Media, Video Games

 

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Remembering Robin Williams

Good day to you ladies and gents. Today is a sad day, today feels like there’s something missing or more specifically someone. In the early hours of the morning over here in the UK I found out that one of my favourite actors had died, Robin Williams.

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Now obviously it is public knowledge but it still feels like a lie. Like some sick joke. It is always surreal to hear about someone who has died when their famous and beloved among millions across the world, and Mr. Williams joins the list of famous actors who have passed on in the most unexpected way. Shock and disbelief is how I feel about his passing and I don’t think that will pass anytime soon.

So I’m just going to talk about how I remember him.

Back in the 90’s

Where I remember Williams the most was in the 90’s the man was pretty much in all manners of films during that period, especially kids/family films. The guy was my childhood yo. He starred in classics like Mrs. Doubtfire, Flubber, Ferngully and one of my all-time favourites, Jumanji and Hook.

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But the quintessential performance for me is his role as the genie in Disney’s Aladdin. That film is one of my favourite films of my childhood and just my entire life and that is mainly thanks to Williams’ performance. His charisma and natural-born talent for comedy made him inhabit the character in a way that no other actor could. He owned that role and I adore him for making such a memorable character in an animated film.

Other Good Films & His Stand-Up Comedy

In addition to those films from my childhood I have enjoyed Robin Williams in a number of other films including Robots, Happy Feet, Night at the Museum and his incredible performance in One Hour Photo. In addition to that Williams’ stand up comedy has always been a source of entertainment, while I’ve never seen any of his stand-up shows in full, I’ve seen clips and moments and he’s always been super funny.

What I’ve Missed

Unfortunately to my shame there are a number of famous and classic Williams films I have yet to watch. I haven’t seen Good Morning Vietnam or Good Will Hunting, both are films have the actor has been highly praised for and I just have never found the time to check it out. I know that sounds bad considering that I’m a massive fan of film but time never permits me time to get my stuff sorted. Other films I’ve missed include is Insomnia and Bicentennial Man too.

So yeah even though I’m working full-time now I’m going to try and find time to have a Robin Williams film session and watch most of the films, whether they are ones that I’ve seen or ones that I haven’t because I’m gonna need some cheering up after the sad news today.

robin-williamsRIP Robin Williams, you were truly one of the best.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Films, Life, Media

 

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The Inbetweeners 2 Review

Howdy people of the internet, today I return to you with a new film review and it will be on The Inbetweeners Movie 2 imply known as The Inbetweeners 2. Now The Inbetweeners has been one of the biggest comedies to come out of British TV in a while and when a first film was announced most weren’t convinced it was gonna be a hit. That being said The Inbetweeners Movie was one of the best films to come out of the summer of 2011 and I adored it so much. When I heard there was gonna be a sequel I wasn’t keen on the idea, that being said the teaser trailer got me interested. So I saw it on Thursday and now I’m read to pass judgement.

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The plot for this film is as follows:

“Neil, Will and Simon receive an invite from Jay to join him in Australia whilst on his gap year, who promises them it’s ”the sex capital of the world”. With their lives now rather dull compared to their hedonistic school days and legendary lads holiday, it’s an offer they can’t refuse. Once again, they put growing up temporarily on-hold, and embark on a backpacking holiday of a lifetime in an awful car, inspired by Peter Andre’s ‘Mysterious Girl’. Will soon finds himself battling with the lads to do something cultural, whilst they focus their attention on drinking, girls, and annoying fellow travelers.”

I thought the film was pretty decent. Story-wise there really isn’t much to this film, Neil, Will and Simon are bored with their lives in England and decide to visit Jay abroad and crazy adventures follow in Australia. That’s it. But in this kind of film you don’t need any more than that. I mean there is some story elements in the film especially for three out of four of the guys, but it isn’t anything that important. While this film is definitely bigger and broader than the last, it is all about the comedy and it comes in the buck-loads. The humour is still just as funny as it ever was when it comes to the characters, there are very funny moments for the four main characters whether they are together or doing things individually. There are verbal and physical jokes galore and it ranges from simple conversation to so of the most foul and filthy visual actions I have ever seen. I won’t say what I saw because it needs to be experienced, but my god some of what happens in this film is so dodgy and cringe-worthy that it boarders on South Park levels of filth, but it is all for the sake of humour and it works well.

Whether it is better than the previous film is down to your preference really, some have stated that this film has nothing on the last while others have said that this film is better than the previous one. For me it is on par, there are some things I liked more in this film but some I liked more in the last.

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When it comes to the cast they are really good and do their jobs very well. Let’s start with Simon Bird as Will McKenzie. I swear Will is one of the most unfortunate individuals in the history of existence, he’s gullible, isn’t liked by many people and is just a bit of a plum, but that’s what makes him so funny. Bird is still able to pull some of the strangest faces I have ever seen and his comedic timing is awesome. The standout person for me would be James Buckley as Jay Cartwright. Jay is the cockiest man in the history of existence and his tall tales know no end, plus he’s obsessed with females and sex and has some of the foulest lingo ever… But that’s what makes him so great and Buckley is just on fire with his jokes. Blake Harrison as Neil Sutherland is once again very good in this role, I don’t understand how anyone can be a simple as Neil or get into so many unfavourable situations, but someone he does and it leads to some funny and dodgy situations. And Joe Thomas as Simon Cooper is very good again, this guy is probably the most logical of the four but also gets into some of the most random scenarios without it being his fault.

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In conclusion The Inbetweeners 2 is another great film for the summer, I wasn’t sure if a sequel to the last film would work but it was a hell of a lot of fun. It was foul, filthy and unashamedly bold and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The setting of Australia makes for some really fun and interesting scenarios for the main four boys and while I wouldn’t say it amazing, it was fun and that’s all I really wanted.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen The Inbetweeners 2 and if so what do you think of it? Also how do you think it compares to the first film and the TV series in general? Whatever your  thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see you on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Anberlin @ The Electric Ballroom – My Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen of the internet and welcome to another live gig review and today I will be talking about the crazy I had last night when I saw Anberlin at the Electric Ballroom in London. Now I’ve fairly new to Anberlin and only started listening to them back in 2012, but ever since hearing the songs “Godspeed“, “Adelaide” and “Uncanny“, I became a fan and fell in love with the Cities album. So when I heard they’d be coming to the UK for their final farewell tour I just had to see them.

So how was the show? Well read on and find out!

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So before Anberlin went on there were two support bands in the form of Fort Hope and Natives. Now I’ve not been to too many live shows but normally support bands aren’t much to talk about, that being said, the performances I saw last night were pretty damn awesome. Firstly Fort Hope just had a really awesome sound that was really in line with some of the music that my friends listen to and after two or three songs I knew I wanted to go back home and hear more. Also Natives were another great band an interesting and kick ass collection of songs that got the crowd moving and seeing along which was great.

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Fort Hope and Natives are bands I’m definitely gonna start listening to and possibly see again live after last night.

Then Anberlin came on and the crows went nuts! The atmosphere was already pretty good thanks to the support bands, but when Anberlin stepped up everyone went mad. You good tell that the people in the room were avid fans who really wanted to see this band play. The entire show was just an experience that was almost indescribable. It was hot, sweaty and there was a lot of jumping and shouting. Being in the crowd along with all the excited fans was insane, I was about 4-5 rows from the front, but constantly kept moving around because of the constant rocking and pushing of people and the mosh pits happening behind me. Just trying to stay on your feet was impossible when the crowd was always moving. There were also crowd surfers and several points where my view was obscured by a taller person or I was hit in the face by other people’s elbows. But the worst person was this fat guy beside me, he was there for the majority of the show and just get pushing his massive belly against me. :S But you know at events like these stuff like that is bound to happen. And I’m not complaining, I endured Alexisonfire’s final show back in 2012 so I was prepared for the chaos that went down in this crowd haha.

Now let’s talk about the band and the song’s that were played. Anberlin were amazing, they played with such energy and ferocity, but what really stuck out to me was vocalist Stephen Christian’s performance. He was totally on-point with his vocals and while his microphone was a bit quiet at first, he got loud enough later on. His singing was so full of passion and he pretty much hit all the high notes very well and you could see his love for the fans as he constantly smiled whenever we shouted the band’s name or cheered for ages. Not many musicians look that humbled and tell their fans how much they care, but Stephen made it very clear and I loved it! The best thing about the band was the fact their music sounded so good live, just as awesome if not more so than the album versions. As for the songs, since I am a newer fan of the band I’m not aware of their full discography, I’m mainly well-versed in the Cities and New Surrender albums, so most of the songs went over my head, but that did not make them any less fun to listen to, I just wish I had known them beforehand. Though when “The Unwinding Cable Car” came on I was just in my element, I sang my heart out and so did the rest of the crowd. Other special moments came with “The Resistance“,  “Godspeed“, “Feel Good Drag“, “Dismantle. Repair.” and “Adelaide” which was a person favourite because that was my obsession for so long. And when the gig ended on “(*Fin)”  it was a perfect send off.

In conclusion Anberlin’s live show at the Electric Ballroom was pretty damn awesome. The band was on fire and the atmosphere in the room was just insane full of the most hardcore fans I have ever seen. The music and vocals was incredible and this was definitely one of the gigs I will never forget anytime soon.

So were you one of the lucky people to see Anberlin last night or during the other last two UK shows? And if so what did you think? Be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see you all on the next blog post yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2014 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for a film review I was meant to have done last week Friday, I am of course talking about the film that’s on fire in the cinema right now, Guardians of the Galaxy. At this point in time I’ve already seen the film twice and I’m not going to hide the fact that I think this film is incredible and I’m going to tell you why in this review!

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The story for this film can be described as the following:

“Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.”

The story in this film basically involves a group of misfits from very different backgrounds coming together to become something more and take out a common enemy. Yes this a type of story that has been done many times in the past and very recently with Marvel’s Avengers film that came out two years ago, but this film is so delightfully different in its execution that it easily stands on its own two feet. Guardians of the Galaxy is not only a very different kind of Marvel film but also a different brand of superhero film too. And in a way I wouldn’t even brand it in the superhero genre as this film is clearly of the science fiction genre and it has all the great codes and conventions of what makes the genre so fun to watch. The film is incredibly strange and quirky, it is not typical in any way, there is so much unexpected moments for humour spread throughout and luckily the humour isn’t over-bearing as it has a reason for being there. In addition to the comedy there is a surprising amount of heart to this film. I feel like Marvel Studios are diving deeper into emotional territories and producing very intriguing stories with intimate character moments that are well-crafted and engaging. This film has a great balance of humour and seriousness, and that’s the thing that I think will surprise people. For all the comedic moments there are also some moments to think and reflect, be melancholy and a lot more.

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The performances were all great and the core team of heroes are probably the best set of characters together since the Avengers were assembled. Firstly Chris Pratt just ruled as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, he is a man with history and now lives life on the edge sleeping with women and obtaining special treasures. It is not until he sees the danger of the item he holds that he decides to do something that benefits the galaxy and not just himself by assembling his group of misfits. Pratt has so much energy and charisma and it makes for such an engaging, funny and well-rounded performance. Zoe Saldana as Gamora is awesome, she is deadly, sexy and a totally cool warrior. Gamora is clearly a woman with a troubled past and wants to start life anew but happens have run into some complications along the way involving her sister and Quill. Saldana is no stranger to action and sci-fi and she is so beautiful and good in this role. Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon was pretty much the best thing ever. The character is the source of so much humour but also so much drama as well. Every line Rocket had been super memorable and funny as hell and Cooper’s delivery of his lines are so good as well. Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot was great, I know he just says “I am Groot” all the time, but the different ways in which he said it was very cool and versatile and just hearing Diesel scream and shout was so cool and reminiscent of The Iron Giant. One surprise for me was Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer as he was a lot more enjoyable in the role than I expected. Drax is a maniac driven by revenge and hatred, but he is also very literal and simple-minded and loves chaos. I loved how many funny lines and moments this character had and I really liked what Bautista did with this role, that being said there was some moments where the delivery of his lines could have been better.

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Lee Pace as Ronan The Accuser was pretty decent, he was an evil, corrupt and power-hungry individual who ultimately wanted to rule over all the inhabitants of the galaxy, he was a serviceable villain, but did fall into the trap of Nero from Star Trek and Malekith from Thor: The Dark World in the sense that he ends up not being as well-developed or as interesting as the heroes he is fighting against. Karen Gillan as Nebula was totally hot and great as this female villain who clearly has sibling rivalry with Gamora and hearing about her history with Gamora and Thanos makes her seems really intriguing. Another person of interest is Michael Rooker as Yondu, Rooker is always a joy to watch and he was just as enjoyable as ever here as a man who is closely linked to Quill’s history and a man who looks out for number one and takes out anyone in his way. Rooker was so funny, cool and charismatic, he was such a joy to watch. Benicio Del Toro was great as Taneleer Tivan / The Collector, I feel like he was a little more serious and less cartoony than he was in Thor: The Dark World. I really liked Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, he was intimidating and badass as hell. Even though it his inclusion was small, Josh Brolin as Thanos was totally cool and gave us a wonderful look into what to expect from the Mad Titan in the future. And finally the performances from Glenn Close and John C. Reilly as Commander Rael and Rhomann Dey are pretty good too.

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When it comes to the presentation I think it is incredible on both the audio and visible side of things. Visually the film is incredibly unique, distinct and just bursting with colour and detail. Along with the story, the cinematography and CGI work on space, planets and even the characters instill a great sense of wonder and mystery to the film and anyone who is well versed in sci-fi will feel glimpses of Star Wars, the J.J. Abrams Star Trek films and Serenity too. The soundtrack maybe just as impressive if not more so than the visuals. This film is filled to the max with nostalgic songs from the 1960’s and 70’s and it is a very eclectic soundtrack which is very unconventional when it comes to Marvel films, but it works on three levels, a) Because of Peter Quill’s love for the music he grew up with, b) It adds to the film’s quirky nature and c) For those who are old enough, it is like stepping into the past and having a crazy nostalgia rush with some really good music. In addition to the great selection of songs, the score by Tyler Bates is pretty good and has some beautiful and epic moments throughout.

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In conclusion the Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely a different kind of superhero film, in a way it hardly a superhero film at all. It is truly a film of the science fiction genre with all sorts of humour, action and fun.  and I can’t wait to see it again lol.

Rating: 8.5/9 out of 10 (Seriously liked this film a lot though I’m not sure it is 9 material yet)

So what did you think of the Guardians of the Galaxy? Did it live up to your expectations or not? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Hercules Review

Howdy ladies and gents time for the first of many new film reviews to come and today we start with Hercules, the latest film from Brett Ratner that stars Dwayne Johnson as the title character. Now I honestly had little to no interest in watching this film as the trailers hadn’t sold me at all, but since the film group I joined recently had it listed as a film to watch last week I decided to jump in and see what was going on. So how was the film? Well read on and find out.

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The premise for this film can be described as the following:

“Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.”

This film is definitely one of those ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ kind of films. From the trailers I thought I had this film worked out, but it totally took me by surprise how good the film was in every department. The story was straightforward and easy to comprehend, the characters were all likable and memorable and the presentation was very well executed with big set pieces and an awesome sense of style. This film once again reinvented the main mythology associated with Hercules, but does so in a way that is believable and interesting, also the modern-styled dialogue and emphasis on humour was a welcomed change from the more serious and embarrassing Greek mythology adaptations we have gotten in the past (*cough* Clash and War of the Titans). I also like how the film for all its cheesiness also had a bit of depth to it, there was some nice and dark backstory elements thrown in that actually worked that I did not expect to see in a Brett Ratner film.

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As for the cast they did a serviceable job in their roles and I don’t think there were any weak links to be found from what I saw. Firstly let’s talk about Dwayne Johnson as Hercules, man who dude looks like a tank! Johnson right now maybe the peak of physical human perfect I think lol. But enough about his looks, I though Johnson did well as Hercules and gave us a different and interesting take on the character, the man is definitely getting better as an actor and it helps that he has a great screen presence and good charisma too. This Hercules is strong, but is humble, he is a mercenary but still has honour and he also has a bit of a dark past too which added a bit more to his character as well. John Hurt as Cotys, King of Thrace was good as always. Hurt is a man ho does well playing roles that are either good or bad and I liked him in this film because he did come across as a nice man but easily changed his tune later on and was quite wicked. Rufus Sewell as Autolycus was probably my favourite of Hercules’ companions. The man has known Hercules the longest and he comes across as righteous man when his friends are involved, that being said he always has his eyes on the prize and makes numerous funny remarks throughout the film.

Ian McShane as Amphiaraus was great, he was the funniest of the bunch, constantly talking about his visions of the future and the time of his death which lead to some very great moments in the film. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal was as hot as she was deadly as Atalanta. This character is clearly a warrior, she got into the thick of the battles, knew how to deliver the pain and has a lot of love and respect for her friends. And I dunno if it was just me but I constantly thought, “Man, this woman looks a lot like a younger Nicole Kidman.” Aksel Hennie as Tydeus was good too, this character was strange and odd, but awesome as well as he was a nutter. I liked is backstory as well and I feel like I connected with him a lot despite the fact that he rarely talks. Reece Ritchie as Iolaus was nice as well, he was the nephew of Hercules who tells of these exaggerated tales of his conquests, but is also looking to make a name for himself and become a warrior too. Rebecca Ferguson was also decent as Ergenia, she wasn’t just there to be a love interest but was a strong character who had good motives and had a fairly important role to play in the grand scale of things too.

I also have to say that the presentation in the film was pretty cool too. On the visual front this film had some really cool action sequences, there were big scale wars, good but not overused CGI and nicely choreographed fight scenes with Hercules and his band of people to get stuck into.

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In conclusion Hercules was a surprisingly fun, interesting and had some hidden depth to it too. The film knows what it is and doesn’t try to be any more than an entertaining action film full of cheesy humour and good characters. This is the first solid adaptation of the character from Greek mythology since Disney made him popular in the late 90’s, I would recommend this to people who are not only fans of Dwayne Johnson but also for people looking for good summer action films, it is one of the good ones.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen Hercules and if so what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are e sure to leave them below and I’ll catch ya on the next film review yo. 😀

 
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The Bonds Between People; How They Can Strengthen & Shatter

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another personal and opinion-based blog post. Now friendship is a big deal to me, I consider it to be just as important if not more so than family. For those who have read this blog for at least 2 years you’ll know what I’m talking about. So today I just wanted to talk about the connection between friends and how it can be strong or fall apart.

Friendship (When It Works)

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There’s no secret to a successful friendship, all you need is the following things: love, trust and commitment. If you have those 3 things you’ve got a friend for life.

For me, my friends are my lifeblood and even though I only have a handful that I adore to the highest degree, I love them all. I have made many friends over the course of my young life, ranging from old school friends to recent work colleagues. Now while I can be a bit lazy and overly emotional, at the same time most people tell me I’m great friend material.

Besides a few school friends, most of my best and most trusted friends I met when I was in college and university. It was in higher education where I met some of the most beautiful and amazing people ever and I consider them to be my family. These are people I have known between 3-20 years, and can spend endless hours with and they just kick ass. When you have people like that life is always good.

Friendship (When It Fails)

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But then there are the times when things don’t work out, when the friendship tank runs out for whatever reason. Whether you grow apart or fall out, when It happens it’s never a good thing, well sometimes.

For me, most of my friends that I’ve lost has been down to growing apart after leaving school which sucked, and while I tried to keep in contact, some of these people just never hollered back. Now I hate to lose friends and it is only recent years I’ve learnt to let go of certain people. And in some cases it is actually good to let go, sometimes people who you call your friends actually can actually mess with you mentally. Some ‘friends’ can stress you out because they don’t keep in contact or choose not to, some will even go as far as to say that you’re the bad friend when clearly it is the other way round. That shit I cannot stand.

This year I had another loss in my friend circle, basically I’ve known said person for nearly 4 years and I considered us to be tight as hell. However due to a questionable conversation a few months ago, we never spoke after and now I don’t know what we are. I would like us to be friends again, but I assume they want nothing to do with me. While I understand why we are where we are, at the same time I don’t. It is not like I haven’t tried, the problem has been one of financial and distance-related issues. Plus it is hard to commute to Sheffield to London on a continuous basis especially during university time. And to say that I’m a bad friend and that I wasn’t putting any effort into is just unfair and totally bullshit. This could have easily been sorted out with a civil conversation, but alas I feel like things may be beyond that stage now.

It really is lame when someone you thought you’d be tight with forever ends up cutting contact after a short time. But when it comes to the loss of a friend I always think of the song Drifting Apart” by Alien Ant Farm as  that song’s lyrics have always stuck with me and helped me to accept things beyond my control.

In the end friendship is great thing and all people deserve it, however sometimes it cannot always be sustained. It just depends on how much how much effort people are willing to put in.

 
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Sorry for being M.I.A.

Good day to all my fellow subscribers, you may have noticed over the last week or so I haven’t been posting that much if at all and I have resurfaced from the depths of the Earth to give you the 411 on why I haven’t been around recently.

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So yeah basically I sent my laptop to get repaired because it has been a poor state for the last 2 months and I have yet to get it back… And my life without it is a frigging endurance test! I’ll admit that I am a tech addict and my life feels so empty and boring without my laptop to plug me into the internet so I can blog, go on YouTube, watch my favourite TV shows and just mess around in general. You don’t realize how hard it is to do or how much you miss your stuff until you’re going cold turkey from it. My normal routine has been thrown completely out of whack and I have been limited to my phone and it SUCKS. I’m so limited to my phone which is nearly impossible to deal with because the battery gets drained too quickly.

Besides my ‘lack of laptop’ problems I have been to the cinema recently and will have my reviews of Hercules and Guardians of the Galaxy on this blog later on today. I also have a backlog of other reviews and other posts in the pipeline so look forward to those in the coming weeks.

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As far as I know I’ll be good to go with my laptop again by the late side of this week, so please wait for me peeps! 🙂

 
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