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My Mate Mel

Now this was a blog post I was meant to have written and finished back in November 2012 but unfortunately time literally got away from me and I had to push it back to 2013. But now that I have an open window of opportunity I feel that is time for me to tell you about my lovely friend Melissa, who is honestly one of the best friends I’ve ever had!

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Now in order to tell you about my mate Mel I have to tell the story of how we met because it wasn’t by conventional means. Now back in 2006 when MySpace was still around and the big social networking website, I was hanging around there when I was contacted by girl called Mel and we connected mainly based on our love for Jamiroquai. Yes, the power of the acid jazz band Jamiroquai brought us together! Talk about the power of music yo! After that we got conversing for a while and then started talking on MSN, and even exchanged phone numbers and had long ass texting and phone call conversations. And naturally we eventually moved onto Facebook and kept in contact. She was technically my first online friend I’d ever made such a solid connection with.

So after a good few years of messaging online, texting and calling each other, in 2011 when I applied for university and one of my picks was Sheffield Hallam University imagine my surprise when I found out that Mel went to the same uni. I knew at that time that I had to get in and when I was finally accepted there both of our excitement levels went over 9000! And then after missing each other in Fresher’s Week we finally met up face to face in October 2011. It was frigging surreal experience which I couldn’t get over at. But we had a cool time conversing and drinking coffee, it was a beautiful occasion. And from there we ran into each just a little bit in my first year, but in my second year I’ve been seeing her all over the place and we’ve had way more face-to-face interactions. Since she’s in her third year we don’t get to hang too much so I do cherish the times I do get to see her because she’s the best.

So what makes my mate Mel so great? Well firstly look at our friendship, we met online and were from different ends of UK, yet we remained friends for several years before eventually meeting each other in the fresh and we’ve been mates for 7 years. That’s some hardcore stuff. She is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever known; she’s kind, friendly, funny, strange and amazing. Her personality and interests are great and similar to my own, plus she loves Jamiroquai and anyone that respects their music has my respect. Every time I see her it’s like there’s a glow about her and she just seems jolly and that’s the kind of attitude I like. Plus she is a pretty lass too. 😀

It is hard to describe what makes Mel so special to me, all I can say is she is one of the best friends I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and hope that our friendship lasts forever! There are many people in the world and there are very few you can say that you are privileged to know, but my mate Mel is one of them. 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Life

 

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Andy Serkis Talks Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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There hasn’t been much talk on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes since that poster showed up on the internet a little while ago, but now we have some information from Caesar himself, Andy Serkis. The following information is from IGN:

“Andy Serkis is promoting The Hobbit right now, where he not only reprises his mo-cap role of Gollum but also did a bunch of second-unit directing. But he also, of course, has Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in the works, the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes which will see him mo-capping his way into our hearts again as the intelligent ape Caesar.

Good old Ed Douglas at Coming Soon spoke to Serkis yesterday about the Apes sequel and what Caesar will be up to now that — spoilers from the first movie! — most of humankind has been infected by a deadly virus.

“The interesting thing now,” says the actor, “will be how Caesar operates in this world — because of the virus that hits at the end of the first movie — and how Caesar brings an accord between the apes and the surviving humans and that’s going to be interesting where we take that.”

That sounds a bit like Battle for the Planet of the Apes, the last movie in the original cycle of films that saw the beginning of Ape civilization forming in the wake of a nuclear war. Which, really, was probably the weakest film in that series, so this could be a great chance to build on and expand that concept. (Just don’t expect any nuclear-bomb worshipping, face-peeling mutants… probably.)

Serkis also tells the site that he’s already met with director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), who replaces Rise’s Rupert Wyatt, and that production should get underway around the end of the first quarter of 2013.

Serkis also said that his motion-capture adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, which he’ll direct, is well into pre-production and should start shooting by the end of 2013.

Read the full interview at Coming Soon.”

Well at least we have some information about the film from the key member of the film. So from what I’ve read here, it looks like the filmmakers are again going to borrow some elements from some previous Planet of the Apes film and rework it into this new film with some new and interesting twists. The last film really was an unexpected hit and revitalized the series and the way it ended with the virus spreading across the planet really did set the wheels in motion for some interesting stuff. I just hope this sequel turns out good and advances Caesar’s story in the right way with good drama and cause and effect.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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One year in Sheffield

So here we are in October 2012 and I’ve been thinking and reflecting for a weeks now about Sheffield and how much my life has changed since I came here last September. I just thought to myself, “I have to blog about this!”

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It’s weird to think I’ve been living in this city for a year already.

As I mentioned before I came here last September and it was for uni purposes, I joined Sheffield Hallam University to start my degree in animation and immediately when I got there the winds of new beginnings blew right through me. The atmosphere, environment, even the people seemed so different and more exciting than back at home. I was proper hyped to discover the city, the nightlife and my course too. And what I’ve experienced over this last year has been unforgettable.

Let’s start with the city of Sheffield itself, my god its soooooo big. There’s so many roads, buildings and streets and back alleys too. Then there’s all those trams moving around travelling from place to place and nearly running absentminded people over. There’s also many shops in the city centre area too. I’ve seen every kind of shop imaginable and I swear Sheffield must have the most amount of Gregg’s bakeries I’ve ever seen (I think at last count it was around 8!). And then there’s the shopping centre Meadowhall, damn, it’s like being back at Milton Keynes, except it’s slightly bigger and more hectic! And then there’s the Cineworld cinema with 21 friggin screens with an IMAX screen that’s absurdly massive! There is just so much going on in Sheffield and it’s also a very pretty place too, a lot of beautiful sights from the city to parks and it makes for some awesome photography! I’ve just enjoyed getting to know this city and walk everywhere in the summer just discovering new places to hang out or taking in the sights.

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Now let’s talk about the nightlife and man, that is a highlight of this city if I do say so myself. When I arrived here last year and went on my first night out it was like an adrenaline rush! So many people, pubs and clubs and bright lights, I was a bit overwhelmed, though it was freshers week at that point. But anyways there is an abundance of pubs and clubs to go to and while I haven’t tried them all out yet, I have had some of my most memorable nights out ever in Sheffield. The friends I have made have made nights out in some of these clubs just insane. And what I really love about this place is that there is a variety of clubs with different and varied types of music and that is a massive plus for me whereas in my home town there isn’t much variation and everything gets pretty stale after constant nights out there.

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This place looks incredible at night and there are loads of places to go when it comes to nightlife and socializing.

And lastly there’s my course, the whole reason I came up here in the first place. To be honest my course started out a bit questionably with us doing unnecessary and tedious coursework that really didn’t have much to do with animation in the practical sense. Eventually the life drawing really got me into my course and once I gave the 3D Studio Max and Adobe Flash stuff a chance I did have some degree of fun. But to be honest the course in the first year really wasn’t what I was expecting and didn’t really meet my expectations. Though I have learnt a great many things and there are things I have learnt in my classes that has prepared me for the world of animation when I choose to pursue it as a career later on in life.

To be honest it took me a while to find my feet in Sheffield, from understanding where certain places were to trying to figure out the tram system as opposed to taking busses everywhere like in London. I’ve also faced a great deal of obstacles in Sheffield; I’ve been financially broken for a great deal of my time up here, trying to get a job has been a very tedious and depressing process and being away from home has meant that I’ve had to miss out on so many events and people back at home. Though Sheffield has been kind to me, I’ve made some absolutely awesome friends, finally gotten work in small doses thanks to agency work and thanks to the nights out I’ve kept myself in a happy place when the world felt like it was falling on me. I even got to see not only Lee Evans, but also the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Motorpoint Arena since coming here and those were insane experiences that I’ve never forgotten.

So yeah I love Sheffield and I hope for another great 2 years! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2012 in Life

 

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One Year on WordPress. Yay!

As of yesterday I have been on WordPress for year exactly, so I thought why not do a blog post about it. So in this post I will be just talking about my time as a blogger and how it started as something to do for uni to becoming my obsession and favourite pass time.

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So as I said before when I started university last year, we were told to create accounts on LinkedIn and WordPress. Both of which I thought were pretty irrelevant to the course subject matter. However when I started looking into the intricacies of WordPress, I started seeing the possibilities for a new form of blogging. After losing interest in Gametrailers, I thought that WordPress would be a better place to house my thoughts and express my thoughts to the world, and so that’s where my journey began…

When I started on here I just started transferring old reviews from Gametrailers and reworked/updated them for this blog. But after a while my life in Sheffield and my uni course started giving me something to write about, sometimes even without me having to plan it and before I knew it blogging became my favourite thing to do. Eventually I blogged my than I did any of my other hobbies like drawing or playing video games. I actually dedicated so much time to blogging and sometimes refused to leave my room at my flat until my post was finished. That was how dedicated I was. I never knew writing about my own life would be so much fun, from talking about my nights out to my rant series I started talking about things that bug me. It was fun.

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For the first few months I never really understood my addiction to blogging, it was just something I enjoyed doing. I liked blogging more than I did doing my own coursework from my animation course (and that was surprising). I think it was just like when I’m on YouTube where I have an opinion about something and like to share it with the world. I also really enjoyed the fact that people actually enjoyed what I wrote in their likes and comments on my blog posts. So when 2012 came around and I finally got around to watching films in the cinema again, I think that’s when things on here started to elevate. That’s when I really got into writing and creating work that was comprehensive and interesting to read. But I think the peak point of this blog was when I wrote about Kony back in March 2012, man, that just shot me into the stratosphere! One blog post got me over 1000 views in one day! I was blown away. And while I’ve never been able to recreate that success, it has been the one thing that made sure that I’d never quit blogging, ever.

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Without Kony I wouldn’t have gotten all of those absurd amount of views back in March this year. So thanks Kony.

And what I really liked was at one point I got into a nice little groove and was posting every week posting 1-3 posts each week and I felt so hardcore and while I never had too many comments, I did get viewers. And to me the views was all that mattered. After the views I got from Kony 2012, I was addicted to success and was constantly needing views. Unfortunately success seems to be hard to come by. My views after May started to fluctuate and I started to get a little downhearted and for teh first time my blogging became very inconsisant. Eventually I stopped caring about blogging.

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Though I thought to myself I couldn’t leave my blog completely, so then I went back in July and tried to make a comeback. And thanks to my newfound love for blogging and my constant time in the cinema, I always had something to write about. And while its been hard to continue when my viewing figures have not been anywhere near where they were back in May and June of this year, I preserve because I have so much more to write, talk and rant about.

So yeah that’s about it for now. All I want to say is thank you WordPress for giving me something to do in my spare time which made me feel like I was doing something useful. Here’s to another great year! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Life

 

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127 Hours Review

Howdy to all who may be reading this blog, today I return with another film review in the form of the Danny Boyle film 127 Hours, an adaptation of the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which documented the true events of a mountain climber, Aron Ralston whose played by James Franco in this film. Now I saw this film just after it came out in cinema back in 2011, but I didn’t watch again until I went to America and caught it on the plane while travelling over. So now that I’ve had time to reassess the film I think its time to review this film again with my better understanding of it, I’ll shall try to make it worth reading 🙂

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Ever since I heard about this film I was continuously wondering just how it was going to be done. I mean here you have a film based on a real life situation of a very gruesome nature, plus it’s a film that’s primarily going to be based in one location for the main duration of the film, how long will the film be able to hold up before audiences get bored? Those were the main aspects I kept thinking about before seeing the film. It’s not that I didn’t have faith in Danny Boyle as a director because I know he’s brilliant, at that point in time I had only seen Sunshine and Slumdog Millionaire but both films I enjoyed immensely so I wasn’t overly worried. However making a film about a man who goes climbing in the wilderness, gets his arm stuck beneath and boulder and then has to cut his arm off to get free doesn’t sound like a very inviting film. Plus the filmmakers and actors would have to portray it properly, so it wasn’t the easiest task to try and get right. But thankfully due to some clever direction by Danny Boyle, some wonderful cinematography, a great soundtrack by A. R. Rahman, a lovely script and fantastic performance from the leading man James Franco, the film all comes together in a very heartfelt and memorable way.

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So let’s start with the story which is the main aspect of the film, now what makes a 127 Hours such a good film is the fact that it’s story is so interesting from start to finish. The introduction is fabulous with the use editing and great music to start the film off and straight from that point you are engaged, you establish the kind of lifestyle that Aron lives and get sucked into his world as he travels from the city into an isolated canyon in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Along the way he meets two girls and goes along with them to point them in the right direction while also hanging out and having fun. After leaving them he travels alone and while climbing grabs onto a loose boulder, he falls and then the boulder lands on his arm. And then the rest of the film is about how he survives through his traumatic situation of the course of time and the events leading up to how he frees himself.

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Even though 127 Hours has a very difficult subject matter at the center of it all, the film is full of a range of different things like adventure, joy, pain, suffering, temptation and the concept of cause and effect. This film easily could have just been about one man stuck in a canyon for 90 minutes slowly succumbing to death and then escaping in a heroic and clichéd manner. But the way in which the filmmakers have tackled the problem of 127 Hours being potentially tedious and boring is by using flashbacks, hallucination sequences, having a well written screenplay and having one fantastic and varied performance by James Franco as Aron Ralston. Before saw this film I had only seen James Franco in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man film trilogy as Harry Osborn in which he was pretty darn good in my opinion. Since then I’ve only seen him in Date Night, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the one episode he was in 30 Rock, but from what I’ve seen so far he doesn’t disappoint and commits to whatever role he gets into and that is especially the case with 127 Hours. I think James Franco gives his best performance to date in this film and it was truly incredible. He portrays the many levels of emotion that one would go through in that situation, he has great range, more so than his previous work in my opinion, but I think the best parts is when he’s on edge, at those emotional breaking points and in a frail state. Those are the moments where he really shines and it all feels authentic and most importantly you connect with him too.

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This film isn’t for the casual film watcher as it is a film based mainly in one location for the main duration of the film and while that doesn’t bother me too much, I know some people who wouldn’t watch the film purely based on that fact alone. As I just said I have seen a few films where the main location of the film doesn’t change like Lifeboat, Conspiracy and more recently Buried, all of which I highly recommend. One other thing to note is that this film isn’t for the skirmish either, there is also the point where he actually cuts his arm off which is pretty nasty and not for the faint-hearted, but it is very impressive to look at because of the level authenticity that went into it and how well James Franco deals with it. Gruesome but awesome! And just before I finish I just want to mention the film’s soundtrack, A. R. Rahman is man who knows how to craft a bloody good soundtrack. All of his tracks sound incredible and really add a great layer of emotion and atmosphere in the scenes its applied to. There is literally always the right kind of music for the right situation from A. R. Rahman’s compositions to use of songs in the film too which always seem to be on form especially the song that used in the trailer that’s also used in the film, “Never Hear Surf Music Again” by Free Blood, it’s very addictive.

Overall I think 127 Hours one of the best films I’ve seen for a while, it’s a wonderfully crafted, really raw and well worth a watch. If I were to rate the film I’d give it an 8.5/10.

Well thanks for reading and I’ll see you guys later!! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I have another film review to give ya and this time it comes in shape of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol aka Mission: Impossible 4.

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Now before this film came out I was very wary purely because it was the fourth entry in the Mission: Impossible film series. In most normal cases, most film series end in a trilogy or spin-off, so when you hear there’s going to be a fourth film in a film series that really didn’t need it, you can’t help but think it’ll be bad before it’s even going to come out. Though over time when it was announced that Brad Bird, director of The Incredibles was going to be on-board for the project I felt that there may be some hope for the film and then when Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner were also attached to the film, so my fear turned into hope. So I went to watch this film just expecting to like it… But after I watched it I was like “Holy man this film friggin is awesome!!”

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This latest instalment in the Mission: Impossible film series is an interesting chapter in the life of Ethan Hunt and is fantastic film in the genre of action movies. Basically in this film the IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name. While the plot sounds simple enough, there a good level intricacy and layering to it, with the multiple characters involved on the good side and the side of the enemy. This film is a great action flick purely because rather than just being a mindless film full of explosions and having action with no substance like the latest instalment of the Transformers film series, MI: GP has a story, it has structure with characters who are interesting and engaging and most importantly things happen for a reason rather than just happening for the sake of a spectacle for the audience. Tom Cruise is still just as cool as ever as Ethan Hunt and he delivers a solid performance whether he’s just talking or jumping out of buildings. Jeremy Renner adds an interesting element to the film with his character William Brandt, while Paula Patton and Simon Pegg do equally well in the film as agents Jane Carter and Benji Dunn.

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Now talk about the action sequences in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The action scenes in this film are just ridiculously awesome. So much stuff happens in this film it’s unreal, straight from the beginning of the film it sets you up for a wide ride of significant feats performed by several of the characters involved whether they are the good guys or the bad guys. So many of the scenarios created are just unnatural, so many tension-building situations and heart-racing scenes are thrown in throughout this film that you don’t know what’s going to happen next. Another thing I noticed which Jeremy Jahns mentioned in his YouTube review was that when the action sequences come just when you think that it’s over, it throws a curve ball and continues, it’s mind-boggling. But one thing is for sure that the action sequences are pulled off in a fabulous way, all of it is very entertaining, well-choreographed and incredible to watch, some of it throws away the laws of realism and gets completely ridiculous at times, but I think that’s what I really loved about it, that level of impossibility that wouldn’t take place in the real world.

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The amount of crazy action stunts that Tom Cruise gets into in this film is absolutely mad.

I also want to talk about the soundtrack which is wonderfully handled by one of my favourite film composers Michael Giacchino. In most of the soundtracks I have heard Mr Giacchino is nothing short of amazing as he always seems to get the music right in every scenario and it’s always so loud and present that you can’t ignore how great it sounds. As I listened to the soundtrack throughout the film I noticed subtle references to Giacchino’s previous work with Pixar and the more recent sci-fi film Star Trek. Now for me I find it interesting that both Brad Bird and Michael Giacchino found themselves working together again on a film of a similar genre to that of The Incredibles. And just like their last collaboration they work wonderfully together. And since I’ve mentioned Brad Bird now I think I should give him his credit as I feel this film really worked under his direction. Bird’s directing skills are pretty darn good, though it is all in the world of animation his contributions to The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille can’t be ignored. In the end I am glad that he was picked as the director because he did so well with it and it also shows that Brad Bird is also capable of directing live-action films too so hopefully this is the start of bigger things to come in his career.

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So in conclusion Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a fabulous film and probably one of the best films of 2011. The film was handled very well with a good story, a solid cast, ridiculously awesome action sequences and a soundtrack that is just simply wonderful. After seeing this film I know one thing is for sure, Tom Cruise is still awesome! 😀 He can still tackle action films in such a great way and you can see in this film how much he really commits to the film with the amount of crazy stunts he pulls off. And director Brad Bird, he is a man of brilliance and he needs to direct more films because he has talent that shouldn’t be wasted.

Rating: 8.5/10

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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End of Year Review 2011

So here we are ladies and gentlemen at the end of another year, my goodness this year feels like it moved so slowly and yet here we are nearing the end of 2011 and looking back on everything that took place in this year it all seems to have flown by in a flash. A lot has happened in the world this year and I really mean a lot, there’s even been a fair amount of things that’s gone down in my world too. But at the same time for all this year’s happenings things have been pretty tame and dull when compared to previous years.

When a year comes to an end it always seems to come out of nowhere, like you’re always aware it’s going to happen but never see it coming until the last-minute and when you are in the last days of December it gets kind of surreal to know that you’ll be transitioning into another year with brand new experiences just around the corner. I always look forward to the future purely because of the level of unpredictability it brings, obviously there’s specific stuff I look forward to in the New Year like games or films or personal life-changing experiences I may have, and I assume there will be a lot of that in 2012. However for now I shall look back on the year and reflect on all the happenings that I can recall over the past year. Oh and by the way this blog post is going to be absurdly long so if you don’t want to read the entire thing skip to the parts relevant to you or if you’re really lazy just read the conclusion at the bottom. 😀

Video Games

It is strange, this year in terms of gaming has been very interesting and there have been some absolutely incredible titles showing up over the course of the year, and the change and shift in power between Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony in console wars and games development department has definitely taken a dramatic turn in a lot of ways. Also this year mobile gaming has become more apparent and all the talk surrounding the 8th generation of gaming is amplifying with Nintendo 3DS already out, the PlayStation Vita soon to be released and then with the Nintendo Wii U supposedly coming out next year. And there’s the rumours surrounding the PS4 and Xbox 720 too, so the future of gaming is actually starting to be talked about in a realistic manner.

This year has been a fairly rocky one for Nintendo with the release of their 3DS handheld in March. The 3DS had a fairly poor launch, it also had a hefty price tag and many gamers wondered if the 3DS would be worth buying at launch. Unfortunately for Nintendo people didn’t run out to buy the 3DS and the sales figures showed. The initial set of sales showed a slow but decent number of 3DS units being sold, however after a while the 3DS became non-existent. Sure there was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries to keep people preoccupied, but it wasn’t enough and for while the 3DS looked like it was just going die before all the good games showed up. Eventually Star Fox 64 3D shifted a few units, but it really wasn’t until November when actual good first party material showed up. Thanks to Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 the 3DS survived and helped shift a good number of units. Nintendo also gave a price cut to the 3DS along with software updates and Gameboy games were made available too. The 3DS was finally in a good place in the world of gaming. Along with their problems with the 3DS the Wii saw itself falling off of the face of the earth, with there being only two major releases over the course of the entire year which was Kirby’s Return to Dreamland and the highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. While the latest Zelda has been highly praised, in the end it wasn’t enough. It was clear that the Wii was on its way out especially with the Wii U so close by. And speaking of the Wii U, let’s look back to E3 2011 when Nintendo showed off the Wii U, the successor to its current home console. It’s a new a console that also has a tablet-like controller that you can play your games on and you can also shift the games you play from the tablet controller to the console. The hardware specs say that the console is going to be HD compatible, has many USB ports and there was going to be so much more third-party games on this new console when compared to the Wii. Everything seemed better, although the hardware seemed to be so much better than the current Wii console, in a way it was a few years too late. A HD Nintendo console is all and well, but again it’s too late and by the time the PS4 and Xbox 720 show up, graphically and hardware-wise Nintendo will probably be trailing in the dust again unless they have some very well hidden strategy. We can only wait until 2012 and see what happens.

I haven’t really followed Microsoft or Sony this year purely because I’m mainly a Nintendo-based gamer, unless the games were really worth my attention. All I know is that there have been some fabulous games this year, other than the already mentioned Zelda: Skyward Sword, other great games have show up in the shape of Portal 2, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat 9, FIFA 12, the epic Skyrim, the critically acclaimed Uncharted 3, the endless Minecraft, Mario Kart 7, Infinity Blade II, the long-awaited Batman: Arkham City, the unforgiving Dark Souls and Gears of War 3 just to name a few. In my world of gaming I only got around to playing two big games of 2011, which was Sonic Generations and Zelda: Skyward Sword, both games gave me endless hours of joy, though obviously Zelda was the much better game by miles! I eventually got around to playing Mortal Kombat 9 too just before Christmas, which was stupidly awesome by the way. But the fact that I’ve only played 3 big games in 2011 shows how little gaming is part of my world these days. Before in previous years I would have gone to extreme lengths to play all of these games, but I guess I’m not as bothered as I used to be. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop playing games though, because that’s just crazy talk, I am a gamer. Fact. 🙂

Films

When it comes to film in 2011 I’m not gonna lie, this year was a bit of a let-down to be honest. When this year started I was so excited for all material I was going to witness in the cinema and I thought that this year would be a totally fabulous year for cinema. However over course of the year several films came and were fairly lacklustre, uninspiring and downright disappointing. I wanted to cry and started to question what is going on with the world of cinema. Though this year hasn’t been all bad, there have actually been some good films that I have had the pleasure of watching, there have even been some brilliant films spread out over the year, though it’s unfortunate because it’s those films that are normally never seen. 2011 has also been a partially annoying year due to the continuing amount of sequels, remakes/reboots and spin-offs that keep getting made and let’s not forget the continuing amount of films that we were forced to watch in 3D that frustrated many cinema-goers to no end because of the additional price on top of your ticket and most of the time the 3D effect didn’t make a difference.

So let’s talk about the good films I have seen. So let’s start with Source Code, now this was a film I knew nothing about but heard many interesting things so I went to watch it with an open mind and it was lovely. It was a great film with an intriguing story and good sci-fi elements and I believe this to be Jake Gyllenhaal’s best film. Fast Five, the 5th instalment in the series was probably the best in the series as it delivers action on so many levels and it was just entertaining and that’s all that anyone could want from this series. It had cars, girls and Vin Diesel vs. Dwayne Johnson, sweet! Now moving onto my favourite film of the year, Thor. My god was that film was awesome, I really love it! Thor just had a great story to tell, with all the family drama between Thor and not only his brother Loki, but also his father and then there’s the adventures he has with the earthlings after he gets banished from his home world. It was just pure fun for me and that’s why I saw the film 5 times! Then I watched my second Marvel film which was X-Men: First Class which was surprisingly amazing, I was wary of this film due to the way the Wolverine film turned out. But First Class was a breath of fresh air and it kicked ass. I also saw Kung-Fu Panda 2 and that was definitely one of the best sequels I’ve seen in an animated format. I also got to watch this awesome documentary called Senna which was one of the best films I have ever seen. For me a person as a person who’s never been interested in Formula 1 the film was incredibly informative and engaging, very emotional and truly magnificent.

With 2011 also came the final film in the Harry Potter film series in the form of Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It was a day I never wanted to come but in the end all things have to finish and the final Harry Potter film was lovely and quite emotional too, I watched it 3 times because I couldn’t let go of the characters yet! Over the summer I also got around to watching Super 8, the mysterious science fiction film that was hidden away from the world until a few months prior to the film’s release. I thought the film was nice, beautiful, heartfelt and even magical in some ways. Continuing through the summer was the highly anticipated film for The Inbetweeners TV series, The Inbetweeners Movie. I saw the trailers but I thought the film would be pants because most films based TV series’ suck, but luckily this film didn’t, in fact it was one of the funniest films I have seen in the cinema for years, maybe ever. And then the last film I saw in the summer was the reboot/prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes and that was absolutely awesome, it had great story to tell, some great action and CGI and Andy Serkis was frigging wicked! Then in September I decided to watch Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy which had a very impressive trailer prior to the film’s release so I watched it and was impressive, but also very, very confusing. The film was so many layers of story along with a non-linear style of story-telling and it was hard to keep track of everything that was going on, maybe I’m just stupid but a lot of things in that film was way beyond my comprehension.

And after that I was away from the cinema for 3 months due to my busy schedule with uni and timing issues. So when December came into play the first film I saw was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. I had been waiting for this film for so long and luckily it met my expectations and then exceeded them, the film was great full of action, a great story and character development too. I then watched Puss in Boots next out of interest to see if it would be any good when compared to the Shrek films and man it was actually really good. It was a lot better than the last 2 Shrek films and it stands on its own in a unique world full of adventure and great leading characters. Then after Boxing Day I saw Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and it was wicked!  It was a film I didn’t think would work because I didn’t believe it was entirely necessary, but then I watched he film and was overly impressed, it had action to an absurd level, Tom Cruise is still badass and Brad Bird is an amazing director who needs to be directing more films. And the last film I saw in 2011 was the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I was hoping that this would be good, though since it was David Fincher directing I wasn’t going to doubt his powers and he delivered a great film which was as disturbing as it was brilliant, Rooney Mara was incredible as the main character and Daniel Craig was equally good in the film too.

Now let’s talk about the bad films of 2011 starting with Sucker Punch, my god that film sucked. It was one of those sort of films that had too many ideas in the pre-production process and someone just decided to mesh all the ideas together into one story and that’s what this film felt like to me, a cluttered mess with ideas that weren’t fully realised. Besides the fact that the visual effects and the women who all looked hot in the end that didn’t compensate for the bad acting, bad plot and an overall bad movie. Then there was also the 4th instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series that shouldn’t have happened, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. For me the film was just okay, just barely better than the last film but that’s not saying much, Captain Jack Sparrow just isn’t as entertaining as he used to be and the film felt like a wasted opportunity and I felt like I wasted my time watching it the cinema. There was also another 4th instalment in another film series and that was Scream 4 which was a long-delayed sequel featuring the entire original cast member from the first 3 films, the film was alright, but not anything worth shouting about.

Next we have the film adaptation of Green Lantern, for some reason ever since I saw the first trailer I knew this film was gonna suck, while the later trailers looked better, I still wasn’t totally convinced, so then I watched the film and man was it lame. The GL film just wasn’t something you could take seriously and while I know it comes from the realm of science fiction, there has to be some level of realism for the audience to believe what’s going on or the film doesn’t work. I just didn’t like the film and it has proved once again that DC have a long way to go before they can make any films that aren’t Batman-related. With the summer coming into play, we were treated to comedy sequel The Hangover Part 2. Now for me I didn’t think that the first Hangover film needed a sequel, it was great on its own, but heck that’ll never stop Hollywood because they’re corrupt when it comes to film sequels. Basically The Hangover 2 was bad, sure there were a few chuckles to be had but overall the film was just the same as the original except it was in another location, with a different missing person, but the film was just bad, end of. Another sequel that sucked was Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Now before this film came out I had hoped it would be good, heck I would have hoped it was at least going to be better than Revenge of the Fallen, however my hopes were dashed when I actually saw the film. Man, the 3rd instalment in the Transformers films from Michael Bay just sucked, just plain sucked. There was nothing creditable about the film outside of the CGI robot fights, but otherwise this was one of the most forgettable films of 2011 and I continuously forget it even existed, that’s how bad it was.

And last now for the last disappointing film of this year which was Captain America: The First Avenger. Now I know that there were a lot of people who really liked this film, but to me this film just felt like it lacked that special superhero feeling that makes most other films in this genre work. The film rushed over too aspects in Steve Rogers’ life and most of the action scenes were in montage and was most of that stuff we saw in the trailers. But I think the main thing that hurt my soul was Hugo Weaving’s depiction of the Red Skull. Though he looked the part, somehow the filmmakers dumbed down his character making him come across as some sort of boring generic supervillain wanting to take over the world, there was so much more to the character than that and I wish it had been explored more.

My Top 5 Favourite Films of the Year:

  1. X-Men: First Class
  2. Thor
  3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  4. Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  5. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

My Professional Top 10 Films of the Year:

  1. Senna
  2. X-Men: First Class
  3. Thor
  4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  5. Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  6. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
  7. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  8. Kung-Fu Panda 2
  9. Puss In Boots
  10. Fast Five

Music

When it comes to music in 2011 strangely a lot hasn’t changed, most new music I don’t really care about it either because it all sounds the same or it just generally sucks. That’s my basic opinion of things, don’t hate. However I can probably say that I was pretty into music more so this year than I was last year due to an open mind, constant radio airplay and friends constantly playing songs until they were embedded in my mind. Most of the music that I listened to this year was from continuing artists who had established themselves before 2010 unless they were new artists with a good sound. Chris Brown finally returned to the world of music properly after his rocky path in his career with his new album F.A.M.E which was a pretty darn good improvement over his previous album. The Friendly Fires returned in 2011 with the second album Pala which took the band in a different direction in terms of sound while still retaining the awesome sounds they created with their first album. The Red Hot Chili Peppers busted out their latest album, I’m With You in August and while a lot of long-time fans can’t accept the fact that the old guitarist John Frusciante isn’t part of the band anymore and hate the new album, in my opinion I love the album, though it’s an album that takes a little while to get into, when you find your groove this albums sounds really incredible. The Foo Fighters also busted out their latest album Wasting Light in the early part of 2011 and it was one of the best albums I had heard for a while, it’s loud its proud and has incredible amounts of replay value.

Other than albums I have listened to I have found myself listening to a lot more artists than I usually would. Like Katy Perry for instance, her singles from her Teenage Dream album really did start to grow on me this year and LMFAO were a group which I really didn’t care for when their first single came out even though it was fairly addictive, it wasn’t until I got their album and the single “Sexy And I Know It” came out that I became a fan. I was also obsessed with the song “Earthquake” by Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah, at first it just started out as a song I heard via my sister and then my friend picked it up and played it ever since September and continuously we have raved to that song whenever the opportunity represented itself. I also found myself listening to Deadmau5, David Guetta, Tinie Tempah, The Kooks & Maroon 5 too. I also became obsessed with the band Them Crooked Vultures, their self-titled album was one of the best things I had ever heard, I continuously listened to the songs “Elephants”, “Bandoliers”, “Dead End Friends” and “Reptiles”. I have become one of their new biggest fans and I am eagerly anticipating their follow-up album.

Though I have listened to much more new music then I did in the previous 2 years, I have still been looking further into the past for my music needs. I have also expanded my listening habits with more attention paid to jazz, classical, hip-hop, dance and rock music. I found out this year that I was really into jazz, more so than ever before. So there was much love for Joe Henderson and Yellowjackets among others. I have also gone back to the 90s for my hip-hop with a lot of A Tribe Called Quest going on in my iTunes.

My Top 5 Songs of the Year

  1. Labrinth – Earthquake
  2. Chris Brown – Beautiful People
  3. Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
  4. Friendly Fires – Hawaiian Air
  5. Foo Fighters – Rope

But my real obsession with music this year has come from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. My god, I am so in love with their music at this point in my life and it was in the year 2011 that made that fact so very clear to me. I mean I’ve always loved their sound and have a lot of love for their albums Blood Sugar Sex Magik, By The Way and Californication. But when their new album I’m With You hit I thought to myself I had to get it. So when their first hit, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” I was initially in two minds about it but then I couldn’t stop playing it, then when I heard “Brendan’s Death Song” my ears were so moved by what they heard. So I decided in September that I wanted to see them live when they came to Sheffield in November. I listened to the album the same month and while initially it wasn’t what I had expected, there were definitely some proper awesome tracks on the album. Then I saw them in concert and I blew up, seeing them at the Motorpoint Arena was the most incredible thing of my life! And finally after all these years I got to see one my favourite bands live. It was after that I became obsessed with the Chili Peppers and I played their music continuously for ages, it was like I had to have my fix of their music all the time or I’d blow up.

Personal

Man oh man. In 2011 there have been several revelations that have taken place in my world which have literally changed my life in many ways, some it for the good and some of it for the worse. One big thing that happened was that I turned 21, but all that I did was chill in college doing a radio takeover, I went to London for dinner with family and friends but in the end I didn’t do anything extra or any partying, it was pretty tame and boring haha. Moving onto college, let’s go back to the earlier part of the year back I was still working as a voluntary media technician, man times were so much different back then. Continuing from when I started my volunteering job back in September 2010, over that course of time I was still working the college radio, doing tedious work-based tasks for tutors and expanding my friend collection on the side. I also found out the true meaning of manual labour when I was left up in Stockwood Park Discovery Centre, on several days I was sent up there to remove staples from walls, plaster holes in walls and paint walls for days on end.

My god it was like I was losing my mind in there, luckily I had my music to keep me alive but still I was so lonely working on an exhibition that wasn’t gonna take place for weeks. When it was completed the end result was pretty good, but still those were days of my life that I’d never get back. But other than my suffering working on that exhibition I truly did learn what it was like to work in a real job environment, to be needed by people, to help tutors and students and be part of a team. I had a lot of jobs to do, many of which I really didn’t like doing; besides handling the radio stuff, everything else felt like a tedious task to be honest. I lost so much enthusiasm for life in that place. Though it’s funny, for all the work I did do, I was fairly irresponsible and didn’t do as much as I should have, though to be frank I had done a fair amount of stuff so I really took my breaks when I needed them. So when my time at college ended in July and me and the rest of the Vtalent volunteers went our separate ways it was a heart-breaking, yet joyful moment, joyful in the sense that we’d never have work and suffer ever again, but at the same time I was losing my friends who’d been crew that had been built up since September.

Other than working at college one other major thing has happened to me which has changed my world; the fact that I went to university. Yep, I saddled up, left my hometown and went off to establish a new life in Sheffield. Now I had been told many things about uni before I went up so I had a few ideas of what to expect, but when I went up there in September nothing could have prepared me for happened. Firstly in my accommodation I found out I was not only the last man to show up, but that I was going to be sharing my flat with 4 other guys which was strange due to the fact that we all signed up for mixed gender lol. Secondly we went out on the night I arrived and I was introduced to the awesome nightlife, holy man there was so lights, so many people all over the place, so many different types of clubs and such electrifying in the air, it was frigging sweet. Thirdly I actually started my course in animation, now animation is something I’ve wanted to do for years but have never had the time or the mind-set to tackle it, so with it being part of uni then it would be mandatory so I would have to the work haha. And while it took a while for the course to get going and some of the assignments and lectures were a bit bogus, but in the end I have adjusted and enjoyed a lot of my work so far. And lastly it’s all been about living in Sheffield, it took me around a week or 2 to realise that living in Sheffield on my own was actually happening, that it was real and that this was my life. I did miss my house, my family and Luton to some degree but at the same time I didn’t. The new city I was living in presented so much to do at night but also in the day too and most importantly after only a short time Sheffield, it felt like home and it’s where I wanna hang for a while.

Another incredible thing that happened to me which I almost completely forgot about was the fact that in the summer I finally got to go to America for the first time as we headed off to Orlando for a week of epic fun. Thanks to the power of my mum, I got to head out to America and experience that wonderful place first-hand. From the endless amounts of television I watched to the fun times I spent chilling by the pool, it was all just wonderful. Even though it was raining for the majority of the time we were in Orlando it was still great, I got to see actual tornadoes which was totally amazing and loads of lightning and thunder too. We did however get some sunshine and when it did come it was absurdly hot, Orlando was on fire and when you stepped outside it was like walking into an oven! I was melting in a matter of minutes. While down in Orlando we went shopping and I finally got to see what the deal was with Wal-Mart and holy man the place was huge, like an IKEA but with everything in there. But the best part of the holiday was the food, holy man the portion size was massive and it tasted hella good. From having pizza 4 days in a row, to the finest steak I ever had as part of my dinner on my final night in America, everything was unhealthy and lovely and I’d gladly do it all over again. Even though 7 days isn’t nearly long enough for a holiday in America, let alone anywhere else in the world, it was worth the time.

This year has also seen the power of friendship play a big part in my life. Friendship has been one of the most important things to me this year in college or hanging out in my home town or in university. Over the summer I found some new people to hang with after going to a friend’s birthday party, we decided to hang at one point and swear it was like instant friendship. So after summer came uni and I really wasn’t sure if I was gonna make any friends because I’m mega nervous and paranoid about how I come across to people. But luckily my flatmates were awesome enough to befriend me and I now I loved them like they were my best friends. Outside of my lovely flatmates I found new friends and new opportunities for fun in the Hallam University Games Society (or HUGS for short) that me and flatmate joined back in September and to be honest I dunno where I’d be without it. HUGS are the group which gives you an incredible place where gaming takes place in a beautiful environment, filled with beautiful people. It’s funny though at first it was just about being around the games and the gamers, but then it became more about the people and after just a short time we’ve all created strong bonds with each other and we’ve become a family. We’ve gone out on social events from playing Bear Pong to having raves in Quasar (Laser Tag) it’s totally awesome.

For me this has been a year of change and transition, where many things took place and changed my life for both good and bad reasons. Not all of my year has been fun and joy, I have been very sad and depressed at many points, contrary to my normal demeanour. I have also had to deal with a lot of bull from a lot of people and other crap I shall not go into at this point. But for better or worse 2011 has come and gone and I think things will work themselves out eventually, I just don’t want to feel so down-in-the-dumps ever again because a happy me is the one that everyone wants to see.

Summary

In the end 2011 had its moments of awesomeness and I can honestly say that a lot of good stuff has happened this year in not only my own life but in the world too. I’ve done a lot of partying, I have too many friends to count, I love music, film and video-games even more than before and living in a new place is actually a lot of fun. However this year has also been fairly frustrating, complicated and downright dull too. Films in the world of cinema weren’t as strong as previous years, I am continuously broke and I have had some troubling realisations with the cruel side of reality. But for all the bad times that this year has presented, there has been much to love and celebrate and most importantly to learn from too. With 2012 on the horizon there is so much to look forward to in the world of film and video games; I’m stupidly excited for I shall find in the new year. In truth all I really want is to see The Hobbit film and then I’ll be satisfied 😀 (oh and also The Avengers, Batman Spider-Man and MIB3 films too.) So if 2012 is the year when we as the human race are meant to kick the bucket and everything is going to cease to exist then let’s go out with a bang and live up life to extreme with no regrets.

Happy New Year you beautiful people and I’ll see ya in 2012! 😀

 
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Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows Review

 

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, in this blog post I’m going to give you my review of the second Sherlock Holmes film from Guy Richie; Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

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So the story of the film is an easy one to follow, basically we have Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson having to join forces again to take down their most calculating adversary, Professor Moriarty. The story in this film for me is a lot interesting than the first film because the characters in this sequel the characters are much more interesting and involved in the plot than before. Even some of the secondary cast lend themselves to the story in a great way. There is also a greater sense of danger and urgency in this film then there was in the last film and that is something I always love in sequels; having greater stakes and a deeper story for the audience to get invested in. It has been argued by some that the story is a lot further from the original source material and because of that the film has faults with the story and its characters. Overall I thought this story was pretty impressive, although I wish the writers had dived a little deeper into the darker areas of the film which would have made the characters and plot a lot better. But for the most part Sherlock Holmes 2 has a great story worth telling.

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When it comes to the characters Robert Downey, Jr. as always is just incredible as Holmes, he is funny, complicated and a very strange man, but he does have a brilliant mind and the way in which he figures things out is nothing short of astounding. Holmes is also very similar to how he was in the first film, but I think this film takes him into deeper emotional territory than the before. At first I thought Holmes was an invincible smart man who couldn’t be touched but this film shows he can be hurt, physically and mentally and even the great Sherlock Holmes can get things wrong sometimes and I really liked that. When it comes to Watson, Jude Law is simply wonderful, he is the stern, yet fair friend of Holmes who brings his own level of smarts, wit and charm to the film. Even as he gets married and his life changes with his new wife we see that he still is the same man he was in the first film and like Holmes he goes though some emotional episodes that makes Watson all the better for it. Together throughout the journey of this film Holmes and Watson find that they need each other, that their bond extends further than just their journeys together, that for all the dysfunctional aspects of their relationship and all the problems that Holmes usually causes Watson in the end they really do need each other and it’s that bond that is one of the most powerful aspects of the film.

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The other powerful character that completes the film is Jared Harris as Moriarty, as the antagonist he gives a much more memorable performance than Mark Strong’s villain in the last film. Unlike Strong’s character, Harris’ actually has a presence. Moriarty is one of those sort of villains that doesn’t act like one out in the open and operates behind the shadows while having a very different persona to the public as a cover. And as charming as he is, when his calculating villainy side comes out and his cruel side becomes apparent you realise he’s a force to be dealt with. He’s definitely not the type of guy you’d want to meet in a back alley at night. And the way in which Moriarty and Holmes interact is just incredible, they’re both incredibly smart and are constantly trying to outwit each other. Also Noomi Rapace is good as Simza, though I believe her character was incredibly underused and wasn’t in the film as much as I thought she’d be which was disappointing, but for what she did contribute to the film it was pretty good. The same can be said for Rachel McAdams and Kelly Reilly who reprise their roles as Irene Adler and Mary Morstan/Watson. And lastly but by no means least a special mention has to be given to Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes, he was just incredible in the film, he was witty, funny and just larger than life, he had much more of a role than I thought he would, but every scene he was in he was very memorable. As usual Stephen Fry delivers.

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Now when it comes to the action sequences this film does not disappoint. From the fights, to the chase sequences and everything in-between everything is on a much higher level than before. Everything is on a much bigger and better scale than the last film; Holmes’ fights are even more interestingly choreographed than before, the gun fights are on a better scale and with all of the different locations in the film all of them introduce interesting scenarios and scenes of thrills, tension and adventure. And like the previous film Hans Zimmer returns to compose the soundtrack and it’s just a good as it was in the previous film, possibly better due to the darker nature of this film. Either way Hans Zimmer continues to be invincible and cannot do any wrong.

Conclusion

Overall Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a great follow-up to the first film and in a lot of ways is much better than its predecessor. The pacing is a lot better and with a much deeper plot, good character development, a much better villain and incredible action sequences this is definitely a film worth checking out. Director Guy Ritchie and his filmmaking team have taken what has worked in the first film and re-applied it in this film on a much bigger scale and I feel they should be commended for it. A lot of film critics and audience members have given this film bad reviews stating that it’s not as good as the original or stating that the film doesn’t do enough to differentiate itself from the first film. And while some of that may be true and there were issues and elements that this sequel didn’t fully commit to, overall the film isn’t nearly as bad as many people make it out to be. It is a well-made film with action, story and its fairly intelligent too. It’s not perfect but I still enjoyed it immensely and will probably be seeing again very soon.

Rating: 8/10

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Just not feeling the Christmas season

It’s weird, at this time of year I’m normally very happy, besides the Expo and my birthday, Christmas time is when I am at my jolliest and yet in 2011 I feel next to nothing. It’s not like I’m emotionless, but let me put it into this context; I used to love this time of year, it was always about the merry songs, togetherness with family and friends, getting fat over the amounts of food that you would consume and watching specific television shows, oh and getting some presents too 🙂 Though I can’t say I’m an overly materialistic kind of person because I don’t mind what I get for Christmas, heck I don’t mind if I get next to nothing because in the end my general love for this time of year would normally cancel everything else out. As said before I was just in it for the love of the season. But now I’m not bothered, besides seeing family and having time away from uni Christmas this year has been pretty ordinary. I’m sort of happy about it but at the same time I’m not overly fussed.

grinchjpg-2e12978cfbcd7097Christmas should be a jolly time for all, but not for me this year.

Now I can probably see several people coming at me saying “Scrooge! Scrooge!” But you would be wrong on many levels, I have had fun this time around, just like every year but there has been some degree of normality floating around which I haven’t been able to shake. And I think I realise today what the deal is with me. It’s that feeling you get when you realise something is missing. You know that one element that holds everything together which you normally have but don’t at that present moment. And today on Boxing Day I realise what is missing from my world that has made this Christmas so regular and not so special… It’s the magic. That’s right magic, normally at this time of year around early/mid-December there is a feeling in the air that fills your soul with happiness, this is what people interpret as the magic of the Christmas season. While a lot people claim that Christmas has lost its meaning in commercialism and all that jazz. I have never forgotten what Christmas is about. At this time of year we remember the birth of Christ (Jesus Christ for those not aware) and other than that it’s all about being with your family and loved ones and enjoying their company.

But ever since December started I couldn’t get into the groove of things. I mean I knew that Christmas was coming but I never felt anything towards it, it’s like I said to myself “I should be excited but right now I’m not bothered.” So I thought maybe that’s just random feeling. Maybe that’ll pass in time, however the days edged ever closer and my feelings did not change. Though I did get fairly jolly with me flatmates at uni when they busted out some Christmas songs and we would dance around the flat. I thought that would be enough, but even then it wasn’t. So then I thought “If anything will get me in the mood for Christmas it’ll be “Dubstep Santa” by the Daveyboys. That always works.” And so I went on YouTube and watched all 3 Dubstep Santa videos and it was lovely, I was in my element and it was creating this joyful feeling in my soul, so I thought with this maybe the magic will follow. However right up until the week when uni ended back on the 16th I still didn’t feel anything special or magical. Things were still average.

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To be honest this is how I felt for the majority of the Christmas season.

So then I figured okay if go back home to familiar territory then in the last week leading up to Christmas everything will be fine, but then the travel back home happened… Ugh. The less said about that the better, I even wrote a blog on it if you wish to see my post about my suffering here: https://hypersonic55.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/my-terrible-episode-with-train-transportation/

So then after I got home I tried to get into that Christmas groove. But the feeling wasn’t coming, the magic wasn’t kicking in. I also didn’t get my normal Christmas stuff done like watching my favourite Christmas films or television specials on TV, DVD or VHS, my schedule was messed up. So over the last week I had been reacquainting myself with my family and meeting up with many friends, some of which I hadn’t seen for months, others I had seen for years. It was beautiful. I even obtained a PS3 after how many years of waiting and I even got back to the cinema for the first time in 3 months! I was having the time of my life. I even went out on Christmas Eve with my friends and even met up with several old mates while I was out, it was a great night and to be honest it was the closest feeling I got to that Christmas magic because I was having fun in the company of friends. 🙂

So then while I was out Christmas Day came and I was in a lovely groove, so with a good feeling in my soul I left my friends in town and headed home around 1am. My sister and I set up the PS3 and played Mortal Kombat 9 for a few hours while opening my presents. So after our little playing session we went to bed. Then we got up a good few hours later, opened the rest of our presents and then headed out London to hang at my Gran’s house which was the main aspect of Christmas that usually rules over everything else. And from there we had loads of food, did a lot of catching up and played card games for ages, none of which I actually won haha. However even after all of the television, food, family fun and games I wasn’t having the time of my life as I usually am, this was just an ordinary time. 😦 I think it also didn’t help that the rest of my cousins, aunts and uncles weren’t there too. In the end this Christmas was fun, I had gotten some fabulous presents and spent some great time with my family. But in the end it was nowhere near as fun or as amazing as the last few years. Unfortunately there was no magic and I wasn’t feeling the season in the way that I should be.

Anyway hope that y’all people of the world had a great Christmas and I’ll catch ya later 😀

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Life

 

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Being back home is weird

It is strange leaving home, moving to another town/city and trying to find your feet again. That’s exactly what I did when I went to university in Sheffield. I had to establish my identity all over again, make new friends and continue my life of learning in a much bigger and more academic environment. And over time I adjusted, I found my feet, got some great friends and discovered over the last 3 months that Sheffield is a pretty awesome place to live. Even after uni ended I could imagine myself hanging around in that city for quite some time. I guess you can say I got attached to the city a lot; it’s a very nice place. But then I left Sheffield last weekend to come back to my home town of Luton and things don’t right.

I’ve been back in Luton for just under a week and it feels strange to be back in a place that I used to call home, I mean sure it is still technically my home as I haven’t completely left the country or established a new life on the other side of the planet. But I feel more at home in Sheffield then I do when I am in Luton, there is just a refreshing feeling when hanging around in Sheffield and back up there it feels like anything is possible and that’s why I love it so. Nothing feels as hard to do or complicated to do up there unlike in Luton where it feels like there a level of complexity that comes with living in this town. I don’t mean to sound like I’m bad-mouthing my own home town, but with the amount of the stuff that I have been able to do in this new wonderful city that I’ve been living in for the last few months it’s weird to fall back into this place where I was before, it feels a tad unnatural. It’s just strange to have all this free time with nothing to do with it; I much prefer the madness of my time schedule in Sheffield where the unpredictable nature of life takes over with my lovely flatmates.

Again don’t get me wrong I don’t hate my home town, far from it in fact. I really do like being back here where things are a great deal simpler and all that jazz. I’ve met and caught up with all of my best friends, hanged out with many people and it seems like people genuinely miss me and actually want to hang with me. It’s made me so stupidly happy 😀 I swear in these last few days I have gotten all that I have ever wanted and then some, I am satisfied. And yet, I miss Sheffield so bad I just want to go back and live it up all over again. I know I’ll be back on the 31st of December for New Year’s fun, however its strange I should miss a city I’ve only lived in for a few months and miss a flat I’ll only live in for just under a year with ridiculously high pricing for rent or miss even people who I have only known for a short time. But hey what can I say, I love the city, I love the people and even though the flat rent is killing me it’s a nice place to chill in haha.

So now with Christmas around the corner I guess I look forward to it, it’s strange that it’s nearly here and yet I haven’t noticed at all, it’s really unnatural to me. Oh well only 2 days to go let’s hope something gets me in the groove! Laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Life

 

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