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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review

Howdy people, time for an important film review in the form of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. It has been a long journey to the end of the Hobbit trilogy, the first film I liked a lot and the second film I liked a fair amount too, and now we have the final film in the series. I think that my interest in this film and the series has waned a fair amount since last year and I’m not sure why, but whatever it was, it wasn’t going to stop me from seeing this film. So how does The Battle of the Five Armies fare? Read on and find out.

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The storyline in nutshell goes like this:

“Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.”

The story in this film was serviceable. It done the job of tieing up all the loose ends from the previous films and leading us into the Lord of the Rings films. The film has a strong start continuing off from the last film, but then gets kind of boring with all the standing and talking, the pace felt very slow at times and my interest was dropping until the action picked up. My favourite moments of the film involved stories relating to Bilbo, Thorin and Gandalf, everyone else was either decent or uninteresting. There were times where it felt like there were too many things going on, with separate sets of characters in different locations, dealing with individual issues, just hopping forward and back continuously was kind of annoying, I just wanted to stay in one scene for longer than five minutes. I also can’t help but feel a sense of dissatisfaction for the way that this film turned out, the way Smaug was handled was very anti-climatic and disappointing, some of the ties to Lord of the Rings felt a bit too on the nose and forced and none of the epic moments in the film felt that breath-taking.

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The cast do a good job, but some definitely stand out more so than others. Martin Freeman continues to be one of the strongest elements of this trilogy of films as Bilbo Baggins. His performance is fabulous as it is humourous, confident and engaging and I think it is the small moments where he does things subtly with his face that makes the most amount of difference. Richard Armitage is great as Thorin Oakenshield, in this film Thorin deals with psychological demons that really changes his persona, makes me paranoid, aggressive and distant from all of his comrades and Armitage does such a great job with his material. Sir Ian McKellen, once again brings his A game as Gandalf the Grey, McKellen is one of those actors who just makes me happy to be watching an actor at work, the man is all-powerful and has a screen presence that not many other people do. Whether he is delivering monologues or chilling smoking his pipe, the is all-round awesomeness. Also thanks to additional screen time Graham McTavish was even better as Dwalin and Aidan Turner does a good job Kíli. I missed James Nesbitt as Bofur, he deserved more screen time.

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Orlando Bloom is once again good as Legolas, not as amazing as he was in the last film, but the guy still had some awesome moments and it seems like Bloom was having fun being a badass in this film. Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel was good, she had some cool action scenes and acted well, but I didn’t care for character as much as before. Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman was good, while his character is one of the people I cared for least, as a leader and one of the more vocal people in the battle for the Lonely Mountain he was pretty good. Lee Pace I liked more in this film as Thranduil and Pace was put to better use here than he was in Guardians of the Galaxy to a degree. I also enjoyed seeing Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Hugo Weaving as Elrond and Christopher Lee as Saruman the White. Oh and quick shout out to Billy Connolly as Dáin, he was cool.

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When it comes to the presentation, it is impressive, however, it isn’t perfect by any means. The cinematography is nice and the action sequences are vast, vivid, detailed and visually beautiful, especially with the use of CGI on Smaug and the large masses of combatants on the battlefield. That being said, the way some of these camera movements are done didn’t feel necessary and the overuse of CGI made it easy to notice the difference scenes and the not so detailed scenes. At times the CGI made the film feel very artificial and felt no different from watching a super impressive pre-rendered cut scene in a video game. The score from Howard Shore is good and covers all emotional basis with new material and ties to Lord of the Rings too, that being said there is nothing that stands out that I will remember from this film.

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In conclusion The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a satisfactory conclusion to this trilogy of films. I can’t deny that I was left a bit disappointed by this film, the story was good, the performances were great and the action was awesome, but none of it wowed me or felt new. If you loved the last Hobbit films then you’ll love this one, but for everyone else this film is a good ending, but not one that is amazing.

Rating: 7/10 (a decent finish to a decent trilogy)

So what did you think of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies? Was it better, on-par or worst than the last instalment and what do you think of the Hobbit trilogy in general? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Favourite Songs #36: Michael Jackson – In The Closet

Howdy people of the interweb, and welcome to the 36th edition of my series of blog posts dedicated to some of my favourite songs ever in life. Today we will be going back to the legend that is Michael Jackson with one of my all-time favourite songs that has only gotten better with age. I am of course talking about “In the Closet“.

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Oh yeah this is my jam, this is the kind of song that when I hear it, I can’t help but get up and dance. In recent years it had definitely increased in the amount of times I’ve listened to it and I can safely that it is one of my favourite MJ songs ever.

Check out this awesome tune below:

Yes, oh yes! This is one of those songs that just gets you in the mood, the mood to get freaky. But more so than that, this song as a gorgeous sound, those beats, the singing, the lyrics, everything together just screams of awesomeness. It is unique and full of style, charisma and a lot of replay value. But make no mistake, this is probably MJ’s most sexually charged songs. The lyrical content is very promiscuous and the shouting and moaning only adds to the sexy nature of the song. The way I’ve perceived this song is it seems to be about the sexual tension/lust between and man and woman, and wanting to have sex, but not just casual sex, more like passionate love-making (like the way Chef from South Park describes love-making in his songs). It almost feels like this song is encouraging acts of sexual madness and if you let the music take over, I’m sure this song could end up being a song you make out to as well. Besides all that sexual stuff, “In The Closet” features great verses and the chorus, that just sends me into ecstasy yo. From the main beat to the sound of breaking glass to all of MJ’s trademark singing and shouting, this song has everything.

And there’s that music video, phew! Just have a look at it below yo:

After seeing this video I’m always like “Woah, steady on guys, it’s just a music video.” If the song doesn’t already make you hot under the collar, then this music video will. The song was sexual enough, but then with all of the imagery of MJ and model, Naomi Campbell together dancing, grinding and posing, it does make you feel like you’re watching the pre-show to a porn film a bit. If it wasn’t for MJ dancing dominantly throughout the video, this video would be a very different video altogether. But let’s talk about the video a bit. The sepia tone is nice and the style of filming and framing of certain shots is fabulous, I love the silhouette shots as well. And then there is MJ’s dancing. I am obsessed with MJ as a dancer, he has some of the best dance moves in the history of life, and in this video he struts some of his best stuff. MJ is kinetic, popping and locking, crotch-grabbing, the works and I love it. I normally watch the video just to see his dance moves. Oh and as you may know, there is a difference between the album version of the song and the music video version. I have mainly listened to this version because I’ve watched the video so many times, but I have to say that original is growing on me a bit more.

In conclusion “In The Closet” by Michael Jackson is just an incredible piece of music. The song is incredible and the music video on top of that just adds to the epicness. I used to hate this song when I was a kid because of the sexual themes, but these days that is one of the things I love about the song. If you’ve never experienced this song before, go check it out, it is definitely worth your time.

Well that’s another song review done, what do you think of my song choice today? Whatever your thoughts are leave me a comment below and be sure to come back next time for another song review yo!:D

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2014 in Media, Music, Reviews

 

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Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer #1 Quick Review

Howdy ladies and gents time for a new trailer review and today I’ll be talking about the trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road. I have heard a lot about this film for many months, from the casting to the reshoots to the first images to the troubled production overall. The trailer came out yesterday and has left a fair amount of buzz on some of my regular websites, so I had to see what the deal is. But now we finally a first look at the film. Is it good or bad? Well read on and find out.

Here is the trailer:

Well damn, I’m kind of speechless after seeing that. That was a bloody insane, I was not expecting what I saw. At first there’s this sandy wasteland, long roads and off-screen talk of a lack of water and I’m thinking “Oh god, here we go again with the post-apocalyptic film where the world’s gone to shit and there’s a lack of proper civilized location, I’m tired of that.” But then you see these groups of people all dressed in such strange attire, very soldier-ish (if that makes any sense), some sporting metal masks and/or face paint. And then there’s the vehicles which look mad, some old-school cars with spiky bonnets, motorcycles and mini tanks. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron look very rough and ready to kick some ass, and then there’s Nicholas Hoult, what the hell happened to him? He looks unrecognizable, I can’t wait to see what he brings to this film. And then there’s the use of music, that classical music really amplified the madness on-screen and gets you all excited, especially the song towards the end of the trailer, I don’t know the name of it, but I know it is popular. The visual imagery is bloody impressive, the action sequences look intense, the colour scheme and cinematography looks great and the use of CGI for those explosions massive clouds and sandstorms with lightning inside them, madness. I love it! The only thing I can fault the trailer for is the fact that Tom Hardy’s Mad Max doesn’t really say much and comes across as a bit of mute, moody hero with no unique or cool traits. That being said, it is th first trailer, I’m sure Hardy will have something to say.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is pretty damn cool and interesting. This film honestly was not on my radar at all for 2015, but now that I’ve seen that trailer I’m sold. This film has my attention.Bring it the hell on, I’m down with it.

So what did you think of Mad Max: Fury Road‘s first trailer? Are you excited for it or not? Please leave your thoughts below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Mid-Season Finale Review

Howdy ladies and gents, so Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gone on hiatus after its current mid-season finale and I thought it would be a good chance to quickly summarise my thoughts on the last episode and where I think its going in the future of the Marvel shared universe. Warning: SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!!!

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How about that mid-season finale? So much stuff happened, it is really hard to talk about everything as a ton of things took place. Long-term mysteries have finally been revealed and new revelations have come to pass which really has me wondering what’s going to happen in the next half of this season. So now I’ll talk about my specific highlights.

Skye & Her Father

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Wow, the first interaction between Skye and her father, Cal was some really interesting and intense shit. Cal was super nervous and even though the guy is a bit of a psycho, you did feel for him and wanted him to succeed in connecting with his daughter after so many years. Skye initially wasn’t as receptive and deflected her father’s advances. However after learning about the origins of her birth, what Daniel Whitehall had done to her mother, she became more attentive. I loved the interaction between Chloe Bennet and Kyle MacLachlan was great, there was a lot of built up emotions and mixed feelings, but both of them seemed to come to a neutral territory over the death of the missing family member. Then of course there’s the point where Skye had to literally scream at her father to stop beating the life out of Coulson, that was some crazy stuff.

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Something that stood out to me was the death of Whitehall. I had thought, because he had taken the super aging factor from Skye’s mother that he might have gotten, you know, maybe some additional healing abilities or better durability. But no, just before Cal goes to exact his revenge, Coulson takes him out, with one single bullet. I felt really cheated by that, someone as mean and dangerous as Whitehall deserved to get an ass-beating or torture or blown up, something more significant than a gunshot wound to the chest. Hooray for Coulson, but still, I’m gutted for Cal that he couldn’t get revenge.

Skye and Raina Transform

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So Skye follows Raina into the entrance of the underground city, the Obelisk comes into play and activates, turning Raina and Skye (and Agent Triplett) to stone. All of them look dead, but then Skye breaks out of her shell, a new super-powered being and Raina, while we don’t see her in full, from the look of the area around her eye she’s gone through a spiky physical transformation. Seems like we are totally going full Inhumans route and I LOVE IT! For the longest time I have wanted more comic book-related characters with superpowers on the sides of the heroes and villains and now we’re getting some really cool stuff that is really tieing into the upcoming films in MCU.

Skye’s Real Name Is Daisy

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So we finally discovered Skye’s real name and it is Daisy, and from a little research online I have found that she has been confirmed as the Marvel character as Daisy Johnson aka Quake. The fact that she’s an official character from the comics who has been part of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has the power to use vibration to create earthquakes. I just feel like after all this time, Skye’s character actually has a purpose and she is actually important. I was never sold on her character in season one, it wasn’t until season two when I started to like her. And while many people have speculated that she was a super-powered individual, maybe even an Inhuman, I just like the clarification that she is relevant, and she is becoming a better character as the series progresses.

Agent Triplett Dies

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Ah man, I was gutted about this. I actually found out about his death via a spoiler post thanks to Clark Gregg’s Facebook post accidentally. The bloody internet loves to ruin things for people, even if you’re a day late. Either way, seeing this awesome member of Coulson’s team get taken out in the way in which he did was sad. Once he went back underground to fetch Skye I knew he was done for, but it didn’t make his death any less painful. That man has been one of my favourites since the latter half of season one and since his use in season two has been small, I’m not surprised that he has died. It does feel like Triplett got shafted this season and he should have gotten a better sendoff than what happened, but I guess someone has to die for dramatic effect. RIP Agent Triplett, you were a don.

There’s A Man With No Eyes With Another Diviner

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And then there’s that guy at the end of the episode with another Obelisk who talks about someone new has been discovered and he’s going after them, and you see that this man has NO FREAKING EYES! What the hell happened to him? But more importantly, who is he? Is he an Inhuman? Also is he an enemy or a potential new ally? I have to know.

So yeah, that’s my thoughts on the mid-season final of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this season. So far it seems like this show has finally gotten into a good place with its original stories and ties to the MCU, I have always been a fan of this show and have never given up on it, now I feel like all of the build up and mysteries is starting to pay off. It is a good time to be a fan of this show and a fan of the comic book source material too.

What do you think of the mid-season finale? Did it meet your expectations, exceed them or fall below? Also are you excited for the introduction of the Inhumans? Please be sure to comment below and let me know. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Horrible Bosses 2 Quick Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to a new film review. Now every once in a while you end up going to the cinema and seeing a film you didn’t expect to see, but when the choice is made by one of your best friends, you just have to go with it, and that’s what happened when I saw Horrible Bosses 2. As most people know on this blog, I’m not keen on comedies and I hadn’t seen the first film, but I thought I’d give it a try. So how did the film turn out? Read on and find out.

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The premise for the film is as follows:

“Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.”

I thought the plot was fine, however it was fairly convoluted, strange and kind of generic. The best parts of the film was when the main three men went into kidnapping mode as everything else didn’t have enough humour or unique traits to be engaging. When it comes to the humour, there were a few laughs here and there, but most of it was jokes that fell flat or physical humour was crude, lame or a bit offensive.

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As for the cast they are good for the most part, though some are better than others. Jason Bateman as Nick Hendricks is probably the most tolerable of his trio, he is level-headed and has certain funny moments, but is a bit dull. And Charlie Day as Dale Arbus, bloody hell, that man, Day was good in Pacific Rim and frigging amazing in The Lego Movie, but in this film he was one of the most annoying people I have ever come across in a film, ever. He’s an idiot who does things without thinking and acts like a fool too often for it to be funny. Jason Sudeikis as Kurt Buckman, he’s alright, he looks a bit like Ed Helms and has some funny lines too. Together Bateman, Day and Sudeikis make a formidable group, though they remind me of a less interesting version of The Hangover guys, and at their worst they remind me of The Three Stooges. All their constant bickering can get tiring after a short amount of time.

Jennifer Aniston as Dr. Julia Harris was pretty decent. Now I have to say something, I normally despise Jennifer Aniston, I think that she’s overrated and overhyped when it come to humour and hotness too. That being said she was tolerable in this film and I would be lying if I didn’t find her attractive in this film. Jamie Foxx was pretty funny as Dean “Motherfucker” Jones, his dialogue was great and though his role was small it was used to good effect. Chris Pine was probably the best person in the film as Rex Hanson, Pine is really funny, has great comedic timing and his character is a douche but the man is so charismatic and cool that you can’t help but like him. another good performance comes from Christoph Waltz as Burt Hanson, this was a very different kind of performance I’ve seen from Waltz but he was pretty funny for sure. And finally Kevin Spacey was really awesome as David Harken and Jonathan Banks (who I love from Breaking Bad and Community) was pretty good as Detective Hatche.

In the end Horrible Bosses 2 wasn’t as bad I expected it to be. There were a few laughs to be had, the story was ridiculous and humourous and the cast did a good job. That being said, at the same time, the jokes weren’t always on-point, some of the cast members are really annoying and I felt like some of these plot elements were a bit cliché. I know a lot of people loved this film, but for me it was alright.

Rating: 5.5/10 (Better than expected)

So have you seen Horrible Bosses 2 and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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My Thoughts On Street Fighter V

So yesterday on Saturday morning I woke up and scanned the internet, went to IGN and saw these articles related to Street Fighter V. Now in my mind I’m like “Street Fighter V? What? Don’t they mean Street Fighter IV? There isn’t a sequel out yet, is there? Wait a minute…” Then I look around on Google and find out that this is a real thing, that Street Fighter V is real, its trailer got leaked online and loads of people are talking about it. So I thought I would pass my thoughts on it.

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Firstly here’s the teaser trailer:

And this is the first gameplay footage:

So what do I think of this footage? I’m down with it and hyped to see more. The teaser trailer was interesting and was definitely one of those kind of trailers that was made for the fans because of the nostalgia, merchandise, gaming tournaments, and other stuff shown intercut with the new game footage. The gameplay trailer did a better job of illustrating what new things to expect from this fighting series. Now I’m not a mega fan of this series, I’m more of a casual fan, though, I have been attached to this series since the 16-bit versions of SFII. This new game looks like an enhanced version of SFIV in terms of the graphics and gameplay, it looks impressive but at the same time it does look very similar to what’s come before so my hype levels aren’t going over the roof. So let’s talk about the presentation and gameplay separately.

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Graphically this game looks very good, the art style is very similar to SFIV with the slightly bulky character models and fighting animations. that being said that the characters look a lot more defined, with a greater level of detail in the lighting, colours, textures and the character models are so much richer and realistic. Just looking at the faces of Ryu and Chun-Li, you can see the emotion and realism so much better than before. If you look at the fine details you can see how much of a difference there is in the graphics. As for the gameplay it looks like the same old SF with the punches, kicks, fireballs, etc, that being said there are some noticeable differences. The action seems more kinetic as attacks look like they can be put into combos quickly and it seems like characters can be launched and juggled like in Marvel Vs. Capcom. There are also stage transitions like in Soul Calibur or Dead Or Alive. Some have argued that they want the series not to change the core fighting mechanics and keep everything the same as before, and while I can understand that sentiment, at the same time, games need to evolve if they want to stay relevant in today’s gaming world. And there are some sort of powered up attacks as well which looks new too. There may be other aspects that I have missed, but these are all of the things that I wanted to mention.

And then of course there is that console exclusivity. Now I’m not fussed about the fact that the game is exclusive to the PS4 and PC because that’s probably the machines I would buy the game on because I’m not an Xbox kind of person. That being said, to have a series as popular as SF exclusive to one console instead of it being multi platform like it usually has been then before is just absurd. It is unfair to Microsoft fans and it is just foolish. Now one could argue many things like:

  • Sony bought Capcom out
  • Sony probably helped pay for production and helped create the game (Like Nintendo with Bayonetta 2)
  • Xbox got Killer Instinct so PS4 gets SFV

Now while some of these maybe true or possibly could be all fake, whatever it is, it is a terrible situations for those not owning a PS4 or capable PC for gaming. I don’t understand Capcom’s thinking behind that decision. Such foolishness. There must be a good reason for it, however, I can’t see any decision at Capcom HQ being a good one.

In conclusion Street Fighter V looks cool and I’m totally interested in the new game. Graphically the game looks very nice and the gameplay looks just as frantic as ever with some new bells and whistles. Sure the console exclusivity sucks and is a bad practice from Capcom (who aren’t in the best of financial situations), but hey maybe that can change in time.

So what are your thoughts on SFV? Are you hyped for the game? Are pissed about the console exclusivity? Whatever your thoughts are please comment below and let me now. Laters!

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Media, Video Games

 

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Teen Titans Series to Shoot Pilot Next Year

Yo people of the internet, time for some TV news and after a while it seems like we will be getting another adaptation of Teen Titans. The following information will be coming from superherohype:

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Back in September, it was revealed that the Teen Titans would be making their way onto TV at TNT in a series simply titled “Titans.” Little has been reported on the series since then, but one fan asked DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns about an update on Twitter to which he replied:

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Set to be written by Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes, the series is described as centering on Dick Grayson, “who emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others.”

The Teen Titans celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, having first appeared in “The Brave and the Bold” #54. A team comprised of young superheroes, the Titans have changed rosters quite a bit in the comics and many younger fans actually know the characters best for their 2003 animated series. More recently, an animated take on the characters aired on Cartoon Network under the title “Young Justice” as well as “Teen Titans Go!”

Should the series continue to move forward, it joins a slate that includes “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Gotham,” “Constantine,” and the in-development “Supergirl” and “Krypton.”

So it looks like Teen Titans will be finally getting a live-action adaptation in today’s age of comic book films and TV shows and that excites me. While I’ve never been too into the original source material, after the 2003 TV series, I became a fan of the characters and while I’m not a hardcore fan (you know, reading all the comics, watching all of their editions in animation, etc.), I am curious to see what more can be done with these characters in another show. Other DC shows like Arrow, The Flash and Gotham have shown that you can adapt these comic book characters, change them, make them realistic, cool and versatile. I can only hope that this will be an actual teenage group of heroes who have adventures together that matter, that have links to their comic book roots, but have stories that are strong enough to stand on their own two feet.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Media, Television

 

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Will Tie Into Avengers: Age of Ultron

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for some more Marvel news. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been doing pretty well this season and it looks like the show will be tying into the MCU again in 2015. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Surprising no one, EW is reporting that a future episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.EL.D.” will tie into Marvel Studios’ next big release, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film doesn’t debut in theaters until May 1, 2015, but that lines up perfectly with what will be the remaining episodes of the series’ sophomore season.

“You should expect something,” executive producer Jed Whedon tells the outlet. “The Avengers is the big tent that all the franchises play under. Obviously, we’re included in that.”

The series has previously tied in to both Thor: The Dark World, albeit for one episode, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which rocked the entire series to its core.

“I don’t think any movie has the potential to impact us in the way that Captain America 2 did,” executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen says, “but there will be connections.”

I don’t think this was unexpected, AoS is a show that is part of a shared universe where things that happen in the films affect the TV show and vice-versa (but not so much on the latter), so for this show to tie into Avengers 2 isn’t too surprising but it is still a cool thing to hear. Now one just has to figure out what the connection will be. Will the show be connecting with the whole “Age of Miracles” aspect of Avengers 2 with Baron Von Strucker and the Maximoff twins or possibly something to do with the Inhumans that this show has been hinting at or maybe something else? Whatever it is I’m down for it. Some complain about the fact AoS is attached to MCU which means there isn’t much creative leeway for creative freedom and while that it true to a degree, at the same time, if the writers behind the show know their comic book source material, then they know that there are plenty of stories and scenarios to create that don’t have to directly tie-in with the film universe.

Anyway what do you think of this news? Please be sure to comment below and let me know. Laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Films, Media, Television

 

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Al Pacino Has Met with Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and today it is Marvel-related as we have an actor who has met up with the president at Marvel Studios. The following information comes from superherohype:

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When Guardians of the Galaxy debuted in theaters, it was almost instantly a smash hit and went on to become the highest-grossing film of the year at the domestic box office. Countless people were now fans of the ragtag group of misfits, including Academy Award-winning actor Al Pacino, who called the film “amazing, inventive, and beautiful.”

Now, on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast (via MTV), Pacino reveals he has since met with Marvel Studios and its president Kevin Feige. When asked if he thought there was a part in store for him, he replied:

“I would imagine either there’s something he feels is right for me, or…” which is when Pacino’s phone began to ring. “Every time we talk about Marvel, that’s what happens.”

Like so many others, Marvel meets with a lot of actors, and whether anything ever comes of it remains to be seen, but Marvel Studios does have a number of movies coming up where Pacino could find himself such as Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Inhumans, or perhaps even Avengers: Infinity War.

So Al Pacino has been in talks with in Kevin Feige and Marvel? Nice. I mean sure there is nothing to suggest that he is a confirmed character in the MCU or give us as fans an idea as to who he play, but the fact that he’s even in talks does give one hope for the future. Pacino is a great actor of incredible caliber, so to have him in a superhero film would be fantastic. So who would he play in the upcoming list of Marvel films> Well it is anyones guess at this point. He could play Star-Lord’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or he could have a role in Doctor Strange maybe as the main villain or something else, I don’t know, those are my two best guesses. I feel like those films would be his best places for him to have a role, that being said he could appear in any of the other Phase Three films if the role was right for him.

So what do you think of this news? Be sure to comment below and let me know. Laters.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Toho to Produce New Godzilla Movie!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and today I’ll be talking about the future of the Godzilla film franchise, not from the western perspective, but from the east instead! The following information comes from superherohype:

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Following the $500-million+ global box office of Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla remake, the originators of the beast want in on that new brand awareness as Japan’s Toho Studios is gearing up for their own homegrown Godzilla movie, according to Cinema Today (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Production on the 29th Godzilla movie, the first from Toho since 2004′s Godzilla: Final Wars, will begin in summer 2015 and aims for global market appeal, meaning we could see a major release here in the states come 2016. In the 2004 film, Toho used a visual of the 1998 American Godzilla being quickly and mercilessly defeated by Japanese Godzilla at the Sydney Opera House.

Their press release states that they will utilize CG technology, which means that the man-in-suit days may be numbered, although it will be interesting to see if the new American version’s design will influence the iconic monster, who first appeared in 1954 and stands as Guinness World Records 2015′s longest-running movie franchise.

“This is very good timing after the success of the American version this year: if not now, then when?” a Toho staffer told The Reporter. “The licensing contract we have with Legendary places no restrictions on us making domestic versions.”

Meanwhile, Legendary and Warner Bros. are cooking up their own Godzilla sequel with director Gareth Edwards and screenwriter Max Borenstein returning for a June 8, 2018 release. In the interim, Edwards will direct a currently untitled Star Wars spin-off film for release on December 16, 2016.

All I can say is “It is about damn time!” Now I loved this year’s Godzilla, while it wasn’t completely consistent and had less monster action then one would have liked, I thought it was hella fun. But now hearing that the original studio behind the king of the monsters is going to create a new film, that just makes me happy. Godzilla: Final Wars is ten years old and while I loved the epicness of that film, I always thought that the films should never have stopped at that point and we need more films. So now that we’ve had a successful western reboot, popularity of the franchise is at an all-time high so it is smart for the people at Toho to capitalize on that get on a new film and for it to start filming as swiftly as next year, it makes me so hyped! Now I have to wonder what kind of film it will be. Will it be:

  1. A new reboot where Godzilla is the villain and attacks Japan again
  2. A film where Godzilla is the hero and takes on a classic monster Mothra, Gamera, etc
  3. An epic clash with the big special villains like Mechagodzilla or King Ghidorah
  4. An all-out monster clash like Destroy All Monsters or Final Wars

Also will the film be super serious or a little bit campy and silly? There are a lot of possibilities and since it comes from Japan, anything goes. No Godzilla film is the same (sort of), I mean there have been films with robots, super-powered humans, aliens and one film took place in space yo! As I said before anything goes, so I’m super curious to know what Toho cooks up for us fans when they start production next year.

So what do you think of this news, are you excited for a new Godzilla film from the original creators at Toho or not? and if you’re a hardcore what would you like to see in the new film? Be sure to comment below and let me know. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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