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Charlie Cox Cast as Marvel’s Daredevil!

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for some TV news and this relates to the upcoming Daredevil Netflix series coming out next summer. The following info comes from superherohype:

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UPDATE: Marvel has confirmed the news! Cox is officially set to play Matt Murdock on the upcoming Netflix series.

Latino-Review is reporting that Stardust and “Boardwalk Empire” star Charlie Cox could be the man without fear in Marvel Entertainment’s upcoming Netflix series “Daredevil.” The site reports this is just a rumor for the time being, but check back here for updates on casting for the series very soon.

It was revealed this weekend that The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard had stepped away from the series in order to focus on Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” spin-off The Sinister Six with “Spartacus” creator Steven S. DeKnight stepping in to take his place as executive producer and showrunner on the series.

“Daredevil” is just one of four new shows that will debut on Netflix from Marvel Entertainment which also include “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage,” “Jessica Jones,” and a mini-series event of “The Defenders” that brings them all together. Production is scheduled to begin on the series this summer with a target release in 2015.

So yeah this news just dropped yesterday and at first I was like “Who the shag is this guy?” But then I was like, “Oh my god, that’s Owen from Boardwalk Empire, kick ass!” While Cox wouldn’t be my first choice for the character and he certainly doesn’t look like Matt Murdock, at the same time we’ve not seen him in costume or have any set pictures to work with, so I’ll be curious to see what Marvel Studios does with the character this time. Also one can’t deny Cox’s talent, he was totally badass in Boardwalk Empire and his character had a lot of different sides to him emotionally and had a great screen presence. Overall I feel like he has the acting chops necessary to take on a role like Matt Murdock/Daredevil.

So what do you thing of this news? Be sure to leave your comments below.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Media, Television

 

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Me and my love for TV shows!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another blog post about me, but this time it’s about me and my love for TV. Now TV is something I’ve loved since childhood and it has shaped me into the dude I am today in a lot of ways, but its only in the last few years that it has become an essential part of my life especially in the live-action department. And since I talk mainly about films,  wanted to make a blog post that focused on my TV obsession just to let you know that I do watch it haha. 🙂

Now before we start just wanted to mention that I won’t be talking about cartoons in this post because consider them to be a totally separate entity from live-action shows and if I were to put them in the mix then I’d be writing and debating with myself for ages. Cartoons will have their own separate blog post, eventually. Anyways let’s move on.

Anyways let’s start!

The Early Days

When I saw a child the only stuff I watched was cartoons, that was my life right there. Even when I started to grow up and become a teenager and the people around me started moving on to live-action TV shows I still remained the same. There were a few exceptions like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Kenan and Kel, Moesha, Sister Sister, Malcolm in the Middle, My Wife and Kids and The Amanda Show that are nostalgic and I will always save a soft spot for. But other than those shows, there was never any live-action telly that I liked. However there are only TWO shows that I ever loved in my teen years and they are Hotel Babylon and The IT Crowd. Now Hotel Babylon I found randomly while skimming through TV and it was the first show I got attached to, but around series 3 it got pants and I dropped the show midway through series 4. As for The IT Crowd, that was my first TV obsession and it is the only TV show I’ve ever followed and consistently watched from its inception until the end. One of the funniest and best TV shows I’ll ever know.

My Childhood TV Shows

When I Moved To Uni

It wasn’t until I moved to uni in 2011 when I started to watch TV shows properly. And while it was mainly the one’s that were currently airing at the time, I found this window of TV shows that I never expected to like and now love thanks to the recommendation from friends. I think my first love was Fringe, such an amazing sci-fi show with characters I love and adore. Then there’s Community, the first comedy-based show outside of The IT Crowd I fell in love with that’s to its crazy cast of characters and insanely good parody episodes and pop-culture references. I also decided to re-watch 30 Rock from the beginning and found one of the strangest and most entertaining comedy shows I have ever seen that’s to it’s overly strange and elaborate storylines and cast.

Boardwalk Empire was another show I fell in love with due to its deep stories and characters and long build up to satisfying conclusions. It was also at this point I jumped on the Breaking Bad hype and discovered the incredible TV I’d been missing over the last few years, the incredible adventures of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were too good to ignore. Game of Thrones was another show I was hooked on thanks to the incredible cast, action and violence and mythology. And I think Sherlock was the other show I became addicted to thanks to the incredibly smart storylines and the lovely Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

My Current Fav TV Shows

These Days

At this current point in time I’m hopping forward and back in time with TV shows. Besides the shows I just mentioned that are still currently airing, I currently am watching: the-okay-but-needs-to-get-better Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m on and off with The Walking Dead, a show which I really like but has been hard to watch because of season 4’s rocky introduction. Grimm is a show I really ought to start watching especially after how addicted I was to the last two seasons. In between new shows I’ve been going back to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and discovering that for the first time and loving what I’ve seen so far. Even before Buffy I decided to go a Joss Whedon hype and go through all of his TV stuff and liked Dollhouse, but LOVED Firefly, such a short but incredible sci-fi show with a great cast of characters that remind me a lot of Cowboy Bebop. And yesterday I started a new obsession in the form of Parks and Recreation, it is a bizarre comedy show with a weird premise and funky cast of characters in main and supporting departments, but is what makes it so good. Really liking what I’m seeing so far and I’m only on season two.

Current Watching TV Shows

My All-Time Favourite Shows

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Fringe
  3. The IT Crowd
  4. Firefly
  5. Hotel Babylon

I know this list isn’t very long but I haven’t seen that much TV and still have much to get through.

My Favourite Currently Airing Shows

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Boardwalk Empire
  3. Sherlock
  4. Community
  5. The Walking Dead

Okay well that is it, that you for reading and hopefully that has given you some insight into the world of TV that I like to watch. Feel free to comment below and tell me what you think and possibly tell me your own kind of TV stuff that you’re into. Until the next time peeps, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Life, Media, Television

 

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Lawless Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post, today I bring you another review in form of the gangster film, Lawless.

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When I saw this trailer for this film I was immediately interested mainly due to its similarities to Boardwalk Empire, a TV series I love immensely. Lawless seemed to embody the same kind of look and feel of that TV show, but it also looked like it had an interesting story tell and the cast alone had my attention immediately. So then I went to see the film on Monday this week and it was pretty darn good and going to tell you why in this review.

So story wise it goes a little something like this: Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang (in the form Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke) is threatened by a new deputy (Guy Pearce) and other authorities who want a cut of their profits.

The story in Lawless is really good and I enjoyed it a lot. I felt like it provided a story, set in an interesting point in time and felt like an accurate portrayal of the events that took place in that era. There’s a lot of good stuff to expect form a film set in the Prohibition-era like drama, crime, violence, alcohol and all those dodgy dealings that go on in the background. I also like the way it develops for the characters involved and see how they gradually change over the course oft he film. The pace of the story is bit slow for those who like these kinds of films with a bit more action, but if you give it a chance and get into it then the story is an entertaining one.

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When it comes to the characters of Lawless the cast do a tremendous job with their roles. Shia LaBeouf as Jack Bondurant was really good, I was impressed with LaBeouf, he has some acting chops and I was glad to see he can actually act. The story of Lawless really centers around Jack and his journey throughout the film and liked that aspect. Tom Hardy as Forrest Bondurant was absolutely awesome as Forrest he is the hardest of the three brothers and the quietest too. Hardy’s character is very relaxed all the time, doesn’t really say much and some times only responses to things with a slight groan haha. His character is as funny as he is brutal and I loved it. And Jason Clarke as Howard Bondurant. I think that LaBeouf, Hardy and Clarke function well as brothers, they have some great chemistry on-screen and really seem to have that brotherly bond done pretty well.

And then there’s Guy Pearce as Special Agent Charlie Rakes, he was some kind of beast of man! He was this cold, merciless and evil member of the government that wanted to shut down the illegal moonshine operations in Virgina and Pearce played his part really well. Guy Pearce’s character is such a bastard in this film and you really hate him because of all of the cruel and unforgivable things he does, but as I said before Pearce plays his part really well. Also Gary Oldman as Floyd Banner was awesome in the film (like he is always) and while he wasn’t in the film as much as I thought he would be, when he does have his screen time his presence is magnetic. Mia Wasikowska as Bertha Minnix was interesting, I wasn’t expecting to like Wasikowska that much because I really didn’t like her in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, but in this film she was tolerable and actually quite nice. Jessica Chastain as Maggie Beauford was really good, I remembered Chastain from her work in The Help and I loved her in that film and was glad to see her deliver another solid performance in this film too. And lastly I wanted to give a shout out to Dane Dehaan as Cricket Pane, I really liked his character in the film, Dehaan and LaBeouf worked well together and I’m glad to see Dehaan continuing to be in films after his great performance in Chronicle.

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The presentation of Lawless is great, the film is well-shot and has some nicely executed action scenes with gunfire and things of that nature. Also another thing to note is that Lawless is pretty brutal and violent, I almost forgot the kind of film that I was watching until the fight scenes came around, whether it be the Bondurant brothers dishing out the pain or Charlie Rakes wasting somebody because he felt like it, there is some violent damage dishes out and it is very visual, but I love the film for going that extra mile when it comes to realism. The soundtrack for Lawless is pretty good too, not overly memorable, but there are some nice tunes here and there.

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I also think another reason I liked this film so much would be because of its direction, I didn’t know until today that John Hillcoat who directed The Road, which was one my favourite films I saw in the cinema in 2010. I get that same vibe of drama, emotion and engaging characters in this film as I did with The Road. Though Lawless isn’t perfect, it is a slower-paced film and it is one that builds up to the action rather than just throwing it out there for the sake of it. For me I was really expecting something in the same vain as Boardwalk Empire and while Lawless is impressive, it just doesn’t reach the that level of epicness I thought it would have.

In conclusion Lawless is a great film, it has a story that’s engaging and interesting from start to finish and its full of drama, character development and brutal action scenes. While the film isn’t as good as it could have been and falls short of the epic mark it could have achieved, Lawless is still the best film I’ve seen in the cinema since The Dark Knight Rises and that’s saying something.

Rating: 8/10

Well that’s been my review, hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading it and drop me a comment and let me know what you made of the film. Until the next time people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2012: Brave

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post 😀 As you may have seen I have a done a series of blog posts on video games I am looking forward to in 2012 and as much as love video games I believe that there is a great deal of films coming out this year that deserve to be highlighted. So with that in mind this blog post will be the start of a new set of blog posts talking about the films I’m looking forward to in 2012. And today we’ll be starting with a really interesting one, it’s the upcoming Pixar film Brave.

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Now in a way I’ve been following the progress of Brave for a while now, but at the same time unlike previous Pixar films where I do my research beforehand, this time around I know next to nothing. So in a way I find having no prior knowledge about a film really exciting and it makes me even more curious as to what the end result is. Now as far as I know this film has been in development for a few years now, since around 2008. The reason I say that year is due to the fact that around the time WALL-E was coming out I was looking into the future films that Pixar were going to work on and this film was listed under the name “The Bear and the Bow” but there wasn’t that much information back then because the film was in very early pre-production, but as time when on I always checked back on what would be next big projects that Pixar and Disney would be working on.

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Just looking at this screenshot from the first trailer, you wouldn’t think that this was from Pixar would you?

Now one of the main interesting things about this film is the setting and overall tone when compared to Pixar’s previous films. I mean the Brave takes place during the 10th century in the highlands of Scotland. Also something to take into consideration is the overall look and art style which is quite different from Pixar’s work, the level of detail and realism that Pixar have put into the human characters, locations and animation is quite incredible. Everything has a real earthy feel to it and while in the trailers the film retains some of those quirky/ funny moments that Pixar are known for, the film also seems to have an overall darker and realistic tone which is quite apparent from watching the latest trailer. It’s a big contrast to a lot of Pixar’s previous films which really demonstrates that they are an animation studio capable of variation, change and evolution. One of the things that stand out to me is the location of Scotland, the environment is very different from the city locations that have been in films like The Incredibles, Up and the Toy Story trilogy. And it shows Pixar continuing to advance and try out new locations and settings like the nature-based world of A Bug’s Life or the space-based setting of WALL-E. As for the story, just have a read of this official synopsis:

“Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In Brave, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord MacIntosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.”

From reading that story synopsis the film sounds pretty intriguing and with Brave being Pixar’s first fairy tale it’ll be interesting to see where they take it and whether it’ll be on par with any of Disney’s previous work of the past and let’s not forget all of the fairy tale films that’s come from other animation studios like Dreamworks and other animation studios.

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Here you can see a much more detailed yet ‘Pixar’ styled set of characters for the film Brave.

At first I wasn’t sure what to make of the film when the first trailer came out, I mean all we got from the film was that it was going to be set in Scotland, the hero of the film was going to be a female and that she was an archer. Though the trailer did showcase some impressive visuals and had a tone that really set itself apart from other Pixar films. But the problem was that the trailer was too much of a teaser and told us nothing and that’s why the film fell off my radar of interest. However with the latest trailer really grabbed my attention, take a look below:

I believe it gives us as a better look into the film and what to expect. And I found this scene to be pretty tense and really awesome too. Before seeing this trailer I was wondering what kind of heroin Merida (the lead character) would be, however after seeing this I can see now that she isn’t just a generic wannabe hero, she has a personality and she comes across as pretty badass. Defying the law, defying her parents and standing up for herself, that is totally awesome. And it’s no surprise considering that Merida is voiced by actress Kelly Macdonald and I’ve seen her work in Boardwalk Empire and she was awesome in that so I’m super excited for what she’ll bring to this film. Overall I have a lot of hope for this film, it is the first original Pixar film in 3 years, it is also the first Pixar film with a female lead character, it is set it a real location and again has a completely different tone when compared to other Pixar films and it seems to show Pixar’s evolution as an animation studio, willing to try new things and not be afraid to be more than it can be. Only time will tell if Brave will be a good film or not, guess we’ll have to wait until June to find out.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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Random Blog 01

Howdy people of the web, it seems about time that I give my blogs a variation, so I am reintroducing a series of blog post I used to do on Gametrailers entitled the ‘Random Blog‘. These posts were completely random and they be made if I was bored and needed something to write or if I wanted to right about multiple subjects in one blog post. With that in mind, I’m gonna start t his thing off and hopefully you’ll enjoy what you read. Let’s get started!

Gaming

It’s strange, in these days of video games I haven’t really been on the gaming scene that much, besides playing Sonic Generations, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Mortal Kombat 9 in 2011, I’ve barely touched any other games last year and that’s really tragic yo. By my standards (or at least my old standards) I should be out there playing everything that I can touch, but in a way I guess I don’t play that much these days purely based on the fact that I’m primarily a Nintendo gamer. But now most Nintendo-based games are on the 3DS and I don’t currently have one means I have no games to play. Another factor to consider woul be that my interest in gaming has dwindled a fair amount over the course of 2011.

Even though there’s a few small titles heading to the Wii like Mario Party 9 and the long-awaited Dragon Quest X, let’s be honest, no one really cares for Mario Party these days and DQX will probably be better housed on the Wii U anyway. So why don’t Nintendo just declare the Wii dead already, the rest of the gaming community have a in a lot of ways. Though not all hope is lost for me. My sister finally obtained a PS3 at Christmas and I’m feeling good. Only problem is that the console is back in my home town, so I’ll have to wait a while before I play the PS3 while I’m at uni. I still ahve my friend’s Xbox 360 so I think I’ll survive. But enough about that, 2012 looks like a great year for gaming, there’s many major games showing up and I want a good few of those games especially: Street Fighter X Tekken, Sonic 4: Episode 2, SSX, Soul Calibur 5, Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil Revelations, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Kingdom Hearts 3DS & Animal Crossing 3DS are games that stick clearly in my mind, anything else either doesn’t apply to me or I just forgot to mention it.

This is a game I really want to play 😀

Obviously I have listed a few 3DS games and I don’t have one now, but I will obtain one eventually purely for those games I have listed there and eventually getting Mario Kart 7 too because I need Nintendo juice. It seems like Nintendo are finally getting its act together even though they are losing stupid amounts of money because they didn’t meet their predicted sales with their hardware, but I assume once the rest of their good games come later in the year and with the release of the Wii U near the end of the year, Nintendo will be back on form as long as the software line-up that’s better than the 3DS.

Everything Else

Well there’s not much else to talk about really. January has been a very slow month and I just want it to be over. Don’t get me wrong things haven’t been all bad it’s just been really slow and the majority of it has been extremely boring and lifeless. I’m still in my break time between Christmas and since uni starts again this week I’m trying to live up my freedom from education, but with nothing to do I might as well be in university instead of letting my mind turn to mush. I currently have only a few days left of freedom before the wheels of education start spinning, though from the way in which my timetable has changed and the awkward new project we have to do with random people from other courses I am not sure that returning would do me any favours either. Currently in my world I am still quite bored, I have no fun activities so I doomed to stay in seclusion in my flat. Since I have no games to play because my consoles are back at home and with no parties to go to due to lack of funds and people who want to come out with me I just stay attached to my laptop nearly every day. Whether I’m playing music on iTunes to keep me awake at the early hours of the morning or watching ridiculous amounts of videos on YouTube or watching TV shows like Community, 30 Rock, Boardwalk Empire & Sherlock, there feels like there’s the right amount of stuff going on in the world of my laptop to keep me at bay from being completely bored.

I’ve also been rewriting one of my old sci-fi stories I’ve been working on and I’m currently getting back into a working groove to do YouTube videos as I have the review of Spider-Man the Animated Series Season 2 recorded and in editing mode. Plus on the social side of things I have had a few nights out around Sheffield and it has been nice to hang with my people again. I even got to go to London to celebrate my cousin’s 30th birthday which was awesome, but besides that everything else has been a drag. Anyway I just wanna get things in order so I can stop worrying about everything before March when my birthday comes around so I can be happy again.

Well that’s it for this installment of the Random Blog series, this is a sort of test run of the Random Blog series to see if it’ll work on WordPress so tell me what you think of this format in comment section below. So until next time catch ya later people! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Life, Media, Television, Video Games

 

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