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My Top 10 Films of 2014

Top Ten Films 2014

Howdy people of the internet, the year is pretty much done and all major films that’s come out have come and gone, with all that being said I think it’s about time that I give you my top 10 list of my favourite films of 2014. Now before I get into this list I have to explain a few things:

  1. As per-usual I DO NOT include 2013 films that got released in 2014 here in the UK, and what I mean by that is films like: The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years A Slave, Fruitvale Station, those were originally released in 2013 in the US and for me they don’t count. I only list films that are new and were released between the start and end of this year.
  2. The following films are listed as such because I had a good time with them but I also tried to categorize them in terms of fun,  surprise and re-watch value.
  3. This list was hella hard to construct because I find it hard to stack certain films on top others when some are clearly better than others, but since it is personal enjoyment it really changes things up.

With all that in mind let’s begin shall we?

10. The Imitation Game

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The last entry on this list was hard because before my final choice there were at least three other films occupying this space, but once I thought about it I found The Imitation Game deserves a spot on this top 10. This was a film I expected to be good however it really surprised me how good it was with a very intriguing story about one man’s goal to help win WWII by cracking an uncrackable Nazi code with a computer, but more so than that, it about a man struggling with his identity in a time when he wouldn’t be accepted for who he really was. And with an incredible performance from my man, Benedict Cumberbatch, it was a great piece of film to watch.

9. Edge of Tomorrow

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I feel bad about Edge of Tomorrow, it is a film I keep forgetting came out this year because it was released in a very specific window of time around Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past, so it sort of slipped under the radar. But make no mistake I like this film, in fact, I REALLY liked. The best thing about this film was the way it surprised me with how fun and awesome it was. I mean the trailer for the film looked so shit and I seriously thought the film was gonna be crap from the way it was marketed, but man I was so wrong. This film’s main aspect was the repetition of going through the same day over and over, however it was handled in such a smart, action-packed and humourous way and with awesome performances from Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, it was a good time.

8. Godzilla

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Now I can see a lot of people getting on my case about this choice as Godzilla wasn’t everyone’s favourite film and putting above the previous entries will probably annoy some people. But screw it, I don’t care. This film I saw three times in the cinema and had a great experience each time. This was the reboot I wanted and while it had its problems for sure, I will never be able to get over how good the film made me feel with the great visual effects, monster fights, soundtrack and cinematography.

7. How To Train Your Dragon 2

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I think that this is the first film on the list to give me the feels yo (for those who don’t know what that means, it means: A wave of emotions that sometimes cannot be adequately explained). How To Train Your Dragon 2 was a terrific sequel to the 2010 original which pretty much improved the first film in every way possible. The story was deeper, the visuals were detailed, the music was incredible and the characters were so wonderful. Overall the film just gave me an emotional feelings that I haven’t felt in an animated film for a while.

6. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Ah X-Men: Day of Future Past, you lovely film you. This was the film I was really hoping would be good because it could have been a train wreck, but it ended up being one of my favourite experiences in the cinema. This film had some great action, a cool time travel story and an incredible cast of past and present characters. Bryan Singer not only continued the good string of X-Men films but he CORRECTED THE FRIGGING TIME AND ERASED X-MEN 3 AND X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE FROM EXISTENCE! BEST. THING. EVER. It really does annoy me that this film escaped the top 5, however I believe that the next films honestly just beat it out of the higher half of this list.

5. Nightcrawler

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Okay now we’re into the meaty half of the list and here we have a film that I had no expectation for and it ended up being on one of my favourite films of the year. Nightcrawler is one of the most impressive films I have seen in a while as it deals with a subject matter that is very close to life; news reporting. Through a determined yet unsettling main character Lou Bloom, we get to see the inner workings of how news is filmed and presented and the dodgy dealings that go on behind the scenes. The film is disturbing and makes you question the morals and ethics of that line of work and thanks to an epic performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, it was a film I had to watch twice.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Oh yes, Guardians of the Friggin’ Galaxy! This was a film I was hyped for, but didn’t know whether it would turn out to be good or not because it was an unknown Marvel comic book property when compared to its previous films. However Marvel Studios proved that they can pretty make anything work as this was not only one of the best comic book films in recent history but also one of the best sci-fi films for quite some time. It also helped that the soundtrack was amazing, the cast were incredible and the humour was on-point throughout.

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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This is a film that I think deserved that spot especially after seeing it the second time. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is such a great film, it takes the foundation of the first film and expands upon it in a great and unique way. This was the film where the apes were the focus, it was not only about Caesar but also about Koba too and their relationship. The film was very dark, emotional and tension-filled throughout with awesome performances and incredible visual effects.

2. Gone Girl

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Man, Gone Girl, what a great film. This was almost number one, however I really would have needed to see this film a second time to know if I loved it to the highest degree. That being said this was a film that loads of people were talking about before it was released and then I saw it, and then I believed in the hype. I don’t know how this film compared to book, however as a film I thought it was incredibly thought-provoking, full of tension and had so many unexpected twists and turns. Ben Affleck gave a great performance but I think it was Rosamund Pike that really surprised me with her incredible performance for sure.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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It was a close call between this film and Gone Girl, however in the end I think I always knew that Captain America: The Winter Soldier would end up being my number one. When considering my first experience with the film, how many times I’ve seen it and how much fun I had with it, I just had to put it as my number one. Cap 2 pretty much outdone the original in every way possible and was the first film since The Avengers that’s truly changed the game for the Marvel Cinematic Universe with its story and genre-focused adventure. Add on top of that great characters, an amazing story, some of the most impressive action sequences and hand-to-hand combat that would make your mind explode, this was one of the best comic book films to come out, ever.

Conclusion

In the end 2014, its had its ups and downs but I do believe that its been a WAY better yeah than 2013. The good films were awesome and made me feel super happy and satisfied with my time at the cinema. With 2015 on the horizon I can’t wait for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Spectre, Jurassic World and Tomorrowland among some of the major films I’m interested in, I cannot wait to see how it turns out.

So how do you feel about my list and are any of your favourites on here? Also do you feel like some of these entries are wrong? And just in general what were you favourite films of 2014? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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My Top 5 Favourite Films of Summer 2014

Yo people, time for me to give you my late list of my favourite summer films of 2014. Now, as I’ve said before in my favourite films of the year so far, this year has been way better for films than 2013 and I’ve had such a great time in the cinema and seen so many films that I not only expected to be good but a lot of which I didn’t expect as well. But before we get into the main 5, I’m just going to go through some of the films that didn’t make the list that was still pretty good.

Runner Ups:

  • Godzilla – Now this was a film that automatically jumped into my top 5 but by the time August came around it had to be removed which really broke my heart. I know this film wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and I know a lot of people who hated this film (to an unfair degree in my opinion). Sure the film didn’t have a fully compelling human story and the lack of Bryan Cranston was disheartening, however, this version of Godzilla was a fierce beast of a creature. On top of that, the film was tense, atmospheric, had awesome cinematography, music and one of the most badass kills in recent film history.
  • Edge of Tomorrow – I did not expect to like this film at all, the trailers and advertising made it look so shit, but this film was the most unexpected surprise I’ve had in a while. Here we have a sci-fi film with a good story, cool action and a great sense of humour, and on top of that we have Emily Blunt being a total badass and Tom Cruise in his least ‘Tom Cruise’ performance in years and it was awesome.
  • 22 Jump Street – I thought this film would be alright, but I ended up loving it by the time the film was over. 22 Jump Street was definitely more of the same, but that’s what made it so good. The film was self-aware and featured the same kind of fun and chaos that made the previous film so much fun but on a larger scale. Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube are still funny as hell.
  • Begin Again – I expected this to be just some dramatic rom-com about people from different lives coming together through the power of music, but the film was so much more than that. It was a great film about 2 people who were passionate about music and decide to create something amazing together and change each other’s lives. Sure the story is a bit conventional, but the soundtrack and performances from Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley are hard not to like.
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness – I didn’t know what to expect from to like this film I saw the posters and thought it would be another generic British comedic film with a bit of drama. But luckily it was a compelling, funny and quite heartwarming with a great central performance from Simon Pegg.
  • The Expendables 3 – Honestly, this wasn’t one of the best action films I have seen this year and this is arguably the weakest of the Expendables films considering that it doesn’t have as many memorable films stars as before. That being said, I cannot deny the amount of fun I had with this film, seeing Wesley Snipes and Mel Gibson on-screen again after so long along with Antonio Banderas and the rest of the crew was cool and when the action was on-point it was great.

5. The Inbetweeners 2

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I knew that this film would be a good session, that being said, I thought it wouldn’t be nearly as fun as the last film, luckily I was wrong. The Inbetweeners 2 is a film that is just as good as its predecessor, though lacking in originality in some respects. The film has no shame, it is blunt, crazy and is willing to put its main characters through so much for our entertainment. Overall it is strange, cringeworthy and super funny experience when everything comes together.

4. How to Train Your Dragon 2

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This was a film I had hoped was going to be good, but what I didn’t expect was how much better it would be than the previous film. HTTYD2 does everything that an animated film sequel should do, it takes what worked in the first film and makes it better while adding some new elements too. The story is wonderful and heartfelt, the characters were great and the presentation is fabulous.

3. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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I was so worried about this film before it came out, I mean I knew that it would be worth a watch, but considering some of the cast choices and Bryan Singer’s dodgy track record with films since X-Men 2, I had a right to be concerned. Luckily the film was everything I wanted and then some, Bryan Singer and his crew successfully created a great comic book film which took the best elements of the old and new X-Men films and meshed it together with a fabulous cast, awesome action sequences and its use of time travel which re-wrote the timeline and deleted the bad X-Men films from existence which just makes it that much sweeter.

2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Arguably, this film could have been my number one at one point and I am sure for some it is their favourite film of the summer and for good reason too. DOTPOTA takes the foundation that was made in the first film god and amplifies it by ten. Humans take a back seat to this story about the apes as they develop and grow as a community and then eventually face conflict not only from the surviving human but also within their own group too. The tone, atmosphere, performances, cinematography and CGI were all on-point, those visual effects are some of the best stuff I have seen in any film for a while now. Andy Serkis and the rest of the film crew have crafted something really special and made me want so much more in the sequel.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy

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In the end was there any doubt in your mind about what would be number 1 on this list? While some of the other entries on this list are pretty dramatic and different, Marvel still knows how to grab my attention and make films that I want to see even when I have no clue as to how it will turn out. I had a lot of a hope that this film would be good, but what I didn’t expect was how fun and delightful this would be. GotG is pure sci-fi and comedy blended very well, and I liked how the story was about a group of individuals from different backgrounds coming together to become more, it is basically the Avengers, but in space and on a larger and crazier scale. Groot and Rocket Raccoon were the obvious standout characters, Chris Pratt is also amazing as Star-Lord and the gorgeous soundtrack are just a handful of reasons why I loved this film. I want the sequel now! XD

So how do you feel about my list and are any of your favourites on here? And what were your favourite films of the summer? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Let’s Talk About The Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1

Yo people of the interweb, today I wanted to a special little post dedicated to Guardians of the Galaxy. After seeing the film 3 times in the cinema, I can easily say it is not only one of my favourite films of the summer, but also of the year so far and one of the key reasons I like the film so much is due the soundtrack. The song selection in the film is nothing short of amazing and the music does help bring you back down to Earth when you’re up in space for the majority of the film. And since I’ve been listening to the this compilation for the last few days I thought I’d pass on my thoughts of what it means to me so consider this a review of sorts haha. Let’s get started.

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Even though the songs are of the older variety, they are for the most part classics and very well established in the world of music and the fact that they are being used in the film instills a feeling of familiarity and in some cases nostalgia as well. And for me it was the first time listening to some of these songs in full or at all, however, there are some that I have known about for a very long time, but I’ll get to that in a bit. For now let’s talk about the individual songs in a bit more detail.

Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede

Ah yes, “Hooked on a Feeling” is pretty much the theme song of GotG because of it showing up in the first and second trailers for the film. At first I wasn’t too keen on the song and couldn’t understand the hype, but then over the coming months before the film’s release I couldn’t get the song out of my head. By the time the film came out I was totally in love with it. I don’t whether it is the constant chanting of “Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga” or the awesome chorus, whatever it may be, it is addictive and I can’t help but start singing and dancing like a happy-go-lucky clown. The song is just a feel-good jam and ever since I got this album, it’s been on repeat for ages haha.

Go All the Way by Raspberries

When I heard this song in the film I thought the rest of it would be a kick ass rock song of the 70’s, but then when I heard the song in full for the first time I was surprised about how the verses and chorus were so much softer and pop-sounding. It totally threw me off. But after a few days of listening to it on repeat it had become one of my favourite songs from the album, besides the awesome opening, just the chorus is very addictive and fun to sing. And I don’t if it is just me, but that guitar riff in the beginning, middle and end of the song reminds me a lot of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who.

Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum

This is the only song that didn’t appear in the film and only has an association with the film through the second trailer that was released a while ago. And while it is a decent song with a great sound, I don’t think it fits in with the rest of the songs in the sense that they are fairly playful, charismatic and normally relate to friendship or love and relationships, but this one is more to do about death and religion and going to heaven when you die. I just don’t feel like the lyrical content of this song gels well with the rest of the songs and the film in general. Again, it is a decent song, but probably my least favourite song in this collection.

Moonage Daydream by David Bowie

Alright, now we come to a great song. Hearing David Bowie in GotG the first time round was such an unexpected and delightful surprise, and then listening to the song on this album was even better. I’ve been a fan of Bowie for the last 8 years of my life and every few years I find more and more songs that I really get into. Since this is from the Ziggy Stardust album I’m not sure if I’ve heard it before in college or not but either way I love it. I feel like this song represents the vastness of space and stepping into the unknown (like the scene when the Guardians enter Knowhere).

Fooled Around and Fell in Love by Elvin Bishop

This song is basically about a guy who is a bit of a player and in the midst of his messing around he found a girl of interest. This song stuck in my head after that scene with Peter and Gamora, it just seems like it would be the song that would describe Peter if he ever decided to settle down with someone. It is the kind of song you just take a girl and slow dance with (if people still do that) or if you have a significant other you just dance with them, since I don’t have another half I’ll just be dancing on my own lol. I think the song has a gorgeous melody and memorable chorus.

I’m Not in Love by 10cc

Now this is a song I’ve always known about since I was around 10 or 11 when it was advertised on TV in a 1970’s CD compilation, however I’ve never heard the song in full until now. I loved the use of the song in GotG though, opening the film with that song was so surprising and nostalgic at the same time. At 6 minutes it is the longest song on the album, but it is worth every second of listening time. That opening 33 seconds, wow, just the way the sound builds up and then goes into the first verse, it is one of the most incredible intros to any song ever. This is a heavy and dramatic song with meaningful lyrics and a beautiful melody. The only thing I don’t like is the little breakdown around 1 minute and 53 seconds into the song, I feel like it’s a bit unnecessary and upsets the flow of the song.

I Want You Back by The Jackson 5

Now we get to the song I know the most out of this album. This to me is classic. As a fan of Michael Jackson, I know all of his music from childhood ESPECIALLY his older material in The Jackson 5. In all honesty, I don’t really listen to this song unless it shows up on TV or at a party, it is just not one of my jams. That being said, when the right occasion presents itself, I can get down and start singing and dancing, and after listening to it so much over the last few days I have a new appreciation for it.

Come and Get Your Love by Redbone

And now we come to what is arguably my favourite song from this collection. When I heard this song for the first time with Peter Quill dancing along while exploring the planet Morag I was in the happiest place ever. Ever since my first time seeing GotG this song has gotten stuck in my head for weeks and since listening to it in full, it is becoming an addiction. “Come and Get Your Love” is just a feel-good song that you just want to sing along to and every second hour of the day I’m always saying in my head “Come and get your love!” This is ultimately a song I can listen to any time and I would be surprised if there is anyone that isn’t down with this sound.

Cherry Bomb by The Runaways

This song is awesome, since hearing it GotG I’ve been obsessed with that chorus. I just love how rebellious this song feels and the level of tenacity and charisma that comes from lead singer Cherie Currie just makes me feel like freaking out and shouting “CHERRY BOMB!” with her. While I’m not that fussed about punk rock, I do love the sound that comes from this song, it’s so badass!

Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes

Oh, this song, this is another song I’ve known about for many years, but never listened to in full until now. When I was younger, I thought the song was very funny just because of the words in the chorus (don’t ask me why), but since listening to the song recently I’ve really come to appreciate the lyrics and lovely music.

O-o-h Child by Five Stairsteps

Once again this is a song I’ve always known about, never been too keen on and never listened to in full until now, all that being said I’ve really taken a liking to this song recently. The song is pretty much about looking forward to a better day and trying to stay positive and I loved seeing Peter Quill strutting his stuff in front of Ronan to this song, it was so unexpected and funny. I think that scene makes me like this song more than I should.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Like “I Want You Back” this is a song that I’ve known for many years and it is again a classic song, that being said I’ve never been too keen on it and the only version I’ve really liked was the one in Sister Act 2. But I have always liked what this song has stood for; the bond between people and the acts of kindness that friends will do for each other. Since listening to this soundtrack I’ve really started to get into it and believe that when this song appears in GotG it represents Peter and his crew as a unified group.

Favourite songs:

  • Hooked on a Feeling (LOVE)
  • Go All the Way
  • Moonage Daydream
  • Fooled Around and Fell in Love (LOVE)
  • I’m Not in Love
  • Come and Get Your Love (LOVE)
  • Cherry Bomb
  • Escape (The Piña Colada Song)

In conclusion Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is such a great collection of songs that when applied to one of Marvel’s strangest and most delightful films to date has created a match made in heaven. After watching GotG you really do want to listen to the music from the film and honestly, it is worth your time to obtain this album as it is delightful, beautiful, addictive and makes you want to sing and dance.

So what did you think of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1? Are you down with these tunes or do want to turn them off? Also, did you like Guardians of the Galaxy in general or was it not for you? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Films, Media, Music, Reviews

 

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How I Feel In Pictures #5

Good day to you ladies and gents and welcome to the 5th edition of How I Feel In Pictures. In these posts I’ll upload a piece of art that I’ve drawn that basically represents how I feel at that current point in time. I can tell you now that I am feeling good at this point in time, while nothing special is going on in my life, during Sunday and Monday I had two days off of work and I’ve been enjoying my free time and during that freedom I had a moment of inspiration to draw and the end result is below.

Check it out below:

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Now say it with me people: “I AM GROOT! 😀

As you can see above, I’ve drawn Groot from Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, you may ask, “What brought this on?” Well, after watching GotG for the third time in the cinema last week I really got back into the groove with the film and then started listening to the Awesome Mix Vol. (the great collection of songs from the film) and I just thought to myself that I just had to draw one of my favourite characters from the film. I was just going to do a cool sketch in my new notebook, but then I brought the pen into play and started going hard with the detail. I feel like I did a job considering that I wasn’t drawing at my normal A4 size of paper. Here’s a comparison between the original image and my sketch.

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It is definitely a not as close in terms of placement of certain body parts, but again this wasn’t a very long sketch so I do like how it turned out. In the end, I love Groot, most people love Groot and I just wanted to show my love by drawing him. Sometimes I do surprise myself when I draw because I never know how far I can go, especially on such a small-scale like this. This is definitely the start of many GotG pictures to come yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Films, Life, Media

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Sorry for being M.I.A.

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

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

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

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

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Life

 

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San Diego Comic-Con 2014 – My Highlights

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Good day to you ladies and gents, well the annual San Diego Comic Convention is totally in full swing and news, images and videos have been released all over the internet and it has sent fans into a frenzy so far. So far from what I’ve seen and read it has been a pretty amazing session so far and I wish I could attend, but alas I am too poor lol. So just like last year I’m gonna do a news round-up of all the updates from Comic-Con that have caught my eye. So hold on tight as I have a lot to get through, let’s rocket! XD

Wonder Woman’s Costume Revealed

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For me one of the biggest things to come out of Comic-Con was the reveal of Wonder Woman’s costume and I have to say that I like it. Gal Gadot looks fine in it and the costume is clearly more practical and let’s revealing than the comic book versions of the past. Though it wasn’t until I saw a meme online where someone pointed out that the BvS Wonder Woman costume is pretty much the same as Xena from the old Xena: Warrior Princess TV show, really after you do a quick comparison is kind of hard to ignore. Whether or not the costume designers were aware of this or not remains to be seen, either way it is pretty interesting to note.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Footage

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Obviously what could be described as the biggest announcement from Comic-Con this year would be the reveal of the short footage from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which features an armoured Batman in the rain setting up the Bat signal and Superman hovers in the sky looking down with glowing eyes like they’re ready to duke it out. Now thanks to the power of the internet I saw some blurry leaked footage and from what i could tell it looked pretty awesome, Batman looked badass and the way Gotham City has been crafted visually is so good and the way these two titans are just staring at each other you know that shit is gonna go down. Everybody has been freaking out about this footage and while I think it was cool, it was by no means anything earth-shattering.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Massive Picture, Footage & Info

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Not to be outdone by DC completely Marvel assembled nearly all of their cast for the Avengers: Age of Ultron panel where they were all introduced in style to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Til You Enough” and we learnt a few more details about some of the characters here and there. In addition to that we got a beautiful concept art poster of all the Avengers assembled battling the Ultron army [pictured above} which looks totally badass and is my new wallpaper haha. And then there’s the footage (which at this point has yet to be leaked online), which apparently has the Avengers chilling out with each of them trying to pick up Thor’s hammer and failed, only Captain America has the power to budge it a little. And Ultron apparently comes a long and messes things up and then there’s a montage of all sorts of things (man I hope that trailer gets leaked.

Check out the panel here:

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 & Animated Series Announced

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So Guardians of the Galaxy is just under a week away and so far it has been getting early positive reviews which is awesome and now it has been announced that there is not only gonna be a sequel to Marvel’s sci-fi adventure but there will also be an animated series too. When it comes to Guardians 2 I say bring it on, if the first film is as good as I am hoping then I would love to see more from that universe. As for the animated series, I’m not sure, Marvel have had a dodgy track record with animated shows after Spectacular Spider-Man, Avengers: EMH and Wolverine and the X-Men ended and if it looks anything like the Avengers Assemble cartoon that that won’t be good thing for me, that art design is a bit too stylized and funky, but I’ll wait until the trailer comes out before I start to complain.

Legendary Pictures Announce Godzilla 2 With More Classic Monsters & King Kong Reboot Entitled ‘Skull Island’

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Now there were some surprising things to read on Saturday from Legendary Pictures’ announcements. No not that Godzilla was getting a sequel, but that there was going to be the return of classic monsters in the future like Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah. When I read that I was like “YES!” (In a high-pitched voice). I don’t car what anyone says, Godzilla (2014) was killer and worked where it needed to most, the monster fights, and if the filmmakers are gonna bring in my classic monster for some fighting action I say bring the hell on! Then there was the news that King Kong was gonna get rebooted and focus on the place of his origin, Skull Island. It does feel a bit soon to reboot the big ape considering that the Peter Jackson version was only 9 years ago, but hey reboots are the ‘in-thing’ so why not do it? Now the reason I’m down for this is because since both Godzilla and King Kong are under the same studio roof, maybe there will be the chance for another King Kong Vs. Godzilla film? Wishful thinking I know but one can hope. 😛

So this concludes the first part of my news, all in all it’s been a pretty good session though not nearly as exciting or unexpected as last year I have to say. Anyway which of these stories stood out the most to you and is there anything on here that I didn’t mention that you think was worth talking about? Whatever it is be sure to comment below and I’ll ya around on the next blog post yo! 🙂

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Films, Media, Television

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer #2 Quick Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for another trailer review and today I’ll be talking about the second trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy that was released yesterday. Now I recall seeing the first trailer and liking it, but not being blown away by it, however after a while I really grew to love it and see it in the cinema has gotten me hyped on a few occasions. So with this new trailer I was hoping to be shocked beyond belief. So how does the second trailer fare? Well read on and find out!

Check out the trailer below:

So what and I thinking after seeing this trailer? Well this is what I would say, “Cool, I like it. However I wasn’t blown away.”

I feel like I’m getting some deja vu because I did have similar thoughts to the first trailer that was released, but I feel like that one you could give the benefit of the doubt because it was the first one. Plus I feel like that trailer had a more engaging tone and style, while this one of more of the same just with new scenes and music.

That’s not to say that this trailer didn’t have cool things to show off and new things for us to learn. What’s on display here is pretty cool and I like how much more we get to see of Star-Lord and his grew coming together. This second trailer really emphasizes the fact that this is a group of misfits, brought together through pure circumstantial reasons, but when put together they can achieve great things.

What I like the most about this trailer is seeing more of the world, this film looks gorgeous from what the trailer is showing us. The visual effects look incredibly detailed, large in scope and the colour scheme is so vivid and versatile, it looks like a whole new type of space that hasn’t really been seen before. For me, there haven’t been too many films that have depicted the look of space in a unique or interesting way (not since Star Wars at least), but GotG looks like its set to change that and I can’t wait to see what the rest of film has in store for us. And speaking of the visuals both Groot and Rocket Raccoon look awesome, we get to see a lot more of them, we hear them speak, move around a lot more and just see their personalities in general and it feels they’re getting a fair amount of screen time in this trailer and rightfully so, these are the characters that the film has to see to the casual audience.

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In conclusion the second trailer Guardians of the Galaxy looks delightful and I can’t wait to see it. While the trailer didn’t really make me geek out like the later trailers for Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past, in the end it is still a good trailer with plenty of interesting things to talk about for weeks to come. August is taking too damn long to get here, like a spoilt child would say, “I want it now!” 😀

So what did you think of the Guardians of the Galaxy second trailer? Are you more or less excited for the film than before? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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POSSIBLE LATE NEWS?: Nathan Fillion Teases Guardians of the Galaxy Role

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for the last big late news story which comes in the form of an unexpected tidbit of info surrounding the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“With Captain America: The Winter Soldier now in theaters, Marvel Studios’ next big screen release is the penultimate “Phase Two” entry, Guardians of the Galaxy, written and directed by James Gunn. Since “Firefly” and “Castle” star Nathan Fillion has worked quite a bit with Gunn in the past, one fan asked him during a St. Louis Comic-Con panel whether or he wanted a part in the August 1 release.

“[Want] to get a part?” Fillion said with a smirk. “Or maybe did. I’m just saying maybe. Maybe it’ll be a surprise. Maybe check the credits of the movie when you watch it.”

As you can see in the video below (posted to YouTube by fan “Jamie K.”), Fillion’s tone makes it a pretty solid bet that he’ll be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy in some capacity. The fact that he’s asking us to check the credits, however, might suggest that the part is either a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo or, given Gunn’s penchant for practical effects, Fillion may wind up a completely unrecognizable alien species.”

Well this is certainly interesting. Fillion is an awesome guy and fans in the world of comics have wanted him to do a superhero film for YEARS. So when you hear this you can’t help but smile and get giddy and then speculate as to what he will do in the film. So could he could be? Well the possibilities is endless. Chances are he’ll probably be a minor character if he is in the film, possibly a passing alien or human, doubtful it would be a main character. However someone in the comments on supeherohype said something pretty interesting. What if he was Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly/Serenity? I then thought about it and then I realised how cool that would be if his character was referenced in the film because it would fit in with the world and style that GotG is trying to create. Obviously it is all speculation at the moment and it could just be a rumour, however I really hope Fillion is in the film is some noteworthy capacity.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Karen Gillan Talks ‘Girlie Fights’ in Guardians of the Galaxy

Howdy ladies and gents, even though the day is nearly over, just before it disappears I have finally found some relevant Marvel film news to talk about so let’s get talking. The following info comes from superherohype:

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“Not only does Marvel Studios’ upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy have the distinction of starring a talking raccoon and a sentient tree, but it also features something else none of the other Marvel films have had, a female villain. While there was a female cohort in Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy will bring us Nebula as played by “Doctor Who” star Karen Gillan and her character will apparently have a very intense fight sequence with the female hero of the film, Gamora, as played by Zoe Saldana.

“Yeah, there’s a big girlie fight sequence, but it’s not that girlie,” Gillan said in an interview with MTV. “They made sure there weren’t any nice pirouettes or anything like that….(Zoe) is really experienced in the physical stuff, she was a ballerina. She’s really amazing at all of that stuff. She barely required any rehearsal, she was like, ‘I can do this.’ I required two months of rehearsals every day that I wasn’t shooting, because I looked like spaghetti when I started….This is the integral one for my character, because it’s not just a physical battle. Their relationship goes very deep, and there’s a huge history between them. So there’s a lot more to it than just the physical.”​

This is some good news, I like the sound of this. Firstly may I just say that Karen Gillan is a gorgeous woman and I am so happy that her career is advancing and she made into this film. Everything I hear about GotG makes me more and more excited and just this little interview gives me more and more hope. Before we continue allow me to go on a tangent for a second… Fight sequences are one of my favourite aspects of any action film and it needs to be done properly, especially when it comes to women. No offence to any of these fight choreographers but they really don’t give women nearly as hardcore and badass fight scenes as mean. I am sure there are specific reasons for that, however there are a few films that have delivered some kick ass fights for women. One good example would be the fight between Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano in Fast 6, now that was awesome, it was rough, brutal, wonderfully choreographed and didn’t look like some girly stuff. There needs to be more action for women like this.

Anyways back to Karen Gillan as Nebula. Basically I like Gillan’s comments, it sounds like we’re gonna have some cool fights on our hands and that there has been training for Gillan to play her part properly. I’m also interested to see how deep her and Gamora’s relationship goes. Also the article writer brings up a good point about Gillan being the first female villain in the MCU which when you think about it is a bit surprising, but the same time there’s not really been a significant threat of the female variety show up yet. At least Marvel Studios are starting here, hopefully we’ll eventually see others, especially Amora the Enchantress.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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