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Top 10 Things at E3

Now that E3 is over I thought I’d go through some of my favourite things that were shown at this year’s expo.  Starting tomorrow I’ll be going through some of the cool new releases individually, so be sure to check back for that.

10. The Wonderbook

If you were starting to get worried that kids may actually have to start reading then you’ll be happy to hear that Sony has come up with a new and exciting way to keep kids illiterate.

The Wonderbook is pretty much a blank book that, using augmented reality, turns into a variety of cool stories when looked at through the PlayStation Move camera.  The story they showed was Harry Potter, but it wasn’t any of the existing stories it was full of new more child oriented stories of how individual spells were made.  Players can then use the Move controlled to perform the spells and complete a variety of tasks.  Despite my earlier joke, this probably isn’t going to do any damage to child literacy and it looks to be a really fun, inventive game.  That I want.

9. ZombiU

If you ever thought you’d survive a zombie outbreak, I have the perfect game to prove you wrong.

A lot of people have been disappointed by the stream of action packed zombie games that have been coming out lately.  The move away from survival horror and towards action has divided zombie fans, particularly Resident Evil fans, but now Ubisoft are taking a massive step back towards survival horror and filling the demand for the return of that type of game.

ZombiU will be playable only on the Wii U and is one of the games that will be available upon release.  It makes great use of the Wii U’s handheld screen and effectively simulates a zombie outburst.  One of the things that the game does, which helps create a level of realism, is that you only have a singular life.  When your character dies they become a zombie and you have to start the scenario again as a new person, but all the zombies that were killed by your previous character are still dead and all the items that were picked up by that character are gone, plus your old skin is now trying to eat your new skin.  Don’t worry about running out of survivors; there is an endless stream of them.

8. The Wii U

I once called it the Wii’s sexier cousin, a phrase that puts me on top of the Google search, and I’m going to stick with that.

The Wii U looks like it’s going to be a fun, like its predecessor, but it seems to be focusing more on games that will appeal to hard core gamers.  That’s not to say that it won’t include the family friendly favourites that made the Wii so popular, it will, but there is more there for the mainstream gaming community than there ever was on the Wii.

7. Splinter Cell: Blacklist

A game demo so good it made me ashamed to not be a Splinter Cell fan.

Having only ever given Splinter Cell a shot once, I wasn’t particularly interested in the announcement of a sequel, but once the demo started I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed that I hadn’t gotten into the series earlier.  This new game, the sixth in the series, is apparently more action oriented than previous titles.   Hopefully this won’t drive away old fans while attempting to bring in new ones, like me.

6. Watch Dogs

Is Assassins Creed and Splinter Cell had a game baby.

This is the third Ubisoft game on the list, the first two being ZombiU and Splinter Cell, which shows just how impressive Ubisoft was this year, well at least in my eyes.  Watch Dogs is a modern day assassin game were you get to attend fancy parties, hack into phones and kill people.  Like Assassins Creed, it is an open world game, but instead of being set somewhere in the past the events of the game take place in modern day Chicago.  It’ll be refreshing to have an open world game set in a real life modern day city that doesn’t take place in New York.  Another element coming from Assassins Creed is the ability to climb everything, which will apparently be part of the game.

5. Tomb Raider

Every dream of being stranded on an island with no hope of rescue and having to survive attacks from wild animals and gun wielding enemies?  No, must just be me.

This new Tomb Raider game was already on my radar before E3.  The series looks to be getting an extremely impressive reboot and it’s clear that the people behind the game want to give Lara Croft an origin story that will make fans of the series proud.

I think with games that have spanned as long as Tomb Raider, which currently has nine games, are often hard to market to new players.  They have such a rich history that those who play games for the story may avoid the series unless they are able to pick up the previous titles.  However, fans may have been surprised by the reboot as there has never really been a large amount of time without a Tomb Raider game.  The longest gap will be this time, as it will be five years since the last Tomb Raider game was released in 2013 when the reboot comes out.  Before this the longest break was three years, which isn’t really that long when it comes to making a next gen title.

4. The Amazing Spider-Man

A tie in game that serves as more of a sequel, count me in.  That is if The Amazing Spider-Man movie doesn’t suck, which I doubt it will.

Spider-Man movie tie in games are always fun.  They have new enemies, new storylines and you get to swing around New York City like you own the place, which you don’t Obama does.  While all the film tie ins have differed from their movie counterparts, this Spider-Man game takes it one step further and actually takes place after the events of the film.  The plot of the game will actually set up the story for the films sequel, which is a strange thought considering no one even knows if the films any good yet.

3. The Last of Us

Will you survive the… wait there’s a lot of survival on this list.

This game is less about the zombies and more about the story of two people, in a father daughter kind of relationship, that have to constantly struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, which is a refreshing look at a plot that is clearly being used a lot in games today.

The most impressive things about this game, which I didn’t even know existed before the expo, is the gameplay.  It’s smooth and realistic, it suggests that every kill is going to be a struggle, nothing will be simple and it’s not the kind of game were you can just run around taking down large amounts of enemies with ease.  Feeling very cinematic, even during gameplay, the focus on story shows at every turn, which won’t appeal to all gamers.  Making the experience even more realistic is the AI which seems to be miles ahead of what we’ve seen in past titles like Resident Evil 5.  At one point Ellie, the fourteen year old female sidekick actually picks up a brick to aid the player, who was under attack.  Though the AI seems impressive, you may choose to play with a friend instead, which you can as the game is co-op.

2. DmC: Devil May Cry

Weren’t we supposed to get some news?

Now that the game was given a release date, Ninja Theory said they would be giving more information about the game.  Naturally it seemed E3 would be the perfect platform to distribute this knowledge, yet the only new thing shown was a weapon.  They did show off a demo, which really did remind be a lot of Bayonetta, and mentioned that the running time would be about twelve hours, which isn’t as long as I’d like.  Still, as a Devil May Cry fan I am looking forward to seeing what they do with the reboot, though next time Ninja Theory promises news they better provide some.

1. Resident Evil

Action, survival horror and being chased by a giant monster, Resident Evil 6 has it all.

At this point there isn’t much more information Capcom could give us without ruining the game.  The story is split into three campaigns, which can be played in any order.  Leon S. Kennedy and Helena Harper will have a more survival horror experience, though there will be action packed moments, Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans experience a military style action adventure and Jake Muller and Sherry Birkin’s story will be reminiscent of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis which had the main characters being constantly pursued by Nemesis.

What do you think?  Which are you most excited about?  Would you put anything different on the list?  Will you be rushing out to buy any of these?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.

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The Mass April Fool’s Day Effect

As if Mass Effect fans hadn’t suffered, now they must watch the game be turned into a cheesy 80s cartoon, but wait it’s the 1st of April.

Over the years IGN have celebrated the beginning of April by fooling their readers, or just making them laugh, with a fake story.  Last year it was a Harry Potter TV show and this year it’s a Mass Effect cartoon.

Recently, a lot of Mass Effect fans were disappointed with the ending of the third game.  I think it’s fair to say that fans wouldn’t actually like to see this Mass Effect show go into production, but as a short it’s pretty funny and, since Mass Effect is all about making decisions and the consequences that come with that, maybe next time you play your strategy could be to defeat the reapers with rock and roll.

What do you think?  Would you like a Mass Effect cartoon series?  Were you disappointed with how the third game ended?  Do you think the reapers could be defeated with rock and roll?  Check out the video below and let me know what you think by voting or leaving a comment in the comment section.  Also, don’t forget to follow and chick the like button.


Winners of the 84th Academy Awards

Last night, or early this morning, the 84th Academy Awards took place in the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood.  The ceremony was hosted by Billy Crystal and featured appearances from the Muppets and Cirque Du Soleil.  Just over a month ago, on the 25th of January, I made nine predictions.  Now that the results are in, I can happily say that I was right about five of them, which, by the power of majority rules, makes me psychic.  Check out which ones I predicted HERE or you just check out the list of winners below.

Best Picture

The Artist

 

Actor in a Leading Role

Jean Dujardin in The Artist

 

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christopher Plummer in Beginners

 

Actress in a Leading Role

Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

 

Actress in a Supporting Role

Octavia Spencer in The Help

 

Directing

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

 

Animated Feature Film

Rango

 

Art Direction

Hugo

 

Cinematography

Hugo

 

Costume Design

The Artist

 

Documentary (Feature)

Undefeated

 

Documentary (Short Subject)  

Saving Face

 

Film Editing

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

 

Foreign Language Film

A Separation, Iran

 

Makeup

The Iron Lady

 

Music (Original Score)

The Artist, Ludovic Bource

 

Music (Original Song)

“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

 

Short Film (Animated)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

 

Short Film (Live Action)

The Shore

 

Sound Editing

Hugo

 

Sound Mixing

Hugo

 

Visual Effects

Hugo

 

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

 

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen

 

What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow and click the like button.


Grammy Results 2012

Last night the 54th Grammy Award Ceremony took place. The full list of winners is available here, but you can find most of them below.

Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

Song of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

New Artist: Bon Iver

Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Pop Vocal Album: “21,” Adele

Alternative Album: “Bon Iver,” Bon Iver

Rock Song: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

Rock Album: “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters

Rock Performance: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

Hard Rock/Metal Performance: “White Limo,” Foo Fighters

R&B Album: “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown

R&B Song: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim & Jack Splash

R&B Performance: “Is This Love,” Corrine Bailey Rae

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona

Rap Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West

Rap Performance: “Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap Song: “All of the Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West

Rap/Sung Collaboration: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Dance Recording: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Dance/Electronica Album: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Musical Theater Album: “The Book of Mormon,” Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone

World Music Album: “Tassili,” Tinariwen

Latin Pop Rock, Rock or Urban Album: “Drama y Luz,” Mana

Tropical Latin Album: “Last Mambo,” Cachao

Banda or Norteno Album: “Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends,” Los Tigres Del Norte

Regional Mexican or Tejano Album: “Bicentenario,” Pepe Aguilar

Country Solo Performance: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Country Album: “Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum

Country Performance by a Duo or Group: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Country Song: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Jazz Vocal Album: “The Mosaic Project,” Terri Lyne Carrington & various artists

Jazz Instrumental Album: “Forever,” Corea, Clark & White

Improvised Jazz Solo: “500 Miles High,” Chick Corea

Large Ensemble Jazz Album: “The Good Feeling,” Christian McBride Big Band

Blues Album: “Revelator,” Tedeschi Trucks Band

Folk Album: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Pop Instrumental Album: “The Road From Memphis,” Booker T. Jones

Bluegrass Album: “Paper Airplane,” Alison Krauss & Union Station

Americana Album: “Ramble at the Ryman,” Levon Helm

Reggae Album: “Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life,” Stephen Marley

New Age Album: “What’s It All About,” Pat Metheny

Children’s Album: “All About Bullies… Big and Small,” various artists

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Paul Epworth

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Cinema (Skrillex remix),” Sonny Moore

Gospel Song: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Performance: “Jesus,” L’Andria Johnson

Gospel Album: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Choral Performance: “Light & Gold,” Eric Whitacre

Classical Contemporary Composition: “Elmer Gantry,” Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman

Orchestral Performance: “Brahms: Symphony No. 4,” Gustavo Dudamel

Opera Recording: “Adams: Doctor Atomic,” Alan Gilbert, conductor

Spoken Word Album: “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t),” Betty White

Comedy Album: “Hilarious,” Louis C.K.

Compilation Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “Boardwalk Empire,” various artists

Score Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat

Song Written For Visual Media: “I See the Light,” Alan Menken & Glenn Slater

Historical Album: “Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition),” Paul McCartney

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists: “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me),” Jorge Calandrelli

What do you think?  Are you happy with the winners?  Who do you think should have one?  Did you watch the ceremony?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow and click the like button.


Oscar Predictions

I didn’t want to do another post about the Oscars until they were closer, but then I thought about how hard I’d kick myself if all my predictions are right and I have no evidence of making them, so here we are.  Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short and just stick to the categories I understand most and tomorrows post will be something much more interesting.

Best Picture
‘The Artist’ – It’s that I think it’s better than the others in the category; it’s just a gut feeling.  If I’m honest it’s not even the one I would like to see win, it’s just the one I think will get it.

Actor in a Leading Role
George Clooney ‘The Descendants’ – Again, it’s just a feeling I have and doesn’t necessarily represent who I’d like to see win the award.

Actor in a Supporting Role
Jonah Hill ‘Moneyball’ – My only reasoning for this one is ‘why not Jonah Hill’ you go think about that.

Actress in a Leading Role
Meryl Streep ‘Iron Lady’ – Though I think Rooney Mara should win, I feel that the academy will vote in favour of Meryl Streep.

Actress in a Supporting Role
Melissa McCarthy ‘Bridesmaids’ – I really think she deserves it, but that doesn’t mean that she has a chance, though getting nominated is a good start and I hope she gets it.

Animated Feature Film
‘Rango’ – Johnny Depp is in it, it’s going to win.

Art Direction
‘The Artist’ – It has the word art in the title, it’s like destiny.

Cinematography
‘The Tree of Life’ – For this one I asked my friend, who studied Cinematography, so if you put money on it and lose, take it up with him.

Directing
Michel Hazanavicius ‘The Artist’ – If I keep guessing ‘The Artist’ I’m bound to get it at least once, right?

I know there are plenty of other categories, but to avoid this post being as long as the nominations one, I’m going to leave it there.  One final point though, Tintin should have been nominated for Animated Feature Film, it was robbed.

Those are my wacky theories, what are yours?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button, unless you don’t like this post.


The 2012 Oscar Nominees

This years marks the 84th annual Academy Awards Ceremony, which will take place on the 26th of February.  The Oscar will be hosted by Billy Crystal, after Eddie Murphy stepped down.  Take a look at the full list of the nominations below and leave a comment saying who you would like to see win.

BEST PICTURE

‘The Artist’

‘The Descendants’

‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

‘The Help’

‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘Moneyball’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

Actor in a Leading Role

Demián Bichir ‘A Better Life’

George Clooney ‘The Descendants’

Jean Dujardin ‘The Artist’

Gary Oldman ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

Brad Pitt ‘Moneyball’

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh ‘My Week with Marilyn’

Jonah Hill ‘Moneyball’

Nick Nolte ‘Warrior’

Christopher Plummer ‘Beginners’

Max von Sydow ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’

Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close ‘Albert Nobbs’

Viola Davis ‘The Help’

Rooney Mara ‘The Girl with the Drag on Tattoo’

Meryl Streep ‘The Iron Lady’

Michelle Williams ‘My Week with Marilyn’

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo ‘The Artist’

Jessica Chastain ‘The Help’

Melissa McCarthy ‘Bridesmaids’

Janet McTeer ‘Albert Nobbs’

Octavia Spencer ‘The Help’

Animated Feature Film
‘A Cat in Paris’

‘Chico & Rita’

‘Kung Fu Panda 2’

‘Puss in Boots’

‘Rango’

ART DIRECTION

‘The Artist’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘Hugo’

‘Midnight in Paris’

‘War Horse’

CINEMATOGRAPHY

‘The Artist’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘The Tree of Life’

‘War Horse’

COSTUME DESIGN

‘Anonymous’

‘The Artist’

‘Hugo’

‘Jane Eyre’

‘W.E.’

DIRECTING

Michel Hazanavicius ‘The Artist’

Alexander Payne ‘The Descendants’

Martin Scorsese ‘Hugo’

Woody Allen ‘Midnight in Paris’

Terrence Malick ‘The Tree of Life’

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

‘Hell and Back Again’

‘If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front’

‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’

‘Pina’

‘Undefeated’

Documentary Short Subject

‘The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement’

‘God Is the Bigger Elvis’

‘Incident in New Baghdad’

‘Saving Face’

‘The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom’

FILM EDITING

‘The Artist’

‘The Descendants’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Moneyball’

Foreign Language Film

‘Bullhead’ (Belgium)

‘Footnote’ (Israel)

‘In Darkness’ (Poland)

‘Monsieur Lazhar’ (Canada)

‘A Separation’ (Iran)

MAKEUP

‘Albert Nobbs’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘The Iron Lady’

Music (Original Score)

‘The Adventures of Tintin’

‘The Artist’

‘Hugo’

‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

‘War Horse’

Music (Original Song)

‘Man or Muppet’ The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

‘Real in Rio’ Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Short Film (Animated)

‘Dimanche/Sunday’

‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’

‘La Luna’

‘A Morning Stroll’

‘Wild Life’

Short Film (Live Action)

‘Pentecost’

‘Raj u’

‘The Shore’

‘Time Freak’

‘Tuba Atlantic’

SOUND EDITING

‘Drive’

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

SOUND MIXING

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

‘Hugo’

‘Moneyball’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

‘War Horse’

VISUAL EFFECTS

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’

‘Hugo’

‘Real Steel’

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

What do you think?  Who would you like to see win?  Are you favourite actors or films there?  Is there anyone you just know is going to win?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.  If you want to follow me on Twitter my profile is https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1, I follow back providing it’s not spam.


Oscar Trivia

Tomorrow is the day that they reveal the Oscar nominations so today I thought it’d be fun to learn a little Oscar trivia.

Though it is a great honour, in the entertainment industry, to win an Oscar, three people have refused the Oscar.  The first was Dudley Nichols, a writer who refused on the basis that there was a writers strike going on against the film studios.  The second was George C. Scott, who said that the politics around the awards made the whole thing demeaning.  He also added that the ceremony was a ‘two hour big meat parade’.  The third person to turn down an Oscar was Marlon Brando, a year after Scott.  He won for The Godfather and rejected the Oscar due to the poor depiction of Native Americans by Hollywood.

People who win Oscars must sign an agreement stating they will not sell the Oscar.  This is called The Winners Agreement.

Actress Maggie Smith won an Oscar by playing an Oscar losing actress in California Suite.

The Best Picture award once went to an X-rated movie, Midnight Cowboy.

Walt Disney has received the most Oscar nominations to a single person.

Hopefully this trivia will tide you over until the nominations are released tomorrow.

Are you excited about the Oscars?  Do you watch them?  Which is your favourite piece of Oscar trivia?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button, if you liked this post.


The Muppets Movie

After a 12 year absence the Muppets make a return to cinemas and they don’t disappoint.

It’s hard to believe that the last Muppets movie was Muppet Treasure Island in 1996.  Now, in 2012, fans, old and new, get to see a new Muppet adventure, this time starring, alongside the Muppets, Jason Segal (Gary), Amy Adams (Mary) and Peter Linz, as the latest Muppet Walter.

The story follows Gary, Mary and Walter as they go to Los Angeles to celebrate Gary and Mary’s 10 year anniversary and visit the old Muppets studios with Walter, who thinks that the stories about the Muppets closing down are just internet rumours.  Walter soon learns that this isn’t the case and that there is an evil villain plotting to tear the studios down, the three then head off on a quest to reunite the Muppets and save the studios.  Along the way they encounter several celebrities making cameo appearances, the best of which is Jim Parsons (aka Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory).

Other celebrity guests include Emily Blunt, Selena Gomez, Zach Galifanakis, Sarah Silverman Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Black and many more.  There’s so many that you probably won’t notice some the first time or maybe you’ll get paranoid and start thinking people are in it that really aren’t, I was convinced I saw Tina Fey I just can’t prove it.  Some of the cameos were really small, which I guess with that maybe people it was either that or make a ten hour movie, but some were really funny and it was fun trying to spot the ones that weren’t so obvious, Tina Fey for example.

The music for the movie was brilliant, bright and cheerful for the most part naturally.  Some classic Muppets songs, like Rainbow Connection, were used in the film and new, just as catchy, ones were introduced.  The songs were a great part of the film; they were funny and just plain old fashion fun.

It’s hard to say anything bad about it, because I really did enjoy the film, but one thing that comes to mind is Walter, who I just couldn’t sympathise with.  Sure at first you feel sorry for him, because he’s a Muppet in a world of humans, but then that wears off and he just comes across as a selfish.  Though everyone, or at least my favourite characters, got a fair bit of screen time so they more than make up for his selfishness.

In the Muppets movies, they tend to make jokes about being in a movie, which works really well for them.  This time, along with those types of jokes, they make a nod at dark remakes with some, not so friendly, Muppets cast as potential replacements that might be better suited for today’s audiences.  Hopefully, this remains a joke and we never have to see the Muppets being remade, though it would be nice if they continued making films or even returned to television.

The Muppets movie comes out on the 10th of February, in Ireland and the UK.  If you like the other films or the series then it’s worth seeing, even without kids.  Let’s face it they made this movie mostly for the adults anyway and it’s a refreshing change from all those dark remakes and 3D films that are in cinemas these days.  I would definitely recommend it.

What do you think?  Are you going to go see it?  Do you like the Muppets?  Who’s your favourite Muppet, mine was always Animal?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button, if you liked this review.


Psycho TV series ‘Bates Motel’ in development

For those of you that thought showering was just a time to wind down and get clean, you are about to get a rude awakening as Psycho returns for yet another instalment, but this time it’s television.

Even if you’ve never seen the 1960 film Psycho, its sequels, the prequel, its last attempt at a TV spinoff or the 1998 remake, you probably know about the infamous shower scene and that’s because the film, especially that scene, is a horror classic.  Show me one other film that had to be shot in black and white to avoid being ‘too gory’, a concept which is lost these days.

The original film is about, momma’s boy, Norman Bates who runs a motel with his mother.  Then an unsuspecting shower user comes to stay and the rest is Hollywood history.  Two sequels followed, completely unrelated to the two sequels of the book the original film was based on, then came a prequel, that looked at Bates’ teenage years, followed by a spinoff were the motel is reopened and murders start again and finally, in 1998, a nearly shot for shot remake of the original film was made.  The new TV series will be called Bates Motel, the same name used for the spinoff, and will once again examine the teenage years of Norman Bates.

Though still in the early stages of development the show is said to give a close look at how Norman became a psycho.  The story will show him from childhood and through his teenage years, providing the pilot gets picked up.  Viewers will get to see how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged Norman, putting him on the path to become a killer.  Last time a Psycho show was proposed, the pilot wasn’t picked up and it was instead turned into a TV movie spinoff.  Hopefully this version doesn’t suffer the same fate as it will be interesting to see were, in 2012, they will take the story.  It’s no secret that movies are scarier these days than they were in the past, how will this change the story?

What do you think?  Would you like to see this show get made?  Are you a fan of the original movie?  Have you ever read the book?  Let me know by voting a leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you enjoyed this post, click the like button.


New Dark Knight Rises Pictures

The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most anticipated films of 2012 and now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have some new images to keep us interested.

The pictures show a new, upgraded, Batman suit and a small glance at were its stored, the Batcave.  They also give a really good look at bane who is fighting with Batman in one of the pictures.  In another picture Gordon is seen backed against a wall holding a gun, possibly about to experience whatever it is that sends him to the hospital.

The pictures look pretty impressive, but it’ll mean nothing if we can’t understand Bane.  Personally, I never saw a big problem with him, but a lot of people did and numerous comments have been released, from people involved in with film, saying not to worry.  Despite rumours to the contrary, Writer, Jonathan Nolan, has said that they will not have to do voiceovers and that when fans see more they will have no problem understanding him.

What do you think?  Have these pictures got your mind on the plot?  Do you like the new Batman suit?  Are you planning on seeing the movie when it comes out in July?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button, but only if you like it don’t lie to me.


The PlayStation 4 at E3… 2015

Recently games sites have been debating whether or not the PlayStation 4 would be revealed at this year’s E3, but now Sony has officially put the rumours to rest.

It all started when, video game site, MCV wrote an article about a new Xbox and PlayStation being shown at E3 2012.  This information spread around the web and it wasn’t long before people start coming up with arguments against it, the strongest of which was from Michael Pachter, an industry analyst, who said that since ‘neither console is launching in 2013… there’s no reason to tease them in 2012’.

Kaz Hirai from Sony has now stated, in an interview, that they will not be showing the PS4 at E3 as they are sticking to their initial 10 year plan, which means that the new console won’t hit shelves until 2016.  We can look forward to seeing it at E3 2015, at least.  Personally I think this is a good thing, as there is still a lot of potential for the PS3 and, with so many people getting invested in the online features of games, it’s going to take a lot to get people to move over to another console.  Sony’s announced doesn’t necessarily prove that MCV are wrong about the Xbox 720, but they did get the information from the same source so I’m fairly confident that too is false.

What do you think?  Would you like a new PlayStation or Xbox to be made?  Do you think the Xbox 720 is still on the way?  Did you ever believe the rumours?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to click the like button and then, if you have enough time, head over to Twitter and follow me there.


New Superman and Catwoman Costumes Revealed

It’s a good day to be a comic book geek as we finally get a look at the stars of two upcoming superhero movies in their costumes, English actor Henry Cavill as Superman and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

Though it resembles the classic Superman suit, there are some noticeable differences.  The costume is darker and made of a different material, also the single curl, which is normally on Superman’s forehead, has been cut off.  Having seen the reaction to the new Wonder Woman costume a few months back, I am curious about how people are reacting to the changes.  Personally, I do think that the costume looks more manly and will fit the big screen better, especially considering that this movie is intended to be darker than previous Superman films.

Catwoman without any catlike features?  That’s an interesting choice.  If I’m not mistaken, the goggles have some sort of cat ear, but that’s about it.  Since she’s on, what is speculated to be, the bat-cycle, it’s hard to judge the costume.  However, if the rest of the suit is completely lacking in the feline department Nolan’s going to have some pretty disappointed fans on his hands.  It’s thought that the reason pictures of Catwoman have been released is because Nolan knew paparazzi would snap a few photos while they were filming, so he beat them too it.

What do you think?  Are you impressed by the costumes?  Do you think they should have gone with the more classic version of the suits?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


PlayStation 4?

The PSN is now returning to Japan, meaning that it will be officially restored worldwide.  So what’s the last thing PlayStation users want to hear?  Your console is outdated.

Yes that’s right the PlayStation 4 is on it’s way, or at least that’s what the internet rumours would have you believe.  However, Sony has previously stated that they have a 10 year plan for the PS3 making news of a PS4, coming out as early as 2012, a little hard to swallow, though it does sound like it would be a good console.

According to rumours, the new PlayStation will have a built in movement sensor like the Kinect and will be assembled by the same companies that make the PS3, Foxconn and Pegatron Technology.  The PS4 will, supposedly, be ready to distribute in 2012, with a minimum of 20 units being shipped that year.

As unlikely as it may sound, Sony does have reason to make a new console, after all the Wii U and Xbox Kinect have brought some great new features to gaming.  Sony’s 10 year plan may not be holding up to the advances in technology.  For now we can only speculate as to whether or not the rumours are true, but hopefully Sony will release a statement soon.

What do you think?  Do you love or hate the idea of a new PlayStation?  Would you buy it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and if you like this video click the like button it doesn’t bit, well actually it does but it gives you super liking abilities.


Breaking Dawn Trailer Review

Some say that vampires shouldn’t sparkle in the sunlight; others say that they shouldn’t be overly protective, possessive and display signs of obsessive stalking, but those people should simply be happy that the series is coming to an end.  However, there are millions of Twilight fans and they’re facing the end of the series, well actually the last film was split in two so there’s still a while left.  Part one comes out on the 18th of November 2011 and part two will be released on the 16th of November 2012.

Today, fans were given a glimpse of the film as the first full length trailer was released.  The trailer really pushes the romantic side to the story, basically excluding the darker themes and focusing mainly on the wedding and the guests getting there invitations, plus Bella and Edward having sex in various locations, wonder if they’ll be able to keep a PG-13 rating, which results in Bella becoming pregnant.  I think it goes without saying that this will be one of the least ‘boyfriend friendly’ movies in the Twilight series.

If you’re familiar with the book you may be wondering where the split will be.  It has been said by both Wyck Godrey, producer, and Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter, that it will probably be one movie were Bella is human and one with her as a vampire, though the decision is ultimately up to Bill Condon, the director.  Godrey had the idea of shooting the second one, with vampire Bella, in 3D to differentiate between human and vampire.  Though 3D has become an annoying trend in Hollywood, it’s nice to see it being used to actually aid in the telling of a story.

Fan’s will most likely love the trailer, but it is very one sided.  The more romantic elements are shown, the wedding and the jealous Jacob love triangle, where as the darker mythological part, a woman being impregnated by a vampire, is only briefly hinted at, despite the pregnancy playing such a large role in the book.  Though the actually movie will be more balanced, it seems that the trailer was made to give the audience and over romantic view, thus drawing in the girls and striking fear into the hearts of the boyfriends.

What do you think?  Will Breaking Dawn be rated above PG-13?  Is the trailer boy friendly?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Tomb Raider 2012 Trailer Review

The first game in the Tomb Raider series came out in 1996.  Since then Tomb Raider and its lead character, Lara Croft, have become household names.  The games even spawned two live action movies, starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.  However, the series is about to get a makeover, by which I mean it’s getting rebooted.  Don’t be too sad though, this isn’t the first time Tomb Raider has hit the reset button.  The series was rebooted after they famously killed Lara off in the fourth game.  They did try to continue with the series after killing her off, but eventually they gave up and did a reboot.  Now years later they are restarting for the second time and the first trailer looks promising.

The game will simply be called Tomb Raider and should be on shelves in autumn 2012.  The plot will go back and show Lara’s origins, which differ greatly from previous games.  After recently graduating from college, Lara sets of to find adventure.  The ship she is travelling on gets caught in a storm and she is marooned on an island.  All alone, Lara is forced to become a survivor.  The story, unlike the boat, seems watertight.  The game is just fresh enough to bring in new fans without losing too many of the old ones.

As far as trailers go, this one is pretty impressive.  You see Lara as this young girl who wants to find adventure and people can relate to that.  Visually the trailer is great and it illustrates the plot well.  Already you know that she has recently graduated from college, is out searching for adventure, is dependent on others to rescue her and she is then trapped on an island where she must learn to survive on her own.  It’s a great trailer.  One flaw though, why would anyone make a bow and arrow, or at least strap one to their back, before they bandaged up their wounds?

Gameplay will also differ from previous Tomb Raider titles, for example players will have to aim manually opposed to the lock on target that was used in the other games.  Puzzles will be more complex, but a new feature, called survival instinct, has been added to aid the player through these difficult puzzles.  Jumping for a ledge will not be as simple as it once was as the player will now have to aim and will even be able to change direction midair.  This is opposed to other instalments were Lara would just grab the closest ledge.

If the finished game turns out as good as the trailer, then this could be one of the best reboots ever, keep in mind there are a lot of bad reboots.  The trailer is interesting and character driven, fans should be really excited, though I expect some are disappointed by the reboot.  The game is attempting to bring the series back to its origins without tracing over too much familiar ground and it seems that the result may be a really good game.

What do you think?  Are you a Tomb Raider fan?  Are you happy that they are rebooting the series, again?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Superman: Man of Steel 2012

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  No, it’s a British guy in a cape.

Next year Superman will be landing in cinemas once again.  The movie is going to be a complete reboot and will be unrelated to previous Superman films.  The plot is somewhat of a mystery, but, as usual, rumours have been circling the web, some ridiculous.  At this stage all we really know is that a portion takes place in Smallville, probably a big portion as they cast Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent.  A name has not been confirmed, but it is rumoured to be Superman: Man of Steel.

The villain hasn’t even been confirmed yet, though most believe its Zod.  We probably won’t have to wait very long before all the missing pieces are revealed, as the whole film is being rushed to avoid a payout.  The family of the original creator of Superman have won a case to regain some rights to Superman and his origin.  The judge ruled that Warner Bros did not have to pay the family for Superman movies that had already been made, but would have to start production of a new Superman movie by 2011 or the family could sue for loss of earnings.

So far four cast members have been announced.  Henry Cavill will play Superman, making him the first non American to portray the man of steel, Amy Adams was cast as Lois Lane, Diane Lane is Martha Kent and, as mentioned above, Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent.  The interesting thing about the casting is that there is almost ten years between each of the actors.  Henry Cavill is 27, Amy Adams is 36, Diane Lane is 46 and Kevin Costner is 56.  Maybe it’s a conspiracy.

Personally, I really like Superman and I’m looking forward to this movie, at least until I have reason not to.  Christopher Nolan is producing the movie and David S. Goyer is writing it.  Nolan became interested when he heard Goyer’s idea, so you know it’s got to be good.  Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen, is directing the film.  It’s beginning to sound like this movies going to be darker than other Superman films.  I just hope they make it serious, because comic book movies usual don’t work well unless they take themselves serious.  The movie will be released some time in December 2012.

What do you think?  What would you like to see happen?  Is the age gap a conspiracy theory?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


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