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Archive for November, 2010

Rest In Peace

Today is not a good day for the world.

First I’m going to talk about Leslie Nielsen, star of hit movie franchises Airplane and Naked Gun, who passed away yesterday at 5:30 pm.  Although his death is a great loss, and his comedy will be missed, he died peacefully surrounded by his friends and family.  He was 84 years young, and will be missed my many.

Sadly I recently received news that Irvin Kershner, director of Star Wars: the empire strikes back, has also died, age 87.  Kershner is rumoured to be were the idea for Yoda’s look came from and they do look suspiciously similar.  At the time of his death Kershner was working in still photography and was living in LA.

Today is not a good day for the world, but at the very least, it can be said that, these men lived full happy lives.  RIP.

Another little slice (pardon the pun) of bad news, right now my dad is in work waiting for an ambulance to arrive.  He got called in because one of the apprentices got his hand caught in a machine.  I just got a phone call and apparently his thumb is sliced in half.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Movie

Buffy may be a hit TV series, but before that it was a, not so popular, movie and now it’s about to become another not so popular movie.  Earlier this year rumours of a Buffy movie circulated, but then the project was put on hold, until now that is.  It has been announced that the movie is back on the card.  Not only will none of the original cast be returning, but director Joss Whedon, creator of the series, won’t be playing a part in this movie.  Whedon has spoken out against the making of the film, as he doesn’t agree with it being made.

I’m a Buffy fan and a lot of Whedon’s other work, but I don’t always agree with the things he does.  For example I’m completely against the Buffy Season 8 comic and refuse to recognise it as canon, because I don’t think the story would have gone that way had it been a show.  However I stand by him when it comes to another Buffy movie.  I love how Buffy ended, don’t get me started on the last episode of Angel (or the last season of Angel for that matter), and I do not think that there needs to be any additions to the series comic, movie or even another TV show.

Thankfully the movie does not intend to continue the original story.  It is simply a reboot.  The movie is intended to be darker than the show, which I’m going to assume means they can’t afford to pay for lighting, because they can’t be talking about the tone as the show is by no stretch of the imagination light hearted.

Regardless to how I, or anyone else, feel about the movie, it’s on its way.  So the question is who will play Buffy?  And will the other characters from the show appear in the film?  After all Willow, Xander, Giles, etc were not in the original movie.

I will never agree with this movie, but I will wait until a trailer is released before I say whether or not it looks like it will be entertaining.  Leave a comment and vote below.


Read it or Leave it

It happens to everyone, don’t worry about it, it has nothing to do with size or how hard it is, sometimes you just can’t finish that book.  I’ve been reading the Lord of the Flies for… a while now and the end is nowhere in sight.  Yet I can’t stop.  I’ve never been able to stop reading a book, even Portrait of the artist as a young man, before I make it to the end.

I’ve been reading books ever since I was a kid and it’s only ever happened twice.  One was the first Lord of the rings book, but I decided that since I stopped reading so early into the book, and had no idea what half of the words meant, it was okay to skip it.  The other time was Reaching the Heights.  I read most of it in school when I was twelve, loved it, but when the school year ended we hadn’t finished it and I just sort of never got around to it again.  However I still have the book and have decided to do with Desmond, from Lost did, and make the book the last one I read before I die.  It does kind of put a damper on the excitement of reading it to be honest.

I’m not a fast reader, by any stretch of the imagination, but I don’t usually take months to read a book.  I have set myself the target of finishing it before Christmas, which is pathetic because Lord of the Flies isn’t very long, but I just don’t have the drive to finish it.  There have been occasions where I thought a book was really bad until a point, then it picked up and I sped though the rest.  I hope that happens, but either way I’m in it ‘til the bitter end.

Comment and vote below to let me know what you think, but spoiler comments about any of the books mentioned will not be approved.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part one

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the final book in the series and recently the movie was release, well the first part was anyway.  The second part comes out on the 15th of July.  The second will be released both in 2D and 3D, unlike the first part which was only 2D.

As a fan of the books it’s only natural that I had expectations of how good the film would be, unfortunately the movie did not meet these expectations.  Since one book is being split into two movies you’d think that it wouldn’t feel rushed, yet somehow it did.  Actually this may sound impossible, but even though it seemed rushed it was also really boring at times.  A possible reason for that was the dull, depressing tone of the film, with almost all of the comic relief being removed early on.

Sorry casual movie goers, this movie isn’t for you.  There is no time wasted on catching up the viewers who had any contact with the Harry Potter world since the last film was in cinemas.  In fact there is a lot of stuff that you probably won’t understand unless you’ve read the books, don’t worry though, if you can ignore all of the characters you don’t know, which most people can, then you’ll be able to follow the story.

Just want to make myself clear, I’m not saying that it was a completely horrible film, no it just did not meet the high expectations that were set by the book.  I do recommend seeing it if you’re a fan of the series, as I strongly belief that the second one will be better.  They left so much of the good stuff for part two and with a bit of luck they won’t mess it up.

Comment and vote below, whether or not you agree with me I would love to hear your opinions.


Great Expectations

I’m in a huge hurry today. I’m going to see Harry Potter. I’m a big fan of the books and movies, so it got me thinking about expectations. As a fan it’s only natural for me to want the film to go as certain way, I have things from the book that I want to see (plus a few I don’t). So anyway today I want to talk about movies that have either met, bet or exceeded your expectations. Comment below, sorry I haven’t written much today but a full review of the movie will be posted tomorrow.


The Green Lantern

Green lantern movie set to hit cinemas on the 17th of June 2011.  The movie tells the story of an irresponsible test pilot who is chosen to become a Green Lantern.  Ryan Reynolds is starring in the movie and Blake Lively will be playing his long-term love interest Carol Ferris.

The first Green Lantern comic was released in July 1940.  In this series the Green Lantern was Alan Scott.  As most comic book fans will know comic books are split into different ages and this series was in the Golden Age.  Due to lack of sales during the war the Green Lantern was cancelled, as were many other superhero comics.  The Atom age came and went (this was generally romance and sci-fi comics, not many superheroes), then there was the Silver age, and this brought back many of the heroes we know today.

Even though the heroes were back, the characters weren’t.  Hal Jordan was now the Green Lantern and his ring was less magical and more technical.  The movie seems to be taking its inspiration from the Silver age Green Lantern.

To be honest the trailer didn’t exactly get me excited about this movie.  I think the reason is because it’s very light.  Hero movies these days tend to show the dark side of being a hero.  In the comic book world the Silver age wasn’t very dark, that didn’t come until the Bronze age, so it’s not like the film is straying from the story.  I’m going to put my judgements on hold until I’ve seen more, but I feel that the reason Dark Knight was so good was because it was taken seriously, which may not happen if there is too much humour and not enough heart.

Feel free to completely disagree by commenting and voting below.


Mean Girls 2

Just when you thought the world couldn’t get any meaner, Paramount takes a beloved teen movie and rips it to shreds.  Mean Girls 2 is a sequel to, the 2004 hit film, Mean Girls.  The original cast will all be absent from the movie, with the exception of Tim Meadows that is (he plays the principal).

The movie will follow a new student called Jo, who becomes friends with an outcast called Abby.  However the only reason this friendship set sail, was because Abby’s father bribed Jo by paying for the college of her dreams.  Jo gets attention of boys, which naturally upsets the new plastics.  Oh and did I forget this time there are the anti-plastics; three outcast girls (Abby, Jo and other girl).  Also the burn book seems to have been replaced by a website were girls are rated.

The movie is set to hit shelves February 2011.  For some reason it’s going straight to DVD, hmm wonder why that is.  Anyway it’s not all bad, is it?  It stars Jennifer Stone from Wizards of Waverly Place, Maiara Walsh who played Gabby’s niece in Desperate Housewives, Camp Rock 2’s Meaghan Jette Martin, and lots of young generic looking actresses.

Filming took less than a month so I wouldn’t get my hopes up for this movie to be good in ANY way.

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One Month Anniversary

Today may seem like just another day, but it’s actually the one month anniversary of my first post.  So I’d just like to thank everyone that reads my blog.  I will continue to update it daily, hopefully for a very long time.  Today I’m swamped with work both in and out of college so I won’t say much, instead I’ll leave you with Justin Bieber, who I’m not very fond of.  Don’t panic it’s not one of his songs, no I’m not that cruel.  The clip I’m talking about is the one that proves once and for all that homeschooling doesn’t work (Bieber was homeschooled).  That’s right it’s; Bieber don’t know no Germany. 

It’s weird he says we don’t say that in America yet he’s Canadian, guess he forgot oh well.

Thanks again and as usual don’t forget to vote and leave a comment.


Birthdays

Birthdays mean different things to different people, but to me there pretty meaningless.  You get some cool stuff, but the biggest thing you get is another year older.  I know what it sounds like, but I’m not about to go on a why can’t I stay young forever rant.  What I’m talking about is the joy that you’re supposed to feel on your birthday.

Tonight I went out for a meal to celebrate a 21st.  Everyone had a good time, including myself, so I just don’t understand why I can never enjoy my own birthdays.  I get family, friends, cake, presents, etc, but ultimately something lets me down.  Over the last few years I’ve noticed myself actively looking for holes in the celebrations.

I guess what I’m getting at is why are some people, myself included, unable to enjoy birthdays?  The problem has existed since I was a child.  Maybe it’s because the day is focused purely on me, were as Christmas and other holidays are about everyone which is why I like them.  I also hate getting presents, which probably plays a part.  I like someone spending the time and picking out something that I’d like I just feel guilty taking it, if that makes sense.

Anyway that’s what was on my mind today, feel free to call me a freak below (I still got a hit from your visit) and don’t forget to vote.


The Grudge 4

To start this off I’m going to use a quote from the movie ‘ehhhhhhhhh’.

It has been announced that The Grudge 4 is in development.  I have to admit that this is a surprise as The Grudge 3 didn’t even get a theatrical release.  I love The Grudge, and I mean both versions.  American or Japanese I don’t care you put it in front of me and I’ll watch it.  Even though I’m a fan of the series I’m against this movie that is unless the original director returns.  No offence to Toby Wilkins, he just doesn’t have a grasp on the series, not like Takashi Shimizu (who created the franchise and directed the Japanese versions plus the first two American ones).

The Grudge started as two short films 4444444444 and Katasumi (also known as In the Corner).  Since then it has been developed into many films, both Japanese and American.  To celebrate the 10th anniversary, of the series, two Japanese films were released simultaneously.  These movies had no link to the original series, but followed other spirits and the people that get infected by their curses.  I know I’ve gone a little off topic but the point I’m trying to make is why not make an American version of these stories why continue a story that’s already finished?

The point of The Grudge is that there are some things that cannot be stopped.  Good doesn’t always win, love doesn’t conquer all, don’t pass go don’t collect two hundred pounds.  Then comes The Grudge 3.  Okay it’s not a solid victory but it’s closer than Buffy got.

I’m not going to act all righteous and start a revolution; I’m not going to boycott the film or anything like that.  I’ll probably end up seeing it.  There I say it happy now.  Hopefully it will put the series back on track, re-introduce the, sometimes confusing, time loops, because they give depth and background to the story.  There are millions of ways to recover from the third film, which did have its good points don’t get me wrong.

Neither Wilkins or Shimizu will be directing this addition of the franchise, instead Adam Green will taking the reins.  Currently Green is working on another film that I’m interested in, called the Pizza Killer.  It’s a horror comedy about a boy that gets a job at a pizzeria that turns out to be a monster hunting organisation, but I’ll talk about that another day.

The Grudge 4 won’t be released for at least a year or two.  Unfortunately it may be 3D.  On the bright Green is trying for a theatrical release.

Will this return The Grudge to its former glory?  Should this movie even be made?

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below, and don’t forget to vote.