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Archive for June, 2011

Every Computer I Touch Dies

It’s been a few days since I posted and I have to rush this post because I am currently working on a broken computer.  There is some sort of drive error and despite all my efforts I have not been able to fix it.  Sometimes it allows me on the computer for fifteen minutes before it crashes other times it doesn’t even turn on.  To maintain my blog I tried using my mini laptop, but for some reason it has lost the ability to connect to the internet.  I then borrowed my dad’s computer, which was working in one room, then I brought it to another and it will no longer turn on.  So basically I have come to the conclusion that I have a rare condition, which I have named techno-killiosis.  People with techno-killiosis (also know as technology killers) send out depressing data signals, which encourage computers, and other electronic devices, to end their lives in whatever way they can.  I hope to find a cure for this illness in the coming days so be sure to keep checking back and more posts will be up soon.

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Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids is an upcoming romantic comedy that claims to be as funny as The Hangover.  However, it’s fair to say that the audience appeal isn’t as wide as The Hangover, as romantic comedies often fall into the chick flick category.  This means that there won’t be a lot of men who willingly go to see Bridesmaids.  The movie doesn’t come out in the UK or Ireland until the 24th of June, but some reviewers, who seen it in America where it came out last month, are already praising it, even going as far as saying that it reinvents the romantic comedy, which is typically the most predicable movie genre.

The film follows a single woman who has gotten tired of her ‘sex buddies’ relationship and wants something more.  She then finds out that her best friend, who she’s known since childhood, is getting married and wants her to be the maid of honour.  This gives her an overwhelming list of tasks to achieve, plus she must spend time with the other bridesmaids, one of which may be trying to steal her best friend.  Will she be able to be truly happy for her friend, or will jealousy overcome her?

Going solely on the plot, it doesn’t sound a million miles away from your typical romantic comedy.  One thing that does stand out though, the main characters are all women it’s not just a man and a woman.  However, there is a love interest, but he doesn’t seem to be the main focus of the film.  The trailer shows some funny scenes and, without sounding too critical, you don’t usually get many funny scenes in a romantic comedy.  Much of the comedy comes from the different bridesmaids, each representing a different relationship type.  There’s the newlywed, the girl who’s sick of her marriage, the unmarried childless one and the co-dependent one.

Without seeing it it’s hard to say whether or not it’s as funny as the hangover, but I am confident in the fact that it is boy friendly, though it wouldn’t be my first choice.  It received great reviews in America, but we’ll have to wait and see if the European audience response to it as well as the American one did.  Still it’s hard to condemn anything that takes on the predictable, by the book, genre that is romantic comedies.

What do you think?  Are you looking forward to this film?  Do you think it will be funnier than The Hangover?  Which would you rather see?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and if you like this post show it by clicking the like button.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two trailer review

After ten years the Harry Potter film series is coming to an end.  A couple of months ago a trailer was released and now a second one has followed.  This will be the last trailer we’ll see for this film, as it comes out on the 15th of July, which is just under a month away.

I love Harry Potter; I’ve read all the books and seen all the films.  Harry Potter was the first book I ever really wanted to read, so the series is important to me and so many other fans.  Finishing the last book was a bitter sweet moment, but at least the films were still going.  Now that they too are coming to an end, the feeling is more bitter than sweet, but for now let’s forget about the era coming to an end and instead focus on the epic movie that we are about to receive.

Personally, I felt that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part one was a bit disappointing.  It had some great scenes, the Deathly Hallows story scene being my favourite, but as a whole it wasn’t as good as I’d expected.  I wasn’t mad about it though, because I knew that they had gotten all of the less exciting parts out of the way in part one leaving all the best bits for part two.  Judging from the trailer I was right.

The trailer is fantastic.  It shows some great action sequences, but one of the things that stood out most was a scene were Harry’s mother says goodbye to him before Voldemort killed her.  I’m glad they’ve put this in, it gives more heart to the film, after all it’s not an action movie.  At the core of the story are these families of wizards who now have to fight and maybe die to stop Voldemort, so expect some sad scenes.  However, if you are into action you won’t be disappointed by the many explosions that take place in the film.

Though it will be sad for fans to see the end, we can at least take comfort in the fact that the series is getting a great send off.  Now go forth muggles and don’t forget to vote and comment below.  Also subscribe and like this post this post, every like contributes to the fight against Voldemort.


Red Lunar Eclipse

Lunar eclipses aren’t that rare, at least one happens every year, but the moon isn’t always completely eclipsed.  When this happens, it’s because the earth is directly in between the sun and the moon, thus preventing the suns light from reflecting off the moon.  This is called totality and it has another cool effect, it causes the moon to appear red after it comes out from the eclipse.  The reason for this is that the rays of light, coming from the sun, pass through our atmosphere and the particles in the atmosphere make it look as though the moon is red.  Ancient civilisations have feared the red moon believing it was a bad omen, in actual fact the same process, light passing through our atmosphere, is the reason the sky is blue.

In four years there will be another red lunar eclipse, but last night one happened right above Ireland.  People all over the country occasionally peaked out their windows indifferently, each one wondering if they would see something amazing.  Most were disappointed, briefly, because they couldn’t see anything.  The reason for this is that the moon eclipsed while rising so it literally rose into the eclipse.  This meant that only people with a clear view of the horizon got to actually see the eclipse.

Living in the city I couldn’t see it, but I did try my best, even going as far as standing looking out the window in my attic.  From there I could see people walking outside from time to time, taking a look up, making sure no one saw them stargazing and then walk back inside.  It would have been interesting to see it, but remember that the international space station should be visible for the next few weeks so keep an eye out, especially if you’re in the UK or Ireland.

What do you think?  Did you see the red lunar eclipse?  Have you ever seen one?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and if you like this post show it by clicking the like button.


Bring Back V

V is a show about aliens, known as The Visitors, who come to Earth claiming that they are peaceful, loving creatures, when in actual fact they are evil reptilian monsters.  Some people accept them, but others know the truth and try to fight against them.  The battle seemed to be going in the V’s favour, until the brave soldiers of ABC stepped in and sent The Visitors away.  Now fans of the series unite and demand that ABC bring back the Vs.

The show stars Elizabeth Mitchell and Morena Baccarin, Mitchell as an FBI agent/mother and Baccarin as an invading alien queen/mother.  The series has a complex and compelling plot as well as good strong characters and plenty of character development.  It’s really one my favourite shows at the moment, the only problem is that it got cancelled last month on the 13th of May.  This meant that the show was left at a cliffhanger.  So that’s where you come in, please sign the online petition to bring the show back.  Every signature brings us one step closer to season 3 and if you’re a really big fan you could also try writing a letter and mailing it to ABC at this address; Mr. Stephen McPherson, Chairman, ABC, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, RE: V.  If you do go down that road make sure you stay polite, being rude isn’t going to help anyone.  The petition can be found at this link; http://www.petitiononline.com/julietp1/petition.html.

Though this series may only have two seasons so far, V has been around for a long time.  The franchise goes back as far as 1983 when a miniseries, also called V, was aired.  The following year there was another miniseries that continued the plot and then there was a TV series that lasted one season, finishing in 1985.  The premise of the old V shows and the new one are the same, evil invading aliens who wear human skin to hide the fact that they are reptilian, but the characters and storylines are a lot different.  One of the old characters is actually in the new series as the mother of Morena Baccarin’s character.  She has the same name as she did in the previous shows and even reminisces about things that do relate back to the original series.  That’s actually one of my favourite things about the show, it respects where it came from and it throws that in for fans of the old shows.

It’s not often that a show this unique and intriguing comes along so don’t let it slip away without a fight. 

What do you think?  Are you a fan of V?  Do you want the show to return?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


The Wii U (The Wii’s Sexier Cousin)

The Wii was made to bring the whole family together to play games and have fun, which it did.  Then fifteen minutes later they all got bored with it and left.  However, it did have a lot of selling power and some pretty good ideas, so naturally it’s getting a sequel.

The Wii U is like the Wii’s sexier cousin.  They have a lot in common, but you know which one you want to play with.  Though it was originally known as Project Café, the new title and the first trailer for the console were shown at this year’s E3.  The Wii U makes use of some of the features from the Wii, for example the remote, but it also brings a lot of new material to the table.

The trailer is all about the new controller and for good reason as it’s the most prominent difference between the consoles.  As well as a controller it also acts as a handheld console, giving players the option to take games from the TV and play them on the controller.  The level of interaction between the controller and other Wii devices is pretty impressive, even allowing players to use the controller with the balance board and the Wii remote.

Players can use the new controller in so many different ways, as you’ll see from the trailer below, some of which are reminiscent of the augmented reality feature on the Nintendo 3DS.  It really seems like Nintendo are making something really good, or at least something with a lot of cool technological applications.  I imagine that it would be a lot of fun just playing around with the different features, but Nintendo are trying to aim the console at serious gamers as well as casual gamers.  This means that we should be getting a nice blend of action and miscellaneous games, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

 Before you get too excited you should note that, in the two days after it was announced, shares in Nintendo had dropped by nearly 10 percent, which shocked the president of the company and me.  It’s strange, expensive new consoles in a recession seems like such a good idea, though hopefully the recession will be over, and we’ll all be rich, by the time it’s released which isn’t until sometime after April 2012.

What do you think?  Do you like the new features?  Are you excited about the Wii U?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and if you like this post feel free to click the like button it does bite but you’ll get over it.


X-Men: First Class

If you’ve been within hearing range of me when the trailer for X-Men: First Class came on, then you’re probably sick of me complaining about it.  However, I saw the movie and got in for free.  No it wasn’t anything to do with my blog or journalism; it was because my friend works in the cinema.  Having seen the movie, my opinion of it has completely changed.

Personally, I hate when movies can’t stay within the continuity of the series they’re in, but X-Men: First Class has proved to be an exception.  It contradicts the previous instalments numerous times, even going as far as using the same character in a different time period; yes I’m talking about Emma Frost.  I could write a whole post on the errors in the canon of the X-Men movie series, but if I’m honest, when I got into the film, they didn’t bother me as much as I thought they would.  In fact, I think the movie was probably one of the best in the franchise.

The first two X-Men movies where directed by Bryan Singer, who left the third one to direct Superman Returns, which was his dream project.  Without Singer the series took a nose dive.  X-Men 3 was bad and dismissed a lot of the pre-established story, but it was X-Men Origins: Wolverine that completely turned me off the franchise.  I insisted I would never see another X-Men move, at least not one in this canon, but who can turn down a free ticket and I’m glad I went.

The film follows Professor X and Magneto back when they were Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr.  The first scene is a near shot for shot remake of the opening scene in the first X-Men movie.  It shows Erik first using his magnetic powers to bend a gate in a concentration camp.  It was so similar that I actually did think it was the same scene.  Meanwhile, Charles is living in a mansion and one night meets Mystique who becomes his best friend.  Though this was an interesting storyline, it contradicts with the original movies where Professor X and Mystique appear to have no emotional investment in each other, good or bad.

It takes a while for Charles and Erik to meet, but even separated they stole the show.  It was nice to see a different side to the characters.  We get to see young fun Professor X, even hitting on random girls in bars.  It was a nice touch and the relationship between the two has been one of the more engaging things about the movie series as a whole.  Despite both being on different sides, they have a mutual love and respect for each other and it was really enjoyable to see where that began.

There are a bunch of other mutants in the movie and, unlike X-Men Origins: Wolverine, they all got a fair amount of screen time.  One of the things that stood out for me was Beast’s transformation.  To avoid giving too much away I’m just going to say that they used what happened in the comics.  Also featured in the movie were Havok, Banshee, Riptide, Azazel and many more.  It was surprising, and nice, to see that they found a place for each of the mutants to show off and use their powers, especially Banshee, who normally doesn’t get shown in such a cool light.  If you’re a major comic fan then you might remember that Havok, aka Alex Summers, is the middle Summers brother.  Though obviously the timeline won’t allow that in the movie, Singer did say that Havok and Cyclops are related just in a way that works for the film.

This film is the best thing to happen to the series since X-Men 2.  It was refreshing, fun and interesting.  Luckily, it has been announced that they want to turn First Class into a series, which means we don’t have to say goodbye to these characters just yet.  If you’re going to see the movie and you are familiar with the previous films, there are some things that were thrown in for fans.  One of the best is the suits, which were joked about in the first movie.  Good luck spotting the rest, which include cameos from two cast members from the previous films.  I recommend giving this film a chance, even if you are concerned about the canon.

What do you think?  Are there too many mistakes?  What power would you like to have?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


New DmC (Devil May Cry 5) Trailer

Today was the start of E3 2011.  The first two days are normally when all the big announcements are made and yes this year was no exception.  The NGP was renamed; it’s now the PlayStation Vita.  In the mix of the huge announcements I found a trailer for DmC (Devil May Cry 5).  Apparently the trailer was put on Capcom’s E3 YouTube page a few days ago, so expect them to release a statement by the end of E3.

After much thought I had begun to accept the idea of the ‘new’ Dante, I was even starting to get excited about the game.  Now that I’ve seen the new trailer, any fears I had are gone.  The game looks really impressive.  They added colour, it’s not as dark and gloomy as the debut trailer was.  I respect them for keeping his hair dark, I think sticking to their guns shows that they care about the project.  They did play around with it a bit though.  From what I can tell, Dante’s coat glows red and his hair turns white when using the devil trigger.  I couldn’t see the patch of white that was present in the first trailer, but it does seem like they’re linking the white hair to his demon side, which will likely get stronger as the game goes on, thus giving him white hair or at least the patch.  Though they didn’t change the colour, they did change the style of Dante’s hair.  It’s not a significant change but the sides are now shaved and he looks a lot less emo.

The trailer also hinted at the plot of the game.  As Dante walks, messages appear on the walls.  These messages explain that the world Dante is in is an illusion.  This links back to the first trailer when Dante was shown in a mental institution.  He is electrocuted in the institution and is then shown suffering the same shock outside during battle.  I think it’s fair to say that the plot revolves around Dante being trapped an illusion and having to break free.  The question now is; who is keeping him and why are they doing it?

The trailer largely focuses on gameplay, which looks great.  The extendable weapon, from the first trailer, makes a reappearance and is reminiscent of the devil bringer from Devil May Cry 4.  The design for the demons fits in with those of early games; this is good because it really makes it feel like its part of the same series.  Devil May Cry is probably my favourite game series and I have to say that I’m really happy with what I’ve seen of this game.  At first I was nervous about it, but now I’m just excited.

What do you think?  Do you like the trailer?  Are you a fan of Dante’s new look?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


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.