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Archive for July, 2011

New Two and a Half Men Poster

By now most fans know that Ashton Kutcher is replacing Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men and now we have a poster to prove it.

Let me just start by saying that a poster with three, presumably, naked male actors on it will not draw in the same people that watched the show before Sheen’s departure.  The idea was clearly to capitalise on the sex appeal of the new star, which will completely isolate existing fans who are predominantly older males.

Having spoken to many people about Kutcher being cast, I know that there was already doubt as to whether or not he would be able to maintain the same audience as Sheen.  However, Kutcher may bring in a different type of audience, a younger generation.  Obtaining in a younger audience could be just what the show needs, but the dynamic of the show will change completely, which could very well get rid of the things that made it funny in the first place.

What do you think?  Do you like the poster?  Are you going to watch the show?  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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Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Review

So the rumours were true.
The trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Rises did play before screenings of the last Harry Potter film and all of the recent rumours, about what would be in that trailer, were true.  Almost half of the trailer was made up of clips from the first two movies and the rest was pretty tame.  Not much was revealed, at least not visually.  However, if you listen to the voiceover and the conversation between Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon, you can get a pretty good idea of what’s happened since The Dark Knight.

At the end of the last Batman film, The Dark Knight, Batman becomes a fugitive, having taken the blame for the death of Harvey Dent.  At some point since then, Wayne has hung up his costume and resigned as Batman, possibly due to being unable to do any good while still branded a villain.  This is an interesting plot twist as in the second movie Rachel wrote that, though Gotham may one day not have to rely on Batman, she was unsure a time would come when Bruce no longer needed him.  This movie flips that around, were Gotham is still in danger, possibly worse than it was before, but Bruce no longer feels he can be a hero.

Compelling plot points aside, the trailer was pretty bare.  Fans did get a small glimpse of Batman fighting Bane.  It isn’t shown for long, but it does look like it’s going to be a fairly hands on fight, by which I mean no gadgets just plain old beating the crap out of each other.  When his happened in the comics it resulted in Batman ending up in a wheelchair, though I doubt that’s how Christopher Nolan will end his Batman series.

The trailer begins with a voiceover from Liam Neeson, who plays Ra’s al Ghul.  Neeson will be returning for a brief cameo in The Dark Knight Rises, having previously appeared in Batman Begins.  Josh Pence will also take on the role, playing Ra’s al Ghul in a scene that takes place thirty years before the events of Batman Begins.  Neeson may not be the only one making a cameo as rumour has it, and remember I said it’s just rumour, that Adam West, star of the hit Batman TV series, will make some kind of appearance, obviously not as Batman.

Despite the short length of the trailer, it seems to have gotten many fans excited.  Personally, I would have liked a little more.  What do you think?  Are you happy with the trailer?  Did it get you excited about the film?  Let me know my voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and hit the like button.


Bridesmaids review

For centuries we men have lived in fear of the chick flick.  There predictable storylines and flat humour have been the subject of many nightmares.  Then came a movie, one that claimed to reinvent the chick flick, but did it succeed?

Bridesmaids has been compared to the hit film The Hangover, some even going as far as saying that it was a superior film and they aren’t entirely wrong.  Despite early doubts, Bridesmaids is a completely guy friendly movie, that men will actually enjoy being dragged to.  The story is well written and will have even the manliest man laughing from start to finish.

One of the biggest flaws in modern chick flicks is that they don’t realise that woman are not delicate little flowers, or at least most aren’t.  Women will laugh at sex jokes just as hard as any man.  Bridesmaids uses this to its advantage and has plenty of crude humour throughout.  The characters feel real and breakaway from the norm; you don’t usually see female characters behave like this.  The rivalry between the characters is often shown subtly rather than just blatantly saying it or using wacky stunts to compete with each other, which is normally what happens in movies like this.

The plot follows a single woman named Annie, played by Kristen Wiig (who actually co-wrote the film with Annie Mumolo).  Annie’s going through a rough patch; her business failed, her boyfriend broke up with her, she has really annoying roommates, etc.  She’s then asked to be the maid of honour at her best friends wedding.  Putting her jealousy aside she agrees and is then tasked with many different jobs including planning a bridal shower and bachelorette party.  To make matters worse, most of the other bridesmaids are married and one is trying to come between her and her, soon to be married, friend.

Now if you’re a guy this may sound just like any other girly movie, but I promise it’s not.  The film is filled with energy and has a really great script, with tons of hilarious comedic moments.  One of the best things about the film, in my opinion, is what it overcame to become as successful as it has.  It’s a female driven comedy, which, no offence, usually means it isn’t going to be good, at least not for men and it has no big stars in it.  It truly deserves this success and there are talks of a sequel, but nothing’s set in stone.

The movie is a little over too hours long.  A lot of people complain that movies shouldn’t be this long, but with the increase in ticket prices over the last year consider it a bargain.  When a film’s as enjoyable as this it’s hard to complain about it being long.  If you’re a fan of comedies, whether you’re male or female, I highly recommend seeing this movie as it really does have something for everyone; in fact it has lots of stuff for everyone.

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The Dark Knight Rises Trailer and Poster

Earlier today a trailer for the upcoming Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, was leaked to the internet.  Don’t get too excited, it was quickly taken down, but not before some lucky fans got a look at it.  There are rumours of what happened in the trailer, but regardless of the reliability of the myths, we’ll all get a chance to see the trailer his Friday.

It has been reported that a trailer for The Dark Knight Rises will play before the last Harry Potter film, which comes out this Friday, the 15th of July.  As if you needed another reason to go see Harry Potter.  However, it’s uncertain if this will be the case worldwide, but don’t worry as a little thing called the internet saves the day.  The trailer will no doubt be available online either on Friday or the days following.

Now on to the rumours, according to fans the trailer shows clips from the first two movies, including the scene were Bruce Wayne meets Ra’s al Ghul.  A possible plot point, hinted at in the trailer, is that Wayne has quit being Batman and, though Gotham City may need him, Bruce no longer feels he can play the part.  Also shown in the trailer is Bane, who is the films main antagonist.  Having not seen the trailer myself, I do have my doubts, but whether or not the rumours are true I’m still excited about this movie.

The official movie poster was also revealed (above).  I can’t help notice that it’s very similar to the poster for Batman Begins (right).  This could be a coincidence, but I think it was done on purpose.  It shows the change in tone from were it started to were it ends.  Great creative decision, in my opinion.

What do you think?  Do you like the poster?  Did you see the trailer?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


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.


The Script at the Aviva Stadium

The Aviva stadium was packed with Script fans all dancing while I swayed stiffly from side to side.  The lucky early birds caught more than a worm, as The Coronas went on surprisingly early, around half six, and stayed on for over forty five minutes.  Despite it being my first concert, I knew that opening acts don’t generally stay on that long, but I was happy they did.  Next came Tinie Tempah.  Though I know the majority of the people there probably love him, I’m not a fan.  However, I wasn’t bored because the atmosphere was great, even though Tinie didn’t perform very well live.

After Tinie Tempah, there was a long break before The Script finally came on.  The crowd screamed as the wait was finally over.  Even in the seated area, the majority of the crowd stood and danced.  From my seat I could see one drunken girl have to be removed before the concert even began, a guy in a lime green shirt almost suffered the same faith and four girls, all wearing the same dress, walking through the crowd narrowly missing each other, until finally two met.  Oh yeah and the bands of course.

The show was great and the crowd loved it.  Both The Script and Tinie Tempah played some new music, Tinie even tried to start a mosh pit to go with his new song (which is called Mosh Pit).  For me the best part of the night was The Coronas.  I like The Script, if I didn’t I wouldn’t have gone, but the opening acts spending so much time on stage made it feel like they were more than just openers and The Coronas stole the show, at least for me.  Everything taken into account, it was a great experience and I hope to go to more concerts in the future.

What was your first concert?  Have you gone to see The Script?  What do you think of the Aviva stadium?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and if you like this post click the like button.


Percy Jackson Sequel

This July the world will be saying goodbye to Harry Potter, but what will all the fans do?  Maybe they can flock over to Percy Jackson, another book turned movie success story.  Despite the success of the first Percy Jackson film, it took over a year before a sequel was given the green light, but it finally has.

There are five books in the Percy Jackson series.  The lead actors were initially signed on to do at least three films, but after the first film was released there was no news of a sequel, then recently it was announced that work on the sequel would be starting soon.  The actual movie is expected to come out sometime in 2012.  Hopefully this doesn’t mean that production will be rushed, which generally leads to bad movies.

As with the first, the plot will follow that of the book.  The second book is called The Sea of Monsters, it has gotten numerous awards and was well received by critics.  In the book Camp Half-Blood is under attack and Percy and his friends must go on a quest to find the Golden Fleece.  In Greek mythology the Golden Fleece is a golden winged ram who was sired by Poseidon when he was in ram form.  The ram was later sacrificed and his fleece was guarded by a dragon.  Having not read the book, I can’t say for sure how close the story stays to the myth, but the books are heavily inspired by Greek mythology so it probably has a lot of similarities.

What do you think?  Do you want to see a sequel to Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief?  Are you a fan of the books?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button if you liked this post.  I haven’t been able to post lately, because my computer broke, but I’ve found a substitute so hopefully I can go back to posting regularly.