Archive for September, 2011

Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to TV

Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to television screens worldwide in her new show Ringer.  The premiere of the pilot got the highest ratings in its timeslot on The CW network in the last three year, but did the show live up to the hype?

The story has been compared to something you’d see in a daytime soap.  Twin sisters, Siobhan and Bridget (both played by Sarah Michelle Gellar), meet up to try fix their relationship.  They go out on a boat, just the two of them, Bridget falls asleep and when she wakes up Siobhan is gone.  Bridget, who is on the run, then takes over Siobhan’s life, but quickly learns that it’s not as perfect as Siobhan pretended it was.

It’s not hard to see the resemblance to a soap opera when you map out the plot like that, but when you’re actually watching it you won’t feel that way.  There are more than enough twists and secrets to keep you occupied from start to finish, including one twist at the end of the episode that will definitely have you tuning in next week.

It’s nice to see Gellar back on TV and she and the rest of the cast do a great job, though it was hard to get over the fact that there really is only one Sarah Michelle Gellar playing both parts.  However, this was a minor issue and once you get invested in the plot you start to forget about it.  So did the show live up to the hype?  Yes, I think it did.  It’s clever, it’s interesting, it’s exciting and it stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, what more could you ask for?

What do you think?  Did you like the pilot episode?  Will you be watching next week?  Are you glad Sarah Michelle Gellar is back on TV?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.


Resident Evil: Retribution brings characters back from the dead

More details about the upcoming Resident Evil film, Resident Evil Retribution, have been leaked on Twitter.  Once again the film’s lead actress, Milla Jovovich, was behind it, but this time the news isn’t about characters not returning.  It’s about the return of ones who have already been killed off.  Rain Ocampo, One and Carlos Oliveira, played by Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Salmon and Oded Fehr respectively, will all be appearing in the film despite being killed in previous instalments.

Fans of the franchise may remember Rain and One (the leader of the tactical group) from the first movie.  One was lucky enough to die before the zombies were even released, though he was cut into bite sized pieces by a laser so he wasn’t really that lucky.  Rain survived a lot longer, but was infected early on in the film and unfortunately didn’t get to the anti-virus quick enough and became a zombie.  She was then shot, like she’d requested, by Alice (Jovovich).

Carlos Oliveira appeared in both the second and third Resident Evil films and was one of the first game characters to be in the movies.  He got infected and, knowing it was too late to save himself, gave up his life by blowing himself and hundreds of zombies up to ensure the others could make it to the helicopter safely.

How can they possibly bring back these characters?  Well its Resident Evil so they could be clones or, the simple idea, they may only appear in flashbacks.  Either way it’ll be nice to see the characters again and hopefully they’ll in it for longer than Jill was in Resident Evil: Afterlife.

What do you think?  Would you like to see them as clones or in flashbacks?  How are you most excited about coming back?  Are you happy they are returning?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.

The Dark Knight Rises Catwoman Pictures

New pictures from the set of The Dark Knight Rises have hit the internet.  The pictures show the full Catwoman suit and confirm suspicions that the goggles, seen in previous photos, double as cat ears.  Take a look, you may notice that I’ve added captions ad speech bubbles to celebrate that I recently got Photoshop again.

Seeing these pictures and how tame and put together Anne Hathaway looks in them doesn’t make me nervous.  I’m expecting her to do a great job (I trust Christopher Nolan).  I’m sure that when the finished product is released she will do the character justice.  If she doesn’t and the character comes across tame and put together I shall join the war against Hathaway’s career.

What do you think?  Can Hathaway pull it off?  Are you happy I got Photoshop back?  Do women make good drivers?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button.

R.E.M. Call it a Day

After 31 years of making music American rock band R.E.M. have announced that they are calling it a day.

The news was announced today on the bands official website.  In the statement they thank fans and assure that this is a decision they came to together and was not the result of any falling out. 

‘To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.’

They go on to explain that they came to the decision when they finished putting together their greatest hits album and sat down and said ‘what’s next’.  This announcement will no doubt come as a shock to fans, but the band hopes that everyone understands that it was time for it to come to an end.  ‘I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way’.

The full statement can be found at the official site HERE.

What do you think?  Are you a fan?  Where you shocked they’re stopping?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and like the like button.

Two and a Half Laughs

Ashton Kutcher’s made his first appearance in Two and a Half Men, but did he live up to Charlie Sheen’s legacy?

Kutcher plays an entirely different character than Sheen did.  His character is called Walden Schmidt and is more like Alan than Charlie, which is weird because they still have Jon Cryer playing Alan.  Though there is a sense that he will become more like Charlie as he does, almost accidentally, sleep with two girls.  However, he is still in love with his ex-girlfriend who will no doubt play a part in future episodes.

Performance wise, Ashton did an okay job, but he sort of put on an annoying voice.  It seemed as though he was trying to play a dumb smart guy, if that’s possible.  The best bit was at the start when Charlie’s absence is explained.  Death by Rose seems like a fitting end to Charlie Harper, though it was a little more gruesome than I expected.

The episode got the highest ratings of the entire series, which is probably down to curiosity.  I can’t see it doing so good next week.  I’ve said before that the shows main demographic is older men and it seems like they are loyal to the ever winning Charlie Sheen.

What do you think?  Did you like the episode?  Who is better Charlie or Walden?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.

Resident Evil: Restribution News

Good and bad news about the next Resident Evil film, Resident Evil: Retribution.  Millia Jovovich, aka Alice, announced on twitter that the next film will feature Leon S. Kennedy, Ada Wong and Barry Burton.  The bad news is that she also said that Chris and Claire Redfield and K-Mart will not be in the movie.  Their absence will be explained as them being captured by Umbrella, this makes two times that’s happened to K-Mart and one and a half for Claire, who narrowly escaped the first time but not before being placed under Umbrella control.

The plot will follow Alice, along with Leon, Ada and Barry, as they try to find Claire and the others.  Though I’m guessing that since the actors aren’t going to appear in the film, they aren’t successfully located thus leaving it open for yet another sequel, which doesn’t bother me in the slightly.  Also set to appear in the film is Boris Kodjoe, who will be reprising his role as Luther West (possible love interest for Alice).

So far no actors have been announced to play Leon, Ada or Barry.  However, Jovovich did say that Jensen Ackles, who was previously approached about the role, is filming Supernatural and will not be playing Leon.  Sienna Guillory will return to play Jill, this time for more than ten seconds.  In fact, Jovovich said that Alice and Jill will have a huge fight scene, which should be fun.  Shaun Roberts will also make a reappearance as Albert Wesker, hopefully this time he won’t die a million times.  We’ll have to wait a year to find out though as the film isn’t scheduled for release until the 14th of September 2012, but I’m sure we’ll have some casting news soon as shooting begins in October.

What do you think about this news?  Who would you cast as Ada, Leon or Barry?  Do you secretly long to be in a post-apocalyptic zombie infested world?  If not, why not?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.

Final Destination 5 Review

Is it possible for a group of bad actors to escape death?  Well it didn’t work for the previous groups, but maybe this time they’ll get lucky.

The Final Destination series has become a joke, no I’m not being mean I’m talking literally, the franchise just won’t die and until I saw this movie I thought that was a bad thing.  As a fan of the series it’s hard to constantly see it ripped apart by critics, but let’s face it The Final Destination (aka Final Destination 4) was terrible.  The acting was bad the plot was bad and the whole thing just felt rushed, but the first three films were, in my opinion, pretty damn good, that includes the acting which I never had a problem with until the fourth one.

This time around the acting wasn’t great either, well at least not at the start.  As the movie went on the actors seemed to get it together, some more than others, and the plot was interesting enough to distract from the ones that didn’t.  People, me included, sometimes joke that all Final Destination movies have the same plot, but doesn’t nearly every movie franchise?  People get put in elaborate traps and are killed in all the Saw films; it’s the other stuff, the characters and the things that happen in between the deaths that make the movies different.  So with that in mind; screw you people that make fun of Final Destination, me included.

The film follows a group of co-workers who are going on a retreat when one of them, Sam (played by Nicholas D’Argosto), has a premonition that the bridge they are on is going to collapse and kill them.  He warns everyone and some make it to safety.  Unfortunately, they are then stalked by death and are getting killed in the order they would have died on the bridge.  William Bludworth, the coroner (played by Tony Todd), returns to the franchise after being absent from number four.  He tells the group, very openly and un-cryptic, that if they give death someone else in their place they will survive.  It would have been nice if he had been a little more cryptic, because it makes you wonder why he would have withheld his information from the other groups.  The whole murder aspect was a good, but they kind of did away with the intervening part which played such a fun part in previous instalments.  I wish they’d to the photos again like in number three, that was cool.

If Final Destination is known for anything it’s the death sequences and this film definitely delivers.  There were some moments were the suspense had me cringing in my seat, but other could have been better.  The use of red herrings was clever and I loved trying to figure out what was going to happen, one of the best things about Final Destination.  The movie has a great twist at the end and I mean great, like the end alone makes this movie worth going to see.  It was only when I thought about it that I realised that all the movies in the series have some form of twist ending; in the first one they learn that intervening doesn’t get you off deaths list, in the second one that kid blows up because he was saved by Nathan during the film, Wendy has a second premonition in the third and in the fourth they ponder if death sent them the premonitions to get them to where it wanted them thus it was all part of the plan and they never really escaped anything (though his theory doesn’t make sense when you consider that if it were true the events of the second movie would not happen).

The 3D was good, but wasn’t as overused and gimmicky as number 4.  I like when 3D is used to its full potential, don’t give me all this depth crap just start throwing stuff at my face and I’ll be happy (providing it doesn’t actually hit me).  3D isn’t essential, but if you have the option I’d advice going for the 3D, let’s face it you’ll have plenty of chances to see it in 2D when it leaves the cinema.  Plus at the end of the film there is a montage of some of the deaths from the previous films, which is cool in 3D (and 2D).  Couldn’t help but think that the opening tittles will be really boring in 2D, as they go on for a bit too long with very little but 3D to entertain you.

I think the movie is great and redeems the franchise.  I’d recommend seeing it and in 3D.  I wouldn’t be disappointed to hear they were making a sequel, in fact I hope they do, but what do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.

Andy Whitfield, star of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, dies aged 39

Andy Whitfield, star of the hit series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has died aged 39, after an 18 month battle with cancer.

Whitfield was born in Wales, were he studied to become an engineer, but in 1999 he moved to Australia and began a career as an actor, while also working as an engineer and building inspector.  Whitfield was still working as an engineer when he auditioned for Spartacus, which probably his most well known role.

After completing the first season of Spartacus, Andy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.  He began treatment and the cancer went into remission, unfortunately it returned.  One year later, on September the 11th Andy passed away surrounded by his family in Sydney Australia.

“On a beautiful sunny Sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18 month battle with lymphoma cancer,” Whitfield’s wife Vashti said in a statement. “He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was.”

Andy is survived by his wife, Vashti, and his two children.

Star Wars Comes to Blu Ray

The complete Star Wars saga, including both the original and prequel trilogy’s, are set to release on Blu Ray this month, on monday the 12th, aka tomorrow.

This gives fans a chance to watch the series in high-definition while also adding some much needed changes to the movies.  For instance, dialogue has been added so that Darth Vader yells ‘nooo’ as he kills the Emperor.  Fans everywhere are no doubt relieved as I’m sure we can all agree, we have wanted this change for many years.  Not.  LEAVE STAR WARS ALONE GEORGE LUCAS, IT’S OVER JUST LET IT END, LET IT END.  Anyway, the Blu Ray release is still pretty exciting right?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.

Back in Ireland

Yesterday I arrived back from France, via boat.  Had a great time and will be returning to posting tomorrow.