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Archive for January, 2012

Final Fantasy XIII-3?

With Final Fantasy XIII-2 either released or about to be released in a shop near you, the last thing you should be thinking about is whether or not there will be another direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII.  However, recent revelations do suggest that Square Enix will be turning XIII into a trilogy and or maybe more.

Final Fantasy games, for the most part, each have a standalone story in its own separate universe.  X-2 being the obvious exception to the rule, but now it appears that the end of Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a major, smack in the face, couldn’t miss it from a mile away, hint at a sequel.  Okay so just in case you’re about to run and leave this page to avoid spoilers, I should probably specify now that I will not be revealing what happens in the story so don’t worry this post will not ruin the games plot in any way.

Now on to the juicy stuff, the game ends with the words to be continued and, after much thought, I’ve concluded that that can mean one of two things; another direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII or the game will be concluded in downloadable content.  It has been confirmed that there is going to be downloadable content for XIII, but I’m not convinced.  In fact, I think selling someone a game and then making them pay more to see how the story ends is just plain wrong.  So I honestly don’t think that this is the way it’s going to go.  Bring on another sequel.

What do you think?  Would you be happy with a downloadable content ending?  Do you want about direct sequel?  Are you excited about XIII-2?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button, regardless to whether or not you actually enjoyed reading this post.  If you want to you can follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1 (I’ll follow back providing you are a real person not spam) and just a note that as XIII-2 isn’t out in everywhere yet I won’t approve spoiler comments, I’ll approve them when it’s been out a week or so.

Warning do not watch if you haven’t finished XIII.

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Death Valley Premieres on MTV

Tonight a new show, called Death Valley, premiered on MTV, though in other countries it began airing last year.

The show is a mockumentary about police officers in a world that is inhabited by an array of supernatural creatures.  A running gag is that the show often parodies the type of things that would appear in traditional cop shows.  However, the addition of monsters has made it, in my eyes, more entertaining than said cop shows.

While not exactly as satisfying as shows like True Blood or Being Human, at least not yet, the show is still an enjoyable way to spend half an hour.  Jokes at the expense of popular monster shows and movies are pretty funny, such as vampires selling sex for blood, which seems to be making fun of True Blood and prostitutes at the same time.

Vampires are not the only monsters being parodied by the show; zombies and werewolves are also present.  It seems as though they took the three most popular monsters, ones that appear in a lot of movies and shows today, and made fun of them.  Though they did manage to explain the whole fast zombie slow zombie thing, which is cool.

The show is told from the perspective of the cops as they struggle to enforce the law in a world filled with supernatural creatures.  The characters are funny, a couple potentially standing out above the rest, but all things considered there was nothing remarkable about the actors performances.  The episode was funny, but not extremely impressive.  Hopefully the series will get better with each passing episode.

What do you think?  Did you enjoy the episode?  Do you like Death Valley?  Would you like to work as a cop in a world that contained monsters?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button if you liked this post.


Honk if you want a sequel to Ferris Bueller

The predictions were true, what appeared to be a trailer for Ferris Bueller 2 was just an ad for Honda.  The full advert has now been released, but does this mean there is no hope for a sequel?  There was such a high level of interest from fans that it wouldn’t be surprising if a sequel did go into production, though what would the plot be?  As I said in the last post on the issue, it was stated before that the reason Ferris Bueller wasn’t given a follow up movie was due to a lack of a good story, not a lack of interest.

Watch the trailer and let me know what you think.  Should a sequel be made?  Do you want to buy a Honda?  Have your say by voting and leaving a comment.  Also, if you like this post, click the like button and, if you really like this post, you could follow/subscribe.


The Resistance is Over (at least for Insomniac)


Ferris Bueller 2 buy a Honda

Ferris Bueller sequel or clever marketing ploy?

A short clip depicting Matthew Broderick reprising his iconic role, Ferris Bueller, was put on YouTube, with the full ad to be played during the Super Bowl.  Initial reaction was that this was confirming that a sequel was in the works, but now, Jalopnik.com claims, that they have sources that say it is a Honda ad and not a trailer for a sequel.

Whether or not this is true or not has yet to be announced, but it does seem more likely than a sequel, which, writer and director, John Hughes said in the past was not going to happen due to the lack of a good follow up story.  However, he did joke about returning to the series when Broderick was in his 70s and having Ferris bust Cameron out of a retirement home.  Perhaps he decided to do a sequel, though it doesn’t seem likely.

The former seems far more plausible and maybe even better.  If it’s an advert, it will be a funny ad that won’t annoy viewers, for a little while anyway, if it’s a sequel, then it will probably be a train wreck and ultimately ruin the legacy of the original.  Then again, it could be just as good as the first, but what are the odds of that?

What do you think?  Would you like to see a sequel to Ferris Bueller?  Could Ferris Bueller convince you to buy a Honda?  Which do you think it is; trailer or ad?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also click the like button, if you liked this post and don’t forget to follow/subscribe.


Keeping up with the Schrutes

Could Dwight be getting his own spinoff?

Though nothing is set in stone, it seems that, probably in an attempt to keep the franchise alive, a spinoff of the US version of The Office, starring Rainn Wilson as Dwight, is in the planning stages.  A future episode of The Office will follow Dwight and his family on Schrute farm and will act as a backdoor pilot for the proposed spinoff, but will the concept be strong enough to carry an entire series?

Of all the characters of the show, Dwight is definitely the most interesting.  Having said that, Joey wasn’t exactly the boring one on Friends, no that role went to Ross, but his spinoff still failed.  Even thinking about how this show would work is pretty crazy and it’s hard to imagine it going on for more than a season, that’s if it even gets picked up.  Still, judgement should be reserved at least until the episode airs and then we can all jump on or off the band wagon.

What do you think?  Do you think it would make a good show?  Is Dwight your favourite character?  Which character from The Office would you most like to see get their own spinoff?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and like the like button, unless you didn’t like this post.  You can also follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1, I follow back as long as it’s not spam.


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.


Spartacus: Vengence Premiere

Are you sick of waiting for the premiere of the new season of Spartacus?  Well wait no longer.

Rather than keep fans in suspense, for less than a week in some cases, Starz have put the entire first episode of Spartacus: Vengence online.  So check out the trailer below and then, if you like it, head over to the Starz website and take a look at the episode.  Unless, you live outside of America, like me.  Unfortunately, the video is not available everywhere, but that doesn’t mean Starz loves it’s non-America fans any less.  Though they are fine with making us wait.

What do you think?  Are you lucky enough to be able to watch the episode?  Do you even want to see it?  Have you seen the other seasons?  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.  You can also follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1.