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Archive for February, 2012

Winners of the 84th Academy Awards

Last night, or early this morning, the 84th Academy Awards took place in the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood.  The ceremony was hosted by Billy Crystal and featured appearances from the Muppets and Cirque Du Soleil.  Just over a month ago, on the 25th of January, I made nine predictions.  Now that the results are in, I can happily say that I was right about five of them, which, by the power of majority rules, makes me psychic.  Check out which ones I predicted HERE or you just check out the list of winners below.

Best Picture

The Artist

 

Actor in a Leading Role

Jean Dujardin in The Artist

 

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christopher Plummer in Beginners

 

Actress in a Leading Role

Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

 

Actress in a Supporting Role

Octavia Spencer in The Help

 

Directing

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

 

Animated Feature Film

Rango

 

Art Direction

Hugo

 

Cinematography

Hugo

 

Costume Design

The Artist

 

Documentary (Feature)

Undefeated

 

Documentary (Short Subject)  

Saving Face

 

Film Editing

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

 

Foreign Language Film

A Separation, Iran

 

Makeup

The Iron Lady

 

Music (Original Score)

The Artist, Ludovic Bource

 

Music (Original Song)

“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

 

Short Film (Animated)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

 

Short Film (Live Action)

The Shore

 

Sound Editing

Hugo

 

Sound Mixing

Hugo

 

Visual Effects

Hugo

 

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

 

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen

 

What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow and click the like button.

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Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Announced

Say what you want about the Pokémon franchise, but no one can deny the greatness of the game series and now two new additions have been announced; Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2.

I’ll admit it’s been a while since I last played a Pokémon game, but they haven’t changed all that much.  The only major difference is the Pokémon, which are now completely unknown to me since I gave up watching the TV show so many years ago.  Despite the absence of Pokémon related stuff in my life over the last few years, I would gladly play the games because, let’s just face it, they’re really fun.

Yesterday, IGN broke the news that, in an unusual move, another pair of games will be released in the fifth generation of Pokémon games.  The games will be released simultaneously in Japan this summer and no other release dates have been announced yet.  However, past games would suggest it will be less than a year before it hits North America, Europe and the rest of the world.  Funnily enough, the games are coming out on Nintendo DS, not the 3DS.  No word on why this is, but it’s probably just to appeal to a wider audience of Pokémon fans.

The names have drawn some attention and could be hinting at being direct sequels to Pokémon Black and Pokémon White.  If this is the case it would be a first for the series which consists of standalone titles.  It would be really interesting to see, but it’s hard to imagine it being pulled off.  Would you start with the Pokémon you had in Black and White?  Is that even possible?  I don’t know, but if they were sequels then that would be an important element.  Maybe they have a way to train your Pokémon over or the new game could be some kind of expansion pack.  It’s all speculation at this point, but it is possible.

What do you think?  Are you a Pokémon fan?  Which Pokémon game did you play last?  Did you, like me, start all the way back at red and blue?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to click the like button, if you like this post, and subscribe/follow.


Set Pictures from the Star Trek Sequel

Pictures from the set of the new Star Trek movie have been released, but what do they reveal about the films plot?

Not much is known about the, still untitled, sequel to 2009s Star Trek, except that it will include elements from the original series.  Fans have speculated about who the villain will be ever since the sequel was announced.  We know that British actor Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing the character, but we don’t know which one he is portraying.  The set pictures do give some clues though, we now know that he is human, or at least looks human, and is a member of Starfleet.

The pictures show Cumberbatch’s character locked in battle with Spock, played by Zachary Quinto, and Uhura, played by Zoe Saldana.  Cumberbatch is wearing a black shirt and you can see that the Starfleet logo is on it.  What villain could he be?  Personally, I have no clue and I don’t want to insult any true Star Trek fans by trying to back a guess.  I’m going to leave it to the people that are more knowledgeable about the series, so if you have any ideas please comment and let me know, enjoy the pictures.

Let’s play spot the stunt doubles in the picture below

Vulcan nerve pinch (below)

What do you think?  Which Star Trek villain do you think it is?  Are you a Star Trek fan?  Do you like the rebooted film series?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow and, if you liked this post, click the like button.


Amazing Spider-man game – The Rhino Trailer

No matter how you feel about the, Toby Maguire, Spider-man movies, you can’t deny that the games were pretty good.  This could be because they didn’t follow the movie plot exactly, who knows, but one of the best things about them was the villains that didn’t feature in the movie.  Every one of the games had, not only the bad guys from the film, but also extra ones from the comics.  Now that the movie franchise is getting rebooted, the games are getting the same treatment and it looks like they are keeping up the tradition of including secondary villains.  A new trailer, for the game, hit the web, pun, today and it revealed that the Rhino will be in the game.

Rhino has been described as Spider-man ‘dimmest’ enemy and that’s how he appeared when he was in the game Spider-man 2.  However, this time he seems to be a lot tougher and have a bigger role to play and, while he wasn’t exactly holding up his scores on an IQ test, a voiceover in the video, as well as some of the scenes, would suggest that brains don’t matter as he simply uses his animal instinct.  The ‘beast’ is in control.

It isn’t only the villains that look tougher in this game; Spider-man is shown kicking some serious behind.  Throwing people, grabbing there head between his feet, flipping them, Jackie Chan eat your heart out.  There are so many different ways that you can beat up criminal, it looks really great and I’m glad that they kept it open city.  I never really doubted that they would.  It was such an important part of the previous instalments, though they are not related, it would have been foolish to leave it out when it works so well.

The other Spider-man games featured more than one new villain, so it stands to reason that this one will as well.  No word has been announced yet, but if I could pick I’d like to see either Black Cat, because I thought her part in the second Spider-man game was really good, or Morbius, just sort of an old favourite.  There’s no guarantee that another extra villain will appear in the game, but it is very plausible.

What do you think?  Are you glad Rhino will be in the new game?  Do you think there will be another extra villain?  Who would you like to see appear in the game?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to follow and click the like button, if you like this post.


New Spider-man Clip

A clip from the upcoming Spider-man movie, The Amazing Spider-man, has hit the web.

It’s not exactly a spectacular, exciting or vital scene, but, if you’re excited about the film, this will help tide you over for a while.  The clip shows Peter on his way to see Gwen, maybe for the dinner scene that was shown in the trailer, but the doorman will not let him in until he lets him search his bag.

What could possibly be in there that would stop Peter giving the guard a look?  How will Peter get out of this situation?  We’ll have to wait to know for sure, but my guess is his Spider-man stuff is in the bag and Gwen probably sees him and calls for him to be let in.  Could be wrong, but those are the obvious answers.

Check out the clip below and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment, also, if you like the site, please follow and like the like button.


21 Jump Street Movie

Last night I was recieved an e-mail, which I read early this morning, from Sony.  Don’t worry I’m not in any trouble, but they did announce that there is an embargo on reviews of the 21 Jump Street movie.  This means that I have to take the review down until the 5th of March.  I apologise for any inconvience this may cause, but the review will still be up a full 10 days before the films release.  If you can’t wait until the 5th, just know that it is an extremely funny movie.  Thanks for reading.

As of the 5th of March the embargo has been lifted and the full review is online once again and can be read here.


New Resident Evil 6 Information

While I do love random speculation, nothing beats answers and, at last, we have some answers about the mysterious Resident Evil 6.

First of all, I’m really glad to say that it has been announced that the game takes place in 2013, meaning it is set after the previous games so it’s definitely not a prequel.  There’s nothing wrong with a good prequel, Devil May Cry 3 for example, but when it’s not needed prequels can be really annoying, Devil May Cry 5 for example (though technically it’s a reboot, isn’t called Devil May Cry 5 and looks great).

The President that is turned into a zombie, affectionately nicknamed President Evil by fans, is not Ashley’s father; he is the man that took the position after President Graham.  This effectively gets rid of my burning desire to have Ashley be the female protagonist with the new mercenary; it just felt right for the story when I thought it was President Graham that had died.  The identity of the new mercenary still has not been revealed, but apparently he was introduced so we young folk would have someone to relate to.  Seems unnecessary, but I’m not complaining, plus they probably meant young people that were new to the series.

Fans were happy to see the return of zombies, but don’t get too excited because they are not the same as the ones that have been missing for so long.  These are not T-Virus zombies they’re a new breed of zombie known as J’avo.  They are faster and more aggressive than your standard undead.  The added speed won’t cause too much of a problem as you will now be able to move and shoot, no longer will you have to choose.  The controls have been reworked with an added focus on melee attacks, sliding and rolling and all sorts of fun things.

We already knew that Leon, Chris and the new guy were each in different locations, we can see that in the trailer, but now more information has been released.  Leon is in a town called Tall Oaks, we seen that in the trailer, Chris is in a Chinese city called Lansiang and the new guy is in Eastern Europe.  Another interesting point is that Chris is apparently going through some sort of personal trauma.  This would have fed in well with the whole ‘Jill is dead’ thing in Resident Evil 5, but as I said this isn’t a prequel.  Could this mean the end of another Resident Evil character?  Claire perhaps, I hope not.

What do you think?  Has this announcement made you more or less excited about the game?  Are you glad it’s not a prequel?  Are you still mad about the Devil May Cry reboot?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow and, if you like this post, click the like button.


Saint Valentine’s Day: The True Story

Valentine’s Day was created almost 2000 years ago by the greeting card companies in ancient Rome.  The day originally honoured 14 martyrs, people who choose to die rather than renounce their beliefs, who became known collectively as Saint Valentinus.  Back then the cards would contain messages like ‘good on you for not renouncing your beliefs’ or ‘I hope you chose the right religion because you’re about to find out for sure’.

Over the years the meaning of Saint Valentine’s Day has changed and, while women still had not got the right to vote, the idea that a man had to court a woman, which became popular in the high middle ages, eventually became associated the day.  Men would show there love by sending cards, flowers and Cadbury’s chocolate to their love.  In those days the cards read more like ‘hey baby, consider yourself courted’ and ‘I’ll love you all knight long’.

Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day was removed from the General Roman Calendar Pope Paul VI, which technically means that Valentine’s Day isn’t really a holiday at all.  So you’re in a relationship, you’ve spent a fortune on gifts and you’ve just found out that it is you, not your single friend, that is in denial.  What do you do?  You could continue to pretend that Valentine’s Day exists, you could even argue that religious institutions are not the only ones able to deem something a holiday, or you could go the much more impractical route that is suing the greeting card company for leading you on all these years.  Even if you don’t win you can use the case as a way of suggesting some updated messages for the cards.  Think something along the lines of ‘you’re beautiful, but in a strange, why do you have a moustache, kind of way’, ‘once you ignore the outside appearance you’re okay’ or ‘you’re not a supermodel, but, until one comes along, you’ll do’.

Considering a lot of people argue that Valentine’s Day was just created by the greeting card companies, I probably just proved that it’s more of a legitimate holiday than they thought, but still Happy Valentine’s Day.

What do you think?  Do you class Valentine’s Day as a holiday?  Were you single this V-Day?  Have you ever spent a lot of money on someone’s Valentine’s gift?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow and click the like button, if you liked this post.


Grammy Results 2012

Last night the 54th Grammy Award Ceremony took place. The full list of winners is available here, but you can find most of them below.

Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

Song of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

New Artist: Bon Iver

Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Pop Vocal Album: “21,” Adele

Alternative Album: “Bon Iver,” Bon Iver

Rock Song: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

Rock Album: “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters

Rock Performance: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

Hard Rock/Metal Performance: “White Limo,” Foo Fighters

R&B Album: “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown

R&B Song: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim & Jack Splash

R&B Performance: “Is This Love,” Corrine Bailey Rae

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona

Rap Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West

Rap Performance: “Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap Song: “All of the Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West

Rap/Sung Collaboration: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Dance Recording: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Dance/Electronica Album: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Musical Theater Album: “The Book of Mormon,” Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone

World Music Album: “Tassili,” Tinariwen

Latin Pop Rock, Rock or Urban Album: “Drama y Luz,” Mana

Tropical Latin Album: “Last Mambo,” Cachao

Banda or Norteno Album: “Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends,” Los Tigres Del Norte

Regional Mexican or Tejano Album: “Bicentenario,” Pepe Aguilar

Country Solo Performance: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Country Album: “Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum

Country Performance by a Duo or Group: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Country Song: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Jazz Vocal Album: “The Mosaic Project,” Terri Lyne Carrington & various artists

Jazz Instrumental Album: “Forever,” Corea, Clark & White

Improvised Jazz Solo: “500 Miles High,” Chick Corea

Large Ensemble Jazz Album: “The Good Feeling,” Christian McBride Big Band

Blues Album: “Revelator,” Tedeschi Trucks Band

Folk Album: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Pop Instrumental Album: “The Road From Memphis,” Booker T. Jones

Bluegrass Album: “Paper Airplane,” Alison Krauss & Union Station

Americana Album: “Ramble at the Ryman,” Levon Helm

Reggae Album: “Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life,” Stephen Marley

New Age Album: “What’s It All About,” Pat Metheny

Children’s Album: “All About Bullies… Big and Small,” various artists

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Paul Epworth

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Cinema (Skrillex remix),” Sonny Moore

Gospel Song: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Performance: “Jesus,” L’Andria Johnson

Gospel Album: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Choral Performance: “Light & Gold,” Eric Whitacre

Classical Contemporary Composition: “Elmer Gantry,” Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman

Orchestral Performance: “Brahms: Symphony No. 4,” Gustavo Dudamel

Opera Recording: “Adams: Doctor Atomic,” Alan Gilbert, conductor

Spoken Word Album: “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t),” Betty White

Comedy Album: “Hilarious,” Louis C.K.

Compilation Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “Boardwalk Empire,” various artists

Score Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat

Song Written For Visual Media: “I See the Light,” Alan Menken & Glenn Slater

Historical Album: “Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition),” Paul McCartney

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists: “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me),” Jorge Calandrelli

What do you think?  Are you happy with the winners?  Who do you think should have one?  Did you watch the ceremony?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow and click the like button.


Whitney Houston RIP

Yesterday, it was confirmed that Whitney Houston had died at the age of 48.  The cause of her death is, as of this moment, still unknown, but it has been stated that there was no criminal intent.

Though I am not personally a fan of the singer, especially her recent work, her music talent and contribution to the music industry should be celebrated.  Houston died in the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the eve of this year’s Grammy Awards.  She was staying in the hotel to attend a pre-Grammy party.  A tribute to her, featuring Jennifer Hudson, was even planned to take place during the ceremony.  She is survived by her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Whitney Houston singing live at the Grammy Awards in the 80s.