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Paranormal Activity 4

Paranormal Activity 4 is set to arrive in cinemas on the 19th of October, just in time for Halloween, but is there any scare left in the series?

If there’s one thing movie goers have learned from the first three Paranormal Activity movies it’s that demons only go after people who have a strange compulsion to videotape their entire lives, watch out Kardashians. This message is further hammered home in the fourth instalment.

Paranormal Activity 4 takes place in 2011 making it the first full sequel to the original film, with number two acting as both a prequel and a small sequel. It follows a new, unrelated, family who have some creepy new neighbour, a mother a her child. After the mother is taken to hospital her creepy six year old son is sent to live with the family and brings some paranormal activity along with him.

Each Paranormal Activity film has brought something new to the mix, whether it’s the multiple cameras of number two or the moving fan camera in number three, and the fourth is no different. This time we get hidden cameras. The family’s laptops are all set to record with the only one knowing about it being the teenage daughter. Though in reality this would probably lead to some emotional scarring, in the movie it creates an interesting situation were the daughter is unable to prove what is going on to her family.

Another additional feature is the use of the Xbox Kinect’s motion sensors, which give viewers, and the family, the opportunity to see some ghostly movement. While it was fun to try spot ghostly activity in the bright green dots projected by the Xbox the majority of the time it was pretty obvious and seemed underused as it mostly picked up the movements of the living.

The actors were really good, which audiences have come to expect from Paranormal Activity movies. It doesn’t feel like watching actors it’s more like an actual family recording themselves. Even the children were sufficiently creepy. Though bringing in creepy children is likely to inspire comparisons between this film and classics like The Omen and The Shining and I think the writers knew that so they had fun with it even having a scene that actually mirrors one from The Shining, don’t worry you’ll know it when you see it.

Though the series was never one that I personally found particularly scary, the plot is very clever and will keep you interested whether it scares you or not. There’s even subplots that make the family that much more believable. Also the characters are likeable so you’ll actually be rooting for them and may even be disappointed if they die.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the Paranormal Activity franchise? Do you think they should stop at number four? Will you be going to see this movie? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.

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Spartacus: War of the Damned at Comic-Con

The first trailer for the final season of the hit Starz series Spartacus has been shown at comic-con.

Spartacus: War of the Damned looks to be filled with just as much gore and sex as the previous seasons.  It seems like the show had such a short run, three seasons (four if you count the prequel, Gods of the Arena), but it does seem, from a storytelling angle, it is time for the show to come to an end.  Even though most people know how Spartacus is going to end the show looks like it will be a hell of a ride to get to the tragic conclusion.

Check out the trailer below.


PlayStation 4 will have disc drive, or pancake holder

Over the years the gaming industry has evolved a lot, it’s undeniable.  With each new generation of consoles comes advancements that, for the most part, improve the gaming experience, but what’s next?

Even though the PlayStation 4 still hasn’t been officially announced by Sony, there have been rumours about it for months and the latest comes from the Wall Street Journal.  In their article they claim that the upcoming console was almost created without a disc drive.  This would mean that games would have to be downloaded rather than bought physically in shops.  Though the article says that  ‘Sony Corp. considered but ultimately rejected a download-only scheme for its next videogame console, people familiar with the matter said, opting to include optical disk drives rather than break with a decades-old model in the industry’.

Breaking away from the model that people have come to know is one thing, but imagine the effect this move would have had on game shops.  Removing the ability to buy discs would completely destroy those, already struggling, shops.  Plus, there are some people that don’t have access to credit cards and therefore can’t download games, won’t somebody please think of the children.  Let us not forget about those, myself included, that like having the physical copy of the game, which can never been taken away by virus’s (though they can be stud on and lost).  Another incentive to maintain the use of a disc drive is the collectors additions, which often come with posters or other physical extras on top of the added bonuses in the game.

Though the report says that disc drives will be included in the next PlayStation, it almost wasn’t which means that companies like Sony believe that the disc is on its way out and with movie and television series all available to be downloaded online it isn’t hard to see where they’re coming from.  Still, it appears that the digital take over isn’t going to be happening in the near future as the PS4 will come with its very own disc drive, which you can store pancakes in if you’d rather download all your games.

What do you think?  Would you like to see a move away from discs?  Do you prefer to download games or buy them in a shop?  What other things could you store in a disc drive, besides discs and pancakes?  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.


The Amazing Spider-Man Super Preview

I know that I haven’t posted much lately, which is because I’ve been doing exams.  My last exam was today so I thought what better way to celebrate than doing a blog post and lucky this morning I heard about a four minute long preview of the upcoming Spider-Man movie.

There are a lot of stuff in the trailer that we’ve already seen in previous trailers, but the new stuff is pretty cool, including one seen that shows Peter trying to save a child from a falling car.  The method he uses is different than you might expect, it’s sort of like something you’d see in a real life rescue show or a drama and it was nice to see some heart in a superhero movie.  It really reinforced what director, Marc Webb, previously said about the film being about Peter and his orgins rather than a reharshed version of the previous live action films.

Check out the preview below and leave a comment letting me know what you think, also please feel free to click the like button and subscribe.


The PlayStation 4 at E3… 2015

Recently games sites have been debating whether or not the PlayStation 4 would be revealed at this year’s E3, but now Sony has officially put the rumours to rest.

It all started when, video game site, MCV wrote an article about a new Xbox and PlayStation being shown at E3 2012.  This information spread around the web and it wasn’t long before people start coming up with arguments against it, the strongest of which was from Michael Pachter, an industry analyst, who said that since ‘neither console is launching in 2013… there’s no reason to tease them in 2012’.

Kaz Hirai from Sony has now stated, in an interview, that they will not be showing the PS4 at E3 as they are sticking to their initial 10 year plan, which means that the new console won’t hit shelves until 2016.  We can look forward to seeing it at E3 2015, at least.  Personally I think this is a good thing, as there is still a lot of potential for the PS3 and, with so many people getting invested in the online features of games, it’s going to take a lot to get people to move over to another console.  Sony’s announced doesn’t necessarily prove that MCV are wrong about the Xbox 720, but they did get the information from the same source so I’m fairly confident that too is false.

What do you think?  Would you like a new PlayStation or Xbox to be made?  Do you think the Xbox 720 is still on the way?  Did you ever believe the rumours?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to click the like button and then, if you have enough time, head over to Twitter and follow me there.


Paranormal Activity 4 Confirmed

Paramount has confirmed that a fourth film, in the Paranormal Activity series, is in production.

This news comes as a surprise to just about no one, these movies are so cheap to make and rake in millions.  It’s not hard to see why they’d want the franchise to continue, but how long can they keep going before they’re just forcing something, that should have ended a long time ago, into our faces?  Final Destination comes to mind, though I am a sucker for those films, and I’m not saying Paranormal Activity has reached that point yet, just wondering if they’ll stop before it does.

The first Paranormal Activity introduced the viewers to this couple, Katie and Micah, and we learn, along with the Micah, that Katie is haunted by a demon.  As the two, especially Micah, play around with the spirit the haunting gets worse.  We are then, in the second one, shown Katie’s sister, Kristi, and her family being haunted, which provides some answers about the demon.  The third instalment explores Katie and Kristi’s childhood, thus further going into the origin of the haunting, but leaving many unanswered questions about the characters in the present day.  This is potentially what the fourth film will focus on and if so this could, and probably should, be the end of the series.

Paranormal Activity is, in my eyes, a great franchise.  It takes everything good about old ghost stories and just looks at it in a different way.  There’s nothing really overly complicated, though the plot does get deeper as the films go on, and there’s something very scary about keeping things simple.  It’s like how bad practical effects are classic, but bad CGI is laughable.  My only hope is that they don’t mess it up.  Keep going for the story and the characters, not for the money and the fans.

What do you think?  Are you excited about Paranormal Activity 4?  Have you seen the other 3?  Do you think they’re scary?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.  P.S. I have a Twitter account, just saying nonchalantly.


Quest to Join Pottermore

Though both the film and book series of Harry Potter are over, the story lives on and not just in the memories and hearts of the fans, Harry’s hitting the web.

Pottermore is a site where fans of the series can go to rediscover the stories as well as read additional information that J.K. Rowling has never revealed before.  It will also distribute Harry Potter eBooks and audio books.  This will be the first time the series has been, legally, turned into eBooks.  To a Potter fan the website is very exciting, but it won’t be officially launched until October.  However, each day for seven days, five of which have already past, a clue has been put on the site.  The people who solve the clue will be able to go to a different page to search for the ‘magic quill’.  If they find this, they will be one of the lucky few that get to enter early and help shape the site.

Every weekday I wake up at half eight in the morning to walk my dog, but today the first thing I did was turn on the computer and check Pottermore.  The clue had not been posted yet.  I only learned how to try gain access to Pottermore last night, after the clue had already been and gone, so this was my first real try at getting in.  As I got ready to leave, I refreshed the page many times, but still no clue.  I returned from my walk, which takes about an hour, and there was still nothing.  Through some quick googling, I found out that a blog had given the exact time the clue would go up on day 3, which was two days ago.  As the day went by, it was announced that, in my time zone, the clue would be posted at some point between half four pm and eight pm.  I didn’t trust it so I continued to refresh the page, basically every few seconds, until finally, at around six o’clock, the clue pops up.

‘What is the house number of the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, then multiply you answer by 21’, I almost had a heart attack when I realised the clue had appeared.  Knowing that, since it was day five, the clue would be related to the Order of the Phoenix, I had the book at hand.  However, I didn’t need it as that was actually one of the questioned at suspected and even said to my friend.  Once I had the answer calculated, I struggled with my dad’s iPad trying to get the URL in, but it didn’t seem to want to work.  My friend, seeing my frustration, used her iPhone to go to the URL.  She handed me the phone which I end discarded as the iPad finally worked.  I was brought to a page to search for the quill which was in such an obvious play that I thought it was just an example of what to look out for, but I clicked it and it said I had successfully found the quill.  Also my friend, using the iPhone, which I’d so mindlessly dropped on the bed, also found the quill.

We were given usernames and a few hours later we both received e-mails to complete the process.  Now my friend, Amy, and I have joined the ranks of people who get to see Pottermore before it officially opens.  If you are trying to solve to gain access I wish you luck.  Just keep on refreshing.  In completely unrelated news, Amy got accepted to DCU today and is probably going to kill me for putting this in.

What do you think?  Will Amy be popular among her new class?  Is DCU lucky to have her?  Was getting into Pottermore a bigger achievement than DCU?  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.


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.


Final Destination 5 trailer review

A trailer for the upcoming movie Final Destination 5 has been released and it looks as though producers have taking fan criticism onboard.

Many people have been complaining that the Final Destination series has gotten stale, seriously how many times can you make the same movie.  The first too were great, because they had a link to each other, the third one introduced the photos which was a fun way to get the audience guessing, but the fourth just ditched the cleverness and went for 3D instead.  The result was an overly bright example of how bad some actors are.

The trailer for Final Destination 5 shows that the franchise is going back to its roots.  It’s darker and the deaths are less comical and more cringe worthy.  The opening deaths are always one of my favourite parts.  However, the writers try to make each opening better than the last and number three’s rollercoaster was hard to beat, four failed, but I think five might have succeeded.

Number five’s premonition takes place on a wire bridge.  It doesn’t sound like much, but it looks great.  There’s so much going on and so many characters to choose from, I’m already wondering who survives.  Those that do survive will have a good chance of clinging on to their survivor status, because this movie will see the return of Bludworth (played by actor Tony Todd) who was last seen in Final Destination 2 and last heard in Final Destination 3.  I was worried that he would appear for a few seconds, but from the trailer I can see he gives a whole speech to the survivors.  I’m excited to see how they find him considering that all the survivors from the movies that featured him are dead.

Another good point about the trailer is that, and I could be wrong here, but it looks like the actors can act.  I know I’m as shocked as you are.  I never had a problem with the actors in the original trilogy, I hate to keep picking on it, but it was only four that I thought had really bad actors.  Other people think the bad acting goes back furthered, but I think we can all hope that it ended with number four.  We won’t really know until we see more though, but enjoy the trailer and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.