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It’s a wonderful sequel… Hopefully

If you thought that Jeepers Creepers 2 getting a sequel was surprising then prepare for an even bigger shock as a sequel to the 1946 Christmas classic It’s a wonderful Life may be on the way.

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According to Variety, the movie, which will be called It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story, is expected to hit cinemas in time for Christmas 2015.

The film will be a collaboration between Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions and will star Karolyn Grimes who played Zulu, George Bailey’s daughter, in the original.

The story will focus on George Bailey Jr, grandson of the original lead character, who is shown what the world would be like without him by Zulu who is now an angel.

Though it’s not exactly a remake, the plot is so similar to the original that it might as well be. It’s hard to imagine a modern version of this classic tale being able to live up to the original, so let’s just be optimistic and hope that it doesn’t ruin the first one.

Update

Looks like the rumours were false and Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions don’t own the rights and therefore can’t actually make the sequel.

Are you disappointed or relieved? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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A Few Best Men Review

Picture this, before one of them gets married a group of guys go out to celebrate, get drunk, wake up with no memory of the many things they did the previous night and then have to try fix everything in time for the wedding.  While this may seem like a totally original, never seen anything like it before plot to some, others may notice some striking similarities with a little known movie called The Hangover.  However, don’t worry because A Few Best Men does plenty to set itself apart from The Hangover franchise, like having a story that isn’t completely predictable.

When David (Xavier Samuel) returns home his friends are shocked to discover that he is engaged to his holiday romance, Mia (Laura Brent).  David then brings his friends to Australia, where Mia is from, so that they can all meet Mia’s family a few days before the wedding, but will the English lads fit in?  After they there, David goes off with his bride to be while his friends take a detour to get something extra special for the bachelor party.  From here there’s a bunch of crazy stuff involving sheep, alcohol, gun violence and some missing cocaine, but let’s not spoil all that.  However, even with all the wild stuff that happens at, and because of, the bachelor party the most unrealistic thing in the movie is how quickly the wedding was put together.

Despite the obvious comparison to The Hangover, A Few Best Men didn’t feel like a rip off.  The characters are likeable and their friendship seemed much more real than those in The Hangover, particularly David and Tom (Kris Marshall) who seemed more like brothers than friends.  As the movie progresses so do the characters and you can see the relationship between Mia and David begin to show cracks as they start to realise how little they know about each other and maybe their holiday romance should have ended at the airport.

The best thing about the movie is that no matter what crazy problem the boys bring on themselves, the characters always seem real.  They are believable as a group of people that grew up together and care about each other.  They took in David, who doesn’t have any family, ‘even though everyone though he was gay’ and they all just became brothers, which is what motivates them to try keep the wedding on track.  Then again, if male bonding and crazy bachelor parties don’t get you to the cinema, go for Olivia Newton-John who plays the hilariously crazy mother-in-law.

A Few Best Men hits cinemas today so be sure to check it out if you like comedies, even if The Hangover wasn’t your favourite movie you’ll definitely find a laugh or two at this English/Australian mix, which is brought to you by the people behind Death at a Funeral (the English version).


Does Gay Marriage Have a Place in Comic Books?

I have to admit that if it wasn’t for the organisation One Million Moms boycott I probably wouldn’t have picked up Astonishing X-Men #51.  It’s not a title I normally read, but I wanted to help go against the boycott since I disagree with the organisation.  Marvel claims that they are trying represent real life and gay marriage is becoming more common in recent years, but have they given a realistic representation or is it just a publicity stunt?

The comic starts with Northstar on his wedding day, but quickly leads into a flashback that continues the battle from the previous issue.  At this point, in the flashback, Kyle has not even agreed to marry Northstar, Jean-Paul.  This means that within one issue the two get engaged and married, which feels extremely rushed.  Stereotypically, gay couples aren’t exactly known for moving at a slow pace, but still this seems too fast.  Even characters in the comic comment on how fast JP and Kyle are moving, by not avoiding this issue a lot of the damage is fixed and it feels more real.  After all Northstar is the faster man in the Marvel universe.

One of my favourite parts of the comic is when Warbird refuses to attend the wedding because she doesn’t ‘recognise the validity of the ceremony vows’.  Even though they’re friends and she respects Northstar she won’t go to his wedding and that’s a really interesting scene.  I’m glad that they put it in because it means that they’re acknowledging that the world is not filled with open and accepting people and even the ones closest to us may not always be that way either.  Another interesting part was Havok and Puck sitting at the bar talking about the wedding and how Havok’s grandmother would feel about it.  Having gone into this thinking that it would have been a cheery story full of non-judgemental people I was glad to see that some of the good guys were actually pretty close minded, which is strange considering a lot of them are mutants who would have been judged by other people their whole life.

A fun point made near the start had me expecting a huge disaster during the wedding, but what actually happens is much more interesting and may even convince me to pick up the next issue.  It was interesting to see how they fit in so many how the wedding guests, giving a number of them a panel or two to shine.  Even more intriguing was seeing which characters didn’t show up for the wedding.  There was also a nod to the Avengers vs X-Men crossover event, which was funny and sort of adds a whole new nightmare to the ‘where do I seat people’ dilemma.

All things considered, the issue did a pretty good job at portraying a real relationship and the stigma that surrounds same sex marriage.  The story would have suffered if they’d left out the bad and just focused on JP and Northstar getting hitched.  The whole mutant thing has always worked as a metaphor for being in a minority group, which means that X-Men were tackling issues like oppression long before they had any gay characters.  Northstar is essentially a double minority.  The comic represented the issue well highlighting both the loving, sometimes cheesy, relationship and the negative viewpoints some people have.  Plus, it was entertaining and how often do you get that with political commentary.

What do you think?  Did you buy Astonishing X-Men #51?  Do you think it was a good representation of a real life issue?  Will you be picking up the next issue?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, if you liked this post, don’t forget to click the like button and please subscribe.


Dumb and Dumber 2

The Farrelly brothers have announced that a sequel to the 1994 comedy film Dumb and Dumber will start filming in September and will feature the original stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.  This news comes just in time to knock Anchorman 2 off its pedestal, if it’s true that is.

While it is entirely possible that a sequel is indeed in the works, I am concerned about what date the announcement was made on.  Peter Farrelly told ComingSoon.net, about the sequel, yesterday, April Fool’s Day, at a press event for his film The Three Stooges.  Still, it does seem as though the information is indeed real, which means we can expect to see Harry and Lloyd back doing stupid things very soon.

However, it has been eighteen years since the last film, not counting the prequel, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry met Lloyd, which didn’t involve the Farrelly brothers or the original cast.  Once again I’m left wondering whether or not a sequel would ruin the original, but for some reason, with this one, I don’t really think it matters.  Let’s face it, the film isn’t exactly remembered for its riveting story and complex sub-plots, it’s slapstick.  Plus, considering how surprising the announcement is, I don’t think expectations are going to be unreasonably high, so bring it on.

What do you think?  Are you happy about this announcement?  What do you think the plot will be?  Do you think it’s just an April Fool’s Day joke?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to follow and like the like button.


I Adopted F.E.A.R.

The world can be a stressful place sometimes and when you finally get a break from that what could be better than going on a killing spree, I am of course talking about games not real life murder which, for the record, I don’t condone.  Anyway, recently I found myself under a lot of stress and couldn’t get my fix of video game violence because of a new hard drive.

Unwilling to replay any of my old games I decided that, when the stress eased up a bit, I’d buy a new game.  Nothing fancy just something old and cheap.  One game stuck out in my memory and I decided to hunt it down.  It’s called F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) and it was first recommended to me last year by a guy that worked in a GameStop that has now shut down.  After a bit of searching I found the game pre-owned, ironically in a GameStop, and bought it.

F.E.A.R. is a psychological horror first person shooter that was released on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 between 2005 and 2007.  The game follows the F.E.A.R. team as they investigate a supernatural phenomenon and naturally you play as the point man, which is a soldier that is sent in first all the time as sort of a lookout.  This means that you’re fighting thousands of soldiers all by yourself and to make matters worse, and a lot more fun, the supernatural phenomenon occasionally pops up to scare the hell out of you.

As a massive horror fan I think that GameStop guy was right, this game is great.  It’s been a long time since I’ve ever been really scared, but this might change that.  To add to the atmosphere I’ve been playing the game alone in the dark, I know my commitment is incredible and a little excessive.  Naturally, after one day it’s hard to say whether F.E.A.R. is truly worth the GameStop recommendation, but for now I’m really enjoying it and props to pre-owned games.  I was considering not getting it because of a bad experience I had years ago, but this seems to run without any trouble and has barely any scratches.  So there you go adopt a game, you won’t regret it.

What do you think?  Have you played F.E.A.R.?  Do you buy pre-owned games?  Are you a fan of the horror genre?  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.


How to Overcome a TV Addiction

Getting hooked on a TV show can be a traumatic experience, but don’t worry there are a number of solutions to this, very real, problem.

Poke your eyes out

Sometimes the direct approach is the best and by poking out your eyes you also get the added bonus of not having to pay for contact lenses or glasses, if you need them, and you get to bring your dog into places, like restaurants, were dogs wouldn’t normally be allowed.  Another advantage is that no longer will you have to worry about some stranger coming up and poking your eyes out, it’s already done and you’ve saved them the time.

Break the TV

No TV = no problem, right?  If, on a lazy Saturday night, you decide to put your fist through the screen, in an attempt to encourage Ted to hurry up and get to the point, then the temptation is cut off at the source, but seriously come on Ted this information is irrelevant to how you actually met their mother don’t toy with me.

Leave the remote somewhere far away

Next time you leave the country, why not take the remote with you and don’t worry about bringing it back.  Most people won’t sit through another flight just to change the channel and don’t worry about the buttons on the TV you won’t think of that, you never do (until you’ve torn the how apart looking).

Burn the entire cast

Well sure there are reruns, but is it ever really the same?

Promise yourself a gift in return for stopping

The best incentive to do anything is getting a reward.  So, in exchange for cutting back on your addiction, why not buy yourself the box set?  It’s so not the same thing as watching it on TV, this time you are in control and that means it can’t be bad.

Remember getting addicted to a TV program is a natural thing and is not your fault.  If you need further support then I suggest giving up.  Though I don’t advice you to try any of the methods listed, I do want to know have you ever, or do you now, have a show that you just have to see?  What is/was it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also please feel free to subscribe/follow and, if you like this post, click the like button.


Epic Mickey 2 Announced

Its official, Epic Mickey 2 has been announced, let the sex jokes begin.

In 2010, Epic Mickey was released exclusively to the Wii.  The game followed Mickey Mouse as he was dragged into the Wasteland, a place for forgotten things.  Reviews were generally positive, with the main criticism being poor camera control.  The game also reintroduced one of Disney’s first ever characters, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, after a long absence.  Ownership of Oswald was lost and only bought back by Disney in 2006.  However, to the disappointment of some fans, Oswald was not a playable character in the game. 

The character, Oswald, predates Mickey Mouse and one of the plot points is that Oswald is jealous of Mickey’s success, so it seems strange to leave him out of the action, but don’t worry as the second time around players will be able to play as Oswald, well player 2 will.  The game will feature a co-op mode that will allow the second player to control Oswald, while the first plays as Mickey.  Mickey will continue to use the magic paint and paint thinner and Oswald will fight enemies with electricity and is able to fly like a helicopter.

Though the first was only available on the Wii console, number two will be multiplatform, with versions being released for the PS3, Xbox 360 and the Wii.  This means that there’s no excuse not to buy it, unless you don’t have any of the current generation of consoles or just plain don’t like the game.  A PS3 or Xbox 360 version of the first one, to catch up players who don’t have the Wii, would be nice, but let’s face it with the power of the internet you could be an expert in less than five minutes.  The game will be released later this year, so there’s not long to wait and hopefully some trailers are on the way too, they should tell us whether or not the game’s worth the investment.

What do you think?  Have you played the first one?  Did you enjoy it?  Who is better Mickey Mouse or Oswald the Lucky Rabbit?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.  If you’re bored and want to follow someone on Twitter, I have an account just saying.


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Though others may try, there is no greater, fictional, detective than Sherlock Holmes.  Originally created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes has gone on to be the star of many adaptations, including Guy Richie’s extremely successful 2009 film.  On the 16th of December, a sequel, also directed by Guy Richie, will hit cinemas, but will it be able to live up the high expectations of the excited fans?

The story picks up were the first one left off.  Holmes, played by Robert Downey Jr., is hot on the trail of Professor Moriarty, played by Jared Harris.  The film starts off with a, much too short, cameo appearance from Rachel McAdams who plays the infamous Irene Adler.  In her place, as this film’s female character, is Sim, a fortune teller played by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace.  This is Rapace’s first English speaking role, but she did a great job and Stephen Fry also appears in the film as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft.

I really enjoyed it, I went in with high expectations and they were exceeded.  One thing I would say though is that I wasn’t expecting Moriarty’s face to be revealed so soon.  They went through so much trouble to hide it in the first movie that it seems odd them showing it not only early in the film, but also in the trailer.  Though it did lead to some interesting scenes between Holmes and Moriarty, I couldn’t help thinking that Moriarty had plenty of opportunities to kill Sherlock.  However, I’m glad he didn’t make use of these opportunities as the rest of the adventure is an interesting ride full of twists and turns that recall earlier parts of the film that you didn’t think were important, which is one of my favourite things about these movies.

If, like me, you lack the observation skills that Holmes has, don’t worry as the plot is very clear and at the end of the film you’ll understand it all.  If not, well you can Google it later and the scenery alone is enough to keep you occupied in the unlikely event that you get completely lost.  I don’t know how they did it, but it really looks and feels like the late 1800s, which is important because if the look’s off then it’s harder to get engrossed in the world that they’ve made.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, or Sherlock Holmes 2, is a fantastic movie that, in my eyes, surpasses to original and maybe even steals the trophy of film of the year.

What do you think?  Do you have keen observation skills?  Would you like to see the new Sherlock Holmes film?  Are you team Sherlock or team Moriarty?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.  If you really want to keep up to date with the blog, and some other up and coming projects, then you can follow me, AdamODwyer1, on Twitter.


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.