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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.


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.

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.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

In 2009 Sherlock Holmes proved that he could still draw in a crowd, but will the sequel be able to live up to the first?

Sherlock Holmes is a familiar name to most people, but how many really know him?  Do people still read the books that made him famous or watch the films that bring him to life?  Judging by the praise that Guy Richie’s 2009 adaptation got, it’s safe to say that Holmes’s fan base is as vast as ever.  The movie used elements from various Sherlock Holmes stories, even going as far as bringing in Irene Adler, who is a massive fan favourite despite only appearing in one story (A Scandal in Bohemia).  Adler will return in the sequel, but just to tie up some loose ends.

The sequel takes inspiration from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story The Final Problem.  It is this tale that introduces the evil Professor Moriarty.  Originally intended to be the final Sherlock Holmes story, Doyle ends it by killing off both Holmes and Moriarty.  Complaints by fans led Doyle to bring Holmes back by revealing that Holmes had defeated Moriarty and faked his own death to prevent Moriarty’s henchmen coming after him.  The plot of the movie will take elements from the story; it will not be an exact translation.  However, which parts they are keeping is still unclear.  They wouldn’t kill Holmes would they?

Mycroft Holmes, brother of the infamous Sherlock, will be played by Stephen Fry.  Mycroft was briefly mentioned in the 2009 film and has been in many of the books.  Mycroft has even better deducing skills than Sherlock, but he lacks the drive and energy to physically go out and solve a case.  His role in the movie will be to assist Sherlock and Watson in outsmarting Moriarty.  Also aiding Sherlock and Watson is a gypsy called Sim, who is played by Noomi Rapace.

This film will show off Holmes ability as a master of disguise.  Sherlock will even go as far as dressing like a woman, which was, Sherlock Holmes star, Robert Downey Jr.’s idea.  This should add to the comic relief that made the first one so entertaining.  The movie is set to hit cinemas, in America, on the 16th of December and on the 25th of December, in Europe.

What do you think?  Are you excited about the sequel?  Should they kill of Holmes?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

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.

Scream 4 (Scre4m) Review No Spoilers

After ten years of safety, Sidney, Dewey and Gale must once again race against time to figure out who the killer is before it’s too late.

Today I went to see Scream 4 (Scre4m).  I was so nervous it would be sold out that I rushed to the cinema over an hour in advanced and had to wait around after buying my ticket.  There ended up only being around twenty people in the cinema.  Am I mad about it?  No, because the movie was amazing.

It’s tradition for a Scream movie to start by killing off someone famous in a really cool opening death sequence.  This time they took it a step further; reminding fans that there’s still some comedy left in the franchise.  From the get go, you can really feel just how much thought and effort has gone into this film.

A lot has happened between the third and fourth movies.  Sidney has written a book about how to stop being a victim, Dewey has become sheriff and Gale’s given up being a reporter and is suffering from writer’s block which is preventing her starting her new book.  As the film opens, Sidney is returning to Woodsboro, were Dewey and Gale are living, as part of her book tour.  Arriving back in her home town brings on more nostalgia than she’d have liked as killings begin yet again.

The movie was extremely well done and I honestly didn’t see the end coming.  I suspected nearly everyone at one stage or another.  The theme of the film is remakes/reboots.  If sales go well this is planned to be the start of a new trilogy.  Though the movie isn’t actually a reboot, if you look out, you won’t need to look very hard, you’ll notice that some elements are reminiscent of the original films.  As a fan of the first three, this sense of déjà vu was very much appreciated. 

They did a great job missing the new with the old, as both generations of the story pieced together very well.  It’s been a long time since the first movies and the rules have changed.  Forget virgins surviving and black people dying first, the new rules are simple basically the only way to survive is by being gay.

Revisiting the original trio is great and it’s clear that Sidney really has stopped being a victim.  She’s a fighter now, but will it be enough to ensure her survival yet again?  What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. 

If you want to watch the film without any spoilers I recommending seeing it as soon as possible as the identity of the killer has already leaked onto the web.  I managed to avoid finding out and it made the film much more enjoyable.

Just wanted to put this on the end, I’ve seen the third Scream movie many times and didn’t realise this until my friend said it when we re-watched it last night.  The film ends in a cliff-hanger; what movie are they going to watch?  It never says and they didn’t even answer it in the fourth one.

Hobo with a Shotgun

Next time you pass a hobo on the street, think twice before you refuse to part with your change, he might have a shotgun.

You may or may not be familiar with Planet Terror and Death Proof, which were part of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse production.  Before the films were played in theatres, fake trailers were shown; these trailers were also included on the DVD release.  Hobo with a Shotgun is the second of the fake trailers to be made into a full movie, the first being Machete; which came out last year.

Unlike the other fake trailers, Hobo with a Shotgun was not made by an established director.  It was actually the winning entry in a competition to have your fake trailer appear before the Grindhouse films.  The trailer was made by Jason Eisener, John Davies and Rob Cotterill, who decided to put their own money into the project and create the movie.

The story follows a hobo who, after arriving in a new town full of corruption, decides to take matters into his own hands.  He trades in the change, which he got from begging, and buys a shotgun.  He then hands out justice, one shell at a time.

I don’t know if it’s possible to fall in love with a movie, but I think I’m coming pretty close with this one.  It’s nice to see a movie that was made because the creators really care about it.  That’s something that is present in Indy movies, but is often missing in Hollywood films, which are sometimes just out to make money.  Independent films don’t usually make a lot of money; some don’t even make their budget back. 

Eisener spoke out against the illegal downloading of his movie, by leaving a comment on The Pirate Bay website.  In the comment he asked people not to steal his movie.  Site users argued that if they like the movie they will buy it they just need to ‘test drive’ it first.  Do you agree?  The movie should be shooting its way to a cinema near you soon, May 6th in America and the 22nd of July in Ireland and the UK.

Below I’ve put both the fake trailer and the trailer for the actually movie.  The actor who played the hobo in the fake trailer plays a cop in the real movie.  Isn’t it funny how people move up in the world?

What do you think?  Is it okay to ‘test drive’ a film for free online before you buy it?  Are you suddenly a little afraid of hobos aka do you have hobophobia?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

Fake Trailer

Real Trailer

Rapper Nate Dogg Dies Aged 41

Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, died yesterday at the age of 41.  Cause of the rappers death is, at this time, unknown.  He has previously suffered too two strokes, in 2007 and 2008, but it is unclear whether or not these contributed to his death.  Nate Dogg has released many of his own songs, but achieved greater success collaborating with other artists.

His death is seen, by fellow rappers; Snoop Dog and 50 Cent, as a major loss for RnB, both of which Tweeted about his death.  Some of Nate Dogg’s more well known songs are; G Funk, My World, I Got Love and Backdoor.  The rappers death comes as a shock to fans and he will surely be missed.  RIP.

Pokémon Creator is not Dead

In the wake of the tragedy in Japan, many rumours spread across the internet saying that, Pokémon creator, Satoshi Tajiri had died.  Luckily, these rumours were nothing more than a hoax, as all of the Pokémon alumni survived the Earthquake and Tsunami.  Tajiri did faint, but he didn’t even have to make a visit to the Pokémon Centre.

The hoax originated on Tweeter, but it wasn’t long before the news reached other sources.  This is not the first time a death hoax as occurred, and it probably won’t be the last, so I have to ask; do we believe these rumours?  When you hear someone well known has died, do you doubt the person reporting it?  Or do you just accept it as a fact and move on?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.