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Is this a TMNT?

Though it’s still not clear whether these turtles are mutants, aliens or robots in disguise one thing is for sure, they look pretty different from the animated versions fans know and love.

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Scary Movie 5 first trailer

Can Scary Movie be funny without Anna Faris and Regina Hall? Well a lot of people would argue that it hasn’t been funny in a long time anyway, so let’s just ignore the fact that it’s basically Ashley Tisdale and Erica Ash doing bad Cindy and Brenda impressions.

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The first trailer for Scary Movie 5 shows that it will have the same level of sophisticated humour as the previous instalments, with guys getting hit with falling pans and heading crotch first into a door. However, it seems more like one of those really bad Scary Movie spinoffs than an actual sequel, which may have something to do with losing the lead actresses.

Despite rumours, it appears that Final Destination will not be the centre of the parody this time around. Instead the focus is on Paranormal Activity and Black Swan. The plot follows two friends as they try to dance ballet and one of them has a baby and lives in a haunted house because a witch sent a demon to haunt her possibly because she’s a ballet dancer, yeah it’s a bit all over the place.

If you’re a fan of well thought out, clever and well-structured comedy them you probably were never planning on seeing this film anyway, but if you like movie parodies, overacting and a third thing then you now have plans for the 19th of April when the film hits cinemas.

What do you think? Are you disappointed to see Cindy and Brenda leave the franchise? Do you like Ashley Tisdale and Erica Ash better? Will you be going to see this movie? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


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.


Skyfall first picture

The first official picture for the latest Bond film, Skyfall, has been put up on the films website, 007.com.  Along with the picture is a countdown clock ticking down until the very day, minute, second that bond is back on our screens.  The movie once again stars Daniel Craig as bond and is set to shake and stir cinemas on the 26th of October, in the UK and Ireland, and the 9th of November, in North America.

What do you think?  Are you excited about the film?  Do you like the picture?  Who was your favourite bond?  Let me know by voting and leavinga comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you like this post, click on the like button.  You can also follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1.


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.


Bring Back V

V is a show about aliens, known as The Visitors, who come to Earth claiming that they are peaceful, loving creatures, when in actual fact they are evil reptilian monsters.  Some people accept them, but others know the truth and try to fight against them.  The battle seemed to be going in the V’s favour, until the brave soldiers of ABC stepped in and sent The Visitors away.  Now fans of the series unite and demand that ABC bring back the Vs.

The show stars Elizabeth Mitchell and Morena Baccarin, Mitchell as an FBI agent/mother and Baccarin as an invading alien queen/mother.  The series has a complex and compelling plot as well as good strong characters and plenty of character development.  It’s really one my favourite shows at the moment, the only problem is that it got cancelled last month on the 13th of May.  This meant that the show was left at a cliffhanger.  So that’s where you come in, please sign the online petition to bring the show back.  Every signature brings us one step closer to season 3 and if you’re a really big fan you could also try writing a letter and mailing it to ABC at this address; Mr. Stephen McPherson, Chairman, ABC, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, RE: V.  If you do go down that road make sure you stay polite, being rude isn’t going to help anyone.  The petition can be found at this link; http://www.petitiononline.com/julietp1/petition.html.

Though this series may only have two seasons so far, V has been around for a long time.  The franchise goes back as far as 1983 when a miniseries, also called V, was aired.  The following year there was another miniseries that continued the plot and then there was a TV series that lasted one season, finishing in 1985.  The premise of the old V shows and the new one are the same, evil invading aliens who wear human skin to hide the fact that they are reptilian, but the characters and storylines are a lot different.  One of the old characters is actually in the new series as the mother of Morena Baccarin’s character.  She has the same name as she did in the previous shows and even reminisces about things that do relate back to the original series.  That’s actually one of my favourite things about the show, it respects where it came from and it throws that in for fans of the old shows.

It’s not often that a show this unique and intriguing comes along so don’t let it slip away without a fight. 

What do you think?  Are you a fan of V?  Do you want the show to return?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


X-Men: First Class

If you’ve been within hearing range of me when the trailer for X-Men: First Class came on, then you’re probably sick of me complaining about it.  However, I saw the movie and got in for free.  No it wasn’t anything to do with my blog or journalism; it was because my friend works in the cinema.  Having seen the movie, my opinion of it has completely changed.

Personally, I hate when movies can’t stay within the continuity of the series they’re in, but X-Men: First Class has proved to be an exception.  It contradicts the previous instalments numerous times, even going as far as using the same character in a different time period; yes I’m talking about Emma Frost.  I could write a whole post on the errors in the canon of the X-Men movie series, but if I’m honest, when I got into the film, they didn’t bother me as much as I thought they would.  In fact, I think the movie was probably one of the best in the franchise.

The first two X-Men movies where directed by Bryan Singer, who left the third one to direct Superman Returns, which was his dream project.  Without Singer the series took a nose dive.  X-Men 3 was bad and dismissed a lot of the pre-established story, but it was X-Men Origins: Wolverine that completely turned me off the franchise.  I insisted I would never see another X-Men move, at least not one in this canon, but who can turn down a free ticket and I’m glad I went.

The film follows Professor X and Magneto back when they were Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr.  The first scene is a near shot for shot remake of the opening scene in the first X-Men movie.  It shows Erik first using his magnetic powers to bend a gate in a concentration camp.  It was so similar that I actually did think it was the same scene.  Meanwhile, Charles is living in a mansion and one night meets Mystique who becomes his best friend.  Though this was an interesting storyline, it contradicts with the original movies where Professor X and Mystique appear to have no emotional investment in each other, good or bad.

It takes a while for Charles and Erik to meet, but even separated they stole the show.  It was nice to see a different side to the characters.  We get to see young fun Professor X, even hitting on random girls in bars.  It was a nice touch and the relationship between the two has been one of the more engaging things about the movie series as a whole.  Despite both being on different sides, they have a mutual love and respect for each other and it was really enjoyable to see where that began.

There are a bunch of other mutants in the movie and, unlike X-Men Origins: Wolverine, they all got a fair amount of screen time.  One of the things that stood out for me was Beast’s transformation.  To avoid giving too much away I’m just going to say that they used what happened in the comics.  Also featured in the movie were Havok, Banshee, Riptide, Azazel and many more.  It was surprising, and nice, to see that they found a place for each of the mutants to show off and use their powers, especially Banshee, who normally doesn’t get shown in such a cool light.  If you’re a major comic fan then you might remember that Havok, aka Alex Summers, is the middle Summers brother.  Though obviously the timeline won’t allow that in the movie, Singer did say that Havok and Cyclops are related just in a way that works for the film.

This film is the best thing to happen to the series since X-Men 2.  It was refreshing, fun and interesting.  Luckily, it has been announced that they want to turn First Class into a series, which means we don’t have to say goodbye to these characters just yet.  If you’re going to see the movie and you are familiar with the previous films, there are some things that were thrown in for fans.  One of the best is the suits, which were joked about in the first movie.  Good luck spotting the rest, which include cameos from two cast members from the previous films.  I recommend giving this film a chance, even if you are concerned about the canon.

What do you think?  Are there too many mistakes?  What power would you like to have?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Breaking Dawn Trailer Review

Some say that vampires shouldn’t sparkle in the sunlight; others say that they shouldn’t be overly protective, possessive and display signs of obsessive stalking, but those people should simply be happy that the series is coming to an end.  However, there are millions of Twilight fans and they’re facing the end of the series, well actually the last film was split in two so there’s still a while left.  Part one comes out on the 18th of November 2011 and part two will be released on the 16th of November 2012.

Today, fans were given a glimpse of the film as the first full length trailer was released.  The trailer really pushes the romantic side to the story, basically excluding the darker themes and focusing mainly on the wedding and the guests getting there invitations, plus Bella and Edward having sex in various locations, wonder if they’ll be able to keep a PG-13 rating, which results in Bella becoming pregnant.  I think it goes without saying that this will be one of the least ‘boyfriend friendly’ movies in the Twilight series.

If you’re familiar with the book you may be wondering where the split will be.  It has been said by both Wyck Godrey, producer, and Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter, that it will probably be one movie were Bella is human and one with her as a vampire, though the decision is ultimately up to Bill Condon, the director.  Godrey had the idea of shooting the second one, with vampire Bella, in 3D to differentiate between human and vampire.  Though 3D has become an annoying trend in Hollywood, it’s nice to see it being used to actually aid in the telling of a story.

Fan’s will most likely love the trailer, but it is very one sided.  The more romantic elements are shown, the wedding and the jealous Jacob love triangle, where as the darker mythological part, a woman being impregnated by a vampire, is only briefly hinted at, despite the pregnancy playing such a large role in the book.  Though the actually movie will be more balanced, it seems that the trailer was made to give the audience and over romantic view, thus drawing in the girls and striking fear into the hearts of the boyfriends.

What do you think?  Will Breaking Dawn be rated above PG-13?  Is the trailer boy friendly?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


The Muppets First Trailer Review

It starts with one man forgetting his anniversary and ends with a Muppet adventure.  That’s right I’m talking about the Muppets movie again.  Why?  Because they released a trailer.

The trailer is actually disguised as a melodramatic romance movie and then it’s revealed to be a trailer for The Muppets.  Making the fake trailer was a really clever idea; it kind of taps into some of the fun of the film.  Near the end we do get to see some of the actually footage and it looks impressive.  The tone matches with earlier Muppet movies and that’s really the most important thing.

It’s clear from the trailer that there will be some musical numbers, which isn’t surprising if you’ve ever watched The Muppets before.  The new songs will be written by Flight of the Concords star Bret McKenzie, but some of the classics will also be making an appearance too.  Among these classic songs is the hit Rainbow Connection.

So far I’m impressed by what I’ve seen, not that I was expecting otherwise.  The people working on the project really care about it and it’s great to see that.  It would be a complete shock to me if this film didn’t end up being a hit.

What do you think?  Are you impressed by the trailer?  Did you like how it started with fake footage?  Let me know by voting and commenting below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.