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It Follows review

Imagine, if you will, a combination between a haunting and a sexually transmitted disease. That’s pretty much the plot of It Follows right there.

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Is it okay to pirate Minecraft?

The creator of Minecraft gives fans permission to pirate his game if they can’t afford it.

Swedish independent game developer, Markus Alexej Persson, known as Notch, received a comment on Twitter from a fan that said, ‘I really like the game but lack the money to buy it.  I thought I might at least ask for a free account before piracy’.  A lot of people would have reacted negatively to this, or at least rejected the request for an account, but Notch simply told the fan to download it illegally ‘Just pirate it.  If you still like it when you can afford it in the future, buy it then.  Also don’t forget to feel bad. ;)’.

This response reinforces statements he’s said in past interviews regarding piracy.  He believes that if game companies are smart then they would be able to turn pirates into customers rather than just scold them.  Notch has done things differently from the start, even letting players into Minecraft before it was finished, thus making enough money to quit his job and focus completely on Minecraft, which has since made him a millionaire.

What do you think?  Do you play Minecraft?  Would you if you had enough money?  How do you feel about piracy?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, like this post (if you liked it) and, if you have a Twitter, feel free to follow me, I don’t bite or I do whichever is cooler.


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.


Super 8 Review

Super 8 is movie about a group of kids who, while recording there own short film on a super 8 camera, witness a train being derailed.  Then, something that was being transported on the train escapes and the Air Force try to cover it up. 

The story takes place in 1979 and is reminiscent of old Spielberg movies, namely E.T., Close Encounters and The Goonies.  The plot is effectively split in two, there is the fun heartfelt story about kids growing up and learning to deal with loss and there’s the monster roaming around attacking people.  Though you may not think they would, the too actually blend together quite nicely.  After the train crash, the monster and the children are kept separate for a while.  As the children learn more about the creature the two stories combine, but the time apart gives plenty of room for character development.

When you care about the characters in a film, then it’s a good film and by that logic Super 8 is a good film.  Its character driven, you can relate to them and they feel like real people.  Some of the actors, including the kid who plays the main character, have never been in a movie before.  You really wouldn’t know, because they all do a great job.  One of the best storylines in the film is Joe, the main character, dealing with the death his mother, which had nothing to do with the creature.  The actor, Joel Courtney, did an excellent job.  It’s a very emotional story and he’s new to acting, but he was great and will no doubt be starring in many more films, as will the rest of the kids, who were also great.

Now on to the monster, which I won’t give away too much about.  One thought that popped into my head was that the film felt like a 70s version of Cloverfield.  Abrams said that he was trying to make homage to classic Spielberg films, but you can see his style is in there too.  This part of the story was slowly explained to the characters, and the audience, then finally, when everything is clear, the too come together and each story completes the other.  I’d love to go into more detail, but to avoid major spoilers I won’t.

The effects are fantastic.  The train crash scene was amazing and the monster blended in with the real world quite nicely, not perfectly but it worked.  All and all the film is entertaining and will leave you with a smile on your face feeling like a kid again.  I strongly recommend seeing it, though be careful bringing kids because, though it may seem like its kid friendly, it has parts that aren’t, but if you want a funny, action packed, heartfelt, intriguing, fun adventure then this is the film for you.

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Bridesmaids review

For centuries we men have lived in fear of the chick flick.  There predictable storylines and flat humour have been the subject of many nightmares.  Then came a movie, one that claimed to reinvent the chick flick, but did it succeed?

Bridesmaids has been compared to the hit film The Hangover, some even going as far as saying that it was a superior film and they aren’t entirely wrong.  Despite early doubts, Bridesmaids is a completely guy friendly movie, that men will actually enjoy being dragged to.  The story is well written and will have even the manliest man laughing from start to finish.

One of the biggest flaws in modern chick flicks is that they don’t realise that woman are not delicate little flowers, or at least most aren’t.  Women will laugh at sex jokes just as hard as any man.  Bridesmaids uses this to its advantage and has plenty of crude humour throughout.  The characters feel real and breakaway from the norm; you don’t usually see female characters behave like this.  The rivalry between the characters is often shown subtly rather than just blatantly saying it or using wacky stunts to compete with each other, which is normally what happens in movies like this.

The plot follows a single woman named Annie, played by Kristen Wiig (who actually co-wrote the film with Annie Mumolo).  Annie’s going through a rough patch; her business failed, her boyfriend broke up with her, she has really annoying roommates, etc.  She’s then asked to be the maid of honour at her best friends wedding.  Putting her jealousy aside she agrees and is then tasked with many different jobs including planning a bridal shower and bachelorette party.  To make matters worse, most of the other bridesmaids are married and one is trying to come between her and her, soon to be married, friend.

Now if you’re a guy this may sound just like any other girly movie, but I promise it’s not.  The film is filled with energy and has a really great script, with tons of hilarious comedic moments.  One of the best things about the film, in my opinion, is what it overcame to become as successful as it has.  It’s a female driven comedy, which, no offence, usually means it isn’t going to be good, at least not for men and it has no big stars in it.  It truly deserves this success and there are talks of a sequel, but nothing’s set in stone.

The movie is a little over too hours long.  A lot of people complain that movies shouldn’t be this long, but with the increase in ticket prices over the last year consider it a bargain.  When a film’s as enjoyable as this it’s hard to complain about it being long.  If you’re a fan of comedies, whether you’re male or female, I highly recommend seeing this movie as it really does have something for everyone; in fact it has lots of stuff for everyone.

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Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids is an upcoming romantic comedy that claims to be as funny as The Hangover.  However, it’s fair to say that the audience appeal isn’t as wide as The Hangover, as romantic comedies often fall into the chick flick category.  This means that there won’t be a lot of men who willingly go to see Bridesmaids.  The movie doesn’t come out in the UK or Ireland until the 24th of June, but some reviewers, who seen it in America where it came out last month, are already praising it, even going as far as saying that it reinvents the romantic comedy, which is typically the most predicable movie genre.

The film follows a single woman who has gotten tired of her ‘sex buddies’ relationship and wants something more.  She then finds out that her best friend, who she’s known since childhood, is getting married and wants her to be the maid of honour.  This gives her an overwhelming list of tasks to achieve, plus she must spend time with the other bridesmaids, one of which may be trying to steal her best friend.  Will she be able to be truly happy for her friend, or will jealousy overcome her?

Going solely on the plot, it doesn’t sound a million miles away from your typical romantic comedy.  One thing that does stand out though, the main characters are all women it’s not just a man and a woman.  However, there is a love interest, but he doesn’t seem to be the main focus of the film.  The trailer shows some funny scenes and, without sounding too critical, you don’t usually get many funny scenes in a romantic comedy.  Much of the comedy comes from the different bridesmaids, each representing a different relationship type.  There’s the newlywed, the girl who’s sick of her marriage, the unmarried childless one and the co-dependent one.

Without seeing it it’s hard to say whether or not it’s as funny as the hangover, but I am confident in the fact that it is boy friendly, though it wouldn’t be my first choice.  It received great reviews in America, but we’ll have to wait and see if the European audience response to it as well as the American one did.  Still it’s hard to condemn anything that takes on the predictable, by the book, genre that is romantic comedies.

What do you think?  Are you looking forward to this film?  Do you think it will be funnier than The Hangover?  Which would you rather see?  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.


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.


The Wii U (The Wii’s Sexier Cousin)

The Wii was made to bring the whole family together to play games and have fun, which it did.  Then fifteen minutes later they all got bored with it and left.  However, it did have a lot of selling power and some pretty good ideas, so naturally it’s getting a sequel.

The Wii U is like the Wii’s sexier cousin.  They have a lot in common, but you know which one you want to play with.  Though it was originally known as Project Café, the new title and the first trailer for the console were shown at this year’s E3.  The Wii U makes use of some of the features from the Wii, for example the remote, but it also brings a lot of new material to the table.

The trailer is all about the new controller and for good reason as it’s the most prominent difference between the consoles.  As well as a controller it also acts as a handheld console, giving players the option to take games from the TV and play them on the controller.  The level of interaction between the controller and other Wii devices is pretty impressive, even allowing players to use the controller with the balance board and the Wii remote.

Players can use the new controller in so many different ways, as you’ll see from the trailer below, some of which are reminiscent of the augmented reality feature on the Nintendo 3DS.  It really seems like Nintendo are making something really good, or at least something with a lot of cool technological applications.  I imagine that it would be a lot of fun just playing around with the different features, but Nintendo are trying to aim the console at serious gamers as well as casual gamers.  This means that we should be getting a nice blend of action and miscellaneous games, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

 Before you get too excited you should note that, in the two days after it was announced, shares in Nintendo had dropped by nearly 10 percent, which shocked the president of the company and me.  It’s strange, expensive new consoles in a recession seems like such a good idea, though hopefully the recession will be over, and we’ll all be rich, by the time it’s released which isn’t until sometime after April 2012.

What do you think?  Do you like the new features?  Are you excited about the Wii U?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and if you like this post feel free to click the like button it does bite but you’ll get over it.


Horrible Bosses

Do you hate your job?  Is the nine to five getting to be too much?  Are the weekends the highlight of your life?  Well Hollywood is offering a solution; kill your boss.

Horrible bosses is a movie about three mistreated employees, played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, who decide that they’ve had enough of their overbearing bosses.  They then launch a plan to murder their bosses, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Kevin Spacey.  To do this they enlist the help of a con artist, Jamie Foxx, who gives them tips on how to pull off their plan.

The movie will hit cinemas on the 8th of July in America and on the 22nd of July in the UK and Ireland.  Despite only coming out this year, the first version of the script was purchased by New Line Cinema way back in 2005.  The script was later rewritten, in 2010, before the film went into production.

The trailer was released on the 11th of May.  The movie looks promising, but I can’t help think that any humour would fade where they to actually succeed in killing any of their bosses.  However, judging by the trailer, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.  Of the bosses, Colin Farrell’s character is my favourite.  For this role Farrell is rocking the comb over, which, fortunately, he doesn’t have to do in reality just yet.  His character is the dumbest of the bosses, but he gets some of the better lines.  Jennifer Aniston plays a dentist who is sexually harassing her employee and Kevin Spacey plays the powerful, manipulative boss.

Its makes me glad to be unemployed, although I’m not condoning murdering your boss or anything.  The movie looks really funny and the trailer should be a good indicator of whether or not you’ll like the movie.  It’s a comedy, but, let’s face it, it’s not suitable for kids, though it is tamer than the hangover, it will probably attract the same audience.

What do you think?  Which boss would you prefer?  Have you ever considered killing your boss?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


The Muppets 2011

The big celebration of going over 200 posts is not quite ready.  I underestimated the difficulty of what I was trying to do and now I need to invest 2 euro to fix the problem.  Don’t worry it will be soon, I just need to track something down first.

Anyway, in the spirit of quick recovery, let’s get down to business.  Today I have great news for Muppets fans as a new film is coming out this year.  This will be the first Muppets film in over ten years.  A lot has changed since then and the question has to be asked; Is there room for the Muppets in a world where kids are filled with Bieber fever and computer animation has become so popular?

Personally I don’t think it matters.  Let’s face it; cinemas will be packed even if there isn’t a single child that wants to see the film.  The Muppets have always been something that the whole family can enjoy, age really isn’t a factor.  As long as the movie is done right I have confidence it will do great at the box office.

The plot follows Walter, a puppet, who is the world’s biggest Muppets fan.  With his friends Gary and Mary, played by Jason Segel and Amy Adams respectively, Walter travels to Los Angeles where he finds out that the Muppet theatre is getting torn down by a businessman who wants to drill for oil.  Walter and his friend’s then travel around to reunite the Muppets, who have all went their separate ways in the last decade, and have a telethon to raise the money to save the theatre.

It sounds like they have a very strong plot, by which I mean it sounds like something that would happen in a Muppets movie.  However, times have changed and so has technology.  According to Segel we’ll see the Muppets ‘doing stuff they hadn’t been able to do before’ by this he means that they will be using more advanced puppets.  You may have noticed that on the poster they have legs.

The movie will feature special appearances from many celebrities, but luckily Justin Bieber is not one of them.  In an ironic twist the guy who played the ‘Asian’ in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is (this isn’t random I was talking about him in a post a couple of days ago).  The list of celebrity appearances is so long so I’m just going to name a few.  Jack Black, Mila Kunis, Beth Broderick (Aunt Zelda), Selena Gomez, John Krasinski, Lady Gaga, Ben Stiller and many more.

As of yet there is no trailer, but I’ll post it when it’s released.  It shouldn’t be long now, as the movie is set to come out on the 23rd of November.  Also if you like Toy Story, you’ll be happy to know that a brand new short, featuring the characters from Toy Story, will air before the Muppets movie in cinemas.

What do you think?  Are you excited for the Muppets to return?  Do you think the plot is interesting?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.