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Men in Black 3 Review

For a while it didn’t really look like there was going to be a third Men in Black film, but after a ten year absence Agents J and K have returned to the big screen.

Regardless of how you felt about the second film, if you enjoyed the first, you should give this sequel a shot.  The story picks up years after the events of the second film with an old foe of K’s escaping from an alien prison.  When word spreads J, seeing K is hiding something, begins to tire of the seemingly emotionless relationship the two have.  Then, with a simple alteration to the timeline, Agent K disappears from the present having now been killed in 1969.  J, being the only one who remembers the original timeline, must travel back in time to prevent the change.

Originally the plot seemed like a way to deprive MIB fans of Tommy Lee Jones, who plays the role of K brilliantly, but it quickly became clear that although Jones is physically absence from a large part of the film he is there in spirit, as Josh Brolin has clearly done his research and emulates Jones perfectly.  Brolin’s version of K is more open than his older counterpart, which is because an event that causes him to become emotionally distant hasn’t happened yet.  His enables J, played by Will Smith, to get to know his partner a little better.  Also, despite Brolin in reality being 44, a year older than Will Smith, his character is 29 making him the younger agent.  This adds a new interesting twist to their relationship, similar to K discovering the changes that had happened during his absence when he returned in number two.

The plot was interesting and funny, which was somewhat of a surprise as I had prepared myself for 106 minutes of boredom.  Though it’s never really clear about why Agent J can remember K in the present, it does give a vague reason, but I’ll let it go because the rest of the plot was interesting and really enjoyable.  Seeing MIB in 1969 was like watching an old sci-fi movie, even the aliens were made to look like the ones that would appear in those kinds of films.  Time travel is always a really interesting plot device, but it’s also so easy to do wrong.  If it’s too complex then you lost most of the audience and you risk making mistakes, if it’s too simplistic then it just won’t feel real.  MIB 3 probably would have been close to the too simple side were it not for Griffin, played by Michael Stuhlbarg.  Griffin is similar to Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen, except he’s funny and generally a nice guy.

The biggest let down of the film is that Frank, the talking Pug, isn’t in it.  Frank appeared in both previous MIB movies, receiving a larger role in the second instalment because of how much audience’s loved his character in the first film.  It seems like a strange choice not to give him a part, considering he’s a fan favourite.  I guess in a world were Tommy Lee Jones doesn’t even get to appear in the full film, no one is safe.  All things considered, Men in Black 3 is a fun, clever and interesting movie that deserves to be given a chance.

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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.

Production on Akira Remake Stopped

Production on the live action American adaptation of Akira has stopped, will this be the end of the project entirely or is it just another speed bump?

Work on the Akira remake has been anything but smooth, it’s already had its budget slashed from $150 million to $90 million, changed director and been rewritten by several different writers.  However, now Warner Bros have stopped pre-production of the film completely.  Some think this is the end for the project, despite statements released saying that it was not, though maybe that’s just wishful thinking from the diehard fans that have been, understandably, anxious and critical of the remake.

At first it was thought that production had stopped due to another budget cut, but now it’s been reported that it is more rewrites that are causing the halt.  It’s worrying to think that it’s taking so many people to write something that has already been made, but hey that’s Hollywood.  It could be taken as a sign that some major changes to the story have accorded, hopefully not though as Akira has a huge fan base that want the story to be respected in this, and every other, version.

Reports suggest that Warner Bros are eager to get the project up and running again, but it has been in production since the rights were bought back in 2008.  Since then, there have been a series of stop and starts, which means that it could be a few years before filming actually begins.  However, it seems unlikely as casting has already started with Garrett Hedlund in the lead role, as Kaneda, and Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter and Ken Watanabe in negotiations to appear in the film.  Also the part of the second lead role, Tetsuo, has been narrowed down to two actors; Dane DeHaan and Michael Pitt.  The decision was supposed to be announced after Christmas, but the break in production has no doubt caused this to be delayed.

Regardless of all of the problems they’ve encountered, there is still a big chance that this film will be made, and maybe even on time, but if they don’t respect the source material then is there really a point in remaking the film in the first place?

What do you think?  Are you an Akira fan?  Would you like production to be cancelled permanently?  Who do you think should play Tetsuo; Dane DeHaan or Michael Pitt?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, click the like button and follow me on Twitter.

Halloween 2011

Happy Halloween.  Last year I wrote about the Sam, from Trick r Treat, who I’m still hoping to get recognised as the official mascot for Halloween, so this year, having given up on my quest to find a Halloween party much earlier than usual, I decided to watch some classic horror movies.  Tonight I will be watching The Blair Witch Project and the original Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street.  I love horror movies; so much that I’ve become desensitised and no longer get scared watching them.  It’s sad really, so maybe by going back and watching these classic, which I’ve never seen before, I will be able to reawaken that sense of fear.  I doubt it though, The Exorcist pretty much confirmed, for me, that old movies are no longer scary.

I’ve heard that The Blair Witch Project is pretty good, but people are usually wrong when they tell me I’ll have trouble sleeping after I watch something.  I’ve seen newer versions of both A Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween, but who knows the scare factor could still be in the originals.  Check out the trailers;

Okay, so none of them looks scary, but you never know.

What do you think?  Do you have anything special planned for Halloween?  Which are scarier old or new horror movies?  Should Sam be the official Halloween mascot?

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.

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Was the moon landing faked?  Who cares, all I know is that a spaceship from Cybertron was discovered on the moon way back on the first moon trip to the moon and the US government have kept this a secret, even from the Autobots.  Thank you Obama.

Just a few days ago, a new trailer for the third Transformers movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, was released.  It gives a lot more detail than past trailers and I have to say, despite earlier hesitation, I didn’t hate it.  It looks like it’s going to be an action packed adventure from start to finish, which is surprising considering how bad number two did.

By know you probably know that Megan Fox is not longer part of the franchise, unfortunately Shia LaBeouf still is.  Was Fox’s absents felt in the trailer?  Nope they replaced her with some blonde girl.  The blonde girl, also known as Rosie Huntington-Whitley, plays Carly, a character that is actually from the 1984 Transformers animated series.  Finally one of the shows human characters has made it into the movies.  The actress playing her has no prior acting experience though so it could go either way.

The plot explores the final battle between Autobots and Deceptacons.  Each group is trying to get their hands on the ship that the humans found on the moon many years before.  The secrets that the ship holds may well decide the winner of the war.  I have mixed feelings about the plot.  It just feels like they always have to go back and discover secrets.  Didn’t the Transformers ever actually live on Cybertron?  Shouldn’t they know some of this stuff already?

A real tragedy occurred while they were filming.  An extra suffered from permanent brain damage when a stunt, that she wasn’t even part of, went wrong.  A cable broke and came through the front of the car she was in, hitting her in the head and cracking her skull.  She is paralyzed on one half of her body and her left eye had to be stitched closed.  Paramount promised to pay for the medical expensive and her family is suing for seven counts of negligence.  The extra’s name is Gabriela Cedillo and she is 24 years old.  I legitimately hope that she wins the lawsuit.

Another accident happened on the set, this one involving a police officer who clearly was out sick the day they announced that some streets would be closed for filming.  The car that plays Bumblebee was crossing an intersection when a police car came from a different direction.  Unable to stop in time Bumblebee crashed into the side of the cop car.  The officer was not supposed to be there, but at least no one was injured.

What do you think?  Is this film cursed?  Are you glad to see a human from the animated series appear in the film?  Do you miss Megan Fox?  Will this series be able to recover after the disappointing, perhaps racist, second film?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to vote.

Call of the Dead

Call of the Dead is one of the new maps that will be featured on the new Call of Duty map pack.  The pack will be released early May.  Call of the Dead will be bringing a familiar cast of characters, by which I don’t mean familiar Call of Duty characters.  Sarah Michelle Gellar, Danny Trejo, Michael Rooker, Robert Englund and George Ramero will all be in the game, the first four will be playable characters and Ramiro will be some form of boss.

The trailer was done in the same style as Grindhouse.  It looks great.   The plot goes like this; a group of explorers shipwreck on an abandoned Siberian outpost, they accidentally release an army of zombies and must fight for survival.  Check out the trailer, below, and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

Michael Shannon to Play Zod in Man of Steel

General Zod has been confirmed as the villain of the new Superman film, Man of Steel.  The news doesn’t come as much of a shock, as fans have speculated Zod would be the villain since the movie was announced.  Not only has the character been confirmed, so has the actor that will be playing him.

Michael Shannon, who has previously worked on films like Groundhog Day, 8 Mile and Jonah Hex, has been cast as the infamous villain.  Though not as popular as Lex Luthor, General Zod is still one of Superman’s better known villains.  He is a fellow Kryptonian, who escaped the doomed planet because he was trapped in The Phantom Zone.  This is the more familiar story, but over the years Zod’s character and back story have changed from time to time, including one time where he was a Russian man who was infected with Kryptonite radiation before he was born.  I think it’s safe to say that the film will be going with Zod’s more traditional back story.

The film’s director, Zack Snyder, has praised Michael Shannon saying ‘Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role’.  Shannon has now joined the cast alone with Amy Adams, who’s playing Lois Lane, Henry Cavill, who plays Clark Kent, Diane Lane, as Martha Kent, and Kevin Costner, as Jonathan Kent.  If you read the last time I talked about this movie, you may remember my conspiracy theory about the, nearly ten year, age gap between all of the actors.  Well unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, Michael Shannon is 36, making him the same age as Amy Adams, thus breaking the pattern.

What do you think?  Do you still believe in the conspiracy?  Are you happy that General Zod will be the villain?  Do you agree with Michael Shannon being cast?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

The Rite

I know what you’re thinking, I don’t really I just couldn’t think of a witty icebreaker for a film about a priest, well I couldn’t think of one that wasn’t the obvious.  Still I should probably let you know that the youngest character in it is a sixteen year old girl, so don’t panic.

The Rite is essentially a modern day version of The Exorcist, without all the hype and charm of the original that is.  The story is about a Priest, Michael Kovak, who joined the church with the intention of using it to get a free college degree, and now wishes to quit.  After he quits, a dying woman, who sees his clothes and believes him to be a priest, asks him to absolve her sins, which he does.  Another priest witnesses this and asks Michael to reconsider, he even offer him a trip to Rome to attend a class on exorcism.  Michael accepted his, only because it came with a promise that a $100,000 would be levied.  Michael’s scepticism is challenged when he sees demonic possession with his own eyes.

The trailer says it’s ‘based on a true story’, which does not make the movie fact.  It’s easy to forget that based on a true story means that it was made more dramatic and less realistic.  Not that anything truly beyond belief happens in the movie, vomiting nails seems to be the strangest (not the nails on fingers and toes).  The film was generally received negatively, so this may be one to avoid.  Still if you enjoy The Exorcist and strong religious themes, then this could be the movie for you.  It comes to cinemas on the 25th of February and stars Antony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue and Alice Braga.

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Teen Wolf Remake

MTV is jumping on board the remake try by releasing a TV series of the 1985 film Teen Wolf.  This is not the first Teen Wolf spin-off, in 1986 an animated TV show based on the film was made; the cartoon had some significant plot changes for instance Scott being a werewolf was a secret unlike in the movie where it was common knowledge.

The movie also had a sequel.  However the second film, Teen Wolf Too, didn’t follow Scott (Michael J Fox) like the first one had, instead it’s about his cousin Todd (Jason Bateman).  The sequel was received negatively by critics. 

Another show that is often compared to teen wolf is Big Wolf on Campus.  Though it is not an official spin-off from the movie there are so many similarities that I’m pretty sure someone could sue, probably not who you think as Big Wolf on Campus is actually closer to the plot of the cartoon than the movie.

Werewolves are rising in popularity, they haven’t over taken vampires yet but there’s an infinite amount of time left for them to do so, as the vampire werewolf debate will no doubt out live us all.  The new Teen Wolf will be played by Tyler Posey.  Taylor Tyler similar names and similar roles I smell a pattern, and I don’t even have superhuman smelling.

Judging by the promo, there are a lot of changes to the plot.  The main character, who will be called Scott McCall instead of Scott Howard, becomes a werewolf because he is bitten, were as in the movie it is a curse that was put on his family hence his cousin having the same affliction.  I know that there are a lot of remakes out there, and I’m sure there’s thousand more on the way, but this doesn’t actually look half bad.  In fact I’d go as far as saying it looks half good.  I might be wrong but give it a try you never know.

What do you think of remakes?