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Resident Evil: Retribution trailer reveals new story details

Sony Pictures have released another trailer for the upcoming addition to the Resident Evil film franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution.

It’s never easy converting a story from one medium to another, there will always be diehard fans that are understandable protective of the original.  When Resident Evil made the transition from game to film it wasn’t so much about keeping loyal to the original story but rather the feeling of playing the game, which is why I split fans.  Some weren’t able to get over the lack of familiar characters and story, while others appreciated the uneasy atmosphere that mirrored the one in the games.  As the series progressed it introduced more elements and characters from the games, but began to lose any resemblance of tone or atmosphere.  For this reason many fans of the games openly dislike the series as it doesn’t feel like a Resident Evil experience and the characters do not behave like their game counterparts.  From the latest trailer it appears that the film franchise will be moving even further away from the story of the games.

There is a lot of information about the story in this trailer.  It was previously stated that a number of characters, who featured in previous movies, would not be returning in this film because they were captured by Umbrella.  The trailer adds to this by showing that Alice was also captured and is being held in a fictional reality were she is married to Carlos Oliveira and the two of them have a child together.  Ada Wong finds Alice and reveals that the life she is experiencing isn’t real and is only implanted memories.  It’s still a little confusing about who is and isn’t a clone, especially since Alice is seen having two different hairstyles throughout the trailer.  The narration states that Umbrella has used Alice to perfect the virus, which brings on a whole new theory of how her deceased friends have returned; maybe they were actually brought back with the virus.  Though considering Carlos was blown up and jigsaw experts would be require to bring the original James ‘One’ Shade clones are still the most logical bet, which is a little disappointing.

As a fan of both the movie and game series, I thought the trailer looked really good.  The story looks interesting and I’m looking forward to actually understanding it.  It seems over the top with lots of action and really if that’s not what you want to see then this isn’t the right franchise for you.  It doesn’t resemble the games so much in terms of story, but there are a lot of elements from the games that can be seen throughout the trailer.  Most obviously are the zombies and B.O.W.s which strongly mirror those of the games.  More characters from the games have been brought into the film as well as a proper return for Jill Valentine who only briefly appeared that the end of Afterlife after being absent from Extinction without any explanation.  The movie comes out on the 14th of September 2012, until then all we can do is speculate but isn’t that one of the best parts of being obsessed with movies?  Maybe that’s just me.

What do you think?  Did you enjoy the trailer?  Are you planning on seeing the movie?  Do you like when characters from the game appear in the films or do you think they don’t carry over well?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe and, if you like this post, click the like button.  If you enjoy speculating feel free to add your theories in the comment section.

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X-Men take on One Million Moms

US conservative group One Million Moms have launched a campaign against DC and Marvel asking them to stop featuring gay characters in their comic books.

Gay characters have been included in comic books for years, but later this month, in Astonishing X-Men issue 51, Northstar will marry his long term partner Kyle.  Though this won’t be the first time a same sex couple has gotten married in comic books, it will be the first time it’s happened in the Marvel universe.  This, teamed with DC’s decision to make Green Lantern gay when he is reinvented in the New 52, has sparked controversy with the conservative group One Million Moms, who think that by showing children positive representations of gay people they will grow up to think that it is okay to be gay, which the group believes ‘is a sin’.

‘Children desire to be just like superheroes. Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, ‘I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?’’  A common misconception with comics is that they are for kids.  There are some aimed at children, but not all of them are and some are pretty dark and have sex scenes.  Yet somehow the group has no problem exposing their children to this, providing it’s with members of the opposite sex.  Every form of media show relationships between men and women, yet most little boys don’t say things like ‘I want a girlfriend or wife’ and that’s because they are little boys not little adults, they want the heroes superpowers not their lovers.

One Million Moms recently launched a similar campaign to stop Toys R Us stocking the issue of Archie Comics Life with Archie were Kevin Keller and his partner get marriage.  However, their plan failed and attention brought on by the groups boycott may even have helped sales as the issue sold out.  Hearing of their campaign against Marvel and DC, some comic book writers contacted the group on Twitter.  Dan Slott, author of Spider-Man, sent them a message acknowledging the effects of their previous failure ‘Dear @1milmoms, thank you for the boycotts. They increase sales as people buy extra copies to spite you. PLEASE boycott my book too. :-)’.  Kurt Busiek, another of Marvel’s writers, took it even further by questioning the group itself ‘One Million Moms: There aren’t a million of them and their board is mostly men. If they lie about who they are, they’ll lie about anything’.

In their statement, One Million Moms says that featuring gay characters in comics ‘is ridiculous! Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They want to indoctrinate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children’s superheroes to desensitise and brainwash them into thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable’.  It’s clear that the group, who are a Christian group, hold a strong religious view, which seems backwards in today’s society, which, as Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said in a statement to Newsarama, is what Marvel try to represent.

‘For over 70 years, Marvel’s comics have reflected the world outside your window and Astonishing X-Men #50 carries on that tradition. We’re proud to create stories that are not only relevant to the issues facing a modern audience but that also explore these nuanced subjects in a compelling manner. We’ve planned the release of this comic for over a year but the recent discussion of gay marriage, spurred by the comments of President Obama, makes the release of Astonishing X-Men #50 even more timely. The passionate discourse between our fans on both sides of this matter shows that we’ve struck a chord with our millions of fans around the world.’

Issue 51 of Astonishing X-Men will be release later this month, on the 20th of June.  While it doesn’t seem like One Million Moms will convince Marvel to ‘change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters’ like their letters demand, it will be interesting to see what effect they have on sales.  Having gay characters in the media can be really positive for young gay people, so stamping them out would be a huge step backwards.  Hopefully, this issue will sell out and One Million Moms will learn that their hate is only inspiring people to go against them.

What do you think?  Are you going to pick up Astonishing X-Men issue 51?  Do you enjoy seeing representatives of various minority groups, not just gay people, in comics?  Would you prefer if comics avoided dealing with real issues?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, please subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.


The Munsters Remake

One of the weirdest families ever on TV, second only to the Addams family, are set to make a comeback.  It’s The Munsters, which I literally just realised was a play on the word monsters (more evidence that my observation skills are not akin to those of Sherlock Holmes).

We live in an age were nothing is ever truly over.  Bands and TV shows make dramatic comebacks after years of being thought fondly about, only to destroy their reputation with a, usually short, return.  Maybe this time will be different, but probably not.

The original show was made in the 60s and followed a family of monsters that try to live normal lives and could never understand why people were afraid of them.  The family was made up of Herman (the father), Lily (the mother), Eddie (the son), Marilyn (the niece) and grandpa (really you need an explanation).  Each of them is a type of monster; Lily and grandpa are vampires, Eddie is a werewolf, Herman is a sort of Frankenstein’s monster and Marilyn, perhaps most frightening of all, is a human.

This new version of the show will start filming in February 2012.  No cast have been announced yet, but some information about the plot has been leaked.  The pilot will show ten year old Eddie, who doesn’t know he’s a werewolf, transform while on a camping trip with his school.  This then forces the family to move and Eddie discovers that his family isn’t normal after all (I’m not the only one who isn’t observant).  Also, Marilyn has an eating disorder; she only eats suicide victims, which sounds a really dark.  This time around the show will be an hour long drama rather than a 30 minute sitcom.  Oh and did I mention Bryan Singer is directing the pilot, which means it’s got to be good.

Putting scepticism aside for a second, I have to say this does sound like an interesting viewing experience, one that I will be watching at least once; to pull it apart piece by piece if it’s bad, but hopefully it will be good.  Though there are a lot of examples that would suggest otherwise.

What do you think?  Do you remember the original?  Will you watch the pilot?  Are my observation skills really not up to the Sherlock Holmes standard?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.


One Year Blogiversary

On the 22nd of October 2010 I sat down to write about Paranormal Activity 2.  I was babysitting my nephew at the time and I described the movie as ‘so packed with jumps that you’ll spend the majority of the film in the air’.  It’s hard to believe that that was a whole year ago.  I’ve written so much since then and, from re-reading it, I think I’ve become a better writer.

For the next six months I wrote every day.  I was hard, but it was the hit counter that kept me going.  I’d check it five or six times a day, between classes.  Knowing that people read what I wrote was, and still is, such an amazing feeling.  I’d probably write even if no one read the blog, but I wouldn’t be as happy doing it.  So thank you to everyone who’s reading this or has ever read my blog.  I really appreciate it.

A while ago I mentioned that I was planning a surprise, but it never happened.  Well over the last week I’ve returned to working on that and it’s ready to post today.  I wanted to make a YouTube channel to post summaries of reviews in video form.  This won’t affect the blog, which will still be the main focus, but just for people who don’t have the time to read the full thing.  I prepared a small trailer and after watching it I realised how bad it is, so it will still be a little while before the videos properly begin.  Take a look and feel free to laugh about it in the comment section, but keep  in mind it was supposed to be funny. 

Thanks again to everyone reading, please leave a comment to let me know what you think of the site.


Devil May Cry goes HD

Devil May Cry may be being remade into a half angel half demon mess (with kickass gameplay), but that doesn’t mean Capcom can’t still make money off the old games.

Capcom have confirmed that in early 2012 PS3 and Xbox360 owners will be able to buy the first three Devil May Cry games in HD.  This means better graphics, plus additional features.  It also means paying $39.99, which is around €29.  That’s fine if you don’t already have the games, but is it worth paying it just for better graphics and a few extra features?

In a way I’m lucky.  Despite having completed all the Devil May Cry games, I only own three and four (one and two are pretty hard to find nowadays).  It would be nice to own them all, though I’d have three twice.  It really all comes down to the extra content.  If there’s really cool add-ons then it may be worth buying, but in the likely event that the only thing new is a few trophies, it won’t be.

Then there’s the fact that you’re essentially paying to play a dead franchise.  The series is getting rebooted and rebuying the old ones won’t turn it back.  I love the old DMC games, but I’m still excited about the new one and re-releasing the old ones is just going to muddy the water even more, though it will probably make a lot of money.

What do you think?  Are you going to rebuy the first three Devil May Cry games?  Have you played the originals?  Which was your favourite?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.


Resident Evil: Retribution brings characters back from the dead

More details about the upcoming Resident Evil film, Resident Evil Retribution, have been leaked on Twitter.  Once again the film’s lead actress, Milla Jovovich, was behind it, but this time the news isn’t about characters not returning.  It’s about the return of ones who have already been killed off.  Rain Ocampo, One and Carlos Oliveira, played by Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Salmon and Oded Fehr respectively, will all be appearing in the film despite being killed in previous instalments.

Fans of the franchise may remember Rain and One (the leader of the tactical group) from the first movie.  One was lucky enough to die before the zombies were even released, though he was cut into bite sized pieces by a laser so he wasn’t really that lucky.  Rain survived a lot longer, but was infected early on in the film and unfortunately didn’t get to the anti-virus quick enough and became a zombie.  She was then shot, like she’d requested, by Alice (Jovovich).

Carlos Oliveira appeared in both the second and third Resident Evil films and was one of the first game characters to be in the movies.  He got infected and, knowing it was too late to save himself, gave up his life by blowing himself and hundreds of zombies up to ensure the others could make it to the helicopter safely.

How can they possibly bring back these characters?  Well its Resident Evil so they could be clones or, the simple idea, they may only appear in flashbacks.  Either way it’ll be nice to see the characters again and hopefully they’ll in it for longer than Jill was in Resident Evil: Afterlife.

What do you think?  Would you like to see them as clones or in flashbacks?  How are you most excited about coming back?  Are you happy they are returning?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.


Quest to Join Pottermore

Though both the film and book series of Harry Potter are over, the story lives on and not just in the memories and hearts of the fans, Harry’s hitting the web.

Pottermore is a site where fans of the series can go to rediscover the stories as well as read additional information that J.K. Rowling has never revealed before.  It will also distribute Harry Potter eBooks and audio books.  This will be the first time the series has been, legally, turned into eBooks.  To a Potter fan the website is very exciting, but it won’t be officially launched until October.  However, each day for seven days, five of which have already past, a clue has been put on the site.  The people who solve the clue will be able to go to a different page to search for the ‘magic quill’.  If they find this, they will be one of the lucky few that get to enter early and help shape the site.

Every weekday I wake up at half eight in the morning to walk my dog, but today the first thing I did was turn on the computer and check Pottermore.  The clue had not been posted yet.  I only learned how to try gain access to Pottermore last night, after the clue had already been and gone, so this was my first real try at getting in.  As I got ready to leave, I refreshed the page many times, but still no clue.  I returned from my walk, which takes about an hour, and there was still nothing.  Through some quick googling, I found out that a blog had given the exact time the clue would go up on day 3, which was two days ago.  As the day went by, it was announced that, in my time zone, the clue would be posted at some point between half four pm and eight pm.  I didn’t trust it so I continued to refresh the page, basically every few seconds, until finally, at around six o’clock, the clue pops up.

‘What is the house number of the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, then multiply you answer by 21’, I almost had a heart attack when I realised the clue had appeared.  Knowing that, since it was day five, the clue would be related to the Order of the Phoenix, I had the book at hand.  However, I didn’t need it as that was actually one of the questioned at suspected and even said to my friend.  Once I had the answer calculated, I struggled with my dad’s iPad trying to get the URL in, but it didn’t seem to want to work.  My friend, seeing my frustration, used her iPhone to go to the URL.  She handed me the phone which I end discarded as the iPad finally worked.  I was brought to a page to search for the quill which was in such an obvious play that I thought it was just an example of what to look out for, but I clicked it and it said I had successfully found the quill.  Also my friend, using the iPhone, which I’d so mindlessly dropped on the bed, also found the quill.

We were given usernames and a few hours later we both received e-mails to complete the process.  Now my friend, Amy, and I have joined the ranks of people who get to see Pottermore before it officially opens.  If you are trying to solve to gain access I wish you luck.  Just keep on refreshing.  In completely unrelated news, Amy got accepted to DCU today and is probably going to kill me for putting this in.

What do you think?  Will Amy be popular among her new class?  Is DCU lucky to have her?  Was getting into Pottermore a bigger achievement than DCU?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two trailer review

After ten years the Harry Potter film series is coming to an end.  A couple of months ago a trailer was released and now a second one has followed.  This will be the last trailer we’ll see for this film, as it comes out on the 15th of July, which is just under a month away.

I love Harry Potter; I’ve read all the books and seen all the films.  Harry Potter was the first book I ever really wanted to read, so the series is important to me and so many other fans.  Finishing the last book was a bitter sweet moment, but at least the films were still going.  Now that they too are coming to an end, the feeling is more bitter than sweet, but for now let’s forget about the era coming to an end and instead focus on the epic movie that we are about to receive.

Personally, I felt that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part one was a bit disappointing.  It had some great scenes, the Deathly Hallows story scene being my favourite, but as a whole it wasn’t as good as I’d expected.  I wasn’t mad about it though, because I knew that they had gotten all of the less exciting parts out of the way in part one leaving all the best bits for part two.  Judging from the trailer I was right.

The trailer is fantastic.  It shows some great action sequences, but one of the things that stood out most was a scene were Harry’s mother says goodbye to him before Voldemort killed her.  I’m glad they’ve put this in, it gives more heart to the film, after all it’s not an action movie.  At the core of the story are these families of wizards who now have to fight and maybe die to stop Voldemort, so expect some sad scenes.  However, if you are into action you won’t be disappointed by the many explosions that take place in the film.

Though it will be sad for fans to see the end, we can at least take comfort in the fact that the series is getting a great send off.  Now go forth muggles and don’t forget to vote and comment below.  Also subscribe and like this post this post, every like contributes to the fight against Voldemort.


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.


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.