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Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier trailer

Having personally thought that the first Captain America movie was the weakest of Marvel Phase one, I wasn’t particularly excited about seeing this trailer. Now that I’ve watched it I think that it’s a bit of a mixed bag.

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Starting with the positive, the suit is so much better than the one in the Avengers and they seem to be addressing Captain America’s reluctance to enter the modern world. That could potentially be really interesting, plus there’s the action which seems to hold up to the usual Marvel standards.

Even though it seems like a smart move to keep Captain America heavily linked with SHIELD, the whole thing just undermines the TV series. Let’s face it, the effects on the show are pretty bad and this movie seems like it’s just going to make the significant difference in budgets even more obvious. It doesn’t make sense, why make a SHIELD TV show if Captain America 2 was basically going to be a SHIELD movie.

Then there’s the Winter Soldier who actually has to sit down and put make up around his eyes before he can go out and cause havoc…

Back on the bright side, it looks like we’re going to get lots more Black Widow and that’s always a plus.

Check out the trailer and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Spider-Man on the Web

A new Spider-Man viral video was released on WebbedMenace.com after wanted posters were put up at this year’s WonderCon telling people to visit the site.  The video is a fake news report, which includes an interview with one of the film’s characters, Captain George Stacy.  The video questions whether or not Spider-Man truly is the villain the police make him out to be or if he’s a hero, like many citizens believe.  Also in the video, there is some of footage of vandals spray painting the Spider-Man symbol, which helps set up for a different aspect of the website.

Along with the video, there is a section where people can send in pictures that they have took of Spider-Man or Spider-man related things, such as webs and what not.  This will hopefully lead to future videos, but with actual audience involvement.  It’s pretty smart, because people are actively getting involved and working on material that will essential advertise the film.  It’s kind of an advancement that viral marketing has been making for a while now; think of how Tron: Legacy and Dark Knight Rises have used fans voices in their movies.

What do you think?  Do you like this form of marketing?  Are you excited about the movie?  Will you be submitting pictures to the site?  Check out the video below and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment.  Also, don’t forget to follow and click the like button if you enjoyed this post.


21 Jump Street Movie Review

The hit 80s television series 21 Jump Street is coming to the big screen with a remake, sequel, parody, I have no idea. 

Having been born after the TV series had ended, I wasn’t even aware of its existence until I heard about the movie.  However, before I saw the movie I sat down and watched some of the episodes and found them to be really enjoyable.  I knew the film was a comedy so I was already expecting it to be completely different, which meant it wasn’t really a shock when that turned out to be the case.  I’m a big continuity geek, so I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, but I can honestly say that I laughed for basically the entire film.

There are some references to the original series in the film, but I wouldn’t exactly call it a sequel or follow up to the series.  Still, it’s not a remake either and I found it to be more of a parody than anything else and not just a parody of 21 Jump Street, but movies in general.  Even going as far as characters being aware that they are merely stereotypes and being encouraged to embrace it and things, that would normally explode in film, not blowing up.

Unexpectedly, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum make a great team and, even though the characters are opposites, it was done it a way that makes their friendship really believable.  However, the gay vibe was coming off strong and at times it did seem like the pair would make a pretty good couple, I can only imagine what reaction that would have got (Oscar nomination probably).  The two main characters are stereotypes themselves, but they use that to show how high school has supposedly changed since they were actual students.

Johnny Depp makes an appearance in the film as, I’m going to say, a version of his former Jump Street character Tom Hanson.  His part was very well done and completely unexpected.  I think that people who are fans of the original won’t like what they’ve done with his character, but then again I don’t really think fans of the series are going to like this film.  It’s very funny and I did love it, but I know that if in years to come a show that I loved is turned into a movie that bears little resemblance to the show I wouldn’t like it.  So if you’re a Jump Street fan, oddly enough, this may not be the film for you.

Basic plot aside, there really is no real resemblance between the film and the show, the entire tone has been changed and let’s face it Channing Tatum is not going to pass as a teenager, though he was really good in the film as was Jonah Hill who actually co-wrote the script.  The film will be in cinemas on the 16th of March and I would recommend it because it’s really funny, but if you’re a massive Jump Street fan don’t expect anything like the original show.

What do you think?  Are you going to see this movie?  Did you like the show?  Would you like to see the TV remake of Jump Street?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow and, if you like this post, please click the like button.


New Trailer for The Avengers movie

A new trailer for Marvel’s upcoming Avengers film has been released and it finally gives fans a chance to really see the team in action.

The trailer, which can be seen below, begins with a voiceover explaining that the world is in danger and can only be saved by the Avengers.  The team is assembled and, in what could be some sort of training exercise, we see the group fighting each other.  At one stage, Iron Man is shown to be, seemingly, winning in a fight against Thor.  I suspect this fight will then be turned around, after all Thor has already defeated the main enemy in the film, his brother Loki, plus he’s a god.

Some of the other enemies the team will be facing are also shown in the trailer and it will be interesting to see how they put their differences aside and play off each other’s strengths.  One of these enemies, shown at the end of the trailer, looks like a giant flying eel.  Having thought it would seem out of place to have Iron Man, who uses technology and science, in a story with mythology creatures, I was pleasantly surprised when the thought didn’t enter my head until the third viewing.

Finding a balance between all the heroes in the film is a really important, and probably extremely difficult, thing.  Judging by this trailer, it seems that Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and HULK take most of the focus with Black Widow and Hawkeye just that little bit out of the spotlight, but then again maybe not.  Nothing is for certain until the film is released this summer, on the 4th of May.

Who’s your favourite Avenger?  Are you excited about the film?  Were you impressed by the trailer?  Watch the trailer and let me know what you think in the comment section below.  Also, if you like the site, don’t forget subscribe/follow and click the like button.


21 Jump Street Movie

Last night I was recieved an e-mail, which I read early this morning, from Sony.  Don’t worry I’m not in any trouble, but they did announce that there is an embargo on reviews of the 21 Jump Street movie.  This means that I have to take the review down until the 5th of March.  I apologise for any inconvience this may cause, but the review will still be up a full 10 days before the films release.  If you can’t wait until the 5th, just know that it is an extremely funny movie.  Thanks for reading.

As of the 5th of March the embargo has been lifted and the full review is online once again and can be read here.


Spartacus: Vengence Premiere

Are you sick of waiting for the premiere of the new season of Spartacus?  Well wait no longer.

Rather than keep fans in suspense, for less than a week in some cases, Starz have put the entire first episode of Spartacus: Vengence online.  So check out the trailer below and then, if you like it, head over to the Starz website and take a look at the episode.  Unless, you live outside of America, like me.  Unfortunately, the video is not available everywhere, but that doesn’t mean Starz loves it’s non-America fans any less.  Though they are fine with making us wait.

What do you think?  Are you lucky enough to be able to watch the episode?  Do you even want to see it?  Have you seen the other seasons?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button, if you liked this post.  You can also follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1.


Resident Evil: Operations Racoon City; New trailers, new characters and new modes

Capcom have released a new trailer for their upcoming game Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City.  The game takes place at the same time as the second and third games in the Resident Evil series, and the two Outbreak games, a time when zombies were zombies and players were scared.  This time around players control Umbrella’s security team as they try to cover up the outbreak.  The main point of the trailer was to show off the triple treat combat between Umbrella, US Spec Ops, the zombies and Bio-Organic Weapons (B.O.W.s).

The trailer looks amazing and is filled with action as well as some much requested zombie scares.  It looks like there are going to be times when you are seriously outnumbered and have to fight your way out through hordes of real, fully fledged, zombies.  The US Spec Ops look pretty cool too, unfortunately their names don’t match their cool image; Tweed, Dee-Ay, Harley, Willow, Shona and Party Girl.  They sound more like a group of outcast teenagers than a highly trained task force on a mission to uncover the source of a zombie outbreak.

Along with the Spec Ops team, two other new characters were shown.  Another pair of playable characters have been added to the list.  We’ve already met Beltway (the explosives expert), Vector (the recon expert), Spectre (the marksman) and Bertha (the medic), but now Four-Eyes (a scientist) and Lupo (the team leader) have been added to the mix.  This provides more female roles and gives the girls a chance to do more than just heal; they can now do science and boss people around.

Though previous announcements have revealed characters from the first two Resident Evil games would appear in the game, most notably Leon S. Kennedy who shows up as a killable enemy, now players will get to play as these classic characters in a new online feature called Heroes Mode.  This mode is multiplayer and splits people into two teams; the first is team has Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, Leon S. Kennedy and Carlos Oliveira.  The second team consists of Ada Wong, HUNK, Nicholai Ginovaef and, Umbrella helicopter pilot, LONE WOLF.  As well as fighting each other players will also have to fight zombies and B.O.W.s.  Though the main game can be played with both on and offline multiplayer, it is unclear whether or not the same is true for Heroes Mode.

The trailer looks amazing and has really got me excited about the game.  Check it out below and tell me what you think my voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, like this post and then, if you have any time left, head over to Twitter and follow me there.

Operation Racoon City trailer

Heroes Mode trailer


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.


Bridesmaids 2 announced

Universal Studios have announced plans to make a sequel to the hit, 2011, comedy film Bridesmaids, but will it be without star and co-writer Kristen Wiig?

When approached to write the follow up film, Wiig said that she, and her writing partner Annie Mumolo, were not working on that, at least not at the moment, they ‘aren’t planning a sequel’ and ‘are writing something else’.  Wiig maintained this firm stance even after a lunch meeting with the studio.  Unfortunately, not taking no for an answer, Universal may be planning on going ahead with the film without their leading lady/writer.

A proposed idea for the sequel, would follow Melissa McCarthy’s character, Megan, who many, myself included, thought stole the show in the first one.  However, it was Wiig and Mumolo that made that character, and the other characters, funny, so will different writers be able to replicate that or are they just wasting their time?  It’s not that Wiig and Mumolo are the best writers in the world, but they did put together a great comedy film that focuses on, occasional, strong female characters, which is something you don’t see every day.  Normally they either follow male characters or they’re your typical rom com, which aren’t usually funny.

Both before and after its release, Bridesmaids, was compared to the Hangover, often being called the female version.  Now that there have been two successful Hangover films, with a third one on the way, it is no surprise that Universal want to compete with their hit, especially considering the relatively small budget needed to make the film.  However, is the risk of destroying the original with a bad sequel, that’s really a spinoff, too great or will the desire to make money win out?  Of course the money will win in the end, it generally does in these situations, but hopefully Wiig signs up or, at very least, the writing duo are replaced by someone equally as good.

What do you think?  Did you like the first Bridesmaids film?  Do you think they should carry on with the original writers?  Is there even any need for a sequel?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.  Twitter, yeah that’s right I have a Twitter account, just saying.


Men in Black 3 Trailer

This summer Men in Black fans will finally get a third instalment in the MIB franchise, which may or may not be a good thing.  A couple of days ago, the first trailer was released so now we can see, with our own eyes, how the film will compare to the others.

One of the main concerns people had about the film was that Tommy Lee Jones was essentially being replaced by Josh Brolin and from watching the trailer it does seem like, for most of the movie, this is what’s going to happen.  Personally, of the two, I prefer Jones’ character, Agent K, over Agent J, played by will Smith, and will be disappointed if Brolin plays the character for the most part.  Adding salt to the wound, as I pointed out in a previous post, Brolin is too old to play Agent K in the 60s.

These things aside, the rest of the trailer does suggest that we may have an interesting MIB sequel on our hands.  The first film was really good but, not to be too critical of the second, maybe they should have stopped there.  However, since they didn’t why not keep going?  It can only get better, unless, of course, it gets worse, which would be bad.

What do you think?  Are you excited about this sequel?  Do you prefer Agent K or Agent J?  Would you be disappointed if K is played by Josh Brolin for the majority of the film?  Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.  Then, if you want to keep up with future posts and projects, you can follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1.