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The Dark Knight Rises Nokia Trailer and TV Spot

In just one month, and one day, The Dark Knight Rises will hit cinemas and the world will finally know whether or not it was worth the hype.  Still, a month and a day is an awful long time to wait for us impatient movie goers so lucky there is another trailer revealing even more info about the upcoming film.

Hopefully they stop releasing clips and trailers before we know everything there is to know about the film.  In the first clip we get to see some cool Bane on Batman action, but the second video, which is more of a trailer, shows that Bane know that Bruce Wayne and Batman are one in the same.  He shows his knowledge not by unmasking Batman, but by simply referring to him as Bruce Wayne.  Obviously there will probably be some kind of big unmasking, but I’m hoping that we don’t get to see that scene until the cinema trip.

Check out the videos below and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment.

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The Last of Us – Plot, Characters and Moral Dilemmas

Though it didn’t make number one on my top ten list yesterday, I decided to start with The Last of Us, irony, because number one and two on the list have already had so much coverage and didn’t really show anything new at E3.

The Last of Us is set in a post-apocalyptic urban world were the survivors of an outbreak must struggle to stay alive fighting both each other and the infected.  The story follows Joel and Ellie, who aren’t related but share a father daughter type relationship.

In this game survival is the key and can be achieved through a number of ways.  Players must scavenge to find supplies to keep them alive and defend in case of attack.  When other survivors are in the same area you may simply choose to sneak past them and never engage with them, but this luxury comes at a cost.  If you avoid conflict then you miss out on the supplies that you would have found on the body after you kill them.  People you encounter in the game will also be scavenging and every item they find means that there’s one less for you to get.

Characters are designed to feel like real people, which is intended to make it hard to kill them.  Not all of the characters you encounter will be bad, but that’s a risk the player will have to take as some will simply try trick you into thinking you can trust them.  What Naughty Dog are trying to do, and seem to be succeeding in doing, is to simulate a real life post-apocalyptic world were the player will have to decide if they can kill people or not.  It’s a big moral dilemma that is added to by the realistic character ability, meaning that the player will only have the strength and speed of an average human, making each kill a struggle.

Infected people are similar to what you’ve seen in various zombie games.  In recent years we’ve essentially said goodbye to slow moving zombies and I have a feeling this game will make you miss them even more as the fast moving, somewhat intelligent infected hunt you down.  The cause of the infection is a fungus, called cordyceps, that really does exist.  In reality the fungus has the ability to affect the behaviour of the insects that host it.  In the game this fungus had mutated and now controls human behaviour, after they are dead, creating zombie like creatures.

The demo shown at E3, showed an encounter with a group of hostile survivors.  This time the player chose to engage with the group and kill them, but the situation could have been avoided entirely had the player wanted.  The demo gives a really good feel for the game, which looks amazing.  The AI of both Ellie and the hostiles seem extremely realistic.  AI sidekicks have a pretty bad relationship, but Ellie seems to be a massive step forward.  The idea behind her was to make her an asset to the player so they will actually like having her around.  At one point Ellie picks up a brick, holds on to it for a while and then uses it to help when the player ran out of bullets.  As well as helping in combat situations, Ellie will also scavenge and bring you things that you might need, like bullets for your gun.

The full demo can be seen below, check it out and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


The Amazing Spider-Man Super Preview

I know that I haven’t posted much lately, which is because I’ve been doing exams.  My last exam was today so I thought what better way to celebrate than doing a blog post and lucky this morning I heard about a four minute long preview of the upcoming Spider-Man movie.

There are a lot of stuff in the trailer that we’ve already seen in previous trailers, but the new stuff is pretty cool, including one seen that shows Peter trying to save a child from a falling car.  The method he uses is different than you might expect, it’s sort of like something you’d see in a real life rescue show or a drama and it was nice to see some heart in a superhero movie.  It really reinforced what director, Marc Webb, previously said about the film being about Peter and his orgins rather than a reharshed version of the previous live action films.

Check out the preview below and leave a comment letting me know what you think, also please feel free to click the like button and subscribe.


Footloose Remake

In a town were dancing is against the law, the teenagers fight for their right to boogie.

The 1984 hit film Footloose is being remade and brought to the next generation. The film is set in the fictional town of Bomont and will star Kenny Wormald as Ren McCormack, played by Kevin Bacon in the original, and Julianne Hough as Ariel, originally played by Lori Singer.

Bomont is an uptight old-fashioned town were, after five teens die in a car accident coming home from a dance, a law was passed to stop minors dancing in public (seems like they probably should have just banned driving, but that would be ridiculous). Then a city kid called Ren, moves to town and rebels against the law. Ironically the town were dancing is illegal is also the home of some really skilled dancers, like no way they got that good without practice.

The trailer was good, but will modern audiences be able to take the plot serious? There’s one part were, in court, Ren says ‘there was once a time for that law, but not anymore’, the law forbidding public dancing was only passed three years before Ren moved to Bomont, that’s not a lot of time for the law to go from necessary to unnecessary. Then again, the law was completely crazy to begin with, or was it? The whole idea of a town that banned dancing wasn’t made up. The inspiration came from a Elmore City, a place in America were dancing was banned until 1980. However, in reality the ban was put in place in the late 1800s, which is a little more believable than 2008.

As far as dance movies go, it seems pretty good and, though the cast look too old to be effected by the no minors dancing in public law, the characters seem believable. It should also be noted that, despite it now being a classic, the original Footloose got really bad reviews, makes me wonder if this one will do any better. Maybe the modern setting and music will help the story. Speaking of music, the trailer plays a number of songs; some are reminiscent of the Step Up movies, while others are more country. The trailer itself gives the same impression; Step Up with a country edge.

We won’t really now if it’s good or not until the movie comes out on the 14th of October, but what do you think? Did you like the original? Are you looking forward to seeing a modern version? Do you hate dance movies? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


In Time

You may have heard the saying; time is money. Well in the upcoming film In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, this is literally the case.

In the film, scientists have successfully stopped the aging process, which inevitably lead to overpopulation. To counter this they decided to make time, how long you have left to live, currency. Everyone ages until 25, then they must survive on time that they earn through work. This leads to the rich living forever, while the poor must fight to survive.

Will Salas, played by Justin Timberlake, is a 28 year old who is struggling to get by. He rarely has more than a few days. Then he meets Henry, Matt Bomer, a rich man who is tired of living. Henry transfers most of his time to Will, then leaves to die. Unfortunately, this act of kindness leads to Will having to go on the run from a police force known as the Timekeepers, who think that he murdered Henry.

The trailer does a great job of explaining the story. It gives a really clear idea of the movie will be like, which is good because it means that people going to see it will be the type of people who enjoy action/sci-fi films. It’s obvious that the film is making a comment on the gap between the rich and the poor in society. This is something a lot of people can relate to, especially in the recession (that’s right I said recession everybody that a drink).

Not many digital effects were shown on the trailer. All the characters have timers on their arms telling them how much time they have left, but that’s about it. This is unusual because it’s set in the future, which normally means plenty of CGI. There could be a lot more CGI in the actually movie, but keeping it to a minimum would be refreshing. After all, the story really doesn’t require that much, the dialogue should help establish the futuristic setting.

Though the rules of this futuristic world are outlined, they are not explained entirely. For example; if someone under 25 wants to buy something how can they? Time is currency and you are guaranteed not to die (by running out of time) before you’re 25. I expect this, and any other questions, will be answered in the film, but it may not be. You never know.

In Time comes out on the 28th of October in the US and the 1st of November in the UK and Ireland. Personally, I’m excited about this movie, but what do you think? Do you like the trailer? Is the story interesting? Do you think it’s strange that most of the actors aren’t 25? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


A Lonely Place to Die

A Lonely Place to Die is an upcoming action/thriller movie starring Melissa George and Edward Speleers. The film first premiered on the 10th of April at Actionfest Film Festival in the USA and will hit cinemas in the UK on the 9th of September and in the US in November. 

The movie follows a group of five mountain climbers, who, while on a trip, hear a strange noise coming from somewhere in the forest. They manage to locate the source which turns out to be a kidnapped child. From there the movie transforms into a clever thrill ride with plenty of action, as the characters struggle to get the little girl, Anna, to safety.

Though it is without a doubt a thriller, it has elements of other genres. The start feels like a movie about mountain climbers, as it should. There is no looming darkness, it doesn’t make it obvious that they will be in any danger besides the obvious dangers of climbing a mountain. The characters benefit from this, they feel more three-dimensional. They aren’t perfect, their relationships aren’t perfect, they don’t always do the right thing and sometimes, when they do, they regret the act of bravery.

Speleers’ character is selfish, arrogant and rude. As the story goes on the viewer gets to see different sides of him, but he never completely transforms into the perfect guy and he shouldn’t, that’s not how life works. Melissa George did a great job as well. The relationship between the two characters felt relatable, the way they talk to each other was very realistic. One character that I felt was unappreciated was Jenny, played by Kate Magowan, who was the maternal figure and, in my opinion, a great asset to the story.

The film winds down to a satisfying conclusion and the audience will be glad that they stuck with the characters throughout the ordeal. The movie is completely character driven and it isn’t hard to care what happens to them. Though be warned the film deals with a serious topic, kidnapping, and at times it gets really dark. I recommend this movie to people who enjoy films with great story and well structured characters.

What do you think? Are you excited about the film? Have you seen it? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click 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.

What do you think?  Have you seen the movie?  Did you like it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


New Two and a Half Men Poster

By now most fans know that Ashton Kutcher is replacing Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men and now we have a poster to prove it.

Let me just start by saying that a poster with three, presumably, naked male actors on it will not draw in the same people that watched the show before Sheen’s departure.  The idea was clearly to capitalise on the sex appeal of the new star, which will completely isolate existing fans who are predominantly older males.

Having spoken to many people about Kutcher being cast, I know that there was already doubt as to whether or not he would be able to maintain the same audience as Sheen.  However, Kutcher may bring in a different type of audience, a younger generation.  Obtaining in a younger audience could be just what the show needs, but the dynamic of the show will change completely, which could very well get rid of the things that made it funny in the first place.

What do you think?  Do you like the poster?  Are you going to watch the show?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Review

So the rumours were true.
The trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Rises did play before screenings of the last Harry Potter film and all of the recent rumours, about what would be in that trailer, were true.  Almost half of the trailer was made up of clips from the first two movies and the rest was pretty tame.  Not much was revealed, at least not visually.  However, if you listen to the voiceover and the conversation between Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon, you can get a pretty good idea of what’s happened since The Dark Knight.

At the end of the last Batman film, The Dark Knight, Batman becomes a fugitive, having taken the blame for the death of Harvey Dent.  At some point since then, Wayne has hung up his costume and resigned as Batman, possibly due to being unable to do any good while still branded a villain.  This is an interesting plot twist as in the second movie Rachel wrote that, though Gotham may one day not have to rely on Batman, she was unsure a time would come when Bruce no longer needed him.  This movie flips that around, were Gotham is still in danger, possibly worse than it was before, but Bruce no longer feels he can be a hero.

Compelling plot points aside, the trailer was pretty bare.  Fans did get a small glimpse of Batman fighting Bane.  It isn’t shown for long, but it does look like it’s going to be a fairly hands on fight, by which I mean no gadgets just plain old beating the crap out of each other.  When his happened in the comics it resulted in Batman ending up in a wheelchair, though I doubt that’s how Christopher Nolan will end his Batman series.

The trailer begins with a voiceover from Liam Neeson, who plays Ra’s al Ghul.  Neeson will be returning for a brief cameo in The Dark Knight Rises, having previously appeared in Batman Begins.  Josh Pence will also take on the role, playing Ra’s al Ghul in a scene that takes place thirty years before the events of Batman Begins.  Neeson may not be the only one making a cameo as rumour has it, and remember I said it’s just rumour, that Adam West, star of the hit Batman TV series, will make some kind of appearance, obviously not as Batman.

Despite the short length of the trailer, it seems to have gotten many fans excited.  Personally, I would have liked a little more.  What do you think?  Are you happy with the trailer?  Did it get you excited about the film?  Let me know my voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and hit the like button.


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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