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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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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.


Smallville Season 11

Following in the footsteps of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, the hit television series Smallville will be continuing in comic book form.

After 10 seasons, Smallville ended on a high just last year.  Now fans of the show will be able to see Clark Kent in his first year as Superman as the comic book, Smallville Season 11, picks up just six months after the final episode.  The first chapter will be available digitally from the 12th of April and in physical form on from the 16th of May.

The story is being written by Bryan Q. Miller, who was a long time writer for the Smallville TV series’.  When asked about the comics Miller said,

‘New allies abound!  New enemies afoot!  And old friends’ return where they’re least expected!  Pere and colourist Chris Beckett have done a fantastic job of capturing the look of the show and the players and Gary and Cat are knocking it out of the park on covers. I couldn’t be more excited to help give seasoned viewers and new readers an all-access pass to Clark’s first year in the cape.’

Can’t deny the picture does look at lot like Tom Welling, which suggests that DC paid to use his likeness.  Hopefully they’ve done this with the other characters too or there may be some disappointed fans.  Miller did say the artists had captured the look of the ‘players’ not ‘player’, which indicates that the rest of the characters, Lois, Chloe and Oliver, will look like they did on the TV show.

The only problem I have with this is that once characters cross into a different medium they tend to change.  For instance, the Buffy comics, which also continue the TV series, contain storylines that I do not believe would have happened had the show continued on television.  This change is enough for me to consider them not canon, despite what Joss Whedon says.  Fans have enjoyed watching Smallville for 10 years and now that it’s continuing in comic form I worry that the new medium will change it too much.

What do you think?  Are you excited about the comic series?  Would you like to see more shows continue this way?  If you could make a comic series to continue one show what would it be?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, if you liked this post, follow and click the like button.


Psycho TV series ‘Bates Motel’ in development

For those of you that thought showering was just a time to wind down and get clean, you are about to get a rude awakening as Psycho returns for yet another instalment, but this time it’s television.

Even if you’ve never seen the 1960 film Psycho, its sequels, the prequel, its last attempt at a TV spinoff or the 1998 remake, you probably know about the infamous shower scene and that’s because the film, especially that scene, is a horror classic.  Show me one other film that had to be shot in black and white to avoid being ‘too gory’, a concept which is lost these days.

The original film is about, momma’s boy, Norman Bates who runs a motel with his mother.  Then an unsuspecting shower user comes to stay and the rest is Hollywood history.  Two sequels followed, completely unrelated to the two sequels of the book the original film was based on, then came a prequel, that looked at Bates’ teenage years, followed by a spinoff were the motel is reopened and murders start again and finally, in 1998, a nearly shot for shot remake of the original film was made.  The new TV series will be called Bates Motel, the same name used for the spinoff, and will once again examine the teenage years of Norman Bates.

Though still in the early stages of development the show is said to give a close look at how Norman became a psycho.  The story will show him from childhood and through his teenage years, providing the pilot gets picked up.  Viewers will get to see how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged Norman, putting him on the path to become a killer.  Last time a Psycho show was proposed, the pilot wasn’t picked up and it was instead turned into a TV movie spinoff.  Hopefully this version doesn’t suffer the same fate as it will be interesting to see were, in 2012, they will take the story.  It’s no secret that movies are scarier these days than they were in the past, how will this change the story?

What do you think?  Would you like to see this show get made?  Are you a fan of the original movie?  Have you ever read the book?  Let me know by voting a leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you enjoyed this post, click the like button.


Star Wars: Underworld

A live action Star Wars TV series could be on screens in the next few years, that is if enough money can be raised.

Though there are no official plans to film the show, no one has been cast and no sets have been made, it has been announced that fifty scripts have been written for the show that would take place between the third and fourth films and feature none of the main characters from the movies.  So what’s the problem, why must we wait?  Well Lucasfilm say that the huge budget necessary to create the project is the only thing holding them back and that when they find a way to make it on a budget of 5 million per episode they will go into production.

The money is needed for the large amount of visual effects they’d need to create all the animated characters and backgrounds.  Here’s a thought, try practical effects like back in the good old days.  Though if that’s not the look they want, it is their show and they should be happy with it, but I think that too much reliance on digital effects makes film makers lazy.  If they were to pump money into the project and go all out, there is no way they’d make a profit or even break even and they know it.  Especially if Lucasfilm’s fear, that the show would be cancelled by a network before it found an audience, comes true.  This would result in the money, which they are willing to invest themselves, being lost.

They said that they will revisit the idea in a year or two and see if it’s financially sound to move ahead with the project.  For those fans who are cringing at the idea of another, potentially bad, addition to the Star Wars saga, don’t be as this one focus’s the rise of the Empire and is much darker than the prequel series.  Though no characters have been officially confirmed, fans have been speculating and have come up with some characters they’d like to see; including Boba Fett and Sam Witwer as Starkiller, though I’d consider the second one impossible as it would mess up the time line.  The story will follow the criminal, Godfather like, underworld that developed after the collapse of the Republic.

The working title for the show is Star Wars: Underworld.

What do you think?  Would you like to see this show be made?  Who do you think should be in it?  Will you watch it if it gets made?  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.


Zombieland TV Series

Could Zombieland be making its way to the small screen?

In 2009, Zombieland was released in cinemas worldwide.  The movie followed Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone as they, along with Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin, fought to survive in a world overrun with zombies.  The movie was praised by critics and it looked like a sequel was on the cards, but unfortunately it never happened.

However, all is not lost as Zombieland may be coming to the small screen.  Though it eventually became a movie, Zombieland was originally intended as a TV show in the first place.  For this reason, the producer of the film, Gavin Polone thinks that it will be a smooth transition taking it from film to TV series and with the help of the film’s writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, he could be right.

The producers are aiming to have this show on other screens for the 2012-2013 season.  Besides that not many details have been revealed, except of course that the original cast will not be returning.  This was to be expected has they’re big Hollywood stars now and there’s still a stigma attached to doing TV, plus TV doesn’t generally pay as much.

It would have been great to see the actors from the film return, but, that aside, will this idea even work on TV?  The main problem will probably be budget.  The film has such a wide open feel, like it looks like the entire world has been killed or turned into zombies or both.  It’s to going to be easy to pull that off on a TV budget.  Still I am curious to see what they come up with and I remain hopefully optimistic that it will not tarnish the film’s good name.

What do you think?  Are you excited about this?  Did you like the movie?  Would you like to like in a world overrun by flesh eating zombies?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Could finding a cure for Alzheimer’s bring on an ape rebellion?  According to the latest Planet of the Apes film, the answer is yes, which is unfortunate but what can you do.

The Planet of the Apes started as a book and was then made into a film, in 1968.  This movie spawned four sequels and a TV series and was then remade in 2001.  The remake, though being closer to the original book, was negatively received, mainly due to the confusing ending.  Now in 2011, another attempt at rebooting the series has been made, but is Rise of the Planet of the Apes the start of something great or another mistake?

James Franco plays a scientist who is trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s to bring his father back.  His research is sent back from the animal testing phase when one of the apes goes on a rampage, which he discovers was due to the fact she thought they were going to hurt her baby.  Noticing the baby chimp, Caesar, has inherited the treatment genetically from its mother, Will, Franco’s character, takes him home and raises him.  He also begins secretly testing the medication on his father.  After an incident, Caesar is taking from Will and put in a refuge.  Here he is mistreated by humans and begins to plot a rising, with the aid of Will’s Alzheimer’s medication.

As a fan of the original series, I was worried about the computer generated apes.  This is the first Planet of the Apes film that hasn’t used people in ape costumes.  There were times when I thought the apes didn’t look like apes, but they always fit in with the environment and looked like they were actually there, so for that reason I’m going to call it a success.  Caesar’s movements were done by Andy Serkis, who also played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.  Serkis did a great job, the movements were very realistic, much more than that of apes in the previous films.  It’s hard to empathise with a character that can’t speak, but the facial expressions and eyes do a wonderful job and it’s easy to feel for Caesar.  In fact, they are so good that it’s sometimes depressing to watch.

Many of the themes in the film are going to put you in a downer; animal research, animal abuse, Alzheimer’s, loss, etc.  Not exactly a feel good film, but it does have plenty of heart and will have you rooting against mankind.  If you’re a fan of the originals you should be able to spot some links to the old films, the line ‘get you’re hand off me you damn dirty ape’ for example.  Remember, this is not a prequel it’s a reboot, so don’t expect it to match up, it doesn’t.  However, they already have plans to make sequels to this movie and hopefully they bring in some more aspects from the original series.  An interesting idea I read, that I hope is put in a future installment, is to show the apes destroy the Statue of Liberty.  If you’re looking for a movie with a good story and a lot of heart then this is the film for you, but if you want a feel good film then avoid this at all costs.

What do you think?  Have you seen the film?  Do you like the CGI apes?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


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.


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.


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.

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