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South Park RPG Screenshots

Screenshots from the upcoming South Park RPG have been released and show a remarkable resemblance to the TV series.

Though not the first South Park game that’s been made, this one is by far the most noteworthy, including another that isn’t even out yet.  Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, approached, game developing company, Obsidian Entertainment, who have previously made games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Fallout: New Vegas and Dungeon Siege III, to create the RPG.  Stone and Parker, having been criticised for making previous game characters 3D, specified that they wanted to maintain the look of the show and they’ve succeeded.

Stone and Parker are writing the script as well as doing the voices and overseeing the project, which hopefully means that it will not only look like an episode of South Park but will feel like it too.  The main characters from the show, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman, will all appear in the game, as will a large amount of the townspeople.  However, the player will not control any of the pre-existing characters, but will instead play as a new, silent, character that will be fully customisable.

Players must meet and befriend South Park citizens as well as go on a, no doubt crazy, quest with the main characters.  To check how you are progressing with the people of South Park your character can go to a Facebook like site on their phone.  The site will show them which characters they have made friends with.

Like other RPGs, the game will use a class system, which contains five different classes Fighter, Mage, Thief, Cleric and, a class that Cartman makes up for you, Jew.  The Jew class is like a Paladin or Monk who will be able to do more powerful attacks the less health he has.  The player will travel as part of a group and the game uses a turn based combat system for battles.

The game will be released on the PS3, the Xbox360 and the PC and is set to hit shelves in the second half of 2012.  With Stone and Parker being so heavily involved in the game, having complete control of the story, it’s hard not to get excited by these screenshots, maybe this means that, after a string of games you’ve probably never even heard of, we will finally be getting a South Park game that’s good.

What do you think?  Do you like South Park?  Have you ever heard of the previous South Park games?  Are you excited for this one?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, click the like button and then head over to Twitter and follow me there.

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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.


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.


Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids is an upcoming romantic comedy that claims to be as funny as The Hangover.  However, it’s fair to say that the audience appeal isn’t as wide as The Hangover, as romantic comedies often fall into the chick flick category.  This means that there won’t be a lot of men who willingly go to see Bridesmaids.  The movie doesn’t come out in the UK or Ireland until the 24th of June, but some reviewers, who seen it in America where it came out last month, are already praising it, even going as far as saying that it reinvents the romantic comedy, which is typically the most predicable movie genre.

The film follows a single woman who has gotten tired of her ‘sex buddies’ relationship and wants something more.  She then finds out that her best friend, who she’s known since childhood, is getting married and wants her to be the maid of honour.  This gives her an overwhelming list of tasks to achieve, plus she must spend time with the other bridesmaids, one of which may be trying to steal her best friend.  Will she be able to be truly happy for her friend, or will jealousy overcome her?

Going solely on the plot, it doesn’t sound a million miles away from your typical romantic comedy.  One thing that does stand out though, the main characters are all women it’s not just a man and a woman.  However, there is a love interest, but he doesn’t seem to be the main focus of the film.  The trailer shows some funny scenes and, without sounding too critical, you don’t usually get many funny scenes in a romantic comedy.  Much of the comedy comes from the different bridesmaids, each representing a different relationship type.  There’s the newlywed, the girl who’s sick of her marriage, the unmarried childless one and the co-dependent one.

Without seeing it it’s hard to say whether or not it’s as funny as the hangover, but I am confident in the fact that it is boy friendly, though it wouldn’t be my first choice.  It received great reviews in America, but we’ll have to wait and see if the European audience response to it as well as the American one did.  Still it’s hard to condemn anything that takes on the predictable, by the book, genre that is romantic comedies.

What do you think?  Are you looking forward to this film?  Do you think it will be funnier than The Hangover?  Which would you rather see?  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.


X-Men: First Class

If you’ve been within hearing range of me when the trailer for X-Men: First Class came on, then you’re probably sick of me complaining about it.  However, I saw the movie and got in for free.  No it wasn’t anything to do with my blog or journalism; it was because my friend works in the cinema.  Having seen the movie, my opinion of it has completely changed.

Personally, I hate when movies can’t stay within the continuity of the series they’re in, but X-Men: First Class has proved to be an exception.  It contradicts the previous instalments numerous times, even going as far as using the same character in a different time period; yes I’m talking about Emma Frost.  I could write a whole post on the errors in the canon of the X-Men movie series, but if I’m honest, when I got into the film, they didn’t bother me as much as I thought they would.  In fact, I think the movie was probably one of the best in the franchise.

The first two X-Men movies where directed by Bryan Singer, who left the third one to direct Superman Returns, which was his dream project.  Without Singer the series took a nose dive.  X-Men 3 was bad and dismissed a lot of the pre-established story, but it was X-Men Origins: Wolverine that completely turned me off the franchise.  I insisted I would never see another X-Men move, at least not one in this canon, but who can turn down a free ticket and I’m glad I went.

The film follows Professor X and Magneto back when they were Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr.  The first scene is a near shot for shot remake of the opening scene in the first X-Men movie.  It shows Erik first using his magnetic powers to bend a gate in a concentration camp.  It was so similar that I actually did think it was the same scene.  Meanwhile, Charles is living in a mansion and one night meets Mystique who becomes his best friend.  Though this was an interesting storyline, it contradicts with the original movies where Professor X and Mystique appear to have no emotional investment in each other, good or bad.

It takes a while for Charles and Erik to meet, but even separated they stole the show.  It was nice to see a different side to the characters.  We get to see young fun Professor X, even hitting on random girls in bars.  It was a nice touch and the relationship between the two has been one of the more engaging things about the movie series as a whole.  Despite both being on different sides, they have a mutual love and respect for each other and it was really enjoyable to see where that began.

There are a bunch of other mutants in the movie and, unlike X-Men Origins: Wolverine, they all got a fair amount of screen time.  One of the things that stood out for me was Beast’s transformation.  To avoid giving too much away I’m just going to say that they used what happened in the comics.  Also featured in the movie were Havok, Banshee, Riptide, Azazel and many more.  It was surprising, and nice, to see that they found a place for each of the mutants to show off and use their powers, especially Banshee, who normally doesn’t get shown in such a cool light.  If you’re a major comic fan then you might remember that Havok, aka Alex Summers, is the middle Summers brother.  Though obviously the timeline won’t allow that in the movie, Singer did say that Havok and Cyclops are related just in a way that works for the film.

This film is the best thing to happen to the series since X-Men 2.  It was refreshing, fun and interesting.  Luckily, it has been announced that they want to turn First Class into a series, which means we don’t have to say goodbye to these characters just yet.  If you’re going to see the movie and you are familiar with the previous films, there are some things that were thrown in for fans.  One of the best is the suits, which were joked about in the first movie.  Good luck spotting the rest, which include cameos from two cast members from the previous films.  I recommend giving this film a chance, even if you are concerned about the canon.

What do you think?  Are there too many mistakes?  What power would you like to have?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Free Willy mixes with Jaws

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Jaws met Free Willy and they had some sort of mutant movie baby?  Well wonder know more, because here’s another movie mix.

When a young boy learns that the police are trying to kill a great white shark, he risks everything, including his own life, to free the heartless killing machine.  Truly a heart wrenching story of the crazy stuff kids did in movies in the 90s.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you won’t go in the ocean for weeks.

Just to clear up a bit of confusion this is NOT a real movie it is part of a new thing I’m doing called Movie Mix.  I take two films or TV shows and combine them.

What do you think?  Would you like to see this movie?  Which of the originals is better?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


The Three Musketeers

One muska two muska three musketeers.

Originally a series of books, The Three Musketeers has since been made into a film over twenty times.  The author of the original books, Alexandre Dumas, drew inspiration from an earlier book called Mémoires de Monsieur d’Artagnan.  In this book d’Artagnan first meets the king’s musketeers; Athos Porthos and Aramis.  Also present in the book is Milady de Winter, the antagonist of the first Musketeers book.  However, her background was changed significantly.

Alexandre Dumas’s book, The Three Musketeers, was originally serialised, in France, between March on July 1844 under the name Les Trois Mousquetaires.  The plot follows d’Artagnan who travels to Paris to join the musketeers.  When he is arrested along with the three musketeers they join forces to escape.  D’Artagnan falls in love with a woman called Constance and encounters Athos ex-wife Milady de Winter, who has been paid to kill the Duke of Buckingham who is having an affair with the Queen of France.  The musketeers, and d’Artagnan, must then defeat Milady before it’s too late.

On the 14th of October the latest Three Musketeers film will arrive at cinemas in stunning, and pointless, 3D.  The basic elements of the book are there, by which I mean the characters and the role that the characters play, but the plot is not exactly the same.  Normally things like that bother me, but with this being the twenty somethingth Musketeers movie, I think changes may just be a good thing.  Then again, a loyal fan may want to see the classic tale retold in 3D.  In this version, d’Artagnan joins forces with the three musketeers, who were famous but are currently down on their luck, to stop Milady and her employer from taking over France and starting a war.  As I said, it’s not the exact same plot, but it does have a lot of similar plot points.

The three musketeers will be played by Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans.  Logan Lerman plays d’Artagnan and Milla Jovovich portrays Milady de Winter.  Paul W.S. Anderson, Jovovich’s Husband, is directing the film and congratulations to them for finally making a movie that their daughter can watch, but probably won’t want to.

Though it does not follow the exact plot of the book, the movie looks good.  It mixes action with comedy, but in a way that keeps the tone fairly serious.  It has a great range of actors and then Orlando Bloom for some reason.  The delivery of the lines is also great, it’s not always easy especially with one liners, but they appear to have done it with neatly.  Like most movie goers, I can’t see the point in having the 3D, but it is still the trend in Hollywood so we’ll just have to put up with the goofy glasses.  All things considered, this movie may be entertaining for an action/adventure fan, or for someone who is familiar with the source material, but if you don’t fit those categories you probably should give it a miss.

What do you think?  Is the plot being changed a good thing or a bad thing?  Do you like the cast?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Horrible Bosses

Do you hate your job?  Is the nine to five getting to be too much?  Are the weekends the highlight of your life?  Well Hollywood is offering a solution; kill your boss.

Horrible bosses is a movie about three mistreated employees, played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, who decide that they’ve had enough of their overbearing bosses.  They then launch a plan to murder their bosses, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Kevin Spacey.  To do this they enlist the help of a con artist, Jamie Foxx, who gives them tips on how to pull off their plan.

The movie will hit cinemas on the 8th of July in America and on the 22nd of July in the UK and Ireland.  Despite only coming out this year, the first version of the script was purchased by New Line Cinema way back in 2005.  The script was later rewritten, in 2010, before the film went into production.

The trailer was released on the 11th of May.  The movie looks promising, but I can’t help think that any humour would fade where they to actually succeed in killing any of their bosses.  However, judging by the trailer, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.  Of the bosses, Colin Farrell’s character is my favourite.  For this role Farrell is rocking the comb over, which, fortunately, he doesn’t have to do in reality just yet.  His character is the dumbest of the bosses, but he gets some of the better lines.  Jennifer Aniston plays a dentist who is sexually harassing her employee and Kevin Spacey plays the powerful, manipulative boss.

Its makes me glad to be unemployed, although I’m not condoning murdering your boss or anything.  The movie looks really funny and the trailer should be a good indicator of whether or not you’ll like the movie.  It’s a comedy, but, let’s face it, it’s not suitable for kids, though it is tamer than the hangover, it will probably attract the same audience.

What do you think?  Which boss would you prefer?  Have you ever considered killing your boss?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


The Muppets First Trailer Review

It starts with one man forgetting his anniversary and ends with a Muppet adventure.  That’s right I’m talking about the Muppets movie again.  Why?  Because they released a trailer.

The trailer is actually disguised as a melodramatic romance movie and then it’s revealed to be a trailer for The Muppets.  Making the fake trailer was a really clever idea; it kind of taps into some of the fun of the film.  Near the end we do get to see some of the actually footage and it looks impressive.  The tone matches with earlier Muppet movies and that’s really the most important thing.

It’s clear from the trailer that there will be some musical numbers, which isn’t surprising if you’ve ever watched The Muppets before.  The new songs will be written by Flight of the Concords star Bret McKenzie, but some of the classics will also be making an appearance too.  Among these classic songs is the hit Rainbow Connection.

So far I’m impressed by what I’ve seen, not that I was expecting otherwise.  The people working on the project really care about it and it’s great to see that.  It would be a complete shock to me if this film didn’t end up being a hit.

What do you think?  Are you impressed by the trailer?  Did you like how it started with fake footage?  Let me know by voting and commenting below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.