Monthly Archives: September 2016

Jessica Nigri [Gallery]

Sex sells. Don’t believe me? Take a look at Jessica Nigri.

I think it’s somewhat fair to say that when the idea of ‘cosplayers’ comes up, most people who have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about think of Jessica Nigri. She’s been near the top of that mountain for years now, back in 2014 she was named in the top ten of most popular cosplayers. How that list is decided I have no idea though…

However, there is a big difference between being popular and being successful. Nigri is popular because she’s a very attractive woman who likes to show of a lot of flesh. I think it’s fair to say that this is the main reason she has attracted an audience. I mean that with no disrespect. Continue reading

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Jason Bourne [Film Review]

 

Thumbs up or thumbs down? Simple, spoiler free film reviews.

It’s been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), the CIA’s most dangerous former operative, walked away from the agency that trained him. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) to find him. Because poking a sleeping bear is always a good idea… 

Jason Bourne is the 5th Bourne film and the 4th with Matt Damon. The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross was an okay film, but it was very much lacking in soul. It felt very much like a money grab from the film studios and just generally felt hollow. It’s great to see Matt Damon back playing Bourne again, the role seem so natural for him now. I would be very interested in seeing both characters meet at some point in a future film though.

jason_bourne_28film29I’ve always enjoyed the original Bourne trilogy. Back in 2002 the more raw, realistic and gritty film style changed the game. Its a style that has been since copied across all genres these days. Even the almighty James Bond franchise heavily borrowed a piece of the action.

I really enjoyed the film, but when you stop and think about it. The plot of the franchise is starting to get a little ridiculous now. Suddenly we learn that Bourne’s father was heavily involved in the program. How many more twists and turns can one man possibly uncover? How much more personal can this get? I’m pretty sure the next film will reveal that his Mother and aunt were involved too, then his cat and pet hamster as well!

My only real complaint about this film is the shaky cam. Now I know, I know it’s a main staple of the Bourne Franchise but it’s just over the top at times. If it gets to the point where I can’t tell whats going on, I stop to care. It’s literally that simple. It’s particularly bad in the final car chase. I actually found it hard to watch because there were so many cuts and movements. In the end, I wanted to shut my eyes just because I couldn’t focus. That’s not how I want the climax of an enjoyable film to be!

Shaky cam complaints aside, this new addition to the Bourne franchise is another good film. It’s very enjoyable and it’s cool to see Matt Damon doing his thing again. Worth a watch.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

Clash of Champions [Review]

Clash of Champions. Raw’s first exclusive PPV since the brand split. The same Raw, that has been struggling in the ratings and general reception of it product, actually put on a good show. The wrestling was all solid, the matches enjoyable.

However, when you stop and think about it. Did anything in the Raw landscape change as a result of this show? Well, no. Not really. Roman Reigns unnecessarily beat Rusev for the US Title sure, but Roman Reigns is not a popular man. So if you weren’t happy with the direction of Raw before, this wouldn’t have convinced you otherwise.

The more I think about this show, the more apathetic to it I become. Four of the seven matches ended with a screwy finish and although we were expecting the main event to end that way. We were expecting Triple H to interfere, not Chris Jericho. In the end the PPV just ended up feeling like a more wrestling focused Monday Night Raw. It felt very, unimportant in the grand scheme of things.

Before we get started lets quickly mention Nia Jax verses Alicia Fox on the Pre-show. Nia Jax won. Okay moving on.

I have to say, I’m surprised the show didn’t start with a promo from Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley. I was sure it was on the cards. In fact, we didn’t see either of them until half way through the show when they appeared in a backstage bit with Kevin Owens. That was nice, very nice.

Tag Team Titles: The New Day (c) vs. The Club

022_champ_09252016hm_0160-706058f93ca39d3037fcaaf230f89f25The New Day kick off the show with a typically New Day promo. They’re still really over despite me starting to think they’re getting a little stale. A once again serious Club emerge and start an immediate beat down on Kofi Kingston with Luke Gallows taking out Big E and Xavier Woods on the outside.If The Club had one then and there, I’d have been fine with it. Why couldn’t we have had this club since day one?

It’s a high paced opener with plenty of back and forth, very enjoyable. The finish sees Xavier hitting Karl Anderson with his trombone for the victory. Another misstep for The Club in my opinion, who can never seem to get the job done. It’s apparent that New Day will not be losing those titles until they beat Demolitions old WWF record of 478 days. I just hope the WWE can figure out what they want to do with The Club, because those guys are so good!

Cruiserweight Title: T.J. Perkins (c) vs. Brian Kendrick

20180919_coc_perkinsbrian-dedc244ee870f1c61a079cac146b2a9aIt’s got to be said this show is starting off very strong. Tag Team titles and then the Cruiserweights? Good stuff!

Kendrick sets out his stall as the heel early on by refusing to shake T.J. Perkins hand. It’s not the quickest start with Kendrick and Perkins trading submissions, the larger WWE crowd don’t seem sure on how to react but we get some chants after a couple of minutes.

It’s always going to be difficult in the early stages teaching the wider audience about this style and getting them to care about a new group of talents. It’s not going to happen over night, but if given time and an opportunity to showcase their characters it’ll be fine.

Perkins gets to win with his knee-bar submission. After the match Kendrick and Perkins finally shake hands before sucker punch style headbutt to take down the champion. Overall it’s a solid match, a few botches but nothing major to gripe about, it’s only the start for the cruiserweights and the skies the limit! Continue reading

Clash of Champions [Predictions]

For those of you who might have accidentally stumbled across this blog before, you might know that I’ve been in somewhat of a wrestling funk as of late. Well, since Wrestlemania really. I’d stopped watching TV completely, I wasn’t even watching the highlights on YouTube. I did still watch the PPVs though, but they didn’t really grip me. I thought SummerSlam was pretty awful and everything else was no better than a ‘meh’, shrug of the shoulders and forget about it.

I almost didn’t watch Backlash. What with with it being an exclusive show for Smackdown, the ‘B’ show. How good could it be? Well for whatever reason I did watch it and it was pretty good! Since then I’ve started to pay slightly more attention to wrestling again. So here I am, with a my predictions for Raw’s first brand exclusive PPV, Clash of Champions.

Pre-Show: Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox

There are a few matches on the card that I would consider dead certainties for their result. This is one of them! I think it’s fair to say that Alicia Fox has a 0% chance of winning this.

In reality, it’s just another stepping stone in the building up of Nia Jax. This is her first ‘proper feud’ (if we can really call it that) on the main roster and it would be absolute madness for her to take a loss this early. Especially considering how many weeks of jobber squash matches she’s had.

Winner: Nia Jax (Duh…)

Cesaro vs. Sheamus

20180913_coc_cesarosheamus-79601d9f61e6d7111c2030b00e0b0a08It’s the 7th match in the best of 7 series and who’d have thought it, it’s all tied up! What are the chances! I’m kidding, it’s actually pretty cool to see a best of 7 series again in WWE.

Saying that, obviously the smart ass that I am would have booked it slightly differently. I would have had Sheamus win the first 2 matches, lose the third but win the 4th so it sits as 3 to 1. Then have Cesaro fight back to 3 all. It doesn’t really matter that much, it’s all about getting to the same point. I just feel my way, mixes it up just a little bit more. Thus keeping it more exciting on the journey to the all important 7th match.

In my version, it seems more like a level playing field going into the final match. The way it’s sitting in WWE I can only see Sheamus winning at this point. It’s not a lock like Nia Jax winning is, it’s just that I can’t see Sheamus losing four matches in a row!

Sure, it’s a great comeback story for Cesaro, but where does it leave Sheamus? Plus, I’ve been hearing a lot of theories about Ceasro moving over to Smackdown after this feud and why would he move shows if he just won a title shot? Unless of course they’ve kept the specific title vague so he can jump shows when he wins?!

**MIND BLOWN**

Winner: Sheamus Continue reading

Backlash 2016 [Review]

I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I thought I’d write a quick review of Backlash 2016. After all, it’s the reason I’m actually slightly excited about Clash of Champions!

I’m not even sure why I watched Backlash if I’m honest. I wasn’t going to but I’m glad I did. I thought SummerSlam was pretty rubbish but I had somewhat high hopes. Backlash was the opposite, I had no hopes. Why would I have? It’s the first brand exclusive PPV for the ‘B’ show Smackdown. If SummerSlam can’t deliver, how could this?!

Well, the fact that there were only six matches on the main card helped, it gave every match that little bit extra time to breathe. Plus the event itself was shorter and managed to keep the pace going for most of it. SummerSlam, was a drag. A slog that I just wanted to end.

Not only that but for the most part the wrestling was good, at times great, and the booking made sense. I’ll get to the few gripes later on. Who would have thought sending the fans home happy, would be a good idea though?

Becky Lynch wins the Smackdown Women’s Championship

058_back_09112016jg_0332-a13d472253fd291f0cfff5362c134946It was great to see Becky Lynch win the championship, it clearly meant so much to her. Other than Nikki Bella, who we’ve seen so many times already, she was the only real choice. That sounds negative, but it’s actually a positive! Lynch might be one of the superstars to benefit the most from the brand split. In a world with Charlotte, Sasha and Bayley all on Raw she can have more time in the sun on the blue brand. Excellent.

As for the match itself. It was good. Multi women matches do tend to be a little messy but I feel like it was well put together and everyone had their turn to shine a little bit. There were a few awkward moments, Naomi trying to head scissors Natalya over the rope was a bit messy for example.

It was a great start to the show. Hopefully now that the champion has been crowned though we can move away from this ‘throw everyone together in one match’ idea and focus on characters and great wrestling that much more though.

The Usos defeated The Hype Bros

Why would two face general managers rewarded a heel tag team, who intentionally injured American Alpha, with a second chance in the tag team tournament? That’s literally rewarding bad behaviour. Madness!

Unsurprisingly The Usos, who should never been in the match in the first place dammit, defeated The Hype Bros. It was an okay match, but not much more than a formality really.

I just have one question, while I’m glad The Usos have turned heel as it was definitely needed to refresh them. Why couldn’t they have shown half of this much character as faces? Continue reading