Monthly Archives: October 2016

Biffy Clyro – Ellipsis [Album Review]

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For me, Biffy Clyro have always been one of those bands that if you hear them on the radio or a friend puts them on in the background I’m happy to listen to. I like them, they’re a talented trio and have some good, catchy songs. I’ve never really gone out of my way to listen to them though, despite owning 3 of their albums prior to Ellipsis. For whatever reason, something about Biffy has never truly ‘grabbed’ me.

At the office I work in, we tend to listen to Absolute Radio and they love playing Howl. I can understand why, it’s a really good song. After listening to it once a day for a week or so and humming along, I thought it was about time I tried the rest of this album. So I bought it, put it in my car and haven’t looked back since.

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Doctor Strange [Review]

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doctor_strange_posterThe life of talented neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) changes after a car accident. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. He must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.


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Hell In A Cell [Predictions]

Here we go again! It’s time for another WWE PPV. It’s Raw’s turn once again and they’ll be looking to improve from a rather bland Clash of Champions. I’m sure certain WWE bosses would also like them to blow Smackdown out of the water, which has been doing better quality wise since the brand split.

It’s time for one of my least favourite PPV events of the year. Hell In a Cell. I can not stand gimmick PPVs. They seem so tacky and forced. Extreme Rules, TLC, Elimination Chamber and Hell In A Cell. For me, Hell In A Cell is the worst of the lot because in kayfabe terms, it shouldn’t just be paraded out once a year for the sake of it. It should only be used for the feuds that are heated enough and the wrestlers hate each other enough to justify the match. After all, this is ‘the most dangerous match in WWE’ but every year it means less and less.

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Despite my grumblings, Lesnar/Undertaker last year was a great match. It had the story line reasoning for the match and it had that ‘big fight feel’ though that lack most modern Hell In A Cell matches.

It comes with two other problems as well. Firstly, the PG style of WWE does not suit the match in anyway shape or form. It’s supposed to be barbaric, but for years now it hasn’t been allowed to reach those levels. Now I’m not saying I need everyone to be thrown off the top of the cell each match, but I do need something. These days, Hell In A Cell tends to feel like a watered down street fight that happens to be in a large cage. It just comes across as rather ‘meh’ rather than ‘holy shit!’.

Secondly, there’s too many off them. Never mind the fact that we’ve already seen one of these matches this year at Wrestlemania. This PPV tends to feature two matches itself, but its even worse this year with three matches. THREE!? That’s far too many. The reason I’m so against multiple matches in one night is simple. Instead of WWE putting on one potentially great match. They’ll end up putting on three average ones. Spots will have to be shared out evenly for example. Haven’t WWE ever heard the phrase ‘too much of a good thing’? Although, in this case it will probably be ‘too much of a bland thing’.

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Sasha Vs Charlotte: Your main event?

What is interesting though is that for the first time ever, we’re going to witness a women’s Hell In A Cell match. I’m not saying I particularly want to watch two women beat each other bloody but it is nice that WWE are finally attempting to book them on a similar level to the men. It might also be the ‘main event of the evening’ but it is yet to be seen if that means the last match of the night (the fans idea of the main event) or just a ‘main event’. In which WWE just promote it as a big match but it could be anywhere on the show. Even first… Continue reading

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back [Review]

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jack_reacher_never_go_back_posterInvestigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) springs into action after the arrest of Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), an Army major accused of treason. Suspecting foul play, Jack embarks on a mission to prove that she innocent and uncover the truth behind a major conspiracy.


Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is an action thriller directed by Edward Zwick. It is the sequel to the 2012 film, Jack Reacher and is once again based on the books by Lee Child. This time on the novel of the same title, Never Go Back.

I’ve never read any of the Jack Reacher books but I enjoyed the original film. It was something slightly different from Tom Cruise. Yes, he was still a kick ass former military guy/spy/fighter pilot/cocktail maker but the pacing was different and that made it unique. Kinda.

Let’s look at the positives first. Straight away yes, I did enjoy this movie that’s important to remember during this review. Tom Cruise is his usual enjoyable, intense action star self and he is definitely the best part of the movie. I think its fair to say that if this franchise didn’t have Tom Cruise attached to it and instead had Joe Bloggs then it wouldn’t be onto it’s second film.

The main problem Never Go Back has is that it’s just kind of alright. It’s fairly entertaining while never being great. Like its predecessor its not a high paced action film but its also not a very suspenseful thriller. It’s just average really. There’s nothing spectacular about it at all really. Its kind of paint by numbers throughout while the baddies are revealed too early as well. The conspiracy isn’t even that exciting either if I’m honest.

I’m also not sold on Cobie Smulders in action films though. She seemed out of place in The Avengers and she seems miscast in this too. I can’t put my finger on why, but she just doesn’t convince me of being a tough army major or secret agent. Maybe I’ve just seen too much How I Met Your Mother for my perspective of her to change?

In summary, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is neither a great action film or a great thriller. It’s not as good as the original either but, I still enjoyed it and wasn’t bored. It’s not a must see by any means yet I’d still recommend watching it at some point down the line on Netflix or similar.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

 

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! [Film Review]


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After years of humiliation and failed attempts to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award, Pirate Captain and his oddball crew take on the cream of the pirating crop once more- Black Bellamy, Peg Leg Hastings and Cutlass Liz – in a race to pillage the most booty. They soon cross paths with lovelorn scientist Charles Darwin, who persuades the Captain that the crew’s prized ‘parrot’, Polly, could be the answer to the ‘untold riches’ they are searching for.

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Logan Trailer

Well then. That’s some trailer.

I don’t do this very often, normally I keep my reviews/rambles for the full movies but this trailer got me so excited to see this film that I have to say something.

Logan is going to be the tenth instalment in the X-Men franchise, as well as the third and final solo Wolverine film. It will be based on the comic book series Old Man Logan by Mark Millar. The film is not just the final Wolverine film from the series but it also marks Hugh Jackman’s final performance, having appeared in every main entry in the X-Men series to date.

The problem with Wolverine is that he’s always been, well pretty much invulnerable. What Logan is going to do is humanise him, Wolverine will still be the bad ass character we all love but he’ll be at risk, he’ll have to fight, he’ll have to claw his way through situations (pun intended) and yes, he will be vulnerable! And that is what gives this film the potential to be so damn good. We already love the character and we already love Hugh Jackman but with this final film they get to tell an emotional story for his send off. I’ve got very high hopes, I’m not going to lie.

Now before I get carried away, yes it’s very possible to cut a terrible film together into an amazing trailer. It’s been done many, many times. Suicide Squad for example. But if Logan film continues the tone, the look and the potential emotional impact that it sets out here. Then this is going to be an amazing movie. It’s as simple as that.

I’ve been meaning to read Old Man Logan for a while now. I just bought it. Right this second.

Also, that shot of the claws going through that guys skull was brutal! Yes, more please.

Inferno [Film Review]

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inferno_282016_film29The worlds most interesting symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) and together they follow a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet, across Europe against the clock to stop a virus that could wipe out half of the world’s population.


Okay listen. Inferno is the third film based upon the novels of Dan Brown. The previous two being Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code, you may have heard of them?
What I’m getting at is that, when you’re three films deep most people in an audience will already know if this is going to be their sort of film or not. If you didn’t like the previous, don’t bother. It’s that simple.

Some people hated The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. I view them, just as I viewed the books when I read them, as harmless fun. They are often quite silly, you could even go as far as ‘completely ridiculous and unbelievable’ yet there is something I find enjoyable about them. I like all three books more than I like their film counterparts. Actually, Angels and Demons was probably a much ‘tidier’ film in terms of plots and if anything it actually turned down the ridiculousness. The thing is when you’re watching the movies they always seem more than a little daft. For as clever as Dan Brown tries to make his plots the films always boil down to somewhat mindless popcorn fun. And sometimes, you want that.

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