Archive for August, 2015

The Final Girls trailer

Posted: August 27, 2015 in Movies
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Hey guys, so this is a movie I heard about last year which has a very whacky set up. Here it is – a girl and her friends go to the cinema to see a slasher movie her mum starred in on the anniversary of said mum’s death. A fire breaks out and the group of friends find themselves transported into the 80’s slasher movie. It’s like the best 90’s movie they never made until now. Early word on this one is very good. I don’t like to hype stuff on here but I will say from the trailer we can at least expect a fun homage to the beloved slasher genre! No word on a UK release yet but soon as I know you’ll know!

The CW is heading to Crystal Lake!

Posted: August 12, 2015 in TV
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This week the CW announced a Friday the 13th series is in development with an aim to go to pilot sometime next year I’d guess. By no means is this a confirmation that the CW has green lit a show to series. Simply put there is a show in development and it will likely go to pilot sometime in the future. It is still very early days.

Said show is said to follow a cop who finds himself in the town of Crystal Lake searching for his brother who has vanished while investigating the towns bloody history. The show is said to be a cross between True Detective and Twin Peaks. Haha. Neither of which screams CW so…it will be interesting to see how it all turns out if it goes to series. What is good is that CW is MASSIVE and it means some great exposure for the Friday The 13th franchise.

What worries me is how shows on the CW have massive episode counts. Long seasons which are tough to keep exciting. How many times has Supernatural re-used storylines over the past few seasons? A lot. I feel like a Friday The 13th series could be great but perhaps the CW may not be the best home for it.

At least there is movement on this…unlike the feature film side of things….

Mission Impossible

Posted: August 6, 2015 in Movies
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Can you believe the first Mission Impossible movie is almost twenty years old? Well it is! I remember when it came out in the cinema and a school friend had been to see it. During I.T. class I got him to tell me all about it. Totally ruin the movie for myself but hey I needed to know! When I got around to seeing the film I still loved it. It’s a fantastic and clever movie and easily one of the best in the series, which sees it’s latest release with Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, which is at a cinema near you now. Probably.

Mission Impossible came out the summer of ’96 and was directed by Brian De Palma. Tom Cruise stars as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. The purpose of IMF is to take on impossible missions that are beyond secret, so much so that if an agent is captured or killed the government will deny all knowledge of their existence. Ethan and his team start the flick by investigating a disc which if taken by the enemy would reveal the real names of fellow agents currently in deep cover all over the world. Let’s just say things don’t go to plan and leave it at that. One of the best parts of Mission Impossible are the many twists and turns and if  you haven’t see it I don’t wanna ruin the flick with this silly review haha.

You get to see some lovely looking European cities. De Palma capturing the stunning locations with his brilliant eye for detail and creating several beyond tense moments. Cruise and the cast are very good and play everything straight. Notable support coming from the always solid Ving Rhames, Jon Voight and Jean Reno. The rest of the cast all do good work and you may spot one or two famous faces in here beyond the core cast. It all adds to the fun of the film.

Action wise there ain’t much. Don’t get me wrong, there are action scenes but not the all out gun fights and car chases the later films in the series are known for. No, this is most assuredly an old style spy movie. One in which the reveals come with thought and patience. Objectives are obtained via well thought out and executed plans, one of the most intense and still iconic being the break into Langley. The finale does have a fitting and sudden all action pay off however which still impresses almost twenty years later.

The feel and tone of the first film is something I feel like none of the other films in the series have quite managed to capture again. Except maybe with Mission Impossible III which would be my favourite in the series to date. I’ve yet to see Rogue Nation but if it can somehow blend the smarts of one and the fun of three then it could be up there with this first flick and MI:III as the best the series has to offer.

Vega is back and deadly as ever. He has a new look too! So Vega and Ken both get visual revamps while Ryu, Cammy and Chun-Li just stay the same? Never mind! I like how some of the legacy characters will have new looks while others won’t. I’m surprised Vega made the cut. Not because I don’t like him. I do, but I just felt like Capcom would be going for the unexpected….which ….when I think about it they did! Haha. Who will be next?

As with the previous volume Batman Zero Year once again looks back at Bruce’s first adventures as Batman. In this volume he must contend with The Riddler and Dr Death. The later of the two I was not familiar with but he’s an excellent and terrifying villain and the crimes he is associated with are the stuff right out of nightmares. On the other hand The Riddler provides a great counter point to Dr Death and despite being one the most annoying Batman villains, in my opinion of course, he does a good job here of being a massive ego maniac. Which I wager is the point!

Gotham City has never looked more impressive than it has here, it’s a unique look at the city one which I won’t reveal here because it will ruin a lot of the story. What I can say is the majority of the tale takes place during the daylight and is all the more impressive because of this. It’s a total flip to what we’re used to seeing in Batman and it works without a doubt.

Running along side the main story are small insights into Bruce’s past. From childhood through to his teen years and you get a great sense of his mind-set post the murder of his parents. The results are heart-breaking and in one particularly powerful scene horribly tense as Bruce fears he is literally loosing his mind and going insane. It’s a very powerful page or two which really cemented who Bruce is.

Scott Snyder is putting out some of the best Batman stories I’ve ever read and his writing feels effortless. Bruce’s interactions with both Alfred and Gordon feel real and full of depth. Snyder gives Alfred a brilliant monologue that aims to try and shock Bruce out of being Batman while giving him some home truths. Very powerful stuff. As is the beginnings of Bruce’s friendship with Gordon which has much more of a rocky start than you may think!

Greg Capullo’s artwork is amazing. The comic is filled with striking images that practically beg you to tear out the page and frame them! Hahaha NOT that I’d ever do that but the art is seriously that good and it just acts like the perfect marriage between artist and writer.

Zero Year-Dark City is essential Batman reading. I love that I own this. Hopefully if you’ve not got on the Snyder run yet you will pick it up.