So Im currently studying moving image at college. I have a strong interest into films especially comic movies. I have also over the past year self taut myself photography and have a strong interest into macro and nature photography.

31st May 2014

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X-Men: Days of Future Past outcome

Im sure by now anyone who has seen the movie would know that Days of Future Past has had a massive impact on all the so far movies. Before I seen the film I knew it was going to change some of the events in the timeline but even I was surprised. I won’t be giving away too many spoilers of the plot of the movie but there will be a few that relate to the outcome of the film.

From now on Im going to imagine that DOFP is the second and the last film in the timeline. The second because it takes place after First Class, and the last because with the next movie following the younger cast I got a feeling we might not being seeing any more of the original casts future after the ending of DOFP. Well maybe the next Wolverine movie coming in 2017 might take place after the ending of DOFP but we’ll have to wait and see. So from what I have learned all three of the first X-Men movies no longer exist along side with the Origins Wolverine. I also believe that last years Wolverine movie maybe wiped from the timeline. If not then it would have happened differently to the actually movie because of the whole Jean Grey situation. The only reason why I could see that The Wolverine still happened is if it took place after the events of DOFP and the story didn’t include Jeans death in it. So not only did we see Jean alive again at the end of DOFP but we also saw Scott (Cyclops). This ultimately means X3 never happened and as for X1 and X2 who’s knows what happened to those stories. Technically they could have happened but once again differently to the actual movies. In DOFP we see that William Stryker never actually got his hands onto Wolverine so Origins Wolverine never happened meaning nearly all the events in X2 would never of happened. As for the first X-Men movie some of the events could have still happened but again would have been different to the film. The way how I see it the only actual movie that still exists in the timeline is First Class. Im only suggesting that some of the events from the first two X-Men movies and The Wolverine could have still happened because according to the Producer of films, just because of the events in DOFP doesn’t entirely mean the franchise is starting from the beginning again. But who knows what did and did not happen, the way how I see it they corrected the wrongs of the franchise and brought us a fantastic movie. So Jean and Scott are alive again, technically Wolverine never gets his adanamtium skeleton, Professor X is alive and who knows what happened to Magneto. Did he ever go on to be a villain like he was in the original X-Men trilogy? Maybe we will find out more in the next movie coming in 2016. 

After going on about the outcome of the movie there is just one more thing. The end credit scene which if you never took any notice into the comics then you probably wouldn’t understand what was happening. To be honest it doesn’t tell you much at all, but it strongly connects to villain of the next movie. The pyramid, the blue character, and the four horsemen. Most comic fans would automatically know that Apocalypse is on the way. Bryan Singer did announce that the next movie would be called X-Men: Apocalypse so this end credit scene didn’t come as a surprise for some. Apocalypse was the first mutant and the most dangerous enemy that the X-Men every faced. Count Magneto out and you really are looking at the X-Men’s greatest foe. Sure Dark Phoenix and the Sentinels have been pretty serious threats to the team. We just saw in DOFP how threatening the Sentinels were and if it wasn’t for the time travel then it would have been all over. Not just for the mutants but the human race as well. Though Apocalypse is out there to destroy earth and recreate it in his own vision. 

After DOFP being the awesome film it was I am now really excited for the next movie. I always like it when dominating villains like Apocalypse come to the big screen and with Ultron and Thanos joining the big screen in the Avengers movies, we have a lot to look forward too. The only problem Im worried about in the next X-Men movie is the tension and suspense, knowing that in the end of DOFP which will be set after Apocalypse, everything is all good as if nothing really bad happened over the years. With the name Apocalypse, bad things should happen.

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28th May 2014

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

To start off this will be a clean review with no spoilers. After seeing the movie I can confirm that this movie really stands up to Disney’s Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. It was fantastic, best X-Men movie I have seen to date. Bryan Singer started the X-Men franchise with the first two movies which got the Marvel movies going as they weren’t doing too well on screen before then. Apart from some of the animated series. Then Singer left the franchise and it went a little downhill, with The Last Stand and Origins: Wolverine. Luckily though First Class came along and started getting the X-Men going again though financially it didn’t do as well as X-2 and X-3. Then you had The Wolverine which managed to gross just over 400 million worldwide making it the second highest grossing movie in the franchise. However by the looks of things Days of Future Past is going to be the highest grossing X-Men movie and could catch up to Amazing Spiderman 2 and The Winter Soldier. The movie only came out last thursday and has already nearly caught up with Godzilla’s earnings.

But enough about the success its also about the enjoyment of the movie. Like I said this is now the best X-Men movie and I would probably make space for it to be in my top five favourite Marvel movies. The story this film is based around is definitely the best I have seen in the franchise. The action and visuals was definitely very impressive. The acting was really good and although some people keep complaining about Wolverine being the lead character in the movies, I have to say it didn’t feel he was the only lead. Yes he was a leading character but it felt like Xavier, Mystique, Magneto and even Beast had just as important parts in the movie.

The actually story starts with the original cast from the future and its a very dark time. You see destroyed cities because the Sentinels rather than just targeting mutants are also targeting humans. There are a few mutants left at this time and Xavier believes the only way to stop this war from happening is to go back in time and stop Mystique from killing Bolivar Trask. Trask is the guy that created the original Sentinels though in the future they end up becoming more advanced. I won’t say anything more cause I don’t want to give an spoilers away. Kitty Pryde who can send peoples minds back in time sends Wolverine back to his younger body. Its up to Wolverine to convince Xavier of the future and to find and stop Mystique.

With the collaboration with the Past and Future cast this really turns out to be a unique X-Men movie. You see many mutants though of course a lot of them you don’t see for very long. One mutant that gets a bigger part than other mutants but still not a very big part in the movie was Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver. There was a lot of doubt about his character in this movie because of the way he dressed but his performance in the film was fantastic. For the way he dressed, well all I can say is that this was in the 80s. But seriously the effects on his speed was done really well and there’s a part in the film where everything is moving to his speed. So everything’s going in slow motion while you see Maximoff moving at normal pace. It was just fantastic. And the Sentinels from the future are just such bad ass robots. Even when the X-Men are using all there power to try and stop the Sentinels, all they do is adapt to there powers and beat them down. Im pretty sure there will be only one robot in the Marvel Universe that could be more bad ass than the Sentinels on the big screen, and that will be Ultron in next years Avengers. Hopefully they will make Ultron to be the awesome villain he is.

That’s all Im gonna say for now but I will probably do another review that will go further into plot details which will include spoilers. I would definitely recommend seeing this movie and if you do you might wanna stick around for the end credit scene.

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27th May 2014

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27th May 2014

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24th May 2014

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

The official name and logo of the upcoming DC movie has been announce. We also even got to see Ben Affleck in the new Batsuit with the Batmobile behind him. Although it isn’t clear to what the Batmobile will look exactly, from what I’ve seen I reckon it looks similar too a mix of the tumbler and Keaton’s Batmobile. 

The logo looks awesome and the name is cool though it would have been so much better if they just called it ‘Dawn of Justice’. That name on its own sounds perfect. Nolan’s last two Batman movies used the name ‘Dark Knight’ which represents who Batman is, same with Man of Steel. So I reckon Dawn of Justice would have represented the movie perfectly without having to use the names Batman and Superman. It also separates the style of names from Marvel as they have used all the characters names for their movies. Also I think it sounds much cooler. Even still Im not gonna complain cause Im looking forward to the movie and the name Dawn of Justice is awesome. It hints that this movie is the beginning to Justice League. 

Now the new Batsuit in my opinion is fantastic. I can see the’ve gone with The Dark Knight Returns style costume which does go with the fact that this is a older Bruce Wayne/Batman. I also think its about time the’ve gone with a comic book style costume in the movies, not to say that Bale’s and Keaton’s costumes weren’t awesome too. The Bat logo is not one of my particular favourite ones but it works well with this costume. And I doubt any other logo would go well with this costume.

Im really liking the late info we’ve been getting on the movie lately and I think Zach Snyder’s got it well under control. Shame we’ve gotta wait an extra year for the movie but with Justice League coming the following year Im sure it will be worth it. Im just hoping writer David S. Goyer has come up with a decent storyline.

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21st May 2014

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Godzilla review

So I haven’t been writing for my blog in a while but the time has come were I am hopefully gonna get back into it. To kick off my reviews again I am going to start with the most recent film I seen the other day ‘Godzilla’ which was to be my most anticipated movie of the year. Now that I have seen it I can say it was an enjoyable film and definitely worth the watch. Though it is not gonna be the best movie of the year for me unfortunately due to a few reason. There will be spoilers in this review so be warned.

The good points of this movie was firstly it was way, way better than the last Hollywood attempt in 1998. Which was an insult to the Japanese creation. This movie definitely does justice to the monster. Godzilla looked awesome and the visual effects crew did a fantastic job. The CGI was great (monsters, destruction etc) and the fight scene at the end was perfect. The design of Godzilla and the Muto’s was excellent and Director Gareth Edwards has definitely done a good job on his first major hollywood movie. 

Now although the movie was good it did not live up to the hype I had for it. But my issues with the movie was not what most people’s complaints about the movie were, like you don’t see enough of Godzilla or Bryan Cranston’s character died way too early. To be honest I was fine with the amount of times we saw Godzilla it was just I felt he didn’t have enough to do with the movie. Godzilla only seemed to turn up to fight the Muto’s. I didn’t have a problem with Godzilla being the hero in the end by killing the Muto’s and going back into the ocean. I just thought it would have been better if Godzilla was more of the threat at the start of the movie.

It could have started with Godzilla finding his way into the cities, causing destruction and panic, the government send attacks to try and kill him but unfortunately that fails. Bring in the more emotional side with people being afraid of Godzilla and how its effecting the world, then maybe some how the Muto’s are woken and the story from the film picks up there. And I wouldn’t of minded the movie being an extra half hour longer (or more) to fit that in. For the first new take on a hollywood Godzilla movie I just thought it would have been better if they established Godzilla more and made the monster the primary villain for the first part of the film. It was just all very fast paced for me and I wish they’d slowed it down and established Godzilla better before bringing in the Muto’s.

My other problem was the emotions of the movie wasn’t strong enough. I was hoping I’d feel sorry through the humans point of view but the movie lacked in emotion. I think one of the main problems was that Elle Brody (Elizabeth Olsen’s character) didn’t get enough screen and could’ve had a bit more involvement. Then the emotion side of the story could have been stronger and made me feel more for the characters. I also thought Joe Brody’s (Bryan Cranston) death could have been handled a little better. I wasn’t too worried about him getting killed and with the marketing for the trailers of this movie Im not surprised that people were disappointed with his death being so early. I knew before I seen the movie that he wasn’t going to be the main character so I didn’t expect his character to have too much involvement. But due to the lack of emotional development I didn’t find his death scene that much of a big deal to the movie itself, when it should have been a sad part to the film.

Well I have just expressed my disappointment with the film however it wasn’t bad. It was still a great film because the awesome parts of the movie did make it stand out. Some people were disappointed that you don’t see very much of the first two fights. But I say if they had fully shown the first fights, would the last fight at the end been as epic? If we’d seen more of the first fights the one at the end could have just been another battle with nothing that special about some. And another thing is most of the best monster related movies don’t show to much of the monster/creature, like Jaws, Jurassic Park and Alien. Because when they don’t show too much of the monster its more exciting when you do see them. 

So there’s my view on the movie, didn’t live up to the excitement I had for it which is disappointing. However it was still a good watch and had one of the most awesome monster battles that I doubt would be easy to top in another monster vs monster related movie. Its should also definitely clear your head of the 98 movie which left many scares. 

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20th February 2014

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Movie Trailers Talk

There has been some awesome trailers recently especially with the ones from the Super Bowl. The most recent trailer being the Guardians of the Galaxy which was definitely interesting. Although I wasn’t blown away by the trailer like the new Captain America or Amazing Spiderman 2 trailer, it was definitely promising that the movie could be awesome. 

Im gonna kick off with The Amazing Spiderman 2 which Im really excepting now. When I first heard abut the reboot I was so sure as I was a bit down that Raimi never got to finish his Spiderman legacy. But then this new take on Spiderman feels like it supports the comics so much better than the last. Andrew Garfield’s Spiderman is so much more like the comic Spiderman than Maguire’s. Now I am really excited for the new movie. The trailers have looked amazing so far. We see Spidey’s new suit, Electro in action as well as Goblin. We even see a bit of Rhino. The trailer also shows a glimpse of Vultures wings and Ock’s Tentacles. Which is the next big thing the trailers reveal and thats the Sinister Six. As well as that we see some awesome action. The more worrying part of the trailer is seeing Peter (by the looks of things) crying out. With Goblin coming into this movie it is likely history is going to repeat itself with Gwen Stacy getting killed. So this could be a sad film for Spidey fans. 

Another trailer I want to mention Transformers: Age of Extinction. I Kinda wasn’t really bothered about a new Transformers movie but I think I might just have to see this. One Mark Wahlberg and two something Im so glad they have added at last is the Dinobots. The teaser trailer didn’t give much apart from the Autobots in action, explosions, and a few humans in the centre of the action. And then of course the moment that stole the trailer, Optimus Prime riding Grimlock, who looks more like a dragon. But looks awesome so Im cool with it. 

Im finally gonna talk about the trailer which I thought stole best trailer of the year so far. That is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Amazing Spiderman 2 trailer I thought was amazing and have watched it loads of times, like everyday since it came out. But the The Winter Soldier trailer I must have watched nearly 100 times now. It was so awesome, so much better than the first trailer. I even think this could be one of the best Marvel movies. The action in it looks awesome, stepping up a lot since the first movie. Steve’s sidekick Falcone is joining the Universe, the new Cap suit looks so much better, Nick Fury taking damage, Black Widow, Alexander Pierce and the most awesome part, The Winter Soldier. Winter Soldier aka Bucky Barnes by the looks of the trailer really could be the most awesome so far in the Cinematic Universe. In my opinion the DC movies are bringing much better villain performances to the big screen but the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t done an amazing job with that yet. Loki is great but I don’t idolise him like a lot people are. Im hoping Ultron and Thanos will make a massive stand as villains in the MCU but were not seeing them yet. However after seeing Bucky in action, taking on Steve and catching his shield Im sure he will be fantastic. 

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19th February 2014

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From the Amazing to the Superior Spiderman

So its been a while since I last did a blog so for a slight change today I am going to talk about a comic. In 2012 it was the 50th anniversary of my favourite Marvel character and the writers decided to give us one hell of a story. Killing the Amazing Spiderman. Yes it happened and it was a huge shocker for many. In fact I heard that writer Dan Slott was getting death message for what he did. 

Recap: Doctor Octopus (if not for Green Goblin this truly is Spiderman’s greatest villain) is at his death bed locked away. Before he gives in he makes one final attempt to defeat his greatest opponent. He creates an Octobot and manages to transfer his brain patterns into the devise. With his mind inside the devise he sends it off into the city and when he finds Spiderman he attaches it to the back of his head and swaps his mind with Peters. Peters mind ends up in the Octobot and gets put back into Otto’s body. Otto’s mind is in Peters brain and fortunately for him he has all his memories. Some other villains come and break Peter (In Otto’s body) out of prison and Peter tries to get his body back but is unfortunate. Otto’s body dies with Peter in it but luckily Otto goes on to continue Spiderman’s legacy instead of being the bad guy. 

I have been reading the story arc ‘Superior Spiderman’ since it began earlier last year. But it was only recent when I read The Dying Wish (Re-print graphic novel) which was the last few issues of the long lasting Amazing Spiderman. After reading this and fully understanding how Doc Ock defeated Peter was actually kinda sad. Especially when Peter was trapped in Ocks dying body and not knowing what to do. Peter has faced some tuff decisions and tricky challenges over the past but he has always managed to overcome them. But this time he really had been beaten. Honestly although the story didn’t blow me away, the ending was a big moment in Spidey history. And for doing this in my mind Doctor Octopus is now without doubt Spiderman’s greatest villain and one of the greatest in the Marvel Universe. 

Now onto the Superior Spiderman story arc. I have to say I hate knowing that Doctor Octopus is really Peter Parker but I continue to read every issue that comes out. This is because I love the writers story telling in this story arc. To me its the most enjoyable comic going at the moment. I also really like the artwork. Its also something different, as lately some stories have been losing it because a lot of these comics that have been going for years are struggling to bring new stuff to the table. Superior Spiderman has really renewed Spiderman and has been a genies idea. We’ve seen a more brutal Spiderman in this story arc, and he’s also made a lot of changes with the tech he’s built and the army he’s created.

Though its all coming to an end as the writer has confirmed that Amazing Spiderman will be kicking off again in April. Superior Spiderman has been great but Im glad its coming to an end cause the real Peter Parker can’t go forever as he is the one true Spiderman. And what better way to end this story arc with Spiderman going up against the one and only Green Goblin. Out through the entire Superior Spiderman story arc Goblin has been making appearances but has not come face to face with Spiderman. So by the sound of it, things have been building up to this from the very start. Oh and and Goblin has an army of his own which he’s been building over the course of this story arc, so Spiderman is gonna need everything he’s got. The recent “Darkest Hour” story with Venom thats just ended was good but this is the real deal. “Goblin Nation” the final four parts of Superior Spiderman has began and I can’t wait to see how this story ends. Though there is one question Im dying to know “Will this be the end of Doctor Octopus?”

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4th January 2014

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DC on the small screen

With Arrow being a success Im sure Warner Bros see that TV is not such a bad idea. Well I haven’t seen season two of Arrow yet but I know that Barry Allen aka The Flash made his pilot episode just before the mid-season break. Now I really want to see a Flash movie and I have to say I am a little disappointed that Marvels Quicksilver is going to the big screen before Flash. However luckily we are going to see the Flash but on the small screen. So although I actually want a movie I am still glad that Flash is actually happening and hopefully he will get his own TV series later this year. 

So Barry Allen made his appearance during season two of Arrow which had his pilot episode in, which means when the character gets his first season its gonna jump straight into Barry already having his super speed powers. I actually really like the idea of Barry Allen being first introduced in Arrow because its a big sign of a shared Universe.

At the moment it is looking unlikely that the TV Universe will be connected to the movies which I find a little annoying but then Im not to bothered. Just means that we will have a DC movie Universe and DC TV Universe. And Im loving that the CW Network TV Universe is already expanding and I look forward to seeing a Flash TV series. Also Im really interested into seeing how there gonna bring someone with powers in this Universe as so far Arrow has been based in a realistic world. Bit like Man of Steel, how are the public going to react to seeing someone who can run faster than the speed of light. 

But Arrow and Flash isn’t the only characters the CW plan on bring to TV, there is also another who goes by the name Hourman. Now I had nether herd of the character until finding out that he would be getting a TV adaption, so theres another character I need to look into. But by the looks of it Hourman will not have any of the writers from Arrow and Flash so there is a possibility of him not being in the Arrow/Flash world. Hopefully he will be as that creates an even bigger TV Universe for DC. Though I doubt he would be connected strongly to Arrow/Flash just the fact that he exists in the same world is what Im hoping for. 

The other TV news for DC is Constantine and Gotham. I don’t know that much about the Constantine but its said he will get a TV adaption sometime this year I believe. Unsure to if it will tie into the movies those as Director Del Toro mention creating a Justice League Dark movie which would involve the character.

I do know a bit more about whats happening with the Gotham TV series which Fox will be bringing to the small screen later this year. Gotham will be based in the earlier years of Jim Gordon’s life when he was a young detective. In this TV series we will see what type of crime Gordon faced and how some of the villains of Batman came to power. Its also said we would see Bruce Wayne’s parents and even a young Bruce himself. I know there’s a lot of Batman going on lately with TDK trilogy closing and already Batman is coming back for the MOS sequel, but I actually am liking the idea of this TV series. There will be no Batman in this series and we will get to see on TV what Gotham City was like. What crime was like before Batman when even a lot of Cops couldn’t be trusted, how Gordon coped working as a detective. Also there are some Batman villains that were around even when Bruce was a kid. The Falcone family is one that should exist and another I would expect to see would be Penguin. Also because this is in the earlier years before Batman exist and many of DC characters exist this series doesn’t need to be connect to the other TV shows. It would be cool if it was connected to Batman in the movie Universe but it doesn’t have to link into Arrow or Flash.

I think I’ve said enough for now but it goes to show that Warner Bros have some exciting things to come to TV. Only I hope they do the same with the movies. I expect to hear some exciting things from Comic-con this year. Hopefully some more DC movies to come. Otherwise it looks like the TV series are gonna have more exciting news than the movies. 

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4th January 2014

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Arrow review

I have just finished watching the first season of Arrow and Im ready to watch season two. Unfortunately I don’t have the channel and its already half way through the season. So I guess Im just gonna have to wait until its out on Blu-Ray. The first season of Arrow started off well, a few episodes weren’t as good as others but when it got better it got very exciting to watch. By the end I thought it was brilliant, loved this TV adaption of the DC’s Green Arrow, although he isn’t called Green Arrow yet. In fact he isn’t even called Arrow, he’s just known as the vigilante. Im hoping he will get his rightful name in season two.

So this season has twenty three episodes, all of the episodes are good but of course some are weaker than others. But the really good episodes are worth the watch for the whole season. Some exciting characters involved in this season including a few Batman villains and some that are known across the DC Universe. I really enjoyed the origin side to the season which is constantly being shown as flash backs which you see occasionally during most episodes. There is one character that I can’t wait to see develop further and that is Slade Wilson. I know his story has been changed in this TV adaption and so far isn’t the Deathstroke that most fans know him for, but I do like the way they have introduced him into the program and look forward to seeing more of him.

For those of you who don’t know Oliver Queen was stranded on an island, in this version for five years. When he was saved and went back to his home city he had a list of people who were poisoning the city (because they were rich). This list was given to him by his father. Out through the season there are flashbacks of what happened to Oliver on the island. 

There’s a bit on the reason to why he became the vigilante. So great season, great characters, great stories and I have to say well adapted for TV. The ending to the season was very dramatic and not expected, so I am hyped for season two. 

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