A Mini Meh about: Eddie the Eagle

How the hell did I get lumbered with this b*stard?

This film had been released some time ago and actually, I was fortunate enough to see it at a pre-release screening a few hours after watching Batman Vs. Superman. I was in a relatively meh mood after the night before, my mind just turning over with what I just saw.

So in essence, it may have been the wrong time to go watch a film which once again was based on a true story. Except Hugh Jackman’s character in this didn’t exist in the real story, just like Leonardo Dicaprio’s son didn’t exist in the true story of the Revenant.

Eddie the Eagle is the film “based on the true story” of Eddie Edwards, someone who was wanted to do something more than just be in the same trade as his dad, and ended up against all odds competing in the Winter Olympics. It should have been one of those family films which would happily fill in some time while we waited for the summer blockbusters to blow everything up and it’s rather odd to say this, but I enjoyed this more than the Revenant. I even enjoyed this more than Batman Vs Superman. Continue reading

A Mini Meh about: 10 Cloverfield Lane

It’s a good thing TM

You know what people, there are just too many films coming out on a weekly basis and remarkably too many that I have watched recently. Perhaps it’s thanks to the countless freebies we get via ShowFilmFirst but in essence, there have been far more films to talk about then you could shake your moneymaker too. There are also a good many that are worth a mention for one reason or another and therefore perhaps it’s unfair that they don’t get that much attention.

Well fear not the two readers who do actually look at content on here! In what will be a new option for the film reviews on Ooh Sometimes, just when there isn’t enough time to go into ridiculous amounts of detail or perhaps when not a lot needs to be said, we will present it as a “Mini Meh”.

Genius no?

So the first victim for the new test format?

10 Cloverfield Lane, a sort of sequel-ish to the original shaky-cam personal story released back in 2008 that happened to feature something which may be for confused for Godzilla, Cloverfield. It’s actually hard to know if this took place at the same time or was later, it’s never actually made clear. Continue reading

The World of WarMeh

You might have noticed that any news of gaming videos have been rather absent on the Ooh Sometimes bloggy thingy of late, but rest assured dear campers, I’ve still been wasting plenty of time and money on what has become a pastime which has taken up a lot of the free time recently.

Rather oddly with this couple of epic videos which comprise of a livestream over the course of a Saturday Afternoon, I was returning to something I left behind a long time ago; The World of Warcraft. For a couple of reasons of course which I explained in said videos, but now in the cold dark light of night, I must confess, it really is just for getting a free hero animation in Hearthstone;

Yep, this is what it was for folks….

I truly am this sad. Rather than enjoy the two and half days of sunshine and pure heat that we had in this country at the time, I stayed in and talked utter rubbish to people on the internet while clicking a mouse and randomly pressing keys. Will this be what comes up in my mind when I’m on my deathbed I wonder? I mean, I know there are women with lovely in and out bits I like. There is clearly other stuff to do in life, like wander round a lovely park, read a book, go to a concert, unclog the toilet or maybe even just enjoy using said toilet but seriously I do deride too much fun from doing playing these silly games. Continue reading

Captain America: A Civil Middle Finger to DC

Given recent news about changes being made all over place at Warner Bros in light of Batman Vs Superman’s not entirely stellar outing, this film coming out now must feel like a bullet to the head for the DC holding movie studio.

This is not even just being creative with writing. Because as you know, when I’m being creative with the writing, it’s either with a rhyming dictionary or just looking up what swear words to use. In many ways this film feels like Marvel and Disney as an entity were just walking over to the battered body of DC’s attempt at creating a comic book universe, all the while the body still trying to catch breath and stay alive.

Then Marvel and Disney just unzip their trousers….and then just completely p*ss all over the body. Possibly some of it ends up in the eyes and mouth. Not only that, after they finish, they then proceed to wipe off the excess urine with $100 bills, set the bills on fire and then just throw them at the now drenched body of work that was Batman Vs Superman. Then they walk away to a big slo-mo explosion, Batman Vs Superman being engulfed with the flames and screaming in agony.

Two men enter. One man leaves… No wait, that’s Mad Max.

This, Warner Bros and DC, is how to do a superhero film which questions the validity of super heroes fighting for everyone, and whether or not they should. It’s probably obvious to say at this point that I really liked Captain America: Civil War and there is really no reason not to go watch this right now.  Continue reading

A brief mention of the London Mayoral Elections

It’s a rarity that something concerning the real world makes its sorry way onto Ooh Sometimes these days. After all, when covering anything news related, one tends to melt into a puddle on a floor from all the weeping they are doing.

But of course tomorrow is the London Mayoral elections, where in addition various places around the UK will be deciding who they despise the least. That statement is probably not even close to being cynical, just the sad reality we currently face with the state of politics. Because it can be a deeply depressing subject, I decided to briefly present the race for London Mayor, purely based solely on the campaigning that has been most prominent. And then mock it badly.

This may of course mean that for those who were after keen intellectual discussion of the pros and cons of the candidates will be left wanting if they stuck purely to Ooh Sometimes. But hey, we’ll throw in the odd d*ck joke and make fart noises while we’re at it! Somehow it probably will still elevate the coverage above BBC News.

Who would work in a weird thing like this?

Now for those of you that may actually care about such matters, there are several choices all vying for your votes to be king ruler of London deciding who lives and who dies. The winner will control millions of pounds to serve the public by not letting things turn to poop. More likely however, they will take large brown envelopes stuffed with cash to allow Canning Town to be sold off to the Chinese.  Continue reading

X-Factor Origins Part 1: Marguerite

It’s about that time that I sat down at the computer and began writing about films. After all there’s only so much of the day I can fail at being a world class assassin. However, instead of the recently released Captain America: Civil War: Part 1: How many more bits can we add to the title, we will examine bad singing. WTF? Don’t worry, read on and soon, even the title of the post will make some sense.

In some regards, you would have thought that with the awards season long over for now that we would return to a sense of normality where we’ll be just commenting on whether or not Batman wears steel enforced underpants underneath his suit. He does in case you wondered. However, we’re far from being done right now with the “true story” films.

Florence Foster Jenkins. Maker of ears bleeding back in the day. Still sang better than Will.I.Am…

This is the tale of the first X-Factor auditions from the start of the 20th century, just without anyone like Simon Cowell to turn around and say that they have no chance whatsoever. Just kidding (although, I suspect that Hollywood would make such a thing if there was any money in it). The two productions on for review are based on the real-life character Florence Foster Jenkins, and the same tragic tale of some rich woman who basically paid lots of money to do stuff and perform badly in front of a live audience who then died in a rather bad way.

There is a key difference with the pan-European production of three countries, Marguerite, the subject of today’s blog post.

In this film we have a story loosely based on the events of Florence Foster Jenkins with locations and characters changed whereas the other British-French produced version with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant is more devoted to the actual story and people involved. But which one is the better version? Subjective of course but at the very least, it’s interesting to see which direction the two productions take and perhaps which will be the better one to see overall.

Be warned, there are spoilers for the film in this post, so if you don’t want to know the score, then look away now. Not sure how we can tell you when to look again considering this is all written… Continue reading

VR: It no longer makes me vomit.

Quite a catchy title you would agree but honestly, it’s probably the major thing I can say when reluctantly trying out the HTC Vive VR headset. Unexpectedly the opportunity came not from one of the numerous gaming expos there had been recently but instead when over at the VideoGamer offices in Croydon for a lovely community get together for pizza, chatting and a little dance with Dave Scammell. It happened, oh yes, it happened. Without any booze too.

Anyway, to the main point of this little blog post; VR is the Next Big Thing as far as video games and maybe some other forms of entertainment go. Trust me, the day that VR porn appears that’s it, everyone will be rushing to buy the bloody things. Wearing a headset and turning your head to see everything around you while actively doing actions for a change has a number of possible applications.

There was a TIME magazine cover that looked like this….

But there are potential pitfalls when it comes to the technology, such as causing motion sickness, limited space to move around with the VR headset and the moment we’re waiting for; the first insurance claim for someone breaking everything while wearing said headset in the front room and running into the TV.

The price itself of such technology is also something which made people clench their buttocks shut with the initial full prices coming around £600 to £700 pounds, postage not even included as well, to add virtual insult to the very real injury of our wallets. Continue reading

EGX Rezzed 2016 Part Two: Almost everything else….

Welcome back dear campers! It’s another day and another post about EGX Rezzed 2016, currently taking place over at the Tobacco Dock in East London.

After the last post, which went into the deep end about Quantum Break, we cover a number of the other releases on show which we sat down with to give a ruddy good going over.

Just one thing before we go further however and it’s about Dark Souls 3. This was indeed on show in a rather tiny hall and had most of the interest towards the end of the day, But we already had a go with Dark Souls 3 during another gaming expo, so we won’t be covering this again here. If you wish to read about impressions of that, then feel free to head on over to the PC Gamer Weekender post here.

You will be seeing a lot more about Dark Souls 3 in the days ahead, given that the game is now only a matter of days from general release and there will indeed be a livestream about that next weekend. Well, all being well of course. We will update Twitter as and when that is sorted out but for now, read on….

VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

Why yes, I would like an overpriced drink while talking bollocks….

This is a rather odd one to cover and basically was among the huge number of indie titles littered around the docks. We happened upon it and because it sounded strange and different, then why not? To quote the litterature, VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is a presented as a “booze em’ up” which is set in a cyberpunk time, where we play hostess (yep, the bartenders are all women) to a variety of various people. During the playthrough, this was entirely consisting of one obnoxious gimp who was livestreaming herself 24/7 while getting men to pay extra for dirty fun video time. Continue reading

EGX Rezzed 2016 Part One, with part two after this Quantum Break….

Oh dear god yes campers, It’s that time again that I blather on about things which are yet to come in terms of gaming antics. This time, we visited the EGX Rezzed 2016 event, being held at the time of writing at the Tobacco Docks.

Last year I wrote about such wonders as Bloodborne, which mainly just vexed me, and has since continued to vex me. Tembo The Badass elephant was something to really look forward to. That was, until the release day where Sega or the developers released the wrong build onto Steam and we covered that in a YouTube video. There were many other good things to come out of such a packed and varied venue, that this year’s event was looked forward to even more.

Oh how the balls became saggier with time. Err… what? To explain, just sit back and read Part 1 of the overview from Rezzed and a look at some of the titles on offer.

Rezzed be a ghost town….

So them balls? Why mention saggy balls at all? Is this a Pot Noodle advert?

Nope, it only comes from the overall experience we had when attending EGX Rezzed 2016 on the Thursday. On the face of it, everyone had ran out of money to even bother turning up. It seems that perhaps interest was on the wane or maybe people didn’t have as much to show, but honestly the space occupied by EGX this year was around half of what it was before. Adding insult to injury, the venue’s hospitality had been massively reduced. Not only reduced, with prices hiked up to an average of £10 too.

Look at them, the filthy gamers….hate them, hate them all!

It seems to just plainly cash in on the gaming public who would be coming to see what games to burn their hard earned cash on. Which actually would be odd to say, considering that there were far fewer vendors around even to take advantage of the general buzz to sell whatever they happened to have.

Why was this? Where had everyone ran off to?

I guess only the EGX organisers can answer that, if they wanted to. Perhaps the Thursday was a set-up day and actually the bigger presence by all was meant for the weekend. If this was the case, surely it would have been better to not have anyone attend? But given the selection on display at all on the Thursday, one can only wonder how many punters would conclude the same. If this were to continue, then it honestly would be better for all, to look for other events to attend.

Hooray for free marketing stuff!

That being said, there were nowhere near as many queues for the games, save for Dark Souls 3 and the VR booths. Thus it was a lot easier to get around and enjoy some real quality time with the titles, with no rush to finish at any time. We also got a ridiculous amount of free gaming tat, of which we say to all the developers and PR people, thank you very much!

An additional Mucho kudos shout-out must go to the Carmageddon chaps who had t-shirts bigger than medium too. So for the first time ever, I managed to score something I would actually be able to wear from these things! That being said, it was very much worthwhile for some other reasons, some of which will surprise you. Continue reading

Windows Store and Gears of War: A breakdown

By now, some of you will have seen the murdering of the song Wonderwall released on April Fool’s day, not for just demonstrating how awful my vocals sound after 11pm, but also to declare that if Microsoft were to fix various things with their latest master plan for the technology space, that then I would actually use the Windows Store.

If you want to see it, it’s right here;

A rather weird thing to do you would say and you’re damn right. It is. It is one of the silliest weirdest things on the YouTube channel to date. And yet, there was a very good reason for doing so. Despite what you may have thought, it wasn’t as far from the truth of why I did it in the first place.

Originally the plan was to have some decent impressions of the first game released by Microsoft Studios this year; Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Windows 10. It was the first real signs of a promise made by Phil Spencer last year that they were going to bring more titles to the Windows Platform and honestly, I thought it would be a great thing in that it would allow people to enjoy Gears of War on their fancy gaming PCs instead without having to go out and buy an XBOX one.

But then I bought it and oh dear God did I regret it.

The vast majority of the meh stems from a few things which you saw in the video.

But given the fact that it glossed over a huge amount of my complaints, I decided to give more of detailed overview of the issues faced when dealing with the Microsoft new world order Not only with the Windows Store, but of course the real first release on said platform people were excited to look at. Given that Quantum Break released today with no PC reviews and mixed feedback on issues so far, now seems a very good time to bring this all to the forefront.

Strap yourselves in, because it’s going to be a long ride. Continue reading