It’s been a long time since I saw this film. Right at the middle of February as it goes and as I write, it’s the end of March. In the meantime, various films have come and gone, we’ve cried with laughter and tears at what the world is turning into, and honestly it’s nice to come back to a film like this to get away from it all. John Wick: Chapter 2 has been out for some time and Boy, John (played by Keanu Reeves) can’t catch a break can he? Having lost his dog and car as well as his wife before all that in the first film, you’d be right in wondering what could possibly be next.
Don’t worry, his dog doesn’t die in this one. This time he’s fighting again due his fridge being out of warranty and his parrot has started swearing. No wait, sorry that’s John Wick Chapter 3.
About four days after the events of the first film, former assassin / clown / dog lover John Wick (once again played by the one, Keanu Reeves) tracks down his stolen car from the first film at a chop shop owned by Abram Tarasov (bloke from Prison Break who now is always the bad guy Peter Stormore), brother and uncle of the Russian people John killed previously. John dispatches Tarasov’s men in a violent fight that while fantastic to watch, does a bit of a number on his car. As in, a number which is hard to explain to your insurance company.
So that’s that then. Back to the quiet life and just carry on. New dog, car getting fixed, and time to retire all over again. Well this is going to be a short film for sure! Continue reading →
It’s been a very long time since I last did a Hearthstone YouTube video properly or even half-hearted come to think of it! But here it is folks, a brand new video featuring brand new cards from the recent expansion: Journey to Un’Goro. Will I be rubbish? Will there be more of these at some point? Who knows, but let’s see what happens with this one.
Now comes with a creamy custard center. Mmmmm. Eat our f**king donuts!
Bet you never expected to see a review of the Power Rangers film on Ooh Sometimes did you? OK, those of you who follow Twitter and all that, would have been expecting this a long time ago actually! But there’s a good reason why this is now featured here. First of all, who saw the trailer for the new Power Rangers and actually thought, hang on, this doesn’t actually look that bad? I suspect it’s going to be a good number of you as remarkably the trailer showed a lot of changes.
The kids were more grounded. It was to be an origin story for once that would make 3% sense. The music was much more subdued and atmospheric. The effects were not just two guys in rubber monster suits pretending to hit each other. They also only hinted at what the new Rangers would look like too. It was all you would want in a marketing campaign to reboot a franchise that’s been going for decades at this point. That alone made me curious.
I watched a few of the Power Rangers shows when I was tiny, but honestly it passed me by even then. I just remember the terrible fight scenes where the rangers looked like they were having random fits they couldn’t control and they were hitting crap monsters and they were falling over even when they weren’t hit. The bad guys would be better off in Pantomime honestly, such was the level of cheese and silliness!
But for this first in what the producers clearly hope will be a long running film series as well as the TV series ongoing, things are being played differently. It’s set in a crap town that’s still called Angel Grove from the TV series and over time we see different kids turn up, all thankfully covering all races just in case they were to insult anyone. After Jason (Darce Montgomery) gets into trouble something involving a school’s cow……yeah….he’s stuck one day in detention. He meets Billy (RJ Cyler) and Kimberly (Naomi Scott) which is err….jolly good. Continue reading →
Now I’m mad again…. but first I need a nap and a blanket. Damn I’m old….
It’s been a long time since we last looked at Fox’s take on the Marvel universe, actually looking it up, it was 2016’s Deadpool which last fell under my watchful review eye. X Men Apocalypse came and mehed, and in the meantime, Marvel and Sony themselves seem to be heading for completely dominating the comic book genre for the rest of the year. But earlier this year, Fox released something which frankly astonished in quite a number of ways.
It was another X-Men film, but good. Really good. As in contender for one of the best if not the best X-Men film made during Fox’s ownership of the film rights to the characters. Quite a way to start the review of Logan, isn’t it?
So how is this worthy of such praise?
Well let’s set the scene first. It’s been a couple of decades that have passed as we come into the story here, as Logan (for the final time by all accounts, played by the Huge Hugh Jackson) has fallen on hard times. I mean really hard times, as the superhero has gotten older, slower, and drinks himself stupid on a hourly basis. Gone are the glory days of saving humanity. Now all he is now, is a limo driver. During one of his jobs, we get to see some boobies during a night out by a hen party. WOO for the boobies! We’re adult now! Continue reading →
It’s been a long time since I last did anything productive campers so I decided to spend an evening last week in front of a new big TV, talking rubbish and bringing you up to speed with stuff that will be coming.
It’s strange to revisit some of the Oscar bait from 2017 now. You see, there’s so many films that had passed me by during January and February, including La La Land, sorry, Moonlight (ha ha, joke which will already be dated!) and Fences. But this one was so special that I had to come back to remark on it. Toni Erdmann which was one of the “Best Foreign Language” nominees. It lost out to “The Salesman”, the Iranian entry of which got shown in London instead of Asghar Farhadi, the writer and director going to the US to attend the Oscars. You know, because of Trump’s first attempt at a not-a-Muslim-ban-honest-guv.
As it’s a European film, it’s going to be an acquired taste as some jokes are good and some situations you could only ever see in an European film. So basically strap in, and hope that you come out the other side intact.
We begin the film with Peter Simonischek as Winfried Conradi. He lives in a leafy part of Germany and has an old lady as a neighbour with a dog.
He was a music teacher with a warped sense of humour as you will see for yourself. There’s a birthday party for his daughter, Ines (Sandra Hüller) and things are rather awkward. You see, Winfried’s long suffering, unhappy / sexually weird daughter is busy trying to work her way up in a large company and pretty much as you imagine (or indeed experience every day in real life), she doesn’t really have a life. Continue reading →
A gold doubloon to the man who first spots the big monkey!
In many ways, you can’t keep a good skyscraper sized monkey down. Apparently it’s been ages since the last King Kong reboot which had Jack Black in the 1930s with a CGI King Kong as opposed to a puppet made of bits that fell of a black toupee. 2005 in fact. Doesn’t time fly when you can’t really remember what happens in a film from the mid 2000s?
Well, it seems that Warner Bros, Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures, a Chinese film company (so probably like XXX earlier this year, that’s really where the money comes from) decided to p*ss away the GDP of a small country on what seems to be yet another reboot of the giant ape bloke who likes pretty ladies and has a knack for climbing tall buildings and swatting down planes shooting at him. The film was released generally 10th March in the UK and I had the opportunity to go see it on Tuesday ahead of the release to see what the fuss (if there was any) was about.
This time however, we’re in the 1970s for our epic tale of monster fighting, which along with it, brings one of the best parts of the film, the soundtrack to bear with real guitar riffing goodness and classics to at least keep your feet tapping away while your brain falls asleep. You probably can already tell how the rest of the mini meh is going to go already. Set your brain to B-Movie mode now!
John Goodman along with Corey Hawkins (who took time out from shooting terrorists in the latest series of 24 from what I understand) go and annoy a senator to go on a lovely field trip to Skull Island which is surrounded by dodgy weather all year round and no one knows what’s there. So let’s go there then!
Along the way, they recruit a burned out ex SAS dude played by Tom Hiddleson. He’s annoyed and looking for something of a challenge or money, I don’t know it really doesn’t matter. Brie Larson clearly wanted to pay off her mortgage as she turns up as the woman who will connect with Kong at some point and be fearless etc. She’s the photographer looking for a real story because the Vietnam war just ended and that’s buggered her fun up. Continue reading →
I’ve taken time today to write about something dear to me. No, it’s not about that. You naughty scamps! As you all know I have a slight addiction to the card game, Hearthstone, which I’ve insisted on livestreaming for some time over the past year or so, and I planned to return to that towards the end of March.
I’ve also spent an insane amount of money on the game over the years. So forget about Trumpcare, in which millions of people will lose health coverage or the meh around the raise in National Insurance in the UK for self employed people, because now we have to pay more for digital cards we will never hold in our hands. THIS IS THE ACTUAL OUTRAGE OF 2017! AND I’M ON THE INTERNET WHICH MEANS AT NO POINT SHOULD I HAVE A FUNCTIONING SENSE OF PERSPECTIVE!
Bllzzard Entertainment made the annoucement on their forums today over at https://eu.battle.net/forums/en/hearthstone/topic/17615113897 and people overall are not happy. Various theories have gone out there as to why this has happened, including financial turmoil as a result of Brexit along with various other weakened markets.
It’s been over a week since the Oscars for 2017, and typically this is the time that we then forget about all the films which came out during the January and February period to focus on stuff we actually would like to watch with our hard earned cash and free time. But hold on gentle readers. I wish to tell you about a film which I really enjoyed and one I feel was a little hard done by in the shiny shiny chasing; Hidden Figures.
In a year where even Suicide Squad managed to get some shiny for hair and makeup (presumably the judges felt a bit horny on seeing Harley Quinn…), Hidden Figures got passed over. Why would that be? Well, let’s examine the story and background to the film first.
Hidden Figures revolves around a group of three black women in the 1960s in the US around the time of the space race with Russia. They happen to be three very intelligent women who work at NASA, but things are shall we say, not equal. Far from it in fact, the hidden figures reference clearly is to the separation and racial prejudices of the time, meaning that they were not really being recognised.
The three main characters are Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), a mathematician, Dorothy Vaughan as Octavia Spencer and finally Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). I only know Janelle was a singer before but now she’s a sassy chick from the 60s! You go girl! It nicely sets the tone of the time and friendship between the three women in the opening scene where their car is broken down and a police bloke happens to come along and think they’re up to no good. It’s at this point, you are made fully aware that this is the time where black people are pretty much looked down on by us whities, so it’s not going to be too much fun. Continue reading →
It is the eve of the 2017 Oscars. The event already looks to be overshadowed with various political speeches by every award winner over “he who must always be Orange”, who recently just started to exclude various media outlets from White House fun with Sean Spicer aka Melissa Mccarthy. But sadly folks, I fell behind with writing up about the various award chasers due to various other real life interests.
But there’s a few that despite not writing about right after viewing, I will get to here over the next week or so. We start off with a surprising return by Mel Gibson, who fresh from going slightly meh some time ago with all that “I hate Jews” talk and other interesting past times, seems to have gotten his head together to give us the story of Hacksaw Ridge. The premise of the whole film revolves around Spider Man who wanted to help in World War 2, but didn’t want to kill anyone because he almost killed his brother with a rock when little. I think.
This of course either angered or sexually frustrated the army dudes (who knows at this point?) and of course despite suffering through all sorts of abuse, he gets to go have fun on the front lines, pulling people to safety and being a hero without ever firing a weapon. It’s a true American hero tale folks, and that is always the type of thing that goes down well with the awards committee at this time.
But even if it wasn’t just realised for shiny shiny, is it any good?