Dogma.. A look back (Spoliers)

After Alan Rickman’s sad passing I was instantly reminded of his great performance’s, Die Hard is an obvious pull, but the one that stood out for me was Dogma. A little comedy about two renegade angels trying to regain access to heaven. Now that on paper sounds fucking nut’s but it is one of the funniest and sweetest films I have ever seen filled with heart. It is one of my favourite film’s of all time, for this reason. Heart goes a long way if you care about the character’s you can almost get away with anything. Also it is soo smart in it’s use of Catholicism and it’s message towards religion as a whole

Kevin Smith is a film maker who has been around for over 20 years now and all his films have heart especially the View Askewinverse ones. Jay and Silent Bob may just be a couple of stoners but they are so likeable they are our constant through these films along with alot of the same cast. I first watched Dogma when I was a teenager and I instantly loved it I have seen it many times now and recently re watched it in the wake of Alan Rickman’s death. It is still an incredible film the laughs and heart on display are second to none. Alan Rickman in this film show’s us something we have not really seen from him, just pure fun. Metatron is the voice of god and I don’t think anyone else but Alan would of been as believable or funny. His final scene going back to heavan is so emotional now for obvious reason’s I must admit I had a tear.

Kevin Smith has a knack of not just writing a good script/ story and being a good director he can fill his cast out with just the right people which is part of the magic of his films. I think Kevin is brought down too much in todays media but I think he is being over looked as the great filmaker he is. Dogma is a prime example of this. Yes there are dick jokes but as long as you back up the humour with heart and a great cast your golden. I would have loved to see a sequel but I suppose it may have lost some magic. All in all it is a great movie and a credit to all involved thank you Kevin Smith for writing this and to the cast for bringing it to life.

“You People, If there isn’t a movie about it, it’s not worth not knowing, is it?”

Windows Phone 8.1

Hello. Anyone that knows me, will know that I am an ardent supporter of Android and a hater of windows phones.

My trusty Android phone, HTC Mini One 2, decided to die a death the other month and I have been limping along with it. It was taking forever to load apps, take ages to return messages and an inordinate amount of time to boot!

So, I was faced with a quandary. My upgrade isn’t due for 8 months, I can’t afford a top spec Android phone sim free… What’s a boy to do.

Well, this boy took to the internet for help. I spent an awful lot of time looking at phones. Was I to go for a cheap Android from a brand? Was I to chance a grey phone from China? Was I to – heaven forbid – take an iPhone into my life… Not in a million bloody years!!

So, I was left with either a brick or a windows phone.

I plumped for windows… Lumia 640xl to be precise.

Coming from Android, I am a bit concerned about the lack of apps, connectivity and general ability to bugger about with a windows phone, but so far it has done what I need it to… Most notably just work.

As a bit of a power user, there are huge gaps in windows 8.1 that you could drive a fleet of busses through when it comes to comparing with Android. I’m currently writing this on my trusty Nexus 7 (2012). I can now quite easily stream music from my ftp site, or my home network, or anywhere… I can watch films in a similar manner. I can delve into the internal workings of my raspberry pi. I can download things at the touch of a couple of buttons.

None of these things are done easily, if at all, with a windows phone. I can barely get it to talk to my PC to transfer music.

But, I quite like it. I did dabble with Windows 10 on it for a couple if days, but it is nowhere near finished and should be ignored for now. Saying that, if it is half as good as it promises to be then it will be something to definitely rival the apple offering. If… That’s a very big if!

Day to day, though, it is working well. Doesn’t like installing things too much but if you leave it and go and have a cup of tea it sorts itself out.

I’m probably going to switch back to Android when I get an upgrade, but until then I shall be happy with my big bright orange phone and enjoy the simplicity it has brought to my life

Terminator Genisys discussion (with myself) Spoliers follow

I would have normally written a review for this but my thoughts on TG would not fit into the structure of a review. So I have decided to have a discussion with myself (which is entirly normal BTW). I will be discussing the film in detail which means SPOILERS.  Let’s get into this then, I will counter peoples points for this with my own thoughts, I may fall into rants so forgive me.

Let me start by saying I was not disappointed by this movie. after reading reviews for it I was a little worried as they all say it’s awful but I must of seen a different movie to the critics because it was awesome. Maybe I am biased because I actually like T3 and TS even with their flaws so you may say my standards are low but TG, as James Cameron says, is the natural follow up to T2.

There is certain movie magazine that I buy and read every month which I trust to get their reviews right. They absolutely ripped TG apart, they have done things like this before with other films. it’s like there is some other reason why they need to destroy certain movies in their reviews because I honestly can’t see why it needs to be destroyed. Obviously some of the points I can agree with namely the bad choice of casting Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese.

I think Kyle Reese is a great character often forgotten even though he has a huge role to play as without him there is no John Conner. Michael Biehn is perfect as Kyle getting the scarred on the inside as well as the outside personality down. He needs to be in serious pain from his life experience in the war and he wears this on his sleeve even though he is a strong soldier who dies for Sarah to protect her not just for John to survive but for his love he has for her. Now as for Jai Courtney he in my opinion was miscast and the only real criticism I have of the movie. I mean I could nitpick like everyone seems to be doing (even people who have not even seen the movie, this is a massive pet peeve of mine) but the movie as a whole is so good I can forgive these. But I cannot forgive JC he did not do his homework at all. He pulled dumb jock out way too much, which is not what Kyle is about. He had some depth sometimes when he opened up about his life or John but he needed more otherwise what is Sarah falling in love with she needs better.

Another thing people are saying is that T2 is better so this can’t be enjoyed. T2 is the absolute pinnacle in the Terminator franchise as we all know so I choose not to  compare the follow ups with it as they will never beat it. But that does not mean they cannot be entertaining. In fact just saying “it’s not as good as T2” is such a lazy critique and redundant in my opinion because we must move on from that to keep the franchise interesting instead of just copying it (I’m looking at you T3).

Another thing that T3 got wrong was the humour, it didn’t always land well which TG is being accused of. I took it well it all seemed natural and funny. In the screening I saw everyone was laughing. One of the jokes that went well but critics are hating is when Arnies T-800 tries to smile which has been done before in T2 extended. It works within the context of the film and made everyone there laugh so I cannot see why critics are bashing this. just a note on Arnie he absoloutly kills it this time around. He is obviously more human as he has spent so much time around them, so that should not be put down as he is a learning computer (as per T2) and would learn to be more human.

Another annoying critique is that it falls apart when the plot jumps to 2017 due the complicated plot, It’s like this whole franchise isn’t based on a grandfather paradox. Terminator cannot be dumb, time travel and multiverse theory are complicated if you don’t pay attention, if you want a dumb action flick where you check your brain at the door terminator has never been the film for you. And why is leaving questions unanswered until the next film a lazy thing when every franchise does it, yes that includes the perfect MCU. I will be very annoyed only if they decide to not make the sequels as I want to know the answers.

Obviously the above is all my own opinion but all in all I really liked this movie and cannot wait for more. It is sad that these bad reviews have affected the box office results because this could kill the franchise, which once again in my opinion, want to see more of.

Sorry for the essay but needed to get some of that out of my brain

Count Arthur Strong… the TV Series

I never thought I would say that I am giving up on the Count.

I have DVD’s of the live shows, all the radio shows, some of the radio stuff before that and have seen some of the earliest appearances of the Count on television… All of which is immeasurably better than the current content on BBC1.

It just feels like the heart of the character has been ripped out to be replaced by politically correct casting and secondary storylines that aren’t either funny or needed.

The radio show is where I do and Count Arthur and I loved him straight away. The malapropisms, the spoonerisms, the bumbling old actor that he was, the ensemble cast all just created a reality that I could see in my head as I listened. It was beautifully crafted and allowed the Count to shine, like the star he is.

The characters around the Count were funny and distressed and clever and knew how to get one up on him, but they never stole the show. It worked as a complimentary affair – even Malcolm… – and I never wanted it to end.

I had reservations about the TV show, but thought that with Steve Delaney at the helm ably assisted by another comedy legend it would be ok.

We ended up with a show full of two dimensional politically correct stereotypes.

The second lead, Michael, is played appallingly by Rory Kinnear. But to be fair I don’t think anyone else could do that part justice.

I don’t care that Michael has a crush on the cafe owners sister, or that his dad was blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

It’s the Count Arthur Strong show…

Let’s get rid of the dead wood and bring back the formula that works, and works well at giving us one of the funniest characters from this century.

Doctor Who – Random thoughts in the fourth dimension…

I have to be honest, I sat in front of the tv on the 25th December at 6.15pm and muttered “Please don’t be sh*t” under my breath before this began.

I am loving Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, and Clara has always been a fantastic companion, but series 8 has just not quite hit the mark for me so far.

I want a grumpy old man as the Doctor, and we got an old man pretending to be in his twenties… more to do with the writing I feel than the performance.

Series 8 was supposed to be a bit of a reboot, starting all over again with a new cycle of regenerations etc. Peter was now playing the “First Doctor” – who was a bit of a grumpy, tetchy, old git most of the time. The thing that made William Hartnell great was the way that he had that way of being childlike when it was required and could play those lighter moments so naturally.

What we have in series 8 is a Doctor that is still trying to be in his mid twenties – like the previous incarnation – and it doesn’t always work. Yes, we have the dark moments but they are few and far between. I want the Doctor to be dark and mysterious again.

It pains me to say this – as I can’t stand RTD – but he did the best thing ever when he decided to get rid of all the baggage – Timelords – and have the Doctor as a tortured soul wandering the Universe. This adds a fantastic dimension to the show, he can’t just go “Oi, Timelords… give us a hand”. It gave a depth to the character and Chris Ecclestone went with it bringing the Doctor back with a bang.

I want Peter Capaldi to be fantastic – as he is an outstanding actor – but the writing needs to give him more to do than running about the TARDIS being a big kid.

Which, getting back on topic, was why I quite enjoyed the Christmas Special. I’m not saying it was the best story ever, but after a difficult series it was a breath of fresh air. Once you get over Santa being a dream it settles down into a base-under-siege-but-not-really-cos-something-weird-is-going-on type of story.

I’m already looking forward to series 9 – and will always love the show – but please do something to make the Doctor special again.

Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles review (Spoilers obviously)

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Fast, Fun, Funny, Action packed and never dull.

Exactly what any TMNT fan wants (Old and new) as I think this is the perfect way to bring in the new generation of fans

It never dragged, I was never bored. I honestly don’t know what the critics hate about this movie, apart from Michael Bay, which is quite frankly ridiculous to slam a movie just because of the producer attached to it.

The main criticism that seems to levelled at the “heroes in a half shell” (sorry) is that it is a dull movie which is devoid of any fun. I feel as if they have seen a different movie as it never let up. Every joke landed (and there is A LOT of them) and were very funny. I was smiling or laughing through the whole thing.
The turtles were all fleshed out all having the right personality.The Mo cap and voicing were spot on Mikey being the funniest wanting to be with Megan Fox’s April O’neil. Who I was worried about considering her past roles but turned out to be very good in this. I was also not sure about Johnny Knoxville voicing Leo but he was very good also.

Aside from a few obvious plot developments I am so impressed with the Turtles return to the big screen

The only two criticisms I have are that Whoopi Goldberg is under used and it is not long enough (so roll on sequel)
The action is incredible, the mountain scene a hightlight. Although to be fair all the action sizzled off the screen
One of the best films this year without a doubt

I had two thoughts when I left the cinema after this 1) I have to download the song that plays over the credits and 2) I have to see this again, So I cannot wait for the Blu ray

I cannot recommend this enough so go see it

Doctor Who – Series 8 (or Season 8 if you happen to be American) (or series 34 if you follow the original numbering) (or… just shoot me)

Just a quick note to say that the best science fiction programme in the world is back on the telly in a FORTNIGHT!

I may be going to see it in the cinema… not sure yet…

I may have also started reading the scripts that the BBC carelessly lost – but I stopped cos I want it to be a surprise and I think you should not read them either.

Just wait!

 

The Lego Movie Review (Spoilers Obviously)

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Everything is awesome…..

I could probably leave it there, as it is awesome. This film should not work but the film makers have pulled off a kind of miracle and made the best animated film of the year. It truly is great. I feel as if it will never be boring it can be watched multiple times and you will still love it, not only that but see more references or in jokes with each viewing. It’s almost like Wheres Wally but with loads in each frame. Very funny all the way through with a sweet story, although plot and story is lifted from the Matrix, but it is done so well you don’t care. It folows Emmet (Chris Pratt) a normal guy thrust into greatness being the centre of a prophecy which states he will stop Lord business (Will Ferral) from Destroying the universe with the Kragle (great joke here). Visually it is stunning with everything obviously cgi but everything is made from lego bricks from roads to buildings to explosions to the sea!! Voice acting is incredible, many stars voice these tiny people. Morgan Freeman a paticular highlight as Vitruvius, a blind old wizard who is one of the Master Builders and like the Morphous of the peice. Will Artnett as Batman, He has a lot of one liners is kind of selfish but always funny. But saying that Emmet (Chris Pratt) and the whole gang are firing on all cylinders in the funny dept. A personal highlight is a cameo appearance by the Millenium Falcon with a few recognisable characters popping up at the perfect moment. Also the meeting of the Master Buliders is a nice moment. The 90 mins runtime flies by leaving you wanting more (roll on 2017). It seems chaotic, well it is, but it makes sense when you see the end. It would be like this in childs mind but it is perfect for the world that is lego.

Overall cannot reccomend this more to people of all ages