Sea of Monsters

So, I ended up down the cinema with a couple of friends, and we went in to see Sea of Monsters.

Now, I don’t know much about the Percy Jackson series, so I have no idea how accurate this is compared to the books, so yet again I went in to the film with no real preconceptions about it.

Percy Jackson is a Young Adult urban fantasy series, basically based around Greek mythology. In this series most of the Greek gods and godesses have half-blood children and they have a refuge known as Camp Half Blood and the series follows the titular Percy Jackson who is the son of Poisiden.

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Elysium

So, to be totally honest I had no idea about this film before I watched it yesterday. I’d sort of seen it mentioned a few times but never really caught any trailers, and well the poster doesn’t really give you much to go on other than it looks like an action film.

It’s not really a film I would have really picked to see on my own, I honestly don’t tend to watch much stuff that’s higher than a 12a rating. And I’m not really a big fan of distopic settings. Mainly as it just seems they are rather overdone.

But I had no expectations for this film, and I was pretty pleasently suprised by the end of it.

Please note: The following review contains spoilers, please proceeed with caution.

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I sat through the Lone Ranger

I honestly had no intention of watching this film. But I got drafted into going by my family.

Simply put, the film made little impression on me.

I don’t even think saying the visuals are good is a saving grace since now there’s very few films with bad visuals. This was supposed to be a ‘birth of a hero’ film but it just flopped for me. I can sort of make it work as ‘crazy western buddy film’ but even so.

I mean right near the end it feels like how ‘The Lone Ranger’ is supposed to be but the rest of the film is just no.

There was some funny moments. mostly slapstick. I have to admit a lot of the humour was quite forced to me but the only thing I found genuinely funny was Silver the horse.

Now to be warned, I touch upon a few senstive topics, abelism, sexism and rape jokes so most of this will be under a cut. And there’s some spoilers ahead.

Short version: This may have turned out well, but it didn’t and has plenty of ‘Why? Why did you do this?’

To me The Lone Ranger was one of those nolstagic pieces that probably should just stay nolstaglic for a reason. And really isn’t something that can be made into a modern adaptation. Or if you do you need to be very, very careful in doing so.

Now of course, the main issue was the racism surrounding the casting of Johnny Depp as a Native American. I admit this is somewhere I personally can not feel I can speak much as I am not Native American. So I will leave this aspect to others to deal with. But yes I really was not on board with the ‘let’s not cast someone who is actually Native American’ in the film.

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An Unexpected Journey


So you may have noticed it’s been a while since my last proper post. So here’s another attempt at me reviewing a film.
Spoilers ahoy so be ye warned.

It was for me strangley emotional watching this film. Probably because about ten years before I remember sitting in the cinema watching Return of the King and so in a way it was a bit of a homecoming.
(And I may have felt a bit emotional when the first notes of The Hobbiton music started playing)

I remember falling in love with Middle Earth and I had missed it for quite a while. It also gave me the kick for wanting to get involved in fantasy art.

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Change Your Fate

I saw Brave today, so here’s an attempt at a review. (Also I did almost have my whole review written out then one fell keystroke made it go) But there may be spoilers ahead so read with caution.

Now, from the time I started hearing rumours and seeing various leaks about Brave I immediately felt like this was a film I had somehow been waiting for my whole life.

A princess movie with a twist? Pixar’s first female lead movie? Set in Scotland?
You get the picture.

One of the main points of this film for me was in fact the backgrounds and environments. Pixar really went to town on this film and it really shows. Forests, lochs, castles, ruins, mist, mountains, hills are all beautifully done and done in such a way you feel you are there.

Now onto the more picking apart bit.

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In Review

Okay, now it’s 2012 I suppose I should reflect on the past year.

For me personally it was a good year to start but midway through the year things seemed to drop. I did get some nice finds and purchases this year like:

  • G3 Fizzy Pop
  • G3 Ti-Ra-Mi-Su
  • G3 Secret Wish
  • G1 Goldilocks
  • G1 Baby Firefly
  • G1 Baby Lucky
  • G1 ‘Princess Tabetta’
  • G1 Snuzzle

There was also the Poundland Transformer’s pens and the the FiM Target merch someone picked up for me and then later in the year there was the task force 141 shirt I managed to get and the MLP hoody (need to get pictures)and Disturbed hoody

Some great games came out this year, part of the reason I’ve been quiet the last month or so, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Skyrim to name the two main ones that have been sucking up my time. I got to see some great films this year like Captain America, Kung Fu Panda 2, POTC 4, Three Muskateers, TinTin,

I randomly met a brony this year but missed out on UK Ponycon and also randomly found Naruto DVD’s in a charity shop

All in all it wasn’t a bad year. Let’s see what 2012 brings!

The Adventures of TinTin: Secret of the Unicorn

Hello, it’s been a while and yet again here’s one of my rather bad attempts at reviewing a movie.

Now, I’ve been a fan of TinTin for quite a while. I remember reading my first comic when I was about 9-10 which was also when I disovered the Asterix comics so they’ve been one of those ‘big parts’ of my childhood. When I saw the trailer I was excited to see it being brought to the screen and hoped they did things well.

I wasn’t dissappointed.

The main point of the film that I loved was the CGI. The style was pretty breathtaking and very much made the characters real and for the most part avoided the ‘uncanny valley’ effect which they could have created there was a few moments where things got thrown slightly off. The world of TinTin was also very richley detailed and textured.

It may seem strange but one of the bits I loved was the opening credits. I loved the animation style that was used.

It to me was very much a film more intended for the fans, with the various hints to the previous comics (look out for a very special cameo at the start) and also the film was quite dark in points for a PG rated movie so do bare that in mind if you want to take small children to it.

The characters in this film were likable. TinTin was, well TinTin, likable, heroic and a ‘good guy’ but not deep. But to be fair this film didn’t need to be deep, everyone knows TinTin as ‘the intrepid boy reporter’, Haddock as the ‘illtempered, fiery captain’ and Thompson and Thompson as the ‘bumbling dectives’ and despite the aparent ‘shallowness’ of these characters it doesn’t detract from the film. The film is fast paced, plenty of action, humour and generally an enjoyable film to watch.

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