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Things I Enjoyed In 2016 – Cinema

Happy new year readers of my little blog.  I still haven’t gotten into a blogging rhythm  and I fully intend to get on this in 2017. To start things off I thought I’d go through the films I saw at the cinema in 2016 and make up awards for them. 

Favourite Film –  Captain America: Civil War

The cinematic behemoth that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done it again with another amazing superhero film.  This one is a little different since it pits hero vs hero. 

Most Fun Film – Ghostbusters

The new Ghostbusters is not as good as the original 1984 film. However this does not mean it is a bad film at all.  It’s the film that put the biggest smile on my face. 

Weirdest Film – Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is a seriously bizarre film,  there’s lots of weird stuff going on, yet somehow it all works. There’s some amazing effects that should probably be seen in 3D to be fully appreciated (I saw it in 2D). A great film and I look forward to seeing Doctor Strange in action again. 

Star Wars is still awesome award –  Rogue One

A Star Wars film with little to no force related stuff sounds crazy but works surprisingly well.  The story of how the plans of the original Death Star are obtained is action packed and contains loads of great moments. 

Better than the critics say award – Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad has a lot going for it despite what the reviews say.  Both Harvey Quick and Deadshot are both great characters and I look forward to seeing more of them in future films.  The action scenes are exciting.  The film does have its problems, it can be a bit muddled and the Joker is just bad. 

Batman,  Superman & Wonder Women in the same film award – Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

This is one confused film.  It rarely makes much sense and is way too dark.  However Ben Affeck is great as Bruce Wayne and Batman also seeing Bats,  Supes and WW fight together was just awesome. 

Dumbass Superhero Film Award – Deadpool

Funny,  action packed,  moving,  stupid and brilliant are all words to describe the Deadwood film. 

Geeks Rule 

Back in school, like so many others, I was bullied. It made my life very difficult, I was miserable a lot. I was bullied because of my height, because I was shy and, for the purpose of this blog post, most importantly for what I enjoyed.

I loved video/computer games. Starting out on the Commodore 64 and moving on to consoles it was something that, at the time was bizzarley looked down on. But eventually this became a win for geeks since gaming is now a big business and everyone is doing it. So Geeks rule!

Sci-Fi was another passion. Whether it’s TV, films, comic books or novels I enjoyed it all. But again anyone who was into this was looked down on and beaten down with cruel words. These days comic book movies are everywhere and are massivley popular. Sci-Fi TV fills up schedules around the world and grows more and more popular. Sci-Fi seems to be where the interesting and varied characters are. It’s where different ideas can be experimented with. Once again Geeks rule!

Like many others I enjoyed all these things before they were considered to be cool. Geeks are true trendsetters of the past couple of decades (There are of course others). Geeks had to struggle through a lot to get where we are today.  Geeks are the ones moving us all forward. Geeks rule, FACT!

Ghostbusters (2016) Review

The new Ghostbusters is finally here and, at the time of writing, I have just left the cinema. As everyone knows the film has had a lot of hate thrown at it over the past few months, some of it was justified (such as that first awful trailer) and some was just vile and disgusting. But now that the film has hit cinemas we can all make a more informed opinion on the film.

Firstly is this new Ghostbusters better than the originals? No, but that doesn’t stop this film being so very good.

I went into the cinema with an open mind and was hoping for a fun film featuring some laughs and lots of ghostbusting action. What I got was pretty much that and a bit more.

The new Ghostbusters are a great team and all get their chance to shine. Jillian Holtzmann is my new favourite mad scientist who regularly steals scenes. Abby Yates and Erin Gilbert have a believable friendship. And proving that you don’t have to be a scientist to be smart, Patty Tolan has an extensive knowledge of the history of New York. Last but by no means least is Kevin, wonderfully brought to life by Chris Hemsworth he has some of the best comedy scenes in the film.

I really enjoyed the action scenes at the end and them capturing their first ghost.  They work well as a team and have some cool new gadgets such as the Ghost Shredder to deal with the paranormal menace.

I’m not one for modern American comedy but most of it worked here. Yeah there was one fart gag but so what. Most of the best bits of comedy comes, surprisingly,  from Chris Hemsworth. However they all have their comedy moments.

The film does rely a little too much on referencing the original films but hopefully it will be able to stand on its own two feet in the inevitable sequel.

If you are a fan of the Ghostbusters you should give the film a chance there’s a lot to enjoy here.

GOOD BITS

  • The new Ghostbuster team.
  • The new tech
  • The post credit scene
  • Chris Hemsworth is hilarious
  • Interesting story
  • Slimer
  • Poking fun at the haters.
  • Great cameos
  • Harold Ramis dedication

 BAD BITS

  • A fart gag
  • Relies a little too much on the past

Ghostbusters Old & New

With the new Ghostbusters film literally just around the corner and with the original Ghostbusters film being one of my favourite films of all time I just thought I’d sum up the films in my own words along with my thoughts on the new film.

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The originals and the best. Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman and Winston Zeddemore.

 

I first saw the original Ghostbusters way back in 1984, it fascinated me and literally started me down the sci-fi path.  Ghostbusters is the story of three scientists who, after getting kicked out of University, set up business as paranormal investigators and eliminators.  Using excessivley cool tech such as the Proton Pack and Ghost Trap they seek out ghosts terrorising the citizens of New York and ultimately save the world from the double team of Zuul and Gozer.

One of the main reasons this film is special is the characters.  Firstly we have Egon Spengler the brains of the Ghostbusters. Ray Stantz is undoubtly the heart of the Ghostbusters, he’s always full of optimism and enthusiasm for the job. Next up is Peter Venkman the mouth of Ghostbusters, always ready with a witty line . Finally there’s Winston Zeddemore, who was hired after the Ghostbusters business took off and helped save the world after only a couple of weeks on the job.

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The newbies. Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, Abby Yates and Patty Tolan.

 

The new Ghostbusters film starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones is out next week and has stirred up all kinds of controversy.  There have been ridiculous claims that the new film has ruined childhoods or destroyed the original films, this is of course not possible without the use time travel. Beyond this there has been something of a campaign of hate aimed at the film, I won’t be going in to this as I do not buy into it.

Personally I think the film looks like a lot of fun.  Sure some of the early trailers were poorly put together and the jokes fell a little flat but beyond that it seems that we’re in for lots of ghost busting fun.  The new tech looks amazing, and are sure to be put to good use during the course of the film.

Will the film actually be any good, only time will tell.  The later trailers have been much improved which bodes well, however I do not for second think that this will be anywhere near as good as the original films.

I will be sitting in the cinema when the film is out and will let you know my thoughts once I’ve seen it.

Ghostbusters will be released in the UK on the 11th of July.