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Good Movies I’ve Seen in 2017 (so far)

Logan

Logan surprised me by how good it actually was.  The story revolves around the Ex X-Men Wolverine, or Logan for short, protecting a young girl who has powers similar to his own.  This film isn’t afraid to pile on the bloody violence in between all the quiet moments.  One of the best comic book movies ever.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

GOTG 2 somehow actually surpasses the original film.  Once again we follow the Guardians once again saving the galaxy from a massive threat and doing it with the usual awesome soundtrack.  In this one Peter Quill (Star Lord) meets his father, who turns out to be a living planet called Ego, and wackiness and other amazing set pieces ensue.  GOTG 2 once again makes you absolutely adore Groot and will break your heart more than once in the space of 10 minutes.  So far that’s 2 absolutely stellar comic book movies.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a surprise hit, Gal Gadot plays both sides of the role pretty much perfectly.  She is both as tough as any other superhero but innocent went it comes to the world outside of Themyscira.  The action sequence in the trenches is amazing but the final battle at the end of the film is a let down in comparison.  However this is yet another amazing comic book movie this year.  That makes 3, surely that must be all.

Spider-man Homecoming

After his short stint in Captain America Civil War, Spider-man is back in the brilliantly fun movie. Under the watchful eye of Tony Stark, Peter Parker sets out protecting the citizens of New York from the evil Vulture.  This film is technically not an origin story because lets face it we all know how he became Spider-man by now.  However it also technically is since he’s still new to the role and learns how to be responsible in the role.  Tom Holland is brilliant as Peter Parker/Spider-man and Marvel did an excellent job finding him.  Four high quality comic book movies and with Thor Ragnarok look awesome from the trailers and Justice League may surprise us yet.

Alien Covenant

Alien Covenant is a sequel to the slightly better than mediocre Prometheus.  It continues the story of David the Android from Prometheus as he meets the crew of the Covenant.  This film is much better than Prometheus mainly because this time we get to see the Xenomorph make a lovely bloody mess.  Hopefully the next film will improve things further.

 

 

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No Man’s Sky – PS4

Years in the making, No Man’s Sky is finally here. 

So what do you do in No Man’s Sky? Put simply you explore the universe on your way to the center of the universe.  Of course there is more to it than that. 

Discovering new plant and animal life is a major part of the game. Every planet contains a selection of new life, each of which you can scan and then name. In my experience most animals will pretty much leave you alone, some will run away and a few attack on site.

Mining minerals with your multi-tool allows you to upgrade your ship, exosuit and multi-tool. They can also be sold to the many aliens in the game, this currency can then be used to purchase a new and better ship.

Upgrade and component blueprints are gained from computet terminals and aliens. These blueprints can upgrade your shields, weapons, hyperdrive, your engines among other things.

You can also learn the many alien languages throught the game. Single words can be learnt from alien monoliths and ruins along with the aliens inhabiting the universe.

Space combat in the game is pretty much entirely optional and works well enough. It’s no Wing Commander or Freespace but is fun. Weapon wise i prefer the phase beam over the cannon, I was much more successful with the beam.

Should the worst happen and something kills you it is entirely possible to get your bits and bobs back. Simply head back to where you died to find your grave.

No Man’s Sky is a good looking game and is fun to play. I have yet to reach the center of the universe but am looking forward to seeing what is out there. I’ve made many interesting discoveries and am still finding new things.

The game isn’t perfect however. It has a tendancy to crash, this is always a pain especially if you haven’t saved for a while. I’m also worried about whether the game will still be fun in the long run since the gameplay can get a bit repetitive. 
Best bits

  • A very vast universe to explore
  • Lots to discover
  • Looks great
  • Easy to play


Bad bits

  • Could get repetitive after a while
  • Keeps crashing

Doctor Who – Blink

Anyone that knows me knows that Doctor Who is one of my favourite things ever. I only got into it when it was revived back in 2005 but have been a fan ever since.

The Doctor light episodes have become a regular occurrence since the shows return. They basically free up the actor for filming of the big finale. The first of these episodes “Love and Monsters” was awful but the one from the following season is one of the best episodes of Doctor Who. 

Blink follows the best companion that never was, Sally Sparrow, who is investigating the disappearance of her best friend. Unbeknownst to Sally her friend was taken by the terrifying Weeping Angels.

The Weeping Angels were, at the time, new to Doctor Who. They resemble stone statues and can only move when they are not being observed. If they touch you they send you back in time and feed off your time energy. This of course happens to the Doctor and companion Martha who get stranded in the 1960s, unable to go anywhere due to the Tardis being in the present day.

During her investigation Sally comes across the Tardis and more importantly DVD easter eggs left by the Doctor. These easter eggs form one of the best parts of the episode where Sally has a conversation with the Doctors pre-recorded video. This was all possible thanks to some wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. Ultimately Sally sends the Tardis to the Doctor and tricks the Angels into seeing each other, stopping them from moving.

The episode ends before the Doctor and Martha are sent back in time. Sally hands off all the information she gathers to the Doctor allowing him to send the easter egg messages. Like I said wibbly wobbly timey wimey. 

Not only do we get a great and scary story. We are also introduced to Sally who would make a awesome companion, something which will probably never happen now unfortunately. 

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.