Tomorrow, most excitingly, I will be getting the train home, something I have very much looked forward to. It truly will be driving home for Christmas, but on a train. As this is all I can think about today I thought I would fill this blog with pictures and words to get everyone truly excited for Christmas and in a very merry mood. So please do enjoy the below bits of merriment.
As an early little celebration for my readers I thought I would finally get round to writing about the technicolour filled ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ trailer. Technicolour relates to the CGI of which we will talk about in but a moment. First of all we have to talk about the key things this trailer shows us and that is the multiple villains Spider-man will be facing off against in the 2014 film by returning director Marc Webb. The film is pitting spider-man against an ever-growing amount of villains. the first villain we heard of when the film was first talked about was electro, he will be played by Jamie Foxx in the film, and him on his own looks to be causing spider-man enough issues. We then get to the slightly dumb but clearly another big issue for spider, Rhino, played by Paul Giamatti. Now if those two were not enough we then got word that either Chris Coopers Norman Osborne or Dan DeHaan’s Harry Osborne would be taking on the responsibility of the green goblet, you know, just to give spider no chance. However we still aren’t sure which one will be taking up this gauntlet, as we see Coopers Norman Osborne isn’t his usual self, but then could his frail health lad to the only option of survival, be turned into the green goblet? It’s all up in the air at the moment. We also get to see one huge aspect in the trailer, two suit backpack things which will make the characters of the vulture and Doctor Octopus possible, what is the third film planning for us? Obviously we know the sinister six is all but confirmed, but will we see them all together first in this film or have to wait till 2016?
Now to that CGI that the trailer features. It is safe to say that what we can see from this trailer is quite strange CGI, I mean it looks very detailed and good, but at the same time it looks very fake, and there are some shots that are just the essence of technicolour in a weird way. What this will look like on a big screen in the cinema I don’t know, it seems that the CGI is going to give it a very strange at first look, but one t hat may just take it back to its comic-book origins.
Following on from yesterdays Christmas blog I bring you another festive piece of writing.
This Christmas will be quite the exciting time of year, like I said only yesterday I have faced many changes this year, all of which have led to some amazing experiences as well as leading me to meeting incredible people. That on its own was intrinsically exciting on its own. However, if that was not enough this Christmas bares down to increase that excitement two-fold.
From returning home and catching up with my great friends back home in Kent, to waiting for the new arrival to our family, one whack will make me a very excited and instantly proud uncle. That’s right, I am going to be an uncle! Now of course during Christmas you also have the excitement of decorating, and of course for many the presents.This excitement from putting up the first bits of tinsel, to opening the tiniest presents, they all make Christmas what it is, pure joy and happiness. Now todays blog is simply a quick blog to say this. For this is a message that doesn’t take hundreds of words to write or get across to people. It just takes a few thoughts, and a single memory of Christmas’ past to remember the exciting and joy that comes along with Christmas. Whether you are 8 or 80, everyone has a reason to smile and be excited for that Christmas morning. Christmas isn’t about how old you are, it isn’t a children’s holiday, it is a family holiday. There are not many times of the year when you can all come together for a big meal and many hours of laughter and fun. So on the run up to Christmas, as many work, and many just want this busy time to be over with, just remember what Christmas does for us, for it is not a day, but a thought, a way of mind. Christmas just reminds that when we all come together to celebrate it is wonderful, and thank god there is one day of each year where the majority can do it.
Even those who must continue to work, the joy that Christmas brings makes it quite an easy day to work, it may seem hard to believe now but it is true. We all become the happiest of people around christmas, why not make that last throughout the year, that’s what I say. Anyway keeping it short and sweet, remember the excitement that builds up now, and let that push you on through work and many hours of hardship to that one day, and maybe more days where you can all come together once again. Be excited for that, who couldn’t be?
Once again it is that time of year. The time of Christmas, a time of hope, love and togetherness.
It seems to come around so fast now that I can’t believe it is here once again, not that I am complaining as it is such a wonderful time of year. This year will be very different for me though, as not only am I at university awaiting the train journey home, but I am not working all through Christmas like I usually, and more than anything we wait for a new ember to join our family. Safe to say my personal Christmas will be both very different, but very wonderful and memorable.
It is hard not to feel cheerful at this time of year. I finished my last major assignment only yesterday but as soon as I sent that I was ready to take very aspect of Christmas like usual, only this year it is in a very different place with a whole new bunch of friends, nonetheless the traditions, music and films continue. I really don’t understand how people can be Scrooges around Christmas, of all the times of the year to just absorb the wonder and cheer this is the best time. You walk out your door and its chilly, but in a crispy and frosty good kind of way. It is the time of year to all come together, laugh and smile. It isn’t a day, or even a week, it is months of cheer, days of togetherness, and memories that will continue for every year of your life. For example, I remember the Christmas’ of 2005 and 2006 incredibly well, and those memories stick with you. Every Christmas has its own special moments of happiness.
More than ever I have never looked forward to going home for Christmas more. It is an odd experience being away from home at university for the first time. I want to be at home with your family, but at the same time I am loving university and know that it won’t take long for me to want to back here. But thats the wonderful thing about not just Christmas, but university too. It gives you memories of so many different places, events and people. Leaving one amazing place filled with great memories to return home to the festive cheer, it really couldn’t be better. Except eh days full of work, it is petty much all cheer and excitement.
I cannot wait to get on that train home, it truly will feel like driving home for Christmas, I will feel very ‘mature’ I am sure. Bournemouth has become my home and has given me such cheer already this holiday season, but I know it will not all click until I walk through my door into my home on Thursday. It truly will be a memory in itself.
I hope you are all already feeling the cheer of Christmas and excited for the memories which are bound to be ahead.
It is incredibly saddening to be writing what I will be writing today on the 1st day of December, a usual merry and happy time. But today, alas, does not follow this pattern.
I was more than shocked and incredibly saddened when this morning I woke to the news that Paul Walker, a lead protagonist of the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, was announced dead due to a car accident in which what we can only assume was a friend of his also lost their life. This is such sad news, not just for the film franchise or hollywood, but for the world as walker, and his friend were most likely truly wonderful people. Walker was massive giver to charity, and was actually on his way to a charity event when this unfortunate incident occurred. We do not know the details, only that he and his friend died in a Porsche which seems to have spun out of control. No matter how saddening this news is it is safe to say that Walker dying in a car seems to always have suited his alter-ego, Brain Conner. Like Robert Downey jr and his Tony Stark, these two forms of Walker were pretty much the same person. Walker was a huge enthusiast of cars, many interviewers even saying he was only truly interested in talking if it was about cars, a bit like myself. So for him to die in a car seems like the only way Walker and Connor could go, even it was too early for them to leave. All members of the FF franchise and showed their sadness and with a cast that has always stuck so closely together in real life you can only imagine the sadness them and Walkers family are feeling.
Today we have also just got news of a terrible train accident in New York where it looks like a minimum of four people have lost their lives. Another shocking incident where our thoughts can only be with them, their friends and their families. This kind of events make us simply speechless and continue to live in our history forever. Yet it is also these kind of events that bring us together, ad at Christmas that is what it is all about. Many people who should have seen Christmas easily this year will now not, this is the saddest of news. For we must remember how lucky we are at Christmas, we must come together, through our pains and sorrow and stand together and help each other.
It can only get better.
When Christopher Nolan’s latest project ‘interstellar’ was announced its safe to say I was hyped, like I am about all his work. Since then though, even though filming has been going on all talk off the film kind of dropped off the radar, but then would Nolan want it any other way? The king of secrets, Nolan is probably ready to blow our winds with this film which will be in our cinemas next November, in ways it seems like it will be the ‘Gravity’ of 2014. However, true to Nolan style, it will be incredibly complex and most likely all the better for it.
And in just a few short days/weeks we will get a look at the film for the first time! A trailer, only short and very teasery, will be playing before ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’, what a great start to what will be a special and beautiful film from Peter Jackson once again, anyway back to Nolan. The film will star quite the cast, with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway leading the key characters. The film will be all about time, space and wormholes, quite the ideas to work from but if anyone can conquer it is of course the always spectacular Nolan. Now we just have to wait for that trailer, patiently or not.
A while back I went to see the pretty damn intense film, ‘Prisoners’. Starring Jack Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman this film was literally made rot define the word intense, from the outset this is no easy or sweet ride, this is tension at its horrid best.
The film basically follows the kidnapping of multiple children actually in the bigger picture, but focusses specifically on the children of High Jackmans character and Terrence Howards father character as well. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the detective in charge of finding these missing children, at first looking like a straight up kidnapping by a weird male character, but where the film goes from here is what really make it incredible as well as purely shocking by the end, which leaves us leaving quite a lot more, mainly to find out what really happens but we will get to that later. I suppose what should be spoken about most is Hugh Jackmans character and they way this character is developed and changes, it is shocking yet brilliant. Once again Jackman gives another great performance, we may be use to seeing him as Wolverine now, but that hasn’t limited his acting talent and ability. You watch as this nice, fun family man is turned into the kind of person who kidnapped his own child, it is harrowing but incredibly clever, brilliant almost.
From this we get onto Jake Gyllenhaal’s detective Loki, the man in charge of finding these children again. You have faith in this charter even if Jackmans father character doesn’t, you know he has leads, the only problem is these leads go round and around. Well that is what we believe anyway. This leads onto the further great element about the film, the way it keep you guessing and never really gives you the answer to everything. From the mazes, to the conspiracies within a church, it all gets very deep, very dark, and very intense. Yet it is this constant unknown idea that makes you so involved, you are falling Loki like it is your own investigation, linking the pieces together just as he does. At the same time however you are loosing faith in finding the girls just as much as he is.
It is safe to say this film isn’t a laid-back isn’t film to watch, you have to really focus, but is none the worse for it. The ending and eventual outline really does blow you away, as well as sicken you and makes you very completely shocked, yet at the same tim worry that we live in a world where this does occur, tragically and terribly. This film really does define the word intense. Yet it is more than that. It shows us that we have to hope, we have to believe we will find that lost person, or continue to have hope for something no matter what, we can never let that belief fade. Where there is hope there is an end, whether it is happy or sad is hard to say. What is safe to say is that Jackmans characters has ended up stepping right on the line of this line, what is right, what is wrong? What would you do to find your child? That is the underlying question.
Simply put this is a wonderful thing that everyone, everyone, must see.
This is the story of Miles Scott, a kid that has been through the battle with leukaemia and has come out the other side, and to celebrate the ‘Make-A-Wish’ foundation turned him into his favourite superhero, batman, while also turning his part of San Francisco into Gotham city. They filled it with typical superhero events, the damsel in distress, even the riddler, and set young Scott on them proving to be quite the little hero. This is a kid whose leukaemia is in remission and is now fighting bad guys, its safe to say he is the coolest kid on the planet right now and deserved this wish. It truly shows how wonderful humanity can be with thousands turning out to see Batkid do his stuff. Truly beautiful in my eyes.
Lily Allen is known to be, controversial I think that is the word I’m looking for. For me it has always been in the right way though, with her singing about the pitfalls or youth, the issues with drugs, and now she has focussed directly on the celebrity lifestyle, specifically the trend of sexually charged music videos.
It is safe to say that over the last, I don’t know, four years? Music videos have become less about dancing and fun of the 90′s and early 00′s (e.g pink and Britney Spears) instead being replaced with three minutes of awkward grinding, weird dancing, clothes taken to their limits and who knows what else. Well Lily Allen has taken his trend and basically made what it is of it and made it hilarious, finally people are realising who much it needs to be changed and laughed at and not supported or ‘liked’. She has crammed everything from the champagne to the scantily clad women into this video, and boy does it get the message across.
Yet some have criticised this video! Yes, this film which is trying to change views and ideas and values behind music videos is being criticised instead of videos such Rihanna’s ‘Pour it up’ and pretty much everything from Lady gaga or Miley Cyrus. It was even said that Allen’s video is racist. Said to only make use of black or foreign dancers many believe it to show a form of racism. Clearly these people didn’t actually watch the video as the dancers are anyone, clearly Allen showing how it doesn’t matter what you look like. From the tattooed to the non-tattooed, from the small to the big, she has got every type of women I this vide. The video also shows the idea of the high music companies changing their singers just to get better record number, no matter war it makes them look like. Looks like money really has become everything in this world.
I have always loved Lily Allen for her frank but brilliant music, not holding anything but, just telling how it is. In this day and age I believe this is how it needs to be done. Instead of having Rihanna or Cyrus as your idol in life, why not someone actually successful, and someone who is successful without being naked the majority of the time. For me it is time music videos went back to what they were, simply a video for a piece of music, a piece of music that always mattered more than the video. Here Allen has both made a brilliant song and a video, together lets hope they change the world view.