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June 18, 2013 Leave a comment

On Sunday Wife and I sought to go on another “Date Day”

Despite the challenges faced by our previous attempt we decided once again on the Cinema as our destination, the film in question this time round “Man of Steel”

We started well, having learned from our previous outing we chose an earlier showing and after a few false starts (£10 for parking, in Aldershot of all places) we found a suitable car park and made our way to the Cinema.

Due to a little “confused” driving and the aforementioned £10 charge of the 1st care park we entered , by the time we reached the Cinema we were running a little late, in our rush I decided to forgo the pick and mix and instead settle on a packet of minstrels.

Despite arriving in the screen a good 5 minutes after the scheduled start time, the screen was still light and the curtains drawn, disaster averted, 40ish minutes latter we started watching the film.

That’s right; we spent what is over the ¼ of the length of the movie watching adverts before we even got out first glimpse of Krypton, I had litrilly finished my movie snacks before the movie even started!

I would be pissed off enough if it was 40 minutes of trailers, but at least a majority would probably hold some interest (i.e. the Monsters Universe trailer that had me laughing out loud!) but when at least 30 minutes of this time was spent being sold cars/perfume and god know what else, I can say I was less than impressed.

What was worse is I believe it genuinely had an effect on my and defiantly Wife’s enjoyment of the film. Man of Steel is pretty length at 143 minutes, but that’s fairly average nowadays, I can tell you it felt like a full on 4 hours by the time we left.

For me this was less of an issue, I enjoyed the film over all, despite some of the fight scenes feeling unnecessary long and a few too many buildings destroyed but to Wife, the additional 40 minutes prior to the film starting meant that these minor irritations for me, turned into game changers for her resulting the phrase “Thank fuck that’s over” upon the credits rolling. I know what your thinking, she is a girl afterall, but she is a girl who collected Batman and Superman Comics so this should have been a winner for both of us!

After that outburst there was no chance I was getting to wait for a Marvel style after credits scene, FYI if you haven’t seen it yet don’t stay once the credits start rolling, there is nothing to see!

Whilst I appreciate, as with any business, especially in the current climate the Cinemas and movie studios need to make money and these advertising opportunities supply a viable revenue stream it strikes me as an odd decision in a “dying” industry to try and alienate and inconvenience your customers more.

In a world where I can download most of my movie needs in HD quality within weeks (illegally), Months (Legally) of its theatrical release, watch it on a TV where the picture and sound will be equal to if not better than the Cinema, in the comfort of my own Sofa and whilst wearing my pyjamas, it seems an odd choice to hike the prices and ruin the experience, if the “experience” is the only thing that you have left to offer.

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And who are you, the proud lord said,

June 8, 2013 Leave a comment

I have been fairly carefull to not provide Spoilers, but just in case, if you havent yet caught up on Game of Thrones do so then come back!

 

 

As part of my “creating a schedule” I set Saturdays as my Book/Film/TV series, considering the massive impact it has had this week it would be crazy to not talk about Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 9 “The Rains of Castamere”.

One of the most satisfying thing about Game of Thrones is it is the first show since the days of Lost and 24 that have become water cooler conversations not to be based on the “Talent” of a Nation or the warbling of a Pop wanabe.

I’ve read the books, so I knew what was coming. It’s even safe to say that I was looking forward to seeing the reaction from those who had never read the series. Much like the Ned Storyline in Season One I got almost as much enjoyment from the knowledge of things to come as I did from the show itself.

I thought the main event was brilliant; the subtle hints that it was coming, I think made Catelyn’s realisation echo that of the uninitiated. One of the small touches I especially liked was the complete lack of outro music, which had been “Rains of Castamere” for the weeks previous.

I am a little surprised that it wasn’t the final episode and I’m somewhat confused as to which other finale moment we could be treated to in episode 10, although thinking back the battle of the Blackwater was actually the penultimate episode last season as well.

It also did a fantastic job of making you forget Episode 8, in case you’re wondering check out around 33mins, adds an additional importance to the Red Wedding.

I can’t wait to see what the final episode is, there are so many great moments to come, not as many individual moments stand out for me as Ned’s demise and the Red Wedding, but for those of you yet to read the books or just content to watch it unfold as the TV show I guarantee you this won’t be the last water cooler moment inspired by this show!

Twishite

January 5, 2013 3 comments

At some point over the Xmas/new year period E4 screened the first of the Twilight Saga and Wife decided to Tivo it. Until now I had managed to avoid watching it, I’d heard enough from various people to come to the conclusion that it wasn’t the kind of movie that was going to appeal to me.

Despite being an avid vampire fan I had a preconceived notion that Twilight would be utter tosh, something that had led to Wife calling me a “Vampire” Snob, something that was further reinforced by my unwillingness to watch Vampire Diaries or True Blood, to be fair I didn’t want to watch True Blood as I had got the 1st Season for Wife as an Xmas Present but I couldn’t really say that.

So tonight with nothing really on the TV, we decided that we would clear some space on the Tivo and get round to watching what is one of the biggest movie (and book) franchises of the last 5 years.

As you may have guessed by the title, it turned out my gut feeling was correct.

It was indeed utter [insert expletive of your choice here]

I can’t comment on the book, perhaps Stephanie Meyer’s book is a literary masterpiece, perhaps Hollywood just butchered what was an outstanding piece of fiction, I just don’t know. I haven’t read it so far, and frankly I won’t be in the future.

But anyways back to the film.

First and foremost, that’s 2+ hours of my life I will never get back, it was so dull that whilst it made me annoyed enough to come and right this post, I’m starting to forget exactly what it was I was so upset with and what exactly I did for the last few hours.

There was not one character I could relate to, like or otherwise engage with.  

The storyline was weak, unimaginative and predictable.

The Dialogue and its delivery were appalling.

The over the top “Vampire” makeup really got on my nerves.

Oh and the most frustrating, annoying and anger inducing part?

It’s got NO SODDING VAMPIRES in it!

Not one!

I don’t know exactly what the creatures that Edward and his family are, but they are not Vampires. Vampires burst in to flames in the sunlight; they don’t turn in to 1970’s disco ball!

What Are You Watching?

January 3, 2013 Leave a comment

With the best part of 3 months until the new season of Game of Thrones, 2 months until the return of The Walking Dead and only 3 Episodes of Fringe left until it ends for good, TV is starting to look somewhat grim for the next few months.

 I’ve Still got a little of a back log, a few episodes of Season 7 of Dexter, some Spartacus and Arrow, and have also been introduced to Revenge by Wife’s parents, which we have thoroughly enjoyed, but with such a long time until the traditional glut of new shows that come along in the autum I thought I’d take a look at what’s new for the mid season.

I would do some kind of write up about each one but frankly if you watch the trailer you have seen as much as I have, and secondly whilst I was looking for trailers and information on what was up and coming I stumbled across this site which does a much better job than I could.

So head over and check out what you might want to watch this spring.

http://tvline.com/2012/12/30/midseason-tv-preview-review-premiere-dates-trailers/

For me it has to be Cult, the Following, Deception and perhaps How to Live with Your Parents (for the rest of your life).

My Programs and Us programs

October 10, 2012 1 comment

As I have mentioned previously this month I am somewhat of a telly addict, in the last month as well as my usual weekly programs I have steamrolled my way through 5 entire seasons of Chuck, watching the last episode yesterday.

It’s an awesome program, if you haven’t already then check it out.

However its end has somewhat left me with a conundrum. Despite her love of the soaps Wife generally has a very similar taste in TV to me, but every now and again I find something that she isn’t really into and it gives me something to watch at the times that she is busy watching her soaps, doing her marking or performing in a murder mystery event.

Sadly for me a lot of the time what starts as one of “My programs” that I can happily watch at whatever time I see fit gets converted to an “Us” program that requires careful planning and specified timeslots as to when I am able to see them. Eureka started off this way, but due its change in status I am yet to watch the final season.

Due to some lax work on my part in obtaining recent episodes of “Us” shows Chuck has now fallen into the category but luckily my head start meant I was able to watch the final few episodes without affecting our “Us” viewing.

As it stands I have two “My Programs” left, Sons of Anarchy and Fringe, I am however up to date on both of these, and the most recent addition to my collection “Revolution” has already been categorised as an “Us” program meaning I must wait to follow up on episodes one’s cliff-hanger ending.

If anyone has any suggestions for something that I can keep firmly in the “My” category and preferably has a good number of seasons to keep me occupied then please let me know.

Googlewhack

October 4, 2012 Leave a comment

I recently sat down and re-watched Dave Gormans Googlewhack Adventure, its brilliant! Even the 2nd time round when you know what’s coming.

For those of you who don’t know a Googlewhack  is, it is when you type two words into Google and return only a single result. An impressive feat when you think of the pages and pages of results that you find even with the most bizarre of searches (Etruscans bollard). On top of that there are rules that must be adhered to, to make this challenge even tougher, anyways back to the show!

If you have yet to see this show I 100% recommend it, it’s not your traditional comedy stand up but it really does make you laugh, an impressive feat for a PowerPoint presentation.

Dave’s performance really shines, it’s clear to see the emotions that he felt during this somewhat epic journey.

Sadly I can’t really say much more than that about the show as if you haven’t seen it, it really is a show that requires some serious spoiler alerts when speaking about it.

On the upside this fits it quite well with the fact that I was struggling with anything to say this evening but wanted to keep up the daily posting momentum that I have created so far this month.

I’ve managed to find a brief clip that doesn’t give away any of the events but still has some humour in it, hopefully it will be enough to make you go out and rent/buy/borrow or obtain by some other method, the show and give it a watch.

SPOILER WARNING: There are a number of videos that the one below links to that do very much ruin parts of the show so I would not recommend watching them.

 

Telly Addict

October 3, 2012 1 comment

I’m a massive TV fan, I watch a lot of shows and when I get into them I really go at it hammer and tongs!

When I fist discovered it I watched LOST seasons 1&2 in the space of 36 Hours, watched the first season of 24 over a week and since this Saturday I have watched two and half seasons of Chuck.

So I really love this time of year, not only do many of my existing of my existing favourites start again, but a whole host of new shows hit the box. There are a few such as Game of Thrones and Justified that I still have to wait until the new year for, but luckily this often crosses over with breaks in other shows and so reduces the amount of time that I am left with nothing to watch.

In the last few weeks 34 of my current favourite shows have restarted and I have been more than impressed. Modern Family has picked up where it left of and continues to be the funniest thing on TV, Fringe has started its final season and I can’t wait to find out where it all ends, Dexter has taken it to a whole new level with the ending of this week’s opening episode of the season, and I can’t find words to express the emotions that I have gone through watching the first 3 episodes of season 5 of Sons of Anarchy, last week’s episode has really created a divide amongst its fan base.

On top of this I have lined up a number of new shows to add to my ever growing weekly viewing schedule.

I watched the first episode of “Go On” last night, a new comedy with Matthew Perry, it was ok and had a few laugh out loud moments but had some touching ones as well. It wasn’t outstanding and unless it picks up its game dramatically is unlikely to get a second season, but I’ll be honest I thought that about New Girl which everyone else seems to find hilarious.

I’ve got “666 Park Avenue,”  “The Mob Doctor” and the one I have been looking forward to the most, “Revolution” it’s now just a case of finding time to add these new shows to my already jam pack evenings!
The trailers are below, check em out and let me know what your verdict is!

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