Monday, 29 June 2015

I am Pretty Torn About Hannibal Cancellation :'(

So... a couple of days ago NBC announced that the network cancelled Hannibal, one of my most beloved shows. As a rather hardcore Fannibal myself, this news was not taken very well. NOT AT ALL! 

I feel consumed by my sadness, sorrow and disappointment at this news. A couple of posts ago about another subject; I said something along the lines of "This is the best TV news in 2015". News of Hannibal cancellation is exactly the opposite. Easily "The worst TV news in 2015!"


Yes, we know the show was struggling with the ratings almost ever since it first aired. Yes, we also know the ratings kept dropping each episode, let alone each season. For some reason I still would like to believe that NBC could have done much more to draw more people in. The show already had such a dedicated fanbase that it shouldn't be THAT difficult to grow the audience. But no... Audience these days only wants to see some brainless superhero flicks. Yes, hate me all you want. I just called it brainless! Deal with it!

It is such an upsetting news that Hannibal is nearing its end as Season 3 will be its final season on NBC. While the Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller says there is about a 50% chance of the show being picked up by another network or another platform to continue, there is still the other 50% chance that it won't. 

My pessimism has already accepted that it is the end of Hannibal. That doesn't mean I don't hope from the bottom of my heart and being that somehow this show will continue as I believe it to be among the best shows that is on the air as of now. 

I personally don't want to see Marvel rubbish in every direction I look. They consumed the big screen already and now TV is being totally invaded by Marvel or some other comic material. Enough already! Some of us need our original, creative and dark humour material that will challenge our minds with the heavy symbolism and endless puzzles.

There is a lot more to say about this decision. I have a lot more to say about how I feel. But in the end it all comes down to one final conclusion. Cancelling Hannibal is HURTFUL!

Even if this is Hannibal's end, its special place in my heart will never end and I will always hold this show dear and close to me. I just wish some people could have realised this beautiful hidden gem for what it is and the show could be saved. I wish it wasn't too late! Goodbye Hannibal. The journey you took us on was an amazing experience while it lasted. Thank you.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Plants vs Zombies 2 It's About Time Gets Lost City Update!

Hello my fellow audience. Here I am with another introduction to one of my most favourite Tower Defense games, Plants vs Zombies 2. The latest update, Lost City, marks the 8th world in Plants vs Zombies 2 It's About Time and it's filled with brand new plants, zombies, and not to forget; very challenging 16 new missions.


Before I start talking about Lost City, let me remind everyone how to unlock this world. In order to unlock Lost City, you must defeat the previous Gargantuar bosses. Once you defeat a Gargantuar boss, you will be automatically given a key that you can use to unlock the 8th world. Don't forget that these levels only award only one key so you can't redo the "same" Gargantuar boss over and over again to farm keys. (Gargantuar encounters take place in level 16 for the latest worlds whereas they can be found in level 8 for the earlier worlds).

Lost City part 1 currently contains 16 new levels, 3 new plants and 4 new zombies. These zombies have their own strengths and weaknesses, and certain zombies must be tackled with the newly introduced plants. For example the new plant A.K.E.E lobs projectiles which will be completely ignored by the new Parasol Zombie but the dreaded Excavator zombie is vulnerable to these lob projectiles while being immune to regular projectiles, so your defense must be balanced to handle both of these new zombies.

Excavator Zombie (Left), Bug Zombie (Middle), Parasol Zombie (Right)

Speaking of Excavator zombie, he is by far the most annoying zombie that can be found in Lost City. He is rather tough to kill while also being quite fast. He blocks projectiles and he digs ANY plant in front of him, throwing these plants closer to where the zombies spawn. So excavator zombie is your number 1 priority in any given level because only 1 of them is enough to completely wreck a lane if it isn't properly protected.


The new plant Red Stinger is possibly the most versatile plant in the game so far. If you place it close to home, it will attack with 2 projectiles; if you place it in the middle he will attack with 1 projectile but he will withstand more attacks; if you place it furthest from your home, it will not attack but become a defensive plant to block or delay zombies.


Sun is easy to come by in Lost City due to gold tiles on your garden. If you place a plant on these gold tiles, they will gradually produce sun but sun production stops as soon as the plant on the gold tile is destroyed. As sun production is not an issue, Lost City plants cost a bit higher than the plants from the previous worlds, and you will often find yourself not having any issues when it comes to resource management.

As someone who finished all worlds, Lost City is nowhere near as hard as Big Wave Beach or Dark Ages and I find it on par with Frostbite Caves. But don't forget, we only have part 1 so far. Who knows maybe part 2 of Lost City will make us want to pluck our hair. Only time will show.

Until then, enjoy Lost City part 1. I surely did.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

First Look at Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs biopic, starring Michael Fassbender as the late-former Apple CEO has a new teaser trailer and to be perfectly honest, I am loving it! 


I personally don't think Steve Jobs needs movies made in his name; however, this doesn't mean I will not see or appreciate the any work related to him. Especially if one of these projects involves Michael Fassbender!!! From the trailer, it is clear that the role fits him like a glove. He will definitely make a great Steve Jobs and this trailer has gotten me quite excited about the incoming movie.

Here is the Steve Jobs Teaser, enjoy!


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Nightcrawler Review: Evil Always Wins

Nightcrawler is a movie I was very hyped about and I finally got a chance to see it some time ago. However, due to some stuff that has been happening in my life, as well as a lot of GTA Online sessions, I haven't really had the opportunity to write a review for it. Until now. 


Nightcrawler tells the story of Louis Bloom, superbly portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal (Oscar snub, helloooo??), who "crawled" his way into crime journalism to turn the misery of crime victims into a money making opportunity.

As a character Louis is driven, very ambitious and not to mention a criminal. He has characteristics you would find on a psychopath, although there is a debate on this. Some people are of the opinion that he has Asperger's Syndrome while some call it mild Autism. The way I see him, he is a classic case of psychopath who sees people either as opportunities that would help him reach his goal or as obstacles that need to be overcome to open up the way for his success.


Nightcrawler can be hard to watch at times in that it shows us how the world really works. The movie is too real and it is just spooky to even imagine someone who would use you like tool. But life is full of people like that right? That is exactly why this movie can be difficult to get through because it doesn't let us escape the reality of the world for the sake of our entertainment. It absorbs us in it.

Louis is the type of character that wouldn't even help you or call an ambulance unless it affected him in a positive way. In Nightcrawler we watch Louis plan and arrange his own crime scenes to catch exclusive footage to sell for higher rewards. He won't help you even if are on the brink of death but he will make sure you look your best on camera on your dying breath. He won't follow any rules and he will not hesitate to enter crime scenes even before the police arrives. He will also sabotage and eliminate competition including his own "business partners".


So if you as a viewer always seek a likable protagonist to maybe relate to; Nightcrawler is NOT the movie for you. Or if you want to escape from the real world and you want to see flowers and rainbows with happy endings where the princess marries the prince, avoid Nightcrawler. Because even the ending is a bitter pill to swallow as we witness how such a psycho manages to come to power and improve his business even more as he eliminates his competitions one by one while taking advantage of victims. Nightcrawler is the type of movie that will make you think twice about making an honest living. 

Nightcrawler is a very unique and original movie that will truly entertain a very niche demographic. Jake delivers possibly the best performance of his acting life and I can't wrap my head around the fact this movie didn't get any Oscar nods, because it really deserved it. This movie is easily getting full points from me! 5/5!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Justin Bieber Joins Zoolander 2?? PLEASE NO!!!!!!

I was very excited when Zoolander 2 was announced. I became really happy and hyped about the movie and I already started dreaming about how much fun I would have once this crazy movie is released. Well, this entertaining dream I excitedly anticipated turned into a disgusting nightmare when Justin Bieber announced on his Twitter page that he joined Zoolander 2 for an unspecified role.


The only consolation I have is that his role will be a very short one and it won't have a big impact on the movie. So basically I am in denial. I have to erase his involvement from my mind, otherwise I will get to a point that I won't even want to watch the movie! Why?? WHY??? I wish this was a bad joke...
  

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Assassin's Creed Starring Michael Fassbender will Begin Shooting in September

In an interview Michael Fassbender, my current heartthrob, yum yum, announced the production date for the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie, a project us gamers are quite excited about. Michael Fassbender says Assassin's Creed movie will begin shooting in September. The movie already had a preset release date; Dec. 21, 2016.


However, this was the only real information that came out of his beautiful mouth (uhm ok I need to snap out of it!). He also had something to say to us who speculated that he would play AC's main protagonist in the first few games, Desmond Miles; “You don’t know that. Don’t listen to what they tell you, that’s the first rule.” This statement itself stinks of the evil Templars spewing out lies in AC games :P Mr. Fassbender admitted he hasn't played Assassin's Creed before but I guess he familiarised himself with the story :) I like that! :P

Desmond Miles
So basically we don't know the character or characters that Michael will be playing in the movie. We also don't know if the story will loosely be based on a specific game or if it will be totally independent as he had this to say about the plot of the movie: “That’s always the challenge of something that’s so dense, to really find something and pare it down and basically, there are so many elements to it, so trying to translate that to an audience, you have to pick key things,”. Thanks for nothing Michael! :P

Games that are carried to the big screen are notorious for being flops. Let's hope Assassin's Creed will not share the same fate. Although, even if it ends up being bad, Assassin's Creed, one of my most favourite games, and Michael Fassbender, *coughs* my celebrity crush *coughs*, are paired together. What more can a girl like me want? Hmm I was going to say nothing but now that I think of it, Andrew Scott in a supporting role would be pretty sweet!!! :) :) :)

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Jupiter Ascending Review: Avoid At All Costs!!

A couple of days ago I had to stay at my brother's place where he showed me the movies he currently had. I scanned all the movies and to be perfectly honest, none of them really caught my attention so I decided to make do with Jupiter Ascending because it's a movie I'd never actually watch if I were alone, and there were a lot of hype surrounding the movie so I thought it wouldn't hurt to see it.


But it did! I mean it did hurt! A lot! The movie was so utter rubbish that it actually hurt me because I spent my 2 hours watching that total garbage. I normally don't write reviews of movies I don't really like. Jupiter Ascending is different because I hated it so much that I wanted to get rid of this hatred I stored inside me.

Jupiter Ascending follows the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) who discovers her fate as an heiress of the planet Earth. Before she found out about her royal roots she was cleaning toilets. I am talking about actually cleaning toilets... Meanwhile Balem Abrasax (Eddie Redmayne) is out to kill Jupiter because he has control of Earth and when he finds out about Jupiter's existence, he wants to eliminate any claim she will have on Earth. During this ordeal she is protected by Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), a hired soldier, whose mission is to find Jupiter and bring her to Titus Abrasax, Balem's brother. (Uhh talking about the plot is just as boring as the movie)...


Let me start the actual hate now... First of all; do not expect any "decent" acting. Even Oscar winning Eddie Redmayne, his daft whispers and all his lines are tough to get through. I really don't understand how he could have picked this movie...He is sort of in demand, surely he can find another movie to get some money from! As for Mila Kunis or Channing Tatum I can't talk because there needs to be some form of acting if one wants to talk about it. Theirs were non-existent. It felt like Jupiter was Descending more and more after every scene rather than Ascending like the title suggests...

Second of all; the special effects? Really? Most of the movie looked like a poor game made out of billions of pixels. It felt like I was punishing my eyes for some reason. I really wanted to wear glasses after the movie was over. The funny thing is, I don't even use glasses... The movie has an expensive "feel" to it but believe me it "looks" nothing but cheap...


Thirdly; did you read my very very short summary about the plot? This should be enough.

Fourth; skates??? Of all the things that a much higher technology from another galaxy could achieve, they came up with flying skates (gravity boots in fancier words) for Channing Tatum's character??? Skates???? And a shield????

Fifth; a love story that is shoved down our throats: I agree, this is something that is done on a lot of movies. But in Jupiter Ascending the "love" story felt incredibly forced. It became too disturbing to watch at some point that I actually looked at the clock to see when the movie would be over just as our main characters started kissing... 

With non-existent acting, terrible dialogues, poor plot, incredibly bad cinematography, a romantic story line that is so forced that it feels like it's shoved down our throats; Jupiter Ascending has no quality that would be its saving grace. Unless shirtless Channing Tatum or Mila Kunis' face is your thing. If so you'll love the movie for sure. I still can't wrap my head around how Channing ended up being shirtless 80% of the movie...If that's what they wanted to focus on, all the rest of the qualities that make a good movie would naturally be missing.


Ok, I am sure you will agree that this review was nothing like I have ever written before. Because as I mentioned earlier, I write reviews of stuff that I enjoy and therefore want to recommend. This is different, I merely wanted you to steer clear of this movie because believe me it will be a waste of your time. If there is ONE thing we can learn from Jupiter Ascending; it is that time is the most important commodity (it is the most expensive and important resource in the movie) that we have in our lives, so don't waste it like I did and avoid this movie at all costs!!!!

1/10