Saturday, 18 April 2015
Warner Bros. released a new teaser trailer for their upcoming DC Comics superhero movie; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and I must admit it looks magnificent. The plot of the movie is still unknown and the trailer makes it remain so while adding even more to the mystery.
The are two things that completely struck me while watching this teaser.
1 is how fantastic the new mech type of Batman costume looks. I have watched all Batman movies and my personal opinion is that Ben Affleck's Batman costume is the best one so far. He looks quite buffed up in it too (I swear I am not drooling!) :P
2 is Ben Affleck's positively insane Batman voice. I wasn't a fan of Christian Bale's Batman voice in Nolan's movies; however, Ben Affleck sounds incredible!
To me these two factors hint that Ben Affleck is gonna prove everyone who criticised him for being the new Batman wrong! I am rooting for him all the way. On the other hand people should leave Ben alone and criticise Henry Cavill for being completely terrible...
Now the only distraction in this movie will be Henry Cavill's overly subpar acting (That's coming from an ex Henry Cavill fan who has seen ALL his movies). I'm pretty sure I'll cringe during some scenes but I'm positive that Ben Affleck will steal scenes anyway so I won't complain too much. I also hope that there won't be some stupid love story for our characters to pursue...
Ps: I hope Batman wins... Superman is such a bore! Make him bleed!!
Watch the teaser below:
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Okay, I don't write a lot of whiny posts on my blog but this one will partially be like that. I am saying partially only because I also have a possible theory that might solve this problem.
It's been only a couple of days since the start of Diablo 3 Season 3. Some no-lifers (I am not saying this in an offensive way because in reality I am jealous of them!!) have already achieved the build/gear that they aimed to get more competitive in leaderboards. Personally I'm still getting there :P Now if only that bloody Kridershot dropped!!!
Anyway, the subject I want to whine about is the gems. The amount of gems required to create ONE Flawless Royal Gem is just unreal! I have 131 paragon levels and when I made only 1 Flawless Royal Emerald for my weapon, I almost ran out of Emeralds!
This is a very common problem at the start of every season but I came up with a possible solution. It might be a pretty stupid idea, I don't care though as I still wanted to share it here. We don't have ways to dump our gold right? How about being able to combine gems to create a gem of our choosing? For a price of course! For example one Imperial Emerald might require Imperial Amethyst and Imperial Diamond (quantity to be determined) and "maybe" some Death's Breath (or not) and of course a lot of gold.
Just for arguments sake, let's say 1 Imperial Emerald requires 250.000 gold, 1 Imperial Amethyst, 1 Imperial Diamond and 2 Death's Breath. I'm more than happy to take a deal like this!
We need something to drain our gold apart from the Mystic, and we need alternative ways to get more gems. If Myriam Jahzia (Mystic) has the ability to change a stat into something else, Covetous Shen (Jeweler) should similarly have some sort of ability to change gems. Despite being stuck in a barrel, Covetous always struck me as rather smart so I'm sure he can find a way to make some magic happen!
Enough with the whining, I also just received my new portrait by earning 400 achievement points in Season 3 and it looks quite good. Thanks Blizzard, now please fix Error 395005 so I can finally change my horrifying banner!
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Aloft, starring Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy, gets a new official trailer and I can easily say that it is one of the best trailers I have seen so far. The cinematography looks incredible and the way the trailer is made and choreographed make the movie all the more intriguing.
I really wish more and more trailers were made this way. Trailers these days already showcase the best bits in a given movie so it feels like you've already seen most of the movie by watching the trailer, or they are so incoherent that they don't flow as effortlessly as I'd like them to as they involve approximately 9485985935 different scenes which results in an exhausting viewing experience.
The story of Aloft revolves around Ivan, Cillian Murphy, who sets out to find his mother Nana, Jennifer Connelly, after a tragic accident separated his family 20 years ago.
I am already sold as Aloft stars Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy, both of whom I really enjoy watching and whose work I follow. Coupled with the exciting story line and even tripled with this visually magnificent trailer, Aloft has just become one of the top movies I am looking very forward to watch this year.
Watch Aloft Trailer below:
Monday, 13 April 2015
MTV Movie Awards 2015 found their winners yesterday and it was Shailene Woodley who swept multiple prizes including MTV Trailblazer.
Apart from my prediction of Shailene winning her own categories, which was correct; looking at the winners made me realise I should NEVER make any predictions whatsoever on any award show whose winners are decided by a teen-oriented-demographic. Apart from Shailene (only 2 categories), I predicted ALL the other categories wrong! I mean ALL of them! 2 out of 15 categories? I mean this is pathetic.
This mistake will not repeat itself :P I wanted to give this a go for once in my life but I am not doing this again :P Teen stuff are just not for me, and comparing this list to my predictions proves that well enough.
After laying out my emotional whining, let's check out the full list of 2015 MTV Movie Awards winners below:
Movie of the Year
The Fault in Our Stars
Best Male Performance
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars
Zac Efron and Dave Franco, Neighbors
Best Comedic Performance
Channing Tatum, 22 Jump Street
Best Scared as Sh*t Performance
Jennifer Lopez, The Boy Next Door
Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner
Best Female Performance
Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars
Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner
Best Shirtless Performance
Zac Efron, Neighbors
Dylan O’Brien vs. Will Poulter, The Maze Runner
Best WTF Moment
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, Neighbors
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Best On-Screen Transformation
Elizabeth Banks, Mockingjay—Part 1
Best Musical Moment
Jennifer Lawrence, Mockingjay—Part 1
MTV Generation Award
Robert Downey Jr.
Friday, 10 April 2015
Following a very successful season 1 with a great cast, we know that True Detective was picked up for a 2nd season. After a long wait filled with criticism from the fellow True Detective community about the casting choices, we are finally presented with something concrete about the upcoming season.
Just yesterday HBO released a brand new teaser trailer for the second season of its acclaimed detective drama starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. The casting feels a little underwhelming and I wasn't a fan of the teaser with the exception of the song; however, all these names have the potential to put together something great.
I will especially pay close attention Vince Vaughn as he is totally out of his comedy element. True Detective will give him a chance to prove that he can tackle different genres and I'm a big fan of witnessing someone excel at something out of their comfort zone. So I am rooting for you all the way, Vince! I wasn't particularly vowed by Colin Farrell either and I also thought he was a miscast alongside Vince but Farrell is a pretty good actor in general, and I am positive that he will easily surprise the fans. I am ambivalent about Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, though.
To be perfectly honest, I can't wait to see what these 4 will bring to the show. On the outside it looks like a major miscast and a big mistake but I don't believe that HBO would willingly let one of their best shows bomb like that. They must have seen something promising in these actors so I can't wait for season 2 to blow me away and totally remove any prejudice I currently have.
Considering the breathtaking performances of the previous cast, the magnificent duo Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, surely Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn have some pretty enormous shoes to fill; however, I won't go around making destructive comments about how horrible they are (it isn't my personality...) but instead excitedly accept the off chance that "who knows, maybe they will be even better!". You've got something to prove Farrell and Vaughn. We believe in you, please don't let us down! :)
You can watch the teaser here. Enjoy!
Thursday, 9 April 2015
In previous seasons, we weren't given any information on how long the seasons would last. This time thanks to Wyatt Cheng, Senior Technical Game Designer at Blizzard, we know how long the upcoming Season 3 will last.
According to Blizzard, Diablo 3 Season 3 will last AT LEAST 4 months! We will also be notified 2 weeks prior to season ending. There is still no information on a specific end time for Season 3 but 4 months surely sounds very promising. At least our characters will get a chance to really grow into the builds/sets we aim to play with.
It was sort of obvious that they were just testing the waters with a 6-months season and then a 2-months season. Blizzard is still trying to find an optimal duration for the seasons based on community feedback. At least it is good to know that our voice is heard. Personally, I'm quite happy about a 4-month-lasting season. It's more than enough time for any type of player (hardcore/casual/lifeless) to truly enjoy everything the new season has to offer.
Here is a small introduction to Season 3:
Diablo 3 Season 3 Starting Times:
North America: Friday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m. PDT
Europe: Friday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m. CEST
Asia: Friday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m. KST
Following is Wyatt Cheng's official response from the Blizzard forums:
"Great to see all the reasons people enjoy Seasons! I totally agree that it’s about the journey, not the destination, and seasons allow us to enjoy the journey again. I also enjoy seasons for the fresh start and playing with all my friends again. I love that feeling of progressing from rare items to assorted legendary items to finishing a 6-piece set.
While we’re on the topic of Seasons, I want to share some information regarding Season length. We generally feel that Season 1 was on the long side, and that Season 2 was on the short side. We want to strike a balance between having enough points in time when we can all commence this journey together, but also allow enough time for characters to mature. Expect Season 3 to be at least 4 months long. While the exact end date is not yet known, we plan on once again giving 2 weeks’ notice before Season 3 ends."
War Crimes is a Warcraft novel written by New York Times bestselling and award winning author Christie Golden. The novel covers the timeline between the ending of Mists of Pandaria expansion where Horde Warchief Garrosh Hellscream is finally captured by the Alliance and Horde forces after the Siege of Orgrimmar to answer for his crimes up until he escapes from his trial by travelling to an alternate timeline in Draenor to warn his father Grommash Hellscream before they form the Iron Horde.
So basically for World of Wacraft players, War Crimes fills the gap between the expansions of Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor, and for everyone else it is also a completing novel in the franchise.
The novel depicts the trial Garrosh undergoes for all his crimes, especially his actions that us players were trying to stop in Mists of Pandaria expansion. The judge that will decide the fate of Garrosh are our beloved 4 Celestials; Niuzao the Black Ox, Chi-Ji the Red Crane, Xuen the White Tiger and Yu'lon the Jade Serpent.
From now on, this post will look like I'm writing a review for one of The Good Wife's episodes. In order for trial to be fair and just, it is decided that one must be on the defender's side and one on the accuser's side. Simply put, we are talking about lawyers here :D
Tyrande Whisperwind willingly takes on the accusing side to prove Garrosh's guilt while ironically it is Baine Bloodhoof who "unwillingly" is sort of forced to defend Garrosh. I said ironic because as you know (or if you don't care about lore, you don't know); it was Garrosh who killed Baine's beloved father Cairne Bloodhoof, who challenged the Warchief to a Mak'Gora, a duel of honour but with old rules; a duel to the death.
Despite this lore fact, Baine does a hell of a job defending Garrosh especially when Tyrande is on a mission of vengeance and makes her arguments based on ruthless events after another, even the ones that don't even have anything to do with Garrosh himself. She even makes an argument on Grommash drinking the blood of Mannoroth, something Garrosh has always been ashamed of and blamed his father for... Come on Tyrande get a grip will you?...
The events depicted by our "lawyers" and the proofs that are presented to the "court" are done with the help of two Bronze Dragons Kairoz and Chromie who introduce the Vision of Time to the trial to present hard evidence of either Garrosh's guilt or innocence. Kairoz assists Baine while Chromie works alongside Tyrande during the trial. This Vision of Time is the device itself that Garrosh uses to escape from the trial.
Meanwhile Garrosh, again ironically, forms a weird bond with Anduin Wrynn, the Prince of Stormwind and son of Alliance Leader Varian Wrynn. I am saying ironic here again because unless you slept through Mists of Pandaria or you just don't play the game, you must know that Garrosh almost killed Anduin. Their dialogues were among my favourites while I read the book because Garrosh doesn't talk at all during the trial, so the very limited dialogue Garrosh has is when he talks to Anduin. He knows he will be killed when the trial ends so he doesn't see any reason for defending himself. But he is somehow open about himself and his intentions when Anduin visits him in his cell.
The book is wonderfully written and it is a joy to read; however, there is really no surprise element as we already know that Garrosh would escape but the real twist at the end of the book is the outcome of the trial. I won't give any spoilers here but I will say that the outcome of the trial was already decided by our Celestials even before the trial began. If you are curious about what would happen to Garrosh if he hadn't escaped, read it until the end :) It's a very enjoyable book.
I strongly recommend you to read Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects and Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War first to enjoy War Crimes even more. If you do, you will have a much better grasp of the story in War Crimes and a more broad perspective of the events depicted through the Vision of Time by Tyrande and Baine during the trial of Garrosh.
In summary, War Crimes sets a prelude to our current expansion Warlords of Draenor. It bridges the gap between Garrosh's capture after the Siege of Orgrimmar up until Garrosh's father Grommash forms the Iron Horde. It's a great book and it gives us a much better understanding into the twisted mind of Garrosh and the reasons for why he did the things he did. Is he guilty or is he innocent?