Film Review – SKYLINE

31 03 2011

First off let me just say that this was not what I originally planned but it has been a few years since I saw the film I was going to do. If you are interested in knowing what it was, it was Godzilla vs Mecha-Godzilla. Anyway – SKYLINE.

There is a video game called Left 4 Dead it’s quite a fun game where you play as 1 of 4 characters who are survivors in an area full of zombies. The idea is that you have to get from one side of the map to the other with the other 3 characters who are there to support you. You have an assortment of weapons to use and different kinds of zombies to kill. You might be wondering what this has to do with SKYLINE. Well SKYLINE is kind of like Left 4 Dead except Turk from Scrubs is the only one with a Gun, the people in the film are trapped around an apartment complex, the Zombies are Giant Aliens, a Nuclear Bomb goes off, the Aliens can’t be killed and it is a movie instead of a Video Game.

The film is by the Brothers Strause and is one of 2 films I wanted to see last winter but couldn’t and I had to wait until it came out on DVD before I could watch it, after I have watched the other one (MONSTERS) I can finally do my Film Awards. The film stars Donald Faison (Turk from Scrubs), Eric Balfour (Milo from 24) and Scottie Thompson.

Its main plot line is Don’t Look Up. Basically Aliens are sending lots of Blue Lights down onto the planet that people are drawn towards and their skin goes odd for a bit and then if they go into the light they get sucked up into the light and into the Alien Spaceships. Ok it’s not fully explained why the aliens do this.

Well Eric Balfour and his Friend Elaine (Scottie Thompson) are arriving in Los Angeles for Donald Faison’s Birthday and have a good time and then the blue lights start to appear and one of their friends disappears after looking into the lights. Well Donald Faison and Eric Balfour go to the roof and See Alien Spaceships coming down and sucking people up into the spaceships. Well they go back into the flat and try to survive when the aliens start to check the buildings. Also in a side plot Elaine is Pregnant but not much is said about that and Eric Balfour is a little different after looking into the light. Well they try to escape but Giant Aliens are on the ground now and start to capture people and suck people’s brains out. The survivors consisting of Jarrod (Eric Balfour), Elaine, Candice (Brittany Daniel) and one of the workers at the Apartment Complex; Oliver (David Zayas). Well they stay in the flat while the US Air Force attack the UFO’s and manage to drop a Nuclear Bomb on it causing it to fall, but then the ship repairs itself. Jarrod is feeling the effects of looking at the light and he wants to escape but the others don’t think it’s a good idea. Well eventually they come under attack from the aliens and try to escape, Oliver kills one of the big Aliens but also kills himself and Candice gets killed by the Alien before Oliver kills it, while Jarrod and Elaine kill an alien but are then abducted into the blue light. You then see that there are ships all over the Earth. Then in the spaceship Elaine almost has her brain sucked out but is spared when the aliens find out that she is pregnant and then all over brains that have been sucked out of the other people caught turn blue except one which is red and gets put into an alien body lie the blue brains but this one belongs to Jarrod who in the form of an Alien protects Candice. The film ends there with many questions unanswered.

The film is actually quite Good but can be scary in some parts. It is interesting in this film where the Aliens can’t be killed and whereas others show Humans defeating the Aliens, in this one the Aliens defeat the Humans. It one of those films where the Aliens are a big threat, like in Independence Day and the recent Battle Los Angeles. The scene with the air force attacking the ships is spectacular but it only happens once and I s a shame. With the new wave of Alien Invasion Films coming out I want to see a Good Alien Invasion Film, one with lots of Battle Sequences with Good Shots of both the Humans and the Aliens. Like Independence Day with Battle Los Angeles. This is like Cloverfield where it concentrates on the Humans other than the Fight which is Good but I want to see more Battle Sequences.

SKYLINE is a Good film with Interesting Ideas and Interesting Design for the Aliens (some of them are Gigantic, kind of like an Alien Monster Movie) with a look at how the citizens would cope in an alien invasion but for me I want more Battle Scenes, however this being one of the first in a new wave of alien invasion films is a Good Idea and enjoyable if you like Alien Invasion Films.

GENEPOOL





Playground Debate: Pokémon vs Digimon

24 03 2011

I remember when I was at primary school me and my friends were always talking about the 2 new crazes that were out at the time. One was called Pokémon and the other was called Digimon. The 2 crazes were both similar in the way that both had Cartoons on CITV, both had Card Games, both had Video Games and both had Movies (the 2 also had the Mon in their names). It was not until about a year later when I started High School that I was asked which was better. Now at the time both were very good and it was harder to choose.

Pokémon and Digimon simply explained:

Pokémon (short for Pocket Monsters) is a media Franchise owned by Nintendo about lots of monsters who go on adventures with people and have fights with other monsters.

Digimon is a Media Franchise about lots of monsters living in a Digital World who go on adventures with people and have fights with other monsters.

You can see that the 2 franchises are very similar.

Now that I am older I can now compare them scientifically (not really) which is better. 

First off let’s take a look at the movies.

Pokémon has released 13 movies where as Digimon has released just 9. However which of the 2 franchises had the best films. The answer is simple; Pokémon. The Digimon films had good storylines but the animation was not as good as the ones in the cartoons. However the Digimon Films (I have only seen the first one which was the first 3 into one movie, UK Release) were quite good and very enjoyable in my opinion Pokémon had much better films with good cast of characters, good storylines and it was the time when you had a chance of seeing the rare Pokémon. The best Film in the Pokémon movies is Pokémon 2000 (Pokémon 2). A great film with good pieces of music with some of the best Pokémon in the whole franchise like Lugia.

Pokémon 1, Digimon 0. Now let’s take a look at the Card Games.

The Pokémon card game was very well made, it was easy to get the hang of and there was lots of cards to collect, to this day you can still get Pokémon cards, okay they are not as easy to get hold of because it is not as big as it used to be but you can still get cards from shops like GAME and Gamestation. When you learned how to play the game it was easy to remember it and when you next played a game of it you could just set up your game with your friends and play it. The Digimon card game was not as popular (well not at least in the UK); I don’t remember being able to find it being sold or anywhere where you would even see it being sold. I remember seeing them in magazines but I don’t remember seeing them anywhere else. So for the fact that you could buy them as well as being able to play them this round goes to Pokémon.   

Pokémon 2, Digimon 0; now let’s take a look at the Video Games.

Digimon released a few Video Games but were not as widely available as Pokémon Video Games. The 2 main Pokémon games at the time were the Hand Held games and Pokémon Stadium on the Nintendo 64. Both Pokémon Stadium 1 and Pokémon Stadium 2 were my favourite games on the Nintendo 64. I also played Pokémon Yellow on the Game Boy which was very interesting. With the recent Video Games being released for the DS and 3DS I would quite like to play the new Hand Held games because they do look like a lot of fun. I would also like to see both Pokémon Stadium 1 and 2 to arrive on the Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console because I would really like to play them again. I did not manage to play any Digimon video game but from what I could see they look like more Better Graphics versions of Pokémon Hand Held Games, But I would still rather play Pokémon than Digimon even though I would still like to have a go at the Digimon Games.

Pokémon 3, Digimon 0; Now it is the big one, The Cartoon Series, this is the real battleground between these 2 combatants.

Digimon is the Better Cartoon Series. Pokémon had lots of episodes (okay it still has not finished) but it was fun and enjoyable, but Digimon had more of a story, well designed Characters and Digimon Monsters and good pieces of music. But the one major thing it has over Pokémon was the fact that it had a Beginning, Middle and End. OK Pokémon had all the other things except the ending. With Digimon it made it more exciting due to the point that it was going to end and you did not know when. The Characters defeated the big bad guy but then there was someone who was even more powerful than him and then it would all come to the point where they finally discover who the big bad guy is and defeat him and it would all be a happy ending. It was that point where it was the most exciting thing where it was the last episode and you tuned in to see what was going to happen and find out what the big finish was. You don’t get that with Pokémon because it doesn’t finish. With Digimon you get a real understanding of how it all pans out and how everything is connected and who was behind everything. The personalities of the villains was also particularly well done in particular Myotismon who was this vampire creature who had the style of a Count and when he got even more powerful he would get even more villainous. For characters to really shine in the Pokémon series they would have to appear in the films.

Pokémon 3, Digimon 1; The winner is Pokémon

I know that you may have different opinions about the 2 franchises and I am interested to find out which you think is better and why. In my opinion Digimon had the better cartoon series whereas Pokémon was better with the other things. Even though I have settled it for myself I think this debate will still go on for many years. It may have left the playgrounds and other things have taken its place, but for fans of both media franchises this debate may still go on for many years to come.

GENEPOOL





Your Choice: The Sequel, A Little Help

21 03 2011

Some people have told me that it is hard to choose between the films in the new poll. Someone asked me to give a brief description of the choices available.

The Host: South Korean Monster Movie Film. It is a film about a Giant Monster in the river who kidnaps a member of the family in the film.

Reign of Fire: Post Apocalyptic film starring Christian Bale and Gerard Butler. The film centres around a group of survivors who are trying survive in a world where Dragons have re-awakened and taken over the world.

Cloverfield: Created by the man who made the recent Star Trek Film and Creator of Lost. The film follows a group of people in the middle of a disaster and document what happens using their Video Camera.

Dragon Wars: South Korean Monster Movie about Dragons in a modern-day setting (I don’t know much about it, the title might be a clue).

Gamera 3: The Awakening of Irys: Third film in the Heisei Gamera Series. Gamera the Giant Flying Turtle returns to save the world from lots of Flying Pterosaur like creatures and one Gigantic Monster called Irys.

Godzilla vs Space Godzilla: The 21st Godzilla Film features Godzilla fighting a Space Clone of Godzilla.

Godzilla Against Mecha-Godzilla: The 26th Godzilla Film features Godzilla fighting Mecha-Godzilla, This is Mecha-Godzilla’s 4th appearance in the series and is one of my top favourite films.

So there is a much more in-depth look at the choices. Dont forget you can choose 2 films (Select 2 films then press the vote button) and the vote closes 30th April 2011. So Don’t forget to vote and check back soon to see which films wins.

GENEPOOL





What is your Favourite Cartoon?

17 03 2011

Question: What is your Favourite Cartoon?

Since I was young I have watched Cartoons, I remember so many. I remember when I first started to watch Pokémon back in 2000, I remember when Digimon came along soon after. I remember watching Card Captors on CITV after Pokémon and Digimon finished on the Channel. When I was in Hospital in 2006 I saw Ben10 for the first time. I remember when the X-Men Cartoon used to be shown on Live and Kicking. I also remember X-Men Evolution when it was on Up On The Roof on GMTV. It was also on Up On The Roof where I watched Transformers Armada as well as the remake cartoons of He-Man and TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). I still watch cartoons to this day because I like watching them, particularly the ones with stories, stories that after so may episodes have an ending and that episode becomes so exciting to watch because you get to see how it ends and what happens.

So what is my Favourite Cartoon. My Favourite cartoon was on Sunday Mornings for several weeks on CBBC and I loved it. It was called Wolverine and the X-Men.

It was the story of an incident that occurred at the Xavier Institute and what happened afterwards. Professor Xavier went into a coma that would last for 20 years, meanwhile things are not going so well for the X-Men as a mutant registration act is about to come into force and the X-Men have all split up. So it is up to Wolverine to get everyone back together and save the world, and as this is happening 20 years into the future the world has changed and it is up to Professor Xavier to inform Wolverine in the past of what happened and how Wolverine needs to stop it from happening.

At first I was unsure about it when I first heard about it because the previous cartoon X-Men Evolution was Fantastic and is one of my favourite cartoons but after a few weeks of the show I liked Wolverine and the X-Men and soon after it finished it became my Favourite Cartoon series. I now have the whole series on DVD.

The show went on for 26 episodes and covered many storylines which were part of the bigger story. Many Characters were introduced including some of my favourite characters like AngelWolverine and Bishop as well as my favourite X-Men character Gambit. Each Episode had its own story but these were small parts of the whole story, I like to think of it like 24 in the way that each episode has its own Story but is all part of one Big Story.

For a while the show was going to get a second series but it was later canceled because;

“They were unable to work out the financing for the show with their financing partner” – Wikipedia

However there are lots of online campaigns to save the show one of which is on FaceBook which I am part of (1 Million to save Wolverine and the X-Men).

There were lots of reports before the cancellation was announced of new storylines and characters in the second series, but maybe one day another series may happen.

Wolverine and the X-Men is My Favourite Cartoon,

What is your Favourite Cartoon?

GENEPOOL





MotorStorm: Apocalypse

11 03 2011

Back in 2007 I did not like the PlayStation Console, I did not like the PS3 and I did not like PlayStation as a whole, but this was about to change. In the beginning of 2007 I was watching an episode of Gamer TV when they were talking about the PS3 which was about to get released and they revealed the Games that would be available at launch. One of these Games was MotorStorm. Originally I did not think about it, but then a few weeks later I liked the look of the Game. After the console was released I played a few levels in Curry’s and liked it even more. In late 2007 I began to think about getting a second console, My original Idea was to buy an Xbox 360 but in March 2008 I saw the documentary about MotorStorm again and knew that I wanted to play it, I started to look at the PS3. Throughout they year I looked at the 2 consoles and then after a E3 2008 I decided that I wanted the PlayStation 3. Finally in May 2009 I bought my own PS3 and for my Birthday a couple of weeks later I got MotorStorm: Pacific Rift (the sequel to MotorStorm).

Now you may still be wondering what MotorStorm is, well it is a racing Game, but not the type that involves racing around a track in an expensive high performance car. It involves racing around environments like Monument Valley (MotorStorm), a Tropical Island (MotorStorm: Pacific Rift) and a City (MotorStorm Apocalypse) in vehicles like Motor Bike’s, ATV’s, Buggy’s, Rally Car’s, Racing Trucks, Mudplugger’s and Monster Trucks. Throughout the race’s there are many hazards that you need to avoid, not just the environment but also the other racers. Also you need to plan your route to win, there are many different routes to race on but you need to plan carefully, not just on which track to use but also which track to use based on the vehicle you are driving. Lower terrain suits the bigger vehicles like the Big Rigs and Monster Trucks where as the Higher terrain suits the Smaller and Lighter vehicles like the Motor Bikes, ATV’s and Buggy’s.

It’s now March 2011 and next week is the release of MotorStorm: Apocalypse. The new Game is set in a city environment for the first time in the series. The City is falling to pieces during a Natural Disaster and buildings and bridges are falling down as vehicles race in, out and around them. There is also a new hazard in the form of other people interfering. These people will try to steal cars, break into fights, steal loot from buildings and try to slam racers off the road. A Private Military Company will try to enforce the law while creating obstacles for the racers aswell. New vehicle types are being included along with vehicles from the previous games. These new ones include Super Cars, Super Bikes, Hot Hatch’s, Choppers and Muscle Cars. All of this and more when the Game is released next week.

GENEPOOL








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