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So I find myself here writing again in the very few hours of free time I get at the moment, and there is so much I wanted to write about however it has dawned on me that all games I have recently played are old and have been reviewed, all films I have seen will have been reviewed to death and the whole PS4 or XBOX One debate rages on from dawn until dusk right around the globe.

So since I would like to write about things but want to also cram in so much I think I’ll just touch on everything I have played and watched in the next few posts but just give a straight to the point, no babbling opinion rather than a review, first a few good bits, few bad in a sentence and leave it as that. Think of it as reviews for the TL:DR group ūüôā

So here we go.

Monsters University 

muWell it is not proper animation unless it is Pixar animations in my book and MU was no exception. The detail is divine and the  starting short almost had me in tears. The story is well put together and told, characters are loveable and well thought out.  It is arguably not as funny as the previous film however me and my girlfriend enjoyed it so much that we actually found ourselves shouting out at the film at one point.

Little kids or big ones like me? Go see it. It’s not going to write the way we tell stories but what it sets out to do it does very well. Highly recommend.

 

 

Pacific Rim

pacific rimOH Jesus H! What a film. I thought it was amazing, basically because it is a no bullshit film. No pretence that it is anything but a mad CGI filled monster mash. That is the films biggest feature! The sheer cheekiness to throw almost all twist, arching story or any “Oh but it will make it sell” bull shit into the film is an ingenious twist all on its own. ¬†Too many times have I gone to see a film that I need around 4 brain cells to watch, in the hope it will be Pacific Rim and too many times it has trudged through story I don’t give a shit about.

For a day when you just want to watch a ridiculous film with huge set pieces  , go see this, near flawless because it does exactly what it says on the tin.

 

 

This is the End

thisisendA good take on a tried and tested formula from the past. Get a bunch of famous people, put them into a stupidly over the top Scenario ¬†and make them¬†funny. ¬†It is clever at parts, it is daft in others however it goes together well. With a few off bits now and again this is still a solid film and I found myself laughing out loud on more than a few occasions on this film. ¬†If sophisticated humour, class and decency is what you’re looking for then stay well away from this one, if the opposite applies to you then go see it now.

 

 

 

 

Despicable Me 2

disp2An adorable film that is very good to watch. I would not say it is actually that funny but then again I was a little tired when I went to see it. The film does not really link to the first at all, or at least not in may way and I feel this could put some off. Never the less it was an enjoyable film that did make me giggle all the way through. Plus who can’t resist the little minions and their cheeky ways.

 

 

 

 

The Internship 

intershipThis is again is not a film that is going to blow you away. I found its silly houmor good at times however I felt the pacing of the film was just a little slow. I didn’t get bored but felt that at times more could be going on in the film to liven it up just a tad more. Altogether though it is well written and has some very nice touches. It will become apparent that Google paid for 95% of this film by minute 11 of the film however, very heavily advertised throughout, even though the placement in the film is at Google it did see at times if I was being punched in the face with a Google logo.

 

 

 

Now You See Me

nowyouseemeDidn’t know what to make of this film at first and was umm’ing and errr’ing over seeing it. Sat down with am instant scepticism¬†for it and it turned me around. I would love to see this film again with a far more open mind. See if I cannot full give it the go that this film deserves. ¬†The film is clever and intriguing, it draws you in and leaves you wondering how it could be done, just like magic shows themselves. It’s very well put together and expertly told. This film is different, its fresh and I really really enjoyed it.

Give t a go. give it a chance, I don’t think it will disappoint.

 

 

 

Croods

croodsI forgot to mention this before in anything else I have written but it is defiantly worth a mention. It is beautifully made, the visually stunning and the story is quite good. The main reason why I put this up here is simply the fact that not since UP have I cared for an animated character/s so much. I really felt there was peril, love, danger and loss in this film and for an animated film to do that, well it is simply amazing.

Go see it and see if you can stop from gasping or shouting out at the screen ūüôā

 

 

 

Well that kind of concludes my little blog today.  I hope you have enjoyed the simplistic review format and non rant like comments. Tell me if you like things this way or would rather full-blown spoiler ridden rants of a review.

HELLHAVEUBEEN56222A very good question, Phill.

Well the last time you all heard from me I was trying to¬†piece¬†everything back together, trying to get something that resembled a life. Now this is not to say I was desolate, on the streets with no hope of ever becoming anything or anyone again but I was feeling that I was not moving forward, not¬†achieving¬†anything and I certainly didn’t have any structure to my life what so ever.

kidsI¬†wrote¬†last about how I had got a new job and how I was unable to talk that much about it due to the strict rules put into place within Serco. Now I am no longer working there and have moved on to another job, but I must say that looking back on it was a unrewarding job with very little hope of progressing, well unless you were the bosses son/daughter or were bullshit enough to be in the lime light so much that you got noticed and promoted to “One of them”. After careful¬†consideration¬†I decided that I might not want to be a team leader in that¬†company¬†and started looking else where. I now find myself working for Conduit on the British Gas contract, on the phones yet again but at least with this job it is people asking for a service that I can provide and the selling side of things is rather light, ‘Oh, I can see you have X and Y with us Miss LoveCraft but have you¬†considered¬†winged beast protection for your guttering?’. This is something I think I can cope with and the expectations of the sales figures is rather reasonable. I¬†also¬†have at least one person a day that I¬†genuinely help out, and in more than one occasion have possibly saved a life by properly diagnosing carbon monoxide escape and sent the¬†relevant¬†emergency/gas services and given advice to secure the safety of the customer, Superman I am not but I do feel a sense of happiness, pride and good will when I get to that part of my job.

Now I think that is enough of my job, the past and how I used to be, lets now focus on what else has happened.

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Well I believe I mentioned that whilst being taught in Serco that I felt a certain something for one of my trainers, a girl named Shelley, well it is with massively huge smiles while I¬†write¬†this that I can inform¬†you all that we have¬†moved in together in Cardiff Bay. A fantastic flat with a balcony view of the sea/bay area.¬†Shelley is a lady with letters after her name and I am not on about BSC Bronze Swimming Certificate) I am talking a degree in English lit and at the end of this year a Master degree in¬†script witting! How the hell did I end up with a woman so intelligent¬†is still beyond me, I can hardly string a¬†sentence¬†together without confusing not only myself but all those listening in ūüėõ¬†. Now I will be including Shelley in my further blogs since she is a huge part of my life, as are our two cats Bilbo Baggins and Sheldon Cooper both of whom are now as part of the family as any human could ever possibly be.

Now this entry will not be a very long one. I think that a little too much has gone on since September last year that if I sat here and wrote about it it would not only bore you all to death it would possibly take me most of the week to

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write. ¬†I want to continue to tell you about me, my life, the people in it and also to mix in things on my mind, films I’ve seen, my¬†view¬†on gaming and a bunch of other subjects floating around my head over the next weeks, months and years rather than try to cram it all in now.

As always a massive thank you to everyone that reads this, please feel free to comment, Tweet, FB, Tumble,and/or G+ this around the web, until next week I bid you all well ūüôā

So here I am again and today I find myself having spent 3 months with Netflix and now a little over 2 months with Lovefilm in my house. Now both have been run off an Xbox360 connected to a 50 inch tv with 4.1 surround sound for roughly the same time frame.

So what do I think, an opinion from a person that has been devoted to films for some 20 years, has friends that are avid film fans like me and enjoy various film genres. This little blog is about what I found to be the best and why.

Cost of service

So for the money side of thing well it’s tit for tat, Netflix is a penny off six pound and Loveflim is a penny off five pounds so nothing in it there. Lovefilm does have other options of film and computer game renting at different rates but I am going to keep it plain and simple and just concentrate on the film via internet streaming part of the company only.

Choice

Catalogue of films is slightly different, now Loveflim does not hold as many films at the same time as Netflix, Lovefilms films rotate, so at any given time there is a section titled “Last chance” these films will soon disappear from the list to be replaced with others, in a time frame, unfortunately not listed on the site, the films will reappear. This however does nark me slightly as its a bit of chance if you find the film again.

Now Netflix has more movies on its site, or at least it has the capability to hold more,  once the movie is there its there to watch anytime you like, however the choice on Netflix is older, in some cases much older than those films on Lovefilms. A point made by our house mate Helen was that Netflix used your recently watched to suggest other films that might interest you which is sadly lacking in Lovefilms.

Sound

Now for the sound, well Netflix wins hands down, Lovefilm only has stereo where as Netflix has surround sound and it is superior, nice and easy choice there. I presume Lovefilm will have this feature added in the future but it is sadly missed now.

Accessibility

As for the ease of use, well both are fairly easy to use on the Xbox at least, it has to be said that Kinect functionality is fairly useless on it, plus it has this annoying habit of asking what you wanted when getting slightly animated with your hands, possibly best to unplug the damn thing for movie watching on the Xbox.

Picture quality

Now for picture quality it is a bit of a downer for Lovefilm as Netflix seems to have far more HD content, what can I say HD is a better picture than SD however again I believe this to be something LoveFlim will add in time.

So all in all

Price: Lovefilm (However a quid of difference is neither here or there and both are cheaper than renting from a store like Blockbuster)

Selection of films: for me this has to go to Netflix, not as new as Lovefilm but the way Netflix suggests new films based on recent views it is easier to find what you’re looking for.

Sound quality: Netflix wins hands down on this one for now.

Ease of use/features: Draw, Netflix gives you more subsections like, “Liked on Facebook” for example but then can sometimes be too many categories when looking for a certain type of film, having saying that it’s a draw because the very same downfall is the reason it wins at selection of films.

So my vote with all things considered would have to go to Netflix. Close as it might be Netflix just edges a win for me. The nice way it suggests films for you to watch based on what you have watched before hand is a nice touch although with multiple users it can get a bit crowded in the options section.

Welcome but be warned this one is going to be a rant!

So this 3D bug that is and has swept through the world, why? ¬†Have the games and film¬†industry¬†really run out of ideas for new content already that they are now throwing any¬†gimmick¬†at us to try and make us believe their film or game is better? ¬†Well it doesn’t do that for me and an increasing number of my friends who are stepping away from it.

So lets touch on games first and how I believe it could have bought the “Phantom”¬†Menace¬†of 3D back (See what I did there ūüôā ) . So a little time ago there was the PC and the consoles (In the home anyway). The PC typically¬†used to be between 3-5 years ahead of the¬†consoles in¬†performance, graphics and a bunch of other boring¬†criteria. ¬†This meant that if you looked at what the top end PC was running a game like say Crysis at you could surmise that the next-gen of¬†consoles¬†would¬†probably be running close to, or slightly over that, great!. This went on for some years until the PC stopped getting¬†hugely¬†better, now don’t get me wrong the PC still kicks the pants off of the consoles, for example take BattleField 3, Once you play with 64 people on a 1080p battlefield of awesomeness it is hard to go back to playing blocky 24 player games with the cast of Minecraft. ¬†However the rate at which graphics has moved on has slowed dramatically over the past few years and this is when 3D reared its ugly head. This happened in movies and made a push on to games and in¬†particular¬†marked the creation of the 3DS.To me the slow down in advancements in the gaming industry and the PC market as a whole affected the movie industry no end, an industry now so used to being able to throw together a bad script, expensive actors and a shed load of¬†brand¬†new CGI to “wow” the audience, now found it’s self without a huge advancement in technology to go on. So the men (and women) at the top did what? ¬†Well in my mind they bought back a relic of the past, a long since tried and failed technology from the 70’s jazzed it up a bit and decided “That’ll do”, ¬†3 bloody D.

So this sounds like a right go at the movie industry right now with no positives, “bloody grumpy git” you’re probably all crying but it’s not all bad. ¬†I enjoyed a number of films in recent years, it has to be said not as much as films from the 70’s, 80, and 90’s but there have been a few flashes of brilliance here and there but, (and this is the important bit), none, not one single movie I have watched in 3D has ever been improved by the 3D. ¬†The 3D is not even noticed by most I ask about it, if it is then it is to complain of how the person has now got a headache. ¬†The 3D element seems to fade out of your mind after the first 15 mins of a film, ¬†the most “enjoyment” (If you can call it that) from the whole 3D¬†experience¬†is had from a few trailers, adverts and the THX animation before the film has even started. ¬†For me it feels as though it is a cop-out, a failure to advance an art form further with story, twist,shock or even by trying to push the¬†boundaries¬†of taste, no it slipped nicely into the false belief of, if it makes money it’s good enough.

“Don’t watch films in 3D then you idiot!” is what I am sensing from readers right now, easier said than done my friend, for the 2D showings of a film are so few in number and at such¬†inappropriate¬†times that it is¬†becoming¬†harder and harder to see a film without it being in 3D. Just to add also for a little comic relief I look like a complete idiot with glasses over glasses when I go to the cinema. I am lucky I am in a dark room of fear of shame lol. So it is with great sadness that I find myself visiting the cinema less and less as friends and family do the same, removing themselves from the 3D fad and also hoping that it is a fad that dies out sooner rather than later.

I think I have gone on about the virtues of 3D and why I¬†disprove¬†of it long enough now that I think I will leave the 3DS and it’s mind hurtingly odd 3D madness to another post and another time.