As Hollywood’s imagination vacuum shows no sign of abating, it’s time to dust of another former hit television franchise and give it another shot.
Just watched the first series of hit UK comedy show, The Inbetweeners. Ordinarily I’d write here exactly when you can watch this show in New Zealand, but due to the TVNZ site being pretty bereft of any useful info, I’ve no idea. I think it is on the telly at some time or other.
I love it when a decent TV show sneaks up on me. So often I look forward to a new genre TV show only to be disappointed.
I was recently given a few episodes of HBO’s medieval fantasy show, Game of Thrones, to take a look at. I’ve noticed that the show is generating a fair buzz on the internet, but live-action swords and sandals generally leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. Ever since those films of Sir Pete’s did marginally well a few years back there has been an overpowering desire for film-makers to deliver “epic” fantasy, which usually ends in tears (Clash of the Titans). Continue reading First look: Game of Thrones
This week I reported on an internet leak, the changes to the MMO business model, the return of an old hero and a look at two of this year’s top upcoming games.
Auckland singer/songwriter Kurt Shanks, who I used to work with when I lived on the Shore, has just released the video for We Shall Have Another Day, the featured track from his debut EP which will be out in the first week of August.
We already have web-based TV show The Guild, featuring geekdom’s favourite redhead Felicia Day. Do we need a full-on movie inspired by playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games (thankfully, and more commonly, known as MMORPGs or even better, just MMOs).
The folks who made The Fellows Hip: Rise of the Gamers thought we did. The movie is about a band of friends who embark on journey to a convention in order to participate in a Lord of the Rings Online competition. Along the way the heroes find themselves in many situations mirroring those found in Tolkien’s tales. The film-makers sought, and gained, approval from both Middle-Earth Enterprises and Turbine, the original developers of the LoTRO game. The movie actually features footage taken directly from the game.
Vic B’Stard is setting up a new laptop at the moment. So things will be slow this weekend. Normal service will resume soon.
We also have a new NZ URL to call home, so we are also in the process of switching over from wordpress.com to the new URL. More on this soon.
Be seeing you.
Of all the super-hero movies this (northern hemisphere) summer, the only one that I’m super excited about is Captain America.
Having a young family means that I now choose my movie theatre trips carefully. Thor, X-men: First Class and Green Lantern can all wait until Blu-ray. But not Captain America. In preparation for the movie, I recently took a look at director Joe Johnston’s last period super-hero picture, The Rocketeer. After twenty years, I swear that movie is even better than I remembered it! I’ll be writing more about The Rocketeer in a few days time.
Marvel Studios have been releasing a steady flow of TV spots for Captain America: The First Avenger. Each one effectively the same shots edited differently. TV spot 8 is a little different and offers up a sequence that should get every single fan of the Marvel character just a little excited.