George R.R Martin, well-known for the ASOIF (A song of Ice and fire) series, winner of many accolades and a renowned and highly praised author, is known and often the source tribute for producing a stellar fantasy series which has received critical acclaim. However, while it is not wrong to admire George R.R Martin’s appalling prose and his creative and highly imaginative world, one must simply not forget J.R.R Tolkien’s contribution to the fantasy genre. Labelled by many as ‘the father of the fantasy genre’, Tolkien’s writings are almost universally praised for being innovative, refreshing and having a tinge of eye-catching appeal to them, all at the same time. Continue Reading
So a couple of weeks back I reviewed three titles from the new 52. This week I’ll continue with the Batman titles. All in all, there are eight batman titles in circulation in the new 52 (not counting Batman Inc., Batman Beyond Unlimited and previously ongoing titles). Now obviously I’m not going to review all of them,or even half of them for that matter… because (a) I can’t bother reading the back stories of all the superheroes (sorry Batgirl, Batwoman and Red Hood) (b) some of them have been consistently getting bad reviews (Batman: Gotham Knight) and (c) screw it! I’m lazy.
To start things off: BATMAN!Yes the original (nothing else added to the title) Batman. I think I’ll stick to the Plot, Artwork, Character format for reviewing like last time. Now this was easily the best Batman title out there, and for good reason! Starting off with the plot… just epic. It’s starts off, and ends with, a bang. The first comic sees Batman team up with Joker to kick some ass and as we’re adjusting to this crazy opening we realize it’s Dick Grayson (Nightwing) in disguise. This is followed by a huge social gathering in which the whole (or most of) the Batman family gets together. As the story moves along we’re met with a strange new foe/organization, The Court of Owls. Huge props to Snyder here for creating such a bad ass new foe. He could have gone with the tried and tested method of using the classics like Joker, Penguin, Bane or Scarecrow. It was always going to be a hit or miss and lucky for him it was right on the money. We slowly uncover how deep the Court of Owls runs through Gotham and how so many of the characters are entrenched in it’s bloody history. ‘Course i’m not gonna give anything away but the ending to this epic saga is mind blowing, and a little outrageous but hey!
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I`ll start off by saying that I`m not the biggest or oldest fan of comic books out there and aside from DC, Marvel and Vertigo I haven`t read much else. Even among these i`ve only kept track of the more iconic titles. Now a friend of mine is a huge Batman fan and after watching the Dark Knight Trilogy he got me to take up comics. For those of you who don`t know, last year was a huge milestone in the history of DC Comics. They cancelled all their on-going titles and decided to start fresh with 52 new comics, hence the name `New 52`. Now all those iconic stories are starting again from issue #1. This a great time to get into the DC universe and into comics in general.
So this summer I decided to start reading the more famous titles and over the last three months I’ve managed to read around a dozen series including Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Justice League, Nightwing, Batman and Robin… so yeah I’m a Batman fan! and I wasn’t disapointed! (ok maybe a little). Almost every series I’ve read so far has been thoroughly interesting and the artwork… just wow! Now that doesn’t mean that the “new 52” were all good but if you’ve read some of my other posts you’ll know that I like to be well-informed before venturing into anything new. Apparently the best comic books sites (as far as I’ve been able to find) are IGN and comicbookresources. After going over their rankings and reading a multitude of reviews of the new 52 series (and ofcourse picking up some of my favorites like Nightwing) I was able to decide on which titles to select… I’ll start by reviewing the first three I read.
Ever noticed how several movie franchises have three main movies? That’s a trilogy. And most trilogies are fantastic and revered for their amazing execution. The logic behind producing trilogies is easy: A movie is released, it’s a big hit. Since people are now aware of this movie and how good it is, the studio decides to create a sequel to earn more money. And guess what? The sequel earns a lot of cash which ultimately convinces the studio to finish off with a third movie, after which people get tired of the franchise. Sometimes, a fourth movie is released, but it’s hardly ever as good as the first three.
Also, there is a particular pattern I’ve noticed in trilogies: The first movie is good, and the sequel is better (Most of the time. Exceptions include Iron Man 2 and Matrix Reloaded). Also the sequel is sometimes a cliffhanger which makes the audience more eager to watch the third movie. Lastly, the third movie is never as great as the second, but it’s noteworthy nonetheless. You will notice this in the top 5 trilogies that I shall mention below.
5. Toy Story
Pixar rose to it’s peak with the Toy Story movies. A fresh concept at the time, Toy Story captured the attention of many viewers and introduced them to the CGI world. With memorable characters like Woody and Buzz, this movie is never forgotten and never becomes boring to watch. It is also interesting to note that the first two Toy Story movies have received a 100% rating on the movie critic site, Rotten Tomatoes, while Toy Story 3 has received a 99%. Both these scores are amazing and not a lot of movies have touched them. Compared to all other trilogies that I will be mentioning below, Toy Story possesses the highest ratings. Despite this, it is last on my list because at the end of the day, it’s an animated movie which means that there were no live actors involved. It is in the acting that the ratings are sometimes dropped. Also, this is a personal opinion.
Earlier this week, I went to the video store to pick up some movies. I’ve probably watched all the good ones I thought. So I see this movie and I started to wonder, by the looks of it ; it was a love story. Personally I think that love stories aren’t the best way to entertain yourself especially when you intend to watch them alone or without any reason such as research or what-so-ever.
The movie titled ‘The lucky one’ was released on the 20th of April 2012 adapted from the novel released in 2008 titled as the same by Nicholas sparks. Starring Zack Effron much known from the musical Disney series ‘High School musical 1,2 and 3.’ Also starring Taylor Schilling and is directed by Scott Hicks.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of stealth based gameplay. When I first started playing Skyrim and Deus Ex: Human Revolution I opted for stealthy, one hit kill, assassin type characters, and while they might not have been very optimal builds in terms of success in gameplay (You can’t sneak up on dragons and the boss fights in DE:HR still make me cry) they were very fun.
I didn’t bring this up to talk about those games however, and I didn’t mean this to be an opening for an article about MGS either. No, I wanted to talk to you a bit about the Thief game series.
The first Thief game I played was sometime in the beginning of the millennium (I can’t remember, sometime between Continue Reading