Tuesday, 28 December 2010

The Avengers: No Skrull after all?

So, we got all excited earlier this week when the Albuquerque journal, in the middle of a piece about where THE AVENGERS will be filming, said that the superhero team would be up against the Skrull and the Kree.

This sent a bunch of geeks like me into paroxisms of delight at the thought of what could be in store. Sadly, this has now been revealed to be 'a research error'.

This is a shame really, as I was kinda hoping for some serious epic-scale action in the Avengers. I mean, without it it's just going to be another Marvel flick, just with more characters and little justification for the several-year-long build-up to it.

I really hope the film, being written and directed by Joss Whedon and featuring a huge ensemble cast, ends up having something huge for the team to face, and not just some regular bad guy. Hell, bring on Galactus!

Aw screw it, just make Secret Invasion.

Advice for 2011

So then. Next year won't be 'The One', it won't solve your problems, and it won't provide the meaning of your life. You have to sort these things out for yourself, rather than just hoping they'll come along.

2010 has been a hell of a year for me, both personally and professionally. The main thing I have finally realized is that things don't work out unless you work at them yourself. Opportunity won't just land in your lap. You have to work hard for the stuff you want, whatever it is.

Just my tuppence-worth.

(Watch out for 2010: My Year In Rock and Metal, soon!)

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon - Megatron Revealed?

It would appear that this is what Megatron will look like in the forthcoming (final?) Transformers movie, Dark Of The Moon. Revealed over at Joblo.com by an anonymous contributor.

Of course, this is just the toy version of the apparent new version of Megatron rather than a fully rendered CG model like we'll be seeing onscreen, but it gives fans a good idea of what to expect.

I kinda like it, and am pleased to see the arm cannon present. I can deal with him being a truck and not a gun, but the cannon is an essential part of Megatron's look. Personally I'm stoked for this new one, and am eager to see what this thing looks like in action!

Nadine Coyle: Why the world should buy her album

That's an easy one. NADINE IS NOT CHERYL COLE, and thus she should be supported.

Not Being Cheryl Cole (NBCC) is a condition and way of life that should be encouraged across the civilized world, and anyone caught being Cheryl Cole should really be stuffed into a cannon and shot at the moon.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon - The Best Yet?

Reports of test footage and previews of the 3D material in Transformers: Dark of the Moon are starting to show up online, and they are all saying much the same thing. It looks as though Transformers: Dark Of The Moon will be the best entry in the Michael Bay helmed series of movies based on the legendary toy line from Hasbro.

I was a massive fan of the first film and less so of the second (much has been written on just why so many people took issue with it, yet it grossed more than the first), so the new that the third is shaping up to be a more serious, dramatic affair is pleasing to hear. The teaser trailer looks promising, if needlessly lengthy, and with Shockwave being the apparent bad guy (I was hoping for Unicron and Galvatron!), it would seem that fans are in for some serious old school Transformers action.

Another plus point for this new film is that it doesn't have Megan Fox in it. While she was a massive star at the time of Revenge of the Fallen, her star has faded a great deal in the past year, thanks to a series of crappy films (Jonah Hex? Bah) and some very negative press.

Michael Bay has been addressing the issues that people have been bringing up with the new film, and it's awesome to see that he has taken note of the fans' opinions and integrated that feedback into the new film. Something I find very refreshing is his well-documented reluctance to go the 3D route with this new Transformers movie. Yes, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is going to be in 3D, but it seems to be the sort of 3D that is going to kick your face in, rather than the sort of 3D that makes people physically sick through the bad conversion (Clash of the Titans).

Most of the new TF movie has been shot in 3D, with other scenes being converted over a good period of time (no cheap rush jobs on the conversion here!), so it's going to look fantastic. The other question is, will the film actually be any good? It may look fantastic, but will it be well acted and directed? Will the script be up to muster after the mess of the second film? I think so. I think that this time round, we'll be getting the Transformers movie to end them all. Shame we never got to go to Cybertron though...