Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Doctor Who S5 TARDIS Console Images


Doctor Who fans have been dying to see what the new Doctor brings with him in the way of a TARDIS revamp, and now some publicity photos have been released with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, as The Doctor and Amy, posing in the interior of the TARDIS console room.


I would love to see more of the interior and less of The Doctor & Amy posing. We already know what they look like, but we've all been waiting to see the new TARDIS interior design. Personally I would have loved to see a tiny glimpse of some of the other rooms we've heard about in the lead up to the release of season five, as they've now settled on calling the new season.


I'm looking forward to seeing the multiple levels and rooms, like the pool and library, that we've been told about, and I think it will be fun to see the console in action OH SO SOON on our screens :) It's hard to believe that it's only a few days until it airs in the UK!


The new console is apparently a mish-mash of eras with it's additions of pressure gauges, a telephone, a morse code machine, and a typewriter, and is something of an obstacle course for Matt. In an interview Matt stated with a laugh that "It's so incredible because the TARDIS is an icon of our cultural history and suddenly I'm the one who's flying it. I am quite clumsy though so I kept breaking parts of the console and the poor production team had to keep fixing it.".


The start of the Matt Smith era of Doctor Who begins with Episode One of Season Five, written by Steven Moffat and titled The Eleventh Hour. The episode synopsis states...

The Doctor has regenerated into a brand-new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover. With the TARDIS wrecked and the sonic screwdriver destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world - and only Amy Pond to help him.


The Eleventh Hour airs in the UK this Saturday, April 3rd, with screening dates of April 16th and 17th in Australia and the US.

~ Rogue

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How To Train Your Dragon


I am a huge fan of dragons, so when I first saw a trailer for How To Train Your Dragon I was very excited! From the trailer alone I thought it looked like a movie I would enjoy, and I’m happy to say I was right.

How To Train Your Dragon stars Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), who is a non-stereotypical Viking. While everyone else in his village excels at fighting dragons, Hiccup struggles. His lack of muscles upon muscles leads Hiccup to use his brain instead of brawn and build devices to help him achieve the fighting edge needed to survive, much to the dismay of his father, Stoick (Gerard Butler), and the distain of the entire village.


During an attack on his home village, Hiccup uses one of his devices to take on the dragon of legend... the Night Fury. After enduring the wrath of his father and the village for the disaster that ensues from his actions, Hiccup later ventures forth to see his quarry up close. The experience changes the way he views dragons and the beliefs his village holds dear.


How To Train Your Dragon is a film that has a little bit of everything in it; fun quips, sweet moments, grand adventure, and positive moral aspects that aren’t heavy-handed in their impact. It also has a great line-up of actors in addition to Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler, with the likes of America Ferrera as Astrid, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs, Jonah Hill as Snotlout, and David Tennant as Spitelout all part of the cast.

As not only another 3D movie to hit the big screen, but also as a kid’s movie, it’s nice to know that DreamWorks didn’t feel the need to overdo the 3D and ruin the story for the sake of the effects. This movie is for anyone, young, old, or in-between, that embraces their imagination and enjoys a good story.


There are also plenty of fun things to look out for as a geek when watching How To Train Your Dragon, with things like basic gaming stats being quoted for each of the different dragons to FNRD in runic. While How To Train Your Dragon could work easily as a 2D movie, the 3D does add a nice touch to close-ups of the Night Fury and by taking the viewer into the moment and experiencing the ride of a lifetime... on the back of a dragon <3


How To Train Your Dragon hits cinemas on March 25th in Australia, March 26th in the US, and March 31st in the UK.

~ Rogue

Monday, March 15, 2010

Kick-Ass


Kick-Ass rocks!
Seriously, I could leave my review there and you would be well informed of how cool this flick is... but I will delve into the movie a bit more for those that actually like to read ;)

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is sick of seeing good people left to the tortures of bad people when he is yet again harassed by some local thugs and a witness turns away rather than help. As a fan of comic heroes, Dave wonders why no one has ever tried to be a hero in the real world before. Taking it upon himself to right wrongs and stick up for the common man, Dave puts together a heroic outfit and hits the streets to protect the innocent... and promptly has his tushie handed to him.


Over time Dave, as the new hero Kick-Ass, learns to hold his own in the world he has chosen to live in... or at least he thinks he has before Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) proves that there is a whole other level to crime fighting.


Team-ups with Hit-Girl, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), and Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) follow for Kick-Ass, while Dave must continue to live his ordinary teenage life in his secret identity, complete with running commentary on the comings and goings of Kick-Ass from his unaware friends (Clarke Duke & Evan Peters).


The film is full of fun, violence, tech, violence, language, violence, oh, and violence <3

This is not a superhero movie for kids!

While Kick-Ass is based on an eight issue comic series by the same name, you don't have to have read the comic beforehand to enjoy the film. That being said, the comic is a lot darker than the film and is highly recommended by all that have read it. Written by Mark Millar with art by John Romita Jr, the book is well loved and highly praised. The artwork in the film was even produced by John Romita Jr and makes fans of his work, like me, wish we could have been on set to look at each image up close. Fingers crossed they make it onto a gallery on the DVD release!


I'm also really looking forward to the sequel... or should I say sequels as the possibility of two of three more films were mentioned by John Romita Jr on the red carpet of the SXSW screening. Mark Millar starts writing on the new series of the comic in April with aims for John Romita Jr to have finished the art by September to tie in with the DVD release. Mark Millar considers Hit-Girl the new Han Solo, as the minute she appears people go insane for her, and his promises of more Hit-Girl in the future makes me very happy.


The soundtrack rocks throughout the film and with tunes like 'Hey Little World' by The Hives, 'Silver Or Lead' by Mariachi El Bronx, 'Bad Reputation' by Joan Jet And the Blackhearts, and 'Banana Splits' by The Dickies, I can't wait for the release of it so I can snap it up!

I will be seeing Kick-Ass again when it opens for general release and I will be buying it the instant it hits Blu-ray!

Kick-Ass hits cinemas on April 2nd in the UK, April 8th in Australia, and April 16th in the US & Canada.

~ Rogue

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tron Legacy 3D trailer transcription



Although we already reviewed and discussed the trailer pretty much scene by scene on the podcast, since the 3D trailer isn't out yet, and it was a limited fan screening, I thought I would post the audio transcription here for anyone interested.


The trailer starts off in the real world with Alan Bradley talking to Kevin Flynn's son, Sam...

Alan: “I promised you that if I ever got any information about your dad, that I’d tell you first, right? I was paged last night; it came from your dad’s office at the arcade.”

Sam: “So?”

Alan: “So?! That number’s been disconnected for twenty years! Two nights before he disappeared he came to my house. He said he was about to change everything... science, medicine, religion. He wouldn’t have left that Sam; He wouldn’t have left you.”

Sam: “You know, you’re acting like I’m going to find him sitting there working... ‘Hey kiddo... lost track of time.’”

Alan: “Wouldn’t that be something.”

After this the trailer shows Sam heading to Flynn's Arcade (see image at the top of this post). We see a little more real world footage before we hit the digital world with the sight of a recognizer (OMGWTFBBQPOLARBEAR!!! It's AWESOMESAURUS in 3D). We get a bunch of footage of the digital world and before the trailer ends we get some more dialogue but no footage to go with it...

Sam: “Dad?”

Flynn: “Sam?”

Sam:
“Long time.”

Flynn:
“You have no idea.”

I think I'm going to explode from excitement before Tron Legacy is released in December!!!!
~ Rogue