Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Movies: 47 Ronin (12A) & The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (PG)

47 Ronin – what’s it about? The Japanese legend of 47 Samurai who were banished and become Ronin, their battle to get revenge for the murder of their master – and their journey to get there… upon the way they meet numerous mystical creatures.

I thought this was really fab – definitely see if you like Japanese myths/legends and if you liked such films as The Last Samurai. It had a good balance of story, fighting and character driven plot…it wasn’t over the top in wire work which can be over used in this type of genre…they have awesome bows too - yeah - see it :)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – what’s it about? Poor Walter doesn’t have much of a life apart from his work and his sister and mum…with the company he works for closing and him loosing the last negative for their final front cover all seems lost- until Walter sets out on an epic journey.

I really really really thought this film was going to blow but I was actually pleasantly surprised – it was a nice film – kind of one you would watch with your parents…or that you can just sit and watch – it wasn’t dull or boring…check it if you want an easy watching pleasant movie...

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Movie: Keeping Mum (DVD - 15)

What's it about? An odd ball family are having a few issues - the father is a vicar, the daughter a sex maniac, the son bullied and the mother has had enough and wants out. Enter the life saver - a lady who has the best interests for the family - pulling out all the stops to help them - oh and she's a serial killer - who takes care of their problems by killing people!

This is a dark-comedy - and is damn amusing - though ok for the entire family...well the adults of the family anyway. It have a good mix of light and dark humour - so if you find death and murder funny then this will probably give you a smile...

Monday, 23 December 2013

Movies: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (12A) & Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (15)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - what's it about? A sequel - it continues the story from where the previous one left off - the adventure as the dwarves try to take back their city from the dragon. Bilbo and the gang continue to meet various folk along their travels - some friend and some foe...

Well...I think I preferred this to the previous one - more stuff happened and the story did get going a lot quicker...probably because it's the sequel - heh - if you enjoyed the first then go and see it - if you're not a fan of fantasy then give it a miss - they're still stretching it out!

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - what's it about? The long awaited sequel to Anchorman - yeah that's all you need to know!

This was damn amusing - had me in stitches and at points - I shed a tear from laughing a tad too much - thankfully though I didn't pee myself. Oh I love Brick lol! It's one that you think during it "what the hell am I watching?!?!?!" If you loved the first one - then go see this - I'd say it's as good as the first - funny - stupid - but the story is pretty predictable in that it's kind of the first repeated...to finish all I'd like to say is - chicken of the cave...

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Fandom: Nosgoth Signatures...

Ok today I have a bit of fandom for you – everyone knows about Nosgoth being the latest game in the LoK franchise – and there are two teams – humans vs vampires – and in these teams there are three (on each side) classes battling it out in an arena for dominance of the land…

Well because it’s the festive season…I’m feeling a little bit generous – it is the time of year for giving – so I thought I’d give you all a little gift to say thank you for reading…

So here are nine – yes nine – free Nosgoth signatures - they are all set to 599x115 (fit within the SE/Eidos forum limits). If you would like to use any of them please feel free to do so – now go forth and show your allegiance – promote your favourite class – Nosgoth and all things LoK…yeaaaahhhhhhhh….

…Oh not forgetting if you would like a customised one then please just drop me a line at lucinvampire@hotmail.com and I will be happy to make amendments (nothing that breaks the ToU though!)…please title your email with something sensible – otherwise it may get binned by accident…and everyone knows Binnedmass isn’t until January!

A final note…I’d just like to say thank you to Blinc at TheLostWorlds – I liberated the class insignia from his site :) you rule dude!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Game: NEW Nosgoth trailer...

Well this is something that we've been waiting a while for - a new Nosgoth trailer - YAY!!! If you don't know what Nosgoth is then where have you been? Stuck in the Hylden dimension or something!?! Well if you don't know or you do then be sure to watch it.

Love vampires - love games - love killing things - love LoK - well then it's Nosgoth time oh yeah baby...check it!

Don't forget to visit the official website for more information at www.nosgoth.com

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Movies: Dark Skies (DVD – 15) & Doom (DVD – 15)

Dark Skies – what’s it about? A sci-fi horror where a family is haunted by aliens…they have come to make your fears real, torment you and abduct you!

Ok basically this is like a Paranormal Activity movie but with aliens instead of ghosts – but it rocks – awesome spook-factor – just enough – a good story and aliens…so yeah this is great if you love horror and sci-fi stuff! It isn’t one of those over the top special effects movies – it leaves pretty much everything to the imagination – classic horror rather than the modern gore or special effects! Sleep tight and remember they're already here…

Doom – what’s it about? Based on the awesome FPS video game - in this the RRTS are called for a search and destroy mission as a lab on Mars has been quarantined.

I really wanted to play Doom after watching this – a great game movie – lots and lots of action and blood and violence – what’s not to love...oh oh and not forgetting the classic gun cam from the game uuuummmmmm gun cam. If you love a good bit of blood and violence – and loved the games – or don’t have a clue – then this is an epic action movie to see!

Friday, 13 December 2013

Movie: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD – 12)

What’s it about? Based on the books and the first in the trilogy this is – as the title says the unexpected journey of Bilbo – Gandalf and all their dwarf chums as they go to take back their city from the dragon…

Ok so this is the part where I get shot down with arrows of fire – don’t get me wrong I love fantasy stuff and this is alright – but it's basically not as good as Lord of the Rings and is kind of the same all over again – hours of travelling – with the occasional scuffle! Why they had to make this into three movies – it would have been one epic one or maybe two great ones – but three is just dragging it out! I like the characters, the concept, the races – as in all this type of stuff – and the battling and the skirmishes – it’s just kind of one of those ones you have to endure to get to the good bits…

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Movie: Lesbian Vampire Killers (DVD - 15)

What's it about? The vampire queen has placed a curse on the village of Cragwich as she's killed...fast forward to present day and all of the villages teenage girls at the age of 18 become lesbian vampires! After another break up with his girlfriend - Jimmy and his best bud decide to take a nice trip to the country - and you can guess the rest...

Well what to say about this movie? I wanted to see this because it's a vampire comedy - it has vampires ok? It is pretty funny in parts but is basically the same crude humour recycled over and over - though it is still amusing to see! If you can find it in the bargain bin or on TV it's worth a watch but any more than that don't bother - unless your a teenage guy - and want to watch women in hot-pants - or unless you still find this humour amusing. Killed a few hours and maybe some braincells but it still made me smile - so yeah...

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

TV Series: Lost

What’s it about? A plane crashes on an island that is somewhere - in you know its an island so in the sea! It follows the characters and gives you insight into before the plane crashed and what not. It gets a bit sci-fiesc too so gives a little more than expected! It runs for six seasons…

Ok ok I know I’m well late to the party on this one – but you know me I won’t watch something from part way through – and I’m glad I didn’t! This is a great series – the first couple of seasons are epic – the next couple get a bit strange but still good – and the last couple lead it to it’s ending. It’s an enjoyable series and one you can’t stop watching to find out what’s going on…if you haven’t watched then check it out – it’s more than just about a plane crash - but I do wonder why 95% of people on the plane were so good looking?! heh...

Monday, 2 December 2013

Movie: The Sixth Sense (DVD -15)

What’s it about? A young boy is haunted by the ghosts of those who don’t know they are dead – a psychiatrist – is helping him and discovers he’s actually telling the truth and he’s not crazy!

Saw this when it was in the cinema and haven’t seen it since – still as good as I remember! A good supernatural movie that gives some twists – if you like spooky stuff then this is definitely one you need to see - if you haven’t seen it…if you have then maybe go revisit it!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Movies: Carrie (2013) (15) and Saving Mr Banks (PG)

Carrie – what’s it about? A remake of the original Carrie, it is about Carrie White a teenage girl who is bullied by members of her school, as well as being treated harshly by her religious mother…she starts of develop special abilities and stuff happens!

I was really impressed with this re-make, I love the original movie and was a bit dubious to what they would do to it, you know sometimes they are ok and sometimes so bad you nearly cry in shame. They kept in line with the books and the old movie it’s basically just a rehash – they just added modern tech! If you liked the original then you will know what to expect…if you haven’t seen it then check it out!

Saving Mr Banks – what’s it about? The story behind the making of Mary Poppins movie…

This really wasn’t as bad as I expected – it was pretty funny – and emotional…I don’t really know what to say about it – it’s not one you’d take the kids to go see, definitely aimed at the older generation but it's pretty ok just to watch and well watch. Maybe go and see it if you’d like to know a bit about the Poppins movie or if you want to kill a couple of hours…

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

TV Series: Star Trek: Enterprise

What’s it about? It's the 22nd century and Capt Archer and the crew of the Enterprise begin to explore the galaxy in this the early days of Star Fleet…it runs for 4 seasons.

Ok – what to say I’ve watched this nearly every night for the last few months – I’ve been pretty hooked on it – and I don’t know what I’ll do now without my daily dose! I know a lot of people slated it – but it was actually really enjoyable – it’s Star Trek so you kind of know what to expect. The stories are good, the characters though a little expected are nice too, the alien races and first contact situations are interesting too. I’d take a look if you like sci-fi stuff…you might be presently surprised! Live long and prosper!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Movie: The Family (15)

What's it about? A gangster and his family are in witness protection...they keep stuffing up and getting moved 'cause of it. They end up in a small town in France where they try...hmm...to fit in with the locals. As always in movies things happen and well you know people end up being whacked.

This was actually surprising much better than I thought it was going to be from the adverts, it had an ok story, good acting, humour and well a little bit of guns and stuff. I wouldn't say - go see this now it's amazing - but you know if you want to pass a couple of hours on something that's enjoyable then go take a look...

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Movie: The Mummy Returns (DVD - 12)

What's it about? A continuation of the first one...the mummified remains of Imhotep are transferred to the British museum...and he gets woken up and starts his rampage for domination and world destruction...can he be stopped and the world be saved?

If you like "The Mummy" then watch this one. It's a little dated now but it's still good - the graphics were amazing at the time but a little shabby now so you know. It's cheesey as hell - so again much like the first - it has its laughs, story, fighting and well cool Egyptian type stuff! Epic!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Movies: Hunger Games (DVD - 12A) and Hunger Games: Catching Fire (12A)

Hunger Games - what's it about? Based on the book by the same name the Hunger Games is set in a world where after war the capitol set up the hunger games - where each year two members from each district (there's 12) - one female and one male - compete to be the soul survivor of the games.

I saw this when it came out on DVD but they did a double-bill at the cinema last night - it was much more awesome on the big screen! Anyway a great movie - good story, character development, suspense and what not - some epic death scenes in this movie - love 'em! Though I did question the originality of this one - as so many others did with a certain Japanese film...

Hunger Games: Catching Fire - what's it about? (without spoiling it)...it is a continuation from the previous movies - the games reach their 75th year and with a quell the games are changed - this time picking the tributes from those who have previously won the games...

If you like the first movie - then definitely see this one - and I recommend in the cinema too as it was a good cinematic experience! Man the deaths are once again awesome - not as cool and entertaining as the first movie but still good - though less of it this time?! It is enjoyable and one to see - ummm I want a bow!

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Movie: The Counsellor (18)

What's it about? The Counsellor decides to get into drug dealing big time and well everything goes wrong as he and his comrades are believed to have stolen a shipment of drugs. The story unravels and he tries to survive the ordeal and save his girlfriend from the hands of a cartel.

Well what to say about this...it has some very famous people in it so you kind of expect it to be good - and well it's not that great. Its slow, not that compelling, the story is disjointed and the characters are hard to care about. There are a couple of good scenes but it's definitely not one to spend your money on to see at the cinema...but with that said you may like it if you like gangster type films...

Movie: Red Dog (DVD - PG)

What's it about? It follows the true life events of an outback town in Australia and the adventures of a dog named "Red Dog" funnily enough...the story of romance, friendship and animal antics as the legendary canine becomes a well - a legend.

You know me I don't like "real life" stuff but I like animals - this film - this film - you will require your tissues...yep and lots of them! Get yourself a big box of chocolates and a nice box of tissues and sob your heart out! That said though it is hilariously funny - there are some great uplifting moments - with great comedy value - as well as a wonderful story. This is a you will laugh and you will cry one...check it and enjoy...

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Movie: Iron Man 3 (DVD – 12)

What’s it about? Well if the name doesn't give it away – god help you…It’s a continuation on from the previous Iron Man films following Tony Stark and his alter ego which takes place after Avengers Assemble. The world is under threat again – oh yes what a surprise that is…this time by the terrorist who goes by the name of “Mandarin”…can Iron Man save the day?

…Basically if you like Iron Man and Superhero movies then you’ll love this one – if you don’t then meh don’t even bother. Personally I don’t think it’s the best out of the Iron Man series but it’s still pretty damn good – has the action, the high budget scenes, the story and the comedy value – so you know – it’s Tony Stark…go watch it!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Music: Heretics - Wealth = Success

The band...Heretics, the album Wealth = Success - what can I say about these guys?...they are pretty damn good - yeah I like them - futurepopesc type music - which is really niiiiccceeeee - the singing can be a little droney at points...but it works and yeah they are worth a listen...check it...

Can't insert the video on this one...so you're going to have to follow the link...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Movie: Gravity (12A)

What's it about? Dr Ryan Stone is assisting a couple of astronauts with setting up some of her tech in space - basically the mission goes wrong when debris collides and they are left adrift and have to try to survive the ordeal...

This is a pretty decent film - could have gone either way from the trailer - which was pretty annoying but at the same time was compelling. I saw the 3D version and even as someone who can't see 3D properly a couple of bits did work! It is a film to see in 3D (unless it makes you pass out or spew or turn into the hulk) as it's actually made to be 3D rather than you know - like most films - that just have a couple of bits whacked in to make it be able to be 3D...rubbish. Anyway to the movie - it is a wonderful experience - very beautiful - great space stuff going on - kept me on the edge of my seat - and well if you ever think you are having a bad day - you can think back to this film and think at least it wasn't that bad! It's worth seeing in the cinema as it's big sci-fi/space movie - check out the trailer and see what ya think...

Monday, 11 November 2013

Movie: Donnie Darko (DVD - 15)

What's it about? Donnie has a few problems - and the friend in his head - Frank is giving him hints and stuff - Donnie has to figure it all out before the world ends. Strange...very odd things...happen that can't be explained, trouble is had and things play out as Donnie stands at the edge of sanity!

This came out a while ago - and it's still as odd as I remember - an interesting film that takes you on a weird experience - its definitely a strange one - but worth a watch - just because! It's hard to put into words about what this film IS so just watch the trailer and decide to see it for yourself...

Friday, 8 November 2013

Anime Series: Claymore (DVD – 15)

What’s it about? Yoma – kinda demon creatures – attack villages throughout the land to chow down on human snacks…the Claymores – a group of human-yoma hybrids under the command of the agency fight against these creatures – in order to destroy them and protect humanity…for a price of course!

I had really high hopes for this as everyone has raved about it…it was pretty good – nice art – interesting story and characters – annoying music *cough*…as expected it was over the top in typical anime style J a good mix and a nice series to see – just don’t expect the most amazing thing ever ‘cause otherwise you maybe a weebit disappointed!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Music: VNV Nation - Transnational

Transnational is the latest album release from VNV Nation – it is very similar to Automatic in that it is once again very positive and uplifting – it can get me out of any bad mood and that says a lot! These guys are genius and continue to reach greatness with every album released – if you haven’t heard them before then have a listen – if you have and you like them then go buy the album – its EPIC!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Fandom: MCM Comic Con - Cosplay Parade

Here's a bit of fandom for you today...and it comes in the form of a video by Batale of the MCM Comic Con London (Oct 2013) cosplay stage event that took place on the Sunday...

...Seems a bit of a strange thing to post right? Skip to 46 minutes and you'll know why - teehee three of the LoKers that were there - completely EPIC costumes!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Movies: Heat (DVD – 15), Primer (DVD – 12) and Hocus Pocus (PG – DVD)

Heat – What’s it about? Well…it’s a crime-drama so that basically gives you a large clue. It follows a group of robbers who obviously commit some heists – and the detective trying to catch them – their lives and paths cross as they both try to reach their goals...

This is getting on a weebit – but sometimes the old ones are the best…right? A nice mix of crime, action and drama…though it is quite long – make sure you have 3 hours to watch this one! Epic action – especially one amazing scene – guns and explosions – and a great story – woohoo…what more do you want?

Primer – What’s it about? A group of engineers work on their own experiment in their spare time…in their garage. Whilst creating a machine to block the gravitational pull from an object they accidently – yeah accidently – create a machine that manipulates time…of course they use it! – What else would you do with a time machine? – Yeah and they have to deal with the consequences of their actions…

Dude you need to be awake to watch this one – you can’t leave your brain at the door! This is an independent sci-fi movie…and its bloody good, gets the old noggin going with all the science and leaves you contemplating it long after you’ve finished watching – its not action – its brains in this movie – and a lot of get in the box – go on you know you want to!

Hocus Pocus - What’s it about? It is about three witch sisters – the Sanderson sisters who are hung for witchcraft, they swear to come back to life and suck the lives from all the children in Salem. It is Halloween night and by the hand of Max the witches are brought back to life – him, his sister and friend Alison have to try to stop them from being resurrected permanently!

This film is pure class – it’s a classic – if you haven’t seen it then I don’t know where you’ve been – it maybe 20 years old to the year but it is still fantastic – filled with magic, song and strange goings on – like talking cats and disgruntled zombies – this is a prize film from the 90s and is one you have to watch…or re-watch – do it otherwise…I’ll put a spell on you…

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Movies: Enders Game (12A), Thor: The Dark World (12A) and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (U)

Enders Game – What’s it about? Well it’s the future – the earth was attacked by an alien insectoid race – humanity survived thanks for the bravery of one man – since the aliens retreated the earth has begun to train children to fight to protect earth in the future – Ender is one of these children and his journey through command school has begun…

I have been looking forward to this one for a while now – and was it as good as I expected? The answer is pretty much. It was a really great film for a teenage movie – as in that fact it’s about kids – but it was also good in the sci-fi sense – been waiting for some more sci-fi for a while now and this one definitely filled the gaping hole. It is probably one of the better films I’ve seen recently. It’s worth checking out – as it has a great story, effects and is an all round gooden...just keep in mind it is a teen movie.

Thor: The Dark World – What’s it about? The movie takes place after Avengers Assemble and the attack on earth…Thor returned home and helped to restore order to the nine realms at the will of his father. What a surprise some big baddie springs into action again and wants to destroy everything…and who is there to try to stop him? Thor and his gang of course…

What can I say about this…I think Thor is great – I love all these superhero movies…and this one doesn’t disappoint! I think it’s better than the first…oh oh oh and the elves in it are EPIC so much cooler than the LoR’s ones…kind of reminded me of Hellboy 2. This is a great story, full of actions, humour and of course superhero stuff. You know what to expect if you’ve seen any of the Marvel stuff – go watch it…it’s worth it!

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 – What’s it about? It takes place after the first movie, and it is the clean-up operation of the island. Flint gets a new job and has to go back to the island and help find his machine…meanwhile though the living-food has evolved and created its own eco-system.

Really I can’t believe I watched this. It was at the bottom of my list of things to see, it just looked awful! There were parts that made me smirk and have a little giggle – it has its fair share of adult humour in it. Overall it was an average kids movie...it's no way as bad as Smurfs 2 and actually wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen – probably the little ones would love it…but me not so much!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Fandom: MCM Comic Con London – Oct 2013

As titled this is more of a fandom account of the event rather than much of anything else…

About two weeks ago a trip I was taking was cancelled and I wanted to find something else to do. I randomly found out that MCM Comic Con London was taking place at ExCel in the same time period (25-27 Oct 13). I ended up booking tickets for myself and a friend. I’ve never been to a Comic Con before – I should probably make you aware of that now! I was determined though to go in cosplay as I thought I might as well go the whole-hog if I was going…why do something by halves? And thus for the last couple of weeks I’ve been spending all my free time creating my costume...

The Geek Train

On Friday the 25 we arrived by train to Waterloo and made our way across London to where we were staying. It was an interesting thing as even before we got on the tube we were already asked if we were going to Comic Con. We were dressed in civis – not cosplay – but that heightened out spirits more. We boarded our DLR service which had been dubbed by us the “sky train” because it’s the Docklands Light Railway and that name really sucks…anyway it got renamed again after that “the Geek Train in the Sky” because basically it was full of people going to Comic Con. After dumping all our stuff at the hotel we took the train back along the line to ExCel and arrived at the Con. It wasn’t too busy, because we had other plans we were just checking in that day and picking up our wrist bands so we didn’t have to queue the next day. It was alright – there were quite a few people in awesome cosplays already! We only queued for about 40 mins or so – compared to people saying the next day they queued for about 2-3 hours – we realised we made the right choice! We both resisted the urge to enter the Con and continued on our business that day.

The queue

The entrance

The morning of Saturday 26 arrived and we donned our cosplay and headed across Docklands to the ExCel...

Me as Janos Audron from the Legacy of Kain series*

– we had to walk along the river ‘cause the Geek Train wasn’t working and we had to go by bus but following loads of characters along the River Thames was pretty awesome! When we arrived I can’t put into words how cool it was – I was never expecting that many people – let alone 90% of them being all cosplayed up!

Early morning as the place just opened

After spending a few moments taking in the sights – we eagerly entered inside the ExCel. It was absolutely heaving – I wasn’t expecting it to be that manic – you basically were shuffling long the hallway to the main centre – once you got out of the main part it wasn’t as bad though. We followed the crowd and entered into the main hall which was full of stalls selling everything from comics, dvds, clothing, jewellery, cuddly toys, games, collectables, cards, art work and loads of other cool stuff…even weapons! There were a couple of areas here with talks going on too, as well as celebrities signing stuff, movie trailers playing and games demos you could get your hands dirty on. I was like a kid in a candy store and didn’t really know where to look, what to buy, what to do – but it was amazing! I got to meet Alexis Cruz...for those who don’t know he played Skaara/Klorel in Stargate and SG1 *faint* and got a signed photo and a picture with him – once I walked away I basically had what my friend dubbed a "geekgasm" as I screamed, jumped up and down and freaked out in the middle of the Con.

Me and Alexis Cruz

After that my next highlight was playing Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 on the PS3 (see previous article for my review on it). We then wandered around and shopped. I bought an awesome Dexter shopping bag which has a serial killer shopping list on the back and an assassin’s creed bracelet. Yay!

View from the steps

We stepped outside a couple of times for a breath of fresh air and to get a little space – outside was pretty packed too – there were cosplayers and things happening everywhere – a massive big screen playing trailers – music playing – people dancing and fighting their character enemies. It was epic!!!!! The time come for us to leave for the day and we headed back to the hotel.

We got freshened up and decided what to wear for the evening – we had tickets to the Comic Con Party – the options for dress was smart or cosplay. My friend wanted to wear a dress and I wanted to go in cosplay…at a stale mate we looked at the flyer again and accessed the options – in the end we decided to go in “smart-cosplay” yep this meant cosplay in a smart dress – which was pretty amusing! So Destiny Tiva Xarin got to make an appearance at Comic Con too.

DTX in a dress!!

We arrived at the Novotel Docklands and the party wasn’t much – it was mainly people in cosplay though. As more and more people arrived and drinks were had the party got going…even though the venue probably had the smallest dance floor on record! The DJs were two guys called Baka Punk – which were fantastic – EBM with game/anime/movie music mixed in – which was damn awesome – either that or I had had a bit too much to drink *cough* me…never – would I! The night was a surreal experience – it was like being at a party but being in a movie/TV show at the same time – so strange and fun – and because everyone there was for the same reason there was no trouble and everyone was lovely.


We met some great people at the party and once we were all kicked out we ended up hanging out with them…drinking more of course! Somehow we managed to get a taxi back thanks to the reception staff at the hotel…it was a silver Mercedes – I really don’t think the driver was thinking he was going to be picking up an Ancient Vampire and the She Hulk lol. We ended up getting back to the hotel in one piece to the reception staff reminding us the clocks went back…umm and extra hour in bed!

Then in not too long a time Sunday 27 arrived – we got up…and well got up – and got ready into our cosplay ready to hit the Comic Con again…much less enthusiastic today due to the most massive hangover ever – we checked out our hotel and dragged our sorry selves across Docklands again to ExCel. I think I was more of a dishevelled Janos Audron this day and spent most of the day groaning and feeling sorry for myself. Anyway after a bit of food we went and had a look around some more and realised the ExCel was even bigger than we first thought – we found more food places we didn't know existed and two more halls – one for table top gaming and card competitions and another where the main talks/panels were taking place with some more stalls selling stuff. We went tried to get our hands on some of the free stuff in a give-a-way in the break between panels (not successful – yep jumping up and down with the Soul Reaver in the air still doesn’t get you £120 worth of free Star Wars goodies!). We made ourselves comfortable for the Warehouse 13 panel we had come to see. (I wanted to see the Lost Girl one too but that was before we arrived – which blowed). Anyway they showed a gag-reel and then came on and talked for a good 20-30 minutes answering questions and telling stories.

Warehouse 13 panel

This was really cool – they were all super awesome. After this we headed outside and I got to meet up with a couple of friends which was unexpected but amazing none-the-less (even though it was only for about 5 minutes each – it was good to see them). After this we crammed in the last bit of shopping until over the tannoy came that it was time to get the hell out of there. We headed outside and got the bus to the tube station…I have never seen a tube station full of people…especially those in cosplay – once again a really strange experience – it was like something out of a cartoon. We arrived back safely at Waterloo to wait for our train…still in costume…I ended up grabbing us some snacks and then we hung about. We crammed on the train home – which was heaving…and got some very strange looks – not as bad as those when we got back home though!

People outside ExCel

Overall it was an awesome and epic weekend – I definitely will be going again next year and will probably make sure I can spend all three days there this time because there was so much to do. I would definitely recommend it to anyone because it is an amazing experience…even if just to sight see!

*I can’t believe people recognised who I was…there were a good 10-15 people who stopped and I had LoK conversations with about how awesome the games are, what they loved, then about Nosgoth and even people saying they so wanted to do an LoK cosplay themselves. There were more though who recognised the costume and I didn’t get chance to speak to. I was pleased with this as I thought the series may have been long forgotten...or the younger generation wouldn't know about it – but obviously not! LONG LIVE LOK!!!

For Nosgoth!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Game: Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 (PS3) - Pre-Release Review

What is it? Lords of Shadow 2 is part of the Castlevania reboot series - it follows the story of Gabriel and previous games Lords of Shadow and Mirror of Fate…if you don't know what the series is it's basically about vampires, demons, monsters etc in a medieval fantasy third person action-adventure setting - and yeah killing bad things with sharp and pointy objects!!!

What did I think? Well I saw the trailer for this earlier on in the year and have been dying to play it since then - I only got to play about 5 minutes of this so it’s hard to give a full review on the game because that’s not long to play! What I will say is what I saw I very much liked - ok liked is probably the most understatement I could ever use - how about ooohhhhhh this is so cool and awesome and *jumps up and down* ooohhhhhh. It has superb voice acting and was aesthetically pleasing - yep the graphics were super nice. The characters moved and flowed well on screen and the buttons/game play was responsive and the combos were cool as hell. It was very much similar to the previous game(s) in the series - keep in mind I have only played LoS as I do not have a 3DS! I was taking part in a ‘boss’ battle and very much as always died a lot until I got my head in gear and in the gaming zone - figured out the buttons and what to do and then I was off - well apart from dying a lot - oh yeah. I very much can’t wait now for this to come out - I will definitely be in the queue to get my hands on this baby. If you love Castlevania series - if the rest of this game is as good as those 5 minutes then you will be drooling at this one!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Movie: Captain Phillips (12A)

What's it about? Adapted from the book, this is based on a true story and it tells the account of Captain Phillips and his crew aboard the Maersk Alabama which is seized by Somalian pirates in 2009. The story is from Captain Phillips perspective as he undergoes his traumatic ordeal at the hands of the pirates...

Well...what can I say about this one...should I first of all remind you how I really dislike true life stories? yes - but...yep there is a but in there - this one - this one was actually probably one of the better cinema movies I've seen over the last few weeks! I didn't get bored - I didn't look at my watch - which is a bloody good sign! This has a good balance of drama and action as well as story - and knowing its based on real life kind of makes it an emotional ride - don't worry though its not as traumatic as The Impossible - but this one is one true life movie I would definitely recommend seeing - its at there at the top of the true movie story list right now (I think)...

= T

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Movie: Escape Plan (15)

What’s it about? Well if the title doesn’t give it away its about escaping…ok – from a prison or numerous ones as the case may be…

This is an Arnie and Stallone film…need I say more? If you like action movies – their previous movies then you will of course like this – yeah yeah yeah they are getting on a bit now but this movie works and that doesn’t matter! This is another awesome action movie where you can just go and watch stuff happen…of course it’s predicable aren’t they all? But it's enjoyable and it has some great one liners…say cheese :)

Monday, 21 October 2013

Game: Primal (PS2 – 16)

What’s it about? Jen…ends up getting pulled into the Nexus – where she has to help save the four netherworlds by bringing balance between good and evil…

It was released back in 2003 – so it's pretty old school now – so that’ll give you some idea of the graphics and game play – yep – its very Soul Reaveresc so if you like that (which you really should) then yeah you may like this! It has the cool switching between characters and as you advance through the game Jen – can morph into other forms to use certain skill sets – and of course Scree’s pretty damn cool too. Dude this is really fun – I’ve lost a good few hours of my life getting sucked into this world – if you haven’t given it a go then go do so or if you have then go re-play it!! I wish I played this back years ago when it came out...luckily a kind person reminded me of it a few months back – yay – the old ones are sometimes the best :)

Friday, 18 October 2013

App: Comixology (Android)

Comixology is a comic book app for electronic devices…it is basically a downloadable comic book store! There are free comics and those you can pay for – so you can give it a try and see if you like it. If you like comics then you really need to download it...if you haven’t already – it’s so worth it – dude it’s an app for comics yay woohoo!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Game: Forest Zombies (Android)

What is it? The forest is getting invaded by zombies! Ahhh run for your lives!!! You take the role of a rabbit who tries to protect its little forest friends from getting abducted by the fiends. The little scamp has an array of weaponry to assist – a catapult which of course launches grenades and axes – what else would it do? Ah yes shoot more weapons of course – at the casual moving monsters!

Well this is a fun little cartoon game…you remember all those cool flash games you used to get on Newgrounds back in the late 90’s early 00’s? Well this is what this is like! It has kept me entertained – its free so yeah its something for nothing – oh yeah and you can buy stuff for it too…check it out if you want something to keep you occupied for a weebit…

Here's a link to a video of the trailer on Youtube...sadly I can't get it to link properly....

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Movie: Twelve Monkeys (DVD – 18)

What’s it about? Well it’s the future and most of humanity has been killed off by a virus - nice! A convict is sent back in time to find out about what happened, how, why and who was behind it.

This is an odd one…far out…weirdness – come on it’s slightly off the wall you’ve got to give it that much – randomness – yeah! A combination of present day and sci-fi with a bit of insanity thrown in, it’s a fab story, good acting, interesting and yeah – it’s a niiiiiccceeeee little movie – even if a bit dated now.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Movies: Fifth Estate (15) & Blue Jasmine (12A)

Fifth Estate - What’s it about? Ever heard of Wikileaks? The website that leaked lots of stuff including government information?…well that’s what this movie is about – the people behind the website and how it came to reach viral status of leaked goodness.

How much of this movie is fact – I don’t know…it was interesting, yes interesting, very interesting – and I liked it. I liked the way they worked the computing and the visuals…ummm computing. It’s not a movie you have to see at the cinema though – probably best to wait until DVD! If you’re curious about the whole wiki and leakage and like real life stuff then you’ll like it – if not you probably wont.

Blue Jasmine - What’s it about? A rich woman gets taken down a few pegs, her husband was a conman – he ends up topping himself in jail whilst everything she has gets taken away from her. She has a breakdown and moves in with her working class sister…she tries to sort her life out.

Really they made this into a movie? How pointless was this film – damn pointless – it went no-where…I’m not kidding you. There was nothing – the story was pretty bad – and the end was complete rubbish – I can’t believe that these actors agreed to this! It’s probably ok if you don’t mind stuff that’ll turn your brain to goo and romance stuff but really I wasted two hours of my life – I can’t get that time back...damn it!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Movie: How I Live Now (15)

What’s is about? A young American girl goes on holiday to the UK to stay with her relatives in the countryside - at this time world war 3 breaks out and it is the families story for survival.

What can I say about this movie? Where to start? Ah yes – if you want an action movie with fighting and war and all that jazz then you will be highly disappointed. If you want an emotional and dramatic story then this will be right up your street! This film is very realistic and British *yay* and basically I think I’m still in bloody shock from seeing it – don’t worry not as bad as after The Impossible! – it was very believable . It has a few good one liners and bits that make you laugh…cow cheese…had me in fits! I really did like it…thought from the trailer it could go either way – but yeah they did good!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Movie: Life of Pi (DVD – PG)

What’s it about? An epic journey of a young mans survival of a ship-wreck – he tries to survive the lonesome journey stuck in a life-boat…with his only companion a tiger.

Ok what can I say about this movie…my initial thoughts was how can there be like a 2 hour movie about a guy and a tiger stuck on a boat? I didn’t really have any expectations or desire to watch this but…holy hell fire this is one of the best films I have seen in ages! – It’s up there with Avatar – yes I love that movie – it has blue people in it! This movie is moving and beautiful, it is truly a wonderful masterpiece…what the – yes I’m actually agreeing with the critics on this one – don’t have a heart attack! If want to watch something that is remarkably gracious…and well – an epic journey – then you HAVE to see this one!!!!! Watch it – do it, do it now! This was so so good…

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Movie: Filth (18)

What’s it about? A cop who isn’t quite on the straight and narrow is going for promotion, as he messes with the heads of his co-workers and those in his life, his world begins to unravel around him.

If you like films like “Trainspotting” then you will love this one - its gritty and well damn messed up and sickly funny at times! Interesting to see but not something you would want to show the kids…this definitely deserves the 18 certificate it got. I wasn’t enjoying it too much but kind of got drawn into it by the end...I think - but I'd probably never watch it again! The trailer really gives you the picture of what to expect - it's basically an hour and a half of that …so here it is - if you don't like it then stay well away!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Bullet to the Head (DVD – 18)

What’s it about? A hitman’s partner gets killed and he’s on a quest of revenge, in the process he meets a cop…they end up teaming up to take out the bad guys – including those corrupt police officers working for them.

This is another one I’d been dying to see – dude it has Ronon I mean Momoa in it yay! Oh and Stallone. It’s pretty action packed…come on it’s an action movie so you know what to expect – guns, fighting and violence and a bit of kidnapping thrown in for good measure. Yeah so if you like all that stuff and want to watch a really really good action movie then this will be for you…if not then meh to you!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Movies: Byzantium (15 – DVD), Star Trek Into Darkness (12 – DVD) & Cradle 2 the Grave (15 – DVD)

Byzantium – what’s it about? Two female vampires and their lives in modern times, one filled with sorrow and torment for what she is and the other takes enjoyment and pleasure from her existence. They move to a new home and set up shop…a brothel…and it follows their experiences and relationships in their new lives and abode.

I’ve been dying to see this film since it come out in the cinema – but where I live sucks and it wasn’t shown anywhere near here booooo! I had really really high expectations for this film – come on it was done by the guy who did Interview With A Vampire…so yeah. Hailed as a female Louis and Lestat – these vampires aren’t Twilight muppets but...sadly it isn't that good - it’s nearly up there but that's a high bar for comparison! If you love vampire movies then you will appreciate this one beyond a measure and this is one you definitely have to see…if you’re not into vampires then watch it anyway but you probably won’t like it!

Star Trek Into Darkness – What’s it about? It continues on from the previous Star Trek (remake) movie – Captain Kirk, Spock and the crew continue their adventures aboard the Enterprise – mooching around the galaxy and this time tackling one of the best bad guys of Star Trek ever…

If you like the previous Star Trek remake then you will probably love this – if you hate this whole alternate timeline reboot then probably steer well clear. I personally loved this – it’s still at my number one choice for the year – its got action – geekness and well Klingons – and one word “FIRE!!!!” Yeah and that’s all I’m going to say so I don’t spoil it! It’s funny, graphically pleasing and good cheesy acting – you will have a few laughs and shocking wows during this one. If though you’re really into Star Trek and you want a bit of depth then you may be a little put down…don’t look too deep you’ve been warned – if you’re a major Trekkie or not then still check this…it’s well worth it!

Cradle 2 the Grave – What’s it about? Fait and his crew are thieves – they are hired to steal some uber rare black diamonds…they do but it’s all not quite as it seems when everyone wants the loot – it ends up a tale of martial arts, kidnapping and crime – with a tad humour chucked in for good measure!

Ok if you can look beyond the rap music – which is really really awful – then this is actually a pretty good movie – lots of fighting and martial arts…and of course humour – it definitely packs a punch! I love Jet Li he’s great – DMX though on the other hand…ugh. So it’s a love hate film – love it for what it is – but hate some of it because it’s damn annoying. Have a look though if you like action movies…