Inspiration from Movies and TV

A while back I get the inspiration to write a story based on getting really engrossed into Castle. A TV show where a writer ends up working alongside a Detective for inspiration for his novels. I can’t quite put my finger on it but there was just something there.

The TV show just highlighted that you could do something based on real life experiences and turn it into a story, and that is kind of what I did. Although the one I wrote was not based anything that happened to me but it was based on something similar it was a writer that came into contact with something strange, and I didn’t finish writing it. The truth is I really wish I had kept up with that story because for me it was going some where, it had potential but I lost interest in it because I go off on other projects. The reason I brought all this up because the same happened today.

While dog sitting, I was watching the Social Network although I have to admit I have seen it before, I noticed it on PVR and thought I would watch it and for some reason I had an urge to code something. While watching it I thought why not brush up on some programming and start to code something? The truth is it has been so long without any end goal I would be brushing up on my coding skills with no project, plus these days I spend most of my time on the Chromebook for productivity I haven’t looked into code editors on here yet.

So while thing and reflecting on all this I have decided to try to do some writing again because it would be the easier thing to do at the moment for me, not that I am afraid of hard work but I want something that it is easily achievable at the moment and would provide me with some extra content for this site.

The Maze Runner Movie Reivew

This is one movie I am not sure what to write about it because it was good but not stand out.

The acting for me was quite good, and to be honest the story was good but predictable.  You could see the end result coming, but there is a bit of a twist in some respects.  However I was left at the end of the movie asking more questions, it is no secret that it is part of a series of books so I don’t doubt there will be a sequel, will I be wanting to watch the sequel the honest answer would be yes because I want answers.

With all this in mind was it a good movie I’d say yes because it has achieved probably what it set out to do as the first movie in the series it has got me wanting to see more.  To try to get my questions answered.

The action scenes were good, and the CGI for me was really well done.  Overall I would give this movie a 6/10 because it was just too predictable but because it has left me asking questions I couldn’t give the movie anything lower.   The movie is one you could miss however if you want to see a movie I can not say not to see it either.

Tomb Raider 2013 Game Review

Sorry for the lack of blogs later, however this was a huge reason for it.  I really enjoyed this game and couldn’t recommend it high enough.

The game seems to have something for everyone I wouldn’t call myself a true gamer so I put it on easy I have to admit.  However that didn’t take anything away from the game, I still found the tough bits hard and enjoyed the whole experience.  I did it on easy due to my lack of experience with this type of game and remember back to my PS One days where I tried to play Tomb Raider Chronicles and just got bored half way through because at the time I found it quite difficult (If I remember rightly).

For me the graphics were awesome with some really good cut scenes and even the way you die is really made.  Gruesome in some respects but it just adds to the game.  Even though it wasn’t complete a story based game like The Walking Dead was, I felt trapped in the story even with all the action and puzzles to solve.  I really enjoyed the game, and didn’t go back get all the collectables and probably have no intention to but I would highly recommend it.  I would give this game a 9/10 if you get chance to play it you should.

RAW Thoughts 7-10-2014

POSSIBLE SPOILERS ALERT

There is something about RAW at the moment for me it has become background worthy, today has been no exception because the only big thing I want to watch is Dean Ambrose.  The rest of the roster and storyline’s aren’t really appealing to me.

That said though there was a bit of a shock during this weeks RAW after the apology made by the Big Show and the way that Rusev was being caused a big name to come from out of the back The Rock.  I am still a bit lost of what they are doing with this character because he seems to be getting a huge leg up with the way all the big names are taking him on and losing.  The problem is a think he needs to be beaten but at the same time with political environment it is an interesting use to add more to the storyline.

Why is the Dean Ambrose such a bit appeal?  For me it’s because you never know what is coming next, he is the first new competitor to me that has made me want to carry on watch WWE.  I would go so far to say that he reminds me a lot of Stone Cold Steve Austin, that attitude of taking people on no matter where or how.  The twist is the way that John Cena and Ambrose is kind of coming together/falling apart and the way the authority are pushing them together and splitting them up.

One other bug bare is the fact we haven’t seen any-more of Brock Lesner I understand he is the big pay per view star at moment for the WWE but I would prefer that Brock Lesner was around more even if it is only cutting promos.

Dracula Untold Movie Review

I wasn’t sure what to think about this movie going because it seemed to be another vampire love story but it was actually quite good.

It starts with a warrior that is known for his ability to fight and he is the prince of an area, in which the king has some demands.  The demand seems too much to the prince and although his lands do not have the army to fight the king to defend itself.  He knows he has to take on the fight to protect his son, from being split up from him and his mother.

The movie itself was really well done I thought because instead of just saying its us versus them, it showed the reasoning behind wanting to become a vampire.  The main character only did it to protect his family and people, whether he won or not is not going to be disclosed but it gives you a real sense of why Dracula become Dracula not just he is.  I think that is what set this movie apart, you always had the moral question of it all.

The acting for me was really good and the action scenes, there was only one thing that I didn’t like and that was the ending I was a little lost.  It kind of suggested that there was life after life, which I was a bit confused by without wanting to give too much away

Overall I would give this movie a 7/10 because it was a refreshing look on the tale and I would say its worth a trip to see.

Sleeping Dogs Game Review

Taking a break from the current crop of games that take up my time mainly League of Legends this was a welcome break.  If you have been following my YouTube you will know that I have started a Let’s Play on A Testament to Sherlock Holmes and that will return once my Internet starts to behave again.

With that all out-of-the-way it is now time to talk about Sleeping Dogs.  For me it has been the first GTA style game that I have actually completed and wanted to go back for more.  Don’t get me wrong I have really enjoyed the GTA franchise but I have never really completed the game or the story and this game just left me thinking I do want to complete the side quests.  To say that I have completed this game fully would be a lie there are still things I need to do but I have completed the story and that is why I am writing the review.

The story itself interweaves between the two sides of your life the gang side and the cop side, for me it was always that suspense of whether we were going to be found out or not?  What impact one mission for one side with impact on the other and what side of my life I would go with after it was all said and done?  All these questions were kind of answered by the end of the game but leaving the character in enough limbo for the sequel I think.  I wasn’t displeased with the ending as it could have been left there with out the sequel.  Now the biggest problem I have is I know that there is DLC and I am wondering do I really want to risk my positive experience in the game so far to do a few extra missions?  The answer on this one is no.

The game I have to admit though won’t be for everyone it does tend to hold your hand quite a lot to push you in the right direction, that said though you could have gone off track when you had, had enough of the story and done some side quests but I just didn’t and wanted to follow it to the end.  There were a few glitches in the game like a guy stuck in a door way on the PC version at least that felt a little weird as he was talking but wasn’t really there but that could have been something I did and it wasn’t ground breaking as the game was able to go on.  For that reason I would give the game 8/10 because I really enjoyed it and would recommend any one to try it out, the only reason it didn’t score higher was because some times it feels a little rough around the edges.

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RAW 22-09-14 Thoughts

SPOILERS ARE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THIS ARTICLE.  

With the reintroduction of Dean Ambrose I was really looking forward to this RAW but for me it was great the whole thing between Dean Ambrose and Cena was awesome.  Both struggling to get their hands on Rollins which ended up with Dean being locked in a locker room because as Stephanie Mcmahon pointed out throwing people out of the building really doesn’t work for them, but does Ambrose escape?  That is the question I will leave you with.

The other match that stood out of me is Rusev and Henry, although the result makes sense after The Night of Champions because Henry took quite a beating, but I have to ask where the WWE is going with the character of Rusev?  He seems to be getting these huge leg ups but you can’t help but feel they are setting him up for a fall, but who is the person that is going to stop him?  The story line screams of propaganda with the current political landscape which I have no problem with, and it is actually the US that is losing in this storyline which makes a change but I want to know that there is an end goal in mind because all the likely people to knock this huge brute over have lost to him.  I just question the character development here and will be watching intensively to see where the WWE take it.

For me this week RAW was solid with the Rollins, Cena and Ambrose really being the only thing that made the show, with a little bit of Divas in there just to add to the mix.  As always feel free to comment below if you agree or disagree with anything said here or what was the stand out things for you.

Night of Champions Thoughts

SPOILERS ARE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THIS ARTICLE.  

Going into Night of Champions I wasn’t expecting much because of the way RAW had been going and to be honest although good matches and a good gimmick the first two matches were they just didn’t grab me.  The turning point was the return of Dean Ambrose for me he has just made it more interesting.  Roman Reigns is a good competitor and for me is in route for the championship but he isn’t the one that should be throwing down with Rollins for me.

The other major point for me is the WWE championship.  I was annoyed how Cena lost the title to Brock Lesnar because I felt that he should have put up more of a fight, although Brock Lesnar made sense to take the championship.  It made a rivalry that was needed after the injury to Daniel Bryant, however there is one other problem with this is that Brock has had 4 matches in 9 months if the excuse for taking the title of Daniel is that he isn’t a fighting champion with his injury at the moment why give it to someone who has so little matches?  Cena would have made more sense.  The result of this match was good, this time because it looked like Cena was going to win without the interference of Rollins.  I just hope we see more of Lesnar or he drops the title, for me having such a part-time champion isn’t good because the Authority made the excuse that Bryant wasn’t going to be back quick enough to hold the title.

Sex Tape Movie Review

Cringe worthy and Strange but surprisingly funny.  There is no other way to describe this movie for me because I wasn’t expecting much from it but as I sat there cringing I was there laughing so it must have done its job.

The movie itself also couldn’t have been that bad because it didn’t go through the normal bashing that most really bad movies gets from the mates that I normally go to the cinema with.  Was the acting good?  I would say it wasn’t bad, because I think they achieved what they wanted from the roles.  The story itself was quite simple and nothing that you haven’t seen in the trailer and the comedy was ok.  Would I say it was worth going to see yes but I wouldn’t say it was one that you had to go and see.

Overall I would give this movie 6/10 because it was good, made me laugh in places but it was lacking something.

WWE Report 21-09-14

With The Night of Champions just hours away I realised that my weekly report on the goings on with the WWE never really got started and I kind of regret that so this might be the first blog post of many on this subject who knows.

While I admit not being the biggest wrestling fan only really getting back into it at Wrestlemania this year, something has come to light when talking with friends about it.  We have all come to the conclusion the last couple of weeks that NXT is actually the better show in the WWE Universe.  The reason for this can be a little sketchy however, for me I feel that RAW has kind of become a bit stale due to the fact they have dragged out storyline’s from the previous pay per view (Sorry it’s getting late and the name has escaped me) with a few big characters at the moment out due to other commitments mainly Dean Ambrose.

While having this discussion with friends though there was one highlighting factor maybe we preferred NXT because it was one shorter so there is less time to fill, meaning that all the content is good not just fillers and also the difference in personnel.  They are people who haven’t made it big yet and want in on the big time, so they are putting the extra effort in.  Does this mean I’ve written off RAW completely?  Hell No I like my big names too much and the people I watched as a teenager, but do I think that they need to take some more of the new blood from NXT up?  Yes.

My hope is that things pick up after Night of Champions that they can come up with some more interesting story-lines and lay some to rest.