Ant-Man Movie Review

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A brand new character coming out of the Marvel Universe to the big the screen, makes me nervous because Marvel in recent years have done so well with their movies you just know at some point they will slip up.  Not saying they haven’t but by in large the recent batch of movies have been a huge success.

Ant-Man was a character that I knew nothing about, which is no surprise to you guys that follow this blog as in some respects I lead a very sheltered life, but that was also a good thing because other than seeing the trailer it gave me a fresh view on the movie instead of being influenced by external factors.  I have to admit that the balance was there in this movie they had the right amount of drama and action, it was some where on par with Guardians of the Galaxy as it was slightly slower paced for me than the Iron Man and Avenger Movies. There was also a nice tie into The Avengers so it will be interesting to see if/when Ant-Man will be part of The Avengers team.

The acting in this movie for me was really good, it was strange seeing Michael Douglas in a Marvel movie but he did an awesome job, and played the part really well.  After talking about Batman and DC over the last couple of weeks due to my game of choice I did find the villain really quite interesting in the movie due to the fact that with most Marvel Villains he wasn’t conflicted at all unlike DC villains, that said though I noticed that the Heroes in this movie were a little more conflicted.

Overall i would highly recommend this movie, which is no surprise and I would give this movie a 8/10 it was good and worth watching but it just didn’t have that final blockbuster feeling like other Marvel Movies have.

Batman – Arkham Knight Review

Batman Arkham Knight the final installment of the Arkham Series by Rock Steady and to be honest I am very sad to seem them go because even in the wake of dreadful PC Ports they still do an amazing job with the game.

Batman

If any of you follow this blog you will actually know that this game actually pushed me towards a console due to the fact that my PC is starting to struggle slightly when it comes to running the latest games for long periods of time due to heat and stress issues.  Seems strange coming from because I wouldn’t call myself a true gamer as for recent years I have picked some games as you’ve seen on this blog but for the most part I spend my gaming time playing MOBA’s and MMO’s (Not saying these aren’t games and you’re not worthy of the gamer tag if you play only these but I trying to say I have led quite a sheltered gaming life.)

Right off the bat I had a decision to make, to make the game easy or not and although I had played all of the Batman games in this series before I have to say due to the fact I was on a new platform I felt the need to go on easy.  Purely because it was the only game and first game I had played on PlayStation 4 and I am used to using an Xbox controller and although there isn’t a lot of difference between the too there was enough for me and I wanted to set the game and console to be a positive experience.

Action Shot as your jumping away from trouble

Now onto the game finally with my previous experiences with the series I have to admit I was expecting huge things especially when it came to the graphics because they are always well put together and this was no different I was blown away by the detail of the game.  The story for me also was really good, not knowing much about Batman other than what is in mainstream for example the Dark Knight Trilogy there are quite a few twists and turns and even a friend that knows more about the Universe said that he was on sure to the identity of the Arkham Knight.

The major thing for me was how well they put together the gameplay.  It is true that you can just follow the storyline like any other game but the way in which the side missions were handled even I wanted to do them because they their own weight, it didn’t feel like its something cool but didn’t have much to do with your success.  All that said though as it stands I haven’t 100% the game yet but do intend to go back and finish off the riddles and a few other bits I haven’t completely finished yet.

There was really only one complaint and that was the controls.  The big one being the reverse button not being on a trigger and actually being square just felt a bit odd to me, but that said being as the L2 was battle mode I guess it allowed you to easily swap modes.

In case you all haven’t guessed it I give this game a 10/10 I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to gamers and non gamers a like.

Some of the trickier/best moments I managed to catch on video

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PlayStation 4 nearly a Month On

The PlayStation purchase was another purchase that I am sat here thinking did a really need it?  While like any console or game the answer to that question is No but was it a good purchase that would be the better question?  To be honest yes just because of the mess that is the PC release of the new Batman game Arkham Knight.  I have really enjoyed the Arkham series and although I have yet to complete Arkhman Orgins because of my PC this game alone has made the console worth it for me.

PS4 with Batman Arkham Knight

The major question that I find myself asking is that will this console stay out of the draw which was the fate of the Xbox 360 and the honest answer with that is the jury is still out.  The way in which PS Plus and live subscriptions now work will hold help towards that happening because of the free games every month, along with the fact that I now have the games console that some friends have that aren’t just into one person shooters, and if I was honest was the death of the Xbox 360 for me because although I enjoyed Call of Duty I have never been that good at first person shooters and constantly getting killed just really started to get annoyed with it.  The type of games that I look forward to now are similar to Batman and The Witcher which could be my next purchase for the PlayStation.

Some of the features that I enjoy about the PlayStation or will are the sharing features, although recently getting an upgrade on my internet streaming is still out of the question or it is but on low quality which isn’t really good enough.  That said though you can upload 15 min clips to YouTube, Facebook or Daily Motion which is huge for me, as I want to expand my online presence.  The only thing I would like is that you could edit the clips more an add audio from on the PlayStation that said however I do believe it would possible to upload the video privately and then add the audio separately.

The only nagging issue I do have from picking the PlayStation is that everywhere I look it seems the majority of stuff is cheaper on the Xbox One, that said even though I still have friends that are die-hard fans of the Xbox I feel that I will get my enjoyment out of the PlayStation.

July 2015 Update

While this is no stranger to this blog I have been away for a few a months due to a number of reason which I wouldn’t like to be too public, however there is a new goal and that is with one of the latest development.  In my absence I have purchased a PlayStation 4 and will be looking to bring some more of that content to this blog.  The other development that may help with that is my internet upgrade, at the moment I am still on sub standard internet for streaming but it has been upgraded to ADSL 2+ which in the UK should give me speeds of 17 meg which is great.  The problem really is the upload speed which means I can stream just at low quality.

That said though I have managed to upload some high quality videos to my YouTube Channel from my PS4 quite well, so I may just do that for the time being as well to make sure the quality of the videos on there is high enough.  The biggest problem with that for me is the fact that you can’t record audio on the PS4 for the video so I may have to do record it after on the PC and add it to the video.  The other thing that is holding the video content back is the fact that the PS4 only records in 15 minute intervals which doesn’t help when your goal is to do some let’s plays but I am sure I can come up with some solutions in the future if not Infinite is a schedule to hit a few months so might just upgrade to that as soon as possible.

Hint to what review is coming soon

There is a little clue on what review is coming soon.  I am hoping to put more content together more often and try to get it more related to gaming and TV/Movies as I am going to try to go back to my bread and butter.

Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 3 “High Sparrow” Review

Episode 2 left us with a load of questions and the characters the question that was on everyone’s mind was are we going to get some answers? The answer to that question would be we get some of those answers and the morale of the story is to keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. Words that were used by Jon Snow and was very fitting for the same mentality was being used all over Westeros this episode.

As a review but more of a recap there will be spoilers

Jon Snow is now the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and he has found himself in an awkward position in the fact he was groomed for the role by the previous Lord Commander but the older guard in the Night’s Watch do not see him as the next in line, which leaves him in the situation where he needs to show them that he’s serious about leading the Night’s Watch and stamp his Authority down. However that isn’t his first problem to deal with in this episode, he needs to deal the presences of Stannis as the Wall hasn’t got the resources to feed his man and the Night’s Watch. It has been a pleasure to see Jon develop into a leader and a man of honour like his Father before him. He does decline Stannis’s offer of becoming Lord of WInterfell but Davos gives Jon food to thought when he gets Jon’s new Steward asked to tell us the oath where it says you will protect the kingdom. Will Jon go North? That is still undecided but what is decided is that Jon now has the respect of the Night Watch where he makes Alliser Throne the 1st Ranger and then beheaded someone when they didn’t follow orders.

Jon getting ready for the beheading

Cersei is another character that is keeping her enemies close because she seems to be making a huge effort with Margaery trying to get on with her, due to the fact that Tommen is married to her. The question for me is who is going to win this battle as the power has shifted, because Margaery managed to persuade Tommen that Cersei might be happier at Casterly Rock.

Jon Snow isn’t the only Stark to step up this episode because Sansa Stark was brought back to Winterfell by Littlefinger to mary Ramsay Bolton. Sansa obviously didn’t really want to go back but after a good pet talk by Littlefinger convinces her of what she needs to do and she returns to WInterfell where we see Reek or Theon Greyjoy. When Reek sees Sansa you see the look where you are starting to see Theon Greyjoy come back through but that something that we will be wondering for a little longer is whether Theon is going to come back or will he remain Reek?

Littlefinger’s Pet Talk to Sansa

Ayra Stark is doing what she does best this episode and its the doing what she needs to survive and we found out a little more about the mystery temple that she finds herself in. They seem to be people who wish to have no face, meaning no identity which is kind of the opposite to Ayra Stark. This seems to be funny to say as she has spent so long trying to keep herself safe and hiding her identity but as all of her family she is proud of who she is and although hides who she is deep down you know that she knows her own identity but this episode you see her almost let that go. She was told that they still see Ayra Stark and she gets rid of all her possessions and close, but when it came to Needle she just couldn’t and to be honest I am glad she didn’t because if that went for me you’d taken the whole identity of that character away. Needle is hidden away and she remains one character that I really want to keep an eye on.

Ayra as she tries to let everything go

Overall I really enjoyed this episode as I do every week but the speed of it was just right this week I don’t think I could have asked for a better episode. Especially with the ending where Tyrion gets kidnapped right at the end by Jorah, and the only thing that hints to where he is taking him is to the Queen but who’s the Queen?

Feel free to discuss the developments below and let me know what character’s journey has entertained you the most.

WWE Extreme Rules 2015 Review

One of the Pay-per-views that you just feel that the WWE should drop in some respects because although the matches are extreme rules because of its PG rating the content isn’t all that extreme. It could be however the age difference between myself and the fact that I am not moving on to the new or younger generation of WWE fans this might be what they consider extreme rules but I myself remember the days that Cactus Jack and HHH went into a cell and both were busted ear to ear and although you still have those matches and we all know it’s not real per say it added authenticity to the programme.

Although I had a good idea what was on the card for this pay per view I have to admit right now that it is the first one in about a year that I have not watch the previous RAW just to get the final cliffhangers in the saga, due to the fact that I have slowly been going off the WWE, I don’t think it’s because of the lack of talent on the roster but it’s just too predictable at the moment there isn’t really an element of surprise who’s going to go for who and who’s not.

Possible Spoilers passed this point

Now let’s get down to business the stand out matches for me was Dean Ambrose v Luke Harper, Big Show v Roman Reigns. These were the stand out matches because in my opinion they were really well done, you could feel the intensity of the Big Show and Roman and you could feel that the two guys really was out there to get the win. If I am honest it has been one of the better matches I have seen from the WWE in a long time and the ending was pretty fitting with the use of a table to hold down one of the competitors. Although not the first time someone has used items to hold down people when in a last stand match however this was new to use the announcer’s table to do it.

Roman Reigns trapping the Big Show under the Announcement Table

The reason that Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper really made it was the way in which the match was done it could have been one of the longest one on one matches that WWE has had because they left the arena for an hour and the cameras didn’t follow. Which kind of goes back to my earlier rant that when the street fights did break out into the street of yesteryear the cameras would follow although I did like the gimmick of Luke Harper driving off only for Dean Ambrose to drive back and continue the match an hour later. Each had done their homework on each other meaning that they reversed some of each other rules and I would say that it was one of the more aggressive and deranged matches on the card and one worth catching up with.

Kane standing over both Randy Orton and Seth Rollins

Now to the main event if I am honest I like it, I wouldn’t say it was a standout match but it was put together and the whole thing with the internal problems that The Authority are having with Kane and Rollins did add the extra dimension to the match with him at ringside never quite sure which way he was really going to go, but in true Kane style he came into line but in his own way. It has left us with an interesting RAW next week for the fall out of Kane’s actions I think. Overall I would give this pay per view a 7/10 because it was ok but I have to admit although some good points I am losing interest in the WWE again.

 

Better Call Saul – Season 1 Episode 2 “Mijo” Review

The first episode of Better Call Saul was a bit confusing for a Breaking Bad fan and felt quite a bit disjointed for the most part in the first episode but could they keep up the speed of the cliffhanger in episode 2 find out here.

Definite Spoilers Alert

The Cliffhanger at the end of the first the episode was what kept us interested in the show, and the beginning of the second episode did a quick recap on what had happened. Strangely enough it wasn’t really a recap as you see on other TV shows, where you see previously on they made it part of the second episode which I thought was counter productive that said however it was a good way of doing it because after a week it brought back the suspense.

Saul finds himself at the door of a gangster type where you think that he’s killed the goons that Saul found to do the scam, in which it turns out that they had got the wrong person and while it seem Saul has talked his way out of the predicament after a tense discussion between him and the gangster, he finds himself in the garage where the gangster has hogged tied the goons up just as it seems that they are getting out without a scratch one of the goons than grasses him up as being the brains of the outfit. This then results in them all being put into the back of a van and find themselves in the desert in a very precarious position. Saul manages after a few heated discussions to get himself safe and the goons getting away with one broken leg each, as Saul is rushing them into hospital the one remarks of how bad of a lawyer he was and then he says he’s the best as he got them off a death sentence and to be honest he had.

The next half of the episode is just Saul rushing here there and everywhere in court taking on legal aid cases in order to pay a huge bill that he needs to pay. Rinse and repeat over and over again. As he is about to burn out he gets back to his office and hopes there is a message on his phone and there isn’t but he gets a visitor and that is where the episode ends with him getting a deal put forward.

Overall the jury is still out with this show but I wouldn’t write it off just yet as the pass of the show seems to be picking up. If it allows the viewer to continue on the story and have definitive route or clear up whether it’s before or after Breaking Bad I think it has the potential to be a great show.

The Avengers – Age of Ultron Review

The Avenger Series has always been highly anticipated amongst the superhero and comic book fans alike because it brings together the most popular characters of the Marvel Franchise and let’s be honest The Avenger Assemble didn’t disappoint so why would Age of Ultron?

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The Avengers Age of Ultron Poster

There will be spoilers ahead.

The movie starts with the Avengers all coming together and to fight a creation of their own, due to the fact they stumble upon another form of Artificial Intelligence other than Jarvis you see the greedy in certain people, mainly Tony Stark who convinces Bruce Banner that this A.I. would be the best thing for earth. Bruce and Tony end up going to a party to celebrate after the success of recovering such an artifact leaving Jarvis to carry on the work. As the party gets to the stage where people try to pick up Thor’s hammer and seemingly all good, Iron Man’s army comes up and turns on them as the A.I. that was found was stronger than Jarvis or so it seems, and has resulted it being about to morph itself into the Iron Army.

The new entity is after world peace, the same as what The Avengers are after and it is considered the end game, which is why Stark pushed so hard to use the new A.I. but in order to get World Peace or even Universal Peace it saw The Avengers a threat to that, which in turn meant that it’s main goal was to destroy them.  It enlisted the help of two new characters that have special powers, a brother and sister which if I am honest I think they came as a package and the real power was the sister.  The Scarlet Witch had telekinesis powers and the A.I. had the sense that just destroying and defeating The Avengers wouldn’t be enough because the public would see them as martyrs and cause an uprising not actually adopting the new A.I. as the new protective power to keep peace.

Tony Stark Contemplating the Damage that he may of caused

It was interesting to watch as they were played off against each other, and even though they knew what what the enemy was trying to achieve they still took Bruce Banner with them even though he is part of the team you have got wonder where the sense in that was, as someone who can’t actually control their powers and it is being driven by anger there was a self destruct button there with a huge warning sign.

The Scarlet Witch looks angry

Overall I would say that as with all sequels it just wasn’t quite as good as the original of its generation, but I would say it’s still a must watch because it explored the individuals personalities more with some awesome action scenes and left you wondering what was next for The Avengers. Mainly due to the fact that there is now a new class but you got the feeling although done and a fitting end to some of the old class that they could just come back at any point in time. This movie had some great comedic points along with that everlasting question of what is going to happen next. When asked what I’d give this movie I originally said 8/10 but I think on reflection it will make it up to 9/10. If we don’t see some of the original class again well done on an amazing run.

 

Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 2 “The House of Black and White” Review

The jury was out with the first episode of the season, but the beginning of the second episode really picked up from an action standpoint.  In true Game of Thrones style though the consequences or discussion of the cliffhanger with Jon Snow was left until the viewer was halfway through episode really.

Ayra Stark stood outside the Mystery Temple

There will be spoilers in this review.

The action was brought on by Brienne of Tarth and Podrick stumbling on Sansa Stark with Littlefinger in a tavern, the problem becomes when Sansa and Littlefinger refuse her services.  In true Game of Thrones style Brienne doesn’t take kindly to the refusal and after all the commotion it left me wondering what it had actually achieved, I am guessing it was a distraction to force Littlefinger and Sansa to be on the move and allow Brienne to follow them.  While a good plan it also begged the question of why couldn’t Brienne just wait outside and follow them from a safe distance.

The consequence for Jon Snow was actually quite strange because they weren’t any sort of negative consequences in the slightest. Stannis actually asked him if he would become Jon Stark and become the Lord of Winterfell mainly because Stannis knows that if he has a chance at the throne he needs someone who can control the North and in order to do that he needs a northerner. Jon as a problem though even though its everything he ever wanted he knows that he has taken an oath to the Wall and while Stannis offers the opportunity to become Lord it has been decided that a new Commander is needed on the wall and Jon has been elected to the highest role at the Wall, so the big question is which one is he gone to take?

The other huge development is Jamie and Cersi Lannister and the secret mission, you see Cersi up to her old tricks of blackmail and manipulation, in order to get Jamie to do her will. The other thing you see how she is trying to take control of the situation being the mother of the king that is too young really to rule with no hand she is trying to take that role. The problem is her gender and also that she although managing to manipulate some members of the small council her Uncle was not to be budged and has decided to go back to Casterly Rock.

Ayra Stark is also surrounded by mystery going to some strange temple and not really understanding what is in there or why she’s there, so going to be leaving that alone for the time being as it’s going to be featured further. Daenerys also had a tough time of it this episode because she is trying to rule groups of people with a democracy that aren’t really ready for it and you see her lose control and as she thinks things can’t get any worse, her dragon appears that was missing but flies off as if she has no control over it.

Overall this episode was quite fast-moving with some real twists and developments. Feel free to share what you thought of the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

Better Call Saul – Season 1 Episode 1 “Uno” Review

Better Call Saul is the spin-off of Breaking Bad, that focuses on the life of the dodgy lawyer that came good in the end for Walter White.  Spin offs can be worrying due to the fact that they never live up to the success of the original show.

Better Call Saul

Possible Spoilers

The show starts off with some sort of flashback because you see Saul working in a coffee shop feeling seemingly nervous about everything and then he goes back to his place and watches an old commercial of himself as a lawyer, although there was nothing to tell you it was a flashback and to be honest it left the viewer for the entire episode wondering about the timing of the show.  The reason for this is there was no writing on the screen to what time it was whether when the show cut from the black and white scenes and to him as a lawyer whether time had moved, the show seemingly left it up to the viewer.

During the episode you see Saul go from doing the lower ends of criminal work as in representing people with no legal representation to a high-end lawyer in his own right and neither of them really going in the way he would want.  You do get the sense that Saul is driven by money and the fact that he has none would suggest that it is set before Breaking Bad due to the fact he seemed a lot more together in that show.  Even though all these cases and the opening scene seem a bit disjointed the cases themselves he deals with during the episode kind of gives you an idea of why he turned so bent.

After doing the legal aid he is subject to a con attempt and to be fair to the acting you really do believe that his day has gone from bad to worse.  The con was a skateboarder running straight into his car in order to get an insurance scam, but what is interesting although he sniffs them out towards the end of the episode he sorts out their help in a scheme.

Overall the episode felt slow and clunky but redeemed itself at the end with a cliffhanger, at the moment the jury is out to whether its watch worthy with that said though, for me breaking bad was a slow started.  The problem I feel is you know something about the character already and although he shows the same tendencies in both programs the transition is just difficult in this episode.

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