Month: March 2015

Trailer: Spectre

So the trailer for the new James Bond film “Spectre” made it’s first appearance a few hours ago!!

It looks preeeeeeeeeeeeettty dark and exciting!!

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Review: Robot Overlords (2014)

In an unclear time period, Planet Earth has been invaded by Robots from space (I know right, awesome) which now control every aspect of life on our home planet. Humans are not allowed to leave their homes for more than five minutes at a time, if they stay out over this limit… cue incineration from giant robots. Despite that description this movie is pretty much kid friendly if you are looking for a lazy Sunday afternoon movie for the whole fam-bam,

The premise had me sold on this movie, and then I saw who “stars” in the film, Gillian Anderson (aka Special Agent Dana “I’m a Medical Doctor” Scully) and I got way too excited. Now, it needs to be said that billing her first in the cast is a little misleading. Yes she is the biggest name in this movie, but no unfortunately she is not the star, her character’s son is.

Like most movies these days the story follows a bunch of incredibly annoying teenagers and one extra annoying little kid who ruins everything a lot of the time. I know teenage heroes are a hot ticket right now, but come on it really is alienating all the adults who want to watch some glorious giant robots slice, dice and zap their way through the Earth.

Anyway, these kids go on an adventure after learning about a SERIOUS OVERSIGHT / design flaw in the implants the robots put in their necks to track human movement. The whole film takes place in a small English sea side town on account of it being made by the BFI, it’s not a robot war on a grand scale… but it also lacks the charm of a small scale Doctor Who type setting.

I’m not saying this movie was bad necessarily, it had some really good ideas, decent robots (it was not BGrade scifi at least) and the acting was generally really good. There was just something missing… I put it down to wasting far too much time with the annoying kids early on in the movie. GENERALLY speaking it was a pretty fun movie to watch.

Sean is the main character (Son of Scully) and is played by Callan McAuliffe, who I am going to claim right now is going to be a “career on the rise” / person we will probably see in many more films to come. He is a handsome Australian actor, and I feel like that is kind of a mandatory criteria for action films at the moment.

Ben Kingsley (Gandhi / Schlinders List / A few other incredible movies) is the human “collaborator” / bad guy, whose talents are pretty much wasted on this role.. But the production company that made this movie is called “Wasted Talent” so it’s really no surprise they seriously under used their two big names.

"Is it just me, or should we have bigger parts?"

“Is it just me, or should we have bigger parts?”

All in all, if you want an incredibly easy to watch movie, check this out. It’s got some good action scenes and generally pretty good acting. It’s a solid little British Sci Fi which I am assuming was made for the whole family to enjoy together, so if you have kids, I would recommend it.

BUT if you are an adult Science Fiction aficionado you will be very underwhelmed with this movie, particularly the lapse in robot judgement, which let’s be real… there is no way they would have missed a simple design flaw like the one the whole film revolves around. But it’s not going to make you want to gouge your eyes out.

Robot Overlords; not great… not terrible.. just… a thing that exists.. You can trust my review because as they say in the film “Robots never lie….”

Here’s the trailer;

Netflix Australia Run Down!

Netflix Australia officially launched yesterday to much fanfare and excitement! It’s about time there was an option for Australians that didn’t cost an arm and a leg each month (stupid Foxtel) and provided actual quality entertainment (let’s face it, TV here is truly bleak).

So, many of you are wondering what the dealio is… here is a little run down for you all!

Firstly, there is a free trial month, which is EXCELLENT news and means you can test the little guy out before committing to a subscription. It is important not to fear the free trial in this instance as it’s worth testing out to see if you are going to enjoy what is on there, and really, who doesn’t love free!

Packages / Subscriptions start from $8.99 a month for the basic Netflix, this is with no HD or ultra HD, one screen watching at a time (any device), Unlimited movies & Tv Shows and cancel at any time..

The next package is $11.99 per month and has HD but no Ultra HD, 2 screens at a time (any device), Unlimited Movies & TV shows and cancel at any time.

The fanciest package is Premium which is $14.99 per month (still so much cheaper than Foxtel) and has HD, Ultra HD, 4 screens at a time (any devices), Unlimited Movies & TV shows and cancel any time.

ALL of these come with the free first month, so you can test the waters and see if you need HD etc etc. ALSO no contract.

So, what is on there?

The library is EXTENSIVE and the whole thing was leaked, so we are going to put *some* those photos at the end of this post, so you can have a peek for yourself.

Just from looking through the library we can see that this is IDEAL for families. The kids and family movies and TV shows are out of control, there are so many to choose from!

Other shows of note include House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, exciting news for fans of these ongoing dramas! There is also the Doctor Who back catalogue and Arrested Development (which has four seasons currently and a fifth being made by Netflix RIGHT NOW).

As far a movie go there are PLENTY.

You may have read that the Netflix Australia catalogue is only one sixth the size of Netflix USA, this i true. But it is early days (literally, it launched yesterday) and taking into consideration the cost of Netflix vs the cost of Foxtel or Austar, PLUS comparing the catalogue to the (not that great) alternatives of Stan and Presto, it’s a pretty sweet deal.

But, don’t just take our word for it, take a look at these screenshots of some of the content provided by this lovely imgur user (http://imgur.com/a/wz74R#10mJoas)

This is not all of the categories or content available 🙂

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Action and Adventure Movies

Action & Adventure

Kids / Family Movies

Kids & Family Movies

Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies

Sci Fi & Fantasy Movies

So, there you have it!

Our advice is to sign up for the thirty day free trial, you really have nothing to lose (as long as you remember to cancel if you decide you don’t want it) and you can see how much you would really use Netflix and if it’s worth keeping around!

X-Files is BACK BABY!!

It is with great pleasure, much happiness and honestly euphoria that we are happy to announce The X-Files WILL return with a six part series starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

Fox announced it this morning with the following statement from the shows creator Chris Carter:

“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” the show’s creator said. “The world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

It is likely to air *sometime* in 2016.

Twin Peaks Revival may not actually happen!

So, if like me you have been waiting patiently / waiting not so patiently since Showtime and David Lynch announced the special new season of Twin Peaks next year, hold onto your hats / prepare for a stage two melt down.

At the opening of the new Brisbane exhibition “Between Two Worlds” David Lynch said that there were “complications” surrounding the new project. Casting serious doubt over the future of this fantastic series.

As well as that the Welcome to Twin Peaks website (not official but a “trusted” fan site) has stated that although the scripts have been finished and funding has been secured that there are serious complications with some “negotiations.”

Earlier today Showtime made a statement saying “everything is moving forward and everybody is crazy thrilled and excited” so we can only hope that all parties are happy and the series is going to happen.

On a personal note, I will be absolutely devastated if this series isn’t made. We’ve all been waiting a very long time for closure on this one of a kind series and if things don’t go to plan there will be a lot of disappointed fans out there!

We will keep you posted with any further developments!!

Ye Be Warned Wednesday: The Royals

“I’ve got YBBW covered; this Royals show is completely shit”

That was the text I sent my co-consiprator/author last night.

I watched The Royals for a guilty little pleasure, it was to follow the return of Keeping up the Kardashians in my lineup for “brain free TV” after a day of intensive study. Little did I know, this show is meant to be taken seriously…. really guys? You know.. this is not going to be taken seriously right? The real Queens corgis shit out better stuff than this.

The Royals follows an alternate reality British royal family (although they CLEARLY took some liberties from the real royals) in their day to day life. The first day of their day to day life Prince Robert dies, leaving Liam (Willam) first in line for the throne.

The “plot” (using this word loosely) is that after the death of his son, The King wishes to put the Monarchy on ice and call for a referendum. NOBODY ELSE remotely wants that, so the royal claws are going to come out and some backs will get stabbed. We also have a number of sordid affairs on our plate here, but I will leave them as a juicy little surprise for those who want to watch.

Liam’s sister (Harry) Princess Eleanor is a party loving, coke snorting nutcase with a serious “Egyptian whore” eyeliner addiction who flashes her minge and is all over the front page within minutes of the show starting. If you combined Prince Harry with Effie from Skins and took away their collective charm, you have this character.

The Queen (Elizabeth Hurley) is violently critical of her children and all she worries about is “topping up on the botox” (that’s according to her own son, DRAMA!) and in true Elizabeth Hurley fashion, is exactly the same as every other character she has ever played.

Riot Queen / Chair Tipper

Riot Queen / Chair Tipper

Then we have the bozo cousins Penelope and Meribel (Beatrice and Eugenie) who are clearly there for comic relief, little does The Royals know, we all want to laugh AT it, not WITH it. Also if I was either (the real) Beatrice or Eugenie I would be so deeply pissed at the way I was being represented (allegedly).

Honourable mention to the clearly evil little brother of the King (Scar/Polonius) for doing his best Chuck Bass impersonation (long live Gossip Girl).

I’m warning you all that this show is pure 100% unadulterated TRASH. If you want an easy to watch, horribly scripted, pathetically acted and truly bleak show (which let’s face it, we all need sometimes) you will enjoy this.

BUT I watch a lot of bad TV, because I have a lot of free time on my hands.. and I’m not even sure I will bother with episode two. Some bad shows I have watched EVERY EPISODE OF include; Gossip Girl, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Degrassi (the new ones, the old ones are awesome) and the original 90210, so the fact this doesn’t reach my standards, is a very poor reflection.

This is essentially a soap opera with Americans pretending to be British Royalty. If you want some awful trash to stare at mindlessly, give this show a go, but don’t say you weren’t warned.

The Royals is on E! right after the (superior) other royal family, The Kardashians in the USA and for everyone else, you know the routine for this by now.

Check out the trailer… if you dare…

YBWW: “Hardcore Pawn”

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That’s Pawn with “aw” people. Grow up.

This “reality” show sees pawnbroker Les Gold and his two (obnoxious) children, Seth and Ashley, operate Detroit’s largest pawnshop and it is radioactively bad.

The opening tag “Based on real-life events“, is the real key to understanding this show – it’s really just another way of saying “We made it all up”. “Hardcore Pawn” is about as close to “reality” as “Jerry Springer” was, which is no surprise really given both were produced by Richard Dominick (also responsible for “The Springer Hustle”, “When Jerry Springer ruled the world” and “Jerry Springer: Too hot for tv”)

Unlike “Jerry Springer”, “Hardcore Pawn” is not even good fiction and the shows main tag line “You never know what’s in store” could not be more inaccurate. We always know what’s in store. Every episode is always the same with the 3 obnoxious family members screaming and arguing with each other, while occasionally dealing with angry customers and their frequent threats of violence over the most trivial things which more often than not sees them escorted from the store by security. 

Always the same...

Always the same…

If you’re watching hoping to see interesting artifacts and collectibles, or experts who explain the history of the items, ala “Pawn Stars” – prepare for disappointment. Epic, epic disappointment. But if you’re watching hoping to see a lot of family drama, shouting, finger pointing, how NOT to run a business and lots AND LOTS of security guard/bouncer action then all your Christmas’s have come at once!

Security: The real star of the show…..

Loud, probably scripted, full of improbable events, with completely unlikeable characters and a sense of self-important clueless, Hardcore Pawn is easily one of the worst shows (“reality” or otherwise) that you will ever have the misfortune of seeing. Ye have been warned!