Monday, 10 January 2011

TRON: Legacy - all flash but no substance?

So if you’ve lived under a rock for the last few years, a sequel to the 1982 (yup it’s that old!) ground-breaking film Tron. This film is now set 25 years after the original film took place and we have Flynn’s son as the main character of the film now while his dad went missing back in 1989. Encom (the company in the film) has fallen under the control of an evil bored which pokes fun at Apple and Microsoft (more the latter) while the son of Flynn is the majority shareholder and more of a wild child rebelling against what this company stands for.

Now I saw this film in IMAX 3D so I had the giant 3D glasses on which bug me, and I’m not going to get into this because I can and will jump up and down for hours on this! The film looks amazing and with the digital shooting of this film it looks superb and this is in part thanks to the use of the same visual effects studio as Avatar. This takes what Avatar had and moves it forward and creates a stunning look with a heavy black and sharp stand out colour such as Orange, Yellow, or White.

Beyond the visual look, the film’s story is … erm ….. oh boy …. mediocre at best as explore themes such as creationism, the god complex, perfection, abandonment, and life in general. I can’t really say this is a film that would have me on the edge of my seat and feels at times like it bumbles along for a while we are waiting for the next sequence or an explanation about a plot point that may be of some use to the audience in this (or the next film). There are a few twists to be played in this (and the following films / TV series) which are predictable but will be good in the end.

There is a small saving point to this film and that lies in its soundtrack, done by the electronic legends Daft Punk. It is fantastic to listen to on its own, but put it with this film it adds another level to the film with an electronic tone being created within the film and should be a must buy for any fan of soundtrack music in general – never mind a fan of Daft Punk

Really TRON: Legacy in summary is all flash and no substance, as it looks good but just really lacks that killer punch. Personally I would say that this is a film that I will buy on HD as many stores will use this as the HD demo as it really does show what HD can do (you can go and blow the 3D element out you’re blow hole!!)

Sherlock Homes - A bit late but, better than never

A bit late to the party with this one since it came out back in summer of 2009, but thanks to 2009 being a good year for movies I kind of missed this one. Anyway, this is the Guy Richie take on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr taking the parts of Dr Watson and Sherlock Homes respectively.

The film is a good action movie which takes place in the 1800’s and is a good hoot! However within about 30 seconds into the opening scenes I wanted the throw the remote at the TV, why? Well the sets looked terrible (I was watching it in HD), it was an outside scene in London at night – and clearly the buildings looked like painted walls while you could clearly see that the place had a ceiling! So after giving the film a break (and putting down the remote) it flowed very well and did get a lot better with some decent action sequences and a well-acted piece of work.

Downey Jr plays Sherlock as the drug addled troubled genius while Watson is the man who keeps Sherlock on the rails. I believed Jude Law as Dr Watson, while Downey Jr? Well I see him more as Tony Stark, but I guess that’s a testament to Iron Man as being such a great film. The film’s twists were predictable and able to be explained by logic and some science – but that may just be me with my obsession with the CSI series?

Overall this film is able to sustain an audience for a few hours and with the original source material being so in depth and these movies being so close (so I’m told) to the books then it’s a decent movie, and something that should be at least watched once by people, as for DVD? Maybe crack it out every once in about 5 years if you’re bored.

Monday, 3 January 2011

NFL 2011 Play off predictions - round 1

Ok so this is a little different to my usual posts, this one is going to be about SPORTS! Yes shock horror this is all about sports, more narrowly the NFL 2011 play off predictions - which I do every year and manage to get wrong oh so many times.

So here's the simple play, no scores (too difficult to predict) just the game and who will win the game with a brief bit about the game. So here we go:

New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts - Colts to win

So this is a tough one to call. The Colts are not my favourite team and I can say that the Jets are not too high up in my all time team list either. While the Colts have had some injury issues this season and the Jets took a couple of pounding's towards the end of the season which makes this a tasty game. I'm going to go against my gut and say the Colts to win purely on the basis of they are an experienced team with a QB (P.Manning) who is lethal!

Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs = Ravens to win

The Ravens are a team who can bring a surprise to any game and this is the play off's so the Chiefs are in for a torrid time here. I can see this game being good for about 3 or the 4 quarters with one of these quarters to just be a blow out and this is where I think that Ravens will run over the Chiefs with about 2 or 3 touchdowns depending on if they push for the turnovers

Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles - Eagles to win

Another interesting game here. In week 17 the Packers beat the Bears and the Eagles lost to the Cowboys, but the things is that the Packers HAD to beat the bears to get a play off place while the Eagles already had the place and so took a chance to rest a few key players ready for this big first round game. I would say that this is going to be a close game and a lower score game but it could be a very interesting game

Seattle Seahawks @ New Orleans Saints - Saints to win

So in the big final game of the year the Seahawks (finally) clinched a place in the play off's thanks to a win against the Rams (which I did think would happen in part to the weather). As for their opponents they are the defending champions and they are playing in the first round. Some people would think that they wouldn't be here. So the game - this is either going to go two ways - 1) The Saints steam roller the Seahawks into some form of Seahawk pie (most likely scenario) or 2) The Seahawks pull off a play off magic moment and beat the Saints in a hard fought battle.

So there it is my predictions for round 1 - Colts, Ravens, Eagles, and Saints all to progress - but don't forget that phrase "anything can happen on any given Sunday"