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The Dark Knight Rises, Film Review.

Christopher Nolan changed the way comic book movies where perceived with his Batman Begins.
By bring Batman into the real world and leaving the fantasy of the comics behind, which means that there is no silly way super-villains come about. IE the Joker falling into a vat of chemicals. No he is simple an intelligent man that is a psychopath. Also the Tech used by Batman in the Nolan films actually work or will be possible in a few years. (The Tumbler actually works and doses everything you see in the films except for the Bat-Pod coming from it.)

Batman Begins focused on origins of how Bruce Wayne became the Bat, but it also about fear. The Dark knight showed the chaos of Gotham city. The Dark Knight Rises plays on your emotions, and it successfully delivers in this endeavour. Bane is the antagonist in this sequel and he tests Batman physically and mentally, pushing him far beyond his limits.

The film takes place eight years after The Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne refuses to leave his manor as he blames himself for the death of Rachel. However Bane is on the rampage in Gotham and Batman is needed more and more, it up to Bruce to make the decision to come out of retirement and help or let the city crumble and destroy itself.

The film starts of slower than The Dark knight, having a more common tie with Batman Begins. However the slow start is only to crank up the tension taking beyond what The Dark Knight did and keep tightening up to breaking point. The Dark Knight Rises is not as dark as the previous two films, when you expect it to be darker. After all Bane does break Batman literally just as he did in their first encounter in the comics.

The one thing I had a problem with in this film was Banes muffled voice. While most of the time you can hear what he is saying there are a few parts where you can’t.
This was raised before the film was realised by those lucky few that got to see 15 mins of the film. However Nolan stated he would not get Tom Hardy to re-record these lines. Which is a great shame as some of his hard to hard to hear dialogue has plot points in it.

There are some great references and cameos from the comics with Cillian Murphy poping up as Dr Craine. Even Killer Croc gets a hinted at. Fans of the comics will see some twists coming, but this doesn’t lessen the experience in any way.

Christopher Nolan has done a superb job with bring Batman back from the shambles that where Batman Forever (not too bad, but nowhere as good as the Tim Burton films before It.) and Batman and Robin. He has set the bar high with this trilogy, which any DC Comic film since Batman Begins came out has not even come close too.
Nolan has tied up the trilogy nicely and tying up loose ends. However as the film ends (I won’t spoil it for anyone that has not seen it.) He creates some new ones that give the potential of another film set with in this Universe his has created. This is very annoying because Warner Brothers announced while The Dark Knight Rises was being filmed that they were going to reboot Batman once again.
This means any new film set in Nolan Batman Universe is unlikely to happen now. This is a great shame. Even though Nolan has stated that he will not direct another Batman film, it does not rule him out from producing or writing the script for one.

I give The Dark Knight Rises a 5 of 5.

Gotham City Police Officer: [to his partner, upon witnessing Batman’s return] Oh boy, you are in for a show tonight, son!

US Remake, The Inbetweeners pilot review, plus news on The Inbetweeners Movie Sequel.

Remaking a British sitcom can be dangerous as I mention about this remake last week.
There are a few successful shows that make it like The Office, but most don’t, and don’t get past the pilot episode. (Red Dwarf, Spaced)
MTV has taken on the approach of ‘If it not broken, don’t fix it’ to the show. That means that the same characters, situations and many of the jokes would be the same as the original British show.
So I was not expecting much from this as it would be a transplant from the UK to the US.

As with the UK show, it kicks off with Will (Joey Pollari) being transferred to a public school because his father has left his mother for the office sectary. Which means she can no longer pay for his private school fees. Will shows up for his first day in a blazer and briefcase, which make him a walking target for the other kids. So the Vice-Principal quickly pairs him up with nice-guy Simon (Bubba Smith).
Simons best friends Jay (Zach Pearlman) and Neil (Mark L Young) initially rip the shit out of Will before eventually taking him under their wings, this lead to the three mismatched friend becoming four.

This means that the first half of the show is a carbon copy of the British with only a few changes so that it is better suited to an American high school. The second half of the show diverts from the pilot of the British, but borrows story point from other episodes from the British show. The gang buncking off school. Buying booze, getting drunk and visiting Simons crush Carly D’Amato house with disastrous results.
Most of the jokes are carbon copies of the British show, but that does not mean they are dull a second time around as they still work. There are even a few new one, most notably a marvellous set-up and pay-off involving a child molester.

The show manages to be just as rude as the British show, though I found some of the explicit swear words getting Bleeped out, very ignoring. (Does America have a watershed, where such language can show after?) It will be interesting to see what the American equivalent of the word ‘clunge’ will be.

The characters share the same traits as their UK counterparts; Will awkward and uptight, Neil dumb as a rock, Jay a compulsive liar and Simon a wet blanket who’s obsessed with childhood sweetheart Carly D’Amato.
Though I find Neil has jump over from another much loved British sitcom ‘The Young one’. He comes across a clown of Neil from that show right down to his looks. As for Jay in the original he is much cockier and lot dirtier than he is in the US version. But it is still early days.
No doubt the first season of this show will be taking a lot story plots from the original but they have already started with some new plot points that will make them either stand out on their own or fail.

I having said all that there is a lot of potential in this show and it was far better than I was expecting.
It does not quite hit the hilarious highs of the original, but it delivers just enough to give this series a go.

I give the pilot a 2.8 out of five. If you have not seen the original it worth watching and if you have seen the original and movie it worth taking a look.

Speaking of the movie I have just found out that a sequel is back on with the original cast.
They are all eager to come back, though no story has been sorted out yet. I mention before that Paramount pictures has got a deal with the show creatures to do a Inbetweeners movie. Could this be it? Only time will tell.

‘The Star Wars That I Used To Know’

Gotye ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is one of the biggest songs that come out this summer in the UK.
I would expect it is the same elsewhere, so it no surprise that it get a Star Wars Parody.


The Last Stand, Trailer.

After appearing in a larger role for the Expandables 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s retuns for his first leading role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003.

Here is the plot of the film.
Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sheriff of the quiet US border town of Sommerton Junction after leaving the LAPD following a bungled operation. Following his escape from the FBI, a notorious drug baron, his gang, and a hostage are heading toward Sommerton Junction where the police are preparing to make a last stand to intercept them before they cross the border. Owens is reluctant to become involved but ultimately joins in with the law enforcement efforts

The Inbetweeners get a USA remake.

After the Inbetweeners movie came out in the UK I heard that one of the US TV studio was going to pick up and remake it for US TV.
My first thought was O god!!, A show about four Secondary School Pupils (High School) can’t translate into an American school as life is so different to a UK one and visa versa. Our school and life outside of it are very different. Also the US has not had a good record of taking British comedies and revamping them. We all know what happened to Red Dwarf, it did not even make it past the pilot.
More recent shows have not gone past the first season. IT Crew and Life on Mars (Though that was not a comedy) just to name a few.
Also in the UK we can get away with a lot more than what can be shown on TV than in the States.
However nothing came about it.

That is until yesterday. If found out that MTV had stuck a deal with the shows creators and brought them as producers.
MTV has now announced that they have picked up the show for 12 episode including the pilot.

Here is the trailer for the US version of the show.

As it the trailer first start I though what the hell have they done with Neil and Jay. Jay just would not work on a US TV show some of the crap that comes out his mouth. However after watching the trailer I though it looks like it could actually work.
They take some of the things from the UK show like Simon’s shity yellow car and him spray painting on Carly drive his love for her.

Here is the trailer for second season that aired in the UK.

Here is another trailer for the UK show with a scene from the first episode of the last season.
You can see here why Jay would not work for US TV.

After the British series end we had to wait six month for the Movie, which went on to become the most successful low budget British film. Following its appearance in UK stores, the DVD quickly became a major financial success. Within less than a week, the film became the third fastest-selling British home media release of 2011 after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, with approximately 575,000 copies sold in the first day of its release. By December 17, estimated sales reached one million, resulting in the film displacing the home media release of Paul as one of the five best-selling DVDs of the year in the UK.

On 3 July 2011, it was announced that a U.S. adaptation of The Inbetweeners Movie is to be made. Morris and Beesley were approached by Paramount Pictures to lead the project, with a potential U.S. release date of 7 September 2012. At this stage I would say it unlikely to have the British or US cast in it. But it still early days.

Anyway, I am interested to see what the US can do with it, off course there is no getting away from comparing it to the original UK shows.

Transporter Series, Trailer.

About a year ago I found out that the Luc Besson movie series staring Jason Statham, was going to turned into a TV.
At the time I thought it would be a bad idea, and that it would be set in the States.
However after looking at the trailer, it looks like they have kept the TV show in Europe and staying very close to the films.
It looks like it got potential, so I am willing to give it a go.

The new show is without Statham in the lead role, the leading charterer Frank is now to be played by Chris Vance .
François Berléand returns as Inspector Tarconi .

I did try to find a HD version but this seems to be the only that is up at the moment.

Star Trek Federation Fighter, Part 3

I have started to add details to the back of the fighter.
Modelled out the Impluse engines, I have to say that I have very happy with the way the grill came out. Took me a few attempts to get it right.
Add a hatch to the back, This will most likely be used for trops to be load and not for the pilot to get in and out. For that I am thinking that the cockpit windows moves up and forward. I have also started work on the deflector dish.

Here where she stand at the moment.