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Heh - MARVEL PUZZLE QUEST is my go-to mobile game right now, and I just had some serious luck. Nailed the Deadpool Daily Taco token, which got me 1000 Hero Coins, of which I used some to buy a cut-price Heroic Recruit Token, and out of that came a Power for Marvel NOW! Thor. That 2-star hero is maxed out, and was just assigned Champion status - so that Power earns him a new level, above his normal Level cap... and THAT nets me another Heroic Recruit Token as a reward. Now THAT Token nets me a Power for Ms Marvel Captain Marvel, who I've been desperately trying to level up...

...errrr, not that that'll make sense to a bunch of you, but hey, its news, and has made my day. Smile for me, okay?
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Right: time for some catch-up. Esssential if I'm going to get back into this blogging business...

Movies: Since last time I reviewed any movies, I saw Interstellar and The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies. Both merit a worthy 8/10. The former had hints of 2001 to it, but they didn't impede the story at all, whilst the latter entertained, but lacked a sense of conclusion - proimarly because it leads straight(-ish) into the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

I actually saw fewer movies this past year than in 2013, partly because some never got to us here, or had decent screenings, and three movies on the list either got postponed (Jupiter Ascending) or ended up with a 2015 release date over this side of The Pond, those being Monsters: Dark Continent and surprisingly Big Hero 6, which could have been a Christmas hit. Guess Disney surrendered to the power of The One Ring...

This year, however, is starting to shape up VERY nicely. There are two Marvel movies, of course, and a Star Wars. There was a "15 Movies To See in 2015" list somewhere, but some of those just didn't "float my boat", or feature on my radar. Oh, there's also a Jurassic Park in there somewhere, which might be fun. I'll throw together a "must-see" list if I happen to have nothing better to post about.

TV: 2014 was the Year Of The Twelfth - Doctor, that is - and Peter Capaldi did a pretty fine job of sweeping aside the "pretty boys" of the past: he really COULDN'T have been any more different (unless, of course, he'd be a Diversity Darling*, of different gender and ethnicity). The scripts had their ups and downs, but there was some really good stuff in amongst it all. Even the Christmas Special got pretty cerebral!

The other Big Deal on TV in 2014 was the return of Agents of SHIELD, for the first half of a second season - and boy did it turn things around! Now that Marvel Studios have Phase Three all planned out, the show can stretch its legs a bit, and grab some much-needed room to breathe - as in breathe [SPOILER] Terrigen Mist [END SPOILER]! The second half of this season will be "must-see" - as will mid-season "special event" mini-series Agent Carter. If the buzz (ahem) surrounding Ant-Man is anything to go by, the "glory years" of SHIELD will have a significant part to play in how things shape up from here!

Also worthy of note:
- Gotham: a different take on the Bat-world. Some liberties may have been taken, but hey, it's been worth seeing just to see where it'll go next...
- The 100: a show that didn't seem to have much potential, but which has since proven me wrong. Season 2 is due to commence on Tuesday, and that cliff-hanger certainly got my attention...
- Homeland: You'd have been justified in querying whether this could go any further after the final events of Season 2, but the recently ended Season 3 actually managed to keep things going... except for the last, and rather anticlimactic episode. I think a Season 4 is on the cards, and I'm happy to give it the benefit of the doubt when the season premiere comes around!

Okay, that was a bit longer than I planned, but sometimes, that's how these things go

* Oooooh, bit risky there, but I do hope that 2015 isn't another year of making creative types feel guilty for not pushing non-males or non-whites to the fore. This is something else I need to address on it's own...
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...GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is out on home release ON MONDAY????

Looks like I'm making a diversion to the nearest outlet on the way to work, then.

Also: new boots ordered. It's nearly Patent Saturday, so what better way to celebrate (apart from the now almost traditional get-away)...?
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Marvel Studios Announces "Captain Marvel," "Black Panther," "Avengers: Infinity War"

- or more correctly, the announcements are:-

28 July 2015 - Ant-Man
- which we already knew about, but it's still on schedule...

6 May 2016 - Captain America: Civil War
- which we also knew about apart from the full title. What we DIDN'T know is that it will FULLY feature a character getting his own movie the following year...

4 November 2016 - Dr Strange
- Also expected, but still not official word on a star. And then, onward into less explored territory:-

5 May 2017 - Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
- Anticipated, but moved up the schedule a bit, to allow for...


28 July 2017 - Thor: Ragnarok
- Apparently as momentous as Winter Soldier, but in a different part of the universe...


3 November 2017 - Black Panther
- That solo hero movie previously mentioned! Yes, that's THREE movies in 2017!


6 July 2018 - Captain Marvel
- Carol Danvers lives! In which costume, remains to be seen.


2 November 2018 - Inhumans
- Easter Eggs soon, we're told. Agents Of SHIELD Season 2 soon, perhaps...?


May 2018 - Avengers: Infinity War Part 1
May 2019 - Avengers: Infinity War Part 2

- A two-part epic, as The Big Purple Guy gets his... hand on The Prize!

I am SO HAPPY I caught word of the event containing these announcements, just before the news started to filter through from Hollywood, at a special event for press and select fans. THIS IS IT - the road-map we've been waiting for, the gauntlet before The Gauntlet.

And now, I have five years worth of stuff to talk about. Blog paradise...!

It is a VERY GOOD TIME TO BE ALIVE.
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Why? Because of THIS:-



"I've Got No Strings" will NEVER sound the same again.

Tomorrow, things get even better, 'cause AGENTS OF SHIELD returns to UK screens at last! Wheeeeeee....!
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Next year's Fantastic Four movie sounds more and more like a freaking train-wreck the closer it gets to release. Just read recent news material...

Miles Teller Promises a Less ‘Kitschy’ ‘Fantastic Four’

‘Fantastic Four’ Costumes Aren’t ‘Cheesy Superhero Outfits, Michael B. Jordan Says

People have been pretty brutal about Ben Affleck playing Batman in Superman v Batman - Dawn Of Justice, but THAT movie already looks and sounds several degrees of better than the Incredible Suicidal Fantastic Four movie, which hammers another nail into its own coffin every time one of its cast opens their mouth online.

Instead of supposedly giving people the "realistic" movie the filmmakers have convinced themselves "people" want (which people?), they will instead be eating a huge slice of humble pie come next August - several months AFTER Joss Whedon and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON show them - and all of us - how it SHOULD be done...
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I'm still around, but I just went through a month that has eroded some of my enthusiasm. Minecraft troubles (now resolved pretty much), back pain (still an issue)... that kinda thing. So, what can I talk about today?

The big news would have to be that GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has become the most successful film in the US this summer, and perhaps this year. If you include international box office, the latest Transformers comes out on top, but a month on, GUARDIANS is still packing them in - and quite right too!

Talking about the year's blockbusters, you have to mention that the home releases are starting to come out, most notably CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, which still looks awesome on a small, non-3D screen, and I imagine GODZILLA should be out by Christmas.

Last, but by no means least: the return of DOCTOR WHO, and the start of the Capaldi era. He's more Pertwee and Eccleston than Smith and Tennant, but that's no bad thing. Two episodes in, and both highly enjoyable, but we're waiting with bated breath for his defining episode...

Oh, and FOOTBALL SEASON is imminent!!!
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I saw GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY again this evening, and that gave me a chance to compare the two viewings. It seems as though regular scale 3D movies deliver a somewhat better 3D experience compared to IMAX 3D, at least for me.

Also, it appears that IMAX audiences like to laugh a whole bunch more, although the lack of laughter may be down to the fact that we have had a bunch of rain today...

...and one reviewer (I'll post a link when I relocate the video) was quite right: the soundtrack IS a character in its own right.

P.S. It looks as though GoTG is on course for a $95-98 million dollar US opening weekend, a spectacular record for an August movie. Yay!
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Yesterday, at least two years of waiting came to an end - and blew any doubts about MARVEL Studios's ability to keep the Cinematic Universe going beyond The Avengers clean out of the water.

WARNING! Spoilers ahead! )

The Final Verdict... A cosmic work of sheer GENIUS. Has to be seen to be believed - and you WILL believe a raccoon can cry. 9.5/10
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is THE movie of the summer, if not the whole damn year. I honestly don't think I can do a proper review that DOESN'T have spoilers in it... but I shall try. Tomorrow.

Then the day after, I'll go see it again.
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*sighs* Not been such a great summer, with my back messing up, and all this Snoopers' Charter sh8 - and it's been so damn hot recently that I struggle to stay awake sometimes. It should therefore come as no surprise that blogging has taken a definite back seat of late - so, what's new(-ish)...?

ITEM! The current series of Star Trek Online videos on my channel continue to be the biggest draw of views I've had since the DaveChaos "tutorial". This probably means that the remaining "Stargazer" videos won't now appear, unless I receive more response to what's already been posted. It could be that the "market" is already saturated - or that I've completely misjudged my marketing methodology.

I'm thinking of posting a VLog at some point - with Tera Online as a backdrop. I have plans there...

ITEM! Saw Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes at the weekend. It was pretty damn good, but I struggle to find the time, or energy, to give it a full review. Probably good for a 8.25/10, with my only criticisms being:

1) Caesar looks too human (but Andy Serkis is still an absolute master of performance capture).
2) The humans seemed a bit lacking in "substance", their characters perhaps lacking in development, where the same couldn't be said for the lead apes.
3) Just stop with the 3D conversions where it simply ISN'T needed!

ITEM! I am all booked up for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Plans previous associated with this movie viewing have had to be shelved following my recent infirmities - but I may just do something along the planned lines for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON next year!

ITEM! Josh Brolin... James Brolin... who care so long as he rocks Thanos? We'll soon see...
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Okay, movie review time, and I'll make this short and not entirely sweet...

Transformers: Age of Extinction. It was like this...

- Too long.
- For a "semi-reboot", it seemed like just a whole bunch more of the same.
- Did I miss something, or was the main non-human bad guy never actually named?
- And was the same true for the remaining Autobots?
- SPOILER Did we really need a THIRD Transformer faction, and all this "Creators" stuff? Is all that "canon"?
- SPOILER Did the non-beautiful human HAVE to die - and in all things, as part of a Michael Bay signature "run from the explosions" gag?
- SPOILER The Seed. Just when did it suddenly become a non-threat? Sloppy writing!
- And just when did Optimus Prime learn to fly?

It wasn't awful. It just wasn't ground-breaking enough to truly make me gasp with excitement, although there was a small punch-the-air moment when Bumblebee arrived. I'll give it 7/10, and leave it at that, except to say that maybe this franchise has run its natural course - some hope of that when the movie had a $100 million opening day...

P.S. The international GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY trailer lacks OOOMPH, as in "Hooked On A Feeling" and "Spirit In The Sky" OOOMPH. The movie will still rock some, though.
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Ah, sheeeeeet...

My back has rebelled, and in a big way. Cue sizable intake of medication, and a reduced desire to blog, amongst other things. So much for my brave (!) attempt to "get regular" again - and this could really mess up my remaining summer plans, including going to see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

Dammit.

UPDATE: This...



I feel better now.
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Struggling to get into a blogging mood. Maybe I should try and do it at the start of the evening, INSTEAD of the end...

News, news, news... is there any? Oh yeah: we ARE getting Thanos in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (57 days to go), played, or at least voiced, by James Brolin - but how big a part that will be remains to be seen. In the meantime, there's one less big movie between then and now, as Jupiter Ascending slides from July to next February, apparently to allow more work on the SFX (probably some tinkering with 3D conversion (sighs)...?). It could be that the makers are afraid that the "not a franchise" tag is going to hurt their product, like it seems to have impacted on Edge Of Tomorrow (unfortunately).

Meanwhile, and this may be hard to believe, I appear to be finding my way back into Star Trek Online, at the cost of any serious involvement in Minecraft. Crazy...
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Thursday was May 22nd, the day I annually celebrate as Spiritwalk, and I usually try to do something (semi-)special for it, such as buy myself a special present, or go to the movies. The plan was to do both this time around, but the former simply didn't happen. The latter, however, was set in stone - a viewing on a decent-sized screen for the latest X-Men offering: ...Days Of Future Past.

Here's what I thought of it...

WARNING: Spoilers! )

Angel...! Noooooooooooooooo!

Ahem... sorry about that. Back to business... )

Angel...! Noooooooooooooooo!

Uhmmm... yeah. On with the review... )

The Final Verdict... It could have been an awful train-wreck, but Bryan Singer delivers a worthy successor to both his two X-movies, and X-Men First Class. The future, I hope, is in his hands - or at least the 80s. 8.25/10

This Just In... And finally - Doctor Who returns in August! Yes! Now, if only the weather was to be as goooooood...
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Huh. I really struggle to even consider blog posts right now. It hasn't helped that I've just had a week and a half of messed-up schedules, and that was all a bit more screwed-up than usual (yes, exams, I'm talking about YOU), due to some management issues. All in all, the whole exam period went by with absolute NO conflicts of personality OR procedure - but *sighs* there were other matters, such as unexpected additions to my timetable, and a sore heel that messed with my down-time...

Yeah, I just seem to be running into a stream of "negative input" at the moment - the early mornings, the long work-days, the heel pain, a domain host that has given me grief with making payments for as long as I've been with them, Stargazer Season 5 doesn't really have a direction - and I really don't feel like fighting the current just now. I still have to post a review for X-Men Days Of Future Past (which was really good - and sadly the only thing about Spiritwalk '14 that worked out), but that, and other stuff, will just have to wait for the right moment, probably another couple of days down the line.

I need to change down several gears after the exams, and get back into my previous routine for a full week, I think.
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Exams are all done (for me at least), and I can at least try to relax for a bit. A shopping/cinema trip tomorrow, in celebration of Spiritwalk (1). It may rain tomorrow, and I have a bit of a sore foot :(, but I shall try and make the most of that, and the subsequent extended weekend. Hooray!

Just hope X-Men - Days Of Future Past is worth the early start...
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But for today, or more correctly the day before yesterday, a new video:



Now, about that Amazing Spidey 2 review... I have really fallen behind on that one, for which I have to apologise. I don't really have the time to do anything about it tonight, unless I really cut back to the bare minimum - kinda like this (spoilers "whited out")...

Amazing Spider-Man 2 - The Potted Review

- An improvement on the first, now that the obligatory retelling of Spidey's origin is out of the way
- The 3D actually WORKS this time, although it's still more of the "DUCK!" thing rather than the Avatar "added immersion" deal
- They really are piling on the pain for our hero!
- Thankfully, this one isn't overly "villain-heavy", as one of the expected bad guys (SPOILER) only appears in full at the very end of the movie, in an fight scene that is truncated by the rolling of the credits (END SPOILER)
- Negative points: 1) a villain's "previous life" is such an awkward misfire, harking back to the rather regrettable Superman III era of superhero movies; 2) (SPOILER) did Uncle Ben just get written out between movies? Hardly a fitting end for Spidey's greatest inspiration, unless I'm not remembering the first movie correctly (END SPOILER), and 3) the use of an X-Men - Days Of Future Past teaser was a bit misguided, as it seemed to suggest a "shared universe" that Fox now say wasn't ever going to happen (careless!)
- Final score 8/10 for a much more worthy addition to the Spidey reboot than this writer expected.

Hmm - not too cut-down after all...
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Guess I didn't post a short entry late last week, then. Oh well, suppose I should make up for lost time, now that I'm approaching normal health again...

First, videos. Yup, plural - from Sunday AND tonight!





Next: great news for Marvel Studios, as CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER does very tasty box-office on its US opening and its ongoing international run! Also, we learn that a third solo movie for the star-spangled Avenger is going to go head-to-head with the Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman follow-on from Man Of Steel - so that's Cap AND ANT MAN for 2016 then...

And finally... Had the TV aerial engineers in, to address my annoying channel drop-outs lately. New aerial, new connecting cable... and the same problem remains. Great...
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I always seem to be a day behind with these...



Elsewhat... This weekend, I managed to start and complete a series of new videos, involving the game Long Live The Queen. It may seem a bit "girly", but it's actually a pretty complex RPG-cum-Fighting Fantasy arrangement, as I hope the videos will show...

Also, holy crap, are snippets of phone footage and photos pretty much pouring from the various sets for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON - we actually managed to see two "new" characters in those images BEFORE their on-screen debut in the mid-title sequence for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, a movie that does seem to have pleased the great majority of those going to see it.

And rightly so!

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