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WEDNESDAY WHIMSY

By @hmsbeefnuts

Welcome friends, once again, to a steaming hot, tasty plate o’ whimsy, served every Wednesday, by yours truly. I have been threatening for a while now, toying with the idea of actually writing a new blog all about WWE, but once again, it is beyond my grasp this week. I just havent had the time to process much that has gone on in the WWE Universe, perhaps next week, maybe, probably not though, we shall see. That leaves me with a blog to fill, and not much time to properly think about something and plan it properly. So I shall probably just write some stuff about the stuff I have done, since the last Wednesday blog, as long as it is deemed geeky enough to be blog worthy. Well, things have changed in my life recently. I have a new job, and TWO whole days off on the weekend. This has meant that I am actually enjoying my days off immensely. I used to have only Saturday off, and it felt far too short a time between weeks. This two day malarkey is fantastic, and my whole weekend was filled with fun and frolics, and of course, movies, some gaming, reading and TV, pretty much everything a growing geek needs.

Lets start with movies shall we? This week I managed to see two films at the cinema, Dredd, and Lawless. I loved both of these films, for very different reasons, as they are quite different, but I would recommend both of them. Lets start with Dredd. Based on UK comic property 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd, Dredd 3D is in 3D, and usually, I would be fuming that 2D wasn’t offered as an alternative, however, this film made fantastic use of it’s 3D, and was well worth the increased price, and slightly decreased vividness. Set in a dystopian future where 800 Million people live in a gigantic city, Mega City One, whilst the surrounding area is a wasteland. The only thing keeping the Law in Mega City One are the Judges, police officers who also serve as Judge, Jury and executioner, and Judge Dredd just happens to be the baddest Judge in the city. Karl Urban grimaces his way through a fantastic performance, never takes his helmet off, never talks in anything less than a snarl, Dredd is a complete badass. The story revolves around, Dredd and a rookie, Anderson (Olivia Thrilby), a psychic mutie, who is having her trial by fire in the mean blocks of the city. Investigating 3 gangland murders in one mega block, the Judges’ run fowl of Ma Ma (Lena Headley) a drug kingpin who runs all the Slo-Mo in the city. Dredd and Anderson are about to have a very bad day as the whole block is turned against them, and backup can not get through. Luckily Dredd is hard as nuts.

The many Slo-Mo scenes in the film are spectacular, as we go into the Slo-Mo junkies perspective, the 3D paid off during these scenes. The story is simple, but effective. The acting is strong, the violence is super harsh, and it is truly refreshing to see an 18/R rated movie that isn’t a horror film. I loved Dredd, it was up there with some of my favourite films this year. Now  haven’t read a lot of Dredd comics wise, but am aware that this is a very close representation of the comics, Dredd fans will I’m sure, be over the moon at this film, and anyone else should still give it a go anyway. It is also refreshing that there is no love interest, even though Anderson is very attractive, Dredd couldn’t give a shit, all he cares about is The Law. This film is a breath of fresh air, even though it has a simple story, it needs to be seen, because I want sequels.

Lawless is the story of one family, The Bondurrants, a family that has the reputation of being genuinely immortal, or at least extremely tough, in Prohibition era Virginia. The family has run a small, yet successful moonshine business, thanks to Tom Hardy’s elder brother, who is basically Bane without a mask, Jason Clarke, irresponsible, but still tough middle brother, and Shia Lebeuf’s younger, not so tough brother. The film shows the trials and tribulations of the family as the city encroaches on their business, with Guy Pearce’s Deputy causing problems and turning the town against them.

All the cast are excellent, yes even Shia Lebeuf, who apart from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, has put in strong performances in many films, and continues to do so here. Guy Pearce plays bad guy duties, with an off kilter Deputy Rakes, and Gary Oldman has a tiny but brilliant performance as Floyd Banner, a big city gangster. Tom Hardy is the star though. At first barely understandable, Hardy infuses Forrest Bondurrant with a quiet rage, his movements are slight, hardly talking, but is body language screams menace, you would not want to fuck with this guy. I happen to love prohibition era gangster movies, and this is a slightly different take on the usual Al Capone tommy gun madness, although, there is plenty of gun play on display. Not quite as epic as films such as The Untouchables, but I enjoyed it far more than Public Enemies. Great Sunday afternoon entertainment, highly recommended.

I think that’s enough for this week, and so I bid you farewell and adieu, which reminds me, you should really check out JAWS on Blu Ray, a thing of beauty, pure unadulterated beauty.

MOVIE OF THE MONTH JULY

By @hmsbeefnuts & @geekygem

Hello fans of film, as it is the beginning of the month, it once again falls to us here at AGTM, to tell you all about what film we will be picking as our movie of the month, this month. People, I’m not going to mess you around. We all know what movie is out this month, we all know what I’m going to pick, and sorry The Amazing Spider-man, it ain’t you.

Another superhero must take the title this month, The Caped Crusader, The Batman, in The Dark Knight Rises. It is no secret that I love Batman, and am a particular fan of Chris Nolan’s cinematic take on Gotham’s protector. Batman Begins is my favourite Bat film, with The Dark Knight coming in a very close second. The last time we saw Batman, he was on the run from Gotham’s Finest and so we join him in his latest adventure in a very interesting place. 8 years after the Joker went wild with gasoline, and Harvey Dent’s image was both ruined, by the Joker, and saved, metaphorically, by The Bat, what state are Batman and Gotham in?

Things won’t be happy for very long if Bane has anything to do with it. Tom Hardy looks great in the role of the man who broke The Bat, and from the trailer, it looks like Bane is causing Gotham more trouble than ever before. Add in Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, and Batman has his hands full. Will Bruce Wayne survive the film? Will Batman? All I know is this film looks absolutely amazing, if in a slightly grim way.

Just before we show you the trailer, as if you haven’t watched it countless times already, and Geekgem tells you about her pick, I would like to announce an AGTM summer event. In celebration of our favourite Dark Knight’s return to cinema screens, July here at AGTM will be having a knightly theme. Summer Knights, (see what we did there?), will be a bit of a celebration, not only f our beloved Dark Knight, but of Knights in general. Expect to see stuff on Game of Thrones, sword fights, noble steeds, and of course, more than a few Bat related articles. This follows on from our Avenging April series that was very successful, so hopefully, we shall continue with Summer Knights. Now, here is the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, and below that Geekygem, enjoy.

Hmsbeefnuts

Hello everyone, gosh is it that time of month already. Wow that went fast., my guess is just above me Hmsbeefnuts has been bigging up The Dark Knight Rises, not that it needs it. Which makes what I am about to tell you feel like treason as I love the Bat almost as much as Beefnuts does.

In the world of geek you are either a DC fan or Marvel fan, however there is a special camp for those who cant choose and just love comics in general, this is the camp I think I fall in. Seeing as I cant pick The Dark Knight Rises for my Movie for July, I had to have little think but then I recalled a reboot of a Marvel comic was due out, The Amazing Spider-man, that’s right folks I said reboot and it happens only five years after the the final part of Sam Raimi’s trilogy came out.

Peter Parker has been recast into the frankly lovely looking Andrew Garfield he’s just so pretty, sorry my thoughts got away from me there, did I mention he can act? He is joined by Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans. That’s right this month we see Brits taking over Hollywood and two of them are Welsh. Anyway back to the matter at hand, Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. I will say no more as I feel the rest is best told on the big screen. Below is the trailer which I think looks fantastic. Why not just go see both movies this month as they are so going to be awesome.

Geeky Gem

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