Aug
22

Week 34

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Not the first time I have photographed some Shepard Fairey – Obey Giant flyposting on the Oak Street wall of the Thomas Street Post Office in Manchester.

Aug
22

Week 33

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Brand spanking new studio with brand spanking new furniture. Just need to fill it with all my books and equipment.

Official moving in day has been postponed due to the freelance booking I have in Manchester running on longer than expected.

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Aug
22

Week 32

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Ouch!

Smashed up BMW Z4 on the corner of Oldham Street and Hilton Street in Manchester (right outside Forbidden Planet). Judging by the damage I can only imagine it got hit by a bus.

No one appeared to injured though. In fact, the driver was nonchalantly chatting to the police while suppin’ on a coffee.

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Aug
11

Weekly Movie Moan

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Bit of quiet week couple for films. I blame it on the Olympics which has been compelling viewing. Still managed to fit a couple in though.

Saturday – Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance
The first Ghost Rider was ok. This was very poor. The best bits were when Jonny Blaze was fighting with his ‘inner demon’ – Nic Cage being hilariously manic. Call me controversial but I think Cage would make an excellent Joker.

Sunday – Behind Enemy Lines
Owen Wilson in a serious film? Seemed an alright film until I fell asleep. Wasn’t the film’s fault I fell asleep, I was chuffing knackered. I should make time to re-watch it.

Friday – Justice
Really, really good film. A novel twist on the usual ‘wife gets brutally attacked, quiet husband goes mental and seeks revenge’ type movie. Nicolas Cage is just a solid actor – never disappoints. Did I ever say that I think Cage would make a great Joker? Good supporting cast from Guy Pearce and January Jones (Betsy Draper from Mad Men).

Sunday – The Chameleon
Typical Sunday afternoon movie when you are hungover from a stag do and just want to flake out on the sofa. Based on a true story apparently, turned out to be a decent film. The young French lad is quite an actor  Plus it featured Onatopp from Goldeneye – never a bad thing.

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Aug
11

Week 31 Photo(s)

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On the 29th July, I took ownership of my new office. Its small and compact, but there’s more than enough space to set up a couple of Macs and all the shelving I need for my books and equipment.

I’m freelancing in Manchester until the end of the month so I won’t officially be moving in until the beginning of September. Until then, that gives me plenty of time to get all my furniture assembled and my stuff moved over. Watch this space for progress photos.

The new Kreative Bomb head office is located in the Creative Quarter, The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge.

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Aug
11

Week 30 Photo

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Bring me the head of the Joker!

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Aug
11

Week 29 Photo

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Taken the week of my 39th birthday – frequency of grey hairs is increasing.

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Jul
27

Weekly Movie Moan

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Resurrecting this old feature. Me giving short ‘Barry Norman-esque’ reviews of the films I’ve watched this week.

Friday – Real Steel
I’ve commented about this movie before on this site. Loved it the first time I watched it and loved it again. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to end. The young lad (Dakota Gayo) is the real star of this film – no mean feat considering it stars CGI fighting robots, Wolverine and Kate from Lost.

Saturday – The Dark Knight Rises
Look down the page, I just wrote my review of this film. In short – fantastic!! Can’t wait to see it again.

Sunday – The Devil Inside
Ok, getting really bored of these types of movies. Yes its grim and there are some horrific scenes – is that CGI or does that girl really manage to contort herself like that…!? Is it a true story or just another Blair Witch? Don’t think I’m that arsed finding out really.

Sunday – Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1978)
Watched the first hour but tiredness kicked in – it was my birthday and had been a long day!! The pods giving birth to Donald Sutherland clones in the back garden was particularly grim. And Jeff Goldblum – he gets around doesn’t he?

Wednesday – Dressed to Kill
Sky advertised this movie as “If Alfred Hitchcock had done Basic Instinct”. Gave up after half and hour and turned on the Xbox. Yeah, Michael Caine is in it but he was also in Miss Congeniality…

Thursday – Basic
Only joined in half way through and saw the last hour or so. Seemed pretty good – all star cast and all that. The two main guys were John Travolta and Samual L. Jackson. No mention of Royale with cheese though.

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Jul
26

The Dark Knight Rises

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So the wife and I went to see The Dark Knight Rises last weekend at the IMAX in Bradford.

My review of the film could simply be that my wife, who is usually a bit fidgety at the cinema, did not move an inch for the full 3 hours we were sat in the cinema. That itself is testament to just how gripping this film was.

Or was it that I was so glued to the screen, I was blinkered to all around me? Yes and no. After the film while we discussed it over a curry, my wife informed me that she loved it. She had loads of nerdy questions/observations I was only too happy to answer. I’m totally in my element when it comes to Batman.

Seriously, here is my take on TDKR.

Firstly, this film is without doubt the best film in the Christopher Nolan set. For me, I found there were long periods of The Dark Knight where I was bored. When watching the film on DVD, I can easily zip over those periods and not be concerned I’ve missed anything noteworthy. Not so with TDKR. The entire 2 and three quarter hours seemed to zip by and everything felt in its place and vital to the film. Maybe on a second or third viewing there will be bits that you can skim over and not pay a great deal of attention to but on the first viewing, there was a real fluidity to the film – everything had a purpose.

In the past, I’ve made criticisms about Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. But, to be fair, my perceived faults with those movies have been because of my own wrong doing – I’ve watched those films through my comicbook Geek goggles. I’ve picked up on Christopher Nolan’s own interpretations of the Batman universe and faulted them for not conforming with my own mind’s eye view of Batman. I’ve always loved Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) but I’ve never been rattled by his ‘story adjustments’ i.e. that Jack Napier (aka The Joker) was responsible for the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents. I let it slide because it allows Burton to solidly round off the film. Jack creates Batman, Batman creates Joker – boom! Therefore, if Nolan wants to rewrite previously written stories to make his own films work – just live with it.

Joe Chill shot dead Bruce’s parents, NOT Jack Napier.

That being said, I watched Batman Begins last week without my goggles and thoroughly enjoyed it. So what if Bruce was never trained by Ra’s Al Ghul or the League of Shadows… it’s not the end of the world.

So, coming back to TDKR, I went to the cinema on Saturday minus the goggles and just wanting to be entertained. I was not disappointed. This film was epic! Without doubt the best comic book movie EVER!! I thought the first Iron Man movie was the best but this smashed it. Just an absolute blast from the beginning to end.

**Warning, if you haven’t seen the film, I am about to reveal some key plot elements**

I wasn’t that taken with Bane. I think it was the voice. Between him, The Joker and Ra’s Al Ghul – Bane was the weakest villain from the three movies. Hardy is a talented actor and I’ve seen him play some truly horrible characters on TV but Bane just wasn’t that great for me.

Selina Kyle (she is never referred to as Catwoman) was top drawer. Can’t say I’ve ever seen any of Anne Hathaway’s other films but she definitely played this role well.

Ironically, after complaining in the past about Nolan’s interpretations of existing comic book stories and characters, Nolan does make nods to the comic books in TDKR – pleasing the geeks out there. Granted, he tweaks them as he did with the previous two films but there are some genuine geek moments. Here are a few I can remember from one viewing…

Bane’s origin story in the film does share similarities with his origin in The Vengeance of Bane.

Bane ‘breaks’ Batman in a very similar fashion to the way he does in Knightfall

Talia Al Ghul and Bruce share a moment not dis-similar to The Son of The Demon (and many other stories).

Selina Kyle lives with a sidekick who looks uncannily like her sidekick in Year One.

John Blake (the policeman) who is seemingly set up to be Robin in any future ‘reboots’ has a very similar name to Tim Drake (the third Robin) and shares a profession with Dick Grayson who was the original Robin before becoming Nightwing.

Dick Grayson (Robin/Nightwing) – Blüdhaven police officer

Bale, Caine and Oldman are brill as usual. I particularly love Oldman in these movies – his Jim Gordon is straight out of Year One. Plus there’s a nice dose of humour from Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman).

Maybe it was because we were watching it on the IMAX but there were a few action sequences that just blow you away. The scenes starring ‘The Bat’ in particular are visually stunning – I could go and see the film again for those scenes alone. The Pod is more impressive in this film. I thought it looked naff in The Dark Knight – especially that bit when it flips round using the wall. The collapsing football pitch is mental!

Not that I ever need a reason to read a Batman graphic novel but I did have an overwhelming urge to read Year One when I got home.

I won’t give the ending away but Nolan does a great job of leaving it open for more films – in particular an adaptation of Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’…!?

Yeah, that’s probably the geek in me wanting too much.

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