Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)

IO-pinion

Can you watch this movie without knowing the ins and outs of the game? I did play Warcraft III back in 2002 (when RTS games were cool) but I stayed a mile away from World of Warcraft so I really know nothing about the story except I wasn’t surprised to see a orc, dwarf or knight.

To answer the above question: Yes, it’s watchable but not that great. It’s not that its a terrible movie but there is also not much very good about it. As much as I loved the role Travis Fimmel brought to Vikings this was a let down. I did not expect him to do the same character in this movie (or is this just how he is?) It felt off. There is a moral in the story but the main focus was all about the visuals and orcs. Not having seen an orc for a decade I found them acceptable, the CGI was smooth in this film.

If you’re not a fan of Warcraft you should be fine without this movie.

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The Great Wall (2016)

IO-pinion

Okay the movie gets only a 6.0 on IMDB and a 42 on Metacritic. But man, did I see a refreshing original movie. Watching this movie yesterday and thinking back about it I still would rate it a bit higher than that people have done.

In the beginning you see two rough bearded guys, knowing Matt Damon is starring in this movie you can make the match. Such a shame that they didn’t go ‘undercover’ the whole movie.

Great work in the makeup department.

The Great Wall. Okay, it must take place in China. It’s a big wall. There will be something with an emperor. The rest of the story is highly likely total different from what you had imagined. Liked that part.

I found the story original, I can’t think of a predecessor with the same story. The visuals are pretty good, it didn’t have that constant CGI feel that some movies have. (And almost everything is CGI, Photo)

The final part of the movie is the weakest part, not much unexpected going on there but it’s okay. It only could go one way.

Entertaining nonsense and totally okay with it. Really glad I didn’t watch a trailer and only have seen the poster.

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

IO-pinion

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a western. (Oh forgot about West World but that wasn’t a movie). The last one has been The Hateful Eight (2015) because of the Quentin Tarantino hype but the one before that has several years ago.

It’s a western, how not to expect cowboys & indians, colt and dynamite and gold.

  • Cowboy – √
  • Bad guy – √
  • gunfight – √
  • Damsel in distress – √
  • Showdown – √
  • Indians – √
  • Escape from jail – ×

The movie is over 2 hours but that didn’t bother me at all. Scenery is very nice throughout the whole movie. It felt like the script rushed the part where the seven gunslingers are brought together. It would be nice to know a little bit more about some of them but the movie is already lasting over two hours so I guess you can’t really blame someone for that.

If it would have been a Marvel movie we would have 16 origin movies, 4 origin reboots and 9 movies with all the people together to tell the same story.

Being a remake you might know how the plot will unveil itself but I haven’t seen the original and was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t an all good, hero gets the girl, everybody happy movie in the end.

Ethan Hawke and Byung-hun Lee played their parts very good and were given an interesting character.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes the western setting or just a good action movie in up-to-date traditional style.

There is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, and there never will be

There is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, and there never will be.

“I just don’t see it,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer, writing off any plans for future instalments without Captain Jack (as well as the ridiculous idea of anyone other than Depp ever playing him).

“The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one.”

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Playdead’s INSIDE – A dreamlike platformer that takes you to incredible places.

What kind of game is INSIDE?

INSIDE is a puzzle-platformer adventure video game developed and published by Playdead and first released in June 2016. In the game, the player controls a young boy in a dystopic world, solving environmental puzzles while avoiding death in a 2.5D sidescrolling fashion, thematically and visually following up on the 2010 monochromatic video game Limbo.

Background story of the makers

Playdead started working on Inside shortly after the release of Limbo. Initially, the company started with the same custom game engine they used for Limbo, but later switched to Unity to simplify development. They developed rendering routines to give the game a signature look and which they later released as open source. The game was partially funded by a grant from the Danish Film Institute.

Release

Inside premiered at Microsoft’s E3 2014 conference, with a planned release in 2015. The game was released for Xbox One on 29 June 2016, Microsoft Windows on 7 July, and for the PlayStation 4 on 23 August. The game received critical acclaim upon release, with some critics and reviewers calling it a worthy successor to Limbo.

What are the strong suits of this game?

  • Amazing visuals
  • Riveting story
  • Clever puzzles
  • Brilliant sound design
  • Stellar camera work
  • Low PC requirements

 

Trailer

 

Homepage

playdead.com/games/inside/

REVIEWS

“MASTERPIECE! Inside is a 2D puzzle platformer that builds upon what made Limbo great, and in fact builds something greater.”
10/10 – IGN

“Inside expands on the concepts and scope of its predecessor in wildly creative ways, and it’s so immaculately designed and constructed from top to bottom that it almost feels suitable for display in an art museum. This is one hell of a followup.”
5/5 – Giant Bomb

“The universe Inside depicts is one of the eeriest, most captivating settings I’ve ever encountered in a game.”
9.5/10 – Polygon

 

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) – We all could become a story-writer

Spot the difference between 1995 and 2017

Storyline

In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.

Storyline

In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four two high school kids discover an old video board game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real normal world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 26 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.
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Jumanji 2017

Don’t expect this one to win the most original story award but I am probably still going to watch it because of The Most Electrifying Man in Jumanji movies 😉

Vikings – TV Series (2013– ) – Season 5 in November?

Vikings

About

The HISTORY® original series Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore—and raid—the distant shores across the ocean. His ambition puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who insists on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.

But for all its warfare and bloodshed, Vikings is also a story of family and brotherhood, capturing the love and affection between Ragnar and his wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a respected warrior in her own right. It is the tale of Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen), a fierce fighter who simmers with jealously; of Earl Haraldson’s wife Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), a dutiful beauty who may be less than loyal; and of the monk Athelstan (George Blagden), whose Christian morals clash with the Vikings’ pagan society. As ambition and innovation rattle a civilization, these characters will be put to the test—and their way of life will never be the same again.

Vikings was created and written by Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors).

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Kingsman

About

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

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American Gods TV Series (2017– ) – Starting April 30, 2017

About

“American Gods” posits a different kind of war brewing — one between Old Gods and New. The traditional Old Gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology, and celebrity offered by the New Gods. Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to conman Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). But in truth, Mr. Wednesday is a powerful old deity, on a cross-country mission to build an army and reclaim his lost glory.

 

 

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