The Flash eases into modern superhero culture

the-flashThe superhero genre of the film industry has been thriving for well over a decade now, with various franchises firmly established in Hollywood. DC and Marvel alike have made enormous amounts of money off of their popular heroes and with the genre so explosively popular, both comic companies are rolling out some lesser-known characters and story lines. And as a part of this second wave of hero films on the horizon, DC will reportedly unleash The Flash on cinematic audiences in 2016.

Some comic enthusiasts may cringe at the notion that The Flash belongs to any sort of second tier of elite superheroes. However, the fact is to wider audiences, the character is at least somewhat lesser known than the likes of Batman or Superman, or any of Marvel’s signature characters. For those who pay close attention to pop culture and the entertainment industry, though, The Flash has already started creeping slowly but surely onto the modern stage.

The Imitation Game – Official Trailer #1 (2014) – Benedict Cumberbatch Movie HD

the-imitation-gameThe Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the late Alan Turing, the mathmetician and logician who cracked the Enigma code, which led to the defeat of the Germans in World War II, but who was persecuted for his homosexuality and then went on to eat a poisoned apple, thus taking his own life.

The film also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Goodman-Hill, Matthew Beard and Steven Waddington, it’s written by Graham Moore and directed by Morten Tyldum.

You’ve a while to wait, though, as The Imitation Game is released on November 14th, but it’s still a week ahead of the US.

Check out the trailer below:

Video Games Charts (All formats) – week ending July 19th 2014

week ending July 12th 2014In this week’s all-formats video games charts for week ending July 19th 2014, and once again there are no new entries, but there is one re-entry!

    1 (1) Watch Dogs (Ubisoft) (review)
    2 (3) FIFA 14 (EA Sports)
    3 (6) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision) (review)
    4 (4) Wolfenstein: The New Order (Bethseda) (review)
    5 (2) Sniper Elite 3 (505 Games)
    6 (7) Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Microsoft)
    7 (8) Minecraft: PS3 Edition (Sony)
    8 (5) Titanfall (EA Games)
    9 (10) Battlefield 4 (Activision) (review)
    10 (16) Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo)

The Lego Movie 3D on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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The Lego Movie begins with unlikely hero Emmet Brickowoski (Chris Pratt) being inadvertently caught up in a plot where Lord Business (Will Ferrell), an evil guy masquerading as the President, has stolen Kragle, an item which will end civilisation as they know it, and he’s hired Bad Cop (Liam Neeson) to arrest all the master builders, for reasons that probably made sense as I was watching it but which I’ve since forgotten, and the Lego piece of resistance is the only thing which can stop the Kragle and, thus, save the world.

A prophecy has been foretold, by Vitruvius the Wizard (Morgan Freeman), that a special will turn up, and be the one to retrieve said Lego piece of resistance. Naturally, you can assume this is going to be Emmet, not yet a master builder, but one who constantly needs to follow instructions in life on how to live… and one day, he chances upon something bright and inviting underground, a sort of gemstone enticing him to take it.

COMPETITION – Win Futurama Season 7 on DVD!

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DVDfever.co.uk and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have teamed up to give you a chance to win a copy of Futurama Season 7 on DVD.

Futurama Season 7 comprises of 13 of the geekiest episodes yet and there are 2 DVDs to give away!

Crank up the gravity and put your head safely in a jar! It is the animated sci-fi comedy from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Crammed with a whole new dimension of extras not shown on TV, this cosmic collection includes 13 bizarre and brilliant episodes involving ancient prophecies, presidents heads, robot gangsters, angry butterflies and of course, sausage making. It is a shipload of futuristic fun!

UK Top 100 Music chart summary & my views w/e July 26th 2014

mu260714Rixton go straight in at No.1 with Me And My Broken Heart, in the UK Top 100 Music Chart w/e July 26th 2014, and despite the fact they come from Manchester, this is a pile of bland, boyband autotuned shite. It’s not exactly the Happy Mondays, is it?

As such, will.i.am and Cody Wise drop to No.3 with It’s My Birthday, and it’s as bland as bland can be. God knows who’s buying this.

There’s one other new entry, at No.6, for Nicole Scherzinger with Your Love, and it’s another track that’s bland, bland, bland…

If you must, here’s the Rixton track:

Under The Skin on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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Under The Skin is, let’s get this out the way, the film where Scarlett Johansson gets her kit off.

Without anyone in the cast having a name for their character, she plays an alien who crash lands down in Scotland. It’s not quite clear whether she’s all for Scottish Independence, or for the Better Together campaign but, what is known, is that she’s stopping random men and having sex with them.

Scarlett provides a rather haunting presence as she delivers her dialogue in a straight fashion, even before the background music kicks in. However, she hasn’t planned things out too well, since she lives in an incredibly grotty house which would find both the Young Ones‘ house, and the Trainspotting toilet way too clean to be of worth in her abode.

Braquo Season 3 on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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Braquo Season 3 is something that I didn’t know had yet been made when the press release dropped into my inbox, but upon seeing it I was all “Mon dieu! It’s time for more Eddy Caplan!”

NOTE THAT THIS REVIEW ASSUMES YOU HAVE SEEN ALL OF SEASONS ONE AND TWO.

Picking up right where we left off, Vogel (Geoffroy Thiebaut) is still gloating about “Four minus one”, after the car is still burning, in which Theo was sat as it exploded.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Grand Central lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e July 18th 2014

dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apesThis weekend there are four new films out for you to choose from: action in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, drama in Grand Central, rom-com in As So It Goes, and godknowswhat in Pudsey The Dog: The Movie.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes follows on from 2011′s reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which I still haven’t seen, but it’s on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm) and this time round, a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Rise… was shot in 2.35:1 but this new entry is shot in 1.85:1. With a different director in charge – Matt Reeves instead of Rupert Wyatt – there’s always going to be some changes. However, they should stick with the same aspect ratio for a series, for continuity. Look at the mess that was A Good Day To Die Hard. Then again, Aliens was a wonderful sequel so you never know…

That said, Reeves also made the exceedingly dull Cloverfield, and also the remake of Let The Right One In, which no-one should remake!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also stars Gary Oldman, Angela Kerecz, Keri Russell and Judy Greer .

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Movie Charts – UK & US – w/e July 13th 2014

July 13th 2014This week’s Movie Chart for the UK w/e July 13th 2014 is as follows:

    1. Transformers: Age of Extinction
    2. How To Train Your Dragon 2
    3. Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie
    4. The Fault In Our Stars
    5. Begin Again
    6. 22 Jump Street
    7. Boyhood
    8. Maleficent
    9. Tammy
    10. Chef
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