Star Wars

Obi Wan standalone film in the works

Ever since Disney took over the star wars universe, fans have been screaming for all sorts of standalone Star Wars movies to be made. One at the top of the list that seemed to be overlooked despite the big interest, was an Obi Wan movie starring Ewan McGregor. Well it looks like Disney have been listening and they’ve already agreed to it with the Scottish actor.

Disney have shown clear signs of intend and have been quoted as saying “We are happy to be bringing on Ewan McGregor to the Disney family and we hope that we can please the fans with another epic Star Wars film”.

The news come as a bit of a surprise to fans and McGregor himself, who was open to the possibility since the beginning. He checked on his Twitter and Instagram page to let his followers know the news and his enthusiasm in this new exciting project.ewan on star warsWe are looking forward to seeing Master Kenobi on the big screen once again. Until then, may the force be with you.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

The Force Awakens picks up 30 years after the Return of the Jedi and without giving away too much, it’s about an awakening in the force. Probably the most hyped and anticipated movie in movie history, does it live up to fans’ expectations?

The film is a real treat, in terms of entertainment value for fans and new viewers alike. With non-stop action, suspenseful confrontations and stunning sound and visual effects, the star wars universe has never looked more real.

There are 4 new main Characters introduced and they are awesome, portrayed by John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. They all did a great job as actors but the awesomeness of their characters shouldn’t be underestimated. Moreover the first glance that we get of the old gang and especially Han Solo, is perfect, for a moment it feels like the force is flowing through you. Nonetheless the focal point is not on the old characters any more, the focus is on the newcomers and rightly so.

The only major downside of the film, is the plot and considering Lawrence Kasdan (co-wrote Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi) was involved, I had far greater expectations. It doesn’t develop as fast as we are used to and at times it felt like we were going around in circles. The only real development that is achieved story wise, happens through the evolution of the characters, which is also the movie’s strongest suit.

John Williams’s music is always on point, including some of the classic tunes but also merging old and new to create that captivating aura that he always does. However one thing that his music score doesn’t provide, is that standout tune that Duel of the Fates was to the Phantom Menace or Imperial March was to The Empire Strikes Back.

J.J. Abrams who did such a great job with the Star Trek reboot, took an even greater challenge with this long awaited Star Wars sequel. The Force Awakens doesn’t re-imagine the Star Wars universe like Star Trek (2009) did; it tries to stay close to the original trilogy and it definitely achieves the same feeling.  However the story doesn’t offer something we haven’t seen before and is played a bit too safe.

Amazing to watch a new Star Wars movie but is it a masterpiece? Not by any stretch, nevertheless it’s a good solid film and a good way to start a new exciting trilogy set in our favourite universe.

Overall: 7.5/10

Entertainment Value: 9.0/10

P.S. It seemed that with a 7.5/10 I was selling the movie short, so I added the Entertainment Value to give a clearer picture.

Star Wars Battlefront Alpha Review

Anyone that has played either Battlefront 1 or 2, has been anticipating this game for a long time. Considered to be amongst the best Star Wars game ever released anything below great for this new reboot will be a disappointment.

As soon as I got accepted for the closed alpha testing I was pumped and ready to go.  The only available modes to play in the alpha build, were for multiplayer, the Walker Assault on Hoth and for the missions, a survival one on Tatooine.  For the multiplayer, the lobby was very responsive and quick to get you in a new or an already ongoing game, in a 20v20 battle.  Very good connection was established at all times and there were minimal bugs, if any.  In this mode, the empire, which is in control of the Walkers is supposed to protect their AT-ATs until they reach and crush the rebel base.  On the other hand the rebels are trying to stop the assault by destroying the AT-ATs.  The main focus of the game are 3 sets of uplinks which the Rebels try to activate and the Imperials try to deactivate, the more they remain activated, the more time is granted to the Rebels in order to bombard the two AT-ATs until they are destroyed, if that is not achieved by the third and final set of uplinks the Empire comes out victorious.

The survival mission on Tatooine is very simple, and probably just a small taste of what the missions are really about.  There are 6 waves (at present, they have said there will be 15) of Stormtroopers and on occasions some AT-STs and as a Rebel awaiting rescue, you need to battle your way through them, either on your own or with a friend (there is no split screen).

All these are subject to changes though, including the weaponry choices which are quite limited as well as the primary attributes.  The only thing that is more concrete and will probably remain the same or similar to what is already in place is the gameplay.  Reminiscent of Battlefront 2 in many ways, using your blaster to shoot the enemy down seems to be more fun than ever, either playing in first or third person, zooming in or out, there is no real benefit by doing one or the other.  Zooming in doesn’t help your accuracy, just the field of view.  It is also possible to jump in the AT-AT or even an AT-ST (although easy to break) and they are a real boost in the attempt to hustle the Rebels, and probably required if their base is to be reached and destroyed-also easier to get more kills for your Imperial CV in your quest to top the leaderboard charts.

The spaceship dogfights, were the one thing I heard wasn’t enjoyable.  However after a few hours of doing everything else, I found myself jumping in an X-Wing with every chance I got.  It’s so much fun to shoot down other spaceships or even inflicting more damage to the AT-ATs in order to stop the empire from reaching their goal.  The map size restrictions were quite limiting but weren’t that big of a deal, especially when the enemy was on my 6 and I was trying to avoid their missiles that were coming my way.

Having played for the best part of 3 days, I am now confident to say that the team at DICE understand what they need to do to please the fans and at least as far as gameplay is concerned they have achieved what was expected of them and more.  All that remains to be seen is whether the depth in customizations, maps and modes that are available at launch will be of the same success as the way the game is played.

Is there anyone not excited about this game? Doubtful.

Gameplay: 9/10                                                                                                                                     Graphics: 9/10

Most anticipated 2015

5. Hannibal-Season 3

The high point in which Season 2 ended.  It was Mads Mikkelsonthe most thrilling of finales and even though we thought we already knewwhat was going to happen, based on the flash-forward we were shown in the first episode of the season, it appeared that we didn’t know half of it.  It’s interesting to see what Hannibal does next as the ending last year made it feel like the end of a chapter.  The biggest unanswered question is who is chasing Hannibal this season? if you catch my drift.  Looking forward to some gory gore.  “Mmm…delicious”…and that.

4. True Detective-Season 2

This one doesn’t need much explaining.  Amazing first season true-detectivewith the best possible cast, something that seems to be continued, even though it will be hard to replicate McConaughey’s sensational performance. we can only hope for another equally good season, but if it’s even half as good as the first we are in for another suspenseful nail biter.

3. The Hateful Eight

A Quentin Tarantino project that was apparently not gonna see the hateful eightthe light of day; after the script got leaked it seemed that Tarantino had decided to put it back on the shelf.  However after the pleadings of fans Quentin will do as the favor.  No doubt this will be another one to add to the collection of amazing movies that we have become accustomed to from the genius writer/director. If it gets released this year.

2. Mr. Sherlock

I don’t know much about this movie, other mr holmesthan Holmes is old and not at his best intellectually nor physically, and I don’t want to nor do I need to know anything else.  The mere thought, that I will have the opportunity to see Sir Ian McKellen portray one of my favorite characters feels me with joy and excitement. Maybe he will manage to win that Academy Award that has evaded him for so long.

1. Star Wars-The Force Awakens

The most obvious of choices.  However I reckon this doesn’t require much explaining, does it? Lightsabers. Blasters. Space adventures. The Force. John Williams’ music. Everything we have come to adore.  —   Need I say more?                                    Indulge:                                                                  star wars the force awakens

Why I won’t be watching the new Star Wars trailer

From what I’ve been told, this particular Star Wars trailer, is a teaser rather than any means of spoiling the movie, it is basically what a trailer should be.  Nevertheless I know better than to watch any footage from a movie I desperately want to watch.

As the years have gone by, trailers have become more than just a taste of what to expect, but rather a demo of what will happen in the movie, sometimes even giving us the whole plot in just 2 minutes, with the best jokes, action sequences or even twists included.  Even people in the business hate that this is happening, but producers and Hollywood studios just want to get as much publicity as possible, albeit it ruins the movie.

I like to be kept in the dark, knowing nothing about a movie before I watch it.  Usually knowing members of the cast & crew will suffice, I can use that to determine what to expect and whether it’s worth watching or not.  If that isn’t enough a two sentence summary on IMDB should do the job (however I prefer not to do that, as it sometimes gives away the prologue~first 20 minutes or so)