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Star Trek: Into Darkness Review

Not being a Star Trek fan prior to the 2009 relaunch I was always fairly dubious of watching the films, what with being a Star Wars obsessed geek and all. However, having loved the first installment, I had quite high expectations for this second film. And boy did they deliver!

Aside from my annoying ability to guess almost every plotline that is coming up, I found this film to be an almost magical harmony of action, suspense and comedy. I still love the casting of these films – almost everyone cast fits into their roles quite nicely. One of my favourites is John Cho as Sulu, his ability to shake the character of Harold from the Harold and Kumar series has served him very well indeed, and let’s face it, he’s hot. Then again, so is the lead, the Captain himself – Chris Pine. I think Chris is such a brilliant Jim Kirk, with just the right amount of recklessness balanced by his desire to do what’s right, even if he needs Spock to remind him of that sometimes. I’m not entirely sure how the many die hard Star Trek fans feel about Zachary Quinto as Spock; I can only really take Dr Sheldon Cooper’s opinion on board, and that is that he has worked out quite well for the role. This I agree with, in fact, I enjoy Quinto so much as Spock he makes me want to spend my last $100 on a new Blu Ray player so I can re-watch Heroes from the beginning.

New to the cast for the sequel though, are Benedict Cumberbatch, playing the villain – Khan, and Alice Eve who plays Dr. Carol Marcus. Both are brits, and it will never cease to make me happy that brits are breaking into Hollywood. While Eve has a minor role, she still brings some spark, and a little bit of competition for Spock also. Cumberbatch is just completely in his element in this film – he plays the villain without a hitch, you are never quite sure when he’s going to turn on everyone around him; he’s conniving, intelligent beyond understanding, manipulative and just outright entertaining to watch. His character has depth and is strikingly and impressively easy to empathise with.

Also – a shout out to Noel Clarke – a support role in Doctor Who will always get you somewhere, was super proud to see a whovian on the big screen!

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The visual effects are, of course, stunning. Though the images do sometimes seem quite dark, I felt that the overall feel of the film sits well, it isn’t just a joy ride, this time it is more personal to Kirk and the team. The 3D was fantastic, it works really well, and the end credits just looked awesome. The sound track was also really good, keeping with the feel of the original series, which I love even though I wasn’t a fan.

Over all a great, action packed, fun filled romp. Definitely buying this one on Blu Ray!!

5stars 5 out of 5 stars.

Iron Man 3 Review

I was sincerely excited to see this film. The first two films of the trilogy had, from memory, completely engrossed me and left me anticipating more. Much more.

Initially, I was quite excited to be sitting in the cinema, 3D glasses on, popcorn by my side. Robert Downey Jr. has again reprised the role of Tony Stark (and let’s face it, he IS Tony Stark), and the familiar red and gold suit graced the screen before me once more.

The look of the film was all there – it looked great. The colours of the film give it that grainy war like feel continued from the first film, and there are some other recurring themes also. We see similar images in the background of the terrorist clips we see through out the film, as those that appeared in the cave where Stark was held hostage in the first installment, it’s just a shame they had to recast Rhodey after the first film.

Pepper returns to support Tony in all the areas he needs them, but she has changed a lot since the first film, where her witty comments about taking out the trash had me in a small fit of giggles. She isn’t really funny anymore, and is instead used as the key to keeping Tony focused. While this works for the film, I miss Tony’s reckless boyish charm, and don’t really like having to sit through a love story when I want to watch an action movie.

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SPOILERS:

It was the terrorist videos however, that started to drain me after some time, particularly the way Disney had decided to make Guy Pierce the mastermind (like we didn’t see that coming), and have the man we see in the videos turn out to be a washed up, drunkard out of work actor. ‘The Mandarin‘ – in the comics – was “a genius scientist and a superhumanly skilled martial artist“, and should have been truly feared by Tony and the audience alike. I don’t like this direction away from the comics. If they wanted to have a fake terrorist on the screens, then fine, but they should have created a new character for the role, instead of ruining an already well known one.

I also really disliked Pepper getting superhuman powers (I know that this is in the comics, I just don’t like it) – again, it was simply too predictable, and it bothered me that they felt it necessary to flip the damsel in distress role. It seemed to open a whole idea of further storyline, that we know they wont be pursuing (and if Pepper is in any of the follow up Avengers films featuring super strength and healing powers, I will be most unimpressed).

Aside from these two points, the rest of the film was great, I loved seeing the return of some of the older suits, and the army of automated suits was kinda fun at the end too. Overall, I think the film was well done, summed up the series well and looked great, and lets face it, I’ll buy all three on blu ray eventually.

4.5stars 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Lost Things

I’ve lost my Batman Tshirt.

We all lose things, and for the most part, we all find it frustrating. It’s always something we need immediately, and it’s always in the last place we look – obviously, we stop looking one we find it, right? If only it were as easy as attaching little beepers to everything that made little whistles when we call or clap – but unfortunately, not everything we lose can be found, and sometimes that’s a choice.

One of the few things I find more frustrating than losing something though, is when I lend or give something to someone and they lose it, misplace it or throw it away. I’ve found this has been happening more and more frequently of late, and sadly, this is making me less inclined to lend or give things to my friends. Friends are meant to be the ones we can trust, the ones we can open up to and be ourselves with. When they lose things of ours, our trust, our friendship – it seriously does nothing less than suck.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m talking about personal relationships. When you give someone your trust, love, friendship and a part of yourself and they don’t take care of it. even worse is when they throw it away. I’ve recently lost a number of friends, each through different circumstances, and it has left me wondering what you do in those situations? Unfortunately, there isn’t a ‘universal friend’ that you can go out and buy for $20 to replace the original that was lost. Unfortunately, it may stand, that we can never replace those that we lose, and are forced to endure the agony of having everything we see, hear, smell and do remind us of their absence in our life.

New Year, New Life…

But not really.

While many things are going to stay the same, many will change. In 39 days, I leave most of what has been my life up until this point behind. I’m leaving a large chunk of me behind – and that’s kind of part of the plan.

I decided not to make news years resolutions this year (because I’ve never really made any before, let alone kept the ones I have made), and resolutions seem pointless when you’re uprooting your life and going on a massive adventure. I suppose one resolution, if I were to have one – would be to stay positive this year, to not let this year get the better of me and keep my head above the water and be grateful for all the opportunities that are now before me.

In order to help me attempt to achieve this, I have invested in a happiness journal. While I don’t feel that this is a replacement in any way for actual happiness, I know that I need to work on finding and keeping my happiness present – and this journal is a year long project that I hope will help me figure out just what it is that makes me happy, how to hold onto those happy feelings when I get stressed or angry, and also teach me some things about myself I may not have known up to this point.

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The journal consists of 12 sections, one for each month (or however you choose to work through them). With this as my ammunition, I am determined that 2013 is going to be one hellova great year.

P.s. Watch my reviews page for my upcoming review of The Hobbit.

Red

Sometimes a colour can perfectly sum up how you feel.

For example – you may feel blue when you’re a bit down, or completely green with envy. Grey like a raincloud when you’re a bit washed out or the flourishing yellow of friendship in good company.

But there is one colour, that upon feeling it can entail so many emotions.

RED.

While there are two main emotions that this colour portrays – Anger and Passion – there is a cacophony  of emotions that compliment one or other of these. And I think red best suits how I feel at this moment in time. Red symbolizes energy, war, danger, vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, wrath, strength and determination, as well as joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, desire, and love. Many of which are intertwined and present in my life at the moment. Both in regard to uprooting myself and moving overseas, as well as work-life, and romantic prospects.

So on that note, I think that red is the appropriate feeling for me today.

Things to buy a fussy-semi-hipster-chick for Christmas before she moves overseas…

So I have no idea what I want for Christmas this year, seeing as I got my amazing EoS M Camera for my birthday last week. So I thought I would jump online and do some online shopping for  myself and compile my ideas here. Just ’cause.

1. TRAVELLING WITH PHOTO JOURNAL from Typo

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A Photo journal is the perfect sidekick for a photo enthusiast when travelling, it allows for a visual record of adventures, trips and general shennaigans to be kept in a cute, tidy hardcover layout.

http://shop.cottonon.com/shop/product/travelling-with-photo-journal-camera/
 

2. AN E-READER (KINDLE)

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For someone who loves reading and is travelling, an e-reader (though I am kind of against them and much prefer to have a solid book in my hands at most times) is the perfect solution to reading on the go. Store thousands of books with two months battery life? Sounds good to me.

http://www.readershop.com.au/collections/amazon-kindles/products/kindle-5 
 

3. A MAP OF LONDON

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These crumple maps are perfect for travelers who want something easier to access without racking up a ridiculous amount in data roaming fees.

http://www.chartandmapshop.com.au/26388/London-Crumpled-City-Map/9788890426421

5. A NICE CAMERA CASE from eBay  (Which I may have already bought myself)

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Just having got my new Camera for my birthday, a nice, cute case for it would be the perfect follow-up christmas gift!

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-Specified-Camera-Case-Bag-Cover-to-Canon-EOS-M-EOSM-EOS-M-22mm-lens-vertical-/230880995695?pt=AU_Cameras_Photographic_Accessories&hash=item35c194696f&_uhb=1#ht_9726wt_1299
 

6. A VOUCHER FOR A MASSAGE from Red Balloon

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A massage voucher is great, because it can be used at anytime, at your convenience, and lets face it – who doesn’t want to drop everything and be pampered once in a while?

http://www.redballoon.com.au/indulge/massage
 

7. Ed Sheeran’s ‘+’ Deluxe CD from JB HIFI

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This is just a great album. Enough said.

http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/music/pop-rock/deluxe-edition/676304
 

8. A GOOD WINTER JACKET from DC

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Because when you’re travelling to a city where temperatures reach below 1°C you need a good winter Jacket – let’s face it.

http://www.westfield.com.au/au/retailers/dc-shoes/products/dc-shoes-womens-lenno-jacket~63440075-%20BOR#category=womens-clothing&super_cat=womens-fashion-accessories&sub_category=womens-coats-jackets
 

9. WELLINGTON BOOTS (GUMBOOTS) from Hunter

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Hunter are one of the best known gumboot companies in the world, and the quality of their boots speak for themselves. You can even buy Hunter Wellington socks to fit snuggly inside and add some pizzaz to your wellies! These are going to be a must over in the UK, particularly living in London – one of the rainiest cities in the world! (A good umbrella wouldn’t hurt either!)

http://www.hunter-boot.com/original-tall/fuchsia
N.B. This list is subject to change before December 25th, 2012.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

Fitting my life into a 30kg Suitcase…

So I really need to start packing things up around here. 28 years of accumulated hoarding means I have way too much stuff and no way to move it. I mean, moving house is one thing, but moving to another country with a check-in luggage limit is something completely different.

I need to be ruthless, I need to be completely harsh and honest with myself in regard to what I’ll need and what I wont need. I know there are so many things that I want to take with me, things with sentimental value and things that were gifts, or collectables, or bought on trips. But I literally can’t take them all with me, as much as I’d like to have them all in my place once I get set up over there. So, how do you decide what to leave behind?

I think there are some pretty obvious ones, but there are some things I’m struggling with. For example – anything I can buy over there, I will obviously leave behind, i.e. My Xbox and Playstation. I don’t really use my play station anymore, but my Xbox is my baby. It has over 10 years of my gaming life on it and while I haven’t had this particular model for long, it’s going to suck to leave it beind – solution? Take out the hard drive? Maybe. Or just back it all up so I can buy a new one over there and copy everything over. Problem solved.

I guess it’s things like books, DVDs, Blu Rays and collectables that are causing me the most concern. These things are a big part of my expression of who I am, and I don’t really want to give them all away or even sell them. But the DVDs are a given – they wont even play over there because it’s a different region. The Blu Rays, however, will play, and my collection of them isn’ that huge, so I’m considering them – but where do you draw the line? This is my dilemma.

My Books are the biggest issue. I have so many and given the choice, would take them all in a heartbeat. But they are simply too heavy. I could ship some, but how much money am I really willing to throw at getting something over there that would probably be cheaper to replace? *sigh*

30kg is not a lot, regardless of how big your suitcase is. But I guess what this really is, is a chance to make an honest fresh start. Here goes!

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Sometimes.

Sometimes things work. Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes you would kill not to let them go and other times you almost slice flesh with blunt scissors trying to cut ties.

I don’t know what’s coming or going anymore. All I know is that a lot of it sucks. And some of it is amazingly brilliant. And all of it is illuminated now.