THOUGHTS ON…SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2014 REVEALS

Greetings all!!

Sooooo…another year brings with it another comic con. And boy wasn’t there some stuff to talk about.

Unfortunately I wasn’t one of those lucky few who got to go to Comic-Con but from what got revealed to those who didn’t go there was quite a lot to talk about.

Now where do I start?

Let’s start with the big one and get it out the way. I am of course talking Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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While I have on countless ocassions voiced my concerns about the film and constantly mentioned that I am a massive Superman fan, I feel that this film, of all the films including Avengers 2, was the film most people wanted some sort of insight into just to get us excited just a wee bit.

This was arguably the biggest talking point and my pick for comic-con 2014. Everyone wants to know what’s happening with this film and what it’s going to look like.

And so this happened:

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Seeing these guys next to each other finally made it sink in. This is actually happening. Arguably two of the biggest characters in comic book history were coming together for the first time on the big screen.

I’m not dissing Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron panel. I’m not one of those fans that is so blinded by my love for one company that I see it as infinitely better than the other company. That’s not the case. But with Age of Ultron, Marvel has proven itself time and time again that they can and have been able to handle the big comic book movies so there was no need for concern.

With Dawn of Justice there are so many concerns, so I probably bet that it was the film on most people’s minds and we all wanted to know what was happening. Something to let us know that things will be okay at least.

And that’s what the fans got.

FB_20140724_22_15_39_Saved_PictureIt happened.

Like a nuclear bomb, Zack Snyder dropped some footage for those lucky bastards at San Diego to see.

To be fair I wasn’t expecting any footage. So when I heard that Snyder had unleashed that footage on Hall H I immediately checked for reactions online. And eventually, some kind, but incredibly sneaky person posted the teaser online, and yes I watched it.

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All I can say is this…

Say what you will about Zack Snyder, the man knows how to make a trailer. The man knows how to attract fan attention.

We see Batman in full Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns armour. That’s right armour. Glowing white eyes and all, lighting the Bat-signal to a stormy Gotham skyline, only to find Superman floating threateningly above him, eyes glowing red. As one website aptly described it, it was the stare downs of all stare downs.

Even though the leak wasn’t at a great resolution, you saw enough of it to get seriously pumped for the movie. I still have my doubts, and still wondering with worried angst as to why Batman is dressed to kicked Superman’s ass but I am nonetheless excited.

Be it a cautious anticipation, Zack Snyder you have my interest…

What’s more, like a hidden bonus that you unlock in a lengthy game, Snyder revealed our first look at Wonder Woman. I’m not going to be one of those people who will bitch about how Gal Gadot looks too skinny or why the costume is dark or looks like Xena because as I said before, Gal Gadot is a smart and refreshing choice. All my concern is why she’s even in the movie in the first place.

FB_20140726_19_09_59_Saved_PictureOnly time will tell…

I also get the feeling that when Snyder is ready to let that Comic-Con teaser be released on the internet, we might get a synopsis with it.

So here’s to hoping…

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Like I said about Age of Ultron, in terms of everything regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’m not that worried.They have consistently proved themselves in the past, time and time again that they know how to bring their creations to the big screen.

Seriously, everytime I doubted Marvel I was proven wrong.

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When Avengers was on the horizon, I was worried. I was concerned. Did they prove me wrong? Well…we wouldn’t be here now would we? The same goes for Thor 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

All I can say in regards to Marvel is I want the trailers now. Considering Age of Ultron (especially) is out next year, I would like to see something about it. The same goes for Ant-Man.

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Speaking of seeing something…

I was disappointed that we didn’t get any updates or footage for the Fantastic Four reboot. I love the Fantastic Four as much as the X-Men and more than the Avengers, so I was really keen to see something about it. But again, time will tell…

Other big news that caught my eye was without a doubt The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies.

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I’m not gonna lie to you. I’m not the biggest LOTR fan. I’m not gonna shit on them, but I prefer the Harry Potter series to LOTR. But saying that I loved The Hobbit series, especially The Desolation of Smaug. So any news about TBOTFA will definitely catch my interest.

As far as I’m concerned, of all the things that broke out at San Diego Comic-Con this year, the news I was most concerned with was Dawn Of Justice. And though I still have my doubts, the footage has definitely refocused my interest.

However, I won’t put my faith 100% in it. I did that with Man Of Steel and that didn’t entirely turn out to be the Superman movie I wanted…

So, Comic-Con 2014, what did you make of anything that came out of it? Was there any other projects you were interested or worried about? Did you go? Were you there? What was it like?

Comment below and I’ll see you on the next post!!!

MUSIC I’M CURRENTLY LISTENING TO…

Greetings all!!

Part of my blogging routine will be for me to post a list of new music I’ve been listening to and give a quick summary of what I like about the music.

Now, some of the songs may be from a few years ago and I’ve only just stumbled upon them so they’re “new” in my eyes and some of them are genuinely new pieces of music that has been released that I actually like.

(***Note: Though this will be a regular thing, I won’t post this type of blog every week as I don’t come across new music on that regular of a basis and it’ll be pointless to talk about one track a week. Instead I’d prefer to give a list of tracks per month. Also, I don’t have a ratings system of this section, because this list is in my view, a pick of the best bunch of new music I’ve heard***)

And hopefully you will have found something new and you’ll like them too.

1. Disco//Very by Warpaint

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This first pick is also my stand out track of the last few weeks.

I stumbled onto this song a few days mainly out of curiosity. I had heard music from Warpaint before but I wasn’t a massive fan of their music because, while it is very mellow and slow it didn’t grab me apart from maybe the track Elephants.

But lately I read reviews on their new album, Warpaint, and there was some hype slowly building around them. So I decided to give them another try.

Then I heard Disco///Very.

It’s so good to see them up the tempo with their music. The moment I heard the bass come in on this track I was immediately hooked.

What makes this song work so beautifully is how simply it is arranged, and yet sounds so wonderfully complex. I’m no expert in music here but that’s one of the reasons why I love this song. And the vocals are incredible.

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This song encouraged me to try the album, and it’s always a good sign when in an album you can always pick more than one track to be as your favourite. I hope Warpaint do more up tempo songs because they’ve done a fine job here.

(I posted a link for the music video below. The video goes onto the track Keep It Healthy, which is another song on the album I’m a fan of.)

2. Balloons (Kieran Hebden Remix) by Foals

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This is an oldie but a goody. I found this a couple of weeks ago. I’m a fan of Foals. And I always enjoy it when a Kieran Hebden remix is made of their tracks.  I’m genuinely of remixes all together. And I love Hebden’s remix of Tron.

And with this remix of Balloons, this was no exception.

It’s one of those tracks I don’t really have a lot to say on it, other than it’s just fantastically well put together. Hebden’s Foals remixes are always lengthy but that’s what makes them so wonderful.

Like fixing clockwork or putting together a piece of pure artistry, it comes together intricately, each piece progressively chiming in to produce a larger, grander picture that makes the sound protruding from your headphones that much richer and that much more precious.

This remix, alongside that of Hebden’s remix of Tron, places you in an atmosphere of your own. In my eyes it’s a thinking man’s remix and I that’s what I like about these remixes. When I listen to them I’m calmed down and placed into a world of my own, to gather my own thoughts and process calming thoughts.

3. Arp #1 by Jackson And His Computerband

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This wasn’t the song I was going to pick from Jackson And His Computerband’s album Glow, but considering it was one of the other tracks on the album I liked that I could find that was available with a YouTube link.

The song I wanted to pick and was my absolute favourite was Blow, but unfortunately I couldn’t find a link for it.

Nonetheless, this song, and in fact the album, is fantastic. The songs are so wonderfully complex that you just can’t help but like them. Standout tracks include G.I. JaneBlood Bust, Pump and More.

If Arp #1 sounds familiar to you, then you my friend, have been playing Grand Theft Auto V, because in all honesty, I wouldn’t have found this song without that game and Soulwax FM.

And speaking of Soulwax…

4. Under The Covers Volume 3 by Soulwax

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This is 59 minutes and 52 seconds of pure musical adventure.

The songs put together on this piece range from so many different genres and would seem odd playing each of them one after the other but what Soulwax have done here is that they’ve blended these songs together so well that it wouldn’t make sense that they weren’t playing together.

It hops from Arctic Monkeys to Prince to The Rapture to Goose in seamless effort that I would find it hard to believe that someone could not dance or enjoy at least one segment of this piece.

What’s so great about this entire remix compilation is how it makes you so focused at anything you are doing. I have authored so many essays while listening to this compilation. It sucks you in from the off. You could be putting together a report for work while listening to this and still have a great time listening to it. It packs two jobs in one.

Ignore the video though….well at least the first 15 minutes because it is a bit strange. So…look at your own peril. Link below:

5. Men by The Dodos

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Last up in this track by The Dodos. Like Disco//Very, it is arranged with a beautiful rhythmic simplicity that you just can’t help but fall immediately in love with it.

What is so striking about this elegantly easy song is the personality it has with it. It has aggression. It has charm. It has beauty. From lead singer Meric Long roaring at you at certain points of the track to the empathetic chords being strummed to compose this piece, there is not a single falsehood I can think of in regard to it.

To not like this song should be a crime.

For me, I feel The Dodos are a hugely underrated band. All their songs are easy in nature but they all come off superbly well. Every single one of their albums have been consistently brilliant. Their song Fools is the song they are most known for, but having listened to them, there is more to this band.

Of all the artists on this list I would implore that more people should be listening to this band in especially. You won’t regret.

Just don’t hate yourself for not finding them at an earlier point in life…

And that’s my list for this month.

Thanks for reading and I hope there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. If you’ve got any recommendations comment below with your suggestion.

Thanks and keep reading!!!