The Castoffs 1, 2, 3 by MK Reed, Brian Smith and Molly Ostertag comic review

Issue #1

The Castoffs #1

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Art: The art is so pretty! I love the colour style, just the style in general! The world looks so interesting and the characters themselves look unique.

The intro to this comic is excellent. I was immediately intrigued. It did very well with introducing characters and the world without making it overwhelming.

I found this volume quite short, perhaps this is because I’ve not read comics before? So this may be a normal length.

It did, however, do its job. As soon as I finished it, I was scrambling to get the next one because it had me hooked.

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Issue 2

The Castoffs #2

Comixology UK / Amazon UK

Art: Still loving the colour pallet, lots of warm oranges and yellows that suit it  very well.

The comic’s moving smoothly. A little disappointed by how quickly the cliffhanger from the previous comic was resolved, but I love what happened. (Haha, is the vagueness killing you?!)

I feel as if it ended too soon again. I finish it within 20 minutes easy. This may be normal for comics. I am used to mangas which are longer and, of course, novels.

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Issue 3

The Castoffs #3

Comixology UK / Amazon UK

Art: I really love how uncluttered the art boxes are. The artist knows what they’re doing. I’m never confused as to which box is next, (and believe me, this has happened to me a lot.)

I like the characters so far and plot line is interesting, this particular arc is very recognizable, but still fun in this world. I feel like the climax of this part will come to head in the next volume.

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Right now, there only seems to be 3 issues available, but I will be continuing this comic once there’s more. (Hopefully there’s more because the last issue released December 2016.)

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Lock in by John Scalzi book review

Note: This review is spoiler free!

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Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent – and nearly five million souls in the United States alone – the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as “Haden’s syndrome,” rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an “integrator” – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

But “complicated” doesn’t begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery – and the real crime – is bigger than anyone could have imagined. The world of the locked in is changing, and with the change comes opportunities that the ambitious will seize at any cost. The investigation that began as a murder case takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in, and to the very heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture. It’s nothing you could have expected.

Initial thoughts

I had previously read a stand alone Redshirts by John Scalzi and, while I was disappointed by it, I liked the writing style and where he had been going with it. In the end, I kept an eye out for other books by him.

I spotted this at the library, (as I’m sure most of you know), and the blurb is SUPER interesting.

Writing

I really like the simplistic style of John Scalzi’s writing. I’m a simple kinda gal! (Although, I do like the occasional foray into more ‘complicated’ books). It’s written in first person and Scalzi does a good job of making sure that doesn’t feel too restrictive.

Plot

The world that the story is set in is it’s most fascinating aspect. It didn’t feel used to its full potential. The mystery I felt was solved a bit too conveniently and I didn’t feel the cost of not solving it. They were there, but I just didn’t feel it.

Characters

There is a diverse array of characters in this novel. They were all enjoyable even though we didn’t really get to know them. One of the most interesting to me was the main character’s Dad. He was cliche, but not cliche. 

And speaking of cliche, the main character’s partner only got away from being the most cliche character because she’s likeable. 

Overall thoughts

An interesting world with a lackluster representation of it and plot. It was entertaining enough and I liked the ride enough that I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next book. (Expected publication 2017!)

It’s one of those easy reads that you can relax into.

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

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Chappie film review

UK release date: 6/3/15

Runtime: 120 minutes

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman

The film is as unique as well…Chappie.

I’m not sure what I was expecting from this film, but it’s certainly not what I got… Which is a good thing!!

It was lacking in some things like tighter pacing, stronger motivations and a pretty cliche ‘bad guy’.

If there had been a stronger story to attach to what are brilliant ideas than this would’ve been a memorable film, but it falls short. I enjoyed it for its entertainment and its uniqueness, but, ultimately, I was left wanting more from it.

Chappie made up for some of it. He (it?) was as hilarious as it was heartbreaking. Seriously, I teared up on occasion. The voice acting for him (it?!) was spot on.

Despite it having a humorous edge, it explored some very deep subjects which were the moments that had me tearing up.

The other character, while brilliant, seemed to have no real motivation or conflict beyond the cliche ones which is disappointing.

The score used got annoying at times, too annoying and at time too dramatic. Although, I loved the song near the end ‘We own the sky’ and ‘Enter the Ninja’ was EPIC, haha.

Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver gave great performances even if they haven’t much to do and are stuck in cliche roles.

The director mentions he’s like to make a sequel and, if it was done, I’d watch it. Chappie has potential.

To sum up, Chappie is awesome, pretty dull plot, cliche characters

Was it worth the watch? Yes

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 4/6

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Real steel film review

UK release date: 14/10/11

Runtime: 127 minutes

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand

I remember hearing about Real steel when it first came out, but, despite having Hugh Jackman in it, I never heard about it after that. Any hype it had died off pretty quickly.

So, of course, I was expecting an b-movie, an entertaining one, but a b-movie all the same. That is not what I got.

What I got was over two hours of me glued to the screen, a couple of chuckles and, if I’m honest, some tears. The feels, people. You don’t even know.

The story told is not a new one by any means and not one scene will be surprising, but it still pulls of a brilliant movie by being tight and having fantastic actors.

It was weird seeing Hugh Jackman without a cigar in his mouth and metal blades shooting out from between his knuckles, but he proves he could be something other than Wolverine.

He plays a douchebag, (Ok, not much different from Wolverine), but not once does he slip from this role. Not even to gain sympathy from the viewer. His character evolves over time, but he’s still douchebag, just a nicer one.

Of course, it wouldn’t been much if the actor playing his son was sucky. Thank goodness he’s not. Dakota Goyo, I didn’t even know who he is, is brilliant as Max.

The robots were amazing too. I felt so sorry for them all. It felt as if they all had emotions. I’m not a fan of boxing, I always feel upset for the fighters getting hurt and this film made me feel this for a emotionless beings.

It isn’t an amazing film that will affect and that you will remember for weeks on end, but it’s thoroughly enjoyable all the way through.

To sum up, well paced, nothing surprising, brilliant acting

Was it worth the watch? Yes

Would I re-watch? Yes

Stars: 5/6

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Transformers: Dark of the moon film review

UK release date: 29/6/11

Runtime: 154 minutes

Directed by: Michael Bay

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Frances McDormand

Note: This film is available on Netflix at the time of this review.

This film is so long! And yet not much happens. They waste a lot of time on silly, unimportant scenes. The plot isn’t very complex. They’re constantly explaining rather than showing us thing.

The last hour of the film is when the action starts, but it’s difficult to feel excited about it when I had to wait for an hour for it.

I find the human’s reactions and actions unrealistic and along with their interactions with the robots .

I mean, the Autobots and Decepticons look pretty amazing, but that’s about the only interesting thing about this film. Along with the some cool fight scenes.

I don’t understand the importance of Sam (Shia LaBeouf) character in this. He hasn’t got much importance to the plot and seemed more concerned with his romantic interests.

I love Dutch, who admittedly has a tiny unimportant part, but is incredibly adorable.

This is the third, and the worst, in the Transformer series so far.

To sum up, So, so long, Thin plot, Unimportant scenes

Was it worth the watch? No

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 2/6

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Star wars V: The Empire strikes back film review

UK release date: 21/5/80

Runtime: 124 minutes

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz

Star wars continues the story of Star wars IV. I found the beginning too slow and felt like I was waiting for the action to start, but, when it did those were excellent. And I’m still in love with the robots.

I also believe Chewbacca is the only one who had his head screwed on straight in this film. (CP30 certainly didn’t! Hahahaha…cough)

I loved the last 45 minutes of this film. I felt I was finally seeing some of the plot unravel and loved the pace of that weaved with action scenes. And, of course, the music was epic throughout.

The last half of this film was amazing, and, woah, that ending! It was worth it for all that happened in the final scenes. I will have to watch the next film because I need to find out what happened.

I was pondering on why I felt unenthusiastic and disconnected from the protagonist’s plight and, for me, it’s doesn’t show me well enough why the bad guys are the bad guys. I don’t see how it affects the rest of the universe.

To sum up, slow start, epic ending, great cast of characters, stingy with plot reveals

Was it worth the watch? Yes

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 4/6

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Star wars IV: A new hope film review

UK release date: 27/12/77

Runtime: 121 minutes

Directed by: George Lucas

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness

The beginning of the film seems to drag on and, except for the traditional summary at the start, I don’t know really what was going on in this film. It does pick up halfway through the film, but it feels as though they do a lot of setting up for the future films.

I don’t find the telling of the story impressive, but the story itself is. The music as well is amazing. (Of course it is, it’s Star wars!)

There aren’t a lot of different species in the film which is disappointing, but I was suppose it was easier not to have them then.

I’m going to say something that’s probably going to horrify many people, but I prefer the newer ones. BUT! I’ve only seen this one of the original trilogy so far, so don’t hold me to that! Concerning this one, I unfortunately didn’t feel glue to the screen.

I love all the robots in the film, as well as chewbacca. I don’t find Darth Vader very menacing or his voice, (Sorry, James Earl Jones).

Harrison Ford obviously gives a great performance and I like Mark Hamill’s portrayal of Luke Skywalker, but other than that no one else stands out for me. (Sorry Dad, I know how much you like Peter Cushing.)

Was it worth the watch? Yes

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 3/6

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