Category Archives: Film and TV

First look: Game of Thrones

Not your usual swords and sandals affair

I love it when a decent TV show sneaks up on me. So often I look forward to a new genre TV show only to be disappointed.

I was recently given a few episodes of HBO’s medieval fantasy show, Game of Thrones, to take a look at. I’ve noticed that the show is generating a fair buzz on the internet, but live-action swords and sandals generally leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. Ever since those films of Sir Pete’s did marginally well a few years back there has been an overpowering desire for film-makers to deliver “epic” fantasy, which usually ends in tears (Clash of the Titans). Continue reading First look: Game of Thrones

Lord of the Rings inspired geek movie coming soon

The Fellows Hip: Rise of the Gamers

We already have web-based TV show The Guild, featuring geekdom’s favourite redhead Felicia Day. Do we need a full-on movie inspired by playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games (thankfully, and more commonly, known as MMORPGs or even better, just MMOs).

The folks who made The Fellows Hip: Rise of the Gamers thought we did. The movie is about a band of friends who embark on journey to a convention in order to participate in a Lord of the Rings Online  competition. Along the way the heroes find themselves in many situations mirroring those found in Tolkien’s tales. The film-makers sought, and gained, approval from both Middle-Earth Enterprises and Turbine, the original developers of the LoTRO game. The movie actually features footage taken directly from the game.

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New Captain America TV spot has chilling revelation

America f**k yeah!!!!

Of all the super-hero movies this (northern hemisphere) summer, the only one that I’m super excited about is Captain America.

Having a young family means that I now choose my movie theatre trips carefully. Thor, X-men: First Class and Green Lantern can all wait until Blu-ray. But not Captain America. In preparation for the movie, I recently took a look at director Joe Johnston’s last period super-hero picture, The Rocketeer. After twenty years, I swear that movie is even better than I remembered it! I’ll be writing more about The Rocketeer in a few days time.

Marvel Studios have been releasing a steady flow of TV spots for Captain America: The First Avenger. Each one effectively the same shots edited differently. TV spot 8 is a little different and offers up a sequence that should get every single fan of the Marvel character just a little excited.

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Director Jon Favreau interviews Harrison Ford about Cowboys and Aliens.

Harrision Ford in Cowboys and Aliens

It has got to be said that Harrison Ford is looking old. In recent years he seems so distant in his interviews that I wondered if at was all about the paycheck and contractual obligations for him now. My bother was involved in a radio interview with Ford a few years ago (the lucky bastard). He told me just how difficult it was to actually record what was being mumbled from Harrision Ford’s mouth.

This seems to have all changed now. In an interview with Jon Favreau wgo, in Ford, is interviewing one of the stars of his new movie, Cowboys and Aliens, it seems that the old Han Solo charm is back.  Ford comes across as engaged and generally happy.


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Sucker Punch Extended Cut Blu-Ray review

Sucker Punch, the saucy, sexy, girl-power, ass-kicking movie from director Zack Snyder is being release in North America on Blu-ray and DVD on 28th June. I’ve had a chance to check out the extended Blu-ray cut of the film.  Whilst there’s no news on the New Zealand release date, the North American Blu-ray is region fee and thus available for us all from and other US outlets.


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Sucker Punch Extended Cut Blu-ray available from 28th June

The extended cut of Zach Snyder’s surreal fantasy movie Sucker Punch will be realeased on Blu-ray in North America on 28th June. Whilst there is no date set for a Blu-ray release in New Zealand, the North American Blu-ray is region free.

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Look out for a full review on this site next week.