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Sunday, 05 June 2016 15:49
Wow! What an upgrade from that mess a couple of years ago. Here we have the sequel to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 2014 from Michael Bay's production company. That movie was hot, hot garbage to me. THIS movie was a much better improvement. Read more...
Published in Movie Reviews
Sunday, 10 August 2014 14:35
mikeyIt seems this hot August weekend belonged to the Heroes on a Halfshell, as the Michael Bay produced and Jonathan Liebsman directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film finally hits theaters this weekend. The big budget 3D reboot stars Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick and Johnny Knoxville as the voice of Leonardo. I got a chance to check it out, an y’know what? After all the internet scrutiny and negativity surrounded the dreaded “alien” Turtles movie...it was actually a decent, fun, entertaining summer afternoon flick! Though if you’re still all hyper over Guardians of the Galaxy, just go and see that again, because GotG is the superior movie on all levels. But without comparing the two vastly different films, TMNT does hold up on its own and like Bay’s Transformers films, it makes up for in style where it lacks in substance. And there's absolutely NO aliens involved whatsoever! The screenplay was clearly re-written and Bay opened his silly mouth way too soon. Read more...
Published in Pop Culture
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:14
a31(2)There’s a mash-up of nature versus technology in this week’s Mega Bytes as Aquaman takes on the Transformers in my review picks. Nothing beats a mash-up and it’s even better when it’s a complete contrast of themes. Aquaman has meandered through the New 52 with an exceptionally strong start and was a key element to the strongest of the Justice League cross-over events so far – The Throne of Atlantis. Many were shocked when Aquaman was given a launch title and became central again to the formation of the League as his popularity had certainly dimmed over years prior to DC’s re-launch. Geoff Johns initial Aquaman saga showed that the hero was no longer a joke and had as much depth as the ocean in which he dwelt. However, the title itself seems to have lost its way slightly as it has continued so how could DC drum up more interest? By including Swamp Thing, of course! To compliment the release of the new Transformers movie, I took the opportunity to familiarize myself with the character of Drift. This was the ideal opportunity to pick-up a copy of IDW’s Spotlight re-release of Drift’s introduction into the lore. The Decepticon - turned -Autobot is an incredibly intriguing twist on a series of characters who are defined by their allegiance to a cause. Drift mixes this up and proves that even the worst of robots can be redeemed. Attack the Swamp   a31Aquaman #31 Written by: Jeff Parker Art by: Paul Pelletier & Alvaro Martinez Inks by: Sean Parsons & Raul Fernandez Colours by: Rain Beredo Letters by: Travis Lanham From: DC The Guardian of the Green recently decided to prove to the world that he meant business by creating a massive bloom of algae across the Earth’s oceans. While this may not mean the end of the world of us, it certainly attracted the attention of the King of the Seven Seas. Aquaman and Ya’Wara make it to the Louisiana bayou with the intention of having a seriousa31(3) chat with Swamp Thing but Arthur quickly realizes that this force of nature is a lot more powerful than he could have ever anticipated. To be completely honest, I was very ready for another generic crossover – while the mix is a little unusual, it did seem like an attempt to draw in readers – but was pleasantly surprised by Parker’s efforts. He doesn’t squander the opportunity for either character to throw everything they’ve got at each other in an incredible series of battles that test both heroes. He also makes sure he takes the opportunity to continue teasing the events that are spiralling out of control beneath the waves – Mera finds the source of the Atlantean conspirators and the underwater Triton Base looks set to reveal a very dark secret... As always with a combination of artists, things can go either way – the art either compliments or contrasts – but it’s safe to say that this is a resounding success. The set pieces within this issue are wonderful. If anyone thought Aquaman would be slinging around catfish is wrong as he takes control of a gang of gators in his throw-down against Swamp Thing – and boy, is it impressive to look at! Aquaman is one of yet another series of stand-out issues this month. 31 looks to be DC’s lucky number. 9 out of 10 Mega Bytes   Slicing Sides TSDTransformers Spotlight: Drift (Directors Cut) Written by: Shane McCarthy Art by: Casey W. Coller Colours by: Joana Lafuente Letters by: Chris Mowry From: IDW Publishing Drift first appeared in the pages of IDW’s All Hail Megatron saga and quickly became a fan favourite character. He was shown as a mysterious avenger who went from badass to even more badass as the story progressed – being an adept swordsman and looking uber-cool with his Takara - infused style. What made the character even more unique was that he was one of the first who was TSD(2)designed initially for IDW’s comic book series rather than one from Hasbro’s vast catalog who proved so popular that he became further immortalized as an addition to the toy range and also features in Michael Bay’s latest movie offering. This Spotlight issue was originally released towards the close of the All Hail Megatron arc and details the initial meeting between Drift, Kup and the Wreckers. It is here that Drift faces off against Turmoil; an incredibly loyal and dedicated Decepticon who is a pure powerhouse of brute force (as well as being 100% evil!). The story reveals that Drift was once a Decepticon known as Deadlock who was one of Megatron’s most lethal soldiers. He saw through the despots motivations and took himself out of the battle, to fight on the sidelines and atone for the crimes he had committed against the Autobots. Kup recognizes the potential in Drift and seconds him to his troops. And the rest, as they say, is history. The Directors Cut holds with it a really interesting Q & A session with John Barber and a host of Transformers alumni, old and new. It reveals insight into the development of Drift, the gamble taken on introducing the character and where he will go from here (specifically the Drift: Empire of Stone mini-series). This Q & A is supplemental by a host of stunning concept art, variant covers and the original pitch and script for the Spotlight issue. With the origin of such a great character and all this extra content included in the Directors Cut, you’d have to have a Dark Spark to not give this book a look! 9 out of 10 Mega Bytes The ROBotiX Network Ordnance Aquaman #31 :9 Transformers Spotlight: Drift (Directors Cut): 9 Read more...
Published in Comic Book Reviews
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 10:25
Galvanizing the Good TF leadSo Transformers Age of Extinction had the biggest opening weekend of any movie this year and helmed the way over a pretty poor performing holiday weekend. Unfortunately, the fourth movie in the saga of the Robots in Disguise has been eaten alive by the critics, much like Unicron devouring Cybertron. Michael Bay has defended his franchise while the numbers alone make it a huge success, both in America and across the rest of the world. I’m not going to review the film – I’ll be completely honest, I’m far to biased. As a huge fan- boy, I was always going to love it regardless of what Bay and Co. assaulted me with. The ‘Bayhem’ itself is a glorious barrage of chaos as explosion seems to trigger explosion after explosion and mass destruction is the order of the day. I can see where the critics are coming from; it’s a three-hour, CGI attack with some really poor dialogue. Does that make it any less enjoyable? Not in my opinion because when Transformers Age of Extinction got it right, it REALLY got it right. Read more...
Published in Movies & TV
Friday, 04 July 2014 11:31
OPIt's #FanFilmFriday! And you know what that means! ENR has got some awesome fan film for everyone to check out! And if you went to see Transformers: Age of Extinction, or better yet....if you are sick of Michael Bay's style of Transformers movies and IGNORED Transformers: Age of Extinction (like I did), well, we have a special treat for you. Sometimes less is more. And this creative genius named Harris Loureiro has decided to make his own Transformers films in stop-motion animation...and it's nothing short of EPIC! Enjoy this fight scene featuring Optimus Prime in a battle against The Constructicons and, of course, Devastator! Roll out! Read more...
Published in Movies & TV
Thursday, 26 June 2014 10:15
Radical, right? TMNT-2014-Logo After being treated to the character posters from the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, a trailer dropped. Some people were awed. Some people were horrified. My daughter and I? “COWABUNGA!” was the word of the hour and, if I’m honest with you, we watched it for the 13th time this morning before she left for school... The movie, slated for an August release, looks set to do for the Turtles what the Transformers did for the nostalgic franchise. It comes from Paramount and Nickelodeon Studios and is directed by Jonathan Liebesman, who brought us Wrath of the Titans and Battle Los Angeles. The movie produced by Michael Bay and, judging by this latest trailer, showcases ‘Bayhem” at its finest with explosion after explosion after explosion. Read more...
Published in Movies & TV
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:15
Transformers-4-promo-posterMichael Bay's Transformers are back for the fourth time in Transformers: Age of Extinction! What could they possibly do with the Transformers that's never been done before? Well, it's simple. DINOBOTS. 'Nuff said! That's right, Grimlock and his band of transforming dinos are joining Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the rest of the live-action robots in disguise. As well as we have an all-new human cast added to the mix including Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Li Bingbing and Nicola Peltz. Read more...
Published in Previews
Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:15
TMNTIt's shocking. It's controversial. It's the most talked about movie of 2014. It's the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie produced by Michael Bay, and whether you are excited or it will ruin your entire childhood...you want to see this trailer, because EVERYONE is going to be talking about it! Starring Megan Fox and William Fichtner and Will Arnett, and not to mention Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo...this movie will definitely change how we see the heroes on a half shell forever! Read more...
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