May 18, 2015 - Life    No Comments

Inspiratie…

Tsja, daar zit ik dan weer achter mijn toetsenbord. Met moeite heb ik mezelf weggesleept van Facebook en ben mijn tweede blog aan het typen. Maar ja, waar ga ik het over hebben. Deze zelfde vraag stel ik me ook vaak af als ik een video wil gaan maken. Waar zal ik eens een video over maken. En dat terwijl ik toch al een jaar of 5 een fervent Youtuber ben en alles bij elkaar al bijna 400 video’s heb gemaakt. Waarom dan toch weer die vraag?

Iedere artiest heeft ermee te maken. Elke schrijver heeft ermee te maken. Met inspiratie. Hoe gaat het gezegde ook al weer…2% inspiratie en 98% transpiratie? Nou ja, hoe dan ook, de basis om iets te schrijven, een boek, een film of een blog, begint met inpsiratie. Oftewel, het geen waar je iets over gaat schrijven.

Ja…dan loop ik eigenlijk snel vast. Met mijn Youtube videos iets minder snel. Dat komt omdat de meeste van mijn video’s een recensie van iets zijn. Dan heb ik niet zo zeer inspiratie, maar wel een onderwerp, waar ik iets over kan zeggen. Zo heb ik bijvoorbeeld op mijn Live Prog Youtube kanaal 422 video’s staan. Het merendeel CD of DVD recensies plus wat interviews en wat andere video’s. Genoeg inspiratie dus. Ja, zo lang er nieuwe CD’s komen, heb ik genoeg inspiratie.

Maar toen ben ik wat anders gaan doen. Ik wilde video’s blijven maken. Maar waarover dan? Hmmm, comics vindt ik nu leuk. Dus daarover dan maar? En vervolgens stripboeken. Dus nog steeds inspiratie.

Toch is er wel iets verandert in mijn denken. En dat is de danken aan de jongens en meisjes van the Nerdfighter Vlogging Initiative Facebook groep. Geen grap, maar op 1 April 2015 pikte ik daar iets op over VEDA. Vlogging Every Day in April, oftewel in April elke dag een vlog maken. En de eisen daaraan waren erg laag. Het hoefde niet netjes gemonteerd te worden of goed voorbereid, nee juist heel spontaan. En dat was nieuw voor me. Want waar ga ik het elke dag over hebben?

Het is me uiteindelijk wel gelukt. 30 Video’s in 30 dagen. Blijkbaar genoeg inspiratie gehad, hoewel niet alles even boeiend was. Maar ik heb er wel van geleerd om vaker eens een spontane video op te nemen. En dat is eigenlijk best leuk. Conclusie? Op video gebied heb ik over het algemeen wel genoeg inspiratie. Ook genoeg transpiratie, trouwens, want ik stop er stiekem veel tijd en energie in.

Maar ja, dan dat blog. Waar ga ik dat over houden? Mijn aanvankelijke idee was om elke week een blog te schrijven, voornamelijk over wat ik die week had meegemaakt of wat me opgevallen was. Maar ja, dat liep niet echt. Want mijn leven is helaas niet zo bijster boeiend. Ik maak niet veel dingen mee. Ik heb mijn baan en daarnaast mijn gezin. Maar dat alles is allemaal vrij bescheiden. Niet echt materiaal voor een blog. Strips dan? Nou ja, daar maak ik al video’s over. Films? Eigenlijk wil ik daar ook nog video’s over maken. Muziek dan? Dat heb ik al jaren gedaan.

Tsja, daar zit ik dan weer achter mijn toetsenbord. Waar ga ik het over hebben? Als ik  nu even teruglees, heb ik toch een aardig verhaal getyped. Hee, dus toch inspiratie! Nou, dat valt niet tegen dan. Maar ja…nu heb ik dit onderwerp gehad, dus een volgende keer kom ik hier niet weer mee weg. Maar ach, dat is voor een ander blog.

Marcel.

May 10, 2015 - Life    No Comments

Een nieuw begin….alweer!

Het moge duidelijk zijn dat ik niet echt een blogger ben.Dit is mijn derde poging inmiddels, om te gaan bloggen. Deze keer in het Nederlands. Dat komt omdat ik voor mijn Youtube videos inmiddels ook overgeschakeld ben op Nederlands. Dit bevalt me beter dan ik gedacht had. Ik heb jaren Youtube muziek recensies gedaan, in het Engels. Maar vaak bemerkte ik dat ik mij niet goed genoeg kon uitdrukken. Voordat ik aan mijn Nederlandstalige Youtube kanaal begon, had ik al een paar pogingen gedaan om videos in het Nederlands te maken en dat beviel goed.

Uiteraard ben ik in de eerste plaats een video maker. Dat vindt ik erg leuk om te doen. Ik heb recentelijk zelfs een video gemaakt samen  met iemand. Dat is de eerste keer en ik ben benieuwd hoe die gaat worden (ik moet hem nog monteren). Maar als aanvulling wil ik toch ook weer wat gaan bloggen. Dat zal toch voornamelijk over strips en films zijn, want dat zijn de twee dingen waar ik het liefste mijn vrije tijd mee vul. Maar ik ben ook van plan om te gaan cosplayen, dus daar zal ik ook wel over bloggen.

Dus…dit is wederom een nieuw begin. Alleen zal ik nu niet de fout maken om van te voren te zeggen wanneer en hoe vaak ik ga bloggen! Maar ik zal wel proberen om het met enige regelmaat te doen.

Jan 25, 2015 - Life    No Comments

War…what is it good for…

Well, I am already fairly behind in my weekly blog challenge. This should have been my fourth blog, but sadly it is only my second. I had started on one, two weeks ago. But as you may recall that week the world was shocked about what had happened in Paris. Since this also had a big impact on me, I wanted to write about this, but the blog started to turn in a more political direction and that I’d prefer to avoid on this blog.

But now that I am finally back blogging, I do like to dive into thsi theme of war, for one, because last week gave me three more war related topics, that I will try to connect in one blog.

Civil War

One of the first comic books I bought, which I also mentioned in my previous post, is the Marvel Civil War event – Iron Man. I had two reasons for getting this: first of all the fact that the third Captain America movie is dubbed Civil War and the Nerd Sync Productions podcast, which explained to me what the Civil War was all about. The fact that the Iron Man issue also featured Captain America, made my choice for it very easy. I recently posted a review of this comic on my youtube page (click here to watch it).

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This concept, and keep in mind I am new to comics, feels very strange to me. People, superheroes, that have been working and fighting together, to keep our world safe, suddenly are on opposite sides and are fighting eachother. The reason: the wish of the government, to have every person with extraordinary powers register, in other words, put your life in teh hands of the government, to be held accountable and to get training. To some extent this sounds reasonable, especially the training part. Because let’s be honest, most superheroes aren’t exactly professionals.

But they do put their life on the line for the people. They do go out there and fight the bad guys, the criminals and save the innocent, wherever and whenever they can. And despite they are not professionals, they often prepare themselves well. To include a few movie examples: What about Captain America himself? He was pretty much conceived and trained by the US Army, by Howard Stark. But even Peter Parker, and I’m going with the Andrew Garfield one, even though he got his powers by accident, he practised, worked on his webshooters to make them better, with his adversary in mind. Granted, he couldn’t save Gwen. But would he have safed her if he was professionally trained?

And that is just one aspect of this Registration Act. I am not even talking about the whole identity issue. I do however, take a side in this Civil War and that is with Captain America. I am against government involvement. After all, how many examples of corrupted governments can we find? While most superheroes are selfless heroes.

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Secret Wars

Last week Marvel hosted a live stream press conference, which to be honest, looked rather amateuristic (especially that it cut off while they clearly weren’t done!) and they had been building up to this event. In this press conference they announced a huge event in the comic book universe, where, please correct me if I understood this wrong, pretty much every comic book universe will merge together to one huge comic universe. The event that will lead to this is called Secret Wars.

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Great…more war in the comic book universe and maybe also in the cinematic universe. Now, what the exact impact of this will be, I do not know. I had been under the impression that the Marvel comic book universe was not the easiest to get into, as starting comic book reader. It was mentioned that the Secret Wars will have casualties. Some say this might also have to do with the fact that the rights to certain characters in the cinematic universe, are not with Marvle, but with other companies: Sony has the movie rights to Spiderman and 20th Century Fox has the rights to the X-Men. Killing off a character in the comics, might have effects for the movie characters…at least, that is what I understood from it.

So the question is: will secret wars make this easier for starting (and experienced) comic book readers or more complex? I think we will have to wait and see.

Now I could add one other war to this blog, as Marvel also announced The Avengers Infinity Wars part 1 and 2, but I won’t do that…for the record, they are mentiond.

Battle of the Five Armies

The-Hobbit-The-Battle-of-the-Five-ArmiesAway from comic books, but still staying with movies: Last night I unexpectedly went to see the last part of The Hobbit trilogy, Battle of the Five Armies, in the cinema. Not just any cinema, but the most advanced cinema in Europe, which happens to be located in my hometown. Luck me, yay! Here I got to experience the movie in crystal clear 3D (not Imax) and with very impressive Atmos sound. And I have to say, it was indeed very impressive!

Now, the title of the movie was quite clear on what to expect: more war. Peter Jackson is of course *the* man to bring this in the most amazing visual style. He had shown with the earlier Lord of the Rings movies that he can bring a huge battle on screen. I’m wondering if he wanted to end with a really massive battle, but I’d have to re-visit the LotR movies for comparisson.

I know there is a lot of discussion about the fact that despite the fact that The Hobbit book is not nearly as long as the LotR book(s), Jackson still made three just as long movies out of them. Now having seen all these movies I have to give my honest opinion and say that I couldn’t care less if the original The Hobbit book wasn’t as long. I haven’t read it, so I cannot talk about things that Jackson might have added or dragged on, but in my experience he made another great trilogy of movies that I very much enjoyed.

hobbit-the-battle-of-the-five-armies-golden-army-imagesWhen I was sitting in the cinema, taking in the final chapter of Middle Earth, I felt a bit sad. The reason i don’t mind Peter Jackson creating three long movies out of a small book, is the fact that I feel very much at home in Middle Earth. When I see places like Lake Town, Erebor, The Misty Mountains and the Shire, they feel like I have been there before. And when I see Lord Elrond making a brief appearance, I go like “hey, cool, he’s there too!” And when I see Saruman telling Lord Elrond and Galadriel to leave Sauron to him, I know how that will play out.thorin_vs_Azog

So yes, maybe Jackson dragged it out too long, but I don’t mind. And that last battle…that was impresisve. But most of the time I felt sad, as they good guys were looking at this massive Orc force, not one but two armies of Orcs, against one army of Elves and one of Dwarfs, with a group of humans fighting with them. Also the final battle between Azog and Thorin! I was so happy to see thorin come to his senses and take on Azog.

War…what is it good for?

Absolutely nothing!

Wow, I was really going up in this Middle Earth battle. Way more than the Civil War of Secret Wars. But of course those are stories, made up stories, for entertainment. And yes, with current technology, these wars and battles can be brought very convincing. But in the end they are not real. In the end, the film ends and you go home, in peace.

Talking about a realistic war scene in a movie, what about Saving Private Ryan? Ok, I just had to mention it.

Now this brings me, yes, I have to mention it, to events from roughly two weeks ago. And this time it is not on the big screen, it is not directed by Peter Jackson or told by Marvel. This time it is the grim reality. Seemingly out of the blue two men gun down twelve people from tghe French magazine Charlie Hebdo, a magazine that is known for publishing very satyrical cartoons. As reason the gunners said they avenged someone who was very important to them and they were offended by these cartoons.

This shocked the entire world. I can tell you, I was glued to my screen, when the police found the gunners and in the end killed them. Later there was a march, where nearly 4 milion people walked through Paris. Shortly after there was an incident in Belgium where also two men were killed, that were planning to carry outa terrorist attack. And various headlines read our world was at war. I take it, at war with radical terrorists.

Sadly this is not a war we can walk away from, by leaving the cinema, shutting down the TV or closing the comic book. This is a war that can touch pretty much all of us. All it takes is being at the wrong time, at the wrong place, which these days can happen faster than you could ever imagine.

And now, more than two weeks after these events, where are we now? The news on Charlie Hebdo is fading. It is old news again. The march, what was it for exactly? That is still not clear to me. As I said in the beginning, I am not looking for a political or even religious debate, but at the same time I am not for political correctness, as thid threat is too real and too dangerous to ignore. I hope it will not come to an actual war, because in a real war, nobody wins. In a real war everybody looses. well, save maybe the weapons manufacturers and dealers.

I hope we can stick to a war in our comic book universe or Middle Earth and be safe.

Ok, this blog turned out a bit longer than I thought it would. But then again, I had to catch up a bit…hahahaha…next time I will not take up so much reading time. And yes, I still am aiming for a blog next sunday. In the mean time, enjoy some of my videos that I will bring before then and I hope you’ll be back here next week.

Stay safe and enjoy a good comic or movie!

Marcel

 

 

 

 

Jan 4, 2015 - Life    No Comments

2015 – The Beginning

Wow, that almost sounds like a movie title. Well…it might, the movie of my life. And as I promised, here is the first blog of 2015. If I can meet my challenge, this will be 1 of 52 blogs this year. This means I am giving a look in my life, even more than I did in the past. I am a very open guy, share several things on social media and just about every video review I recorded, as done in my living room. But this blog thing will be different. This will be about my actual life and what I experience every week, not a story about an album.

The turnover to 2015 went by smoothly. I started the new year by finally reading one of the first comic books I bought weeks ago, Marvel’s Civil War – Iron Marvel Civil War - Iron ManMan. I bought this with in mind the next Captain America movie, which would be about the Civil War and because I got curious about this, after listening to a Nerd Sync Podcast, where they discussed this. The reason it took me so long to read it, is that I have been more busy with buying nerd things, that actually reading the comics. That will definitely change in the coming year, as I will be reading a lot of comics!

Of course next to my journey into Nerddom, I also spend some time with the family. We had some nice meals and took a few trips in the vacation. Which the kids enjoyed. I played Lego Batman 2 on the Wii with my youngest and introduced him to DC Universe Online, in which he is now way better and further than me…and he is playing it for only two days!

Lady Gaga - ArtpopNow I also got some new music, music fitting for my current state of mind. Music I never thought I’d every buy! But here I am, owner of an actual Lady Gaga album, her latest, Artpop. And I love it! Got me some Madonna and the second Lana Del Rey album, Ultraviolence as well. As much as I love movies, I do like to listen to some music as well and this is the music that currently makes me feel good. And I believe that is what music should be about.

My Batman addiction was fed yesterday, as I picked up two more issues of Batman – The Widening Gyre as well as the movies Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises, both on blu-ray. Now I have all Batman movies on blu-ray…and yes, that includes the 1966 one! As for The Widening Gyre, I am a Kevin Smith fan and do remember him posting on his website that he did a few Batman stories, with artwork from Walt Flanagan. Even though then I wasn’t into comics, I was curious. imagine how happy I was, when I found them at my local comic book store! Now I have the first three issues, I’m half way. DSC08298

But I am not just into Batman. I got some sound advice in the Marvel group on facebook, to pick a hero you liked and just read comics about that one. Since I am also a big Spiderman fan, I asked a recommendation from the comic book store. There they said to wait a bit, for the new Amazing Spiderman series, that was coming. I was told that Marvel would bring Peter Parker back and give him a good new start. So…that one is on order now, it might take a week or two, but I am patient. Besides…I still have a couple of comics to read!

The week ended not so great, sadly. I finally picked a day to record two new videos. Prepared for them, scripted them and recorded them. But when I reviewed the material, I found a few technical problems had occurred. Like at a certainnpoint the camera had stopped recording, something I noticed only a few minutes later, so I had more audio than video and that was a bit hard to fix with pictures. Also, the recording volume of my microphone was way too low. And lastly, I did one video with green screen, but in the edit, I noticed that when I held up the comic book, there was this weird shadow effect, which was very annoying. So this means I will have to do it all over again. Ah well, that’s life.

Tomorrow it is back to work and back to the normal routine…fortunately for only 8 hours a day, so I already look forward to tomorrow evening, to get back working on the things I truly enjoy!

Have a great week all and make sure you at least reserve some time to do something you enjoy!

Marcel

P.s. Although I will be bringing a new blogpost every sunday, that doesn;t mean I only blog on that set time! I might bring some shorter blogs in between!

 

Dec 26, 2014 - Life    No Comments

My coming out…

FB_profielfoto_marcel_thumbsup…as a nerd…or geek…whatever applies.

OK, you might have had something different in mind, I guess? Hahahaha…no, this is my official coming out as a nerd. Although I believe I already did that on my YouTube channel. But still, it’s been a while since I blogged and since we are at the end of 2014, I’d like to briefly look back and then look ahead to what I will (hopefully) bring in 2015.

Looking back

2014 has been a strange year. It started out with be being busy with my music channel, Live Prog. My stack of to be reviewed CD’s was still large and exciting new releases were expected. My movie addiction was kept in check by my music geekness. Fast forward to somwhere around September. I think around that time I discovered the Nerd Sync Productions youtube channel and my interest in comics started to develop.

This got a good jump when I visited the Strip Festival in Breda, in October, with my youngest son. There I only got a glimpse of the world of comics, but still it touched me and started to grow in me. At the same time I found that the music did not touch me anymore as it used to. At a certain point I became sick, overloaded and took both time off from work as well as from my music related activities. In the meantime I did start to go to the comic book store and dive into the comics, but also more into movies. Superhero movies, of course!

Although I got back to work after a few weeks, I didn’t pick up my music activities. Instead I got deeper interested in comics, started following several nerd pages on facebook, joined groups and started colleting more things. So at the end of 2014 I am starting my second life…yes, some might call it a mid-life crisis, but I feel very good and happy with it, so no crisis as far as I’m concerned.

Looking forward

That brings me to 2015, which is less than a week away. The past weeks I have been thinking about what to do in 2015. I mean, 2015 is going to be the year of my nerd! And my main channel will be my YouTube channel, mallratshq. And my blog right here, which I intend to fill over the run of 2015.

Ok, let’s start with the blog. It is my plan to write a blogpost every week, so in the end I will have 52 blogposts…hmmm, that sounds like a challenge! And not an easy one, as I started this blog enthusiastically, but quickly weeks went by without any new posts. But, you have to start with a plan, so that is the plan for this space, mallrats.nl: one blogpost every week. And of course I will try to make them nerd related!

Then the YouTube thing. This is another challenge. With music it was easy…just listen to a CD and record a review video. But with my nerdy channel, I have so many things I wish to do videos on. Comics, movies, news bits, trailers, collectibles, cons and even games. But the main problem here is that I am a complete n00b! Eh…is that still used? Newbie then? Anyway, you see what I mean? So in certain areas, like comics, I have little knowledge. I am still learning. Then again…that might be the theme for my youtube channel, my coming out as nerd. My journey into this wonderful world and I can show you the nerdy world through my eyes. Now I just hope people will like to watch that!

I will work hard to bring regular videos. And maybe as my knowledge and comic book collection grows, I might be able to bring maybe even regular themes videos.

One thing that I have started and will most certainly continue is Duthc language comic book reviews. So far the first one, my review of J.ROM’s Force of Gold, is the best/most viewed video on my channel. And I have a few other, new Dutch comic books that I think are really good. So I will make videos of them as well.

Now I have been doing these unboxing videos of the Nerd Blocks I received. In 2015 I will bring a different unboxing video, this time of Loot Crate. Yes, there seem to be several of these things and I intend to try them all and bring you my report on them. I have loved every Nerd Block I received, so let’s see how the others will be.

2015 will also be the year of the Cons for me! Two are already lined up: Imagicon, on March 21 and Dutch Comic Con on March 28 & 29. And the cool thing? I will be working as a volunteer at Imagicon! More about that in a later post. But be sure to check out the links to these Cons and maybe we’ll meet an any of them.

I’m pretty sure there will be much more to enjoy in 2015. But for starters, I hope we all will make it there safely! And for now, I think we are caught up. I might bring one last blogpost before the year is over. Until then, stay healthy, be careful with fireworks and keep enjoying everything nerdy and geeky!

Nov 8, 2014 - Life    No Comments

Callin’ in sick

As I am writing this new post, I have been at home, on sick leave, for about 2 weeks. According to both my own doctor as well as the company attached doctor, I am overstrained. The growing pressure at my dayjob, the stress a long-lasting issue with the Dutch tax, the challenges of taking care of two kids, wo both have autism and also both are in the final years of their respective schools and the hobby that became a job, all these elements added up and overloaded me.

So here I am…feeling miserable. Wanting to get back to work, wanting to get back in front of the camera and record some new videos. But I just don’t feel like it. That sucks…

Now this post is no call for sympathy, only to speak out how I am feeling. So you know why things are not moving at my new Youtube channel, which nobody cares about anyway :-) Things will get better, slowly, but they will get better and I will get back to work and I will create some new videos and maybe people will even watch them! It’s good to have hope 😉

Nov 4, 2014 - Movie    No Comments

Coming soon!

The past few days I amazed myself at the speed that movie trailers are spread across the internet, of course through social media. It is only a few weeks after I decided to shift my focus from music to movies and already I am drowning! On Facebook, but maybe even more so on Twitter, there are so many people and companies, that share their products and views on products with countless eager followers. As Spock would say: “Fascinating”.

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Fascinating indeed. And a bit scary, as I made it my goal to become a part of this. Which could be a challenge, as I see there are so many people with way more time to spend than I can. So when a trailer is released, by the time I get to share it, everybody has probably already seen it…or not? Of course not every movie fan has oceans of time to surf the social seas. But, I digress…

Next to many trailers that are being released, it seems there is a big clash of the superheroes going on. Well, after ‘X-Men’ hit at the box office all the studios started buying up every comic property they could get their dirty little hands on.” And we have seen some pretty awesome superhero movies, like The Avengers, X-Men Days of Future Past and recently Guardians of the Galaxy, to name but a few. These are Marvel movies. And in the past few weeks Marvel has announced a ton of new movies, a schedule that will look forward all the way to 2020!

Then there is DC Entertainment…and of course they too have some excellent movies out, think of the Batman/Dark Knight movies and Man of Steel. They too already announced the new Batman v Superman blockbuster. But next to that, they too announced a rather impressive roster of upcoming movies. I will not go into detail, but hope to do a video on this shortly.

So, a lot is coming soon….and after that. However, I have seen a few trailers that really caught my eye, for a reason and I want to share both the trailers as well as my thoughts on them.

The Avengers – Age of Ultron

Having jumped on the superhero bandwagon…or plainly coming out as being a person who loves these movies, I caught the first Avengers movie by chance on TV…and loved it! So when the trailer came out, I was blown away by it, as this looks like such a massive movie, with a very good/creepy bad guy. And I love it to see the familiar faces, although the trailer does raise a lot of expectations for some serious drama. It was interesting to listen to the Nerd Sync Podcast (Listen to it oy Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BDIkrKiyYI), as they offer some interesting theories as to where Age of Ultron might lead to. So this is high on my watchlist! In cinemas May 2015.

Furious 7

I have been a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise ever since I watched the second movie, despite Vin Diesel didn’t play in it. Same goes for the third installment. But starting with Fast 5, the franchise picked up some serious speed and number 6 managed to top that. These guys were raising the bar seriously with every movie and at the end of 6 even managed to really connect all movies. Then the sad news came of Paul Walker’s passing and the chance that number 7 might not see the light of day. Fortunately it did happen and is the the last film Paul Walker made, so that makes it a very special movie. This week the trailer was released and again, the action bar is seriously raised! In cimeas 4-3-2015.

Minions

In most animated movies, the main character is what the movie is all about. But when Despicable Me was released, many fell in love with these adorable, albeit a bit clumsy, Minions. In the sequel, the Minions got a bigger part and it was already announced that these yellow guys were getting their own movie. And now the trailer is out…and it is fantastic! Can you believe it? A film filled with Minions…Nothing further to add… In cinemas july 2015.

Chappie

This trailer I came across tonight, while I was working on this article. From the director of District 9. I think District 9 is a really good movie. So I watched the trailer and I think this is going to be a very interesting movie to watch. Interesting to see Die Antwoord being actors in the movie. The link with South Africa was one of the reasons that set District 9 apart from the Hollywood Sci-fi blockbusters and I like the fact they use this setting also for Chappie. I say keep an eye on this one! In cinemas 3-6-2015

What movie trailers have you seen, that make you look forward to the actual movie?

 

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Oct 30, 2014 - Stuff    No Comments

One wacky gameshow

jay_doitdougIt seems the odds have not been in my favor, as quite some time passed since my previous post, where I said I would be back…and no, that was not in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice! (yeah, it was…)  Still, this post didn’t take as long as the previous one :-)

The past weeks a lot has happened, that had a big impact on me and in a way changed the vision I had for Mallrats. One thing will remain, the fact that my focus is on movie and television. But I might even move closer to an area, that has been and still is quite important to the man who created Mallrats and that is comics.

The reason is, I have been to a Dutch comic festival a while back. And boy, was that an eye opener for me! I loved it there! So much to see and of course I took home a bunch of comics with me. Some straight out of my youth: Spiderman, Fantastic Four, The Hulk and The Avengers. So a lot of cool stuff to enjoy.

This experience made me change the idea for my Youtube channel…which by the way is live! Have a look here: www.youtube.com/mallratshq. And don’t be a stranger, feel free to subscribe :-)

Although the first video on this channel still fits in my orignal plan, as it is my review of the Mallrats DVD, the next video was a vlog about the aforementioned comic festival. This video also included some bits about a Dutch Comic Con and Nerd Block. But more about that later. And another video, also a vlog, is coming very soon.

But along the way I dove straight into the comic world, initially by following a few excellent Youtube channels like Nerd Sync Productions and The Black Nerd, Nerdist and more, but also the official channels of Marvel and DC Entertainment. And boy, are they dropping a ton of news on upcoming movies! So that will keep me busy for a while! Heck, I haven’t even had the time to properly visit my local comic book store, Eppo…

So in addition to a load of movie and TV related posts, I will also share my journey into geekness on this very website and on my youtube channel.

Sep 27, 2014 - Stuff    No Comments

And we’re back!

Brodie & TS It has been some time since my last and pretty much only post on this blog site. But…I am back and I may even be back with a vengeance, as I have something in store for you guys! But more about that later.

So why am I back? Well, to be honest, I needed another outlet. I have been busy with music so much, that I am at the point that I need to slow down. And I have admitted to myself that I like movies just as much. While with music I only work with video, for my movie outlet that will be different. I will try to post more often and if possible regularly on this website. And, as I said, there will be this other thing I am working on. Hopfully that will make Mallrats an interesting place to drop by for some info and news on my and (hopefully also) your favourite movies and TV shows.

I am trying to keep up with the movie news, but it is not easy! So much is coming out at the same time. And I am just one guy. So I am not going to bring you the scoops of coming things, but try to focus a bit more on in depth and opinions. Because movies are always fun to discuss. Oh, and while this site offers you an opportunity to respond, please do so in a civilised way. Otherwise I will have to remove you.

So…bring on the movies then!!

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Mar 1, 2014 - Movie    No Comments

Judge Dredd vs Dredd vs The Raid

Remakes, one after the other pops up in Hollywood. I won’t start up that discussion, but I raise the topic after having seen Dredd. Not in 3D, but in plain old 2D. In fact, I had the chance to see it in a cool home cinema. And I was quite curious to see it, especially how the new version would relate to the one I knew, Judge Dredd.

To start with that, Judge Dredd, with Sylvester Stallone uttering the well-known one-liner “I am the Law!”. I liked that one. But at the same time didn’t take it that serious, after all, his side kick was Rob Schneider! Ok, the bad guy, Armand Assant, was good, but apart from that, nothing really dark. Explosions, fights, but not much blood. A film you could watch with your teen children.

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Now Dredd, the “remake” is quite something else! The opening sequence makes it clear this Dredd is not suitable for kids. It combines Sci-Fi, action and art, as in the opening chase, some cool slow motion effects are show, which later in the movie will be explained. In the way Dredd ‘judges’ the last criminal, shows this a much grittier version than the Stallone vehicle: blood! And lot’s of it!

Then the character Dredd, they lost the “Judge” part, although later on he is referred to as Judge Dredd. Karl Urban (Doom, RED, Start Trek) got the honour, although you hardly recognize him, as during the entore movie he wears his helmet. All you see is his mouth, constantly displaying his dislike for what’s happening. No funny side kick, but a rookie Judge, who failed the test, but is a psychic, so Dredd get’s to take her along for the day, to see if she would make a good Judge or not.

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Their first assignment leads them to a block dubbed Peach Trees, a 200 story building, where they need to investigate a triple homicide. But quickly they find themselves trapped in the building  and under attack by its residents, instigated by Ma-Ma, a ruthless clan leader, who rules the building. The two Judges, trapped, running out on ammo and hunted by hundreds of armed men, even shot at by three huge gatling guns.

This part reminded me of another movie and I wondered how much was inspired (or borrowed) from this movie: The Raid. Slightly different story, but in essence the same as Dredd: a small amount of law men, trapped in a building, out-numbered and out-gunned, yet still going to the top to get the big boss. And another similarity: The Raid was just as bloody!

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Dredd had some really nasty scenes, like men skinned alive and tossed down 200 stories or the sick and twisted mind of one of the bad guys, shown when the rookie, Anderson (well played by Olivia Thirlby), enters his mind to get certain information. And the rising body count, as not only Dredd and Anderson are determined to go after the source of the evil, Ma-Ma as well as Ma-Ma who is determined to kill the Judges and even does not shy away from gunning down men, women and children in order to accomplish that.

Ah, the villain in Dredd…Ma-Ma, played by Lena Heady (The Brothers Grimm, 300). She blows Assante out of the water. She looks mean and kills or has killed others without looking back. She controls the production and distribution of a new drug called SLO-MO. The effects of this drug are show throughout the film and give it an arthouse touch, with these great slow-motion sequences.

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I really enjoyed Dredd and could only think this version was much closer to the original comic. Not that I read them, but I have read many comics and they are usually much more gritty than many movie versions of them. Dredd oozes the same dark and grim atmosphere as for example Watchmen had. I will forget the Stallon version and obey Karl Urban as The Law from now on.

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Official movie site: http://www.dreddthemovie.com/index.html
IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343727/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dreddthemovie

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