Month: November 2012

Skyfall and The Dark Knight Rises

This will be a short post and just to warn, there may contain some spoilers so if you haven’t seen either, I’d advise you not to read on.

I have literally just come back from watching Skyfall and really did enjoy it. However, having seen The Dark Knight Rises earlier in the year, I couldn’t help but think there were some similarities between the two of them. Mainly in the story line and the  characters involved. Alas, they are only a couple of similarities but still.

Firstly, both of the protagonists, Bruce Wayne and James Bond both share a similar trait of being beaten men. Mainly Bruce Wayne as he has to ‘rise’ essentially, but James Bond’s broken, beaten men is when he is trying to get back to grips of being an agent. Then they both obviously try to get back to their old states.

Another similarity I found was the the protagonist and antagonist were both similar characters, both excelling in similar fields and just as good as each other in every way. Both Bond and Silva both came from the same academy when trying to be agents for the MI6 and of course, the similarity lies in both Bruce Wayne or Batman and Bane both sharing the idea of being in the shadows and being trained by the League of Shadows.

And of course, both of the protagonists being one step behind, or being beaten mentally by both of the villains in the films is interesting. Bond got beat by Silva’s masterplan  mentally and Batman got beat by Bane’s superior strength, breaking him physically and spiritually. There is a weakness that both of the villains are left open to be exploited too, Silva’s being that when it comes to actually trying to kill M, he fails and tries to get it to they are both killed together which leaves Bond being able to kill him first. Bane’s too is something similar in the sense that Bane’s care for Talia al Ghul stops him putting in the vital blows into Batman, that and the fact he’s practically dying from the breathing, before Talia fixes him.

I suppose, I just found it interesting as when I was watching the films, these certain areas just made of think The Dark Knight Rises. If there any more points or anything you would like to add, I’d love to hear your thoughts and whether you thought the same? Thank you for reading all the same.

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The Descendants

Going through a splurge of buying DVDs, I found myself buying The Descendants. A film I wanted to see at the cinema, but when the time came to seeing it, I never did and wasn’t too phased, to me, it became one of those films you leave to buying on DVD.

Don’t get me wrong the film is very enjoyable as George Clooney plays a guy who tries to reconnect with his daughters over the forthcoming death of their mother and his wife and him coming to terms with his wife’s infidelity which he learned of after she is comatose state.

Matt King, played by Clooney, is the cliché father that has worked far too much pushing everyone in his family away from him, and this is immediately apparent with his way of trying to deal with his unruly ten year old daughter. Enter his teenage daughter, a girl on the border of adulthood, just as unruly as his ten year old daughter even more so because of the option of alcohol and sex of course. This is when a nugget of information that drops a bombshell on the storyline, his wife, currently hospitalised of course, was cheating on him. It could be argued that this is where essentially the drama stops. It becomes a tame drama, nothing to shock you or draw you deeper into the story, however the want from King’s quest to find out why his wife has been cheating on him and how he handles the children keeps you occupied.

One interesting plot twist in the tale is that Matt King is a sole holder of a large proportion of land on one of the islands of Hawaii and they seem to be close to a deal selling it on and making them rich. But upon learning that Brian Speer is close to the person they are selling to, he pulls out of the deal. This could signify a little private battle that King has won against Speer, regardless of whether it seems pitiful or not. It kind of gives Clooney’s character a peace of mind.

This is a fine film, don’t get me wrong, however it’s not excellent. It is under the genre of comedy and drama, however, the comedic values in the film are small and almost always come from the character Sid who you laugh at in pity for his naivety. Although Clooney’s half run, half jog is hilarious when he’s trying to be serious. I’ve said this about a couple of films and this film is one of those you will watch more than likely with friends or to pass time. It’s not exactly sticking out in my DVD collection as one of the best. I feel as those I have glazed over film and not come down on either side of the fence, but it’s difficult to sum it up. It’s not exactly a film I urge you to rush out and buy, yet it’s a good enough film to watch if it’s on the television or something, I would recommend it, you may say.

Favourite: As per, I have my new installment. Although he carries the comedic side of the film, Sid is my favourite character, as he becomes a character who you grow to like, even though you may dislike him at the start. He helps Matt King comes to terms with various things even though he may not say the brightest of things throughout the film. And I enjoy it when he gets punched by King’s stepfather.

My Review: The iPad.

I may be a bit behind the times when buying an iPad, as the iPad mini has been flaunted and I presume released for general sale too and other tablets being unveiled (the Windows Surface looks particularly pleasing) but who cares, I’ve obtained this piece of brilliant kit and I’ve not really regretted it thus far.

I purchased the 16GB option of the iPad, which set me back £399, which is a bit steep, but then again, you are essentially paying for what you’re getting. I made the buy with one thing in mind: University, as I’m continually getting annoyed at having to carry/change over different notepads on different days for when I have that lecture. With the iPad it’s more conveniently, with the help of a few apps, I can store all the notes conveniently. This want for an iPad stems from the fact when I did a week’s volunteering at a media company and saw how easy it made some of the people’s lives that worked there. 

And in truth, it’s made my life slightly easier. Not remarkably, but when considering university stuff, considerably easier. As quite an unorganised person, storing notes, having reminders for deadlines/things to do, is rather helpful, rather than finding the scrap of paper that it was jotted down on. One thing that made me lean towards getting the iPad was the fact that the apps market far exceeds that of Android or Windows. I have a windows phone, and although it is a decent phone, the applications are poor compared to Android and the iPhones. (Still don’t need an iPhone though) Of course, I’ve got the average apps that you’d expect to see, Twitter, Facebook, IMDb, Lovefilm. Then I’ve got a couple more such as the NFL Gamepass and a few games.

One particular app that is really useful is the Daily Notes app. Daily Notes gives you many options as to what you want to do with, such as splitting it up into different sections, for instance, I use mine for the different lectures I have and it’s a simple tap to get to the notes i need. It also has a handy calender in case you want to go through a back log of notes, another thing for something that may include drawings in your notes is that it also has a drawing pad to go alongside your notes in case you have a lecture involving maths physics and you need to note down a graph or algorithm.

I would definitely recommend one of these if you’re using it for the same purposes as me as they are incredibly handy to have during lectures and if you’re unorganised like myself. I don’t regret the purchase either, as it can be considered a laptop, that doesn’t get hot but unfortunately does not have word. Also, I like them for when I’m relaxing in bed, I can relax with this rather saving the laptop getting hot on my lap and trying to find a position that is comfortable.

Thank you for reading. Any comments or feedback is highly appreciated as always!