Blur Top 30. Number 20 – There are too many of us

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If writing this top 30 list wasn’t difficult enough Blur just go ahead and make another fantastic album.  Thanks Damon you’ve just caused me a massive head ache.  It’s been a year since I last added to this list and I never really expected another album to come out. This list may need to be tweaked a little bit but I’m sure I can make space to put some of the new tracks into it. Talking about new tracks number 20 is ‘There are too many of us’ from the new album ‘The magic whip’ released in 2015.

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Comic Con Trailer Run-down

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So it’s that time again where nerds from across the globe rejoice in all that is geek culture.  This years comic con was a huge success and maybe proving to be the most exciting and hyped convention to date.  These conventions used to show fans one or maybe two teaser trailers a year but now you’d expect several four minute trailers, a behind the scenes, a cast Q+A and trailer breakdowns by all your favourite Youtubers.  We are getting a greedy bunch but we will always have that desire to find out as much information as possible before the films hit our screens. Take Suicide Squad for instance; that film won’t be out until August 2016 but already we’ve seen the full cast, a trailer and have already witnessed Jared Leto’s Joker.  Now we have to wait more then a year for the thing to come out and there’s not much more to show us apart from the movie itself.  
Anyway, rant over, lets get to the trailers themselves.  What was good, what was bad and what is there to get hyped about?

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Should a superhero film win the Academy Award for Best Picture?

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In 2014 we saw a total of four superhero movies on the big screen, these included; Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy.  Three of these films were astonishing pieces of cinema and we’re received immensely well by audiences and critics alike (ignoring the Amazing Spider-Man 2, that film just sucks).  Superhero films in 2014 showed us how critically good they can be, not only that but we’re soon to get more in the next few years and expect the bar to rise again.

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Did making three Hobbit films actually work?

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One thing you have to point out before talking about the debated success of the Hobbit films is how good the Lord of the Rings film adaptations were.   All three films can stand on their own perfectly, there’s no need to watch them all collectively from beginning to end.   For example my favourite Lord of the Rings film is the Two Towers.  It follows a simple story narrative and you can watch it without feeling you’ve missed something vitally important.  Continue reading

Birdman movie review

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In five years’ time we will look back and see Birdman as that film where Michael Keaton made his sensational return to the big screen.  When you look back on this film you won’t be remembering the plot or the characters but you’ll just remember the performance of Keaton.  That’s not to discourage the film itself, it would make a fantastic film without Michael Keaton in the starring role but that’s not why most people want to watch this. Continue reading

Guardians of the Galaxy movie review (No Spoilers)

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Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most unknown comic book adaptations of the Marvel franchise.  Fans (me included) had not heard of these guys at all until the first trailer was released. Can we accept this new band of heroes or was this a step too far for the Marvel film franchise? Continue reading

Blur Top 30. Number 21 – Song 2

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For some this might come as a surprise. It’s without a doubt this is Blurs most successful of tracks. Even reaching the shores of America and becoming successful over there. An extremely rare occurrence for a Britpop band or even any English band of the 90s. Even Oasis struggled to gain a foothold in the States, though they could have easily taken the states by Storm if it wasn’t for a break up in the band during their US tour. No second guesses about the two people who couldn’t see eye to eye. Blur however achieved some success in the US; the track became something of a hit on the US grunge scene and was even used extensively in commercials, films and TV. However the popularity of the song must have come to some surprise of Damon and the band, with little to no effort actually being made to produce the song. Continue reading