Daily Archives: 06/09/2012

Nightwish announce UK tour

My Musketeer goatee is nearly as impressive as Tuomas’ – fact!

So, Finnish Symphonic Awesomeologists Nightwish have confirmed dates for their 2012 UK tour –

Nov 4th: Manchester Apollo
Nov 5th: Brixton Academy
Nov 6th: Birmingham Academy
Nov 7th: Glasgow Academy

And…I guess that I would be going to the Manchester show, if I can possibly hook that up.  Tickets on general sale from next Friday, apparently.

Motivation for me to use some of my driving skills to get me to big old Manchester or an excuse to go on the train as traffic in the ancestral home of Morrissey is not known to be brilliant?

Time to get saving my pennies…

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New “Dredd” poster is…moody?

Dredd teaser poster via JoBlo.com

Let’s see, it’s June 9th and we’ve still only seen tiny glimpses at the Karl Urban fronted “Judge Dredd” reboot – the mono-titular “Dredd” – which opens in September.  So, not too far away at all, then?

I confess to being…slightly bemused.

See, most action flicks are in the business of setting out their proverbial stall early, so that you get a good idea of what you’re going to get well ahead of time (Gods forbid that we go and see a film nowadays and not have every aspect of the plot spoiled months in advance by trailers and TV spots which can’t help but tell you everything that happens…).  And, so far, we’ve seen precisely two-to-three seconds of actual “Dredd” footage via grainy GIF files on nerdy forums.

“You leaked set pics? The sentence is insta-death!, creep!”

If you’re presenting a reboot of a character somewhat ill-served by the first pass at realising him on-screen wouldn’t it make sense to try to get a groundswell of opinion and chatter about the film going by showing some moving images to interested fan folk?   Whilst we can’t trust the internet to be responsible for getting butts in seats as some recent genre pics have seemingly tried to, getting the audience most likely to show up on opening weekend excited about your product would seem like a good idea?

Nope, nothing even remotely high camp about that costume. Not a hint.

Especially if you want erode the still-extant ill-feeling felt by 2000 AD fans towards 1995’s not wholly successful, Sylvester Stallone vehicle.  Sure, you can promise R-ratings, headshots aplenty and the deal breaker that Dredd’s iconic helmet is staying put throughout until the Mega City One cows come home to their Farm Block.

If we haven’t seen a trailer for “Dredd” by the time that “The Dark Knight Rises” opens on July 20th, I’m going to be one rather concerned nerd…

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A “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” player’s lament

What with reading, listening to tunes, seeing films and walking dogs, my leisure time no longer finds much space to fit gaming in.  Accordingly, the few titles that I do pick up are lasting me quite a while and I like to think that I’m getting some kind of value out of them.

That said, THIS dude in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is kicking my arse.

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It’s never a good sign when the trailers for the sequel to the game that you’re playing are going up on games blogs and at E3 when you’re still mired in fighting the second level boss…

Even my usual technique – turn down the on screen music, affix iPod to lugs and power through the battle whilst listening to Dragonforce – is failing me.

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