Hereafter

I’m a big fan of Clint Eastwood’s work, but I was left wondering exactly what I had just seen after watching Hereafter. It’s not that it has a confusing plot, or even vague themes. It’s just that I couldn’t quite get what the movie was actually trying to do. It’s basically three separate stories (one featuring the singularly worst child actor in the history of film), that loosely connect at the very end, but ultimately in an extremely insignificant way. If there was a point to this film, I didn’t see it. Wasted potential.

The Top 5 movies I want to see in 2011

Here’s my pick of movies I’m most looking forward to this year. I skipped this feature last year because quite frankly the line up looked pretty lame, this year however looks like it’s stacked with some of the big budget cheesy blockbusters designed specifically for me.

5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Although both terrible and wonderful at the same time, I acknowledge the second movie was bad. So my expectations for the third are tempered greatly. However the quality of the first still reminds me that a kick ass film is possible.

4. Thor

I’m unsure if this movie is really going to play with the general public given the high concept of the mythical fantasy Norse God/Comicbook Superhero mix at play here, but the trailer impressed me more than I expected. Here’s hoping.

3. First Avenger: Captain America

Seen so little about this film I’m not sure what to expect, but I will be intrigued to see how Captain America works as a big budget film.

2. X-Men First Class

I’ve seen even less about this film so I simply don’t know what to expect. I know I like Kick Ass and Layer Cake so I have faith in Matthew Vaughn, and I’ve always loved the X-Men so I have some high hopes here.

1. Green Lantern

I’m looking forward to this film the most. Not because I think it is going to be any good, the first trailer dashed all hopes there. I want to see just how much of a train wreck this thing will turn out to be. I’ve always wanted to see The Green Lantern played out in a movie, seeing his powers in action, but this just looks like garbage. Looking forward to seeing just how terrible it ends up being.

The Green Hornet

In the pantheon of “super heroes” The Green Hornet doesn’t exactly stand out as a particularly interesting or exciting hero. In fact I’d go so far as to suggest what has made him famous is more the fact his sidekick was once played by Bruce Lee. So it was I guess no surprise that the movie version of The Green Hornet wasn’t anything particularly interesting either. Given what they had to work with, it was a fair effort.

I thought maybe with someone like Michel Gondry at the helm he might give a nice visual spin to it, but aside from one action scene with a somewhat irrelevant but novel visual trick it’s an otherwise fairly standard looking film. 3D meanwhile does nothing for it.

Top 5 video games I want to play in 2011

Here’s my pick of video games I’m most looking forward to playing this year. I still have a backlog of games to play, counting back to 2008, but these are the sorts of games that would jump the queue.

5. Gears of War 3

I’m kind of just expecting more of the same, but it’s always been pretty solid quality so far, I’ll gladly take a bit more.

4. Killzone 3

One of my favourite first person shooters, I never played the first, but I absolutely loved the second – looking forward to seeing what Guerilla Games does with this.

3. Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception

The Uncharted series has been some of the best games of this generation of consoles and I’m sure this third game in the series is going to continue that proud tradition. Can’t wait to step into Nathan Drakes shoes and get stuck into some treasure hunting adventure.

2. Dead Space 2

The first game was one of the most atmospheric video game experiences I’ve ever had. To have one of my favourite games come from a genre I generally dislike shows me just how awesome the original was. I’m really looking forward to some more strategic dismemberment.

1. Mass Effect 3

Assuming it actually comes out this year as promised and doesn’t get delayed, I’ve only just finished playing the second game which came out just last year, for a sequel to be coming out so soon is fantastic. The second one was a great improvement of an already awesome game, my expectations are high for the third.

Battlefield Bad Company 2

Like a bad movie sequel, Bad Company 2 lacks the charm of the first game replacing it instead with bigger explosions. The single player campaign has essentially lost all the distinctive qualities that set it apart from other modern military shooters and pretty much becomes just another cookie cutter game that presumably was made to be more like Modern Warfare because that was “what people wanted”. Well, it wasn’t what I wanted, and I was very disappointed to find the quirky game I loved became just another Modern Warfare clone. A big let down.