The World! Da Da Daaaaaaaaaa…

 

I said I’d do a Thor review but I figured it’s a bit soon and no one will want me ruining it for them; which is fair enough.

So i’ll have a little talk about The World. It’s not about how beautiful the world is nor is it about how everyone should go travelling and see the world; it’s perspective.

We see politicians acting all important and ‘running’ the world, and we see the mega rich waltzing about like they own the place. But the only people who truly see the world for what it is (which is essentially a rock, (a small rock) in the middle of space). Yes, I realise I just did a double bracket but hey ho! YOLO!

Oh, also just a quick note because I think it is mildly necessary; all those girls and guys who put up 400 selfies of themselves during one trip to the bathroom remember, most astronauts who have a proper ‘something’ to take a snap of, only take about 5!

Anyway…

We don’t realise quite how beautiful the world is until some brave nutter pops up in to space and takes a picture of it and we see it on Tickld the next day accompanied by a funny caption. But we don’t realise how petty our wars seem, how ridiculous political differences seem until we see quite how insignificant this planet is in the greater scheme of things. No one out there cares whether the Lib Dems or the Tories are in power; no one out there cares what religion you are or what the colour of our skin is. We need to focus on protecting this planet so that future generations can enjoy it.

Now i’m certainly not trying to be a tree hugger or some sort of environmentalist nutcase but I do realise that we are (not very subtly) destroying this Earth at a faster rate than we ought to, but windmills and electric cars are not the way forward.

Bare with me because this sentence may be a bit dull. Little things that do truly help out are things that we take for granted like turning the Tele and the lights off at night and recycling cans and plastics. So it’s nothing drastic but it’s these things that we are already doing without realising that are really helping out, so well done I guess. I’ll put a smiley face to make sure you know i’m not being too serious 🙂

There’s one simple reason why electric cars will never really take over petrol; and that is that they are powered by *drum roll* yep, Electric. There’s  no point getting rid of petrol this soon when you can’t guarantee the use of electric forever either.

Anyway. The main point is that we (people) need to realise that no matter how much we pretend that our problems (no matter where you are or what your situation is) are the biggest and most terrible things ever, we are just a civilisation in a solar system in a galaxy in a universe inside whatever else is out there that could very well not be alone. So buck up!

Bigger picture, people. Bigger Picture.

Independence Day: Best Film Ever. FACT!

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If you’ve read my other blogs you may have realised that my favourite actor is Will Smith; for obvious reasons, he is just epic, and I don’t believe he has ever made a bad or even remotely low quality film in his career to date. My first experience of Mr Smith was of course when he played Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and I think from that series on I was hooked on the Smith.

Independence Day (I.D) is one film where I will not listen to any form of debate as to whether it is or isn’t the best film ever; because it is the best film ever. Simple. So the blog wont be an argument that tries to make its way towards an answer, it’ll just be an explanation as why it is THE greatest cinematic feat since movies began.

Kids today, (and I mean maybe up to about 14 or 15) will never understand the pure genius that went in to this film; from casting, to Special effects, to story, plot, props, basically the whole Mise-en-Scene, everything collides with a hectic mess-like perfection to create the film. It’s worth saying that not many films have everything in perfect order these days. No Mr Spielberg, not even you.

One of my favourite scenes is that desert scene in which Smith is trekking along with a ‘dead’ alien in his parachute with its “dread locks” as Smith refers to them, hanging out of the back. This scene is intense; not only does it show a Jet fighter-vs-Spaceship dog fight in which Smiths’ best mate and literal Wing-man gets killed, but it gives Smith a chance to show off his acting prowess with just him and the camera alone in a desert.

When he gets in to a role, he really owns the whole scene; and when he’s alone on camera, like this scene, he is something else. Let me give you two other examples of this. These are two of the reasons he is the best actor in existence…

1. His speech to his son about never giving up. (and basically the whole film)- Pursuit of Happiness

2. His speech about not needing his dad. – The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

So make sure to check both of those clips out; you’ll be able to find them both on YouTube easy enough.

Anyway, back to I.D, one of the best things about this film is the fact that it is essentially two stories that eventually meet up and the two main protagonists in each story (Smith and Goldblum) basically nuke a mother-ship and save the world. One thing I don’t understand is how on earth (which is ironic on its own because he did it in space) Goldblum got all the right leads and software to be able to connect to the spaceship, if you can figure that one out let me know- anyway…

Possibly my favourite ‘comic’ moment (and that’s saying a lot with a Will Smith film) doesn’t actually concern Will Smith; well it does, but the specific bit doesn’t; let me explain. There’s a scene where Smith and Goldblum realise that they’re not getting out alive and just let the nuke go, but they manage to get bumped free and escape; meanwhile the two aliens in the other ship have a massive nuke shoved through their windscreen (or whatever it’s called on an alien spaceship) and they look at each other like ‘Well, shit!’ seconds before the thing explodes.

I also love that the kid who plays Smiths little cousin in The Fresh Prince is the same kid who plays his son in I.D, so the chemistry-even though he is only little- between Smith and the son is already brilliant. Even more casting perfection from Mr Emmerich (Director) well done Sir. Even though he is only in it a little bit, having the perfect cast for a film helps, it really does.

There’s so much to this film you can’t really expect anyone to summarise it in a blog review, so watch it. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 17 years and haven’t got around to it (which is the main excuse, but there are no excuses when it comes to Independence Day), I’ll put a trailer up for those strange folks who haven’t yet “got around to it”!

Dr Who!

Now i’m going to tell you all why Dr Who is the greatest television franchise ever; (except for Top Gear, obviously).

I first started watching Dr Who, like many people my age when Mr Eccleston came on the screen as the edgy and if i’m honest (and I might be being a bit mean because I don’t really like him as an actor) not very good Dr. I didn’t really watch his time as the lord for him, but more for the bad guys, who will never cease to scare me sometimes.

You might be thinking, “Well, Danny, come on now, how can you think it’s the greatest franchise ever if you’ve only really paid attention to just three Dr Who’s?” Well I wasn’t even knocking about when the old Dr Who’s were around so these are my only three Dr’s, and they are the three who have brought the world of the Doctor to life for me, and who made me geek out over the 50th Anniversary.

Dr Who has however been a success in the UK and indeed around the world because it just absolutely has every viewer of every age under its spell from the off.

My favourite Dr will always be David Tennant, but my god did Matt Smith do a good job replacing him; he had some impressive shoes to fill and he filled them brilliantly, with new laces and a bow tie to finish the look, (because bow ties are cool). People were a bit nervy when he stepped up because everyone (including me) was like “Who the hell is this guy no one has ever heard of”, well we’re not saying that anymore are we!

Shall we get on to the baddies, . And my favourites aren’t the Darleks or the Cyber-Men, it’s the Silence. Creepy guys i’m sure you’ll agree…

And my favourites aren’t the Darleks or the Cyber-Men, it’s the Silence. Creepy stuff i’m sure you’ll agree…

Wait have I been here before? What are these marks on my arm?!!

Anyway.. That was weird.

I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t find Dr Who entertaining; These are the people who left childhood far behind and forgot how amazing the show is from when they were little, they say “Oh, it’s not scary, it’s boring” blah blah blah

It isn’t absolutely horror movie terrifying but it is crazy creepy sometimes, and that’s why I like, nay, LOVE IT. Put your hand up if you thought the children with gas masks were the creepiest things ever!

Ha, you put your hand up, didn’t you. DIDN’T YOU!

Dr Who is genius, pure genius. And whoever comes up with all the different stories and ideas for all the episodes either needs an Oscar or therapy…or both. I’ll love it forever and you should too. Simple.