THE BATTLE FOR HATFIELD SQUARE

What do you get when an immovable object encounters an unstoppable force? Well, in the case of Hatfield square, it seems like that object gets demolished. Hatfield square or “The Square” as it was popularly known as, was a popular hub for students featuring bars, clubs and everything in between. All of this changed on that fateful day when Loki of Asgard, tore open a portal in the sky and the alien workmen poured out. What Loki hadn’t counted on was that his brother, Thor and his companions, The Avengers, were across the road enjoying some shawarma. The portal tore open over Dropzone and the alien horde emerged accompanied by what can only be described as strobe lights and smoke […]

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ROALD DAHL’S STORIES AND THE AGE OF CGI

Roald Dahl crafted many stories that charmed, inspired, and fascinated not only children but adults the world over. My first introduction to the works of Roald Dahl came in the form of The BFG which incidentally enough is going to be one of Steven Spielberg’s next movies. The BFG tells the story of Sophie who befriends a BFG (Big friendly Giant) whose job it is to bring dreams, which are bottled up, to sleeping children ‘s rooms every night. Their adventures together takes them far and wide and at one point they end up meeting the Queen of England in a wonderful story that, with today’s technology would really be brought to life in an extraordinary way in the cinema. […]

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Ant man

 

 The Man in the Ant Hill was a story that was published in the 1962 comic Tales to Astonish #27 and featured the first appearance of the character that would go on to be known as Ant Man. However, the first Ant Man, Hank Pym, although featured in this movie, isn’t its protagonist, in fact, the torch is passed onto Scott Lang who, in the comics, was the second person to go by the nom de guerre of Ant Man and go on to save the world. The latest instalment in the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (as it has come to be known) starts with the introduction of the, afore mentioned unlikely hero Scott Lang, played here by Paul Rudd […]

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The Shared Superhero Cinematic Universe

It isn’t easy being a superhero. Fighting bad guys, no salary, the constant risk that is placed on loved ones if the bad guys were to discover your secret identity. It therefore comes as no surprise that several heroes on the big screen have, over the years assumed several monikers in different movies. My theory as to why they would change their superhero personas has to do with the above mentioned complications that can arise when someone dedicates his life to fighting crime. Here, I will reveal the identities of the various heroes and the journeys that they have taken since acquiring their powers and how they are all connected to each other. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: […]

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Comic Book Movies: You’re Doing it wrong

The popularity of comic book movies over the last 15 or so years has led many of our favourite heroes (and their associated villains) onto the big screen. With this has come the big debate as to whether the film makers represented the character the way he should be or not. This is in reference not just to the look but also to the use of their powers and their personalities which are usually part and parcel of their powers. So here’s a list of 4 attempts at bringing characters to the big screen that failed dismally: Deadpool – X-Men Origins: Wolverine X-Men Origins: Wolverine had a lot going in favour of it on paper: It was Wolverine’s first solo movie […]

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Justice League: Gods and Monsters

During its long run and many comics the DC Universe has grown considerably. One of its many wonderful features is the multiverse in which twisted and alternative versions of our heroes and villains reside; it allows the writers and artists who contribute to this vast fantasy universe to be creative in whichever form they choose while still leaving the original and much loved version accounted for and unchanged. It happens too often that we see interesting and unique takes of our characters which aren’t explored beyond cameos in mainstream characters’ adventures. Bruce Timm, the talented producer and director who brought us Batman: The Animated series, Justice League Unlimited and Batman Beyond aims to change that by creating and focussing on […]

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I, NAG

Ever since NAG mysteriously showed up around 17 years ago, many researchers, have been trying to determine exactly what it is that makes it so successful and why it has a symbiotic relationship with its owner. What they found was quite interesting: NAG entices its host with its vibrant cover which usually features a digitally created character as well as the promise of more information pertaining to that character when the host chooses to accept NAG as its host. In return NAG will give the host what are known as “Demos” of games. This symbiotic relationship is beneficial for both the host and the NAG magazine since it has advantages for both of them. These hosts are what have become […]

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NAG

I can still recall the first time I held a NAG magazine (Issue 3) in my hands: the feel of the plastic wrapping, the soft swooshing sound made by the CD moving against the wrapping and the magazine cover, the smell of fresh printing and paper as the wrapping was torn away. Ah, yes. Those were the days of miracles and expansion packs. So today is going to come as a shock to some of you; but today -after 17 years- NAG releases their final issue. [youtube id=”FdoCdvLPEH4″ width=”600″ height=”350″] That’s right, today is the last day of the magazine that taught me all about games and gaming. Today is the end of the magazine that inspired me to join […]

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Waterloo

“Hard pounding this, gentlemen; let’s see who will pound longest.” -Wellington. Today, 200 years ago, one of the greatest battles in world history was fought. It was not the largest battle ever fought; it was not the longest battle ever fought; but it was one of the bloodiest ever fought, and it was a battle that change the course of human history. For today, 200 years ago, Napoleon Bonaparte -emperor, dictator, military genius, and thief of Europe- was finally defeated near the small Belgian town of Waterloo. On that muddy, blood soaked field, Napoleon’s dreams for his French Empire came to an end as his Old Guard was broken, his veteran army routed, and his claims to the throne crushed […]

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Lee and Tolkien

“I still think Lord of the Rings is the greatest literary achievement of my lifetime” – Sir Christopher Lee on The Fellowship of The Ring. We were all saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Christopher Lee last week. From Dracula to Scaramanga to Count Dooku, there is no doubt the man was a true legend of cinema, not to mention many other things. Fans of fantasy will remember him as the wizard Saruman, head of the white council, in Peter Jackson’s adaption of The Lord of The Rings and Hobbit. There is more to Sir Lee’s involvement with the Tolkien universe than many may realise. [youtube id=”TQVi_DC9HvI” width=”600″ height=”350″] Lee originally auditioned for the role of Gandalf in […]

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