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Well I’ve listed my favourite movies of 2013, but let’s be honest, you’re really here to see the worst movies. Now unlike my favourite movies list this one was easier as there were less choices, I didn’t even have 10 (I mean c’mon, I’m not going to see a movie if I know it’s going to suck). Nevertheless there were still some disappointments that I expected more from and just some stinkers altogether. So here are my top 5 least favourite movies of 2013.Worst Banner


Well as the year is coming to an end I think as far as movies go it’s been a good year. I saw a lot (and I do mean a LOT) of great movies this year, so making a top 10 for this wasn’t easy. But from narrowing down my choices I believe I have found 10 that stand out above all others.

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If I was to ask you about the band Placebo your initial reactions would either be “Who are Placebo” or “Placebo, good stuff”. Whilst not the most famous band who everybody knows about most people who do know about them seem to like them. First formed in 1996 they’ve been going for almost 20 years and whilst the time gap between album releases and touring is bigger than usual their live shows make it worth it. On December 12th me and my Dad went to see them at the O2 Academy in Brum.




Hi Everyone. I recently got back from seeing the sequel to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit An Unexpected Jourmey: The Desolation Of Smaug. Here’s my take on it.

The storyline of ‘Desolation’ continues the events of An Unexpected Journey, in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf The Grey (Sir Ian Mackellen) and the company of dwarfs  led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) through the Elven woods of Mirkwoord, Laketown, all the way to The Lonely Mountain to reclaim the dwarfs’ homeland and to steal the Arkenstone gem from the deadly dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

First of, I’d like to say that I throughly enjoyed An unexpected Journey, sure it had some problems, it was far too long and some scenes really dragged on, but I still had a good time watching it and it was great to return to the wonderful world of Middle Earth created by the master himself, J.R.R. Tolkien. Now this film, I can honestly say was a truly FANTASTIC sequel. It improved on the first movie in almost every way. For some people, this may be the film they were hoping to see when the first Hobbit film came out.

Firstly, even though this is a long film (2 hours and 50 minutes) every moment is exciting. I didn’t feel bored once, not once scene dragged and each one felt like it had a purpose in the film. This film is also a lot darker than its predecessor, with some gruesome fight scenes and a lot of general peril (The spider scene I felt was actually generally creepy).

As always the acting was spot on, Jackson is great when it comes to casting his movies, everyone in the film looks and acts the part. Martin Freeman is still awesome as Bilbo, watching him you get the thought that no other actor could play the role. It was great to see him begin to fall victim to the one ring that he stole in the first movie. He actually comes of as threatening when a spider tries to take the ring back. Sir Ian Mackellen is still on top as Gandalf the Grey (Though he sadly doesn’t appear that often in this film and his presence is missed) All the dwarves are great and so are the elves, in short, every performance in this film is great.

I also really enjoyed the new characters introduced in this film. Bard, the resident of Laketown is great, you can really sense his passion and fear of the dwarves mission of awakening Smaug. And of course there is Tauriel, the she-elf who was invented only for the film.  Some fans have been wary and critical of this new character, but I honestly thought she was great, not only was she was a total badass (Seriously, she kicks a lot of butt in this film) but she was a free spirt who did what she felt to be right. I also like how in a way, she represents a bridge between two worlds and she develops a romantic connection with one of the dwarf brothers, Kili. The romance is short and sweet, never dragging and never out of place.

We also see the return of fan favourite Elven warrior, Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Again, this character was not mentioned once in the original book and while I didn’t really see the point of having the character return, it was still great to see him. But for me, the best part of his return was that we actually see him bleed! That’s right he gets injured in this film. He never got a scratch on him in The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, so this was a welcome change. Even still it was great to see the character back in action. Speaking of which, the action in this film is also spectacular, my personal favourite action piece was the Barrel escape from the Elven prison. It was full of so much energy, style and some brilliant cinematography.

But for me, that absolute best thing about this film was the title character himself, Smaug. Good god was this character amazing. Everything about him was astonishing, his look, his design, his voice, I cannot thing of a single thing wrong with him. He was elegant, he was threatening, he was devious and menacing, definitely one of the best onscreen villains I’ve seen in a long time. He appears in the last half of the film and every second is ‘precious’. The scene between him and Bilbo and was perfect, it was very tense and beautifully acted. It leads to what I think is a great ending, sure it’s basically the filmmakers saying ‘haha, we’re making another one, you have to wait till next year to see it‘ but it’s still a great ending that leaves you totally pumped and ready for the third and final instalment of the trilogy.

But of course like any movie, this film does have its flaws. Firstly, the soundtrack (Composed by the amazing Howard Shore) was fairly underwhelming, it was nice to listen to, but I don’t think I’ll be buying the soundtrack as it wasn’t very memorable. I also didn’t like how the thirteen dwarfs constantly gave up whenever they were faced with a problem that they couldn’t understand. I know that they’re meant to be stubborn creatures, but it got quite tiring having to watch Bilbo step in and solve the problem while the dwarves sat in a corner and sulked. Also, there were a lot of changes from the book that for me didn’t make much sense, sadly I can’t reveal them to you as it is quite a big spoiler, so for now I’ll just say it involves the return of an old face. For me I didn’t see why this element was added into the film and it needed a lot more explanation, hopefully the third film will put my concerns to rest and explain this sudden change.

Overall though, The Desolation Of Smaug is a fantastic sequel. It was almost everything I could have hoped for, even though it had some flaws, none of them ruined the film for me. If anyone was left disappointed by An Unexpected Journey, I urge you to see this film as you will not be disappointed. Any fan of The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit should also see this film. It’s fun, exciting, dark, tense, suspenseful, poignant and a great adventure. Bravo Peter Jackson, I eagerly await the release of ‘There And Back Again’.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Reviewed by Nick Zabierek.

When I heard Avenged Sevenfold were touring the UK I was excited. The last time they were over here was at Download 2011 when they opened for System of a Down. Now with the release of their number 1 album Hail to the King they did a whole European tour which ended in Birmingham, the one I went to see with Jimmy and his Dad.



Greetings mortals, I am DracoJames102 and I am here to give you a review.

‘The Legend of Zelda’ was a huge success in the 1980s. While I don’t think that the game has aged entirely well, I still cannot deny what an impact it had on the video game industry as a whole. While it didn’t sell as many copies as ‘Super Mario Bros.’, ‘The Legend of Zelda’ managed to spawn a sequel and in celebration for the release of the latest game in the franchise, I am going to look back at this and the next ‘Zelda’ game. This is my review of ‘Zelda 2:The Adventure of Link’.





“MKII is the 3rd albumby theBand Steam Powered Giraffe. Steam Powered Giraffe are a musical project formed in San Diego in 2008.

I have been looking forward to the release of this c.d for a long time, I downloaded it  off I tunes the moment it was released!

The Main members of Steam Powered Giraffe are Chris Bennet (Who`s stage name is Rabbit), Sam Luke (Who`s stage name is Hatchworth), and David Bennet (Who`s stage name is The Spine)

The band combines Steampunk and Futurism together with mime and music to create a breathtakingly imaginative act.

The main members of the band use imaginative make up, mime and costumes to give the audience at their the concerts the impression that the band are really robots.

The band’s fictional backstory explains why they pantomime as robots. According their website, the “musical automatons” were invented by a rich San Diego inventor named Colonel P. A. Walter in 1896 and kept in the Walter family over the years.

Since their previous albums (“Album 1” and “The 2 Cent Show”)there has been many changes in the band line up, Jon Sprague, recently left the band and was replaced by Sam Luke (Hatchworth). Who is my favourite member of the band.

Each album Steam Powered Giraffe has done consists of very different styles of music, their albums in the past have contained everything from Folk music to Rock.

MKIII`s style of music is very different to the bands previous album this album consists mainly of Pop, Rock and Dubstep music.

All the songs on this album are brilliant, but my favourite songs on this album are “Hatch Fever”, “Please Explain” and “I`LL Rust With You”.

Most of the songs on this albums lyrics are related to robotics or about charters the band have invented.

Track 9 on this album “Go Spine Go”  is a very comical song and it shows that the band do not want to be taken seriously.

My least favourite song on this album is “Turn Back The Clocks”. This is because I think this song is a bit sad. The story behind this song is that because Robots cannot age, He sees all her friends grow old and leave her.

At the end of the album, one of the charters know as “Be-Bop” says “See you next time in space”. This tells us that their next album they are planning is going to be set in space, this explains why they never put the song “Fire,Fire”on the album MKII because that song is about space.

Steam Powered Giraffe recently announced that they are releasing a online comic book soon that explains how they ended up in space.

This album, comes with a lovely booklet that has illustrations for every song that were drawn by Sam Luke and Chris Bennet. It also contains song lyrics to all the songs so that you can sing along!

Steam Powered Giraffe have inspired me to write my own songs, but I’m finding this very hard! Sam Luke, Who plays Hatchworth, recently told me on the website ”Twitch” to “keep on trying writing songs” and “I should not give up”.  I have recently written a song about Steam Powered Giraffe.

Overall I think this album is another brilliant album by Steam Powered Giraffe. And I highly recommend it anyone who has a interest in Rock or Folk music, Steam Punk or Robotics.

I cant weight for their next album, Steam Powered giraffe recently said in a interview that they are starting to work on their next album soon, so it should be released next year.




I just got back from seeing the latest animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios: Frozen. Here’s my take on it:

Frozen is a 2013 American computer animated musical fantasy film released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based (And I do mean LOOSELY) on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen, the film tells the story of a fearless princess Anna (Kristen Bell) who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) to find her estranged sister Elsa (Indina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

You may have seen some trailers proclaiming that this is the best Disney film since The Lion King. Is it? Well, no, not really, but it’s very very good.

First of, the visuals are outstanding, some of the best I’ve ever seen in a Disney film. The effects on Elsa’s snow powers are truly jaw dropping and just gorgeous to look at. The characters are awesome too, they’re well written, well animated, likeable, funny and just a lot of fun to watch. What’s great about this film is that the heart comes from not the Princess and the Prince cliche, but the relationship between the two sisters, Anna and Elsa. We haven’t really seen Disney tackle a relationship like this, but it really works. Anna is a ton of fun, she’s sweet but has her limits, well mannered but incredibly goofy at times and like any good character, she has heart. She loves her sister and only wants them to reconnect (Elsa has been told to stay away from Anna in case her ice powers hurt her) You really do buy their relationship and you want them to work things out and be best friends again.

Anna is great, but Elsa is definitely the star of the film though. Her song ‘Let it go’ is astonishing. It occurs when she has fled her kingdom and into the mountains. Here, after coming to terms with her icy secret being out in the open, she rejoices that she no longer has to be afraid of her powers, building herself an ice palace to stay in forever. The song is so well written,  beautifully performed and just a joy to listen to. It has to be seen (or heard) to believe. There are a lot of songs, and they’re all good, but ‘Let it go’ is the star (And a shoe in for the ‘Best original song’ Oscar)

Speaking of which, the music is awesome too. Okay, it’s not Alan Menken, but the score is very beautiful and calm. Giving homage to the Norway and Sápmi-inspired setting, the composers truly create a beautiful musical journey.

Voice acting from everyone is great, and the comic relief is good too. I was expecting to despise Olaf the snowman, but you know what? He was hilarious! I loved his running gag about wanting to see Summer, though he has no idea that he will melt if he ever sees it. Funny and poignant at the same time.

So, after hearing all this, the film seems perfect right? Well, there are some problems. First of, I do feel the story is a bit rushed at times, in particular the third act, the ending seems to occur way to fast. I was kind of hoping for a few extra minutes to bring closure and maybe a big booming broadway reprisal song, like most Disney films have, which we sadly don’t get.

The other songs are good, but not as memorable as ‘Let it go’. They’re around 9 songs in the movie and I really only remember two: ‘Let it go’ and ‘For the first time in forever’ Both have great lyrics and music and are really fun to listen too. The other one’s aren’t necessarily bad, they’re just not as good. For example, there is a song in the middle in which a family of trolls sing about how Kristof would make a good boyfriend for Anna. This song really does not add any purpose and it seems out of place. The villain is also quite weak. There’s a twist about who the villain of the film really is and while it is fairly well written, it’s also not very strong  and a touch predictable.

I would have also liked to get more backstory of the characters, like we never learn how Elsa got her ice powers, all we get is the fact that she was ‘born with them’, I’m sorry but that’s a pretty lame excuse. Also, I feel the third act of the film wasn’t as strong as the previous two. It was still good, but it seemed to be far to rushed, especially the climax.

So, overall even though this film does have flaws, I can’t deny that this was a fantastic film. The positives far outweigh the negatives.

It’s great to see Disney returning to their roots of making pure, magical, funny, touching and beautiful films. I definitely recommend it to any Disney fan and fans of cinema in general. It really does have something for everyone. I’m sure Walt himself would be proud of this one.

Bravo Disney, bravo.

Overall rating: 4/5

Reviewed by Nick Zabierek

Californian hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold have quickly become one of my favourite bands. Their riffs are wicked, M Shadows has a great voice and it’s the kind of music that’s easy to get into. 2010s Nightmare album was quite a personal album to them after their original drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan died so a lot of their songs were more sombre and reflecting on death. With their latest album Hail to the King the band says they’re now having fun again. How does this compare to their other albums though?