Online Inforgraphic

So for this week we had to look into the world on online inforgraphs and how they can assist the sharing of complex information and statistics. I was then able to find a rather well done inforgraph. 

At Diode Digital they specialise in creating video and animation to promote business online and they are able to do it in a really cool way. The first graphic that they use depicts a the percentage of internet traffic that is video content and it is 90% but the zero for it isn’t completely complete as there is only 90% complete. The next graphic shows another percentage that is half complete and also there is a graphic of a mobile phone that has a chart on and it then changes in the next see to a future statistics that shows 66% that is 66% full and is also followed with the phone chart that has risen by 66%. 

I find that this video is really well done for the more modern era where technology is the more used device in modern day. The text is also easy to read and the images and graphics that they use are current and easy to remember like the search bar google uses and so forth.  

Motion Graphics Online

At first I had a hard time trying to find out reasonable choice in that motion graphics is used online then I thought Google has a large amount of motion graphics that they base around the Google logo. With an entire year Google have their own spin on what the day is about. Most recently they have a designed a recent one for Earth Day where they have it on a rotation of different thing that have to do with Earth Day like animals like the humming bird and chameleon also a spinning planetoid that I guess depicts Earth.

 

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I think that this style of motion graphic is really cool because it is a rather attractive way that also teaches people new things on each of the days like when there was an important birthday of a famous person in history that you may not have known about or important dates that you didn’t know about or thought it was later in the year.

DVD Menu Review

When I first started this project I decided what movie I was going to pick and that was going to be Marvels The Avengers, since it was a film that I liked and that it was rather easy to get an idea on how I would design the DVD menu because I’ve seen the movie a dozen times and looked through the extras and seen what the layout design is so I had ideas on what I would have liked it for to look. But I did have a problem trying to find the type of font that they use for the film and trying to find videos that would have been easy to download so I decided to change my idea and go with a different film this time being The A Team, then I had a better idea on how my menu would then look like.

so with the new idea that I had I was able to find a more easier to find font. My idea that I had was to show the main characters of the film in their costumes with the names of the characters to establish who is who. Then I found a image that had the whole cast and that image that I used for the main DVD menu image. I then decided to then design the menu by having the names fade in and fade out with the corresponding images of the cast. I think that it was easier to do than what my original idea because it seemed to be less over the top to make.

I think that if I was able to find a song for the DVD menu it would have been a lot better because I would have either pick a theme that was with the film, or the theme song from the original TV series or possibly even the last series where it sounded more upbeat. Other than that I didn’t think that there was any other problems that I had with either the design stage or the creation stage. Other than the music I think I did a good job with it.

The Amazing Spiderman 2: The Good, The Bad and The Amazing? Review

Mark Webb’s latest Spiderman film opened up last Wednesday over here in the UK a fortnight before USA and possibly other countries so this review will have a number of spoilers in it so if you want to be spoiled then read on. These are my personal good and bad points other people may differ.

 The Good-

The beginning of the film starts of similar to what the first film started off but this focused around Richard Parker and a key point of the film called ‘Roosevelt’. Not only is this a good beginning for the film it also does show that somebody was hired to get whatever is connected to Roosevelt back. Some thoughts that me and my friend had was that it was either Oscorp or Hydra or possibly A.I.M (but that seems unlikely). Nevertheless it was a good beginning and does leave people with some questions.

 The next point is Gwen’s valedictorian speech that she gives at the graduation ceremony. The way that she words the speech is important to the end of the film, which I will go into later, but with the scene she tells about moving on. (To be honest I’ve totally forgot about what happens but I will go on more at the end.

 Next we get introduced to Harry Osborn played by Dana DeHaan, Donald Menken played by Colm Feore and Norman Osborn played by Chris Cooper. But the big thing that I truly never expected to happen in the film was that they killed off Norman Osborn in the very beginning. The way that he looked if he was dying from a experimental goblin formula but it turns out it’s a hereditary dieses that is also starting to affect Harry as well. To be fair when I saw this I was still thinking that it was a goblin formula to dieses. Other than that it was a good scene between DeHaan and Cooper.

 All I got to say is that when Max Dillon gets tuned into Electro it is an amazing scene. After trying to repair a cable in a experiments room or a something that has to do with electricity getting then electrocuted by said cables and then bitten and gets transformed by eels is just an amazing villains origins. Then it’s revealed that he ‘dies’ and then wakes up in a crematorium after Menken sent him there to cover up another Oscorp mess up. Then we see the first appearance of Electro and Jamie Foxx gives a great performance as Dillon/Electro. All that Dillon wanted to be was noticed and manages to by draining Times Square electricity and then Spiderman comes in and tries to help Dillon but then manages to steal his spotlight. Dillon then drains more electricity and shows some of his true powers by destroying a few city blocks with a electrical blast that manages to do a lot of damage to few city blocks but Spiderman manages to take him down with the help of the NYFD. It also a really good use of special effects, defiantly when Spiderman saves people that are trapped on the staircase and the make-up effects of Electro are well done and do look a lot better than what it would have if it was the original Electro.

Next point to talk about was Gwen and Peter’s relationship, at the beginning of the film we all think that it’s been going okay, but then after graduation it turns out that Peter is second guessing after seeing visions of Gwen’s father everywhere that he goes. This is handled well, not great but well. But then later in the film there is some development when they decide just to be friends so that there then could be a possibility for them to get back together in the future, but it then turns out that Gwen has the opportunity to go to Oxford. This then leaves Peter with a decision to sacrifice what he had with Gwen for her future. He then starts to feel happy because he then was able to get closure about his father but then sad because she was able to get to place in Oxford. This then leads for Peter to web up a giant sign of ‘I Love You’ on the Brooklyn Bridge (I think) this then leads to Peter then accepting that Gwen going to Oxford would be the more better option for their relationship.

 Next point is Harry Osborn turning into the Green Goblin, Harry gets access into Oscorp by helping Electro break out of Ravencroft and finding a way into getting a formula that may be able to help him reverse the effects that killed his father in the beginning of the film. But something bad happens when the remedy doesn’t work and starts to accelerate the goblin effects, he then manages to crawl into the infantry suit and it starts to heal the bad effects of the dieses. I found this scene to be really well done and it sort of reminded me of Revenge of the Sith when Obi-Wan chops of Lord Vaders legs and he starts crawling and crying in pain, it was similar but again my opinion.

 s blood was used for the tests. Peter was also able to find out what Roosevelt was as well because it was another secret train base that seems like it could have been developed by SHIELD. So with that Peter finally could close the book on his family past and move on with the bigger problems in life. 

The next point in the film that I would like to talk about is the second battle between Spiderman and Electro. In this one the upper hand goes to Electro because there fighting in an electrical station and Electro can now travel through the energy coils. Not only that but the music stings and the Tesla coils go well together and it creates an amazing scene as well as the slow motion effects as well. The scenes are shot really well and it then does lead up to possibly the saddest scene in the film.

The major point of the film for me was Gwen’s death. I knew that it was either going to happen in this film or the next but I would like to praise the writers for this by giving her a correct death, being that the same (near to) way that she dies in the comics by Spiderman trying to save her with the web-shooter and the cool effect where the web looks like that it was a hand reaching out for her but it wasn’t enough. It was a really sad scene and then it showed Peter being at her grave over the past seasons. He then manages to move on when he finds Aunt May packing away stuff that belonged to Uncle Ben and that gave him the idea to pack away his memories, but whilst he was doing that he finally decided to watch Gwen’s speech where it’s said that it’s time to move on. This was another good scene and it linked up well with the beginning of the film.

  The Bad-

 For the past year or so there has been so much stick about the amount of villains that were in the film, for instance they said that they had cast people for Alistair Smyth, Felicia Hardy and Rhino. To be fare they pretty much had limited rolls in the film, Smyth was only in the film for at least two minutes at best Felicia was the same but at least Rhino had a part to play at the beginning and end of the film. So far this is what I’ve been hating about comic book films such as the long coming Man of Steel two as it has people who are meant to be Wonder Woman, Green Lantern or Cyborg even a number are minor characters in that universe as well.

 Another bad moment for me was that there was mention of J. Jonah Jameson as Peter said that he was working for him, but yet through the film we did see Peter communicating to him but yet no face. This is why I’m hoping that they could try and get JK Simmons back to reprise his role as JJJ from the Sam Ramini Spiderman films because he did look like the comic book counterpart and it felt like that he was JJJ. I hope that he is in because that what make a lot of the good comedy of Spiderman when JJJ is around.

 I think that a scene that could have went better was when Harry wanted Peter to help him with his near crippling disease that Spiderman may be able to help him with, as we know from the first film he was able to help Dr Connors with his research to regenerate limbs so why wouldn’t he try and help Harry, who has been his friend since his parents died wouldn’t try with his science background to try and think of a formula to at least help out Harry.

 The final thing that I thought was bad is in fact a mixed point and it comes at the very end when Rhino appears in the suit, yes that’s right a suit. This is sort of a nod to what happens in the Ultimate Spiderman TV series that Rhino was given a robot suit to improve his powers. I think that this was rather a letdown as this is the AMAZING Spiderman not the Ultimate Spiderman, I’d rather like to see a CGI version of a cross species Rhino like in the Amazing Spiderman video game that came out with the first film, but then I think that would have looked strange as well. Either way it did look good but I’d prefer if they were to stick to the source material.

 The Amazing?-

 The Amazing parts of the film was the revelation that Harry Osborn had an idea of building up a small force which then hints towards the Sinister Six (originally headed by Otto Octavius) where we see the same guy who visited Dr Connors when he was admitted goes into the secret project room in Oscorp and brings out the Rhino suit but we all so see two Easter eggs that were shown in the trailer where we see the Vultures Wings and Otto’s Tentacles. This is really hinting towards Sinister Six and it has been confirmed that there is a film in the works and hopefully it should be a good film.

 Then going back to what I said about Vulture and Doc Ock been hinted I think that if there in the next film or the Sinister Six film then I hope that they can cast the right people for the roles because that would be a key point to have. You would need to cast somebody at least in their early 50’s for Vulture and somebody possibly in their early to mid 40’s for Otto because that’s where there would be more people that would have the correct feel for the villains, in my point anyway.

 Even though I did say that the Rhino tank armour was a bad point it was also an amazing thing to see in the film itself. It looks rather badass and it looks like it can do about the same amount of damage, hell maybe even more than what the original Rhino could do. It may be the fact that we live in a more CGI world instead of picking a jacked up fighter or heavy set person to portray the Rhino similar how they casted Michael Clarke Duncan to play Kingpin in Daredevil. But it’s the directors choice to make.

 Also going back to what I said about the Gentleman visiting Harry in Ravencroft I have been mulling over the possible identities of him. I think that it could actually be Norman Osborn and that him dying is all a ruse and that he is still alive. This theory may need more thinking over but at least it is one idea. The next idea that I have is that it is Miles Warren aka The Jackal who made the clones of Spiderman who then go on to star in their own series and makes sense why there is a guy who is curious about Spiderman.

 Finally the thing that I found really amazing about the film was the acting from our two main villains, Jamie Foxx and Dana DeHaan. I’ve seen a number of Jamie Foxx’s works and they have been good but this performance has got to be in the top of his list. The way that he went from a sort of shy character that was fascinated by Spiderman after he got saved by him and then turning into Electro was just amazing. Also the fact that he decided to make his Electro his own character by developing a Clint Eastwood/ Alec Baldwin whispered voice which just felt really chilling. Then you have Dana DeHaan, I haven’t seen any of his works like Chronicle so I was going in blind on what he was like and I really liked his portrayal of Harry Osborn and Green Goblin. Since he found out that he was also going through the same genetic problems that his father was going through he was being desperate to find a cure and that showed something that James Franco’s Harry didn’t show and that was a true desperation into finding something. But his Goblin performance could have been better but it will probably be more developed in either the next film or Sinister Six.

 My overall rating for the film is 8.5/10: It is possibly one of the best Marvel films this year but it won’t beat The Winter Soldier.

Moulin Rouge: The Good and The Bad

Moulin Rouge the film that launched the rebirth of musical cinema and to be really honest I never thought that I would actually watch this film. I was recommended this film by a couple of friends when I went to see The Hobbit 2 when we were talking about the Nostalgia Critic and how he did a musical review on it and I really liked it. My friends said that it was a good film and after months of patiently waiting for it to be shown on TV I finally got to watch it.

The Good

With this film there are a number of good things about this film. One being the old fairy tale type story between Christian, played by Ewan McGregor and Santine, played by Nicole Kidman. It’s the basic love at first sight story but with the slight twist that Santine has to fall for another guy called the Duke who has the means of financing the Moulin Rouge and have it turn into a theatre and also Santine knows that she is slowly dying from poisoning and she doesn’t let anyone emotionally close to her to know. I mean there have been a load of films that have had the love at first sight stories, hell Disney had made a profit from doing films like this. But with what happens in the film its one of the many things that I liked about the film.

The next thing that I liked were some of the song choices that were in the film, though this was also a bad thing which I will say in the next part. I liked a number of the songs either that they were well put for the emotions of the film, especially in the scene where the members of the production company are practicing a dance routine and the song that there singing is Roxanne, not only with the dance going on it goes well with the two other stories that go on with Santine forced to have a meal with the Duke but you also have Christian in a tortured state of mind on what his true feelings of Santine are. It also a well choreographed scene and one of the best parts of the film. Not only is the music used for seriousness but it also used as well for a weird comedy scene, mainly between The Duke and Harold Zidler where you have them singing Like a Virgin and my god is it a weird scene, but even though it was a weird scene after a few viewings it is really funny and another good moment.

Finally from the good was the end scene, it was a well put together scene where beforehand Santine had broke up with Christian because, as I stated before, she was dying. This then leads to the first night show where Christian finds to get a way onto the stage and starts degrading her in-front of the audience as she was no better than a common prostitute. But then the dwarf manages to get them to see the error of their ways with love and they then reunite and then the Duke tries to kill either Christian or Santine, possibly both, but fails and the gun goes hurtling out of the window, defying the laws of physics. This then leads to Santine in her last minutes of life and she dies in Christians arms this then leads to back at the beginning of the film where Christian is sitting in his room with the many pages of his experience and is possibly the saddest scene in the entire film.

 The Bad

Where there good there is always bad and for me there are many bad things about this film. The first I thought that some of the characters in the film where not good or bad but there were many points that I thought that it bordered on the ridiculous. The first character that I found ridiculous was the Duke I just found him to be an absolute control freak and there was such a over acting performance played as well. Plus even though that he says ‘I don’t like it when people touch my things’ he just walks out of the Moulin Rouge after failing to kill Christian or Santine. Other than that I found some of the other characters to be slightly annoying and just wondering why they are there including the woman that drops hints at the Duke that Christian and Santine are more than acting partners. Another person that’s just there for a scene is when a guy comes out of nowhere and punches the Duke and manages to save Santine.

The next bad thing for me about the film is a majority of all the songs that were used in the film were all modern songs. To be fair most of the songs were also used for the majority of the script. Other than that I thought that it was too much. I mean with the songs that I mentioned beforehand went good with the film there were many that just where absolutely mad and strange. The first being basically the opening line from Sound of Music, then there was Lady Marmalade when they arrived at the Moulin Rouge and then when Santine and Christian first met there were so many love song titles sung it was so annoying. Also the film said the world love more times than the combined title reigns of Ric Flare, the Green Bay Packers and Boston Celtics.

Finally the thing that I most hated about the film was why would Santine hide such a big secret from Christian. I mean sure it would have been such a more shorter film if they did have Santine confessing that she was dying and then it would have more focused around the last days between Christian and Santine. But if it was done on more of a modern day it would have been better if more people knew that she was dying, I think even Zidler knew that she was dying but still she just powered on to do what was best for her and the Moulin Rouge. If this situation were to ever happen to me I would want to make sure that she was actually okay because then that would be the true reason of love coming out instead of the hours (well days in the film) of building up a secret romance to be then revealed that she was on her last stand. It’s still a thing that I can’t wrap my head around but I guess that’s for other people to decide. But I think that a reason behind it that Santine didn’t want to hurt Christian feelings and she decides to try and be the bad guy by saying that she never loved him, even though she really does. Then he goes on to berate her in front of an audience to calling her a prostitute and paying her for her services. But if Christian really loved her I think that he wouldn’t have went to crash the play and he would have found out later that she had died. But I don’t think that would have been interesting at all to have seen. But when he said all the cruel things to her and the dwarf managed to get them back together was a strange part because if anyone was to do that nowadays it would have ended up with somebody being punched.

Overall

For this film I thought that it was a really good film and it brought musical films back into main stream cinema with films like Chicago or Les Mis but we should also blame them for films like High School Musical. Other than that it is a good film that does deliver with good musical numbers even being jukebox styled. I give it a 8/10.  

 

WrestleMania 30 predictions

So with Mania coming up this weekend these are going to be who I think are going to win their matches. Note the only match that I know is first is the pre-show.

Pre-Show
4 Way Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos vs Los Matadores vs The Real Americans vs Ryb-Axel

At first I really thought that having a match like this for a pre-show was a bad idea ans I still do. I think that the titles will stay with The Usos with possibly a slight altercation in the camp of the Real Americans with either Swagger or Cesaro turning on another.

Main Card

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

When Hulk Hogan announced this I thought that this could be a Mania moment. 30 superstars battling for a trophy and also a possible push. On Raw Roddy Piper predicted that Big Show would win since he’s pretty much the current Andre. But I think that it could be open to anyone. I don’t think that Rey Mysterio would win it cause I think thats he’s only got a few months left till he’ll either retire or be shelved. I would really like to see Zack Ryder win so he could have the push that he deserves after John Cena pretty much stole it from his last push. But over all I think that Ziggler has a good chance of winning and thats who I’d put my money on.

Vickie Gurerro Divas Championship Invitational

This match I think could prove to be a bit of a train wreck. Since the last battle royal that had divas in was won by a man in drag I hope that its alot better. This could show that the Divas are a good wrestling section and also this could finally end AJ Lee’s title reign. Even though there are slight rumors thats she’ll retain I think that the title will go to either one of the Bella’s, Natalya or Tamina Snuka. If Eva Marie won the match then she would end up dropping the title on Raw the next night.

Six Man Tag

Shield vs Kane and The New Age Outlaws
This match itself was a well put together from a promo stance and so far its went over good with the fans. With what could have been a split within the Shield it seemed a triple threat could have been on the card, like with Legacy a few years prior, but then with Shield turning on the Authority it showed a new side for the Shield that they weren’t anyones lap dogs and turning on Kane was a great step. But then when Kane had several teams attack the Shield to get either spots on the battle royal or on the tag title match was a let down in a way because I’d rather see a team like Ryb-Axel team with Kane and have N.A.O face the Uso’s on the card. Overall I think that the Shield will prevail with a triple powerbomb on Kane or Reigns ‘superman punch’.

John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

This match is going to be possibly a slobber-knocker. And to put it simply I think that Bray will win it. He’s younger, meaner and hungrier and Cena has been over used so many times. Wyatt also has defeated former champions in the past and was able to take out Kane at SummerSlam where everyone thought that Kane would win. Also with the Harper and Rowan at ringside the odds favor Wyatt even more and thats who I’m backing.

Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar

A match that everybody know whos going to win because it’s WrestleMania. Undertaker hands down. Even though that Taker has had two ppv loses against Lesnar it doesn’t really change the game. Taker’s arsenal has changed drastically over a 10 year period and Lesnar with his MMA background it could go over well with fans. But Mania is Takers night and if Lesnar does win than WWE is going down faster than a sinking ship.

Daniel Bryan vs Triple H

With a spot in the main event this match is going to be brutal. With Bryan being screwed over by the Authority since late last year he’s been doing everything to get back on the main card and Triple H doesn’t think that he’s right to be the face of WWE which is rather stupid since the fact that at Mania 22 Rey Mysterio was able to beat Randy Orton and Kurt Angle to win the title and he was bout the same size as Bryan so this is rather a stereotype that small people can’t be world champion. With Triple H’s past Mania matches he hasn’t had much luck and also the fact that he’s had more of a office front I think that Bryan will win.

Orton vs Batista vs Bryan/Triple H

Depending on the out come of the Bryan/Triple H match its anybodys game. I think that it would be rather cheap if Batista would win the title since I think that he’s only back because he doesn’t have anything to do till Guardians of the Galaxy is released. I think that Orton may retain the title or possibly the winner of Bryan/Triple H