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Happy Campers

23898015_792132417635663_2041754428_nAnimal Crossing: Pocket Camp has only been available for a few days and I am already addicted.

Based on the popular Nintendo franchise, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp puts you in charge of a campground filled with familiar friendly faces. You run errands for your fellow campers to level up and grow your campsite.

I guess you can rename it to fetch quest: the app. Normally I hate fetch quests more than the next guy, but this is a colourful exception to the rule.

Not only can you customise your character and your campsite, but also the interior and exterior of your camper van. Instead of taking out loans from Nook to expand your house, you can expand your van. You can even get two floors!

Oh, and while you can unlock Nook as a guest, he is not the man you owe cash too. Instead its Giovanni, Beppe and Carlo of OK Motors. The Nooklings are the ones who run the shop.

I don’t know how I feel about that.

As you level up, you unlock more furniture and more campers. I am currently level 11, and I don’t know if that is something to be proud of or not.

23845264_792132410968997_1263537274_nMy favourite element of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is how chill it is. It’s a cute distraction with a lot of charm and heart.

I adore the Animal Crossing series to bits. I used to spend hours running around cleaning my town, chatting with locals and redecorating my house twice a week. So having an Animal Crossing game on my phone is a dream come true.

Oh, feel free to add me! My code is 2512 2657 612.

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Confessions of a blogger

9200189aa837cc972d9e0e0224eefa47--story-of-my-life-anime-cosplayI have been meaning to write about this for a while.

I have been writing for this blog for over two years now. On top of posting twice a week, I have never missed a deadline.

I have missed out on a lot of sleep because of late night writing sessions, but in fairness, I barely sleep in the first place.

While I am still a small blogger, I still take pride in the website I have created. I’m proud of how Nerd Rambles evolved over the years.

With all that being said, I am running this by myself. Don’t get me wrong, my friends sometimes help me come up with topics to discuss or even beta read my work before I hit Publish, but for the most part, I’m a one-woman show.

Sometimes it is easy to pick a topic, but some nights I can’t think nor find an interesting subject to write about. That is the worst part of blogging with a schedule. I refuse to miss a single deadline, so I end up pulling an all-nighter until I finish an article to a decent standard.

I knew that if I published my opinions on the internet I would get hate mail. It comes with the territory. However, I thought that because Nerd Rambles is such a small blog I would be alright. I was wrong.

90709f4af413b867c864273c10455705--anime-fairy-levyI have received several horrid and spiteful comments. On top of that WordPress lets you see the email address of those who comment on your blog and all of them, surprise surprise, used fake ones.

These are including but not limited to stopposting@theinternet.com, stopposting@please.com and my personal favourite wowmegisaliar@liar.com.

Oh, and I am fairly certain I know who the last one was from. I have narrowed it down to two suspects. Both of whom have a track record of treating me like trash.

A feature I like about WordPress is that when someone comments you get the choice to approve it or not. I don’t approve these comments as I don’t want them to get the satisfaction of tainting my blog.

That being said, the vast majority of comments I get are lovely and supportive. If you are one of those people, thank you! Your kind words motivate me to make the best content I can.

I can’t say running a blog is all sunshine and rainbows, but this blog is a passion of mine. I will continue to write weekly, no matter how many sleepless nights I must go without.

I know this article is far more emotional and personal than normal, it will be back to regular content next time, I promise.

Thank you for reading.

 

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Deadpool 2 trailer released

DONhxmfU8AExopwIs it June 1st yet?

When it comes to Deadpool, you need to expect the unexpected. Yet I somehow didn’t see the latest trailer coming.

Nor did I expect the first official trailer to be a tribute to Bob Ross. Not that I’m complaining.

So, what have we learned from this newest trailer?

Well, it looks like Cable is a cult leader. Well, at least it appears so. Bear in mind we only have a few seconds worth of footage to go off on.

Those who have read the comics might be quick to point out that Cable was raised by a cult-like organisation, the Clan Askani. However, since this is a new story in a different continuity, let’s wait a wee while longer before crafting any theories.

Dopinder is back! Not only that, but it looks like he is getting a lot more screen time in the upcoming film. Speaking of returning characters, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her former mentor, Colossus are as well. I am glad to see that all three of these guys are returning.

DP2No sign of Domino yet, which is a shame. I really want to see her in action. Looks like we have to keep waiting.

I know everyone has talked about the amazing promotion the Deadpool team have been pumping out, but I feel the need to mention it again. Seriously, if there was an award for best film advertisements, we all know who would win.

Since I adored the first Deadpool movie, I have been hyped about the upcoming sequel since it was announced. This trailer has added more fuel to the fire.

Considering that this film won’t be released until next year, I’m going to find another way to fill the Deadpool shaped hole in my soul.

Remeber, hugs not drugs!

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Murder On The Orient Express Review

__596e9005f13c1.jpgOne victim, ten suspects and one train.

Based on the novel of the same name by the one and only Agatha Christie, while on route to solve a case, another one unfolds on the very train Hercule Poirot is travelling on.

One of his fellow travellers is brutally murdered, and as luck would have it the train has been derailed by an avalanche. While waiting to be rescued, Hercule must find the killer before another passenger is killed.

Before I continue this review, I must admit that I am a bit bias towards Murder On The Orient Express. I love true crime and crime fiction.

On top of that, I am a fan of Agatha Christie’s work. Needless to say, if you are looking for an objective review of this film, you are on the wrong blog.

Now that I have cleared the air, on with the review.

Hercule is one hell of a main character, and while rather faithful to the source material there is a subtle difference. In the movie, Hercule seems to be autistic.

9780007527502_1.jpgNow, this might just be me reading too much into it, but he does have several autistic traits, such as bluntness, a keen eye for detail and obsession with symmetry. In one scene in the film, he says “I can only see the world as it should be, when it is not, the imperfection stands out.”

I have read several of the Poirot novels and I never got the impression before. Admittedly I haven’t read Murder On The Orient Express so I couldn’t say if the line quoted above is in the book or not.

I’m autistic myself, so I hope he is autistic in this adaptation, but again it could just be me seeing what I want to see.

With this being a murder mystery I can’t talk about the supporting cast without running the risk of spoiling the film. All I will say is they all did an amazing job and gave their all.

The pacing of this film is great. They give you just enough time to come up with your opinion of whodunnit only to throw more clues at you. It keeps you guessing until the reveal, and even then what happens after keeps you on your toes. As much as I love fast-paced action films, I thought the slow pace worked to the benefit of the film.

9780062073501_p0_v2_s550x406.jpgI have heard that some people don’t like the use of CGI in Murder On The Orient Express and I can see why, but I liked it. The way it was used made the shots of the train and the snowy landscape look like a painting, which added to the classic feel of the movie.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that this is one of the most stylish movies I have seen in a while. From the costume design to the music, it all screamed elegance.

I loved this film, It was tense, heartbreaking and had a few laughs. I’m glad I haven’t read the book yet, as the reveal of the killer was a surprise to me. That being said, while it is a must-see for fellow Christie fans, newcomers don’t need to worry about getting lost on this journey.

With a timeless feel and an all-star cast, Murder On The Orient Express is one hell of a ride. I highly recommend this film if like me you adore murder mysteries, if not then this isn’t the film for you.

Have a safe journey!

Posted in Feature

The magic is on its way

giphy (2)Last night Niantic announced that they are indeed making a Harry Potter AR app, following the success of Pokémon GO.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will allow Potter-heads worldwide to explore the magical world, cast spells and fight legendary creatures.

John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc stated that”At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real-world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them,”

“The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.”

giphy“With this game, we are allowing the passionate, worldwide fan base to experience J.K. Rowling’s deeply powerful and imaginative universe in a new, truly immersive way,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “It is wonderful to have Niantic’s remarkable augmented reality expertise as we develop this incredibly rich wizarding world for players to explore in their everyday lives.”

I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about Wizards Unite. I still play Pokémon GO from time to time and I am interested to see what they do with this app.

That being said, Niantic said that more information about the upcoming app will be released in 2018. So it looks like we are in for a wait and a half. Let’s just hope Wizards Unite will live up to expectations.

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Lord Of The Rings for the small screen

tenor (2).gifI don’t know how I feel about this.

Apparently,  the J.R.R. Tolkien estate is looking to sell the rights to make a Lord Of The Rings tv series, at the time of writing Amazon Prime and Netflix are in the running.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the price is said to be around $200 – $250 million. Keep in mind that this is just the cost of the rights, this doesn’t even begin to factor in other expenses this potential project would need.

Even then, apparently if someone did buy the rights, it doesn’t include the use of all the characters we have come to know and love.

No official deals have been made, at the time of writing.

Now, it is still early days. For all we know this might not even come to pass. I have seen some pretty extreme reactions to this story and I can’t help but think, this might not even happen, chill.

The-One-Ring-Gif-lord-of-the-rings-24662838-500-500As for my opinion, well, I hope this doesn’t happen.

I love Lord Of The Rings and as far as I am concerned the Jackson films are the bests adaptations of the books and they are a tough act to follow. After all, look at how The Hobbit films turned out.

That being said, I would not object to a show with a new story Middle Earth. Perhaps one that explores the lore or the aftermath of the original.

Like I said, its too early to start making predictions, I don’t know about you, but I am just going to wait and hope for the best.

Posted in What Do We Know?

Lion King 2019: What Do We Know?

disney-the-lion-king-simba-timon-and-pumbaa-58506af384759f129004ef7f-gLast night, Disney officially announced the cast for the upcoming adaptation of The Lion King.

So, what do we know not just about the cast, but about this remake in general?

Firstly, to my delight, James Earl Jones will voice Mufasa once again. I’ll be honest, if they went with any other actor I would have had a fit.

Simba will be brought to life by Donald Glover, a good pick if you ask me.

Here was something I wasn’t expecting, Beyoncé will play Nala. The internet lost its mind. While I am not exactly a big Beyoncé fan myself, I am interested in seeing what she brings to the roll.

My favourite part of the reveal was discovering that John Oliver will provide the voice for Zazu. Perfect choice, Disney!

bdzMj.gifBilly Eichner and Seth Rogen will play Timon and Pumbaa respectively, aka the comic relief duo with one of the catchiest songs in Disney history. So catchy that I have been humming it since I started writing this article.

Scar will be portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

They announced that Florence Kasumba, Eric André and Keegan-Michael Key will play the three hyena henchmen, but it looks like they changed one of the names.

Azizi and Shenzi have their original names, but Ed seems have been renamed to Kamari. Are they trying to make his name blend in with the others? If not, why did they change it?

Also, If you google Kamari Lion King, you get a fan made OC bio page. No, really. Don’t believe me, look it up.

The Lion King is due to be released on the 19th of July, 2019. Apparently, one of the reasons for the 2019 release is to celebrate the original 25th anniversary.

I for one am looking forward to this remake, how about you?