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The first Hangover film was great, clever funny and an original idea, I loved every second of it. The second Hangover took that original idea and made it unoriginal by copying it completely apart from the location and secondary characters. I didn’t go into the Hangover 3 expecting much. I purely went out of curiosity to see if they’d make the same mistake again, but they didn’t!

With a new idea and story, we follow the characters we love through new struggles and hilarious consequences trying to track down Mr Chow for the Doug-kidnapping gangster Marshall. This film will have you laughing your ass off with Phil, gagging with Stu and staring on in bewilderment with Alan.

Explosions We get a massive freeway pile-up thanks to a giraffe head smashing through a windscreen just minutes into the film and plenty of other crashes and disasters throughout, the action has you laughing and gasping consistently. 6/10

Super Powers Chow has gone 3 films doing the things he has done and surviving them, Alan being beloved by the audience when in reality you would want that guy as far away from you as possible, Stu coming back from every adventure with something horrific happening to him and still maintaining a wife, these are all super powers in my eyes! 7/10

Attractive People Bradley Cooper and Heather Graham, witwoo! John Goodman and Zach Galifianakis, not so much 5/10

Story Being different from the first two films does this movie wonders, It was fast-paced, clever, ridiculously funny and crazy at times, extremely enjoyable 7/10

Overall Don’t be put off by Hangover 2, this film outdoes it by miles. If you like films that don’t take themselves too seriously, pack a lot of laughs and lots of mad situations then this is for you. 6.25/10

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IntroductionImage I don’t know about you but when I think of superheroes (which is at least twice a day) I immediately think Superman. He is powerful and benevolent, essentially a God.

Having being raised by a non-religious flock, by the time I was eventually introduced to the idea of religion I was an atheist without realising. As I made new friends in High School who had different beliefs I found they all had one thing in common, their faiths gave them hope and the idea that if they better themselves they will be rewarded (either by a pleasant afterlife or being reincarnated as Scarlett Johansson’s camera phone). This is similar to my belief system, karma, if you do something nice, something nice will happen to you. Helping people is, in my opinion, the best way to do something nice, heroes help people, and the greatest hero is Superman. So I am providing a how-to guide on being Superman (minus the super powers) in order to better your lives and those around you.

Strength One of Superman’s key abilities is his super-human strength, whether he’s punching Zod in the face, lifting a continent into space or kicking a murderer into the sun (see below), Kal-El’s strength is a vital part of his superhero arsenal.

Now you aren’t going to be able to lift a car after this tutorial but some strength is still important. You can’t threaten a mugger with stick-thin arms. Join a gym, start lifting weights and hit the bench press, throw in some dead-lifts and after a month or so people will be queueing up for tickets to the gun show and villains will flee from the meaty arms of justice.

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Stamina/Speed

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Superman has been shown as able to run as fast as the Flash and nearing light-speed. Also he never seems to get tired as long as he’s in the sun’s rays, speed and stamina are essential for Superman to get to disasters as quickly as possible.

In reality we aren’t going to get that fast, but a boost in stamina will definitely help you on your way to becoming a resident superhero. I’d recommend jogging, starting with short 20 minute runs 3 times a week, and gradually increasing the duration of the runs. Alternatively start a sport like squash or football where you’re always moving and watch your fitness levels skyrocket! After a month or two, you will notice a vast increase in your speed and stamina and you’ll be able to catch that handbag thief with ease.

Invulnerability and Longevity 

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Having bullets bounce off his chest is a classic Superman trait, striking fear into the hearts of thugs hiding behind their guns. Also Superman ages extremely slowly as seen in the animated Dark Knight Returns Part 2 when a still youthful Clark must fight the elderly (but in no way frail) Batman.
You’re going to want to live for as long as possible in order to help as many people as possible, for starts don’t get shot! We aren’t bulletproof unfortunately, but what you can do to extend your life is to be fit and eat healthily. You should already be pretty fit from all that time in the gym and doing sport, but all that training will be for nothing if you celebrate a great sesh with a Big Mac. Get your 5-a-day and start an eating plan to increase your muscle-gain and fat-loss, many great diets can be found on-line and most involve maxing your protein intake whilst still keeping a nutrient-rich lifestyle. You may not be bulletproof and you may not live forever, but whack on a kevlar vest and this is the closest we’ll get.

Intelligence 

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One of Superman’s lesser known traits is his super-intellect. He normally swoops in, punches the bad-guy and leaves, leaving it to Batman to do the planning and intelligence side of operations. But Superman is from a race of beings far superior to humans, with technology and knowledge thousands of years ahead of Earth, and he is actually far more intelligent than his sometimes thuggish nature lets on.

Increasing your intelligence is easier than it might seem, try and learn something new, perhaps a language or skill. Spending just a little bit of time on something like that a day will encourage your brain to buck up and start to take in more and more information. Reading a book can also help increase your vocabulary and other skills (I could do with reading a few more books). Think logically,  look at the situation you’re in and think, “What is the smartest thing to do right now?”.

Master Combatant

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Whilst Superman usually relies on his immense strength and speed to battle his way out of situations, sometimes that isn’t possible (for instance under a red sun or fighting someone on a physical par e.g. Zod), so Superman must use his knowledge of fighting styles and tactics to take out his foes. With advanced combat training taught to him by Batman (esteemed former member of the League of Shadows) and Wonder Woman (Amazonian Warrior Princess) and also a knowledge of two Kryptonian fighting styles Torquasm-Rao and Torquasm-Vo, he easily deals with combat both with or without his powers.

I’ve checked and nowhere on Earth offers training in Torquasm-Rao and Torquasm-Vo unfortunately, but there are plenty of institutes that offer other martial arts and self-defense training. My advice is to learn one or more of these, you need to know how to use your strength and speed in real situations.

Hero

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With or without his amazing powers, Superman is hero through and through, doing everything he can to save everyone he can. He has no prejudice, regardless of what someone has done, Superman will try and help them. If Green Arrow lived in Metropolis, Luthor would have had an arrow through his skull the moment he committed a crime, but Superman believes in reformation and second-chances (or 100th chances for some villains), with a kill count of 0 and an uncountable save count, Superman is a hero.
Take a leaf out of his book, don’t judge, everyone deserves to be saved and those who have broken the law deserve to stand trial. We aren’t becoming vigilantes, we are becoming heroes.

Get yourself a Lois Lane 

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You don’t think Clark without thinking Lois, she’s his rock, the one person on Earth who treats him like an equal, calling him out when she thinks he’s in the wrong. Superman needs his Lois Lane, without a firm link to mankind it would be too easy to lose his empathy towards our species.

Now this isn’t saying you can’t be a hero without a boyfriend or girlfriend, you just need someone you care about, like a family member or friend. Superman never flies faster, tries harder or fights longer than when it’s Lois he is rescuing. We can use this, if you are unsure whether to help someone, imagine it was your special person and think about how you’d want someone to help them.

Costume and Name (Optional) Hey! You are well on your way to being a superhero, why not go the whole way and turn yourself into an iconic symbol that the world recognises and respects? Spandex seems to be a favourite amongst superheroes and nothing screams out “I’m here to save you” than someone about to burst out of their skin-tight onesie. Now you have to watch out for copyright laws, so an original idea might be for the best, but if these porn stars can do it, why can’t you? Image

Review OK, you’re strong, you’re fast and you have the right morals. You are as close to being Superman as a human is likely to get. If being a good human isn’t enough for you I’d recommend getting rich and then pouring all your money into becoming the ultimate crime-fighter (Iron Man/Batman), get bitten by a radioactive creature (Spider-Man), irradiate yourself (The Hulk) or train yourself to your physical peak and learn how to use a weapon (Hawkeye, Green Arrow, Nightwing).

Opportunity Now don’t go looking for trouble and starting fights, you’ll be no help to society in jail or in intensive care, you are now the secret protector walking around in your Clark Kent guise, patiently waiting for an opportunity to show your true colours. Chances are you won’t be stopping any bank robberies or plots to destroy the world, but during crises like broken down cars, people being mugged/harassed, an old lady struggling to cross the road with her bags, all it takes is for one person, you, to step up and do what others won’t. It can be difficult putting yourself out there, some people might not want your help, you might not even be able to help, but if you can change the life of one person just by showing some kindness to your neighbour, then you are a hero, and you should be proud of that.

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Thank you for reading, now go out and make the world a better place following the teachings of the greatest superhero of them all, Superman.

p.s. for more tips, go watch Man of Steel on 14th June =)

JACK REACHER

I will start by saying that I haven’t read any of Jim Grant’s books about the character the film was based on, and so I will only be reviewing  the film itself. The film begins with a massive crime and a suspect in custody who has only communicated with 3 words on a piece of paper, “Get Jack Reacher”. We are then introduced to ex-army badass Tom Cruise, who is on a one man mission to do what the police couldn’t and find out what really happened.

The film is fast-paced and exciting, but the coincidences and miracles Reacher is able to perform (whether it’s taking on 5 guys at the same time, solving mysteries an hour before the audience even knows there are mysteries to solve, and seducing a woman who is at least a foot taller than him), make the story hard to believe. Having said that, it definitely doesn’t take itself seriously which goes in the films favour.

With a new Mission Impossible on the way, and Oblivion out on DVD soon, it seems like Tom Cruise is never going to get tired of playing the one man vs the world kick-ass character, and I’m not complaining.

Explosions Everything that can blow up in this film, does blow up. Cars, people, buildings, it’s great! 10/10

Super-Powers Now being ridiculously cool isn’t technically a super-power, I’m willing to make an exception. His fighting ability, ridiculous aim with a gun and Lex Luthor-esque intellect, result in Jack Reacher being a great wannabe superhero. 7/10

Attractive People I don’t care what people say, Tom Cruise is a sexy beast! Who cares if he’s short and his body is a really weird shape, and his teeth don’t line up with the symmetry of his face, I would love to be him. The film also features Rosamund Pike, and I haven’t worked out whether or not she is good-looking, or I’ve only seen her in films with less-attractive/no women in, but I’m going to count her towards the total anyway. 6/10

Story Unfortunately the story will let this film down, as watching Tom Cruise run around and face no challenges whatsoever is a little dull, and it can be difficult to feel anything for the film. It was like watching a Superman film with no Kryptonite or aliens, there’s no threat so there’s no fun. 5/10

Overall I’d recommend watching this film but maybe only if you have a Netflix or Lovefilm account, don’t buy the DVD as you might not feel the urge to watch it again. If a Tom Cruise-heavy film is what you’re after, definitely go for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, that film was perfect. 7/10

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I’ll just start by saying I loved the first J.J. Abrams film, and it really pulled me into the Star Trek universe in a way that the films before had failed at. That’s not to say I don’t love Shatner and Stewart but after watching a CGI-filled blockbuster it’s hard to go back and watch the version with model spaceships and cheap sets. So I had high hopes for this film and I couldn’t wait to see where Abrams would take his alternate timeline masterpiece.
At the end of the first film we saw a reckless and hot-headed Kirk (Pine) overcome all odds and become the confident and collected captain of the USS Enterprise, but by the second we see he has gone back to his care-free ways, giving us two hours to see him again overcome all odds and regain his crews respect.

As for the bad-guy, Cumberbatch’s portray of suped-up psycho John Harrison was perfect. In fact it was so perfect that I found myself rooting for the villain to win at times. The film follows Kirk and Spock’s adventure whilst trying to bring terrorist Harrison to justice. It was a thrilling ride which had me never wanting the film to end, and with nerdy references to previous Star Trek films, ridiculously cool fight and space scenes, and blatant/pointless eye-candy half way through, this is a film that I will watch again and again.

Explosions The trailer didn’t hide the fact that London gets creamed. We also see Starships plummet to Earth, photon torpedoes being fired willy-nilly and a scene inside an active volcano! Explosions-a-plenty 10/10

Super-Powers A bit of information that was never really touched on in the first instalment, Vulcans are freaking cool! With his death-grip,memory-stealing, amazing fighting abilities and also a pretty sturdy skull we find out, Spock is portrayed as being far more super than any other crew member. And John Harrison is a genetically-engineered nutter who is 3x better than the average man, taking massive amounts of stuns to the chest and half an hour of being smashed around the face by Kirk, Harrison goes the entire film with a smirk on his face. 10/10

Attractive People For those of you who haven’t watched the film yet, I’m sure you will have at least heard of the incredibly pointless and misogynistic 30 seconds where we see Alice Eve stood in her underwear…I’m not complaining but I can see why actual film-critics had a field day ripping the film apart just for that scene. We also have Zoe Saldana whacking out some Klingon lingo (renowned as the sexiest language amongst trekkies), Zachary Quinto who pulls off a bowl-cut better than anyone, Chris Pine (…meh) and Alan Rickman with cheekbones (aka Benedict Cumberbatch). 7/10

Story As mentioned before, the plot conveniently moves to a place where we have Kirk again needing to redeem himself, a murderous tyrant to chase, and as many opportunities to use lens flare as Abrams could create. But it’s a movie, and in movies we like seeing a hero beat the villain and get the girl (or at least a look at her half-naked), and it ticked all those boxes. 6/10

Overall This was a great film, Abrams really out-did himself and has made me very hopeful for the new Star Wars trilogy he’ll be in charge of soon. Go watch this if you haven’t already and make sure to at least glance at the original films (it’s only courteous). 8.25/10

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Having been a massive fan of Iron Man, Iron Man 2 (I admit, slightly less so) and Avengers Assemble, I couldn’t wait to see Downey Jr take to the big screen again as the ridiculously cool titular hero in Iron Man 3. But I had some reservations, following the massive super-hero team up blockbuster Avengers, could Iron Man make it on his own again?

Half an hour into the masterpiece I’d already forgotten about Tony Stark’s suped-up buddies as we followed him fight his personal demons, uncover a plot that the trailers hid perfectly and fight to rescue his one and only someone. Having said this, with such a huge Marvel universe unfolding around these films, we go the entire film (not including the 10 seconds after the credits) without a single mention of any other heroes. You’d think when a terrorist threatens America, Captain America would want to get involved…or maybe Stark’s partner in science Bruce Banner would make an appearance after Iron Man is presumed dead…

This being said, the film did an amazing job of keeping the attention on Iron Man and by the end had me begging to speed up these next few years so I could get neck-deep in Marvel Phase 2.

Now using my flawless reviewing system:

Explosions We didn’t go 5 seconds in this film without something or someone blowing up, whether it was all of his suits, his amazing house or bad-guys receiving a repulsor to the face. 10/10

Super-Powers It was a film by Marvel, what do you expect?! And whilst Iron Man doesn’t have any actual powers, flying around and shooting lasers out of his chest is good enough for me. 10/10

Attractive People Robert Downey Jr (aka the guy with the beard I’ve failed to match on several occations), Gwyneth Paltrow (who has been doing crunches since Avengers it seems). Guy Pearce (seen as though the last film I saw him in was Prometheus, it’s hard not to look attractive compared to an 100 year old version of yourself) and Ben Kingsley (what can I say, bling looks good on this guy!) 8/10

Story Oh yeah I always forget about this one, the story was good and I was completely thrown off by the trailers which meant the film surprised me again and again. It made it on it’s own without needing to name-drop the Avengers (but I wish they did!). 7/10

Overall I thought the film was great, but to be honest, I’d have said that if it was just 2 hours of staring at the Iron Man suit. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys being thoroughly entertained and sat on the edge of their seat. I’d definitely watch it again. 8.75/10