Friday, October 31, 2014

Upcoming Marvel movies

Marvel announced their upcoming movies last Tuesday. I won't do video about them like I did with DC movies. I think that DC video didn't work and Marvel video wouldn't work for same reasons. It would only be list of movies and I wouldn't have much to say about most of them. So I would write this post instead.

Announced movies are

- Captain America: Civil War 2016
- Doctor Strange 2016
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2  2017
- Thor: Ragnarok 2017
- Black Panther 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 2018
- Captain Marvel 2018
- Inhumans 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 2019

I will do video of Captain America: Civil War. That is the movie I have most to say. Movie probably won't follow the comic. More about that in video that come within few weeks.

Doctor Strange movie has been rumored for some time. This is probably his introduction for Infinity War. He had role in Infinity Gauntlet story on which Infinity War is based on. This movie will probably introduce fifth Infinity Stone. My guess is fourth Infinity stone is Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was already introduced in first movie's end credits. This will probably have sixth and last Infinity stone. That would make Thor: Ragnarok the movie in which Thanos collects all six Infinity Stones. If only five Infinity stones have been introduced before this, sixth will be introduced in this movie.Name would suggest, this will have sixth Infinity stone.

Black Panther movie will probably be outside of Infinity War continuity. I can't say much about this.

Avengers: Infinity War is divided into two parts. It will have Infinity Gauntlet story which have been build in many movies. My guess is Captain Marvel and Inhumans movies will be connected to Infinity War story somehow.

These movies are what we expected. Most notable thing in this list are absentees. No Black Widow nor Hulk movies. There have been speculation lists with Hulk: Planet Hulk in them. I didn't believe them to do that story. But those lists had Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok. Is Hulk movie still coming or was it planned at some point? And why not Black Widow movie?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Riddick (Extented Cut) - 5 Minutes with Kvesti

Second video is dark as its topic. Maybe too dark. I aimed to get Gibarian at space station on Solaris (2002) feeling to close shots. I am not sure if it works. I had problems with lights while shooting this. I had to do this with only one light and use that light creatively.

I have wondered why they had different ending in extended cut. I felt it was good topic for a video. I hope you enjoy it too. I like all Riddick movies. I want to see more of them. I wish they didn't put themselves in to corner with extended cut ending.

To other topics. Marvel announce their upcoming movies yesterday. For a ten minutes I though of making video of it. But I have next two weeks videos planned and I don't want to postpone either one. So I will write blog post of announcement. Post will be published on Friday and Friday's short review will be postponed to Monday. I will do one video on upcoming Marvel movies, but it won't be next two weeks and not about every movie. More about that on Friday.
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

One month to 26th of November

...And first episode of Kvesti on Movies and Stuff. My original schedule was to have first episode ready by now. It was also a plan to make that before first episode of 5 Minutes with Kvesti. That is already online and second episode is done and scheduled to be published next Wednesday.

Well... I haven't started to make first episode yet. I have some assets ready, but writing and shooting haven't started. But I don't think that will be problem. 5 Minutes with Kvesti episodes have taught me a lot of video making. There is still one month to go. There is still plenty of time. I have formula planned and next two weeks I can use for first episode.

Original plan was both shows to have weekly schedule. At the moment I am not sure if Kvesti on Movies and Stuff will have weekly of bi-weekly schedule. 5 Minutes with Kvesti will be weekly show. Having Kvesti on Movies and Stuff on weekly schedule might be too time consuming: 5 Minutes with Kvesti currently takes more time than I expected. Kvesti on Movies and Stuff is more ambitious than 5 Minutes with Kvesti. I try to have original background music and some sort of graphics. And it will be longer. That will take more time.

I started this project month ago and it seems to be going well at the moment. First episode of Kvesti on Movies and Stuff will be out 26th of November. What I didn't plan was my new online presence. Kvesti on Movies and Stuff is on Facebook, Google+, Tumblr and YouTube. First two are for sharing links at the moment. Tumblr will be for Q&A, behind the Scenes stuff and trailers. I have dropped trailers from this blog. If you want to see trailers, you should follow me on Tumblr. I put links to my blog posts and YouTube videos there too, but I will have original content for that site too.

Then there is my personal Twitter account, which will have all the above and more. You can find links to everywhere on top of this post or at sidebar.

I have started to write short spoiler free reviews. You can expect them on Fridays. If I will write more of them, I will publish them on other days too. First of those came last Friday.

If you want to help me on this project, subscribe my pages and like/share my posts and videos. That will help me get better positions in searches. By changing from Wordpress to here, I lost my blogs positions in search engines. Well, I still have them, but they point to old blog and I will lose them after search engines can't crawl old blog.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shorts: R.I.P.D. (2013)

Take Men in Black. Change aliens to dead. Tommy Lee Jones to Jeff Bridges. Will Smith to Ryan Reynolds. Make it less funny. And you pretty much got R.I.P.D. Ryan Reynolds is cop, who was killed by his partner. He is recruited to Rest In Peace Department. Jeff Bridges is his wild west sheriff partner. They hunt dead, who have stayed among the living.

Movie feels like cheap copy of first Men in Black. R.I.P.D is like Men in Black's agency. Dead turn in to monsters that look like Men in Black's aliens. Main characters are like alternative reality versions of agent J and agent K There are references to scifi classics like Blade Runner. How ever I would have preferred not to have that reference.

Worth checking if you want to see something similar to Men in Black. It is not good. Only average. But if you want something like that, you could make worse choices.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Upcoming DC Movies - 5 Minutes with Kvesti

Finally, the first episode of 5 Minutes with Kvesti. There are few things I will do differently next time. If I didn't set deadline and wasn't this lazy I might have shot this again. Next week you will see what those things are. There will be little changes.

Originally this topic was schedule for second episode. But then Warner bros announced their pipeline for DC Superhero movies and I couldn't rant how they don't have a plan. My plan was to add Amazing Spider-Man movies to same rant. Maybe that movie series will get own rant video when we hear more what Sony is planning t do.

Original topic for first video will be topic of next week's video. It is not as hot click bait. For this I couldn't wait for a another week.

...and, yes, that is Harley Quinn t-shirt.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Building My Online Empire

Kvesti on Movies and Stuff just landed to Tumblr. You can find it from Currently it is just place to share my YouTube videos and Blogger blog  posts. In future I may find better your for it. Feel free to follow me there too. Twitter is best place to follow me if you want to get all things I create.

I might start to write short reviews. After seeing how much hits this blog gets I got inspired to write more. Videos will get highest priority, but if there I a movie I like to review, which won't get video review, it will get blog post here.

Hardest thing in blogging platform change seems to be waiting blog be added to search engines. And of course losing all the links to site previous platform. I am eager to see how much traffic search engines bring to this site. Neither Google or Bing has indexed this blog yet. I don't remember how long it took with original blog. Funny thing is, links to this blog on appear in search results, but blog itself doesn't.

I hope it is not flagged as spam. One reason I wrote this is to get original content, not just copies from original blog. I hid original blog from search engines, but they still remember it.

I have had three posts about blogging. Next Wednesday is the publishing date of my first real YouTube video. I don't count teaser or trailer as such. Then this blog gets back to what it should be.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Few words considering move from Wordpress to Blogger

My biggest surprise is statistics. This blog has already surpassed my Wordpress blog's this week's hit count. This blog has been online less than a day and no search engine finds it at the moment. Wordpress blog has been online almost two years and it is on search engines.

I suspected Wordpress statistics doesn't work. This clearly show I was right. First I suspected it when I started to get more likes than views. Then there was that one time after which views dropped to fraction of what they were before. How much harder it would have been to change platform if I knew real view count which is ten or more times of what was shown to me. How much more motivated I would have been to write new posts?

I only have few links in tweets for this blog and it gets more hits than my Wordpress blog. I can actually see the change when I am doing something. I had similar links in Twitter for Wordpress blog, but I didn't see any change there. Like less than every 10th hit counts as a hit in Wordpress.

One thing is better in Wordpress. Adding media is so simple that it could be easily abused. I could add YouTube videos that weren't published yet. I haven't found way to do that here yet. This is much more sophisticated and that kind of functionality is not available. I can't share scheduled videos from YouTube or give url of scheduled video here. At the moment I can't test different things since importing over 300 blog posts here has tagged me as "non-human", machine, bot or something like that.

If there is easy way to do that, I would like to know it. My goal was to post videos here soon after they we published in YouTube. That would be easiest if I could schedule posts which contain scheduled videos. I would also like to know how to be recognized as human by Blogger.

Welcome to Kvesti on Movies and Stuff on Blogger

You may know this blog from Wordpress. Old posts are still there, but blog has now moved to here and all new posts will come here. Most old posts are here too. Most because export-conversion-import wasn't kind for videos in posts. I have removed all posts containing trailers. All they had was embedded trailer and you can find trailers from YouTube if you want to see them.

Future of this blog is explained in older post.. They were written for Wordpress, but apply to Blogger too. First real video is coming next Wednesday. It will also be posted here.

Sorry for inconvenience for all of my Wordpress followers. I explained my reasons for this move in Wordpress. That post is not here. You can read it here.

Welcome to new home of Kvesti on Movies and Stuff blog. I hope you enjoy it here too.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Usually I post trailer for next Monday's post at this time. Not this time. Now I have an announcement to make. From next week on I stop writing reviews and go to video mode. First real video is coming next Wednesday. It is almost done. Still need to do something for the audio and then render the whole thing.

Video will come here too, but it will be first on my YouTube channel. I schedule my posts and I got to have some tolerance to have video definitely online when I post it here. At the moment I am not sure what I will do with remaining Doctor Who episodes. I might make videos of them or write posts. I won't be able to make videos of then next Wednesday after they are shown in Finland. But I would be behind of rest of the world anyway, so I might have videos one and half week after episode is shown in Finland.

At the moment I am not sure what will happen after 26th of November. Original plan was to have two videos per week after that. But my vlog style show has changed into more time consuming version. I try to get it closer to vlog type of thing in future. When I get there is still open. Anyway there will be at least one real video every week from next week onward.

Don't expect too much from first video. It is kind of demo or pilot. It did many things hard way and somethings wrong way. If I had more time I would probably do it again. By not having time to do it all again, you get that future curiosity. Link to my YouTube channel is below. You can subscribe already to get the video when it comes out.

Check my Twitter too. I have activated there and you can follow my YouTube channel adventures more real time there. Current plan is to make this sort of video and general commentation blog. What is too long for Twitter will end up here.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Star Trek: The Conscience of the King (1966)

SPOILER WARNING!!! This post spoils Star Trek episode The Conscience of the King (1966)

I promised to do this on Doctor Who: A Town called Mercy post. While watching this episode, I realized how much I had forgotten of it. I didn't say anything incorrect in that post. Point just wasn't as clear as I remembered, but it was there.

This is from first season of original Star Trek. Things haven't yet locked and characters weren't what we are used to. Captain Kirk and Doctor Bones looked really bad in this episode. Bones was drinking during shift and Kirk acted like terrible leader. This has one of few Uhura's musical numbers. There was one other in other episode. I don't remember if there were more of them. Uhura's role was later reduced into point Nichelle Nichols almost left the series after first season. But Martin Luther King talked her into staying. One of those things which show how important show original Star Trek was.

Episode is detective story of finding out if a travelling actor is really governor Kodos, who killer half of 8000 member colony. That happened twenty years ago. Only nine persons actually saw Kodos and are able to recognize Kodos. I am not getting into problem of how 3991 survivors never saw their governor. It was never explained, but it is not important here. Kirk is one of these people, who saw Kodos. Others have died while the actor was near.

Episode doesn't keep mystery mysterious very long. Kirk isn't sure, but everyone else and evidence are sure. I remembered good man doing bad things angle was more clear. Everyone except Kodos seems to think he is evil. They just see 4000 dead people. Colony had disaster and people were doomed. Kodos made decision to kill half of the colony to give other half change to survive. How ever salvation ships came earlier than they expected and killing of half of the colony was unnecessary. If salvation ships came when they expected them to come Kodos would have been hero. At least he thinks that. No one else seems to think so. No one else haven't had situations, where they had to make similar decisions.

A Town Called Mercy reminded me of this episode. After seeing this I have to say  A Town Called Mercy studied the theme better. Here only Kodos understands his decision and his reasons to make the decision. Others, Kirk included, only see him as killer of 4000.

At time of shooting Star Trek hadn't yet stabilized its form. This felt like it was more individual story than part of Star Trek continuation. It gave characters history that didn't feel correct. Events of the colony happened 20 years ago.  Kirk and another crew member, who was there, felt too young. I mentioned 9 persons who had seen Kodos. Crew member was really young during events of the colony. How he had seen Kodos when 3991 other survivors had not?

Episode was quite uneven. Kodos story was interesting. There were too much scenes which just added the length. I remembered this to be much better. I only remembered Kodos and couple scenes. It has flaws, but it is still good episode. I watched HD version of this episode. CGI Enterprise didn't feel right, Why they didn't use original effects? Other scenes looked great thought.


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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Salt of the Earth (2014)

The Salt of the Earth is documentary about photographer Sebastião Salgado. I chose to see this because I wanted to see something on Sunday and as a photographer this felt interesting. I made good choice. I was bit disappointed because movie showed, what a documentary about photographer could be, but then turned out to be more of a normal documentary. Movie started with powerful black and white  Sebastião Salgado's photographs. Sebastião Salgado told about shown photographs. We only saw his film noir like lighted face. When there were moving pictures, camera stood still, no zooming. Shot was framed like photograph and people moved in shot. Just like in street photography you frame the picture and wait for perfect moment to take a photo. Sometimes you frame the shot in you mind and wait for someone to walk into your frame. First minutes of the movie felt like perfect photography movie.

But it was not to be. After few minutes movie got colors and cameras started to move. Picture quality started to vary from sharp to VHS tape. I would have been perfectly happy listening Sebastião Salgado talking about his photos for whole movie. Movie had two directors, Wim Wenders and Sebastião Salgado's son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. It felt like Wim Wenders was making art movie with professional gear and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado was making low/no budget documentary. This made movie feel uneven. Juliano Ribeiro Salgado's parts had their moments, but he never got to level of Wim Wenders. Movie was uneven, but was held together by Sebastião Salgado's powerful photos.

Sebastião Salgado is photographer, who started as social photographer. His first major project was photographing people around South America. From there he slowly by steadily went to edgier and darker subjects ending up to photograph genocide in Rwanda. Movie follows Sebastião Salgado's journey as he lose his faith in humanity in Rwanda and how he become nature photographer and find new hope preserving nature and showing wonders of nature to others. Sebastião Salgado's photos make this one of most effective movie I have seen. There are photos of real dead people. It is not like fiction where you know it is not real. These things really happened. It is more powerful this way than seeing it in television.  Sebastião Salgado's photos take these things to personal level.

Movie leaves us with positive note telling how Sebastião Salgado and his siblings have resurrected forest around his fathers farm and showing us his pictures of beauty on nature. I don't remember seeing so many people staying to watch end credits as I did with this. Marvel movies are exception because we know there is end credit scene. With this movie there was nothing like that. We just wanted to get the whole experience.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

YouTube channel update

That mysteriuos short video means I have started YouTube channel for Kvesti on Movies and Stuff. It will have two shows. Main show "Kvesti on Movies and Stuff" will be what I have done here, but on video form. I will put more effort on that. Another show "5 minutes with Kvesti" will be more of a vlog type thing. Turn on the camera and talk type of thing. "Kvesti on Movies and Stuff" will start at 26.11.2014. It is Wednesday. When I set the date I planned to do only one show for channel. It may change to Thursday now that I plan to do two shows, but first show will be 26.11.2014. Date was set to be second anniversary of this blog. Plan is to start "5 Minutes with Kvesti" by end of this month. It depends how ready first episode on "Kvesti on Movies and Stuff" is by then.

So why go to YouTube? It felt like good idea at the time. I was thinking what I will do with this blog after second anniversary. This haven't become as popular as I hoped. I watched around my flat and realized that I have almost everything I need to start to shoot videos. I have photography equipment capable of shooting decent video. Some youtubers get great results with similar gear. I have good enough music gear to make my own music and video editing software. With little investment I could have everything I need. Many years ago I had own radio show at local radio station. YouTube channel is not too big leap from that. So I only had to make a decision to start.

On YouTube channel I can combine three things I like: movies, photography and music. Photographers seem to have best looking YouTube videos. I hope that works for me too. So far I have tested my gear to be sure everything is good enough. I am currently making title/theme/intro/what-you-wanna-call-it for "Kvesti on Movies and Stuff". Next weekend I start to do first episode. It may take two weeks to finish since I have learn many things and make decisions what kind of show it will be. After it is done I will start to make "5 Minutes with Kvesti" and second episode. I hope to have some backlog and routine when 26.11.2014 comes. Currently I feel like I have realistic time line. At least if I postpone more time consuming ideas.

What will happen to this blog? I will publish my videos here too. But I don't know for how long. Review posts will stop after I start to publish videos. I may cut down review posts even before that. I don't know how well I can do reviews in two different formats at same time. I can't review same movies. This blog may become more of forum for status updates and quick comments. What will eventually happen depends how popular this is compared to YouTube channel. It is always possible I found YouTube channel to be too time consuming for what I get from it and get back here and continue this blog as it was. At this time it felt like right time to give YouTube channel a shot.


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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Doctor Who - It was fun while it lasted

Next Thursday won't be Doctor Who Thursday. For my great disappointment YLE has put Doctor Who on hold for few weeks. I will get back to Doctor Who when YLE start to show latest season again at the end of October. Next Thursday I will tell you my plans for my new YouTube channel, how things are going and what you can expect to see here in near future. I promised to do one Star Trek episode. I will do that next week.


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Monday, October 6, 2014

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (2014) & The Legend Ends (2014)

Original names are Rurôni Kenshin: Kyôto Taika-hen and Rurôni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen. Movies are sequels to Rurouni Kenshin (2012). Movies are more like a two part movie than two separate movies. They were shot at same time and released month apart. Movies are based on manga series. I haven't seen the first movie. I didn't feel I was missing anything. Beginning of third movie felt strange because of that, but everything important was told later.

I saw these movies day after The Suspect. The Suspect felt too long and before seeing these five hours in theater didn't feel so good idea. How ever these didn't feel too long. These didn't have similar repetition as The Suspect had. Every scene told something new. In The Suspect there were repeating scenes that only brought little new each time.

Like The Suspect these had good character that grew during the movie. There were no one dimensional characters. Even main villain had understandable motive and you even felt bad for him. Villains could see errors of their ways and turn into good guys. Protagonist Himura Kenshin was former assassin, who had learned his lesson and made oath not to kill anyone anymore. He even carries reverse-blade sword, which is sharp only on back. He only hurts his enemies.

Main villain is Makoto Shishio, who fought for Meiji government, but was betrayed by them after they won the war. He was burned alive, but he survived badly scarred. Now he wanted to take his revenge on those who had betrayed him. He had army, who hated Meiji government as much as he did. In second movie he was clear villain. In third he seemed more of a victim of government and government was not that trustworthy. But you have to have government to have civilized society. Alternative would be survival of the fittest.

Kyoto Inferno is story of enemy army attacking government. Enemy is clearly evil and government is good. Previous enemies join together to fight evil enemy. Movie ends with decoy attack and we don't see fights we expected to see. Ending is like ending of Empire Strikes Back. Heroes are left scattered and villains are still strong.

First hour of The Legend Ends is heroes licking their wounds and building for epic finale. After that we get back to where we left at end of second movie. This movie is not as clear battle between good and evil. This is more of government trying to stay in power acting untrustworthy and dishonorable. Honorable people stay with government because it is better than alternative. In this movie Shishio and his gang seem more human than in second movie. They are still evil, but they have given more human characteristics. They are evil partly because of what government has done to them and they are not completely beyond saving.

This is not scifi or fantasy, but this has the spirit Star Wars prequels should have had. These movies combines grand adventure. great heroes, love story and politics into epic entertaining movie. I sat almost five hours in theater watching these movies back to back. There was ten minutes break between movies. I never felt movies were too long or boring.


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Doctor Who: The Caretaker (2014)

SPOILER WARNING!!! This post spoils Doctor Who episode The Caretaker (2014).

First to things that annoy me the most in this episode. When Clara said he loved Danny, I didn't believe her. So far she has acted like Danny is only single man around and she has to make this relationship work because she has no other choice. She is too eager to adventure with Doctor and has too much fun with him. Is this bad acting from Jenna Coleman or bad writing? Danny knows Clara is not serious with relationship and has his doubts. Everything has pointed to this direction. It is always weird to see them act like lovers when they normally are like two persons trying to make relationship work because they have no other choice.

Another annoying thing was Doctor complaining about running out of time. Clearly writer doesn't understand the concept of time travel. Doctor can travel in time, do what he needs to do and come back seconds after. He has all the time in the world to do what ever he needs to do. Ponds wanted to leave Doctor because they aged faster than their friends because of all the time travelling. They could travel in time for weeks and be away from our time for few seconds.

Third milder annoyance was how episode expected us to love Clara. Clara had couple "would it be fun if our favorite character did this" scenes. Scenes that didn't make much sense in story's context, but were funny if you loved the character. 11th Doctor had lot of these scenes and they seem to creep into 12th Doctor's run. I don't mean there shouldn't be any funny moments. You see when writers expect you to love the character and don't put enough effort into writing for character. Then you get into "wouldn't it be funny" territory.

This episode made me like Danny. Too bad he was tied to Clara earlier this season. Danny and Doctor together without Clara could be interesting. Doctor with only male companion might be too much for some. Other woman is out of picture because we are told Danny and Clara will have children. Maybe they could have longer in search of Clara story. Doctor and Danny seemed to have chemistry and both are quite dark characters. It could work.

Beginning of the episode felt like Doctor would turn into nice Doctor. I am happy that it didn't happen. Doctor is still grumpy old man and rising in my rankings. I have problems with Clara. She seem to be out of the place this season. She worked better with Matt Smith's Doctor.

We saw Missy again this season. Promised land was tied to Missy's place, what ever it was. Are all those robots in previous episodes seeking for death? So far only dead have got to promised land. Does that mean there is no search for Gallifrey this season? Doctor knew about Gallifrey in 2013 Christmas special. Why he has forgotten it?


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Teaser of things to come

About that big thing I have mentioned couple times. Now I have deadline set for it.


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